I wrote this in an email to the author Dmitri Orlov in June 2011, whom I have had a few exchanges with the past couple years, only by email, and mostly about sailboats. I wanted to reciprocate for all of his good and free advice, so I recommended that he buy Bitcoins as a quick way to make big money (A $10K investment in bitcoin 1 year ago would be worth $750,000 today, April 10th), but here’s the long version:
Good Evening Dmitry,
Your fondness for spreading a message of solidarity and cooperation among the planet’s nervous system, or “us”, compelled me to drop you another line. You once gave me some starting advice on ship building and I just left your site after overjoyedly viewing your pictures of your vessel’s accommodations. I recently stumbled on this newish digital currency while looking into lulzsec, the hacker group that’s been publicly exposing the lack of security in what seems to be all stored databases of users and their personal info.
To get right to it, the thing I’m speaking of is a currency that has caught on in the digital realm called “Bitcoins”. They are decentralized and already used by most world renowned “rejects” of the system. More encouragingly, they are used by the most cooperative and intelligent internet and computer users as a means of online trade, independent of all centrally planned banks and governments. It’s open source, peer to peer, and has all of the stuff you might expect would grow out of this beautiful organism called the internet.
I expect that you had heard of this coinage, but if not, you can easily benefit from it’s almost certain ten-fold increase in the coming years (by buying bitcoins through an exchange site like Mt Gox.com, not to mention accessing its unmatched network of “super-users” on the internets).