Another fascinating infographic: the explosion of Bitcoin and the altcoins 2

If you’ve read my blog, you know I’ve been involved with Bitcoin and its progeny since 2013. This month, the cryptocurrency markets have exploded, though there was a market correction a few days ago. To get a handle on what all this means, check this inforgraphic from the Visual Capitalist. Courtesy of: Visual Capitalist If you’re interested in getting started with Bitcoin, Litecoin or Ethereum, you can open an account at Coinbase using my referral link here. We each get $10 in Bitcoin free if you spend more than $100. With Coinbase, you link your bank account, so you can buy and sell those three cryptocurrencies with US dollars. There is also the option to link a credit card, so you can receive the coins instantly, rather than waiting a few days for the ACH withdrawal to clear. I’ve been debating whether to post a tutorial on how to mine, buy, sell and trade Bitcoin and the altcoins, but have hesitated because so many other bloggers have already done the same. Let me know if you want the Wheat-dogg version.

Fascinating graphic: the rapid growth of rapid transit in China and Taiwan

Fascinating graphic: the rapid growth of rapid transit in China and Taiwan
Peter Dovak, a graphic designer with a penchant for depicting rapid transit systems, has created this amazing animated GIF showing the expansion of subways in China and Taiwan from 1990. And they are still expanding. Changsha alone has opened only two of the five subway lines planned. Jshou, on the other hand, must struggle along with taxis and buses.

On-again, off-again superskyscraper in Changsha is on again

On-again, off-again superskyscraper in Changsha is on again
JISHOU, HUNAN — Two years ago, I wrote about Sky City, a skyscraper proposed for the city of Changsha that would be the world’s tallest building. It was also supposed to be the world’s first prefabricated skyscraper. Well, that didn’t quite come off as planned. Instead of 202 floors, there are only 57. In effect, this more modest Mini Sky City serves as a working proof of concept for the original plan, which the builders, Broad Sustainable Building, have not abandoned at all. In 2013, I expressed surprise that builders had gotten permission for such an audacious project — a super-skyscraper in Changsha, which is, after all, only a provincial capital and not world-famous like Shanghai or Beijing. I figured government mucky-mucks would object to Changsha stealing thunder from the country’s metropolises. Indeed, last year, one of my friends in Changsha told me Sky City had failed to get the necessary building permits, and construction had been halted. Well, it turns out the main problem was its colossal height. A 202-story Sky City would poke its head right into flight paths around Huanghua International Airport, and aviation authorities nixed that idea. Sky City was in fact completed this February, but ...
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