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Achievement Unlocked : Dogecoin in Space!

We all knew it was going to happen, after all the moon is our goal, but here it is: Dogecoin being launched into Space, via the AlbertaSat satellite being launched into orbit.

 

Dogecoin launch aboard the AlbertaSat cubesat!  Images courtesty of Nanoracks, NASA and AlbertaSat!

From Nasa:

“On April 18, 2017 Ex-Alta 1 blasted into space aboard the SS John Glen Cygnus spacecraft on top of the Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Florida. It made a quick stop aboard the International Space Station. Last Friday, May 26, 2017, Ex-Alta 1 was deployed into space from the ISS, taking Dogecoin with it!”

The image was engraved on a microchip.

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More info available here on this Reddit thread, and the AlbertaSat site itself.

 

What a world for a Doge to live in!

 

–Alphadoge

Making Money: An Interview with Tony Pepperoni of Shibe Mint

GoldDSide-2 Today we are so used to tangible, physical coins and paper notes it’s hard for a digital currency newcomer to wrap their head around “invisible magic internet money”. The problem with virtual currency is just that- it’s virtual. You can’t hold it in your hand.

No problem, we have people in the community to fill that need, meet Tony Pepperoni, CEO of The Shibe Mint and his physical Dogecoins.

Tony and his noble crew have set about immortalizing the amazing Dogecoin with it’s own physical representation in a collectable coin. Oh, did I say coin? I meant coins. Not just Copper, not just Silver, but now a Gold plated coin serving as an incredible hat-trick of beautiful memorabilia to commemorate the birth of an exciting and exploding digital currency.

The community definitely seems to have a need for these. Pictures of people’s coins pop up almost every day on /r/dogecoin. The Shibe Mint isn’t even alone in this. Users like /u/ozbloke and others work in everything from metal to 3d-printing technology to produce beautiful coins for the community.silver cert

The coins from the Shibe Mint are spectacular, they come in limited edition and include a protective case, a letter of authenticity complete with holographic serial number, and a bonus Dogecoin wallet with few hundred “real” Dogecoin. The Copper coins were $10 Dollars U.S., and the silver coins were sold for $35.00. The 24kt gold plated coins are being released for only $16.99. Of course, you can pay in Dogecoin.

But who is this Tony Pepperoni? I pictured a blacksmith striking a giant, glowing hot anvil in the forest-covered mountains. I had to get to the bottom of this. What is a Shibe Mint and how does it all work?

Mr. Pepperoni was kind enough to take time from the furnace and  answer a few questions:Blacksmiths Craft New Armour For Vatican Swiss Guard

Dogedoor: When did you first hear about Dogecoin?

Tony Pepperoni:   In December, over the holidays, I decided to spend a few weeks learning everything that I could about cryptocurrency.  I started mining, trading, investing, and discovered dogecoin and have been hooked ever since.

 

DD: What got you interested in making coins?

TP:  I’ve always been a fan of coins. I remember going to coin shows with my father when I was young, and there is something about holding a piece of history in your hand that I love about coins. The Shibe Mint was really just combining two hobbies that I like – coins, and digital currency.  I knew that there was a market for physical bitcoins, and that people are passionate about dogecoin, so thought that it might work out – it has exceeded all of my expectations.

 

DD: What’s your profession, normally?

TP: I work for a technology company, and have a background in engineering and business.

 

DD: Where is this fabled “Shibe Mint?”

TP: Our coins are manufactured in the USA, but our main office is in Canada, in Waterloo, Ontario.

 

DDWhy should someone buy a Shibe Mint Coin?

TP:  Quite simply: because you love Dogecoin. I carry a coin on me at all times, and use it as a prop, a conversation starter, when evangelizing about Dogecoin.   When we released the first coin, and every subsequent release, it needs to pass the test of – if I wasn’t associated with the Shibe Mint… would I want to buy this?  I wouldn’t feel right releasing something that didn’t pass that test.GoldShibeSide1

 

DD: Will the coins be worth more in the future?

TP:  It’s interesting “creating a collectable”.  If doge continues on this track, with increased awareness and interest, the Shibe Mint will continue to create coins – and the first ones made will naturally appreciate in value.  Many people who have one would likely not sell theirs right now.

 

DD: Is there thoughts of a solid gold coin in the future?

TP: We are in the development phase with a solid gold coin.It would have to be a smaller coin.  To be completely honest, an ounce of gold is quite expensive, and even making 100 coins of 1oz is a significant upfront material cost. The trick for that one is going to be how many to make, even of the smaller coin.

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Thank you Tony for sitting down with us and sharing.

If you haven’t ordered your coin yet, I highly recommend it. There’s just something about holding one of these in your hands that just feels good.  They can be purchased for a limited time at Shibemint.com

Click here for more info on the gold coin.

 

 

Unstoppable Dogecoin is about to Sponsor it’s own Nascar Racer

RcILB7bUpdate: It’s funded!  It Raced!!   

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Amazing Sprint Cup Voting Video

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Look, I have to admit when the community began pushing towards it’s next mission I was a little skeptical.

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After blowing through goal after goal of charitable cause, I thought it might be too soon to jump on another project.

However, the Dogecoin community would hear none of this. User /u/Goodshibe posted a great daily on the subject, which shows how the spirit of Dogecoin is really fun and playful, and how not everything has to be a charity or serious. We need to also play, and do goofy things. After all, we’re supposed to be this silly coin right?

We need to start actually doing silly stuff.

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And thus, Doges4Nascar is born. Many people thought “giving fatigue” was going to slow this down this drive but once again, Dogecoin proves it has deep and generous pockets. The money will be used to sponsor Josh Wise and car #98 which has been looking for backers. He is sort of an underdoge, as you will, and doesn’t have the massive backing of his counterparts.  He sure doesn’t drive like an underdog. With this money, Dogecoin will actually wrap the car in a design made by one of the community members for the popular Talladega race.

Can you imagine what the announcers are going to say?

As of this writing, the goal is nearing completion, at 60,048,333 of Ð67,500,000 funded.  Virtual currency entrepreneur and creator of Moolah.Io, Alex Green mistakenly added an extra zero and donated 20 million Dogecoin by mistake. Whoops! Sorry, no reverse transactions, Sir!  In an act of pure Dogecoin goodness he stood by his mistake and even challenged someone to match him at 10%, offering up a “hot pass” to the race. It seems unofficially someone may have done just this, as a major chunk of the goal evaporated and was funded just hours after that post. Keep in mind- We have about 70 days left to the “deadline” for this goal.

LoL. Sorry, I had to. It’s amazing and funny what this community can do.VRpkdes

Even as people mock and deny our very existence, we ignore and press on. Tipping people as we ride by on our moonrocket, created by the hard work of thousands of shibes, building an amazing infrastructure and community- it appears Dogecoin is rather unstoppable.

The only question now is, what’s next for this phenomenon?

Update : See AMA here

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Fox News Interview with Josh Wise here!

Fox News Story about Race

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Race Highlights

Car Wrapping video!

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Most Expensive Tweet Ever? Someone Just Donated $11,000 to Dogecoin Community Charity

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Update: KTV News Story Below

Those familiar with the Dogecoin community already know it’s uncanny ability to fund charities accomplishing donation goals in record time.

Seizure-Assistance-Dog2I guess sending the Jamaican Bobsled team to the Olympics by helping fund a major portion of their goal wasn’t enough. A week later, a charity pairing service dogs for autistic children, Doges4kids was funded so quickly people complained that they had gone to bed planning to donate in the morning, only to wake up finding the charity fully funded. How’s that for first world problems?

 

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Dogecoin foundation community member Eric Nakawaga came up with the idea for the community’s next charity focus, Doge4Water.  It’s goal is providing fresh water for those in need in Kenya, Africa by digging wells to help alleviate a treacherous daily walk for the local’s life-giving water.

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It’s goal, 40 million Doge, is a big number. It’s actually in the neighborhood of $33,000.  That’s a lot of cash. People began to worry if we might be exhausting the philanthropic members and ability of the community. That’s a very valid concern, we are only human, we can only give so much money before literally running out! Who could expect us to continually break goal after goal? People began to suggest that we might reset our goal and move to the next charity.  Perhaps instead of two wells, we could maybe build one well- a great accomplishment, and still a beautiful gesture.

Then something amazing happened.

Enter a  mysterious user known as “Hood” who began announcing his plan, tweeting:

I’ve been watching the dogecoin community. They have pure intentions. I will extend a hand out to help.

The greedy will feed you. I will take what they will not give.

It is astonishing that we have fellow humans on this planet without water. We have the wealth, but not the will. The greedy do nothing….

He then gave approximately $11,000 worth of Dogecoin to Doges4water in the form of a single tweet.

In that single message, he topped off the remaining money needed to fulfill the 40 million Dogecoin goal.

This might be the “most expensive tweet” ever sent.

Again, Dogecoin shows its true colors as a power for micro and macro donations- where a community of those that have, find joy and ease in helping those that have not.

It’s important to remember it wasn’t just Hood who donated. Countless people from all walks of life also helped contribute:  the high school student with only a few hundred Dogecoin, the investor with thousands giving back to the community, or just the every day person, touched by the spirit of giving and the joy of helping others.

All of these people came together with a single goal in mind- to give people the simple gift of fresh water- something that astonishingly doesn’t exist for some in this world.

We have reached a new era. We are moving beyond the simple “upvote” or “like” of an internet post or comment. No longer are we virtual spectators while the world unfolds before us. We now can put our money where our mouth is. Our “likes” now have the power of currency behind them. We are empowered to “like” a charity into being fully funded. We can now down-vote diseases, up-vote heroes in the community, and “like” what is good with the world while ctually contributing instead of  merely spectating. Instead of an essentially meaningless virtual “thumbs up“, we now wield the power to express our will with electronic money. Putting it where our mouth, our feelings- and our heart, are.

 –Alphadoge

 Updated News Story from Kenyan News:

Why can’t the rest of the world be as cool as the Brits on Crypto?

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Well, they’ve done it.

In one simple stroke of the pen, on one fairly simple page of text, the United Kingdom has basically figured out how to adopt, tax and deal with cryptocurrencies.

It was just that easy.

The text of the brief is posted here,  basically outlining what the UK is going to do as far as taxes with the exploding businesses and business surrounding Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. One part reads:

However, in all instances, VAT will be due in the normal way from suppliers of any goods or services sold in exchange for Bitcoin or other similar cryptocurrency. The value of the supply of goods or services on which VAT is due will be the sterling value of the cryptocurrency at the point the transaction takes place

The solution is pretty much a “duh” for all of us that have already figured that one out. Essentially it’s saying:  “At the time of the transaction, figure out what it’s the currency is worth against the Pound, and then charge that for taxes.”   Pretty simple?  Can you send that draft over to the ‘States now?

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This has been one of the often cited critiques of cryptocurrency – the perceived volatility of the market.  This may be temporary, as a particular currency finds its market bittag3value and then stabilizes, but let’s say that doesn’t happen and they remain volatile- the solutions for businesses and governments are pretty simple.  I’ve already seen vendors who offer a “10 minute snapshot” of market prices in your checkout basket.  There’s also the guy who invented cloud based price tags or “Bit tags”. Now that’s a great idea, although probably cost prohibitive for smaller purchases.

Most crypto-enthusiasts want to see their currencies completely de-coupled with Fiat currency, but I don’t think that’s realistic quite yet.  Until then we have market snapshots and locally-based market conversions so that everyone can agree what the “price is”.

wIbI1DVNothing is stopping you from trading your Doge, or other alt currency directly for goods and services! In fact, you should!  For the newcomers, and later adopters of crypto currency, we need a safe way to make sure they understand the “value” of their purchases. Right now this is going to be related directly with their “normal” currencies.

Hopefully, the future holds a world where this isn’t necessarily the case, and Crypto currency finds its own, unique value and price.

You know what they say, “1 Ðoge =  1 Ðoge”  (clearly posted on the Price of Doge)

The New York Dogeparty 2014 – Documented!

Here’s a wonderful documentary featuring the recent Dogeparty in New York.

It’s well done and expresses the vibe and ideology of Doge, but at the same time it’s very informing in regards to crypto currencies in general.

We need more professionally done media coverage like this to document our trip to the Moon! Bravo to everyone involved!

California Legislature Amends Bill to Allow Cryptocurrencies

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A lot of news organizations, Reddit posts, and Tweets are getting this wrong. I’ve seen over and over again the title  “California House Unanimously Passes Law to Make Cryptocurrency “Legal Tender”

This is a blatantly false and misleading title. “Legal Tender”  has a very specific meaning to governments, and that is not what the California legislature voted on.  Crypto-currencies are not “legal tender” in California, or anywhere, to my knowledge. That is specifically pointed out in the text of the bill where it states “..prohibit{ing} a person from being required to accept alternative currency.”

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So- what did they do?, you might ask. It’s pretty simple.  They changed and clarified the law (Section 107 of the Corporations Code) so that it is not ILLEGAL to pay for goods or services with alternative currency. Yup, before this law was passed, it was essentially illegal to collect those supermarket points you’ve been hoarding.  Basically California is updating it’s archaic law to conform with the 21st century. Before this, it WAS technically illegal to accept Bitcoin, Dogecoin, or any other  alternative form of currency.

Phew, glad that was all cleared up!

This is a very historic and important ruling for California, and it may pave the way for other states, governments, and countries to welcome the inevitable future that is digital currency. Remember Russia “Banning Cryptocurrency” last week?  Go look again, it’s a very similar situation, they were merely establishing the Ruble as “legal tender”.  You can’t ban cryptocurrency! That’s like trying to erase a photo from the internets!

Here’s a link to the text of the actual bill AB-129.  It’s two pages a very easy read.

Here’s a site where they actually got the story right! via bitcoin MagazinelM05ahk

The Weekend Mega News Update

Hello Wonderful Shibes!

AdminShibe and I have been busy working behind the scenes on an exciting new project we will announce later today. The problem is, we’ve neglected the blog a bit.

To remedy this, I’m going to post a cornucopia of news from this week. A lot has happened in the world of Doge. So let’s get to it!

 

dogfilmDogecoin get’s major attention on ABC news in Australia!

 

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International Business times mentions Dogecoin’s rise to the moon

 

 

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The first bitcoin based bank? This can only be a good thing!

 

 

 

 

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PC Magazine talks about how  Doge and fighter jets got the Jamaican Bobsled Team to the Olympics

 

 

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Oh yeah, and something called the Halvening happened whatever that is…vMS7jfv_sm

Dogecoin surpases Peercoin as #3 Crypto Currency in Market Capital

Dogecoin rocketWell it looks like Dogecoin just surpassed Peercoin in market cap with over $93,000,000 to become the #3 mineable cryptocurrency.  For a two-month old altcoin that is absolutely incredible. The snowball of support from the community has driven the price to an all time high today which is currently sitting on .0019$  or 290 Satoshi’s. With the halvening coming up in a day it’s hard to say what will happen to Dogecoin. All we know is it probably involves rockets, the moon, and a chart that goes up and to the right!

 

The Halvening- it’s almost here!

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The rewards for mining Dogecoin are about to be cut in half.

One thing a lot of people might not know is that this IS NOT happening on the 14th, as a lot of posts have stated.  User Alami points out that the original estimate is a bit off and it will actually occur on the night of the 13th.

So it’s happening on the 13th, now what?  Keep mining! Mine harder! Mine twice as fast!

Still a little confused? Of Wolves and Weasels has a great explanation of what the Halvening is, and what it means.

You can monitor the actual official countdown on the blockchain, (which is currently down).

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