Trusting XP Coin to Pay For My Game Time

It’s been 6 months since English Teacher Online started streaming live on Twitch, trusting XP Coin to pay for my game time in the brutal yet beautiful world that is Rust.

In that time, I’ve attracted nearly 400 followers and spoken with a number of key players. I’ve also been promoted to Content Creator in a number of Discord groups and collaborated with fellow streamers.

Meanwhile XP Coin has been focusing on integration, paying gamers for their time by inviting people like you and me to sign up through their rewards.xpcoin.io website.

My XP Coin Research Story

Since March 2018, I’ve earned over 100,000 XP Coins playing on the XP Coin Rust server. I’ve steadfastly watched a bear market in which the price of XP Coin has fluctuated between $0.0003 and $0.000017 – far below its peak of $0.005, hit during the last cryptocurrency bull run of January 2018.

That’s because I’m a HODL or HOLDER who believes in community and I’ll only cash out a percentage of my earnings when the price is right!

As we wait for another end of year bull run, I thought it would be interesting to calculate just how much money I may have earned so far?

Blog post price of $0.000025 x 100,000 = $2.50

January 2018 peak of $0.005 x 100k = $500

x1000 fantasy bull run projection of 2.5 cents = $2,500

Today’s current price of 1 XP Coin is … 

Why Would There Be Another Bull Run?

Looking at the charts, we can see trends, patterns or opposing forces at work in the market. Each bull run is preceded by a triple or 4 times bear market as spiraling pessimism proves the doubters correct.

But for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, as the saying goes, and the signs suggest that another bull run (optimism) is about to happen just as big institutional money enters the market. And because the XP Coin price is pegged to Bitcoin, we should see at least moderate to substantial gains by late 2018 – early 2019.

I’ve never bought any XP Coin with my own money and always played on their server assuming that I wouldn’t see a dime. Yet at the time of writing this blog I have $2.50 in my XP Coin wallet. Real money for doing what I love doing in my free time, role playing, building, raiding and surviving in the brutal yet beautiful world of Rust.

I also have some XP Coin sitting in a staking pool making more XP Coin!

I don’t know what the price will be in January 2019 but I’m preparing to cash out 20% of my XP Coin next time the bull run’s high. There’s still 3 months to get in the game! 

It’s A No-Brainer

You play Rust anyway and you don’t need to spend a penny. Simply join me on the XP Coin Rust server and earn some XP Coin of your own. See what happens with the next bull run. You could make a dollar, $100 or more.

In 3 months you can decide whether to cash out and exchange your XP for LTC or DOGE – or keep earning, building a nice little college fund or house deposit.

It’s a no-brainer because you’re going to play Rust anyway!

Useful Vocabulary

Bear Market – A condition in which security, stock or cryptocurrency prices fall and widespread pessimism causes the downward spiral to be self-sustaining. Investors anticipate losses as pessimism and selling increases.

Bull Run (Bullrun) – A period of optimism, investor confidence and expectations that strong results should continue. Greed encourages speculators to hold on for impossible profits instead of cashing out before the next inevitable crash.

Cryptographic Technology Explained

See my original post from March 2018.

DISCLAIMER: I’m not a financial advisor or time traveler and I don’t have a crystal ball so always do your own research please.

Rules of Football Comprehension

Football, also known as soccer, is the world’s most popular sport. It’s important for girls and boys to start kicking a ball when they are very young as it helps with their development, and many children dream of playing at the World Cup when they grow up.

Teams

A football match is played by two teams over two 45 minute halves. Each team starts with a goalkeeper and 10 outfield players. Three substitutes are allowed for injuries or tactical changes.

Goals!

The game begins with the toss of a coin and the winning captain decides which goal to defend or to take the first kick off. All players must use their feet head or chest to play the ball. Only the goalkeeper is allowed to use their hands, and only within their goal area which is marked by white lines in a box shape. The aim of the game is to score a goal, which is achieved by kicking or heading the ball into the opposition team’s goal.

Referee and Linesmen

If the ball touches or crosses the side line, it is thrown back in by the team that was not the last to touch the ball. The game is controlled by a central referee, and two linesmen. They award free kicks and penalties when rules are broken. For continual breaking of rules or for a bad foul, the player may be given a yellow card warning. Two yellow cards or a red card means that player is sent off the pitch and the team must play with less people on their side.

Winners

After 90 minutes, the team with the most goals wins. Sometimes, a game will end in a draw, 0-0 or 1-1. League teams get 1 point for a draw or 3 points for a win. In cup competitions, such as the World Cup, draws are often settled by extra time or a penalty shootout.

Reading Comprehension

Now try to answer the questions using full sentences.

1) How long is a standard game of football?

2) Why are substitutes allowed?

3) Which parts of the body can all players use to touch the ball?

4) How does the referee control a game?

5) How are red and yellow cards used?

6) What’s your favourite sport and why?

You can post your answers in the comment section or email Steve@EnglishTeacherOnline.Org

Make the Media Work for You

The media is how we communicate ideas, news and information to large audiences.

Newspapers, magazines, TV and radio programs or internet websites like English Teacher Online, are all examples of the media – a medium of communication.

So how can you make the media work for you?

How can you get lots of people to listen to your ideas?

What message do you want to tell people?

You can use the media to highlight problems, potential solutions and success stories.

The Issue

Think about all the things you like and dislike about your school campus. Make a list and describe why those things are good or not.

Focus on the things you want to improve by talking to friends using this conversation plan;

A: What do you like or dislike about the school campus?

B: I don’t like _____________________     (identify the problem)

A: Really, why do you have a problem with that?

B: Well, the main problem is ___________     (describe the problem)

A: How do you think we can solve the problem?

B: I think we should ___________    (take action or suggest solutions)

Possible Solutions

Solutions may include forming an action group, talking to the student council or writing a letter to people in power to change things.

Other creative solutions could include writing a song or short movie highlighting the problem and asking people to change their behaviour!

A: How do you think we can solve the problem?

B: I think we should ….. form an action group to (fix the problem)

write a letter to ____           asking

make an announcement       encouraging

design a poster                         explaining

* student’s own suggestion

A: Good idea, and maybe we could also

   write a song                            highlighting

make a short film                 illustrating

 

Positive Campaigns

Everyone loves a good news story so if you have no complaints with school why not just create a news article, short movie or song highlighting why you love certain parts of your school. Be specific and use lots of imagery!

Creating The Campaign

Present your ideas in class and discuss what to do next. If you need help please email: Steve@EnglishTeacherOnline.Org or leave a comment below.

Need more ideas?

Check out our Introduction to Media lesson from last year!

Wai Kru Day Reading Comprehension

A sweet smell fills the air as I walk through the canteen. Students busily gluing and arranging flowers with a gentle buzz of anticipation. Soon it will be Wai Kru Day so English Teacher Online invites you to enjoy this Wai Kru Day reading comprehension.

In the Thai language, “wai” means to bow and “kru” means teacher. So on a Thursday in June each year, Thai students celebrate Wai Kru day. They show their gratitude and respect by bowing to their teachers in this famous old Thai festival.

Flowers of Wai Kru Day

Four different flowers are used when making the ‘Paan Wai Kru’ a traditional tray with pedestal. Each flower has special symbolic meaning consistent with learning, knowledge and wisdom.

Ixora (called khem in Thai) are flowers which have pointed buds while closed, and is the symbol for sharp wit and common sense.

Bermuda grass (called ya phreak) is a resilient plant that grows quickly. It symbolizes perseverance and the ability to learn.

Popped rice (khao tok) is the foundation flower that covers most of the ‘Paan Wai Kru.’ It is the symbol for discipline.

Eggplant flowers are also used as their heavy fruit bow low to symbolize respect and humility.

Wai Kru Day Ceremony

For generations, Thai students have combined these flowers to make the most beautiful tributes in honour of their beloved teachers.

Class by class (starting with the eldest) the students walk onto the stage on their knees with their heads bowed down until they reach their teachers who are sitting on chairs. The students then bow to their teacher and offer them their flowery bouquets wrapped with incense and candles.

Each teacher receives the flowers and touches the student’s shoulder while offering advice or encouragement. After the ceremony, the teachers take their bouquets to decorate all the staffrooms, offices and classrooms in the school.

Everywhere smells amazing on Wai Kru Day but the best part is, we get the morning off class!

Wai Kru Day Reading Comprehension

Read the questions and answer using full sentences.

1. When is Wai Kru Day celebrated each year?

2. Why is Bermuda grass used and what does it symbolize?

3. Why are eggplant flowers used?

4. What are the bouquets wrapped with?

5. What happens to the flowers after the ceremony?

What’s your favourite part of Wai Kru Day? Please share your best answers in the comment section.

Career Advice to Save the Planet

What if we all woke up everyday looking forward, full of ideas and energized because we had found our purpose in life?

Well, English Teacher Online thinks this career advice to save the planet can help you do just that –to have a happy, successful and prosperous life too.

How Should I Choose My Career?

Start with your passion, what you love to do and are good at.

It needs to be your vocation, what the world needs and you can be paid for.

Don’t just settle for a profession, what you are good at and could get paid to do.

Find your mission, what the world needs and that you love.

Your ‘Ikigai’ is your purpose in life, the point where your passion, mission, vocation and profession converge – and it’s really important that you find it.

Why Is Money Not So Important?

Most of the problems in this world come from the fact that people aren’t happy. They are forced to do things just for money and not for the greater good of saving the planet.

Unhappy or uncaring people in power can easily make bad or corrupt decisions because they are not following their true path, they never found their Ikigai.

Money isn’t even real, it’s just a trust mechanism that we use to exchange time, goods and services.

In an automated world – culture, art and music become a currency that enriches society. Nobody should feel they need to do a job just because someone says that everyone needs to work.

Before the 21st century, housewives were exploited because they felt obliged to work hard without any monetary reimbursement – they did it for love and an understanding that if the chores weren’t done, the house could easily fall into ruin.

Gender equality is helping, as men and women start to share household chores but we need to see this reflected across society, not least in the positions that affect our planet most.

Nobody can predict the future – most of us can’t even predict what will happen next week! The only thing we should really be interested in is happiness in the workplace.

How Will We Save Humankind?

The universe is so beautiful that it deserves to be appreciated and enjoyed by sentient beings such as us. At this moment our species is very vulnerable to a meteor strike or other natural disaster.

We can save our civilization in two ways:

  • Escape the planet and colonize other areas of space.
  • Protect Earth’s environment so that it’s able to support human life in a meaningful way.
Double our Chances of Survival

This is not an either or scenario. We can choose to work for both outcomes, to have a life supporting Earth and human colonies beyond our mother planet. The important point is that these two goals should not conflict with one another.

So, what is your Ikigai? What is your purpose in life? Your passion, mission, vocation or profession? What career path will you choose? There are so many possibilities – good luck choosing well.

Please post a comment or email: Steve@EnglishTeacherOnline.Org