When I initialize a new blockchain, add a base account, and start a mining thread, Ether starts to accumulate into the base account. Generally I think of Ether transferred from one account to another account.
If there is no from account, where is the Ether coming from?
If the answer is that "it's reaping fees for mining transactions," then what are these "transactions"?
The second question vexes me because the miner seems really busy earning Ether mining transactions that no one is sending.