Currency of the Future

All the bottle tops.

In 2012 I visited Kansas City, and in Kansas City lives Just Colcord. Just is an artist who uses found objects in his sculptures. I took photos of him in his apartment, and posted those photos as a blog post here.

I asked him about buying a piece of his artwork, but he said he doesn’t sell his pieces for money. Money is too easy to earn and use to buy unique pieces of art, and someone should have to put in more effort to buy something Just has put effort into making.

He’d previously mentioned that after the apocalypse, bottle tops with the anti-tamper rings turned inside out and wrapped around them would become money. “The Currency of the Future” he called it. I proposed a deal. I’d collect 100 such bottle tops, and he’d see if that was enough to “buy” a piece of his artwork.

So that’s what I did. From September 2012 to December 2013, if I bought and drank out of a bottle with the right kind of anti-tamper ring, I wrote a number on it, and took an iPhone photo of it in the location I finished the bottle.

It’s been a fun project. The results are below. The 100 bottle tops are currently in the post, on the way to Kansas City.

Currency of the Future: New York laundrette, September 2012.

New York laundrette, September 2012.

Currency of the Future: US Open Final, New York, September 2012.

US Open Final, New York, September 2012.

Currency of the Future: New York Metro, September 2012.

New York Metro, September 2012.

Currency of the Future: JFK Airport, New York, September 2012.

JFK Airport, New York, September 2012.

Currency of the Future: Gullfoss, Iceland, September 2012.

Gullfoss, Iceland, September 2012.

Currency of the Future: New York from New Jersey, September 2012.

New York from New Jersey, September 2012.

Currency of the Future: Athens, September 2012.

Athens, September 2012.

Currency of the Future: The Acropolis, Athens, September 2012.

The Acropolis, Athens, September 2012.

Currency of the Future: Athens, September 2012.

Athens, September 2012.

Currency of the Future: Dinner with family, England, October 2012.

Dinner with family, England, October 2012.

Currency of the Future: Matilda The Musical, London, October 2012.

Matilda The Musical, London, October 2012.

Currency of the Future: Gibraltar Airport, October 2012.

Gibraltar Airport, October 2012.

Currency of the Future: Istanbul Airpot, October 2012.

Istanbul Airpot, October 2012.

Currency of the Future: Kusadasi, Turkey, October 2012.

Kusadasi, Turkey, October 2012.

Currency of the Future: Bodrum, Turkey, October 2012.

Bodrum, Turkey, October 2012.

Currency of the Future: Santorini, Greece, October 2012.

Santorini, Greece, October 2012.

Currency of the Future: Berlin Zoo, November 2012.

Berlin Zoo, November 2012.

Currency of the Future: Napoli, Italy, November 2012.

Napoli, Italy, November 2012.

Currency of the Future: Lanzarote, December 2012.

Lanzarote, December 2012.

Currency of the Future: Cape Verde, December 2012.

Cape Verde, December 2012.

Currency of the Future: Mindelo, Cape Verde, December 2012.

Mindelo, Cape Verde, December 2012.

Currency of the Future: Tarquinia, Italy, December 2012.

Tarquinia, Italy, December 2012.

Currency of the Future: Pisa, Italy, December 2012.

Pisa, Italy, December 2012.

Currency of the Future: Bercelona, Spain, December 2012.

Bercelona, Spain, December 2012.

Currency of the Future: Aqaba, Jordan, March 2013.

Aqaba, Jordan, March 2013.

Currency of the Future: Petra, Jordan, March 2013.

Petra, Jordan, March 2013.

Currency of the Future: Santiago Airport, Chile, April 2013.

Santiago Airport, Chile, April 2013.

Currency of the Future: Valparaiso, Chile, April 2013.

Valparaiso, Chile, April 2013.

Currency of the Future: Lima, Peru, April 2013.

Lima, Peru, April 2013.

Currency of the Future: Lima again, Peru, April 2013.

Lima again, Peru, April 2013.

Currency of the Future: Manta, Equador, April 2013.

Manta, Equador, April 2013.

Currency of the Future: Quito, Equador, April 2013.

Quito, Equador, April 2013.

Currency of the Future: Schiphol Airport, Netherlands, April 2013.

Schiphol Airport, Netherlands, April 2013.

Currency of the Future: A Coruna, Spain, May 2013.

A Coruna, Spain, May 2013.

Currency of the Future: Dover, England, May 2013.

Dover, England, May 2013.

Currency of the Future: Wildau, Germany, May 2013.

Wildau, Germany, May 2013.

Currency of the Future: Dutch Juggling Convention, 2013.

Dutch Juggling Convention, 2013.

Currency of the Future: Warnemunde, Germany, May 2013.

Warnemunde, Germany, May 2013.

Currency of the Future: Tallinn Airport, Estonia, May 2013.

Tallinn Airport, Estonia, May 2013.

Currency of the Future: Bird nest in my back yard, Berlin, May 2013.

Bird nest in my back yard, Berlin, May 2013.

Currency of the Future: Potsdam, Germany, May 2013.

Potsdam, Germany, May 2013.

Currency of the Future: Wildau, Germany, May 2013.

Wildau, Germany, May 2013.

Currency of the Future: Berlin, Germany, June 2013.

Berlin, Germany, June 2013.

Currency of the Future: Potsdam, Germany, June 2013.

Potsdam, Germany, June 2013.

Currency of the Future: Berlin Juggling Convention, June 2013.

Berlin Juggling Convention, June 2013.

Currency of the Future: Berlin, Germany, June 2013.

Berlin, Germany, June 2013.

Currency of the Future: Victoria Park, Berlin, Germany, June 2013.

Victoria Park, Berlin, Germany, June 2013.

Currency of the Future: Berlin Zoo, July 2013.

Berlin Zoo, July 2013.

Currency of the Future: Berlin, Germany, July 2013.

Berlin, Germany, July 2013.

Currency of the Future: Victoria Park, Berlin, Germany, July 2013.

Victoria Park, Berlin, Germany, July 2013.

Currency of the Future: Heathrow Ariport, London, July 2013.

Heathrow Ariport, London, July 2013.

Currency of the Future: Dun Laoghaire, Ireland, July 2013.

Dun Laoghaire, Ireland, July 2013.

Currency of the Future: Reykjavik, Iceland, July 2013.

Reykjavik, Iceland, July 2013.

Currency of the Future: Muse concert, Berlin, July 2013.

Muse concert, Berlin, July 2013.

Currency of the Future: Trier, Germany, July 2013.

Trier, Germany, July 2013.

Currency of the Future: Luxembourg, July 2013.

Luxembourg, July 2013.

Currency of the Future: Reims, France, July 2013.

Reims, France, July 2013.

Currency of the Future: Paris, July 2013.

Paris, July 2013.

Currency of the Future: Paris again, July 2013.

Paris again, July 2013.

Currency of the Future: Amboise, France, July 2013.

Amboise, France, July 2013.

Currency of the Future: Montlouis-sur-Loire, France, July 2013.

Montlouis-sur-Loire, France, July 2013.

Currency of the Future: Chenonceaux, France, July 2013.

Chenonceaux, France, July 2013.

Currency of the Future: Villandry, France, July 2013.

Villandry, France, July 2013.

Currency of the Future: Villandry again, France, July 2013.

Villandry again, France, July 2013.

Currency of the Future: Blois House of Magic, France, July 2013.

Blois House of Magic, France, July 2013.

Currency of the Future: Manoir de Clenord, France, July 2013.

Manoir de Clenord, France, July 2013.

Currency of the Future: Dune de Pyla, France, July 2013.

Dune de Pyla, France, July 2013.

Currency of the Future: Condom, France, July 2013.

Condom, France, July 2013.

Currency of the Future: I'm not kidding about being in Condom, France, July 2013.

I’m not kidding about being in Condom, France, July 2013.

Currency of the Future: European Juggling Convention, Toulouse, France, July 2013.

European Juggling Convention, Toulouse, France, July 2013.

Currency of the Future: EJC again, Toulouse, France, July 2013.

EJC again, Toulouse, France, July 2013.

Currency of the Future: Toulouse, France, August 2013.

Toulouse, France, August 2013.

Currency of the Future: Sete, France, August 2013.

Sete, France, August 2013.

Currency of the Future: Avignon, France, August 2013.

Avignon, France, August 2013.

Currency of the Future: Pont du Gard, France, August 2013.

Pont du Gard, France, August 2013.

Currency of the Future: Berlin, September 2013.

Berlin, September 2013.

Currency of the Future: Berlin again, September 2013.

Berlin again, September 2013.

Currency of the Future: Henrys shop, Karlsruhe, Germany, September 2013.

Henrys shop, Karlsruhe, Germany, September 2013.

Currency of the Future: Durlach, Germany, September 2013.

Durlach, Germany, September 2013.

Currency of the Future: Karlsruhe, Germany, September 2013.

Karlsruhe, Germany, September 2013.

Currency of the Future: Karlsruhe again, Germany, September 2013.

Karlsruhe again, Germany, September 2013.

Currency of the Future: Brandenburger Tor, Berlin, September 2013.

Brandenburger Tor, Berlin, September 2013.

Currency of the Future: Holocaust Memorial, Berlin, September 2013.

Holocaust Memorial, Berlin, September 2013.

Currency of the Future: Bode Museum, Berlin, September 2013.

Bode Museum, Berlin, September 2013.

Currency of the Future: Olympiastadion Berlin, September 2013.

Olympiastadion Berlin, September 2013.

Currency of the Future: Stasi Museum, Berlin, September 2013.

Stasi Museum, Berlin, September 2013.

Currency of the Future: Color Run Berlin, October 2013.

Color Run Berlin, October 2013.

Currency of the Future: Palermo, Sicily, October 2013.

Palermo, Sicily, October 2013.

Currency of the Future: Olbia, Sardinia, October 2013.

Olbia, Sardinia, October 2013.

Currency of the Future: Fontvieille, Monaco, October 2013.

Fontvieille, Monaco, October 2013.

Currency of the Future: Monte Carlo, Monaco, October 2013.

Monte Carlo, Monaco, October 2013.

Currency of the Future: Tempelhofer Feld, Berlin, November 2013.

Tempelhofer Feld, Berlin, November 2013.

Currency of the Future: Berlin Zoo, November 2013.

Berlin Zoo, November 2013.

Currency of the Future: Nürnberg, Germany, November 2013.

Nürnberg, Germany, November 2013.

Currency of the Future: Nürnberg Juggling Convention, November 2013.

Nürnberg Juggling Convention, November 2013.

Currency of the Future: Madrid Airport, Spain, December 2013.

Madrid Airport, Spain, December 2013.

Currency of the Future: Teatro Amazonas, Manaus, Brazil, November 2013.

Teatro Amazonas, Manaus, Brazil, November 2013.

Currency of the Future: Meeting of the Waters, Amazon River, Brazil, December 2013.

Meeting of the Waters, Amazon River, Brazil, December 2013.

Currency of the Future: Barbados Airport, December 2013.

Barbados Airport, December 2013.

Currency of the Future: JFK Airport, New York, December 2013.

JFK Airport, New York, December 2013.


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Movies I watched in 2013

I looked back through the movies I watched in 2013 and made some lists. I watched 61 movies (at least, I think I missed a few). Overall, I think I had a good year watching movies.

Yup! (knew/heard it was good, was good):
District 9
Cabin in the Woods
Brave
2 Days in Paris
2 Days in New York
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
Star Trek Into Darkness
Casino Royale
2001
Dumbo
Sunshine
Skyfall
Independence Day
Apollo 13
Psycho
Mary Poppins
Four Weddings and Funeral
Trainspotting
Terminator
Terminator 2
Les Miserables
Dredd
Source Code
Gravity
Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa
Jurassic Park
2001
Fifth Element
Curse of the Were-Rabbit

Okay category A. The Anti-Disappointment (thought it would be bad, turned out better than expected (either good or okay)):
Green Lantern – took two attempts to get through
Megamind
Megamind
Dark Shadows
The World Is Not Enough
John Carter (of Mars)
Oblivion
Now You See Me
Cloud Atlas

Okay category B. Just Okay (knew/heard it would be okay, turned out okay):
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
A Good Year
Octopussy
Star Trek 2009
Flight
Robot and Frank
Despicable Me
Hitchcock
Slumdog Millionaire
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Despicable Me 2
White Christmas

Disappointment (heard/remembered it was good/okay, turned out barely okay/bad):
Perfect Pitch – took two attempts to get through
7 Psychopaths
My Fair Lady
Hugo – didn’t finish
Elysium

Known bad (heard/knew it was bad, was bad):
Armageddon
Jack the Giant Slayer
Man of Steel

Ultimate Disappointment (heard it was bad, turned out worse than I could imagine):
Prometheus
The Great Gatsby

Seen before (26):
2 Days in Paris
Armageddon
Octopussy
The World Is Not Enough
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
Star Trek 2009
Casino Royale
2001
Dumbo
Sunshine
Skyfall
Independence Day
Apollo 13
Psycho
My Fair Lady
Mary Poppins
Four Weddings and Funeral
Trainspotting
Terminator
Terminator 2
Source Code
Jurassic Park
2001
Fifth Element
Curse of the Were-Rabbit
White Christmas

All (61):
Green Lantern
Megamind
Prometheus
District 9
2 Days in Paris
Cabin in the Woods
Brave
Armageddon
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
A Good Year
Megamind
Perfect Pitch
Dark Shadows
Octopussy
The World Is Not Enough
Two Days in New York
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
Star Trek 2009
Star Trek Into Darkness
7 Psychopaths
Flight
Casino Royale
2001
Dumbo
Robot and Frank
John Carter (of Mars)
Sunshine
Skyfall
Independence Day
Despicable Me
Apollo 13
Jack the Giant Slayer
Oblivion
Psycho
Hitchcock
My Fair Lady
Mary Poppins
The Great Gatsby
Four Weddings and Funeral
Trainspotting
Slumdog Millionaire
Terminator
Terminator 2
Les Miserables
Dredd
Source Code
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Gravity
Man of Steel
Despicable Me 2
Hugo
Now You See Me
Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa
Cloud Atlas
Jurassic Park
Elysium
2001
Fifth Element
Curse of the Were-Rabbit
White Christmas