Show more
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"

submitted by DFXDreaming

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:

Bitcoin Optech newsletter #151 is here:

- describes a proposal to change Bitcoin Core’s transaction selection algorithm for miner block templates to slightly increase miner profitability and give fee bumping users more collective leverage
- announces HWI 2.0.2
- announces LND 0.13.0-beta.rc3
- notes changes to popular Bitcoin infrastructure software

Not a fan of bits / sats?
Use pico.

1 pico = 2100 sats
1 pico = $0.77167

1. Better unit than sats, bits or btc
2. It's cute

Bonus trivia.. 21m btc market cap $771.67 billion.

1 pico = 10^-12
1 pico = one trillionth
1 pico = one trillionth of 21m btc
1 pico = 2100 sats


The @HRF has awarded $210,000 in grants to propel six #Bitcoin projects, including developers and Lightning apps.

@namcios covers the details:


Apparently #quasseldroid now shows a hard-coded warning when joining #freenode, because they too got their channel hijacked by the new freenode junta. 😆

I keep forgetting to check this website regularly ever since I became aware of it at one of the old Berlin hackdays:

This is the page for the legendary NY "bitdevs" meetups/socratics which unfortunately were always kept private, however the pages for each of the Socratic seminars give tons of links to recent updates and research. Seems like very few people keep up with things as meticulously!


I noticed more and more people walking around without masks lately, which was illegal here (unless you stayed 6 feet away from people, which is not practical when passing people on most sidewalks around here).

Then, suddenly, they lifted the outdoor mask mandate.

The reason was totally logical, of course. "Because 50% of the population is fully vaccinated." Obviously it had nothing to do with the quiet civil disobedience by an increasingly large percentage of the population.

Lloyd Fournier is always worth a read.

"Proof of squarespace" here is a nice joke name, but also the arguments are definitely worth a read:


Show more

David A. Harding's choices:


The social network of the future: No ads, no corporate surveillance, ethical design, and decentralization! Own your data with Mastodon!