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Looked at Twitter seriously for the first time in over a month and was quickly reminded how all that site seems to do any more is make me mad. So I decided on a late New Year's resolution.

Nearly 10 years on, and avoiding people you don't like (and still liking the people you do) is still the pressing problem of social software:

RT @Mario_Gibney
Interesting blog post from Russell O’Connor about soft fork activation methods and consensus surrounding Speedy Trial.

Highly recommended read.

I almost never psuedo-RT stuff from Twitter, but I very strongly agree with the anti-forced-tender position in this thread.

C.f. "Art. 7. Every economic agent must accept bitcoin as payment when offered to him by whoever acquires a good or service."

What if Disney Animation made Frozen just so a Google search of "Walt Disney
Frozen" wouldn't be the top result about the man himself
-Marty_Mac_Fly, Jan 2015

now there's a website:

The next solstice is Monday, June 21st, 2021. Maybe you should take a moment between now and then to list out what you're responsible for, so on Monday, you can announce that you're setting something down.

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For the first time in my life, I feel like I've done something productive using Zoom[*] and I don't feel like a narcissist after using a selfie stick.

I wanted to inspect part of my roof near a window where I keep hearing birds but my expanding ladder takes a long time to setup and break down, plus I'm a dork, so I put my phone on a selfie stick at maximum extension and video called my tablet.

[*] No, I didn't really use Zoom for this; I used Jitsi. 'Cause what's roof inspection without E2EE?

Bitcoin Optech newsletter #153 is here:

- celebrates the lock-in of the taproot soft fork
- describes a draft BIP for improving transaction privacy by varying the fields used to implement anti fee sniping
- features an article about the challenges of combining transaction replacement with payment batching
- announces Rust Bitcoin 0.26.2, Rust-Lightning 0.0.98, LND 0.13.0-beta.rc5

The only reason you're mad at your past self for procrastinating, is because
you want to procrastinate now.
-ViktorKruchev, Apr 2016

Aaron van Wirdum has a nice tweet thread with the articles he's written about taproot, all of which are very approachable.

If you want more after reading that, @bitcoinoptech tracked almost every stage of taproot's development, writing about it over fifty times as listed here: (and we're not done yet: now we get to write about what people actually build with taproot!)

"Google throwing some serious shade"

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RT @pwuille
As of block 687284, Taproot signalling has reached 1815 blocks this period, guaranteeing that absent very deep reorgs, it is guaranteed to lock in. Following that, it will activate at block 709632, probably around mid-November 2021. 🥕

It's been eight years since Aaron Swartz took his own life. Aaron had been charged with 13 felonies under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) for violating the terms of service on the JSTOR database of scholarly articles.

Prosecutors Stephen Heymann and Carmen Ortiz didn't dispute that Aaron was allowed to access the articles he retrieved. Rather, they said that the WAY he accessed them (using a script instead of clicking on links) was a terms-of-service violation and hence a crime.


RT @gladstein
Important to note: do not celebrate the leader of El Salvador, who has displayed authoritarian behavior.

Celebrate the action, which will, over time, reduce the control that his or any following government has over the citizenry.

I wrote this on 1st Feb 2020, probably a week or two after I first heard about the virus:

Apparently the "lab theory" is not nonsense (who woulda thought it!), but that's not the story, the story is that well over a year later, most of our friends are still using the cancer that is corporate/SV social media, that would indeed, and regularly did, "cancel" people for expressing this opinion.


Twitter announces "Blue", a subscription service for a monthly fee, that unlocks a bunch of extra features.

Editing tweets is among them apparently.

Why that is a horrible idea:

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David A. Harding's choices:


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