This domain was secured in 2016 with only a rough idea what might happen — less than a rough idea to be honest — and it took a pandemic in 2020 for the first posts to appear.
Two other sites I fed, one on non-profits at https://carlkruse.org and another on random miscellany — Morse Code to Tolkien — at https://www.carlkruse.com, took up time, consigning this new domain to mothballs.
All of the sites, here and there, were for fun with no commercial or other expectation. Bric-a-brac. This and that. And like any craft not professionalized, they 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, well-being, securing individual freedom, among other goodness. Banking the unbanked, but perhaps more importantly unbanking the banked. I thought this blog — lonely and waiting out in the cold — a good place to deposit these and related topics. Again, just for fun and with no expectations.
My personal logo was designed back in the late 1990s 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. Ok, ok don’t say anything and let me go with this.
Having the letters sketched, they where colored in white, set on a 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 really wanted this logo 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.”
Anyway, so here is the original logo. We won’t see it again but I wanted to get it into this blog somehow. And 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.