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Bitcoin Clarity

I feel really bad for not posting what I’m about to write much earlier, but I’m grateful that I AM finally posting it. It’s about a heartwarming experience that I was gifted and I want to share it with you.

Kiara Bickers is a splendid young lady who works at one of the premier companies in cryptospace: Blockstream Inc. I used to hate the company when I first became enamored with Bitcoin because I thought they were on the wrong side of the vicious scaling war back when it started in 2015. I was a hard core Ver/Andresen/Garza/Hearn fan back then and I erroneously thought Blockstream management was trying to steer the Bitcoin core software development team in a direction that would unfairly give their evil, venture-capital-backed company an advantage over their ecosystem layer 2 competitors.

As my Bitcoin knowledge evolved and I watched the brutal scaling war unfold, I came to the realization that Blockstream (except for the (still) vile Samson Mow) was one of the good guys. The CEO, Adam Back, is the inventor of HashCash. Lord Satoshi rightfully mentions Mr. Back’s HashCash work in the references section of his world-changing white paper. Because of this fact, many latecomers to Bitcoin think Adam is Satoshi.

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Ahh, but I digress from the main storyline yet again, as is common with schizophrenic writers like me whose thoughts frantically ricochet back and forth against the internal boundaries of my skull and are sullied by the three dormant tumors asleep in that dungeon.

So, back to the real subject of this post. About a year ago, Ms. Bickers contacted me on LinkedIn. When she was writing an intro book to Bitcoin titled “Bitcoin Clarity” Kiara said she stumbled upon my blasphemous blog while researching the topic of “systems thinking“.  

As you might guess, I was thrilled to hear from Kiara. She graciously offered up a hardcopy of her book for me to read and she pinned a really nice note on the inside cover.

Since its been a year since I read Bitcoin Clarity, I’m not going to try to do an in depth review of its content here. I do remember though when I started reading Kiara’s delightful book I quickly understood her affinity for systems thinking. She used her systems thinking skills to artfully sketch, structure, and weave the book’s content together into a uniquely crafted combo of art and science.

Please dwell for a moment on a sampling of Kiara’s sketching skills below. Note how she artfully leaves out the Bitcoin miners in between the peers so as not to unnecessarily complicate the picture for her targeted beginner audience. Please note that the nasty saying in red is not in the book. It’s BD00’s dastardly graffiti pointing out one of the main reasons Bitcoin exists.

Thank you dear Kiara for providing me with some sunshine from across the internet. I wish you lots of future success and I wish I had the opportunity to meet you in real life. Keep writing and keep Bitcoining your way to a life of fun, happiness, and most importantly, good health. Lots of kisses to you dear young lady!

  1. Craig P
    January 22, 2021 at 4:09 pm

    How will Bit Coin, and others, deal with hacking when quantum computers become available? They threaten to challenge all of our encryption and password protections.

    • January 22, 2021 at 4:27 pm

      There are lots of smart cryptographers working on quantum-resistant proof-of-work algorithms to swap in if/when SHA-256 gets cracked. Far more valuable financial networks (like SWIFT, ACH) will get hacked too if the hackers beat the cryptographers to the punch and the network providers don’t have an answer. Armageddon? It reminds me of the radar ECM-ECCM-ECCCM-ECCCCM races.

      Here’s a great podcast of an interview with a bitcoiner who is also a quantum physicist. A single quantum Qbit is so unstable right now that computers with Mega-Qbits of memory are still far off. I think there are lots like him in the bitcoin community.

      https://www.whatbitcoindid.com/podcast/the-quantum-threat-to-bitcoin-with-quantum-physicist-dr-stepan-snigirev

      Let me know what you think before I die šŸ˜‰

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