simondlr #12 - New Markets In The Arts #2: Generative Art Economies

Hello friends!

I got around to writing the second article in the “New Markets In The Arts” series: Generative Art Economies.

It is probably my favourite part of the whole series, because this is exactly where I would be working and playing in, full time, if I wasn’t writing a novel.

If you missed part #1, here it is: New Property Rights.

In the mean-time, the presentation these articles are based on, finally went live. I gave a condensed 20min version at Ethereum’s devcon5 in Osaka.

In novel news! I finished draft zero of ‘Hope Runners of Gridlock’. I’m so excited! The first draft is done. The last 4 days of writing was the best experience, downloading 10,000+ words onto paper. It was a joy in itself.

You can see my writing progress from when I started in June to finishing my first draft last weekend.

Out of curiosity, I also plotted the distribution of how much I wrote.

As you can see, on some days, you make ALL the progress. Very much like most things in life: be it running, programming or learning how to love better.

I’m heading into the first re-draft. Once that is done, I’ll definitely need some ‘beta readers’ to point gaping plot holes before getting an editor.

Looking forward to that! Looking forward to learning. Looking forward to sharing the story.

As always. Take time to enjoy a sunset.



simondlr #11 - New Markets In The Arts Pt. 1

Hey everyone!

At Ethereum’s devcon5, I had the privilege to give a talk on “New Markets In The Arts”. In transcribing it, it’s ballooned a bit. So, I’m breaking it down into three articles. The first one, I’m publishing today: focusing on experimenting with property rights.

Enjoy! New parts coming soon.

In book news, after being in Japan, I’ve gotten back into a good rhythm and still aiming to get a draft done by the beginning of next year. I’ve really felt it hitting a good stride as the characters started running the story, and I just get to sit back and write what they get up to. The first full draft is in sight.

I will also be working on another book once ‘Hope Runners of Gridlock’ is in draft/editing mode. Interest has been expressed in a compilation of my essays I’ve written over the past 5 years on blockchains, tokenization and crypto-economics along with updated commentary. I’ve collected roughly 32 essays that I want to combine & publish in this manner. It will also help me get to grips with the basic process of publishing e-books online (before tackling the process of publishing a novel).

As always. Take time to enjoy a sunset.



simondlr #10 - Japanese Narratives & New Markets In The Arts @ Devcon5

Hi everyone!

I’ve been travelling through Japan for almost a month. A wonderful country to explore! During this time I serendipitously bumped into Kevin Abosch, whereupon he shared me the narrative structure of Kishotenketsu. It’s a fascinating form of storytelling which I really enjoy. I digged deeper, wrote about it, and even wrote some Kishotenketsu:

I’m coming up towards the end of my trip with Ethereum’s devcon5 happening in Osaka next week. If you are around, please come say hi! I will be giving a talk on “New Markets In The Arts”, speaking about new forms of IP, generative economies and markets-as-medium. I’m really looking forward to seeing old friends and new.

I haven’t done much productive work the past few weeks, but I have been trying to write. It’s been much, much slower, but I have continued to write on my novel (getting close to 40,000 words).

That’s all for this content update!

As always. Remember to find time to watch a sunset!



simondlr #9 - Clovers & Novel Progress

Hi everyone!

I wrote an article about Clovers, a fun, art, nerdy, game that uses novel economics around the collection and generation of symmetrical end states of Othello (yes, you read that correctly).

What’s particularly interesting is how this model could potentially be used to build generic economies around alogrithms themselves. I would say this is one of my favourite uses of bonding curves out there atm. Enjoy!

For my book (“Hope Runners of Gridlock”), I’ve been writing steadily. Been doing a lot of revisions lately. Thus: it feels slow, but writing every day.

The lovely artwork you see was commissioned from Alida Loubser:

For concept art, I gave a handful of artists the synopsis and prologue and gave them free reign to sketch something. Really happy with how the first one turned out. If you are interested in participating, let me know.

If you are interested to follow along, here’s the tweet thread. I had fun making some music for this announcement!

That’s all for this edition. Heading to Japan soon, getting excited for Ethereum’s devcon5. I’ll be presenting on “New Markets In The Arts”. Looking forward to it.

As always: find time to see a sunset.



simondlr #8 - Cells As Firms & The Hope Runners of Gridlock

Hey all!

Welcome to the Substack version of the newsletter. Nr #8, but first one on here. I’ve been experimenting on and off with different ways of doing this newsletter. It still has one primary goal: e-mail on new content. This feels like a great next step as it means I don’t have to necessarily cross-post to Medium.

Been doing quite extensive writing recently. I finished up a blog post that has been brewing for a while, called ‘Cells As Firms’:

Whilst comparing invented systems to biological systems isn’t new, I couldn’t find comparisons about seeing a Cell as a Firm (or seeing Firms As Cells). The purpose of which is to help model and understand economic systems in a new light. Quite enjoyed doing the research on this, learning more and trying to see new patterns. Nature has modelled boundaries for centuries. The firm is only a few hundred years old. There’s a lot we could learn.

For the most part however, most of my time has been spent writing a novel. I’ve been quite happy with the progress even though it is going a bit slower than expected.

I’m about 30,000 words in, in 2 months of writing. And barring any surprises that my characters could throw at me, I’m confident that not much will change from here on out. I will likely finish the first draft around the end of this year.

The book is going to be called: “The Hope Runners of Gridlock”. The current blurb is:

“After a climate catastrophe, a failed exodus left a city cut off from the world in a multi-decade gridlock. After contact with the outside world disappeared, the city decided to tax the gridlock and fund a championship every 5 years to crown a Hope Runner to venture into the horizon in search of salvation and answers.

A new championship is prematurely called to find answers when a Hope Runner arrives back at the edge of the city, dead. Follow Flora Kaigo & a cast of characters as they get swept into the Hope Runner championships, the city of Gridlock’s underground Trunks & the intricacies of its Public Car Markets. Most of all, it’s a journey of finding hope & answers in a city that was left to die.”

With this project, I'm also commissioning some artwork, of which I’ve started. Excited to share some of it soon! I’ve got a lot more to share about additional sides to this creative project that will be its own blog post in the future (it will include, amongst others, some blockchain components).

In the interest of how the creative process works, I’ve been logging my writing since I started. It’s slowed down a bit because I went through a revision and rewriting some parts.

It’s definitely been an interesting process in itself. I also look forward to tackling the unknown parts of it in time.

I assume my writing will be slowing down as I will be in Japan for a month, travelling. If you are coming to Ethereum’s devcon5, I will be speaking there on “New Markets In The Arts”. Excited!

As always: remember to take time to see a sunset.



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