Sirwin
Sirwin
Magic Eden is really not so magical

Magic Eden is Really not so Magical, After All


This morning, I downloaded the Phantom Wallet browser extension, imported the address/account I use with SolFLare (which probably wasn't a good idea in retrospect, but there's so little SOL in it that I won't lose sleep if it disappears) and, with much difficulty (involving multiple attempts and my computer being unresponsive), connected it to SolType. I then set about trying to find exactly how to create a collection and the process to follow for publishing an eBook as an NFT. I made no headway there, since there was no obvious menu item and the documentation makes no mention of anything beyond connecting a wallet and having some Solana (SOL) in it.

Undeterred, I headed over to Magic Eden, the NFT Marketplace that SolType uses. All was going well until it required I fill in my email address as part of my profile (not very Web3, IMO) and repeatedly failed to send me a verification email (not even anything in my account's spam folder). Unimpressed, but not yet deterred, I pressed on with creating a collection for the Bored Babes' Yacht Club (BBYC). All was going well until the step that required me to link my Twitter/X account (which is definitely not at all Web3). I was not prepared to do that, since it has no relevance to my art and I don't want my Twitter activity/presence associated with it, anyway.

Is it really so difficult to link Torum or D.Buzz or any of the other Web3 antisocial media sites, instead of using the old and centralised Web2 ones? If so, why? Surely somebody could work on a way to solve that, a standardised Blockchain version of OAuth or some other protocol that these projects can use to communicate with each other. It just seems backwards to me to use Google, Facebook or Twitter/X in a Web3 project. I'd do it, but I have no idea of where to even begin, never mind how I'd earn anything from it or while developing it.

Well, that was a disappointing waste of time (despite the number of blockchains/cryptocurrencies and wallets Magic Eden supports). My search for an NFT marketplace I like will have to continue later. Maybe I should just create a collection of images that are the book covers, embedding the URLs for downloading the eBooks (preferably off IPFs or Filecoin/Storj servers). Right now, I have to put that project on the back burner because I need to focus on finding a fiat-farming job and have wasted enough time already this morning. My earning crypto from digital art and/or eBook NFTs isn't going to start today.

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Great White Snark
Great White Snark

I'm currently seeking fixed employment as a S/W & Web developer (C# & ASP .NET MVC, PHP 8+, Python 3), hoping to stash the farmed fiat and go full Crypto, quit the 07:30-18:00 grind. Unsigned music producer; snarky; white; balding; smashes Patriarchy.


Cryptographic Anarchy: (Mis)Adventures in Crypto
Cryptographic Anarchy: (Mis)Adventures in Crypto

The content of this blog is exclusively to do with online privacy/security, cryptography and cryptocurrency: Understanding it, investing in it, mining it (in groups/crowds), developing/programming it, the social problems it aims to solve and the various ways to make more of it (or not, as various losses and failures happen). Let's get away from banksters, Capitalists and fiat, to an anarcho-syndicalist commune. Banner image: Blogger's own. Contemplating making an HD NFT version if there's interest.

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