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1/ Long Reads Sunday #19. On Thursday morn, as Halloween turned into All Saints, our new baby girl arrived. This LRS Baby Edition is a lil smaller & only includes the stuff excellent enough to stand out in the haze of late night baby rocking. Get yer bibs, it’s long reads time.👶
2/ This week was an awesome combination of contemplative reflection around the 10-year anniversary of the Bitcoin white paper and forward looking at DevCon. In fact, there was so much good BTC 10-year content, I put together a thread.
3/ Special call out to @danheld, whose excellent 4-part series on “planting” Bitcoin will be released as an eBook next year.
Pt 1: Species -…
Pt 2: Season…
Pt 3: Soil…
Pt 4: Gardening…
4/ Another phenomenal piece I missed in the original thread was this argument by @robustus reclaiming the price of Bitcoin as actually the most amazing thing about it, as a marker of a massive transformation in our thinking about money and value.
5/ Using the word “governance” only once in 3,000+ words, @nic__carter wrote the best piece on governance this year. Determining the identity of Bitcoin is at once a philosophical and a political process and is integral to a leadership-minimized system.…
6/ This concept of Bitcoin identity was given life and expression by @BMBernstein, who wrote that scarcity is not an obvious enough narrative on its own, and Bitcoin advocates have a duty to more actively explain it
7/ Meanwhile, at the beginning of the week, @APompliano promised us true 🔥🔥🔥 from his podcast and, boy, did he and @MustStopMurad deliver. Agree or disagree, the clarity with which Murad speaks means you can’t not learn from him.
8/ Of course, not everyone has the same degree of conviction. In this video, @a16z’s @katie_haun debates everyone’s second (or third) fav cryptoskeptic Krugman. Check ~17:21 for un-banked/underserved convo - ht @mdudas
9/ Back to the builders though, the other big happening this week was DevCon4 in Prague. @Bitfalls thinks he figured out why the event was able to retain its reputation for serious technical and creative conversations; Malta got ze shills!
10/ In all seriousness, I haven’t had a chance to dig in to all of the presentations yet but here are tops in the queue (ht @econoar for timestamps)

Day 1: @tayvano_ on UX/prod design 05:46…

Day 2: +@zooko on privacy 01:41…
11/ Speaking of @zooko, boy howdy did ZCash have a big week! It celebrated its 2-year anniversary, completed their Sapling network upgrade, and had a slew of great presentations at DevCon. Hopefully have a bigger privacy thread coming soon, but for now:
12/ LRS trade secret: I use Pomp’s “This week in crypto” to make sure I haven’t missed anything. My favorites from this edition are Morgan Stanley calling crypto a new asset class and @binance’s fiat-to-crypto exchange in Uganda signing up 40,000 users.
13/ One more newer resource for a quick hit perspective, @_jillruth & @Melt_Dem’s mini-pod is becoming a favorite. It’s like an audio op-ed page for the week in crypto. All the snark, sass and shared insight of a full length podcas in less than 15 mins.
14/ Oh, and this Blockchains LLC story huh? It sort of reads like a Hunter S Thompson fever dream: “We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold.” Then again, crazier things have come from the Nevada…
15/ Okay, a million baby books are calling my name, so just a few more to wrap up, starting with this 101 piece @DavidJN79 wrote to help family offices wrap their heads around crypto investing. We need more base knowledge applied for specific communities…
16/ Speaking of community, @NTMoney is back with a great piece on the importance of community in distributed networks, and makes the point that Satoshi’s skill for communication and community building remains under-appreciated…
17/ For those of you who have been following the Tether thread, their (new) bank this week issues a note basically saying “Yeah they’ve got the money.” @lwsnbaker eviscerates it.

🔥“Great lawyers know when to draft for ambiguity.” 🔥
18/ @AriannaSimpson does a quick, critical look at the emergence of Staking-as-a-Service business models on @TokenDaily, identifying three major challenges, including competition among staking providers, margins compression, and comp from large custodians.…
19/ The always interesting @kylecyuan connects the dots between the distribution of work, value and innovation in crypto and why there isn’t going to be a “next Silicon Valley”
20/ I loved this follow up from @cburniske on the concept of centralized apps/interfaces on decentralized protocols, which was the most read thread from last week’s LRS. Balancing consumer convenience preferences w/ decentralization is no easy task.
21/ Finally, as we reflect on the germ of an idea that became a global force on Bitcoin’s 10th and all the new ideas circulating DevCon, @backus reminds us of how much of an idea’s success comes down to the right timing.
22/ And that’s that! LRS 👶 Edition complete! LRL is off again tomorrow night.

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