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I’ve been told now that the Extraterrestrial Paintcoin has been seen in obscure places and I’ve been hoping that its value might go up so that I might at least be paid something for the work I’ve done on its design. I know that technically speaking that Earthlings are not supposed to own it, and it’s supposed to be only for trade among expatriates from other Planets. But though I’m the creator, I can only trade it for a spacecraft to visit other worlds which I’d prefer not to do at the moment.
Investing In the Extraterrestrial Paintcoin
By Douglas Gilbert
Copyright © 2018 Douglas Gilbert
All rights reserved.
It used to be said that gambling was a sin. However, many things nowadays have been legalized. So as they say, let he who is stoned throw the first sin chip card upon the table. Go and be fruitful in the orchard of life. Have a sip of wine, but don’t invest while driving someone crazy. Find a strategy that’s best for your temperament and skill, but be open-minded.
The best investing strategy to use for mindless speculation is the Frog Coddling Coda Avoidance Tuning (Froccat) method. There’s an old saw that “If you put a frog in boiling water, it’ll jump out, but if you put a frog in cold water and heat it gradually on a low flame, it won’t realize it’s too hot until it’s too late.” So it’s best to throw cold water on everything and not be the frog. But do jump on the Bandwagon before it starts moving.
When you’re first tuning up the instruments on the Bandwagon you always have to look to the sidelines to spot strategic locations where you can jump off into the road or bushes. Once the campaign starts don’t wait until there’s water under the bridge because that would not be a good jumping off point even with a bungee cord Condordat (BCC) with the authorities. Always remember that apocryphal stories always have a concordance with a frog entry. So when in cold water always take a leap-of-faith (LOF).
Thus, strategic investing requires a LOL LOF Froccat on a hot tin roof, and a happy tune sung like Polonius without a tin ear. So “Though this be madness, yet there is method in’t.” (Hamlet Act II Scene II).
The Extraterrestrial Paintcoin is a more artful form of currency than is its digital cousins. Although, it’s oft been said that first cousins jumping on a bandwagon for a hay ride should never marry on a bridge, or never marry while playing bridge whilst singing a happy tune about Hamlet eating cuisses de grenouilles.
What Is the Extraterrestrial Paintcoin?
The Paintcoin is a square book of coded pictures and poems. It is designed to look like an ordinary Earth-art coffee-table book of no consequence. However the Extraterrestrials have assigned a monetary value to it that is honored among their compatriots on Earth.
The Origin of the Paintcoin
The Paintcoin emerged in stages in the community of alien anthropology students living on Earth. Starting as a joke, it eventually was seen to actually be a practical expedient for commerce among the isolated students who had been given the hardship assignment of studying Earth culture. It was intended to be exchanged among Extraterrestrials only. It has since become an opportunity for humans.
However, investing in Extraterrestrial Paintcoins is a difficult and dangerous enterprise, but some people thrive on the thrill of the hunt. If you’re willing to take on enormous risk you can find one of your own to keep or trade. But what is the source of Paintcoins you might ask. Perhaps a little background is necessary.
There are Extraterrestrial beings with extraordinary powers living on Earth now, but many are hiding in caves in temperate zones, or hiding at camouflaged bases under the South and North Poles. Being away from a distant planet can be lonely, but sometimes they come to the surface to play with soap bubbles.
It’s fun to blow bubbles, and if you blow them at the North Pole, the soap film will freeze into the shape of a permanent globe before it reaches the ground. Drawing a map on a soap bubble is a little bit more difficult. With the right kind of paint and quantum-atomic laser tools, a world map can be drawn on the surface of a bubble. It can identify the location of gold deposits and other precious metals and medals — even a lost Olympic medal or religious icon…
However, the E.T.’s do not consider metals, such as gold, rare or important. They have perfected the use of other exotic metals in alloys impossible to produce on Earth. These they consider precious.
It’s only recently that I’ve learned that these visitors from Outer Space are finding it difficult to engage in commerce especially among their own compatriots living on Earth, because they are not comfortable using Earth currencies such as the Dollar, or the Euro and have a bias against Gold because it’s not precious on their home planet. As far as the Bit Coin, their fellow travelers could easily hack into the underlying computer system if they wanted to. It’s been awhile but I think my sources were trustworthy.
A prescient source had revealed to me that they would choose a rare Earth object as a medium of exchange. I was told that a small number of these objects would be released soon and the value would be determined based on the level of speculation as regulated by the League. It would be legal tender on the home planet for the settlement of all debts accumulated while visiting Earth. In the rare event that Earthlings might acquire one of these objects they would be allowed to redeem them on any Extraterrestrial planet belonging to the League at a rate to be determined by the local jurisdiction. An Earth artisan would be chosen to create such object. It would be a combination of primitive Earth graphics and poetry to avoid suspicion when traded.
Little did I know that I would be appointed their Deputy Varishynahuki. Well, there is good news and bad news I think. The good news is that I’ve gotten the commission to design the E.T.’s currency on Earth. The Deputy position is sort of like their version of the Treasurer of the United States.
The bad news is that I don’t get paid except in the new currency which I can only use on their home planet or to buy one of their space craft. I think they are a million or so light years away and I suppose I could go there except that I get carsick and seasick.
I suppose it’s an honor except that no human is supposed to take possession of this proposed object except for me. It had been thought that maybe one or two might “accidentally” fall into the hands of an Earthling besides me and be secretly traded. At some point I had thought maybe I could sell mine for some Earthly goods or services.
Now the problem is that I have to find someone who can trade it under my supervision like in the Dutch Tulip mania of 1637, but I’d have to be sure to sell before the crash. Well, I guess then I’d have to get over seasickness. However, it’s already too late to keep control of the situation.
“Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble…” — Shakespeare
Although it is forbidden for Earthlings other than me to have Paintcoins, it appears that an underground trade has begun. Based on limited data, a Friends-of-Paintcoin (FoP) network would seem to be metastisizing into a pseudo-Tulip-blossoming (ptb). But based on inside sources the right to validate is assigned according to an intricate system of both Proof-of-Genealogy (PoG) and of Proof-of- encryption-paradigm-competence (PoEPC) tests.
To simplify: The renegades are distributing Paintcoins based on kinship with Extraterrestrials generations ago. Let the alert investor find one of these, and I will try to assist them. I don’t know how long the elite Extraterrestrials will tolerate this uncouth behavior. Perhaps they are tacitly accepting the trade to maintain a convenient currency for their expatriate community. But the Extraterrestrials often research Earth literature for clues to human behavior and economics.
Before investing it best to study economics as seen in fiction. Once a modicum of understanding is achieved, the hunt to find a copy of the Extraterrestrial Paintcoin can begin if one is brave. This is not an offer to sell or buy such an illusory object. Due diligence should be undertaken by prospective hunters, and no action should be taken without consulting with their financial advisors.
Alice in Wunderkinderland With a Hedgehog
Economics on Earth is better explained in classic fiction. The Extraterrestrial beings have often found the musings of Alice quite enlightening.
[And then it quotes “Alice in Wunderkinderland With a Hedgehog”]
The Ancient Greek Gods Have a Word to Say on Finance
The European Union can be a problem when you have an Olive Grove. Making deals with the Gods as if they were loan sharks can be treacherous.
[And then it quotes “Ode to an Olive”]
The Time Is Now To Search for the Treasure
Now that you are aware that the Extraterrestrial Paintcoin exists, travel the World and be alert. The clues and hints will be obvious if you are open to them and expect to find them. The opportunity is extraordinary, but if you should gain possession of one of these objects, be careful. The Extraterrestrials might be watching. Good luck. You’ll need it.
I put this essay in free eBook form. It’s not on Amazon yet, but it’s on Apple.