In this episode Cas and I were joined by David Z. Morris to discuss what Enron can still teach us.
In this episode Cas and I are joined by Rohan Grey to discuss money transmitters, CBDCs, stablecoins, and the best way to regulate that morass.
In this episode Cas and I are joined by Preston Byrne to discuss stablecoins, DeFi, regulation, and decentralization theater.
In this article I try to assess the currently available evidence that Bitfinex and Tether have committed bank fraud, it also includes an audio version, a new thing I’m trying out so let me know what you think.
In this episode of the Blockchain Debate podcast I discuss whether or not I think algorithmic stablecoins will ever work.
In this episode of The Daily Dive I discuss Bitfinex and Tether and get to specifically talk about the new information about their Department of Justice probe.
In this episode Cas and I discuss a variety of cryptocurrency charity scams and frauds.
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Grant Williams wrote the best summary of Bitfinex and Tether I have yet read, it is unfortunately paywalled, but if you would like to subscribe to get access you can go here. (Note: I was given a free copy)
If instead you would like to read my introduction you can here:
Insomnia– This book by Stephen King is a supernatural thriller (like many of King’s books). If you are a fan of King you will likely enjoy this, especially with the references back to Dark Tower and to Derry more broadly. If you are not a fan of King, I think he has better works for you to read. Be forewarned if you listen to the audiobook, the music selections between chapters are incredibly annoying.
The Four Hour Workweek– This book by Tim Ferriss is a book I have read several times now. I always have somewhat complicated feelings towards it. There are many techniques and ideas in the book that I personally am unlikely to ever use. However, it is often useful for me as a reframing tool. It is a good way to remind yourself that there are often social scripts that we allow to develop into limits on ourselves. Also there is good advice on starting information businesses.
Dungeons and Dragons
This video is incredibly valuable for 5e DMs who would be interested in pulling forward material from 4e to help combat. It convinced me to go out and buy the 4e Monster Manual. Giffyglyph has an awesome tool to make 5e monsters in the style of 4e as well.
Protos reports on the blow up of the NFT bubble.
In this article I rant about the new media and fact checking initiative by Coinbase
In this episode Cas and I discuss the ill-fated Canadian bitcoin exchange QuadrigaCX
In this podcast I discuss Tether, Binance, MakerDAO, and other systemic risks.
In this article I make a simple argument that shows there were unbacked Tethers.
I did a quick little question and answer about Bitfinex and Tether. Since no one was there at the beginning I just started sharing Bitfinex and Tether fun facts.
Stu felt he had to respond to posts like mine here:
SafeMoon the US Based, Ponzi-like, FBI Related Token
SafeMoon is a popular cryptocurrency (especially on places that prey on unsophisticated investors like TikTok) and based on reporting by Protos Media it seems to be a shit-show. Founders are US based, apply for government contracts, and may even be paying people to shill it.
USOCC Signals Caution
As the former agency head departs for Binance US, the new head signals caution and review of crypto guidance. From Nikhilesh De at CoinDesk.
Helen Rosner wrote a brilliant piece at the New Yorker about the nature of exclusivity for restaurants.