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“Roughneck Grace” Surviving the ‘cold snap’ with a pan heater

Every week the Wisconsin State Journal runs “Roughneck Grace,” a weekly column written by Mike (many of the columns will be adapted from Mike’s Tent Show Radio monologues). Today’s column, “Surviving the ‘cold snap’ with a pan heater” can be seen online here.

Michael Perry Invented BitCoin and Blockchain

Was re-reading The Scavengers while working on the sequel, and discovered I may have invented BitCoin and blockchain:

We call these numbers BarterBucks. After the Bubbling, money was worthless. A lot of the banks were robbed and looted, but it didn’t do the thieves any good because the money wasn’t useful for much more than starting fires. For a while people just traded directly with each other. That works for some things, but the trouble is that Freda the blacksmith doesn’t have the salt Toad needs, and the grocer isn’t going to trade a bag of salt for the axle from an old manure spreader. Instead, Freda writes down how many BarterBucks she’s willing to pay for our iron.

Later today, Toad will take the paper to Banker Berniece, who works out of the old bank building. Banker Berniece will subtract the number from Freda’s account and add it to Toad’s account. For keeping track of everyone’s BarterBucks, Banker Berniece gets a percentage of everybody else’s BarterBucks. Basically, Banker Berniece is a banker with no money. In a bigger, faster-moving world, this system would never work. But here in tiny Nobbern it works just fine because everybody knows everybody else— including Banker Berniece. If she doesn’t play fair, word gets around, and no one will trust her or trade with her. Same goes for her customers.

I await all royalties. Currently accepting plain old dollars.

Rough draft due in March. Finished book due out in 2019. Original hardcover herepaperback hereaudiobook here. And there’s still a semi-hidden “holiday special” on the paperback page (audiobook for $5).

New Tent Show Radio tonight: Josh Ritter, the Long Beds, and the BCO

If you’re within range of (or can stream) one of these stations tonight (Saturday, January 13th) we hope you’ll join Mike as he hosts another edition of Tent Show Radio from Big Top Chautauqua. In between all the music, Mike tells a story about falling asleep under a tree in the woods. Information on streaming the show here.

This week’s show welcomes guest Josh Ritter, with additional performances by Michael Perry and the Long Beds, and the Blue Canvas Orchestra.You can join the Tent Show Radio Facebook page here, and many previous Tent Show Radio episodes available for streaming anytime – just click here.