“When Tron moon?”: The fastest way to make other crypto people hate you

“When Tron moon?”

Having only really gotten into crypto and blockchain a few months ago, I feel like I should be the one asking this kind of question. You know, when stupid is still infant baby cute.

Then again, I can read.

If they’ve not done anything else (and they have, of course), Tron and Justin Sun have made perfectly clear that they want to break the Internet be profitable and enjoyed over the long term – going as far as throwing out a decades-long plan for folks to chew on. (Years? Decades? Oh God… the horror!)

It also has become clear that many people don’t like to read that information, actually listen to the video media events, or pay attention to researched quotes and business moves floated among the Twitter crypto community. Many people never get past crummy, click bait headlines. which sadly makes sense considering the human attention span now checks in at slightly shorter than a goldfish.

And, it all leads back to the idiot investor’s mantra:

“When Tron moon?”

Tron hasn’t tried to be (and has never given the impression it will) like other cryptos that pumped, dumped, and dazzled like Stormy Daniels. Tron wants to be me-love-you-long-time sexy like Betty White. And, who doesn’t love Betty White?

The ideals and plans in place for Tron – the ones we’ve been privy to at this point, anyways – all have been geared for weaving the blockchain into the future commerce fabric. It was never about hoping for a lightning-in-a-bottle DApp. It never will be. It’s vision is that Tron will be the whole damn SYSTEM – one charged with loads of lightning.

Sun has tried pushing his vision so much that even I’ve gotten a little “okay, man … slow your marketing roll a bit.” But, I say that as someone who is beginning to understand the scope of this project. I don’t need the constant updates; not because I’m smart or annoyed but because the daily public updates don’t matter now.

Those who need to know about Tron; they do know because this developer’s paradise has been marketed well. Investors … they’ll come on their own just fine because real investors constantly research. (Sun has done his part already in setting up umpteen exchange partnerships and making TRX available in a load of different places.)

So if Betty White is hot, here comes the naked Bea Arthur cold-water bath: You have to HODL.

You have to forget your investment for a while. Enjoy the announcements. Check in once in a while. Keep the thought in the back of your head. But, overall, forget the daily check-in to see if you can say angry things to your boss as you quit.

You have to because if you thought hodling has been hard the past 6-8 months, remember John Paul Jones’ line from 1779 – which might be slightly adjusted for today. You’re going to need it as you protect your Tron for months, or even years.

“I have not yet begun to Hodl!” 

Or something like that.

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What topics would you like to read about as we all grow with Crypto, Tron, and all the rest? Shoot an email to kitchenski@gmail.com with “Blog idea” in your subject line, or find me on Twitter at twitter.com/curtiskitchen. And, FULL DISCLOSURE: I am a Tron (TRX) and Ripple (XRP) investor. I am not a financial advisor. This content should not be used as a base for or considered to be financial advice.

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Smell test: Lucas Nuzzi wants me to believe Tron is a scam

You don’t know me, and that’s okay. I’m a nobody. I’m someone who started his cryptocurrency and blockchain journey only a few months ago.

I missed Bitcoin’s explosion (well, I saw it from afar, like most people) and the alt-coin’s subsequent explosion. But, I’ve likened myself to something akin to a crypto astronomer lately — taking to the stars and discovering the solar system’s present through its rapidly expanding past.

In that journey, I found Tron.

Since that happened a couple of months ago, I’ve found myself learning about this Justin Sun guy. I’ve watched live press conferences from China. I’ve traded reading Kansas City Royals box scores for Tron (and other) whitepapers. (Okay, that part wasn’t a sacrifice. My Royals suck this year, but I digress.) I’ve worn out Google searching for news several times per day. My Twitter follows have transformed almost overnight as I connect with other crypto players, leaders, media, enthusiasts, and investors.

It’s kind of been a recreation of me in a way. The crypto me didn’t exist until now. That’s the fun part.

The intriguing part has been to watch with wonder if Tron — which, until April, was just this really fantastic arcade game I grew up playing — truly is the Apple of our time. Is it going to transform the web? Is it, if I can go back to my astronomy metaphor, a galaxy being born in front of our eyes?

My growing Tron bag speaks for me here. I think it could very well be.

But, the reporter side of me (part of my professional life was spent in radio and print) leaves open the possibility* that Tron could be all that, but it also could be something less, or even far less.

*Let’s talk about what I mean by possibility. When I say this, it doesn’t mean I think it’s true, or even partly true. A key piece of critical thinking is to allow for all possibilities and then allow information and testing to eliminate the possibilities that prove false.

And so, it caught my attention (and many others’) when Lucas Nuzzi dropped a few Tweets this week that Tron isn’t special at all. In fact, Lucas all but called his shot that Justin Sun’s “Independence Day” from Ethereum will look far more like the scene from Will Smith’s movie when aliens blow up the White House than it will be a celebration.

It has a smell, no doubt. But, does what Nuzzi said have the aroma of perfect prime rib? Or, is it end-of-workout stank armpits?

I consider the transparency with which Sun has presented his vision and product. I consider the bounty program open to literally everyone…for weeks…with a huge payoff. I consider the amount of support and/or excitement from exchanges, companies, developers, and potential Super Representatives. I consider tangible results shown through super-transparent testing that show nodes and blocks doing exactly what they are supposed to.

And I think things like:

“Damn, sure am glad nobody who is taking part in this process seems to share the same thoughts as Nuzzi.”

And …

“Wow, there are a lot of people, hundreds or thousands by now, all way smarter than me, who have had direct exposure to the same product that Nuzzi purports to have witnessed. And they ALL missed this?”

And …

“If those people didn’t miss the things that Nuzzi proclaims, this is one of the largest conspiracies ever. Period.”

And …

“Nuzzi’s just now saying this?”

Put all of those things together, along with the already debunked “sophisticated” scam blog posts, and I can’t go any farther down Nuzzi’s road other than to say I feel like I’ve walked in, smelled the room, and the only whiff I’m getting is a FUD burger.

Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe Nuzzi is right.

I’m willing to bet he isn’t.

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What topics would you like to read about as we all grow with Crypto, Tron, and all the rest? Shoot an email to kitchenski@gmail.com with “Blog idea” in your subject line, or find me on Twitter at twitter.com/curtiskitchen. And, FULL DISCLOSURE: I am a Tron (TRX) and Ripple (XRP) investor. I am not a financial advisor. This content should not be used as a base for or considered to be financial advice.