01 - A few updates from Hong Kong

01 - A few updates from Hong Kong

Reading this week  

  • Blocksize War - Bitcoin’s blocksize war was waged from August 2015 to November 2017. On the surface, the battle was about the amount of data allowed in each bitcoin block, however it exposed much deeper issues, such as who controls bitcoin’s protocol rules. It is not possible to cover every twist and turn in the labyrinthine conflict or all the arguments, but this is a chronology of the most significant events.  Quite a bit of it happened in HK and I do remember thinking that I should have gone along to the meetings in Cyberport.  In the end, I didn't - it would have been an interesting experience!

    I remember being immensely frustrated and confused at the time about what was happening - having read the book it does indeed seem that even many of the participants did not understand what was happening or what would happen next depending on whch course was picked - CRAZY STUFF!!
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - Book 5 in the series.  Dark times have come to Hogwarts. After the Dementors' attack on his cousin Dudley, Harry Potter knows that Voldemort will stop at nothing to find him. There are many who deny the Dark Lord's return, but Harry is not alone: a secret order gathers at Grimmauld Place to fight against the dark forces. Harry must allow Professor Snape to teach him how to protect himself from Voldemort's savage assaults on his mind. But they are growing stronger by the day and Harry is running out of time....
  • I am re-reading (listening on audible.com) Mythos - narrated by Stephen Fry.  Stephen is fantastic - he brings life to Greek Mythology and you have got to wonder where all these stories really come from.  So many interesting insights and possibilities.  Absolutely recommended.
  • Also re-reading Sovereign Individual - it is truely remarkable that James Davidson and William Rees-Mogg (father of the current one!) wrote this back in 1997 - they did predict mobile phones, personal computers, cryptocurrencies and even pandemic, governmental overreach and restrictions including capital controls and preventing international travel.

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