What The Mark Of The Beast Taught Me About The Future Of Money

Society has gone from bartering to trading with gold, then cash, then checks, credit cards, debit cards, and now digital transactions. The idea of money is now less physical and largely just a construct that goes from one entity to another in exchange for goods and services. Charlie Warzel wrote an extensive article on the future of financial transactions in the cashless society, after he spent a month using digital transactions only. There are myriad ways to pay digitally: Paypal, Venmo, Apple Pay, Android Pay, Square Cash, M-Pesa, and apps that only work at certain retailers. There are so many that it’s a real pain for vendors to keep up, although history tells us that some will rise above others and become the default way to pay.

There are, of course, legitimate reasons not to trust these new forms of payment. Anyone who’s been mugged or lost a wallet knows cash is far from perfect, but this constellation of new digital payment products introduces a whole new category and scale of ways to get robbed, hacked, scammed, and screwed. Venmo — the social payment service that’s now transferring over $1 billion per month — may, in some ways, be the truest glimpse at a mobile payment future, but it’s not exactly entirely secure. Smartphones can be as easily lost and stolen as wallets, but they’re also eminently breakable, orders of magnitude more expensive, and obsolete after two or three years. And the payment-apps landscape is still such that living cashlessly in 2016 means entering your credit card information or routing number into dozens of stand-alone apps, some of which look as if they’ve been built overnight by a high school computer science class.

One way to get around the physical stealing or breakage of phones is to have a chip implanted in his hand to use for transactions, which is what Warzel ultimately did. This is not common, and he had to make some upper-level arrangements to get it to work.

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What could possibly go wrong? I can think of a few drawbacks to paying with an embedded chip.

1. How does one actually give permission for such a transaction? Like credit card skimmers, you can imagine someone being able to draw money from your account (and body) without you even knowing it.

2. How much personal information can be stored on a a chip, and how can outside entities (government, advertisers, information traders, scammers) access this? Would someone be able to find out where you live just by being near you?

3. The more removed from the physical act of financial transactions we are, the easier it is to spend it all. Using actual cash keeps you aware of how much you are spending and how much is left. http://www.businessinsider.com/best-tip-for-saving-money-on-limited-income-2016-5

4. You would no longer have the freedom to deliberately leave your wallet at home.

5. Of course, there is Revelation 13:16-17. That’s over two billion people who will never get aboard with implanted chips.

6. It’s a lot of hassle for both small businesses and for people who just plain don’t have enough money. Wouldn’t it be better for the future to be the Star Trek model?

I’m sure you can think of other reservations, not the least is the pain involved. While the hook is Warzel’s chip implant, the article has a lot to say about the current state of flux in our digital transaction system. Read the whole thing at Buzzfeed.

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Kim Jong-Un's Untouched Publicity Photo Leads To Photoshop Perfection

You may think Kim Jong-un themed Photoshop battles have been done to death, and you'd be right.

But sometimes you have to revisit a subject over and over again to reach perfect level Photoshops, and when this super smiley headshot was released and declared untouched by North Korea the Reddits got busy retouching.

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They sent the poor little leader to Bikini Bottom, so he could see how it feels to live in a colorful world of creativity instead of being trapped inside a drab gray world of concrete and forced conformity.

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And then the ultimate transformations began, which left the Supreme Leader unrecognizable and yet somehow more powerful and authoritative than before.

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See Kim Jong-un, this is why you should be embracing technology!

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Chipmunk Caught Red-Handed

This little chipmunk thought he had stumbled on the perfect treasure trove of food when he found a full bird feeder. Yet he couldn’t shake the feeling he was doing something wrong by taking all those seeds. When confronted by the guy who loaded the feeder, he did the only thing a thief with a conscience would do. He gave it all back.   

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Under enough pressure, a criminal will cough up the goods. Of course, it’s probably just a fear response, but look at how much he had stuffed in those cheeks! -via Arbroath

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Baby Gordon Ramsay

I think I found the new host for Master Chef Junior. 

Claire Dempster posted this adorable picture of her mini-chef on her Twitter account asking Gordon Ramsay if he happened to have been in Wales within the last ten months or so. Best of all, Ramsay himself replied stating that yes, he was actually there about 11 months ago.

Sure, it could just be a coincidence, but with an uncanny resemblance like that, I smell a conspiracy.

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The Commute Map

The Commute Map is an interactive graph that shows the flow of commuters in your area. Select a state and county, and whether you want to see the patterns for people who live there or for people who work there. Below the map, you'll see a list of counties where the traffic is coming from or going. You can even select the range, up to 300 miles. The commute to work in Washington, DC, is shown here; apparently no one travels to work in my county. Creator Mark Evans explains more about this visualization at I Like Big Bytes. -via Metafilter


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Stuff No One Told Me Illustrated

There are lots of hoaky posts offering life lessons and advice online, but they're usually just full of quotes supposedly said by famous people and don't really capture our attention.

But Alex Noriega isn't a celebrity or professional life coach, he's just an illustrator who enjoys creating and sharing little visual info nuggets with cartoon flair he calls Stuff No One Told Me. (Contains NSFW language)

Some of Alex's observations really hit home, others are too silly to be taken seriously, but the cartoon art is always cool so enjoy these nuggets with a grain of philosophical salt.

See more from Stuff No One Told Me here (contains NSFW language)


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Un-Melting Things

Let’s Melt This is a YouTube channel that shows various things melting. This one a switch-up, where they show the videos in reverse. It’s neat because instead of being destructive, it looks constructive. Also, some of the things are completely unidentifiable melted, so we get to guess what they are as the video rolls.

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The only part I don’t like is that the music is backwards, too. If that  bugs you, turn the volume down, or mute it. -via Laughing Squid


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Artist Turns Old Mattresses into Giant Foods

Recently, French street artist Lor-K has been cutting, shaping, and painting old mattresses so that they look like giant versions of common foods. If you've ever wanted a slice of pizza that's big enough to be a complete meal, she can provide it!

Lor-K calls the project Eat Me.

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Cité Mémoire

Montreal is marking the 375th anniversary of its founding in 1641. One of the ways the city is celebrating is with projection art that tells stories from the city’s history. Cité Mémoire (Memory City) consists of 18 installations, projected on buildings, roads, and even trees. There is audio to go with them, accessible through an app on your mobile device. Juergen Horn and Mike Powell made a video giving us a little taste.

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If it were just short movies projected against the sides of buildings, Cité Mémoire would be cool, but not all that memorable. However, each of the eighteen tableaux has been produced with the utmost artistry. They’re the work of some of Quebec’s most renowned multidisciplinary artists. The projections are poetic, haunting and beautiful, and each one makes perfect use of its individual location.

For example, the tableaux about the 1849 burning of the Parliament is found at the old firehouse in the Place d’Youville. The projection uses a walled-up window on the building to create the illusion of a concerned couple peering outside. You watch along with them as protesters gather in front of the building across the street, which has been illuminated to resemble the Parliament. As it burns, the effect is stunning.

Read more about Cité Mémoire and see lots of pictures at For 91 Days.


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Mei In Wonderland - Time For A Neighborly Adventure!


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When Mei was spirited away to a house in the woods with her dad and sister to await her mom's return from the hospital she pretended they were moving into a castle, where the wind would howl at night so Satsuki would tuck her in real tight. But Mei truly had no idea how big her adventure would be when she went chasing that big puffball Totoro down the rabbit hole...

Alice isn't the only one who can have otherwordly adventures as you can see on this Mei In Wonderland t-shirt by zRiSes, slip it on and it'll make your life feel just a bit more magical!

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Cheetah with a GoPro

The folks at the Cincinnati Zoo outfitted Savanna the cheetah (previously at Neatorama) with a GoPro camera on her back. She probably wouldn’t have liked one on her head, and you really can’t force a wild cat to do something they don’t want to. Watching her zoom around the compound with this point of view is terrifying, kind of like riding in the car with your 16-year-old driving.    

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When they go to slow-motion, you really get a sense of how fast they run. I couldn’t even keep up with a cheetah in slow motion! But then again, if a wild predator were chasing me, I might surprise myself. -via Tastefully Offensive

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This Is What The Residential Areas In The World's Largest Cities Look Like

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Megacities aren't just settings for sci-fi novels or places where Judges like Dredd enforce the law- they're massive cities like Tokyo, Delhi or Shanghai where more than 10 million people live in a space never meant to hold so many people.

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And when the crowding gets crazy in the megacity builders start building straight up into the sky, erecting the massive buildings which will house millions.

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It's not hard to find the residential centers in a major city, just head to the edge of town far from the tourist attractions and look for the hive of identical structures the tourism department doesn't want you to see.

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Getting High

In 1999, a horrified mother took this picture of her daughter just before telling her to come down. The redditor with a NSFW name posted it and explained what kind of childhood she led.

The trick we came up with was to spit on our hands and feet and rub it in so they were kind of sticky (gross, I know). I basically just shimmied up like a bear cub. I remember having to take a pretty long breather about halfway up. Childhood is a hell of a drug.

Haha she had the camera in one hand and the phone in the other, ready to call for help if I fell. She said she didn't want to yell or panic because she thought it would scare me and I would fall. So she acted supportive then asked me nicely to come down and when I did I got a stern talking to about safety.

My mom got many a call from the neighbors saying, "do you know where your daughter is?" and she would say, "probably very high up in a tree. Call me back if she falls."

Yeah, as a girl wanting to be tough like the boys in my neighborhood I wound up getting hurt pretty often. I once climbed onto the cross beam of a playground swing set and thanks to a group of kids chanting "jump jump jump," I did, landed on my butt, kneed myself in the mouth, and broke 4 of my bottom front teeth. Many a bad choice was made.

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Skateboarding in Zero Gravity

Champion skateboarders Tony Hawk and Aaron "Jaws" Homoki went for a ride in a reduced-gravity aircraft operated by Zero G. They experienced the equivalent of Martian and Lunar gravity before going to zero gravity. Although they appear to defy gravity in their terrestrial stunts, here they got to experience the real thing.


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What Questions the 50 States Ask Google

If the most misspelled words by state wasn’t funny enough for you, here’s another chance to be embarrassed to admit which state you’re from. Estately crunched the data and came up with what questions states disproportionately ask in Google searches. See a larger map at the site

To be clear, the list below does not represent what each state Googles the most, it simply shows the searches each state Googles more frequently than the other 49 states and the District of Columbia.

While people in paradise (Hawaii) have the leisure to pose philosophical questions, those in Alaska are worried about stocking up for the winter, lest they starve. Arkansas needs a history lesson. People in Montana are apparently reacting to people in Idaho. You have to wonder what is going on in Delaware. And sadly, people in Kentucky learn how to use the internet before they learn the important things in life. -via the A.V. Club


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Sleek, Modernist Cuckoo Clocks

Pedro Mealha's cuckoo clocks don't look anything like a Swiss mountain chalet! They have modern shapes and forms and often vibrant, eye-popping colors.

But one thing hasn't changed a bit: each one has a cuckoo that chirps like the classic ones.

Mealha studied project and furniture design at Kingston University in London. He started clockmaking with a desk lamp, then decided to build a cuckoo clock. Now he sells them on Etsy. You can see more of his clocks here.

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Heavy Equipment Used in Liquor Store Smash-and-Grab

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Police in Anchorage, Alaska, were involved in a chase about 3 a.m. Thursday after a front-end loader was seen smashing into the front of a liquor store. Witnesses saw the machinery break the glass at Brown Jug liquor store. The driver went in and took several bottles of liquor. Police pursued the front-end loader, but the driver refused to stop. Once they blocked his path, they arrested 38-year-old Joseph Martin, who failed a sobriety test. He also had liquor bottles in the front-end loader. The next morning, Trina and Gus Gaskov found the fence damaged at their landscaping business and a front-end loader missing.

"He's obviously a good driver, 'cause he was drunk off his butt but he was still driving really good," she said in a phone interview Thursday. "He didn't hit a car or nothing — and making those wide turns — he must have experience driving around the loaders or something."

No one was injured in the chase. Martin was charged with DUI, theft, burglary, criminal mischief, and refusal to submit to a drug test. He is being held until a third party takes responsibility. -via Fark


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Even on His 99th Birthday, This Barber Is Still Cutting Hair

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Joe Barca, Sr. of Elmer, New Jersey started cutting hair in 1931. Eight decades later, he's doing it--even last Thursday, when he turned 99 years old. New Jersey Online reports:

He was at his South Main Street barber shop, comb and scissors in hand giving hair cuts.

But his family and friends made sure they marked the special milestone.

An open house was held Thursday at Barca's Barber Shop with many stopping by to offer their well-wishes. There were even balloons and refreshments. The words "Happy Birthday" were stretched across the large mirrors in the shop. […]

"You don't get into this for the money," said Barca in an interview back in 2013. "... the joy comes from meeting all kinds of people — they make it worthwhile."

-via American Digest


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A Collection Of Comics That Introverts Will Totally Relate To

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When Myers-Briggs came up with their test to categorize people as either introverted or extroverted they couldn't have known what an impact it would make on the world.

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Now, nearly twenty years later, the internet community at large is obsessed with the concept, but if their posts are to be believed the introverts far outnumber the extroverts, at least when it comes to posting online.

(Comic via Owlturd)

If you're an introvert you'll totally understand these comics and relate to the artist's view of the world.

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If you're an extrovert, or an I-don't-know-what-I-am, then these comics will be your guide to understanding the ways of the introverted, and they will explain a lot about your "weird" friend's "strange" behavior.

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10 Examples of Cat Logic


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Why does your cat refuse to snuggle with you except at the worst possible times? Why does he prefer to use uncomfortable objects as beds instead of, you know, actual cat beds?

Celebrity cats Cole and Marmalade explain with the help of their hapless human, Chris Poole. Cat behavior makes perfect sense once you strip away human dumbth.

-via Tastefully Offensive

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Black Panthera - Spirit Of A Panther God With Claws To Match


Black Panthera by Vincent Trinidad

He's the tribal chief of Wakanda, the man who was chosen by the Panther God to maintain peace and protect the sacred vibranium mound the Wakandans have watched over since the meteor fell to Earth many centuries ago. So what is he doing stuck in the middle of an MCU civil war? He's hunting the Winter Soldier, and taking in the sights, but mostly being a badass and looking good as he tears through the competition...

Add some fierce flavor to your geeky wardrobe with this Black Panthera t-shirt by Vincent Trinidad, it's the ultimate way to celebrate the fact that your favorite superhero is finally getting the big screen treatment he deserves!

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The Confusion of Papal Numbering

If you enjoyed the post last week about the erratic way kings are numbered, you’ll love a look at how popes are numbered. The Catholic Church has had a pope in charge of all its members for about two thousand years now, and records from the earliest ones are pretty scant. Also, papal records have been wiped out a few times, and then there’s the custom of yanking a pope’s title long after he’s dead. The results can be confusing.

The numbering of popes named Felix has been amended to omit antipope Felix II; however, most lists still call the last two Felixes Felix III and Felix IV.

So the official list includes nightmarish entries like “St Felix III (Felix II)”, or, to give him his Latin name: “Papa FELIX Tertius (Secundus)”. He ruled for nine years in the late 5th century; 30 years later came “St Felix IV”, who is also known as Felix III.

Additionally, there was an antipope Felix V.

So, for those keeping count, there have been five Pope Felixes, only three of whom were actually Pope. Glad we got that straight.

Then we get started on cases where the church lost count or got someone’s name wrong. All in all, it’s a mess in the historical records. Read all about it right here. -via Metafilter


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Thief Returns Stolen Goods, Leaves Apology Note

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On Sunday night, a man in Frankfort, Kentucky stole a boat from a marina, as well as items from other boats at the marina, including liquor and a television. He then picked up some friends and had a party before returning the boat and leaving.

Then, on Monday night, the man returned to the marina, left in undamaged condition all of the items he had stolen, and a note apologizing for his crime. CNN quotes the note:

I am very sorry. I do not know why I did it in the first place. It's way out of my character. That is not what kind of person I am. I do not even remember doing it. I am so sorry. I know this does not make it ok, but it is your stuff, not mine. Again, I am very sorry.

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A Dad's Harrowing Adventure In Babysitting As A Sympathetic Vomiter

Mothers tend to get all the applause and praise when it comes to parenting, but when fathers are faced with a crisis their bravery knows no bounds.

Take valiant father Ben Patterson for example- he watched his kid while his wife went out with friends, and when his son started projectile vomiting in the car he handled the situation with stoic dignity.

What's worse is Ben's a sympathetic vomiter, so his son's puking sent him into a paternal pukefest on some lady's lawn.

The lady naturally called the cops, but Ben kept it together and kept texting the entire horrific story to his wife, who was apparently too busy not giving a f$%k to text the poor guy back!

In true daddy style, Ben has chosen to see the incident as a learning experience, and vows never to babysit again without the proper equipment.

-Via FAILBlog

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Meet Rey-punzel

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Cosplayer Kathryn Reagan perfectly mashes up Rapunzel from Tangled with Rey from Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. BB-8 easily evades capture as Pascal the chameleon. No one will be able to keep him and his master locked inside the tower.

-via Elizabeth Rage


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Finals Week

About half the students reading this will cringe because they can relate to it, while the other half will laugh because finals are over. Finals week is the one thing about school you won’t miss at all when you graduate. This is the latest from Buttersafe.


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These Guys Built a Mechanical Version of Pong

When it came out in 1972, Pong was a marvel of video game design. It's visually simple by today's standards, but it thrilled the first generation of video game players.

You can play it on a computer now. But thanks to Daniel Perdomo and his colleagues, it's also possible to play a physical version in a table-shaped arcade cabinet.


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This video shows how it's put together. Magnets move the paddles and ball back and forth between two sheets of glass. The paddles don't actually hit the ball, but the ball ricochets according to the angles of impact to the paddles. It's an incredible technical achievement.

-via Gizmodo


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Mega Sticky Trap

A group of scientists are testing a new kind of sticky trap. To get accurate information on its effectiveness, they sent various types of humans across a 20-foot section of the material. First, a scientist as a baseline, then a sprinter, then a sumo wrestler. I was hoping the sumo wrestler wouldn’t get his loincloth caught in the sticky stuff. He does.

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Of course, this is an ad, for a Japanese cockroach trap. For such products, we’d hope they do their testing on actual cockroaches. -via Tastefully Offensive  


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Police Consider Towing Illegally Parked Flintstones Car

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Key West, Florida is a civilized place. You can't act like a caveman. And the owner of this Flintstones-style car found that out when he parked it illegally.

ABC News 10 reports that the city government was searching for the owner before towing it away. On Facebook, the city government states that it has since been able to find the owner. It doesn't describe him, which is a shame, because I always liked watching Fred on TV.

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20 Movies About Real Estate

The title of this list is really 20 Movies Every Real Estate Agent Should Watch, but that’s too narrow. While they feature real estate professionals, the subject of where to live affects us all. There’s at least one movie in here that relates to the travails of home buyers, homeowners, home sellers, renters, roommates, homeless people, landlords, neighbors, and yes, real estate agents. I’ve lived through the movie The Money Pit. Twice.

This 1980’s comedy focuses on a young couple who moves into a huge and expensive house that appears to be perfect right up until they purchase it, at which point it starts to fall apart in an absurd manner. Real estate agents are probably going to appreciate the number of lessons in real estate that the movie subtly delivers, such as the importance of looking past the surfaces when deciding on a house. The couple partly got into the mess in the first place because they were seduced by the promise of a bargain home and by a seller’s sympathetic sob story, which happens frequently in real life.

But in my case, it was intentional. Read the rest of the list at Housely. You might find something great to watch this weekend.


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