Lately, I’ve been spending a lot of time engaging with all things crypto. I spend at least 6-8 hours a day rummaging around the cryptoverse.  Trading, scouting investments but most of all learning. Tech, macro-economics, political governance models, AI, socio-economic modelling, and on and on. Crypto is a learners paradise. It’s also a deluge of information, competing ideologies and bleeding edge tech developments. My laptop is beginning to creak under its ever-burgeoning file system.  I’ve noticed a certain ‘cat-with-ball of wool’ effect entering my crypto life. I’m here, I’m there’ I’m everywhere! I try to stay fairly focused and organized but crypto is by its very nature boisterous and chaotic and very hard to pigeonhole. 

Hopping from an article on the governance model of EOS, to a treatise on Bitcoin maximalism, to textbook length accounts of the history of money, to a tweetstorm on US monetary policy, followed by a deep dive into a 50-page whitepaper and a YouTube tech demo; can and does saturate the mind.

As a step along the way to finding a semblance of order amongst the chaos, I’ve decided to embark on a ‘Sunday Recap’ post. This series will focus on compiling the sources of crypto-related information that taught me something or made me think and reflect in a new way. It will not focus on price, dApps and so on but ideas and where to find them. I won’t just be linking to sources that align with my own biases, but as often as not, challenge them. I’ll provide a few words of exposition for each link.

Sources I’ll draw from:

Twitter & Reddit (cryptos current meta-brains) / Medium / Trybe /  Hackernoon and so on/ YouTube / various podcasts and whatever else I stumble upon.

What I’m aiming for is a useful weekly aggregator of ideas rather than news.

Please note though I will try to keep the sources current – I’ll reference these articles and podcasts etc. as I encounter them – they may have been published just a couple of days ago or quite a bit earlier. Let’s get started.

Twitter:

A bio-economic model of Bitcoin (say what?):

https://twitter.com/danheld/status/1055499653930672129

On the paucity of coherent argument in public discourse:

https://twitter.com/ThomasSowell/status/958148253358358528

‘Memetics’ – yes that’s a thing:

https://twitter.com/jposhaughnessy/status/1057767455446188032

Observations on the current state of crypto funding:

https://twitter.com/AriDavidPaul/status/1054370908176072705

Scholastic Thought – simultaneous consideration of mutually contradictory possibilities (here lies future investment wealth):

https://twitter.com/juancarreno/status/1051575240038453248

Articles:

An explanation and endorsement of Univeral Resource Inheritance (URI) for EOS:

https://trybe.one/why-the-eos-uri-may-hold-the-key-to-eos-mass-adoption/

A fascinating examination of the choice we face: Autonomous AI or Human Intelligence with blockchain?

https://trybe.one/what-are-we-working-toward-ai-with-autonomy-or-hi-with-blockchain/

More on memes and public discourse:

https://www.epsilontheory.com/this-is-why-we-cant-have-nice-things/

Quant Investing:

https://medium.com/@jamiecatherwood/the-quant-frontier-4e4557fd2d7e

An article exploring the concept of the cognitive ‘Unreachable’

https://thereformedbroker.com/2018/09/03/the-unreachables/

Podcast:

Bitcoin Maximalism cogently explained by someone who doesn’t come across as reptilian (long but entirely worth it):

https://open.spotify.com/show/2QwpFjzJ0ZteqmMqw2xIfA 

Our own Tom Norwood being interviewed about Trybe:

https://eosdublin.podbean.com/e/trybe-tom-norwood/

YouTube:

Non Fungible Tokens – clear, hype-free explanation (I’m still excited):

https://youtu.be/7tfP640zzNg

Exploring the question of BTC value – does it really have any?

https://youtu.be/ypZACS1X9TI

Colin Talks Crypto dares to dream and uses numbers to do so:

https://youtu.be/mUs-SvKHnrM

And there you have it – this week’s ideas recap. Let me know what you think – all comments, recommendations and critiques welcome.

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  1. SugarFix

    Yes, I’m as much of a rabbit hole spelunker as you. When not working I shove in at least that amount of time. Means I don’t write many posts as I am usually quite enthused and busy running round for the next bit of info. Am generally not impressed with some of the players though as they seem to be in it more for their egos than the adventure or the joy. Fortunately I think this little bear period is actually helping by shaking out those people. We are seeing big scraps occurring atm and those people are making moves to cut and run …..some already. Bruno Block for example doing a cut and run on the 30th Oct. I definitely see Roger Ver doing something similar as he is so money fixated (BTC and BCH themselves I view as being equally valid within cryptosphere btw. I don’t value one above the other). Justin Sun feels like another cut and run guy with his granting of himself supernodes and gimme all your cash syndrome.

    Well Sunday morning pseudo-rant over.

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    1. CryptosDecrypted Post author

      I agree @sugarfix. Plenty of ego-maniacs duking it out within crypto. Lots of shouting, scheming and downright exit-scamming etc. but so much potential and some inspirational folks in the space too and perhaps more of them as we move along. I try to play the long game – where would I like to be and what would I like to know (in terms of crypto) 5 years down the road.

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