I’m pleased to announce that The Buckthorn Man will now be accepting bitcoin donations to support his work at the Scuppernong Springs Nature Trail. Here is the QR code for my Blockchain.info wallet. Just scan it into your favorite bitcoin payment system and start sending bitcoins to me now!
I sympathize if this is moving a bit too fast for you. You might even be asking ‘what is he talking about?’ or, ‘what has The Buckthorn Man been smoking?’ It is no hyperbole to refer to bitcoin as a movement; it is one of the most exciting new technologies to come along since the internet. From the November 2013 ssue of BitcoinMagazine:
Bitcoin is a peer-to-peer digital currency. It does not depend on any particular organization or person and it is not backed by any commodity like gold or silver. Bitcoin is a name for both: the currency and the protocol of storage and exchange. Just like dollars or gold, Bitcoin does not have much direct use value. It is valued subjectively according to one’s ability to exchange it for goods.
It took me a bit of investigation to appreciate the revolutionary, game-changing, nature of bitcoin. From it’s roots, eloquently expressed by it’s creator Satoshi Nakamoto, it has matured into a bonafide, 21st century solution, to the corruption endemic in our current, central banker controlled, fiat money system. The Federal Reserve banks are privately owned and, with the passage of the Federal Reserve Act in 1913, the U.S. Congress bestowed on them the power to create money out of thin air; they are accountable to no one. Just listen to former Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke telling Representative Alan Grayson to pound sand when he asked which foreign banks got bailed out to the tune of $550,000,000,000 during the meltdown of 2008.
But it is the bitcoin software and distributed architecture that has captured my attention. I cut my teeth programming in C++ and when I found out that bitcoin was written in this language, I had to take a look at the source code, which is open to anyone to inspect, or clone to build something totally new. I’m off on a new adventure and, if I can get my chops back, I’d love to go back to work programming for a bitcoin startup (I can hardly believe I’m saying that.)
Meanwhile, back at The Springs, my bête noire is Garlic Mustard. It’s everywhere and I’ve noticed that in the places where I sprayed it with glyphosate the past three years, it is the only thing that has survived. I committed to going organic because of my fear of poisoning the water in this sensitive location at the headwaters of the Scuppernong River, and my concern about collateral damage, and now the reality of that challenge is daunting me. I will dig it out of the highest quality locations, or where there are just a few plants, but for the majority of the infestation, I’m going to try cutting it back with the brush cutter to prevent it from going to seed; a fool’s errand perhaps.
Last Wednesday, after dropping off the Buckthorn Barrow at one of the piles Dick Jenks cut up…,
…I worked on the south end of the loop trail wacking garlic mustard with my brush cutter. Let me know if you have seen enough garlic mustard pictures.
I have no illusions that this will kill the plants, I’m just hoping that, with repeated mowings, I can prevent it from going to seed. I mowed all day and then took a walk around the loop and admired this new signpost, #9, marking the location of the hatching house (see Maps and Brochures.) Thanks to Jim Davee and Melaine Kapinos for making it happen!
Is it ever going to get warm and sunny?
Yesterday, I was back at it, this time cutting garlic mustard in the area by the old gnarly oak and the old barn site at the bend in the river.
I’m going to stick it out with this experiment and hopefully the garlic mustard cuttings won’t take root and make matters even worse. If you are walking the trails at The Springs, and you see some garlic mustard flowering, please, stop and pull it. And, send me bitcoin if you can!
See you at The Springs!
p.s. If you are interested in learning more about bitcoin, join me at the Milwaukee Bitcoin Meetup.