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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

Unveiling Polymer: The Future of Blockchain Interoperability

Polymer, the latest addition to the Ethereum layer 2 solutions landscape, has recently secured a significant $23 million Series A funding round with investments from notable VCs in the crypto space like Coinbase, Placeholder, and Digital Currency Group. The company's vision is to position itself as the premier chain that facilitates interoperability within the Ethereum ecosystem and its various rollups. By leveraging the Cosmos IBC protocol, Polymer aims to become a central hub for Ethereum and other Ethereum-based networks, such as Arbitrum and Optimism, streamlining the interaction of financial data, assets, and applications across the ecosystem.

Key Points about Polymer:

  • Eponymous Network: Polymer plans to develop its network to serve as the first Ethereum Layer 2 solution that offers interoperability as a service to Ethereum and its associated rollups.
  • Hub for Ethereum Ecosystem: Polymer aspires to be the go-to network for defragmenting the expansive Ethereum ecosystem, facilitating seamless communication between different Ethereum-based networks.
  • Cosmos IBC Protocol: By utilizing the Cosmos IBC protocol, Polymer aims to establish a neutral standard for cross-chain application development, enabling developers to deploy applications across multiple chains without the usual complexities and trust assumptions.
  • Empowering Developers: Polymer's objective is to empower developers by providing a standard that facilitates communication between applications on different chains, ultimately enhancing interoperability within the blockchain space.

With the goal of establishing IBC as the standard for interoperability in Web3, Polymer's approach echoes the efforts of organizations that contributed to establishing TCP/IP as the internet's standard protocol. By offering a neutral standard for cross-chain communication, Polymer aims to simplify the process of deploying applications across multiple chains, ultimately enhancing the overall interoperability within the blockchain ecosystem.


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