Lifeboat News #135


Lifeboat News

This issue published on 10/01/13. Copyright 2013 Lifeboat Foundation. All Rights Reserved.

Future of Money TV Series

Our Heather "Vescent" Schlegel is launching a Future of Money TV Series. It's a 6 episode docu-series exploring the evolution of money in six major aspects: Banking, Payment Transactions, Lending, Barter, Making Money and the Global Economy. The series interviews experts in financial innovation and shows futuristic re-enactments of plausible scenarios.
You can learn more at
News coverage includes and

World's First Bitcoin Endowment Fund Exceeds $125,000

Thanks to a large pledge of 500 BTC (bitcoins) by Brian Cartmell, Lifeboat Foundation's bitcoin endowment fund at has soared to over $125,000. Brian will match the next 500 BTC donated to Lifeboat Foundation.
Also, to give back to the bitcoin community we have created the first Windows version of oclvanitygen in the world that runs well on high-end AMD cards. (Our version runs nearly four times as fast as the old version!) We also added support for compressed keys as well. You can download the program for free at This is a program for generating vanity bitcoin addresses such as our bitcoin address 1LifeboatZkDbuoHcLkE8TcY7JeqrCB4FB that begins with 1Lifeboat. PGP signature for program is at
Note that we are at 12.5% of our long-term goal to have a million dollar bitcoin endowment fund which would greatly improve our ability to fund exciting activities.


B.J. Murphy joins our blog team with the post "H+ Poetry: A Cosmist's Tale" at
Recent interesting blog posts include:
"100YSS: A Success" by Benjamin T. Solomon at
"Havens over Hell — Ecosystems of the Venetian Tropopause" by Tom Kerwick at
"Quantum Metamaterial and the Feasibility of Invisibility Cloaks" by Tom Kerwick at

Growing Membership

Recent donations/pledges we have received since our last newsletter:
Chris Haley: $1,000, Donald Maclean: $600, Anonymous: $225, Michael Dickey: $85, Sergio M.L. Tarrero: $85, Philippe Van Nedervelde: $85, Kenneth P. Weiss: $85, J. Broadbent: $25, Matthew L. McGuirl: $25, Ryan Charleston: $10, Rebecca R. Cooper: $10, Thomas Dolphin: $10, Alexander Macrae: $10, Aaron Mayzes: $10, Philip Morehead: $10, Roland Schiefer: $10, Benjamin T. Solomon: $10, Ryan Witt: $10, and Dana Edwards: $7.95 (0.04 bitcoins).
Our Join Us page at now allows you to pay for your membership anywhere from monthly to every ten years.