By Emily Overholt, Staff Writer
When is a joke dead? Is it when U.S. Health and Human Services tweets it?
Is it when GOP senators use it? Or is it when you can sell your house for a joke currency?
Yep. Coinye might be dead, Bitcoin might be mainstream, but a man in Wisconsin is selling his home for 100 million Dogecoins.
Based on the popular internet meme “Doge,” featuring a photo of a shiba inu and comic sans commentary, 1,000 Dogecoins amount to 97 cents. According to CNN, Matt Thompson should get $135,000 as long as the exchange rate holds steady.
And while holding the little used crypto-currency may seem like a bad idea to most of us, Thompson told CNN he thinks he can use it in his videogame and electronic resale business. Since he imports his wares from Asian markets online, he is likely to be able to put his Dogecoins to good use if he gets an offer.
If this sounds like a marketing plan (I mean, what could be more viral that doge?), you’re right. Thompson decided to accept the coins after his home had been on the market for three months with no offers, according to CNN.
The crypto-currency market is picking up, no longer only used by the deep web and Silk Road. Dogecoins in particular are popular among Reddit users. Not surprising since the online forum also made the meme popular. According to CNN, 100,000 users trade Dogecoins.
Still, I think I’d rather have a house on the market than a pocket full of much coin.
By Emily Overholt, Staff Writer
Oh Convenience Points. The magical currency of terriers all over Commonwealth Ave. While they’re great for snagging some late night Domino’s or some overpriced shampoo in City Convenience, there are some things you just can’t get. Despite being sold in places that accept the points that you bought on your iPhone a minute before getting to the cash register, you won’t be walking away with any of these:
They sell them in the City Convenience on West Campus, but you aren’t allowed to use your Monopoly money to get both those chasers and your weekend pack of smokes. It’s probably for the best though, one pack costs more than a small pizza these days.
In the biggest moment of irony, the BU Pub proudly displays a “we accept convenience points” tag on the backside of the beer tap, but the bartenders can get pretty testy when you don’t have cash on hand to pay for your lager. It’s okay though, at least you can get a sandwich in the proximity of a Blue Moon when you’re low on real funds.
3. Scratch Lottery Tickets
Another City Co. item that just isn’t meant to be. Just think of the pure profit of buying a scratcher with points and winning real money. You could go to the Pub and get a beer then.
As if the current Hockey East standings weren’t enough to make you mad at Boston College (they’re ranked #1 compared to BU’s #10), the BC version of Convenience Points, “Eagle Points,” get them a cab ride as well. But then again if I had to go out in Chestnut Hill I’d make the school subsidize it too.
5. Papa John’s Pizza
RIP good breadsticks…
By Emily Overholt, Staff Writer
It’s cold, the T is running slow, you have a big lecture with no attendance and it’s too early in the semester to really miss anything important. Don’t pretend like you don’t want to skip.
But before you turn off that third (or sixth in my case) panicking alarm, think about the price of that class.
This year’s tuition is $43,970, and I know what you’re saying, one class does not equal $40,000 (we’re getting there).
So one semester is $21,985. You’re taking four classes, so each class is costing you $5496.25. There’s 16 weeks in a semester, so that’s $343.52 per week.
Here’s where it get’s tricky, if you are in a class that meets once a week, get your butt in class. The equivalent of dollars for that class could put your butt in this super sweet chair.
Your class meets twice a week and you’re considering blowing it off? That’s $171.75. You could be taking notes on this sweet tablet for that price, or watching Netflix. Yeah, definitely Netflix.
Three times a week? Conceptually I forgive you because who takes a Friday class willingly, but still $114.50 is going down the drain because your thirsty Thursday got out of hand. You could be trotting around in these Unicorn shoes for that price, think about it.
Now go back to sleep, sleepy kitten. Sorry if your dreams are nightmares of losing your wallet.
Some of the DFP staff ventured out on a Friday night for a “bar crawl!” Check out the list on our Foursquare map to see where you’re headed. Here’s what we found:
Located on the side of a small street in Cambridge, Tommy Doyle’s looks like a house from its warm interiors to its wood siding. There was and upper and lower level, but on the night we were there, the upper level had a cover charge and the lower level was a private event. The atmosphere on the main floor is in between a nice sit-down place and a club. It’s a good place to hang out with friends and casually sip drinks before heading to a full-fledged club.
From the outside, this bar/club looks like your average neighborhood Chinese food restaurant. But don’t be fooled by the Hong Kong‘s looks. Once you pass the bouncer, make a sharp left, and go up some stairs and you’ll get to a second level. A well decorated bar is packed with people in their twenties and thirties socializing, standing in groups or sitting in offset corner booths with tables. The bartenders are friendly and interactive. But wait, there’s more.
There is a third floor as well. The night we attended, there was a long wait for the floor and most of our party did not get to go up. Part of the excitement surrounding the third floor was the hype that was created amongst the people waiting to go up.
The dance floor was pagoda-themed, and smaller than the lower two floors. Perhaps the biggest allure of the Hong Kong it feels like you have discovered a new scene each time you ascend the stairs.
There are plenty of dance clubs/bars in Boston, but few have no cover charge. This is one of the few. Storyville usually has a small line. Once inside, you descend a flight of stairs and have the option of entering one of two rooms. The first is lit with red lights and has a bar, and, behind a half-wall with rentable booths, a dance floor. The second room has blue lighting, its own music and a different, calmer yet still dance-worthy atmosphere. This club is good for decent drinks at a decent price, dancing, and saving money. The age group can be a little older, but if you go with a group of friends it’s a lot of fun.
Mass Ave Tavern:
Spacious sports bar/restaurant on Mass Ave and Newbury St. The service at Mass Ave Tavern is fast and friendly and the ambience is laid back but a bit nicer than your average sports bar. It’s not a typical college crowd, but if you don’t want to be bothered by anyone and just want to throw back a beer or two and eat nachos (seriously, the nachos could feed a party of 10) with your friends, Mass Ave Tavern is your place. There is also a foosball table and an array of board games to play, a fun and laid-back addition that mad Mass Ave stand out. Specialty cocktails include the Bee Keeper, which our fellow FreeP staffer described as “rye whiskey [with] fresh lemon and honey [to] really balance it out. It’s palatable and complements it instead of drawing attention to the alcohol.”
In our opinion, this was by far the best place of the night. Located right in the heart of Harvard Square, Grendel’s is located in the basement of a charming white building. It does sort of feel like a den – prepare to feel cozy but not suffocated, as can be the case in many bars frequented by college students. The crowd is young, the bartenders are trendy and tattooed, and prices are wallet-friendly. But beware of the specialty drink called “Kanye’s Workout Plan” – it sounds cool, but according to our taste-tester, it tasted more like watered-down mint syrup mixed in with some vodka than a refreshing lime-infused drink.
As much as I feel like putting a paper together is nonstop neuroticism, today I was left with some time to sit and stare at my computer in the office.
The result was this: a playlist of stuff I listened to while willing my faithful associates to edit faster.It’s a little bit all over the place because I have music ADD, but whatever, nobody’s perfect.
Please note: “Zombie By the Cranberries” by Andrew Jackson Jihad is my personal anthem about how many people ask me for cigarettes in Allston, and in front of Warren, and everywhere. Happy listening.
-Emily, your friendly neighborhood Campus Editor
**Look out for more editors’ playlists in the coming days and weeks. We have a lot of downtime waiting for the computer to open up/for our associates to edit stories.