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Jargon is a platform for writing about software. Publish through GitHub using an extended markdown syntax that makes it easy to embed code in your posts.

Quotes from The Future We Deserve

Vinay Gupta works at ConsenSys, where I've been contracting since April. He is one of the more intriguing and thought-provoking people I've ever been exposed to. To be clear, we work at the same company, but our paths cross very rarely, so I mainly know him through his writing (public blogging & twitter, and private Slack) and his speaking (like this). I've been offended, confused, but mostly inspired by him


April Learnings: be the worst

Almost exactly 12 years ago, I decided to leave a job with relative safety and seniority in order to Be the Worst at ThoughtWorks. That decision radically changed my life, mainly for the better. A bit older, and hopefully wiser, I've decided to repeat this pattern. I'm joining ConsenSys, a blockchain app production studio, focused on Ethereum. I have a good feeling about ConsenSys, though my eyes are wide open about the pros/cons of operating within a fast-growing, decentralized organization.


Mid-March Learnings: tipping point

As I wrap up the excellent Mastering Bitcoin, I'm feeling a lot less confused, and even relatively knowledgable about Bitcoin. Since my last update, I've successfully stored some arbitrary data on the blockchain via my Ruby scripts, using OP_RETURN. I started working on an EventMachine/bitcoin-ruby-inspired Rubygem called EM-Bitcoin, but then put it on hold to focus on something more practical. This week, I've built a proof-of-concept notary service in Rails that has successfully posted the d...


Early March Learnings: Bitcoin transaction coder

Over the past two weeks, my Bitcoin learnings have morphed from "READ ALL THE PAPERS!" to writing code and working through the Mastering Bitcoin book. It has been a productive time, with the big breakthrough being my first connections to the global Bitcoin node network last weekend. I'm happy to report that I just crossed my next milestone: my latest little Ruby script successfully pushed a transaction into the Bitcoin network, which was included in Block #401120!


Bitcoin Padawan finally writes some code

I've been exploring the Bitcoin ecosystem for the last two months. My previous posts are representative of most of my time thus far: lots and lots of reading. The vast majority of that reading has been papers and blog posts. Over the last couple weeks, though, I started reading more code.