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Instagram Favourites | 5 Accounts You Need to Follow

Hapy new year, however, I've decided to bring back an old favourite with the Instagram Faves section. Sometimes when I feel blah, I like to scroll (sings they see me scrollin' aka Chamillionaire style) on Instagram. Sounds silly sure, but for me seeing visual art, inspiration and imagery are akin to therapy. A good image can beat Prozac any day in my book which is why this feature deserves to live! 

So the first compilation is a breakdown of pages that ace the imagery awards. Sure they're food-based but they're artistic food-based and I for one don't give a damn how tasty the food is or how easy or hard it is to make at home, these accounts are not about the ''recipe'' and more about the visual gluttony they provide. 

Enjoy! 



Hey SP

You'll find a range of posts over on Hey SP, from nature, words, rainbows, some rough images and some eye porn based summary themed ones like those above. There really is a delight in scrolling through this account. Since it's inception the style has changed, you'll see that yourself - I wonder where this account will go next in 2021. 



The Scran Line

Ah, this man is awesome! His designs and creations are out of this world, at times nearly literally. Focussing on movies, songs and rainbow themes, his cakes and cupcakes are at times almost surreal. Go check for yourself...



Charlotte Lovely

If you see faces in everything then Charlotte Lovely is the page to go. Her current style seems to be just that - faces on everything. Each image is art, you grow to love and hate each of these weird little people/faces. You can almost imagine most in a kids cartoon somehow. 



The Cake Blog

A mix of everything sugar. Again the style has veered to more cupcakes and cakes. But each is a visual delight. I especially love their older creations and all of their autumn and winter ones - you can't beat anything with an apple and toffee in it, there's something so warming to the soul seeing that, at least for me anyway. 


Nectar and Stone 

One of the first visual food pages I ever followed was Nectar and Stone. I used to wish I lived closer to them but I don't so I can only enjoy from afar. Each creation is dainty, you can imagine the work that goes into each visual. I mean look at each tiny star on that doughnut above, all added by hand. Each colour palette carefully thought out and the execution is nearly perfect. I'm thinking this page is maybe run by robots and not humans given the accuracy in the details. 

Let me know your thoughts on the five above, where any of the pages that you currently follow? Let me know also any other suggestions for inclusions - which page you love, hate or feel inspired by. 

   

Elyse

Statement: Nothing to Disclose

Freedom Reserve | Giving money back to the people



I'm sure a lot of you will agree that money should be in your control and not at the mercy of a centralised body. That's the primary goal of cryptocurrency in general. You hold the currency in your wallet and you are able to use it as you see fit. 

Most, if not all, cryptocurrencies have a fixed supply and this, in some cases, increases the value of it significantly. Once a cryptocurrency is deployed and in circulation, it's very rare for new tokens to be minted, and with the amount of scrutiny performed on new projects, any minting functions in the source code of these projects are questioned and pressed until a reason for it is given. 

That is one of the biggest differences between traditional money (Fiat) and cryptocurrency. People in control of fiat can print and create new money when they see fit. If too much is printed then inflation is often the result and the value of the currency, against others, drops. 

The value of the pound is decreasing and the reasons are mainly political in nature, but printing and, subsequently increasing the supply, is a major reason. To combat this, Freedom Reserve - a project looking to replace the pound, have officially released their currency. As with all cryptocurrencies, Freedom Reserve is a decentralised, completely separate currency that has a fixed supply of 80 million "coins". Because the supply is fixed inflation in the traditional sense, cannot happen. 

Freedom Reserve is currently running as an ERC-20 token on the Ethereum network and the project website is hosted on IPFS (InterPlanetary File System) - which allows for persistence on the internet and a high level of censorship resistance.

The project features the Green Man heavily and uses it as the logo for the coin. As a Pagan, I associate the symbol of the green man with the life circle and a return to a more natural and traditional time. It's clear to see that they have chosen this as a way to break free from the "state" and to symbolise the pounds rebirth, or replacement, into the £FR pound. 

Some further details:

˙Currency Name: Freedom Reserve
˙Ticker: FR
˙Total supply: 80,000,000
˙Contract Address: Etherscan.
˙Logo: The green man! 
˙Website: Freedom Reserve
˙Social Links: Telegram, Discord

As with all of the projects I cover, I will make a note to say that you should research any project thoroughly before investing. Do your due diligence and never invest more than you can afford to lose.

Elyse

Statement: Nothing to disclose - not a financial advisor.

StarSwap | An evolution of Uniswap


EDIT: It appears that the developer pulled a fast one and emptied the liquidity from all of the available pools on the website. This is a very good example as to why care must be taken when investing in a project. 

I first heard of Uniswap earlier on in the year but didn't really pay much attention to it initially - why? well with the world in turmoil I was putting my focus elsewhere, I really didn't want to waste time with others when there could have been bigger fish to catch. 

However, after a little bit of reading up on it, I realised just how much potential it had and how much it could impact the cryptocurrency world. 

Uniswap, in essence, is a trustless ERC20 token swapping protocol where, instead of using traditional methods to exchange (i.e. use of order books), users can trade against liquidity pools that are pooled into smart contracts. Anyone can add liquidity to a token pool and earn fees accumulated by the protocol. Fees are given to liquidity providers through a 0.30% charge on all trades made on the platform, so ultimately there is a huge incentive to add liquidity. 

My first interaction with Uniswap was when I was trying to get rid of some tokens that had been sitting in my wallet for over two years that had been airdropped randomly, this happens sometimes and can be a nice surprise. Anyway, the tokens were worth around $10 and I was happy to finally be rid of them. 

This is where my gripe with Uniswap, and the Ethereum network for that matter, started - Gas! (or Gwei -a denomination of Ethereum), the name used when referring to a transaction fee when sending a transaction over the network, is used on every trade and if the gas prices are high at that given time, you will be paying a lot of money to get your transaction through. Needless to say, I gave up trying to sell my tokens as a $6 dollar gas fee was far too much to get the $10 for my tokens. Obviously, when the gas price is lower, you will not be paying a huge gas fee and the platform works really well, but what if you didn't have to pay that gas high gas fee? For the record, I'm not anti-Uniswap, I use it on a regular basis, but as a penny-pincher, I watch the gas prices like a hawk. 

☆ ★ Introducing StarSwap ☆ ★

StarSwap is a self-confessed evolution over Uniswap, with instant transactions and next to zero gas fees. It uses a layer 2 solution (A protocol built on top of an existing blockchain) called the Matic Network to achieve this. 

In order to start using StarSwap, you will need to move your tokens to the Matic Network. This can be achieved using the Matic Wallet. Once you've connected your wallet to the website, I use Metamask,  you will be able to send your tokens from the Mainnet to the Matic network by clicking on the Switch to PoS button. 
Make sure that the Matic Wallet button is highlighted and then click on deposit.  Once open, you'll be greeted with a number of options. 

Once you are happy with what you've entered, you can go ahead and press the Deposit button. As with anything wallet related, you will need to confirm the transaction. Once you have approved the transaction, you will need to wait sometime until it is available on the Matic network. I waited about 8-10 minutes for mine to go through which in reality feels way longer than it actually is...

Assuming all is well and the transaction has confirmed, you can check your newly transferred tokens by adding the Matic network to Metamask. This is as easy as opening the Metamask plugin and clicking on the Ethereum Mainnet button, selecting Custom RPC and then adding the following into the forms.
Easy copy:

Network Name: Matic Mainnet
Chain ID: 137
Symbol: MATIC
Block Explorer URLhttps://explorer.matic.network/

Now that you've added the Matic Mainnet, you should now be able to check your wallet on the Matic explorer, and any of the tokens you have sent over.

With all of that setup, you can now navigate over to the StarSwapApp and trade, add liquidity or farm to your heart's content!

Elyse

Statement: Nothing to disclose - not a financial advisor.