Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Markus’s trades raised many red flags. He never paid transaction fees and reportedly paid seemingly random prices for bitcoins. Most curious of all, we identified many duplicate transactions in which the amount paid was changed from an implausibly random price to one that was consistent with other trades that day. In the end, we have concluded that Markus did not actually pay for the bitcoins he acquired; rather, his account was fraudulently credited with claimed bitcoins that almost certainly were not backed by real coins.
Sunday, January 14, 2018
Doors opened an hour late. Glad I wasn’t early! I had an extra ticket. Fortunately Joe the Plumber wasn’t interested in going. Way too gay for him; maybe not gay enough for me. We would see.
Since I was given the "English Beat" tickets for free, I wanted to give away my extra ticket. I hung around the front door, and failed to connect with several needy people, but I had faith. There's always someone who needs a ticket.
Eventually I was approached by a woman who asked if I had an extra ticket. She had a ticket, but her sister didn't. I brought her sister in. They were sweet and grateful and asked if I wanted money or a drink, but I wanted neither. Just as I had received the tickets, I wanted to give a ticket, freely.
The two sisters were big "English Beat" fans:
W.: English Beat played at my sister’s wedding.
M.: English Beat played at your sister’s wedding?
W.: They’ll play for anyone if you pay them enough.
Later, I saw the woman again. I understood that her name was Tije. I had never heard that name before. "What kind of name is that?" I asked. She explained she was Indian. "What tribe?" I asked. "The tribe from India," she replied. I looked at her blankly. "Oh!" I finally replied. "Now I get it!"
A Sacramento band, "Noche Oskura" opened. Pretty good. Their fans were there.