Of Wolves and Weasels – Day 601 – Terror on Moonbase Alpha – Chapter 6, Part 2

Hey all, GoodShibe here!

So yesterday I completed Chapter 6, Part 1 of Terror on Moonbase Alpha.

If you’re just joining us now, please feel free to get caught up here:

Without further ado, here’s Part 2 of Chapter 6



Terror on Moonbase Alpha – Chapter 6, Part 2



Jacob did his best to ignore the voice behind him, diving to the Lieutenant’s side, rolling her over – her face was a frozen mask of determination, even as the last gasps of air left her lips, she seemed to chase after them, refusing to let them go.

He looked up to the cameras, there was at least two that he could see. Where was everyone? This place should be flooded with DDF soldiers right now – he should be spread out on the ground with taser rounds. But it was just him, and her and the low, bemused chuckle behind him.

Setting to work, trying to remember the CPR course from a dozen or so years ago that he had barely listened to in the first place. They had been at a summer retreat and he had been focusing on the heaving breasts of the instructor more than anything. He thought of the tight, heavy bikini top and — NO!

Focus! He could feel the needles in his mind again, pulling him backward inside himself, trying to pull him away. Focus! Don’t let her die.

Roll her over, ear to mouth, listen for breath. Nothing.

Heart racing in his chest, he slapped himself hard across the face, focusing on the pain, sending the needle-legs in his mind scurrying back to the edges of his mind.

Hands over her chest, pump to the rhythm. The rhythm of what? It was a song, some ancient song that had no business surviving except for to remind people how to do CPR.

“You can tell by the way I use my walk, I’m a lover’s man no time to talk”

It was Kara’s voice, laced with venom. She was mocking him. “Stayin’ Alive, Stayin’ Alive…”

Fingers laced, the song blared in his mind but his mind wasn’t the one broadcasting it.

Focus! He pushed and pushed and pushed, her chest rising and falling, rising and falling beneath him. He felt the individual bones in her ribs flex and groan as he pushed down, as her heart flushed blood down into her arteries.

“You’re wasting your time. Even if you save her, I’m going to kill her. But, by all means, do your thing.”

Jacob felt the anger and frustration rising, he was tiring fast and she wasn’t coming around. Always, now in the back of his mind, he could feel her peeking, poking around.

“STOP!”

Without a thought, with on great leap, Jacob thrust himself off the floor, spinning around and catching Kara across the jaw with his fist. In the milliseconds before his fist connected, saw the look of realization on her face and felt a last-ditch scramble to stop him. It hadn’t worked. The legs skittered across his mind but found no purchase as Jacob’s fist slammed home.

She spun and fell off the bed unceremoniously with a thud and Jacob felt that his mind, if only for the moment, was his once more.

He grabbed the red ‘Alarm’ button by Kara’s bed and pressed it. A light, ‘ding-ding-ding’ rang out in repetition as he went back to the Lieutenant’s side. Breathing into her mouth, thrusting his arms once more.

To his great relief, he heard the doors hiss open as several nurses rushed into the room.

“Help!” he cried. “Help, I need help!”

But the nurses ran past him, ran around him, as if they couldn’t see him. They ran to Kara’s side, helping her back on the bed.

“Please!” Jacob yelled, his voice strained, his arms ached.

“No. You don’t get to save her.” One of the nurses turned to face him, hands on her hips, as if looking down at a petulant child. Her face was twisted in anger.

“You don’t get to win, Jacob.”

Jacob sobbed, his massive shoulders screamed, he felt his arms weakening. He sucked in great lung-fulls of air, pushing himself past his limits. “Come on. Come on. Come on.”

He could feel them watching him, all of the eyes in the room had turned to him.

One nurse filled a syringe in front of him, it was a long needle and it was entirely for show.

He felt a terror that was all his own awaken within him, a primal beast of a thing that tore at the courage in his breast with long, fat swipes of its claws.

“Run.” Kara said.

“Run!” said the nurses.

“Run! Run! Run! Run!” They chanted, laughing in one sick, malevolent voice.

They began to close in on him.

The needle looming ever closer.

And Jacob ran.



And that wraps up Part 2 of Chapter 6, I hope you enjoyed it!

It’s 9:30AM EST and I’m sending positive vibes your way. Have a great day, my friends! Our Global Hashrate is holding at ~1050 Gigahashes per Second and our Difficulty is up from ~13558 to ~14791.

As always, I appreciate your support!

GoodShibe

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Of Wolves and Weasels – Day 555 – Dream Big: Site Update #1

Hey all, GoodShibe here!

So things are happening FAST, at least on the back end.

We’ve decided to build our own site, from the ground up, using Ruby and Ruby on Rails.

We have a couple of Ruby coders on the team and the rest of us are in the process of learning Ruby and Ruby on Rails so that we can maintain the site in the future!

The group has been utterly hopping since our meeting yesterday and we’ve almost got a decent chunk of the backend up and running already.

Which brings me to the most potentially controversial part of this post.

For our tipbot, we’re going to be going with Block.io‘s API.

I know that some people have given us crap for using Web wallets in the past – and I completely understand the points made. The problem is this: What are our other options? Right now we have an option that is robust and it works — and we know who’s behind it (our own /u/patricklodder , who I have a huge amount of respect and trust for).

We could try coding our own tipbot, dealing with our own security – holding onto your private keys… but I don’t know if we’re there yet. And, honestly, if I were to do that, I’d more than likely just try to raise money to pay someone like Patrick to make it anyway.

They have the infrastructure and experience, and I’ve yet to see anything that would cause my heart to flutter with worry.

So, at least for now, we’re going to be heading forward with that.

It’s exciting to see how much enthusiasm is being displayed in the group – the idea that we’re all going to learn Ruby and Ruby on Rails together has really seemed to catch on and we’re sort of getting a support system in place as we all learn it and play around with it.

If you’re interested in learning Ruby and Ruby on Rails, these are the courses we’re taking!

It’s about 15 hours or so commitment between the both of them but it really does take you by the hand, treats you like you’ve never programmed a day in your life (which, well, I hadn’t) and makes it really interesting.

I highly recommend that you give it a look!

Anyway, that’s the update for now.

Lots of discussion to be had, I’m sure!

It’s 9:25AM EST and I’m seeing 1s and 0s everywhere ;D) Our Global Hashrate is holding at ~1130 Gigahashes per second and our Difficulty is down from ~12506 to ~12103.

As always, I appreciate your support!

GoodShibe

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Of Wolves and Weasels – Day 554 – Challenge Thursday #7!

Hey all, GoodShibe here!

So this morning the group that we’ve assembled for the new site had its first official meeting – and we’ll be meeting daily!

We’ve looked at the options presented to us in TelescopeApp and Pligg and, interestingly enough, we’ve decided to try something… pretty different.

I’m not sure how it will all pan out, but I’m really intrigued by this concept and, if it goes how I hope it’ll go, we’ll have something that could be really engaging and fun for the team — which might just translate into a better site for all of us.

Fingers are officially crossed but we’ll see how today plays out and, if it goes well, I might just have a really interesting update for tomorrow.

Now, with that said, let’s have a bit of fun!

Because today is my favorite day of the week:

Challenge Thursday!!

This whole day is based around encouraging Shibes to set out challenges to the community and then we all tip those who manage to pull them off!

They can be as easy or difficult as you like but the general idea is to encourage creativity.



Today’s Shibe Challenge:

Tip a friend with Dogecoin

This is a super-easy one… but I’d like to challenge you to try and make it not-so-easy. Find some way to put a spin on it, make it interesting or new.

Let’s get creative with it and have some fun.



The very best part about Challenge Thursday that you don’t just have to take my challenge, you can create your own!

What challenges will you come up with?

I have no idea.

But I’m so excited to see them! :D)

It’s 9:10AM EST and I am craving some bacon and eggs! Our Global Hashrate is up from ~1430 to ~1440 Gigahashes per second and our Difficulty is also up from ~32097 to ~33204.

As always, I appreciate your Support!

GoodShibe

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Of Wolves and Weasels – Day 553 – A Labor of Love

Hey all, GoodShibe here!

One of the things that’s always been very close to my heart as as Shibe is looking for ways to help spur on our DOGEconomy, to help our coin be more than just a speculative asset.

The good news is that Dogecoin is one of the most widely-used crypto-coins out there, however, the biggest problem has always been expanding our reach.

Finding things that people want to buy and selling them primarily (if not only) in Dogecoin.

One of the key things I want to do with this new site is help to make it a bastion for Shibes and our DOGEconomy. A place where Dogecoin is the de-facto coin of the realm, where we’re not hedging our bets by bringing other coins into the mix.

A place where Dogecoin businesses get the prime advertising spots and advertisers pay to advertise with us in Dogecoin and advertise the prices of their products in Dogecoin.

To some people, this seems like a ‘crazy’ idea. Some people, when I’ve mentioned this have shaken their heads and say it’s ‘doomed from the outset’.

And yet… isn’t this exactly what we’ve always wished for?

If we want our coin to grow and see more use, it needs to have exclusivity. We need to be able to offer people things that they want, that they can only get in Dogecoin.

So, that’s the dream. That’s what we’re attempting to build.

Not just a place for Shibes to hang out and have fun but a place that focuses entirely on the advancement of Dogecoin by making it ALL about Dogecoin.

I’ve been a passionate supporter of Dogecoin pretty much since the beginning and I’ve been working to build a team of Shibes who care just as much as I do.

Those of us who’ve decided to take part, we know it’s not going to be easy, or happen overnight… but it’s a labor of love.

And, together, we’ll be doing our very best to help get this place up and running for you and for all Shibes.

It’s 9:06AM EST and I’m strapped into the Rocket, big grin and all! Our Global Hashrate is down from ~1100 to ~1090 Gigahashes per second and our Difficulty is up from ~18787 to ~20129.

As always, I appreciate your support!

GoodShibe

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Of Wolves and Weasels – Day 552 – It Begins!

Hey all, GoodShibe here!

And we’re off!

We have a group of Shibes already poking away at the various parts of a couple different options for this new site!

For those who are concerned, no this isn’t about some sort of Community migration away from Reddit, Reddit will always be here doing what it does.

This is about expanding our community outward, creating new ports of call, new outposts for Shibes to visit.

New content for us all to enjoy, together!

We already have several other satellite communities (and you can find them listed in my weekly wrapup posts) but we don’t have anything that’s built to specifically suit our needs, run by people who have our best interests at heart.

To that end, we’ve also created a Donation address for those who would like to support the project.

The wallet is under my (and Block.io‘s) control for the moment but once we sort out a management structure, etc, I’ll be looking to set up a new multi-sig where several of the team members have keys.

For those concerned about web-wallets (which is understandable), Block.io is has one of our core devs /u/patricklodder at the helm and, frankly, I trust him and his work.

https://chain.so/address/DOGE/A4CrvCPkZcLtctAZ6bkE6qL4mWbrxmB2hJ

All donations will go toward hosting/maintaining the site, etc.

And, of course, we’re still wide open to hearing what sort of features are important to you, what you’d love to see baked right into the crust of this thing.

You can see the feature list that others have put together here.

In other news, though I am traditionally not a coder, I’ve begun my journey toward learning HTML and CSS thanks to codecademy.com.

I don’t know if I’ll be a good coder or whatnot, but I’m finding it very interesting and enjoying the experience very much. Big thanks to /u/peoplma for spurring me onward in that regard, inspiring me to give it a shot. ;D)

I highly recommend that any Shibe who thinks ‘it’s not for me’ or ‘it’s too hard’ takes some time to give it an honest shot. The Codecademy site has made it incredibly easy to pick this up, taking it in a very step-by-step, easy-to-digest approach.

Give it a shot, who knows? You might discover a new hobby (or more!).

It’s 9:13AM EST and I could definitely use another 20 minutes of sleep yawn. Our Global Hashrate is up from ~1310 to ~1320 Gigahashes per second and our Difficulty is up from ~16187 to ~17985.

As always, I appreciate your support!

GoodShibe

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Of Wolves and Weasels – Day 551 – Dream Big: Building our Moonbase

Hey all, GoodShibe here!

So we’ve begun to send out invitations to those who asked to join in!

For those who have no idea what I’m talking about:

A growing number of us are working to design a website for the Community that’s built by Shibes, for Shibes.

It’s still in early planning stages – right now we’re looking at a few different Open Source platform options: from using Reddit’s own Open Source code, to going with something more interesting like TelescopeApp or Pligg.

It’s all going to come down to what gives us the best balance of security and flexibility.

Some of the features we want to include, from the ground up, are:

  • Simplified on-chain tipping – tipped coins go directly to you as fast and secure as our blockchain.
  • Easy store-front integration – Ideally, I’d love for users to be able to sell things directly from their User Profile page. This is who you are and what you have to sell, fellow Shibes can buy it right there and then using their linked wallet.
  • More detailed posting abilities (linked posts with detail text for instance), more advanced filters
  • Built-in tools to assist Shibes with giveaways and/or donation drives and/or contests
  • Support for three separate ‘speeds’ of the community. Direct integration of Dogecoin IRC, a newsfeed as well as a forum for more detailed conversations.

We’ve got a team coming together now and we’d love to have you here with us!

This is a project built for us, by us and taking ONLY our needs into consideration.

If you’d like to take part and help us build this place, please take a moment to fill out this form[1] , let us know more about you, how you’d like to help and what your strengths are.

It’s 8:58AM EST and I’ve got no socks on! Our Global Hashrate is up from ~1230 to ~1240 and our Difficulty is up from ~21148 to ~23070.

As always, I appreciate your support!

GoodShibe

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Of Wolves and Weasels – Day 550 – Weekly Wrapup #72

Hey all, GoodShibe here!

This was your week in Dogecoin:



This Week’s oWaWs





Top Images/Memes of the Week





Announcements





Other Dogecoin Communities





Dogecoin Attractions – Neat or interesting things to check out/ Take part in this Week





Other Interesting Stuff





Did I miss anything? Do you have a Dogecoin community you want featured? Let me know!

All of these places are seeds. Their potential is infinite. You do not have to ‘Leave’ Reddit in order to help build up these other communities.

But take part in them. Take part in one of them. Make it your own.

Each of these different communities offer Shibes different options, different speeds, different conversations.

What will you do there? What will you build there?

It’s 8:26AM EST and Sunday is FunDay, right? Right?. Our Global Hashrate is holding strong at ~1590 Gigahashes per second and our Difficulty is up from ~18716 to ~20769.

As always, I appreciate your support!

GoodShibe

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Of Wolves and Weasels – Day 549 – Shibe Saturday #30!

Hey all, GoodShibe here!

So today is Shibe Saturday #30

And, if you haven’t heard, a bunch of us Shibes are working to build a new community website, designed by Shibes, run by Shibes FOR Shibes!

If you’d like to take part in that effort, please take a moment to fill out this form and tell us about yourself!



What is Shibe Saturday??



The idea here is quite simple: look for awesome things to buy with your Dogecoin… then buy them!

Today is all about helping our DOGEconomy grow AND helping you get some cool stuff with your DOGEs!



But I only have a little bit of Dogecoin!



Use our Dogecoin Prize List (Beta) to figure out what you can buy with the DOGEs that you have!



Earn Dogecoins



  • ‘Hire a Shibe’ wiki! (Shibes hiring Shibes to work for Dogecoin!)
  • Dogerr.com post your skills/abilities, do micro-jobs and get paid in Dogecoin!
  • LinkSlap earn Dogecoins for describing GIFs


BUY STUFF With your DOGES!



TUTORIAL: How To Spend Your Dogecoins



Dogecoin Flea Market!



Sell your stuff for Dogecoin! Go to Suchlist.com and set an item for sale (make sure to use Escrow when selling physical items!) then send me a link (in comments or PM) and I’ll post it up here!



Shibe Authors!



/u/leegun is selling their books for DOGE:

/u/RyvenCedrylle is selling their Pen and Paper RPG for DOGE:

/u/dogemine1 is giving their books away here:

/u/BeforeTheWind is selling their books and short stories for Dogecoin!

/u/BTru is selling their eBook ‘There’s Something In My Closet’ for Dogecoin!



Great businesses to spend your Dogecoins on this Shibe Saturday!



  • Coinplay.io sells Steam keys for cool Indie videogames for Dogecoin!
  • Dogetunes.net offers a vast array of Music for sale by Shibes for Dogecoin!
  • DogecoinAthletics.com sells dogecoin-themed clothing and accessories! 15% off, today only!
  • FrontierVapor.com sells eCigarette ‘juice’ and accessories for Dogecoin!
  • Gamerzheat sells Steam keys for games for Dogecoin.
  • PexPeppers.com is a well-known business that sells fantastic hot sauces, pepper jellies and even locally-sourced honey for Dogecoin!
  • ShibeSeeds.com is offering a vast selection of Seeds, for growing your own herbs and plants and veggies!
  • Coinok.pw – selling Doge 2015 calendars for 2015 DOGE!
  • Magicdogeglasses.com is selling “magic doge” glasses, glasses that project a magic doge.
  • Dogeshop.it is selling games and more for Dogecoin
  • Keys4coins is also selling games for Dogecoin


Dogecoin Business Directories!



Use these to help you find businesses that accept Dogecoins!



Non-Shibe Businesses accepting Dogecoin



Would you like your business or sale added up here? Please let me know in the comments!

It’s 8:34AM EST and I’m looking forward to finding new places for us to play! Our Global Hashrate is up from ~1120 to ~1130 Gigahashes per second and our Difficulty is down from ~19934 to ~17334.

As always, I appreciate your support!

GoodShibe

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Of Wolves and Weasels – Day 548 – Teambuilding

Hey all, GoodShibe here!

I’ve been part of a few different teams since I’ve gotten involved with /r/Dogecoin and have learned quite a bit, the hard way, in getting groups of people from all around the world to communicate and work together:

It’s ridiculously hard.  Even when starting with the best of intentions, the strongest of goals, the most committed person will almost always be the person with the original vision – whomever started the team.

As it turns out, where most teams seem to falter is in the lack of management skills.  It’s easy to start out with a great idea and run forward with gusto, however: keeping people busy, on task, feeling productive and challenged even though, well, everyone’s working for free?

Yeah, way more easily said than done.

In this situation the person with the original vision has to be able to articulate that vision while being open and flexible to ideas from all around them.  It’s no longer ‘their’ idea, from the moment the others join and agree to work for free.  The originator, if they want their idea to have a hope of seeing it through, then has to either delegate work to a small team of people – people who are passionate about the task ahead of them – or has to juggle several hats by being able to break down and distribute the work to people who are most interested in working on it.

A lot of this is learning on the fly, mostly by making mistakes – sometimes not stepping forward and taking charge can be just as bad as taking charge without sharing the leadership effectively.

There’s a delicate balance in working with a free team – every iota of time granted to you is a gift, so it’s essential that you don’t squander it.

One of the things I’m going to be attempting this time out is to try to be a facilitator, trying to break down important milestones and tasks into as many bite-sized goals as possible.

Momentum is a powerful force in a free team and I’ve learned that it can evaporate in a heartbeat, for any number of reasons.  Once it’s lost, it’s very hard to get back… so keeping things engaging, keeping an environment where the progress is constant or at least semi-constant seems to help.

Trying to create this new Website, by Shibes, for Shibes… it’s not a small task — but I’m excited about giving it an honest try.

If you would like to join our team, please take a moment to fill out this form so that we can know more about who you are, what your strengths are, and what you’d like to contribute.

It’s 8:41AM EST and today’s Reddit Blackout Day.  Our Global Hashrate is up from ~1400 to ~1410 Gigahashes per second and our Difficulty is also up from ~19634 to ~22227.

As always, I appreciate your support!

GoodShibe

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Of Wolves and Weasels – Day 547 – Challenge Thursday #6

Hey all, GoodShibe here!

So I know we haven’t focused on the DOGE days of Summer in a little while, but if you’re up for it, I’d really like to get that ball rolling again!

It’s super easy too, all you have to do is wear your Dogecoin Shirt outside and get on TV ;D) Join a crowd, bring a Dogecoin sign, wave it high and proud!

Today is my favorite day of the week:

Challenge Thursday!!

This whole day is based around encouraging Shibes to set out challenges to the community and then we all tip those who manage to pull them off!

They can be as easy or difficult as you like but the general idea is to encourage creativity.



Today’s Shibe Challenge:

Tell me your Dream for Dogecoin

What does ‘the moon’ look like for you? What’s your hopes and dreams for our incredible Crypto-coin?

Let’s get creative with it and have some fun.



The very best part about Challenge Thursday that you don’t just have to take my challenge, you can create your own!

What challenges will you come up with?

I have no idea.

But I’m so excited to see them! :D)

It’s 9:15AM EST and I do love me some breakfast coffee! Our Global Hashrate is up from ~1200 to ~1220 Gigahashes per second and our Difficulty is also down from ~11598 to ~11762.

As always, I appreciate your Support!

GoodShibe

PS: Please take a look at our feature list for the possible new site and let me know what you think the core features should be. If we launch, what do we NEED to launch with? ;D)

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