I registered this domain in 2016 with only a rough idea of what I might do with it — well, less than a rough idea if honest — and it took a pandemic in 2020 for the first posts to appear here.
Three other sites I nurtured, one on non-profits, another on arts and the other on random miscellany — Morse Code to Tolkien — absorbed time, consigning this new site to mothballs.
All of the blogs are for fun with no commercial or other intention. Bric-a-brac, this and that. And like any craft not professionalized, they have remained just that, this and that.
Anyway, these last two years saw me get involved with Bitcoin and blockchain technologies. A little at first. Then a little more. Ever more drawn to the promise of improving our financial system, securing individual freedom, among other goodness. Banking the unbanked, but perhaps more importantly unbanking the banked. I thought this blog — lonely and waiting in the cold — a good place to relegate these and related topics. Again, for fun and and no expectations. But as time passes it is likely to become a repository of miscellany far removed from technologies and blockchains. All done mostly for an audience of a few friends, though maybe you like some of what finds its way here.
My personal logo was designed in the 1990’s by an artist friend who took to a drawing program and sketched my initials. What normally is a long, laborious process took us — or better said, her — less than a minute.
I liked how the letters “C” and “K” seemed to frame a dancer, fluid and agile, or something like the Chinese character for great — 大. Let me go with this.
Anyway, having the letters sketched, they where colored in white on blue background and experimenting with no other color schemes (what we had looking good I thought) the logo was born.
Why mention this? Because I wanted the logo — really and truly — to be the blog logo, but after much wrangling I threw in the towel. The logo failed, not fitting in aesthetically. And isn’t it strange that you can relax about creating a logo but get finicky about the appearance of a blog that is just for fun and no expectations?
So here is the original logo. We won’t see it again but I wanted to memorialize it in this blog somehow and so here it is.
Thanks for being here.
You can always reach me at carl AT carlkruse DOT com or at carl AT alumni DOT princeton DOT edu.
I welcome hearing from you.