What’s that?  You want to reminisce?

Sure!  I’m superior at that…

It was September of 1998 and I was in initial-yr college.

I obtained my songs at that time from C.D.’s.  I hadn’t applied a cassette in very some time.

Previously that 12 months, a good deal of people today had identified how to obtain a C.D. from a tunes keep, take it house, duplicate the files onto their pc, and then return the C.D.

That sucks, ideal?  For the musicians and for the new music merchants?  Sure, but I’ve under no circumstances been one to make attempts at redoing heritage.  I’d fairly be straightforward about what social norms and customs were at the time, and get duty for my actions.  This was, in its really initial form, audio piracy.  Historical past will show that this was all part of the method in how new music went digital, considering the fact that the technological know-how to duplicate tunes came alongside prior to the technological know-how to prevent persons from copying songs, and audio suppliers permitted returns even if the plastic-wrap had been taken off the C.D.’s.

But in September of 1998, a pal of mine explained to me, “I uncovered an even greater way to get new music!”

There was no improved way.  Not a opportunity.

“Download anything referred to as ‘Scour‘,” he instructed me.  And I did.

I booted up Scour, and chatting with my friend by way of ICQ, due to the fact my cellular phone line was my World wide web line and I couldn’t talk to him on the land-line, he stated, “Search for a tune.”

Pop Quiz for these born in the 1980’s: What was the incredibly 1st MP3 you at any time downloaded?

Any guesses at mine?

Favourite bands of all time: Environmentally friendly Day, Pearl Jam, Purple Sizzling Chili Peppers, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Offspring, Guns N Roses, The Doors, Blink 182, CCR, and other individuals.

Was the first MP3 I at any time downloaded by just one of people banking institutions?


It was “Ghetto Superstar” by Pras, showcasing Ol Soiled Bastard and Mya.

Hey, it was 1998, correct?  That music was big!

So go in advance, convey to me what your initially MP3 was.  I dare you!

And was it on Scour?  Or Napster a handful of months afterwards?  If you’re young, maybe it was Limewire or Kazaa.  Probably it was Frostwire.  RapidShare or Pirate Bay?

I really like speaking about these times, and not just mainly because time seems to be fleeting and I really like to reminisce about good instances, but also because my technology lived by way of a monumental event in human history.  “The Internet” arrived into our lives in 1994, turned mainstream in 1996, was a staple of our life by 1998, and from then on, has modified the way we do anything, such as locate and pay attention to audio.

For all those interested, here’s a terrific e book I examine a couple of yrs again:

If you’ve at any time wondered, “How did brand name-new, strike songs from top rated artists locate its way to the Online?” then this ebook is a have to-go through.

As historical past will clearly show, and make bands like Metallica seem like idiots for refusing to embrace new know-how and way of life, there was not only a refusal to enable the technological know-how to exist, but also a standard refusal to learn and have an understanding of it.

So right here I am, at 41-yrs-previous, seeking at Non-Fungible-Tokens and feeling like Lars Ulrich, yelling, “We really do not want you as our followers if you are heading to use Napster.”

What the @#$%&* is a Non-Fungible-Token, folks?

I mean, I know what it is.  I know to the same extent that you and the particular person future to you can explain blockchain.

But what is it?

Why does it exist?

How does it assistance our lives?  What benefit are we finding out of its existence?

And what reward do we get from digital real estate?

We have a housing crisis here in Toronto, suitable?  It is all we communicate about.

So is our earth going to get any much easier if we begin providing an NFT of houses and condos?

A reader despatched me this absolutely mind-boggling write-up from the Miami Herald, of which I am now, unfortunately, a subscriber, which I’m going to reproduce below in comprehensive:



“Crypto Currency Creeps Into Authentic Estate: Miami Mansion To Be Sold As An NFT”
Michael Butler
Miami Herald
April 24, 2022


In spite of a housing affordability disaster, Miami is emerging as a hub for cryptocurrency action and a forthcoming luxurious property sale could show what the South Florida true estate market place of tomorrow looks like.

A person Sotheby’s Global Realty and Voxel Architects are collaborating with developer Gabe Sierra for Meta Residence, an 11,000-square-foot Miami mansion that will have a digital counterpart in the variety of a non-fungible token, or NFT. A digital token can be purchased, marketed, exchanged in a variety of forms which include illustrations or photos and audio.

The digital counterpart will exist inside the metaverse on digital platform The Sandbox. The particular person that buys the NFT at auction later this yr will then achieve rights to the actual physical assets expected to be finished by the conclusion of the yr.

A single Sotheby’s International Realty agent Michael Martinez options to execute the property’s sale on the Ethereum blockchain. The property’s reserve, or minimal, value has nonetheless to be identified.

Sierra created the Meta Home idea and has a building administration background. He has worked in luxury housing improvement for 10 several years right after mastering from his father, developer Felix Sierra, who has worked as a developer for the earlier 30 decades.

By acquiring a dwelling accompanied by an NFT of it, electronic forex consumers can obtain the household immediately via blockchain. They would also afterwards have the ability to transfer possession of the house by intelligent contracts secured by blockchain.

“My eyesight of where by this ends up is builders and creators making out digital extensions of authentic-planet activities,” Sierra stated. “Whether it is a dwelling or resort, you can make a mirror and prolong on that for a electronic extension of these true-environment environments.”

A big concern, nevertheless, is no matter if or when real estate NFTs will turn out to be mainstream in the Miami-place housing industry for the properties middle-course people can manage to acquire. For now, households like the Meta Home are for individuals who can participate in in the luxurious serious estate arena.

With a replica of a serious-globe house existing in the metaverse, Sierra explained clientele from all more than the environment could pretty much tour houses devoid of possessing to vacation to their actual physical places.

“A big detail about creating NFTs of attributes in the metaverse is that you can present off homes considerably extra early on in their buildout to individuals close to the globe,” he reported. “Traditionally, persons have to search at a photo or a rendering. Now we can present people today properties in the metaverse.”

Sierra is a proponent of Internet 3., the next era of world wide web which is unfolding in which customers can make and have ownership of the electronic house. He sees the Meta Home as a convergence of the digital room and genuine estate. He thinks whilst NFTs will streamline the dwelling-obtaining procedure, they will not make serious estate agents entirely out of date.

“A real estate agent however serves a function,” he claimed. “They would have to travel you to 20 homes, while now you could have a portfolio of properties they could show you in the metaverse. They would even now demonstrate the place they could get land. This will make the acquiring system faster. It’s just likely to evolve how true estate is effective.”

Legal professional Daniel Stabile has taught a blockchain regulation course at the College of Miami given that 2018 and also wrote a textbook on the subject matter. As a member of the Miami-Dade County Cryptocurrency Undertaking Drive, he explained that crypto can clear away the require for certain intermediaries in business transactions like banking institutions with digital currency getting reliant on peer-to-peer engagement.

Stabile thinks that inefficiencies in how transactions are usually done amplify how crypto can be utilized in real estate. Numerous communities around the place are presently looking at placing actual estate titles on blockchain, he claimed. Placing actual estate deeds on blockchain, he reported, could be much more secure than acquiring paper records that can a lot more easily be destroyed.

“We have a common database method that results in inefficiencies to the level you need title insurance plan,” Stabile reported. “A blockchain is essentially a databases and can be general public. Persons can have a large diploma of confidence in it and it’s a excellent way to hold monitor of records.”

The strategy of a assets like the Meta Home in Miami makes sense to Stabile, who states he thinks society is not much absent from a earth in which people look for financing to obtain land in the metaverse.

He made use of the instance of a large-finish condominium sale to clarify how electronic tokens — NFTs — could modify how actual estate business is completed.

“If when shopping for a higher-finish condominium, as a substitute of employing cash, you could make a digital token to stand for (it),” he claimed. “A rationale for that is you could trade (the NFT) more promptly and get liquidity 24/7.”

Anthony Varrell is the founder of Only Gems, a Fort Lauderdale-based enterprise that is bringing asset-backed NFTs to the industrial marketplace. His enterprise possesses tangible collectibles this kind of as a Dan Marino rookie Miami Dolphins card and creates NFTs to go with them. A lot of NFT exchanges only trade digital tokens that stand for an genuine merchandise as opposed to having actual physical and electronic variations.

Varrell ultimately sees NFTs getting to be necessary as identification playing cards like drivers’ licenses and binding legal paperwork these kinds of as residence deeds. With the peer-to-peer communication construction of blockchain, he agreed with Stabile that intermediaries these types of as title companies that add costs to true estate transactions can be eradicated entirely and make the home-purchasing approach a lot less high priced.

“There’s no actual reason for there to be a title organization included or any of the intermediaries included,” he said. “However, if you definitely seem at how the globe functions, I seriously believe it is going to choose a while for that to take position for the reason that with the legacy systems, you just can’t just say you are going to be producing deeds into NFTs.”

Coldwell Banker regional vice president Nancy Klock Corey does not see the metaverse getting a common effect on Miami real estate and the dwelling stock shortage at any time soon, since actual physical people today and belongings can not be utilized in the metaverse.

Corey mentioned getting easily accessible info is critical for communities of all backgrounds to better recognize how NFTs are purchased, offered and exchanged.

“Whether the client chooses to make investments in the metaverse or NFTs as an alternative of (actual physical) actual estate (very similar to someone opting for the inventory sector versus getting serious estate) however continues to be to be found, but is certainly a possibility,” she claimed.

As Miami-Dade County gets home to much more technologists and finance professionals from other parts of the nation and environment, Stabile is aware housing in the town has turn into unaffordable for many of its longtime residents.

Stabile thinks educating people about cryptocurrency can support more people today make use of it as a source, like to streamline genuine estate bargains. He would like to see Miami-Dade partner with community companies and activists to offer these instructional opportunities.

“Blockchain at its coronary heart is anything that can assistance people,” he reported. “A great deal of populations are receiving punished for not obtaining a conventional banking romance. With crypto, you can go this income for a fraction. We do not want this technology to be 1 for the abundant and highly effective, we want it for everybody.”



“The car is a novel creation, but it will never turn out to be as commonplace as the bicycle!”

Am I the previous gentleman shaking my fist at a cloud in this article?

Or it’s possible I’m the dude however actively playing eight-keep track of cassettes simply because “the audio is better.”

But what the hell does all this necessarily mean?

The metaverse eh?


Elon Musk is discovering place and attempting to come across an alternate for Earth to protect humanity for potential generations.


But the metaverse?

Proudly owning actual estate in close proximity to Snoop Canine?

Possessing a dwelling in the digital world?

Blockchain and NFT as systems will undoubtedly be part of our each day lives as the earth moves ahead, but all this speak of virtual actual estate, mansions as NFT’s, and the Metaverse rubs me the completely wrong way.  Like several attractive, new, speculative markets, it’s likely to be a place in which a handful of folks get extremely rich and most people else gets burned…

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