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The Cthulhu-based Cryptocurrency

off_240x240What might HP Lovecraft have made of his nightmarish Cthulhu character being used in a trendy cyptocurrency, “Cthulhu Offerings,” one wonders… From The Verge:

Written in the voodoo cultspeak of futurist horror writer H.P. Lovecraft’s short story, “The Call of Cthulhu,” the creepy Cthulhu Offerings may be the most confusing digital currency yet.

“The time draws near, the return of The Great Old One is upon us,” writes the developer. “Join us in our ritual.”

The currency was announced in September by a user, Blazr2, on the cryptocurrency forum Bitcointalk. Its growth has been slow but steady since then. The “ritual” refers to the distribution of coins, or OFF. Like other cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, users can run the OFF client to slowly generate more coins. The algorithm will adjust the difficulty of mining once half all coins are generated in order to pace the release of coins.

It also appears that OFF is designed to randomly reward one user with a windfall:

During the last five days, the ‘Tharanak shagg,’ or “promise of dreamland,” the ritual reaches final pitch and the daily special blocks are highly increased.

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Sirius Business: Fear of the Unknown

Courtesy of our fantastic cousins over at SF Signal, here's another look at the 2008 documentary about H.P. Lovecraft, "Fear of the Unknown". Some on the fringes speculate that Lovecraft, in his dark isolation, believed some of the creatures that he interpreted for early twentieth century pulp fiction actually existed on the astral level. Lovecraft was possessed by a profound cosmic fear which seems more rational the further one digs into Reptilian mysteries. Consider that one of Lovecraft's early stories "Dagon" concerns a stranded mariner that encounters this hybrid thing: "With only a slight churning to mark its rise to the surface, the thing slid into view above the dark waters. Vast, Polyphemus-like, and loathsome, it darted like a stupendous monster of nightmares to the monolith, about which it flung its gigantic scaly arms, the while it bowed its hideous head and gave vent to certain measured sounds."
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