we get to choose the inscription on our tombstone? One person I know for sure
that succeeded in doing just that was the comedian Spike Milligan, author of
the popular 1950s UK Goon Show. He famously wrote Dúirt mé leat go raibh mé breoite or I
told you I was sick on his gravestone, ever funny to the end. In fact, when
legendary singer and close friend Harry Secombe died before him, Spike remarked
he was glad as he didn’t want Harry to sing at his funeral. The last laugh was
on Spike because they still played a song from his late friend anyway at
Spike’s memorial service.
Going back to
my guest Mr John McAfee, he too shares a Goon-like humour. When asked what he
would like on his tombstone, his legacy if you will, John quickly says that if
he could turn around and see it – behind him – then he hoped it would say ‘Not
here – we’re still waiting for the old bastard to die.’
that, John opted for “Lover of Life and many women, Adventurer, Poet and who
found his lasting soulmate in Janice.”
One word on
this list pricked up my ears. A Poet? I did not know John was a poet among his
many talents and passions. It turns out he was published, while still a student
reading maths, when he was just 19. A number of poems were published in a book
called, he thinks, The Poet. He has
not written or published any more poetry since his teenage scribblings.
tough,” he says. “Being truthful is core to poetry. It is a song of the heart.
The heart’s song is its own song. Poetry (sic) toes no lines and obeys no
exceptions. A true poet – give me
someone like Edgar Allen Poe. Now that is a fucking poet. Everything he wrote
was poetry whether some deep down soul rendering thought like in the Raven: “Once upon a midnight dreary, while I
pondered weak and weary,’ or in the sounds of his poetry. He wrote The Bells in which the refrain was ‘the bells, the bells, the bells, the bells,
the bells… “
To the tintinabulation that so musically wells
From the bells, bells, bells, bells,
Bells, bells, bells—
And here John repeats the
word – tintinabulation – several times; the onomatopoeic nature of the poem giving him
great delight. And then John jumps over the Atlantic to Shakespeare quoting
from both King Lear and Hamlet. In a slightly foreboding and prescient manner
he quotes the fool in Hamlet. “Dost thou call me the fool?” the beleaguered
King asks the fool, to which the fool replies “Aye, all thy other titles thou
hast given away.”
And then in
Hamlet, John goes to one of the most famous of soliloquys where the King looks
at his death and wonders, in that sleep of death, what dreams may come.
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To die, to sleep,
perchance to Dream; aye, there's the rub,
For in that sleep of death, what dreams may come,
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause.
here and says: “I can’t do stuff like those poets.” I suggest that it is difficult
to compare oneself to masters and that he is pretty eloquent already. Perhaps
he is a poet and just doesn’t know it?
“I do know
that but I am just too lazy to practice it.” John says. And there we leave it.
John was speaking with me from an undisclosed location and from within a
Faraday cage with signal blockers and multiple private and public VPNs to
disguise his location from would be interlopers. He is surrounded by tinfoil
and yet has still managed to launch a decentralised exchange that cannot be
stopped. Currently there are some 100 software developers signed up and he
plans to offer all ERC20 tokens a home with no listing fee. There is a button
on the site for anyone to add their own token. He is not looking for anyone’s
identify or, God forbid, KYC data.
“If the SEC
comes to me down the line asking who are these people I will put my hands in
the air and say oups, sorry, I never thought to ask and now it is too late.”
From ERC20 to
other blockchains such as Tron (coming very soon) and also Binance, EOS and
others, John sees the Dex growing quickly. “We don’t keep your coins, your
money. And unlike centralised exchanges, we cannot be shut down.”
I hear the tintinabulation of the coins echoing ever on.
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