"This is our first guest post from a $HASH historian from the DAO. These folks have some deep insights about $HASH hunting, uncovering historic moments, and leveraging tools to realize their archeological ambitions.
Excited to have BulletEyeDk share his tips around finding your txn to mint!" - David Sun
$HASH has since grown from its debut a few months back into a project well beyond just collectible generative art. Highlighted in an earlier post, we have broad ambitions for $HASH to be a community driven effort to archive + curate Ethereum history. To that effort, we have enabled users to add 'annotations' to $HASH NFTs, allowing the story captured in each txhash to spill into the $HASH-verse.
Annotations, today, are largely created because of owners intentions to enrich their own $HASH NFTs. Self-annotation has worked well with about 800 annotations already written by the community, but does leave for some undesired effects. Owners can maliciously write annotations that suggest the $HASH represents something it doesn't. The interpretations of history can be vague or dubious due to lack of due diligence.
Since the launch of Season 1: SAGA, we been hard at work expanding upon the vision of the $HASH project. We will like to share a few thoughts on the future of $HASH and some of the exciting things we are working on.
From conversations with community members and collectors, it is clear to us that $HASH represents much more than the transaction it tokenizes. People collect moments of pivotal ETH history, celebrity moments, and their own artistic journey. $HASH is how we capture the most dear, historic, important, exciting, parts of our journey on ETH.
A natural vision arises from $HASH: it can/should become the library of ETH. As a project, it is perfectly placed as a place to archive, celebrate, and memorialize this rich history.
The $HASH project struck a unique cord both within ourselves and the community. What is Ethereum's history? That is something for all of us to discover and create.
With the Proof of History series, we want to highlight these mementos of our history and reward the treasure hunters in the community. Mirror's Split functionality is a beautiful way to acknowledge the curators and librarians of our world.
It’s been about a month and a half since the selling out of GENESIS and we been heads down building a new season that honors what has come before and what $HASH can/will be.
Enter SAGA. A season to celebrate the more personal moments of our ETH history. SAGA introduces a ton of new features and experiences:
For the uninitiated, $HASH is a project to capture our ETH’s history in the form of generative art NFTs. Each NFT derives its visual attributes from the transaction itself.
SAGA, our second season of $HASH, improves upon the design of our previous visual experience employed in GENESIS. For GENESIS holders, you will find the experience familiar but different and in many ways.
To learn more about how $HASH draws the artworks from the txn, read this.
Before going further, GENESIS holders, you can enjoy the new visuals of SAGA by going to your $HASH collection on hash.pob.studio.
Proof of beauty’s first project $HASH has received an explosive response from the NFT community. We couldn’t be happier with how people are exploring our history and finding the most important bits of our, your, history worth tokenizing.
In many ways, $HASH is a project that reflects ourselves. If you are a NFT collector, you are naturally drawn to the visual rarities of the artwork and historic NFT events. If you have created your own projects, you are drawn to the history you have created. To say that $HASH is just a non-fungible token doesn’t do justice to what it truthfully captures about its owner.
With this all in mind, we believe that $HASH has a ton of potential in growing well beyond its current scale. We also hope to tap into a huge cache of creative ideas/generative algorithms ideas we have in mind at POB to create cooler experiences for the POB community.
How does value become valuable? What kind of magical complexion of assets, the likes of DAI, the threaded paper of a US Benjamin, or the sheen of a new NFT minted do we find just so beautiful.
A conversation on value can go on forever, no amount of time can truly capture this lifelong debate among our human minds.
In the NFT space, value is a constantly reminded topic. Almost, annoyingly brought up on each corner of the winding street that is crypto-twitter. How does one discover its value? What does time do to its value? Will others see it as valuable, if not more than I do?
Instinctually, we raise our answers to these thoughts with a few parameters:
Hope the word ‘manifesto’ caught your attention.
This isn’t really a manifesto. There is no declaration made, no blood boiling war cries against the corporate internet, or some list of commandments about POB culture.
Just a stream of thoughts on what is POB, what to expect in the future, and what not to.
If you somehow found this blog without first visiting pob.studio, first I am amazed and surprised, two, please do visit and play around with the platform! Come back with the context of the platform in mind.
**TLDR **POB stands for Proof of Beauty, a crypto art experiment where each artwork ($HASH token) represents a transaction hash. The community mints the artworks they deem ‘beautiful’ culturally, historically, or visually.
So go mint some artworks.
POB is a project where you, the cryptoart collector, participates in the creative process. As the full name suggests, Proof of Beauty enables the community to ‘prove’ a potential $HASH token is ‘beautiful’ by minting the artwork.
Each $HASH token is unique and represents a single transaction. In later posts, we will highlight the reasoning behind the token mechanics around $HASH.