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Astronaut Scott Kelly is Minting NFTs for a Very different Reason

Astronaut Scott Kelly is Minting NFTs for a Very different Reason

When people outside the blockchain space talk about NFTs it’s usually in a less favorable light. Often bringing up the excessive energy consumption that occurs on the Ethereum (or a similar) blockchain or the lack of practical application in regard to the technology. Sometimes people are just parroting their favorite late night talk show host or some other equally uninformed online source.

There are some incredible practical applications coming to the NFT space that we will be discussing (and showing) in the future. At the same time, NFTs created as a piece of art continue to demonstrate incredible value. In all artistic spaces there are people who produce art strictly for commercial reasons. And then there are those who create art because they are passionate about the message or the story that they are sharing through their art. Scott Kelly is one of those types of artists… and more.

Kelly is many things. He’s a former military fighter pilot and test pilot, an engineer, a retired astronaut, and a retired U.S. Navy captain. Kelly also commanded the International Space Station (ISS) on three expeditions. In October 2015, he set the record for the total accumulated number of days spent in space and the single longest space mission by an American astronaut. He is also an artist and a philanthropist.

He recently raised over $500k USD on an NFT auction, donating 100% of those proceeds to help the people of the Ukraine as they fight to survive the Russian invasion of their country. That auction happened on Open Sea. Kelly was very happy about the funds they raised but is passionate about the environment and decided he needed a greener blockchain option in the future. Thus he turned to Telos, the ESG blockchain. A chain that can do 10,000 TPS, is totally green, costing a fraction what it costs on Ethereum, with transactions that are nearly feeless.

With this next set of NFTs Kelly partnered with Western NFTs, Inc. to mint a series of one of a kind NFTs featuring 15 photographs that also include an audio description in his own voice, describing a bit of the story connected to each of the amazing pictures. All of the images are taken from his year aboard the International Space Station.

These beautiful pieces of art are totally unique, capturing a single moment viewed from 254 miles above the surface of our planet from a vehicle traveling at over 17,000 miles per hour. That moment — that perspective will never be seen again.

The NFT’s are being minted and auctioned on Telos, utilizing the Telos EVM. The NFTs can be viewed and bid on while the auction is live at scottkellyart.com, where the auction will run for at least 48 hours. If a bid is placed in the final 10 minutes of the auction, the auction will extend 10 minutes from the time the bid is placed.

This unique collection of NFTs is being launched on Telos because it aligns with Kelly’s passion for sustaining the environment. Once again Kelly is also donating 100% of the profits from this auction to the people of the Ukraine in their fight for freedom.

The auction goes live on May 12, 2022 at 17:00 UTC.

If you’d like to check out the art in advance go the scottkellyart.com

GoodBlock Technologies is a partner with Western NFTs, Inc.

GB’s Magical Guide to Being Awesome at Being a BP! — Part 1

GB’s Magical Guide to Being Awesome at Being a BP! — Part 1

Hello, GoodBlock Systems Administrator Nathaniel here. This article is the start of a new series that serves as a distillation of all the knowledge I have gained as a Block Producer.

In this part, I’m going to provide you with a network of links which are my bookmarks. In my BP bookmarks folder, I have 40~ links, not all of which I’m going to share with you, but just the ones you need to know to be awesome at being a BP. From brand new BP to day-to-day operations, this guide will give you the info you need to know for starting and running a Telos BP node. Here’s everything I wish I knew when I was going through the process of getting started with Telos BP operation:

Installing your own BP:

Listed below you will find my recommendations for hardware.

Requirements and Tips:

  • Optimize for Single-threaded CPU usage instead of GPU.
  • Optimize for Hard Disk space and RAM.
  • GPUs are not needed as Telos and Telos EVM are Proof of Stake (or rotational block production).

What are the current best in class specs as of this article? Arguably my best single threaded build:

  • Intel Core i9–12900KF 3.2 GHz 16-Core
  • ARCTIC Liquid Freezer II 420 72.8 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler
  • ARCTIC Intel LGA1700 Upgrade Kit — For Liquid Freezer II Series
  • Gigabyte Z690 AERO G DDR4 ATX LGA 1700 Motherboard
  • G.Skill Ripjaws V 128 GB (4 x 32GB) DDR4–3200 CL16 Memory
  • Western Digital Black SN850 2TB M.2–2280 NVME Solid State Drive
  • PNY NVIDIA T400 Graphic Card — 2 GB GDDR6 — Low-Profile — 64 bit Bus Width — PCI Express 3.0 x16 — Mini DisplayPort
  • NZXT C 750 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply

This build costs 5400$ as of this article.

The minimum requirements for running a BP Node are here, but do not run the minimums. I recommend the following at the time of writing:

  • 16–32GB RAM
  • 2 SSD Arrays
  • One can be 200GB for the OS and EOSIO,
  • The other at least 4–6 TB, if not more, to hold the blocks and any snapshots you’d like to start from. Having more storage to start means less down time.

Building from block 1 using just a genesis.json file just isn’t feasible anymore. In my own test, it took 28 days to catch up from just genesis.json. Snapshots are the best way to catch up and start producing/seeding. You can find the latest snapshots here: TelosUnlimited Snapshots

This link is used for creating a Telos account on mainnet. Telos Account Creator account creation is free, but it will cost about $5 USD for RAM and CPU to run the smart contracts. You can do this at Buy Telos Ram Here.

You will need to generate a keypair using cleos wallet and make up a name to create an account for Testnet using the faucet here: Create Test Accounts — telos docs. The faucet’s source may go empty causing an error when you try to make an account. You can ask in the testnet Telegram chat for a replenishment, and then once confirmed, you’ll be able to make an account with some test TLOS.

I consider the following link to be the Telos “BP Bible” for setting up a validator node: Telos Docs — Setting up Telos Validator Nodes

The BP Bible will walk you through installing EOS.io onto an Ubuntu or MacOS (10.14 or better) server. Personally, I do not recommend installing on MacOS. I do recommend Ubuntu 20.04, as EOS.io has updated to 2.1.0 since the linked document was released and currently works well with this OS. In the future, we will walk through installing a node, but following this guide works great.

The github for the bp.json file you must create and host to show your node(s), can be found here — BP.json Standards. It is important to subscribe to see if the standards update. Here is an example, Goodblock.io’s bp.json example.

Once your bp.json is up and you’ve got your node running, an EXCELLENT check is to use get_info to see the current status of the blockchain — yourdomain*/v1/chain/get_info

For running the process automatically on start, and managing environment updates (updates to the config), and restarting the program for you with a single command, use this tool — ProcessManager 2. Look for an article coming soon on how I personally use ProcessManager 2

You’ll need to learn nginx to deter attacks. Let’sEncrypt — lets you create your own SSL certificates, so you don’t have to worry about Centralized SSL corporations charging you exorbitant fees.

Finally, once you’re up and running, you’ll want to know how fast you are in comparison to others. Telos Speed Test also allows you to check your speed and compliance.

Support Chat is in place to help! You have to be on the Telos testnet for 7 days before you can host a mainnet server, The Testnet Telegram room serves to help baby BPs troubleshoot issues.

Since you are going to be a Block Producer, you will want to join the community to keep up to date with information regarding Telos. The best places to do so are Telegram and Discord.

Stay tuned for Part 2, coming soon!

GoodBlock Technologies is an app developer and Block Producer candidate on the Telos Blockchain Network, with a focus on 2 of the pillars of Web3.0; Governance (decidevoter.app) and Decentralized Cloud Storage (dstor.cloud). Vote for goodblocktls, and learn more at goodblock.io.

Telos is a cost-effective, energy efficient, fast, and scalable DPoS blockchain that has been operational for over 2 years. The Telos blockchain has leading on-chain governance (Telos Decide), and is built and developed by a core development team using the EOSIO codebase.

GoodBlock Resources and Social Media:

Website: https://goodblock.io/
Twitter: @goodblockio
Medium: https://medium.com/goodblock-io
Telegram: t.me/goodblocktls

Interview with Annie Brown

Interview with Annie Brown

The third installment in our “Women’s History Month posts series is with Annie Brown.

Annie Brown is the director of Communications for Codepath which is a non profit organization that serves computer science students who desire a career in tech and also is the founder of Lips. Lips is a social media platform that is designed for women and members of the LGBTQIA+ community. What makes this platform unique, is the focus on that community and drastically eliminating the type of harassment that is present on many Web 2 sites that we see today. Annie’s background is in communications with a focus of looking at media through a gendered lens. This approach to media, especially as Web3 continues to grow in popularity, helps tackle the problem many marginalized communities face while navigating Web2 spaces currently. Lips revolutionizes the original idea of the internet, which is the ability to give ownership back to creators. Lips operates within the blockchain, therefore, providing anonymity as well. Continuing with the theme of the previous articles, the same questions will be asked so we can see the broad spectrum of women’s perspectives in such an emerging industry.

Q: How can we as a community focus on bridging more women into roles such as yours within the community?

Annie states that this can be achieved in a couple of different ways. First, from Lips perspective, “We would like to introduce folx to emerging technologies. If someone is interested in gender, anti racist theory, etc. social justice movements. Technology is not always at the forefront of them progressing. Technology is incredibly important, and gives people intersectionality within technology. I think we need to make sure that these communities have the support they need.” This type of representation gives many people from marginalized backgrounds voices that they may not always have had access to in voicing opinions and concerns. Annie states that, “As long as communities can build and populate these technologies, these things can be impactful. Web3 isn’t impactful when it isn’t accessible to all communities. Governance and moderation has been done for the purpose of showing it can be done, what we’re trying to do is provide for the needs within communities. Requires a diversity of voices so that they are built and can continue to be built that way.”

Do you feel women aren’t as comfortable in tech? Why or why not?

Annie believes that this isn’t a universal ideology when it comes to the tech industry and the many branches under the large umbrella term. They believe that it depends on where you are in tech and the culture of the startup and tech of where you are. Larger companies discourage folx femme presenting people from participating in tech, specifically their own communities because they are already aware of the type of culture they participate in. However, instead of implementing better standards of practice to counteract this negative outcome, many companies choose not to change the behavior at all. Annie mentions that not all companies subscribe to that ideology. Companies that are doing well, such as Codepath, have an inviting culture and have a social impact foundation and inclusion from the start rise to the start of tech so that can be the face of tech. Non Inclusive models are not sustainable for society or the industries that they choose to be a part of. When successful companies are not transparent with the type of community they foster, this is not reliable data, because behind closed doors, individuals are secretly being excluded from some of these larger communities’ data.

What are some of your personal goals you would like to see for Web 3.0 and blockchain technology within the next year and within the next five years?

Annie would love to see Lips recognized as an example as a successful use of blockchain and more of a discussion around the importance of inclusion as a necessary part of building good technologies, more buzz and more excitement around the social impact and less about financial growth. They would also like to have the focus be on gender equality when discussing media and the social implications of inclusivity on marginalized communities.

Were you familiar with Women’s History Month prior to this meeting? How did you celebrate? Who are women in your life that you look up to?

For Annie much of her day to day focuses on feminist/queer theory but they do like that women’s stories are brought to the forefront and able to participate as a speaker in events. Annie looks up to Leah, Erika and Betty. All women who are making large contributions in the blockchain community. Also, Silvia Maa she’s an investor in Lips and Barbara Bickam was on the first congressional briefing of women of color in DC, and Kiesha Cash impact America fund. The women who are building and funding these products and the Lips team all women and genderqueer team. Helping them build LGBTQ entrepreneurship and mentors.

This article was written by Goodblock Technologies, Marketing and Administrative Assistant, Joslyn Branham. She holds a Communications degree from The Ohio State University which focuses in Social Media Marketing and a focus in media research.

Buying Your First Telos in 2022

Buying Your First Telos in 2022

More than three years ago we published several articles on how to use Telos Network. It’s been a minute and a lot has changed in this time. We want to make it as clear and easy as possible for new users to interact with and learn about Telos. As we go through the first steps, we will endeavor to include definitions and terms that you may or may not be familiar with and may or may not understand in the context of blockchain. We will explain it all and include a glossary of terms at the end for reference. So without further ado, let’s get started.

TLOS is the ticker symbol for the native coin or token on the Telos Blockchain Network.

Coin: “Simply put, a coin is a digital asset which is ‘native’ to its blockchain.” A type of cryptocurrency created to be used as money. Coins help with paying for goods and services, can be held for use later, and can be divided into fractions of the whole. Many people use “Coin” and “Token” synonymously and the differentiation is debated.

Token: “Unlike coins, which directly represent a proposed medium of exchange, crypto tokens are a representation of an asset on a blockchain. These can be held for value, traded, and ‘staked’ to earn interest.

The first thing you need is a Telos Account.

Account: A 12 character (generally speaking) address on the Telos Network, chosen and connected to public/private keys by the user.

The easiest way to get a free account is at wallet.telos.net.

This opens the signup screen where you fill in the blanks and copy and save your keys. It should be noted that the keys generated at this site are only one set, while best security practices indicate that users are advised to utilize two sets of keys. This can be easily accomplished later but for the purposes of getting started we will save that for another time.

Key security here cannot be emphasized enough. If you do not maintain 100% control of your private key, your account and any TLOS or other tokens associated with it are at risk of being lost or stolen from you. This means, you should not keep it on your phone. You should not keep it on a sticky note under your keyboard or anywhere else that someone else can access it. You should not take a photo of it and post it on the internet and you should not share it with anyone. You may be wondering what you should do with this thing now that you have it saved in a txt file and it’s sitting on your desktop. For the purposes of this article, we will leave it to you to research best practices for crypto key security and do what makes the most sense for you. Please do that. It is a very sad thing to lose your keys and we all known someone or a few who have done that very thing and lost thousands.

So now that you have secured your keys it is time to get a “wallet” so you can use them.

Wallet: A device or software program that allows the user to store their cryptographic keys and interact with the network to sign transactions and use their account.

We recommend the Anchor Wallet by Greymass. This can be downloaded for Linux, Mac and Windows through links at Greymass.com. Additionally, there are mobile products available for download from the respective Play stores.

With your new Anchor Wallet installed (version as of the writing of this article is v1.3.1) you will need to add your newly created account.

Then you will create a password and confirm on the next two screens.

Choose your blockchain (Telos) then import your newly made account into Anchor with the private key you saved. See screenshots below.

Enter the private key you saved when you created your account. The account matching your key will appear as below.

Note: there are two permissions associated with this private key. @active & @owner

Permissions: Permissions control what account users can do and how actions are authorized.

When you created your free account, it assigned the same key for both owner and active permissions. The owner permission can do all actions while the active permission can do all with the exception of changing keys. This is why it is important to use different keys for owner and active permissions.

Before you put any TLOS in your new account it is important to change at least one of your keys so that you can ensure the security of your account. Best practice is to change both to keys you generate on your machine in Anchor, while not connected to the internet.

To navigate there in Anchor: Click Tools in the left menu bar and Manage Keys under the Security section.

Click the Generate Key Pairs button. Followed by the Generate Key Pair (x2) Button. This will generate two new key pairs as pictured below. You may copy to clipboard and paste them as needed and save them to your Anchor Wallet. Follow the prompts to save the keys. Then close the window.

When you close the window you will be taken to the Key Management screen and will see the newly saved keys in along with the number of accounts associated with each key. The new keys will reflect zero.

Now that you have new keys you can update the permissions of your account by assigning one of each of the new public keys to the the owner permission and the other to the active permission.

At the top of your screen make sure you are logged in using the owner key of the account you want to change.

Go back to Tools and select Permissions under Security.

In this image, I have already changed the Active Permission and will now change the Owner Permission.

Note the warning regarding altering account permissions.

Select the Modify button which will open up a modal that allows you to replace the existing public key with the new one that you just created.

As indicated in the image replace the existing public Key with your new one. Note the additional warnings. Make sure that you have secured and have access to the new private key.

Clicking Update Permission will automatically change the key associated and you will now need to delete the old key from your wallet as shown below.

Click Home in the left panel and then the Manage Wallets button.

Next, select the menu next to the Use Wallet button and choose “delete wallet” for each of the keys on the left side that you have replaced. For each one you will be required to enter your Anchor password.

Once you have deleted the old keys that you have replaced, click the + Import Account(s) button in the upper right.

Select either option and Anchor will search the blockchain for any accounts that match the keys you have saved in your wallet.

Click the check box and click the + Import Account (s) button as shown below. Enter your password and you are set.

Now that you have a Telos Account and it is loaded into your Anchor key signer with fresh new keys, you are ready to fill it up with TLOS. You can see which exchanges are listing TLOS at telos.net

Telos is listed on a few exchanges but non that trade directly with USD, which means you will need to use USD to purchase a different token that can be traded for TLOS. Common pairs are USDT/TLOS and BTC/TLOS.

Interview with Annie Brown

Interview with Betty Waitherero

This is the second installment in our “Women’s History Month” series this month.

What has been so interesting in this series has been asking the same general questions, and getting vastly different answers from the women asked. This further proves that women do not exist as a monolith, but as multi faceted entities in the world. The next featured woman making incredible waves in the blockchain community is Betty Waitherero. Betty’s background is in media, political science and communications. Like most individuals within blockchain, she was introduced to the concepts via a dear friend who is an engineer. This friend shared their passion for renewable energy within countries that would greatly benefit from the change, such as Kenya where Betty is from. During our interview, Betty further educated me on the benefits of blockchain technology, web3 and how this can be put into terms of creating equality for all and her methods of bettering the world through these methods.

Q: How can we as a community focus on bridging more women into roles such as yours within the community?

A: Betty states that this work should start before children and young adults have entered into the workforce. She recalls when she attended high school in Kenya and that even though every student took the same exit exams in high school, subjects such as tech and medicine were discouraged for the girls even though they received some of the highest scores on these exams. Betty explains that this is just the beginning of the misogyny that many women face when entering male dominant career fields. When women are discouraged from an early age from these introductory topics, you see an uneven playing field later in life. When we discourage women from even trying it becomes an unsupported idea that women are not intelligent enough to pursue these careers, even though there is no fact to support that claim. Betty states clearly, “It is my expressed opinion that women are smarter than men when it comes to science based subjects.” “If men can do it, it really isn’t that hard.”

What are some of your personal goals you would like to see for Web 3.0 and blockchain technology within the next year and within the next five years?

A: As we further discussed the general basics of blockchain technology and crypto, Betty explained to me that the use of tokens within the blockchain system should move towards accessibility outside of financial gain and profit, but accessibility to individuals who may not possess much capital power in the existing mainstream world. She says that her goal would be for mass adoption and accessibility of various coins that benefit many different communities and many different purposes. To make mass adoption accessible, there needs to be, in Betty’s opinion, a more concise, easily understood communication system to the numerous communities around the world. Betty explains that without a universal communication system, people who already know how to use digital monetary systems, do not know that human readable wallets and crypto currencies are things that they already know how to use and are even more secure than current centralized banking.

Were you familiar with Women’s History Month prior to this meeting? How did you celebrate? Who are women in your life that you look up to?

A: Betty is very aware of Women’s HIstory Month and attributes her knowledge of the month to her time at university in Kenya. She says that it was very important to not only know about Kenya women, but women all around the world. The women that inspire Betty in her lifetime and the work she has dedicated herself to are, Wangari Maathai, one of the biggest influences in renewable energy in Kenya, and her approach to environmental activism. Arumbhati Roy. One of the thinkers around community and activism. Toni Morrison and Maya Angelou, and most specifically, one of Maya Angelou’s most famous poems, Still I Rise.