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Bitcoin Optech newsletter #156 is here:

- describes a set of BIPs for output script descriptors
- summarizes a proposal to create a set of standards documents for LN protocol extensions and application interoperability
- discusses standardizing support for pre-trusted zero-conf channel opens
- continues the 'how to prepare for taproot' series: Taproot descriptors

Haven't seen this being shared anywhere, but this is a great site for looking up various metrics (liquidity, volume, median fees etc) of Whirlpool, Wasabi and Joinmarket, as well as other on-chain stats:

Bitcoin Optech newsletter #155 is here:

- summarizes two proposed BIPs related to wallet support for taproot
- describes selected questions and answers on the Bitcoin Stack Exchange
- continues the 'how to prepare for taproot' series: Advantages to using P2TR outputs for single-sigs
- notes changes to popular Bitcoin
infrastructure projects

"How programmers comment their code..."

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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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David A. Harding's choices:


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