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I am (not) a genius

Current location: Izumi, Osaka, Japan
Reading: Caliban's War by James S.A. Corey
Listening: Career Day by The Format
Playing: Destiny 2: Lightfall by Bungie

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I borrowed this👆 idea from one of my favorite writers Colin Wright


Setting the scene

I'm a genius! Or at least I thought I was. Turns out I was wrong... again.

Anyone remember that scene "Condomints" from Magic Mike XXL where Rich hesitatingly pitches his business plan to the gang around the campfire?

What are the two most important things you need to take with you when you go out on the weekend? Your condoms and your mints. I put them together in one package, like a pack of gum. Sell it at as gas station. "Condomints."

"Boom!" Beaming with a smile from his own internal mic drop one second, only to be smacked down by the voice of been there, done that the next. "Um, they already have that shit, bitch. You can get it. I get it all the time at the minimart."

Some background

I have been taking Instax Cheki pictures of my kids every month for many years now. In fact, I have them in groups framed around the house. For the past couple years, ever since I got into the NFT scene, I kept thinking man, I should really do some sort of instant photo NFT collection. Like be the first.

Blurry on purpose. Not about to share 5 years worth of kids photos.

The idea kept coming up, but I was hesitant to act. Kind of like our boy Rich was. For one, I had never minted anything before (at the time). Secondly, I didn't really know 100% what I wanted it to be photos of, just that I wanted to do it. Thirdly, I have no social capital. And sprinkle in that notion of getting your great idea stolen, again like Richie. So, par for the course for a lot of things, I just ended up back burner-ing it.

What does this have to do with anything?

Back to the condomints story, this very thing happened to me with the 99 Originals NFT project. Minus the condoms... and the mints.

After finally crossing out at least one of the above listed fears, I was ready to start putting some actual work into my idea. Then, I happened upon this project.

Fuck!

Dumfounded. It was completely by chance mind you. I wasn't out searching for "Polaroid NFT" or anything like that. I didn't know about it before the drop or anything leading up to it. It was just there. Staring at me from my glowing rectangular prison. In fact, I can't remember what I was doing. Probably something lame like looking up trivia I will never use in a meaningful capacity; like how long a narwhal can hold it's breath or something. Regardless.

Not a genius in the wild

Now, not only was I upset that someone it had now already been done, but that it had been done quite well imo.

I am not a fan of Logan Paul, as a personality/brand, a alleged Pokémon card collector or crypto influencer who totally never rugged anybody, but I do like how the 99 Originals project turned out. On first look you might say that most of the varietythe use of the picture slightly larger as the background, upper and lowercase letters, masking tape, the stories that comprised the descriptionwas in pursuit of having enough "traits" to satisfy the degens and collectors alike. But, even if that was the case, it made for an nice end result.

At the core are interesting photos.

So, well done for that LP. Or well done media/publicity team. I will let the reader decide which one is more likely. And let's just not talk about CryptoZoo.co = COMPLETE FLAMING FAIL for the sake of this post.

Where do we go from here?

Onward and upward. It may have been done before, but it hasn't been done by me before. This, as it turns out, is just good advice for all those of you (like me) on the back burner with a pot full of excuses simmering. Disclaimer: advice is intended for such things as creative and self-improvement endeavors, not, say illicit (fill in your own naughty blank here).

On the immediate horizon are plans for a drop that will give access to additional weekly content, as well as help with the perpetuation of Pink Sink in general. Look for that in the next 2-4 weeks.

In the not so distant future, a pure art play. Possibly under a super secret alter ego name. Shhhhhhhhh h h h h h h h h h hhh h h h hhhhh shh!

If you made it this far into the post...

  • Holy shit, thanks for that!

  • Also, holy shit, time to go outside and touch some grass. Maybe take a photo while you are there.

Recap

  1. I am not a genius

  2. Magic Mike XXL is an enjoyable movie

  3. 99 Originals is pretty ok (as an art experiment)

  4. Utility NFT drop coming soon

  5. Super secret shhh hhh hh h shh art drop(s) coming slightly less soonish

  6. Is any idea truly original anymore? Just do you and don't worry about it

Be well all. Catch you in the next one. O'Doyle Rules!

AB


What the Pink Sink else?

Discord spring cleaning

A quote on: Evolution

How does he do it?

-I feel like I am forgetting something that will only reveal itself once this is permanently posted on Arweave-

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