Hi Zapread community, my name is Erik Laan and I am from Delft, the Netherlands. I am an independent Space Industry Consultant working for the international Space Industry. I am interested in all things Space. I believe the future of humanity is destined to expand into the Solar System and the Cosmos. Professionally, I am a Technical specialist in optical science instrument satellite payloads with system engineering experience in the field of space robotics and microgravity & in-situ exploration payloads. My technical specialities are Space Systems Engineering, i.e., the Science/User/Mission-requirements to System requirements to testing/analysis definition flowdown, and Scientific data analysis. I am deeply intimate with what is going on in the Global Space Industry. All the intelligence I gather is fed into my future Space missions intelligence database: the Eye On Orbit Space Missions Manifest.
I really enjoy speaking to all audiences that are keen to learn more about Space and all its dimensions. I have a portfolio of presentations and workshops containing gaming elements, LEGO and Virtual Reality (VR).
In the picture above, you can see me together with my satellite dish. I am participating in the Blockstream Satellite project and receive from the geostationairy Telstar 11N satellite, the broadcasted new blocks of the Bitcoin ledger in my node without terrestrial networks.
I am really excited about the current explosion of the Lightning Network adoption. This is really a breakthrough for further global Bitcoin adoption towards full Unit of Account acceptance somewhere the next decade. I have been running a Lightning Network crowdfunding campaign to help me visit a school without budget, to teach them about Space, Stars & Blockchain. I started this in the midst of the #LNTrustChain craziness and was both surprised and very excited that I did get good traction! See my concluding tweet below:
One of my Crowdfunding campaign supporters, Pan Tomuu, guided me to the zapread platform. I have been posting Space stuff since yesterday and really believe this platform could shake up the Social Media business. It really cuts out a whole bunch of unnecessary layers between content creators, the platform and the readers. At the same time, there is truly a win/win for all the stakeholders. In other words, this platform is simply brilliant. Next step is to get this under much broader attention. In any case, thanks to @zelgada for building this gem!
I am enthusiastic about this community and the direction Zelgada is leading us, science has shown from an evolutionary standpoint that each of our friend groups is approximately 150 people in size (Dunbar's number).
I enjoy the platform of this site due to the Groups or "communities" that each of us can be involved in. I believe ZapRead can achieve masses of people congregating and sharing ideas, and I hope we all find a community that really allows us to appreciate the individuals within.
The economics of ZapRead fundamentally adheres each of us to find content we believe is relevant, of good taste, and appreciable for the community as a whole. The wonderful aspect of an economy driven social media platform is the currency used is not unlimited, therefor we must find a Group we can be involved with. This allows us to support the content we wish more people to receive and have a place we can also earn revenue based on our own creation, moderation, and input.
This post is not a good "tell-all" about me, but I do believe it will give most of you an idea of the person I am. Long-winded, fact supporting, technologically capable, and an educator. I personally implore each user here, that hasn't done so already, subscribe to this Group, and introduce yourself.
I am currently taking Araneology, or the study of spiders. My university is one of a handfull that offers this course to their students. I feel honored having the ability to learn what very few others ever will.
I'm the creator of ZapRead.com, which is something I want to build for the world. My ambition is to make a global publishing platform which removes the need for publishers. I think of it as what happens when you mix Bitcoin, economics, social media, and publishing.
My background is in Physics, and I have a day job, so I work on ZapRead mostly in the evenings after the kids are in bed! It's a lot of work, and that's why I made the website open source. I invite the world to help contribute.
I have always enjoyed programming (even though that's not my normal job). I am also really excited about Bitcoin. I discovered bitcoin in 2010 and have been studying it ever since then. I remember mining my first bitcoins using my laptop at night. How I wish I didn't sell those! I think the best I can do for Bitcoin now is to build something which helps people obtain their first Bitcoin (I built a bitcoin faucet (https://www.coinpanic.com/Lightning/CommunityJar), and of course people can earn their first Bitcoins on ZapRead by posting quality content or discussion.
Go LN! go BTC!