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Unveiling the Sci-Fi Spectacle: NextCypher's "Deathlands" Directed by Jonathan Frakes

Jeff Garzik's production company, NextCypher, has enlisted the talents of Star Trek's Jonathan Frakes to direct an adaptation of the sci-fi novel Deathlands. Frakes, known for his role as Commander Riker on Star Trek: The Next Generation, brings his experience as a veteran director who has worked on TV shows like Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, Star Trek: Picard, and Leverage: Redemption to this project. Garzik expressed his excitement by stating that he was "incredibly humbled and blessed" to have Frakes on board. Key Points: Deathlands Adaptation: Based on a series of novels by James Axler and Jack Adrian, Deathlands follows a group of survivors navigating a post-apocalyptic world using teleportation technology. Garzik described the show as a blend of "Mad Max meets AI meets the monsters from Tremors." Refreshed Adaptation: Garzik highlighted that the TV series offers a modern take on the original post-Cold War, post-nuclear war scenario presented in

Franklin Templeton's Blockchain Insights: Solana and Ethereum Perspective

Franklin Templeton's Twitter account recently sparked speculation within the blockchain community by expressing admiration for the Solana and Ethereum blockchains. As a global investment firm managing over $1.4 trillion in assets, Franklin Templeton's digital asset team emphasized the importance of improving fees and performance in unlocking new potential use cases for blockchains. With the recent approval of their spot Bitcoin ETFs by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Franklin Templeton's interest in Solana and Ethereum further solidifies their commitment to exploring innovative technologies in the digital asset space.

Key Points Highlighted by Franklin Templeton:

  • Franklin Templeton praised Solana's blockchain, emphasizing the vision of co-founder Anatoly Yakovenko as a "single atomic state machine" with powerful decentralized capabilities. They commended the lower information asymmetry and vibrant activity witnessed on Solana in Q4 2023.
  • Projects driving activity on the Solana Blockchain that Franklin Templeton highlighted include DePIN, meme coins, NFTs, DeFi, and the high-performance validator client Firedancer.
  • The investment giant also expressed excitement about Ethereum and its ecosystem, acknowledging recent challenges as a midlife crisis but emphasizing a bright future with strong tailwinds. They specifically mentioned EIP 4844, developments in alternative data availability (Alt DA), community revitalization, and restaking as positive momentum factors for the Ethereum ecosystem.

Franklin Templeton's interest in Solana and Ethereum showcases their forward-thinking approach to blockchain technologies and their potential impact on the broader digital asset landscape. As one of the largest asset management companies globally, their endorsement of these leading layer one blockchains further underscores the significance of ongoing developments in the blockchain space.


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