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Money Makes the World Go Askew

I’m constantly seeing stuff about Bitcoin, although admittedly a significant amount of it is jokes about how no one can understand it. I’m not sure why play money invented by smug tech geeks really deserves national attention; we might as … Continue reading

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There’s Treasure Everywhere

The dream of a land where jewels and precious metals are plentiful is an old one, the implication being that you could take some gold that’s common in that country and become rich in your own. The Land of Oz … Continue reading

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No Money, Mo’ Problems

As I said back in this post, whether or not Oz uses some form of money is no more consistent than many other aspects of the series. Certainly the earlier books show money in use, with children paying for green … Continue reading

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Every Philosopher Must Get Stoned

While doing research on human immortality, it’s not too surprising that I came across the Wikipedia article on the Philosopher’s Stone. Granting immortality was actually not the primary function of the Stone. Rather, it was said to be able to … Continue reading

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Mo’ Money, Mo’ Pixels

It seems like, when creating a fantasy universe, the default currency tends to be the generic “gold pieces.” Of course, gold pieces have been pretty standard currency in our world all the way back to at least the seventh century … Continue reading

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The Man with the Golden Coat

The legend of El Dorado, which is Spanish for “The Gilded One,” began with the Muisca tribe of modern-day Colombia. When Spanish explorers reached South America, they heard the Muisca discuss an ancient coronation ceremony. A king-to-be was covered in … Continue reading

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