Side Notes

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PoW Equivalent Days

PoW equivalent days is the number of days it would take to rewrite the entire BTC chain, using the current total hashrate.


I've been struggling hard with an essay about Bitcoin and memes. I've done a bunch of research and have a decent outline but the juice isn't flowing. 

Maybe it isn't time,.maybe I should walk away.

Maybe I should stick with it, even one line at a time. It needs to be written. It will be written.  

On imposter syndrome

I struggle with it. My pain body1 is no joke. You know more than you give yourself credit for. Sure, there is someone out there more knowledgeable about certain topics, but no one knows everything you know. This is a feature, not a bug.

1. Pain Body "Our emotional pain body is stored in the cells of the body. Old memories and negative emotions can become fuel for our pain body, if they are not faced at the moment. Learn about this ”parasite” that causes you suffering and emotional pain." Link

On email automation

I am thinking through the logistics of an email on-boarding series for new subscribers.

I am cruising around 450 subs on the email newsletter and getting around a 25% open rate. Not too bad. I think part of the issue is getting sent straight to spam folder by our friends at google.

Regardless, I am still thinking of ways to bring value to subs. WORDS has developed quite nicely over the past year and I've rolled several new products on the site.

I think I could bring value to subs by showing them or better yet highlighting different products on the site.

Current On-Boarding Email:

  1. Welcome email - contains a request to mark email as safe and links to different products on the site.

That's it, a single email that contains a couple links and a request to mark as safe. This is better than nothing but I can certainly do more. The question I have is what will be valuable and what will piss people off. They are subscribing for a monthly newsletter, not an on boarding series. Gotta balance value and respect the inbox.

Proposed On-Boarding Email Series:

  1. Welcome email - thank them for the subscription, consider including a video link that thanks them for the sub. Maybe throw them some sats. Ask them to mark as safe and save to contacts.
  2. Journals Email - link to the journals archives. explain the current state of the journals, that there is PDF and ePUB available for 2020 journals.
  3. Posts Email - A call to action to browse journals by tags OR chronologicaly. The tags list is kind of wild because the it's massive. It includes dates, authors, and keywords. The list is massive. Probably a bit intimidating. The chronological list of posts is much simpler but not very intuitive, just a timeline of posts.
  4. Special Journals Email - This would call out the Bitcoin Financial Journal and the anthology series of journals. This is not a huge part of the website (yet) but it will continue to grow over time.

I don't think this is too obtrusive, but I am not a user. If I sent this series weekly over 4 weeks, that doesn't seem too bothersome but you never know, again this isn't what they signed up for.

Always be testing.

End the Fed

Steve and Louise, the soulless lizard people.

This is why we #Bitcoin.

Propaganda by Clancy

Little Rock Smoke Hats

Looks like we're getting our shit together. Shwag is on the way. We suck at grilling but love to party, hats matter. 


I never knew it would be so much fun gaming with my kiddo. Decking her out in gold armor in Minecraft made her so excited. I swear it is the little things!

Announcing Links

I built something pretty damn cool. It's something I've wanted to do for a long time. It's called Links. It brings together two of my favorite things: blogs and Bitcoin.

What is Links?

Links is a Bitcoin content aggregator. The goal of Links is to deliver you the absolute best commentary on Bitcoin. Our sources are carefully curated and constantly updated as we uncover more signal. See an interesting article?Click it, sonate some sats to the paywall via Lightning, and read your content. The goal of Links is to deliver you the absolute best commentary on Bitcoin. Our sources are carefully curated and constantly updated as we uncover more signal.

RSS and Lightning Network

This project is the product of RSS and Lightning Network. RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is a protocol that enables the distribution of blogs and pods. If you’re subscribed to a pod in iTunes or Spotify, RSS is the magic that pulls in new episodes. This also applies to blogs. Some people read blogs with “feed readers”. A popular one is @feedly. From almost any blog or webpage, you can grab the url and plug it in a feed reader and it will use the blogs RSS to pull in new articles. This allows you to have the new articles delivered to you, rather than going to each web page. The Links project takes RSS from carefully curated Bitcoin blogs and wraps them in Bitcoin Lightning Network. All the blog posts that are pulled into Links are paywalled with Lightning Network invoices.

The million satoshi question is this… Will people pay to read curated content?

I’ll be trying to figure that out.

Enabling Technologies for Links


So much time and energy went into this stuff! Crazy to stumble across this picture! I believe I had this exact collage.