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Titcoin is a type of digital currency called a cryptocurrency that uses pornography on a decentralized peer-to-peer network to manage the issuance of new currency units while processing transactions. Titcoin is a derivative of the Bitcoin source code with key modifications to the software which improve transaction speeds and network difficulty readjustments. Titcoin is designed for and marketed towards the adult entertainment industry to allow owners of the currency to pay for adult products and services without the fear of incriminating payment histories appearing on their credit cards. In 2015, Titcoin received two nominations at the 2015 XBIZ Awards ceremony which honors companies that play an essential part in the growth and success of adult entertainment. In 2016, Titcoin was nominated for a second year in a row as Alternative Payment Services Company of the Year at the 2016 XBIZ Awards; as of mid-2017, it has a low total market capitalization of about $100,000 USD. There is no notable trade volume registered.

Titcoin was founded by three cryptocurrency advocates from New York City: Edward Mansfield, Richard Allen and a third anonymous individual. The founders developed Titcoin for the adult entertainment industry as a cash alternative payment system for performing anonymous transactions. Titcoin allows consumers of adult entertainment to perform transactions without using any identifiable information. Titcoin benefits adult businesses with zero chargebacks and freedom from dealing with traditional financial institutions. On June 21, 2014, the Titcoin cryptocurrency wallet and source code was released with an initial soft launch for the cryptocurrency community followed by a hard launch for the public. In September, 2014, former Wall Street stockbroker and Jordan Belfort protégé at Stratton Oakmont, Patrick McDonnell, joined the Titcoin development team as a business development advisor. On May 29, 2017, Titcoin and its properties were acquired by the adult game development studio Joy-Toilet. On September 5, 2018, Titcoin and its assets were acquired by the TittieCoin Developers.

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Giusto Bellavitis

Giusto Bellavitis was an Italian mathematician and municipal councilor. According to Charles Laisant, His principle achievement, which marks his place, in the future and the present, among the names of geometers that will endure, is the invention of the method of equipollences, a new method of analytic geometry, both philosophical and fruitful. Born in Bassano del Grappa in 1803 to Ernesto Bellavitis and Giovanna Navarini, Giusto studied alone. In 1840 he in 1842 began instructing at Lycee de Vicence. In 1845 he became professor of descriptive geometry at University of Padua. With the unification of Italy he took the opportunity to revise the curriculum to include complementary algebra and analytic geometry. Bellavitis married in 1842 and had one son who taught geometry at the University of Padua. Bellavitis anticipated the idea of a Euclidean vector with his notion of equipollence. Two line segments AB and CD are equipollent if they are parallel and have the same length and direction; the relation is denoted A B ≏ C D.

In modern terminology, this relation between line segments is an example of an equivalence relation. The concept of vector addition was written by Bellavitis as A B + B C ≏ A C. According to Laissant, Bellavitis published works in "arithmetic, geometry, infinitesimal calculus, mechanics, astronomy, mineralogy, geography, social science and literature." 1847: Observationes de quibusdam solutionibus analyticis problematum ad liquidorum motum pertinentium. Bononiae: ex typographaeo Emygdii ab Ulmo. Via Biblioteca europea di informazione e cultura 1852: Saggio sull'algebra degli immaginari, link from HathiTrust 1854: Sposizione del Metodo della Equipollenze, link from Google Books. 1858: Calcolo dei Quaternioni di W. R. Hamilton e sua Relazione col link from HathiTrust. 1868: Lezioni di Geometria Descrittiva, 2nd edition, link from HathiTrust Fellow of the Istituto Veneto in 1840 Fellow of the Società Italiana dei Quaranta in 1850 Member of the Accademia dei Lincei in 1879 Michael J. Crowe A History of Vector Analysis, "Giusto Bellavitis and His Calculus of Equipollences", pp 52–4, University of Notre Dame Press.

Charles-Ange Laisant Theorie et Applications des Equipollence, Gauthier-Villars, link from University of Michigan Historical Math Collection. Lena L. Severance The Theory of Equipollences. Bellavitis, link from HathiTrust. O'Connor, John J..

Miriam Karmel

Miriam Karmel is an American novelist and writer. Her first novel, Being Esther, is one of only a few involving characters in their eighties. Karmel's writing has appeared in numerous publications including Bellevue Literary Review, The Talking Stick, Dust & Fire, Jewish Women's Literary Annual, Water~Stone Review, she is the recipient of Minnesota Monthly's 2002 Tamarack Award, the Kate Braverman Short Story Prize, the Arthur Edelstein Prize for Short Fiction. Her story The King of Marvin Gardens was anthologized in Milkweed Editions' Fiction on a Stick. Karmel was born in Illinois, she earned a degree in history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a master's in American labor history from the University of Rochester, a master's in journalism from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill that launched her journalism career. She moved to Minnesota in 1978. Karmel's first novel Being Esther was published in 2013 by Milkweed Editions, it concerns an 85-year-old widow, Esther Lustig, who finds herself elderly and in the midst of a pushed-transition to an assisted-living facility she refers to as'Bingoville'.

The novel moves in and out of time, suggests looking more at those who'have more to share than we think.' In 2009 Karmel's short story Happy Chicken won the Carol Bly Short Story Contest, sponsored by Writers Rising Up, an Eden Prairie-based environmental nonprofit. In 2017 Miriam Karmel's collection Subtle Variations and Other Stories won the inaugural Holy Cow! Press First Fiction Award. Miriam Karmel on "Being Esther" Milkweed Editions Miriam Karmel Q&A 5/16/13 on "Being Esther" Open Book

Caine Prize

The Caine Prize for African Writing is an annual literary award for the best original short story by an African writer, whether in Africa or elsewhere, published in the English language. The £10,000 prize was founded in the United Kingdom in 2000, was named in memory of Sir Michael Harris Caine, former Chairman of Booker Group plc; because of the Caine Prize's connection to the Booker Prize, the award is sometimes called the "African Booker". It was first awarded in 2000 to the Sudanese writer Leila Aboulela for her short story "The Museum", at the Zimbabwe International Book Fair in Harare. In its first year the Prize attracted entries from 20 African countries; the winner is announced at a dinner in July held in Oxford but most at SOAS, University of London, to which the shortlisted candidates are all invited. This is part of a week of activities for the candidates, including readings, book signings and press opportunities. Among supporters of the prize are friends of Sir Michael Caine in the UK, United States and Africa, the Oppenheimer Memorial Trust, the Zochonis Foundation, the Marit & Hans Rausing Foundation, the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, the Headley Trust, the Esmee Fairbairn Charitable Trust, the David Alliance Family Foundation, the Cairns Charitable Trust, the Botwinick-Wolfensohn Family Foundation, the Sunrise Foundation, the Von Clemm Charitable Trust, the Royal Over-Seas League, Sarova Hotels, Bata Shoes Ltd and Ltd and Kenya Airways.

The four African winners of the Nobel Prize for Literature have supported the Caine Prize as patrons: Wole Soyinka, Nadine Gordimer, Naguib Mahfouz and J. M. Coetzee. Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne, Sir Michael's widow, is President of the council and Jonathan Taylor is the chairman. In 2011, African writer Ikhide R. Ikheloa criticized the prize, suggesting that "The creation of a prize for'African writing' may have created the unintended effect of breeding writers willing to stereotype Africa for glory; the lazy, predictable stories that made the 2011 shortlist celebrate orthodoxy and mediocrity.... The problem now is that many writers are skewing their written perspectives to fit what they imagine will sell to the West and the judges of the Caine Prize...." Rose-Innes, Henrietta. 2009. Ten Years of the Caine Prize for African Writing. New Internationalist Publications. Caine Prize for African Writing, official website Links to stories online, 2000-2014

Ulmus minor 'Viminalis'

The Field Elm cultivar Ulmus minor'Viminalis' referred to as the Twiggy Field Elm, was raised by Masters in 1817, listed in 1831 as U. campestris viminalis, without description. Loudon added a general description in 1838, the Cambridge University Herbarium acquired a leaf specimen of the tree in 1866. Moss, writing in 1912, said that the Ulmus campestris viminalis from Cambridge University Herbarium was the only elm he thought agreed with the original Plot's elm as illustrated by Dr. Plot in 1677 from specimens growing in an avenue and coppice at Hanwell near Banbury. Elwes and Henry considered Loudon's Ulmus campestris viminalis to be Dr Plot's elm, its 19th-century name, U. campestris var. viminalis, led the cultivar to be classified for a time as a variety of English Elm. On the Continent,'Viminalis' was the Ulmus antarctica Hort.'zierliche Ulme' of Kirchner's Arboretum Muscaviense. Melville considered'Viminalis' one form, the'type' cultivar, of the natural, variable hybrid, U. minor × U. minor'Plotii', which occurs in England where the two trees overlap, which he called, believing U. plotii Druce a species, U. × viminalis.

He questioned, Henry's claim that'Viminalis' was Dr Plot's elm. Writing in 1940 and referring to a pencil rubbing in Herb. Druce, vol. 113 of the Sloane Collection, he wrote "I can see no reason to doubt that this is Plot's plant," but "it is U. × viminalis Lodd". Boom and Bean listed ` Viminalis' as the ` type' clone of Melville's U. × viminalis. Wood described'Viminalis' as "a neat-growing compact tree, with small foliage", Henry as a "tree with ascending branches, pendulous branchlets, sparse foliage", Bean as a "narrow-headed, rather slender tree".'Viminalis' is slow-growing. Leaves vary from obovate-elliptic to narrowly elliptic. In his description of Ulmus antarctica Hort. Kirchner added that the leaves are more or less downward-curving, with longish petioles, that the leaf-margins have numerous deep, hook-shaped teeth, "so that the leaves appear slit". Loudon's sketch suggests that a narrow leaf was uniform on his tree; the Cambridge University Herbarium specimen of Loudon's Ulmus campestris viminalis shows leaves resembling both Henry's'Viminalis' drawing and Schneider's'Antarctica' drawing, confirming the synonymy.'Viminalis' has been likened to Zelkova × verschaffeltii.

Bean wrote in 1936, "I have never seen it bearing fruit, although it flowers." The old specimen in Lydiard Street, Victoria, produces abundant fruit, the seed being close to the marginal notch in somewhat broad samarae.'Viminalis' is susceptible to Dutch elm disease, as are the natural hybrids between Field Elm and Plot Elm, of which the type cultivar is considered an example.'Viminalis' was valued for its ornamental qualities, Wood considering it "well adapted for the back part of shrubberies". Bean called it "a charming small tree for gardens elegant and not growing fast". Kirchner noted. Specimens were present in many of the major UK collections, including Cambridge University Botanic Garden, Kew Gardens, Westonbirt Arboretum, Royal Victoria Park and Ryston Hall arboretum, Norfolk.'Viminalis' remained in the catalogues of the Hillier nursery, till the 1960s. Introduced to North America, Ulmus viminalis,'Slender-twigged elm', was marketed by Hovey's nursery of Boston, from the 1850s, by the Mount Hope Nursery of Rochester, New York, from c.1860.

In continental Europe, North America and Australasia a few specimens survive in arboreta and avenues. One tree 40 feet in height, determined as U. × viminalis Loud. by Melville, stood by the lake at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne, in 1953. It may have been the Ulmus viminalis specimen present in the Gardens in 1877. In the UK three mature trees survive in the Hove area; the tree remains in cultivation in Australia. Elwes and Henry list notable specimens "of this variety" in the Cambridge University Botanic Garden and in Gisselfeld Park, Denmark. Three trees labelled U. ` Viminalis', pollarded in 1984, stand in Australia. A specimen of the same cultivar unpollarded, stands in Lydiard Street, Victoria. Cultivars include both sports of the type tree and elms similar enough to have been conjectured as related to it: Viminalis Aurea, Viminalis Betulaefolia, Viminalis Gracilis, Viminalis Incisa, Viminalis Marginata, Viminalis Pendula, Viminalis Pulverulenta, Viminalis Stricta. Ulmus antarctica Hort..

Ulmus campestris antarctica. Ulmus campestris'Betulinoides'. Ulmus campestris var. betulaefolia. U. campestris var. laciniata. U. campestris var. microphylla pendula Hort. as in synonymy. Ulmus campestris var. nuda subvar. Incisa Hort. Vilv.. Considered "possibly U. viminalis" by Green. Ulmus campestris var. stricta. Ulmus campestris var. virginalis in synonymy.? Ulmus campestris viminalis stricta. Ulmus gracilis Hort.. Ulmus'Masters's Twiggy'. Ulmus montana viminalis marmorata Hort.. Ulmus scabra viminalis gracilis Hort.. Ulmus scabra viminalis pulverulenta Hort.. Ulmus suberosa betuloides Hort.. Ulmus viminalis Lodd. Ulmus viminalis pendula. Arnold Arboretum, US