My First Novel, Hudud and Escape, Available Now!

Click for Hudud and Escape in your country's Amazon store.
Click for Hudud and Escape in your country’s Amazon store.

Well, it’s happened, my first novel is available on Amazon right this second and what’s better?  It’s Free for the first 3 days.  Go download yourself a free book, you’ve nothing to lose!  Except for maybe your time in this dark Edinburgh crime novel for the 21st century.

Synopsis:
After escaping the ultra conservative and cruel upbringing of her father in Pakistan, Yasmin flees to hope of a better life in the United Kingdom, only to find herself forced into slavery by human trafficker Lachlan, whose skill as a computer hacker means he can hide his victims within the country under supposed legal working status.

Forced into a world of rape, murder and slavery, Yasmin’s only strength comes from her faith but it is Adam, whose stolen phone holds the key to Lachlan’s technological empire who must find strength after an attack that has left him traumatised and fearing the outside world.

Bitcoin gets his collar!

Bitcoin is 12 weeks old now and he’s got his first collar, if you ask me, it suits him rather well!

Bitcoin's new collarThe token on his collar comes from BitcoinKeychains.com where you’ll be unsurprised to hear I’m sure that they accept Bitcoin payments.

 

We’re boycotting marriage until it’s equal!

Bug and Me :)Today Her Majesty gave Royal assent to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act meaning that gay and humanist weddings will be able to take place in England and Wales. Living in Scotland, while part of the United Kingdom (for now), our parliament must pass its own bill before same sex marriage can take place here. With this in mind, my fiancé Heather and I have chosen to boycott marriage until everyone in Scotland, gay or straight, is able to marry!

We believe that if two people love each other they should be able to celebrate that love through marriage just as much as we can.  We honestly find the idea that this is even something that needs to be questioned quite baffling.

We are proud to be allies of equal marriage and want to help spread the word.  For all those who do think there is an issue, to carry on Stonewall’s message, some people are gay, get over it!

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Meet 7 week old, Bitcoin

Ladies and Gentlemen of the Internet, meet Bitcoin.

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Bitcoin on his journey to his new home, sleeping with his head on my shirt as he wasn’t happy with the door of the cat box closed.

 

Bitcoin is a 7 weeks old semi-Devon Rex kitten and after a long car journey home, he is hiding under our radiator in the living room.  More photos to follow when he allows us to take them.

Bitcoin later joined us on the sofa where he is now sleeping.
Bitcoin later joined us on the sofa where he is now sleeping.

The Internet Passport Solving Bitcoin ID Checks

Bitcoin was born out of anonymity and now with increasing scrutiny by regulatory bodies, there is a demand for online identity checking.

In 2008, a man named Satoshi Nakamoto introduced the world to a revolutionary new piece of software, he introduced us to Bitcoin. From its early excitement amongst a small group cryptography geeks it grew and is now recognised as a viable alternative currency. Many find the concept of a virtual currency with no physical material (such as gold) to back it, and no central authority to control it, a mystery. But the greatest mystery of Bitcoin remains this; Satoshi Nakamoto does not exist… [read more at miicard.com]

 

This post was written by Andy Barratt and continues at http://www.miicard.com/blog/201306/internet-passport-solving-bitcoin-id-checks

The New Crowd Funding Platform for Bitcoin!

This week saw the quiet launch of something big.  A new crowd funding platform that welcomes any project no matter where in the world you are!  How can they remove such a limitation?  Well by using a globally recognised currency that anyone can use, that of course would be Bitcoin.

Just one of several projects on the brand new crowd funding site.
Just one of several projects on the brand new crowd funding site.

Bitcoin StarterBitcoin Starter is like any other crowd funding platform such as Kickstarter or IndieGoGo, the difference being that it only accepts Bitcoin payments as contributions to projects!  Other than that, the main rules stay the same.  Anyone can submit a project, they write up their aim and they post it on the website saying how much they’re needing, what they’re planning to use it for and how long they have to raise the funds.  If the target isn’t reached, the money is returned to the people who pledged it and if it’s successful, the pledgers get rewards for their help.

So what’s so great about using Bitcoin rather than dollars, euros, pounds, yen or indeed what ever currency you’re used to spending?  Well for starters, no matter where you are in the world, your Bitcoin is usable and you don’t have to go through any lengthy process to open a bank account to use it.  In fact, you don’t need a bank account at all, just a Bitcoin wallet on your device.  If you don’t trust yourself to keep your Bitcoin safe on your device you can keep one online too but the important thing is, anyone can have one and trade online.  It means that money can be sent instantly over the internet without payment providers taking large costs and without so much banking regulation (money is sent directly from user to user).  More people are able to raise the Bitcoin they need to start a project, regardless of country, age, ability to open a bank account, everything!

Bitcoin is the worlds fastest growing currency, when I first started investigating, 1 BTC cost 48 GBP, now it costs 90 GBP and is fast heading toward £100 and that’s in just a couple of weeks.  The rapid growth shows just how much people are trusting this new currency, especially after a rocky start with some pretty nasty press.  My next post will be more about Bitcoin though, this one is about Bitcoin Starter.

As I say, it’s been a quiet launch but the creators have been kind enough to invite me to seek funds for My Agility Board on launch, therefore, My Agility Board is on the front page and looking for funds to help it expand.  There are also other projects such as those seeking funds for a photographer who’s dream is to go to Pripyat in Ukraine so that he can photograph the home of the Chernobyl Disaster and another wishing to raise funds to buy Tablet computers for educational purposes in the world’s poorest areas.

It’s been a very quiet launch and it’s taking off very slowly but I’m sure as the Bitcoin community grows, so will BitcoinStarter.com, it’s definitely one to watch!

Bitter Together – Stop Banning Debate!

This video keeps being taken down because people who don’t support Scottish Independence don’t like its hard truths.

Now I don’t currently support independence but I do support grown up debate.  Don’t ask me to take it down, I won’t.

Alternatively download the video here (You may have to right click and choose to save it that way).

Netflix Idea

netflix idea

I just think it’d be nice to be able to express an opinion on which shows should be included for Netflix streaming in my region.