๐Ÿš• An educational side project – this was inspiring. The dedication is probably the number 1 take away!

๐Ÿƒ Pretty nice visualisation of the NYC marathon – brings back painful memories ๐Ÿ˜ญ!

๐ŸŽฅ A Brief Disagreement by Steve Cutts, super cool and very relevant

Interesting account of building S3 ๐Ÿค“

๐Ÿงฎ Computing Percentages Easier: x% of y of is always equal to y% of x (I know I’ll forget it!)

๐ŸŽ Enjoyed this true history of Newtonโ€™s job as Warden of the Mint, The Lumber Room

This is crazy creative – a context-to-image camera ๐Ÿ“ท

The sky is falling! Interesting thoughts on the fear of AI (and everything ๐Ÿ˜†)

๐Ÿง“๐Ÿป OG account of the DAO hack

๐Ÿช™ The rise and fall of the gold standard, probably the best overview I’ve read on this

The Power of Free Time ๐Ÿชท

๐Ÿ’ฐ 31 Lessons Iโ€™ve Learned About Money – this has some genuine insight

10 Thoughts From the Fourth Trimester, gold, this should be given to all first time parents (fetus that everyone can see ๐Ÿคฃ)

What happens when the real Young Ladyโ€™s Illustrated Primer lands in China? The idea of local LLMs is kind of mind blowing ๐Ÿคฏ

๐Ÿฅฒ โ€œYou gave an old woman a little moment of joy,โ€ – a reminder its nice to be nice

End-of-life Dreams and Visions – just interesting ๐Ÿ•Š๏ธ

4 Phases of a Bull market – pretty solid ๐Ÿ‚

๐Ÿฅš The Egg – what the heck!?

Learnings from the KZG Ceremony, I thought the KZG ceremony was really cool and a big success. This is a great post covering the full stack. Rust/WASM/React fun ๐ŸŽ‘

๐Ÿ‘€ The Swivel-Eyed Loons Have a Point, elegnatly puts into words the things that I think most people feel. Makes the blood boil!

Liquidations in Decentralized Finance – a comprehensive explainer ๐Ÿ“ˆ

๐Ÿงป Roll up, roll up! Pretty good high level explainer here. I also enjoyed a a personal explainer from fucory.eth in London.

๐Ÿ“– I’m really getting to like the writing of John P Weiss, it resonates a lot:
Life is so terrible and beautiful at the same time – I’ve seen this but luckily haven’t experienced it yet
We must choose between being an anvil or a hammer – really thought provoking
The corrosive element in our lives – How do we not waste our life? Itโ€™s never too late to change course.ย 

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(Some Interesting Thing I Read)

๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ Thread explaining single-use address that can broadcast a transaction without the need for a private key

Keep It Going – Pretty pertinent in these times! Could also be applied to other things like work, working out, maybe even a good general thesis to live by ๐Ÿ‹๏ธ

โš–๏ธ BIP-19 was a bit of a special move by SolarCurve and this thread is a great explainer.

๐Ÿ’ฐ Keep Your Personal Burn Rate Low To Maximize Your Options – the title says it all really but a nice reminder to see in black and white.

Bit of a mindfuck ๐Ÿ˜‚ – A potential escape from Rokoโ€™s basilisk

A medical thought experiment ๐Ÿ”ฌ

๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿซ Compounding Interest Rates explained with Solidity examples

Pretty funny boyo ๐Ÿ™ˆ

๐Ÿง™โ€โ™‚๏ธ The Merge was such an impressive achievement!

๐Ÿ’ฃ “One day the rule of law protected your assets, the next day they were frozen or forcibly sold.” – For the War by Arthur Hayes

“itโ€™s not going to get easier. Itโ€™s going to get harder. So make yourself a person that โ€˜handles hard wellโ€™” ๐Ÿ’ช good advice in Handle Hard Well

๐Ÿคฆ Thinking your the smartest person in the room never ends well from what I’ve observed! Nice thread on Sam Trubucco/Alameda

๐Ÿฟ More FTX/Alameda, this time from Arthur

๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™‚๏ธ Having enough – another good reminder by Morgan Housel

๐Ÿช‚ Just imagine falling 15000 feet, crazy story!

The Surfer Mentality is a good metaphor to remember ๐Ÿ„โ€โ™€๏ธ

๐Ÿฆ‰ “You arenโ€™t handed anything. You earn everything every single day, over and over again. You have to prove it.” – Some good home truths in this one

๐Ÿ‘€ How to Spot Cult Leader Personalities, super useful, especially in the world of Crypto!

Vitalik – thought this was interesting considering the hype around EigenLayer. And also first time I’ve heard of a concerning issue around Eth L1 ๐Ÿค”

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Market-Protocol Fit – describes some of how Balancer โš–๏ธ are approaching things. It’s a whole new world!

๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿซ Etsyโ€™s Journey to TypeScript – trying to improve my Typescript as much as possible and there’s some interesting stuff here.

โฑ๏ธ Just-in-time Liquidity – pretty interesting MEV attack. Random idea – could this be a type of exchange where users get a better price and “LPs” rebalance?

Cool tool ๐Ÿงฐ: eth-sdk, provide the address of the contract you want to interact with and it will pull down abi from Etherscan API and create Typescript and Ethers instances.

๐Ÿ“บ How to make hard choices – worth a watch. Drifting…

This guy has some awesome NFT displays and a guide! ๐Ÿ–ผ๏ธ

๏ธ๏ธ๏ธโช Replaying a transaction (from its hash ๏ธ๏ธ๏ธ) to get a revert reason. (Needs an archive node)

Flickr Engineering Team Vision & Guiding Principles – some good examples for how I should approach things. โœ”๏ธ

๐ŸŽต Watched some of the Beatles Get Back doc and it showed how powerful it is when people truly work together. Fred Wilson said it better than I can!

๐Ÿ’น Ming Zhao on Twitter has some really good TLDR threads on more advanced finance stuff. Like this 12 Crypto Hedge Fund Trading Strategies.

Damn – Cobie is fast becoming one of my crypto heroes and his Substack is really good! ๐Ÿ”ฅ

6 figures a day ๐Ÿค‘ selling Excel courses – meet Miss Excel

๐Ÿด Tenderly forking end point – super useful for building/testing.

The Nothingness Of Money – no one knows where the finish line is, so be present and enjoy the journey! ๐Ÿง˜

๐Ÿฆ„ Dune is one of the companies I always had a feeling would do well – from nobody to unicorn in 3 years shares their inspiring story so far.

The Crazy Idea Framework ๐Ÿคช sounds like an interesting one to try for investing.

How People Think, Morgan Housel ๐Ÿง™โ€โ™‚๏ธ is one of the best and this feels like it should be read every week as a reminder!

๐ŸŒบ Bloom Filters are cool! Here’s an interesting thread on how Lens protocol is using them.

Pretty interesting negotiation advice – already feel like I’m constantly negotating with my 2 year old ๐Ÿ‘ผ

๐Ÿ˜Ž This post about Alan Kay and his inventions is just really cool.

Quality of life vs quantity – makes you think ๐Ÿค”

Death by PowerPoint: the slide that killed seven people – puts boring PowerPoints into a whole new perspective. ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

๐Ÿ˜จ Shadow of the Sun – this is just brutal. Some of the descriptions are my idea of hell I think.

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โ‚ฟ A from-scratch tour of Bitcoin in Python – create, digitally sign, and broadcast a Bitcoin transaction in pure Python, from scratch, and with zero dependencies.

Computer scientist Leonard Adleman on – Choosing the right problem to work on ๐Ÿง˜

๐Ÿง  Booby Trapping the Ethereum Blockchain – Samczun again, amazing.

How to Die with Zero – This book is not about making your money grow โ€” itโ€™s about making your life grow ๐Ÿค”

๐Ÿงฐ Local ERC20 Balance Manipulation (with HardHat) – unlocks the ability to manipulate the state of any forked contract.

Capitalism: You Wouldn’t Trade it for Anything – Interesting thoughts ๐Ÿ’ก

๐Ÿ‹๏ธโ€โ™‚๏ธ How Much Ya Bench? Strength Benchmarks for Men

Automating Code Changes via GitHub Actions Making Pull Requests – Could be handy some time ๐Ÿฆฟ

๐Ÿ› ๏ธ Smok – Contract mocking in JavaScript

๐Ÿคช Pretty wacky story about Ian Freeman that’s worth a read

Eye opening look at defi “bluechip” performance over last year, denominated in ETH ๐Ÿ˜ฒ

๐Ÿ› Debugging the Comp hack with Dapptools

Punk6529 on Making It ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Thought provoking reasons to retire as soon as possible from this post by esimoney ๐Ÿ’”

Unbeatable Video Games – I like this and it echoes thoughts I had after watching Competitive Dog Grooming and I kind of wish I had something like that ๐Ÿ’ญ

A depth year is a cool idea! ๐Ÿ‘ท

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๐Ÿ˜ฝ Example of a Flashbot bundle to rescure a cryptokitty from a compromised wallet.

๐Ÿ’ก Another UMA post – they keep posting interesting use cases that I’m always interested to dive into but never have the time to do (I think this is maybe part of their problem). Keeping it logged here as a bookmark!

Really good advice (especially given the latest massive correction and volatility) from Ari Paul ๐Ÿฆ‰

I rarely have good ideas. To overcome this limitation, I think about one topic (like habits) for an unreasonable amount of time. Then, I revise, revise, revise until only the best stuff remains. Itโ€™s slow, but it works. You can either be a genius or you can be patient.

James Clear

๐Ÿ“ท Using a camera and TinyML to read a physical meter and convert it into an API.

๐Ÿ”ง Multicall pattern in Solidity using Delegatecall. Tweet from Austin.

๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ’ป Interesting details about running your own ETH node in the cloud.

๐Ÿ˜Ž And this seems like something useful you could do with a node – eth_call any contract with an arbitrary code to access storage values without corresponding public views.

๐Ÿ‘ฎ Why I Did Not Go To Jail by Ben Horowitz – just a good example of doing the right, difficult thing.

โš–๏ธ A cool write up explaining what we’ve been working on at Balancer for V2.

โญ Not sure if this description of path to fame and fortune within Ethereum is meant to have a negative connotation but I’m on step 2!

๐Ÿคฃ Marshawn Lynch at Applebee’s – funny! But I like this guys attitude toward money from what I’ve read.

๐Ÿงฐ What problems do people solve with strace? – Could be handy some day.

๐Ÿง  This was cool – post by samczsun giving a guided walkthrough for swap, the hardest challenge in Paradigm CTF 2021.

๐Ÿงฎ I like what @adlrocha is doing with the Improving my math intuition series and the first part about Network Applications of Bloom Filters was really interesting.

โ‚ฟ Bitcoin is Dead! Quite a fun site, particularly at this time.

You’re not that good. Yet. ๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™‚๏ธ

๐Ÿ‘ This was a nice tweet storm about Balancer V2 and how Coinbase employees were going to invest in it. Not sure it came true but the V2 stuff is!

๐Ÿ“บ zkPorter seems like a novel tech and this explainer video was good.

๐Ÿ’ƒ Taylor Swift and NFTS, what’s not to like?

If working at Balancer ever gets non-fun then I imagine I’d like to do something like this. Also cool way to recruit. ๐Ÿค”

๐Ÿ‘ด๐Ÿผ How to Keep Your Edge as You Get Older – good podcast with ideas for me!

๐Ÿ”ฉ Etherscan & Tx Logs – some nice detail on how to walk these for info.

๐Ÿฆ Eth staking and Warren Buffet. It’s all about where you stand.

๐Ÿคฏ Uncovering a Four Year Old Bug. A glimpse into how samczsuns brain works hunting down a bug.

๐Ÿ”Œ Teardown of a PC power supply – always wanted to get a breakdown of a PSU and this is a really accessible one. Better than the majority of my Uni lectures!!

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โ›“๏ธ Interesting Tweet from a project dev about writing his own code rather than use TheGraph. Covalent was mentioned as alternative – get events by topic hash or get events by contract address to fetch fully decoded log events for any contract.

๐Ÿ‘ Rules of thumb that simplify decisions

An explanation ๐Ÿค‘ about the different ways to make money with Options.

๐Ÿง™ Seems like good advice – 1/3 (networth) for the house, 1/6 to deal with expense / taxes, 1/2 rocket fuel.

โš’๏ธ Glitch – Build fast, full-stack web apps in your browser. Seems interesting and could be good for demos, docs or learning quickly.

Valentines isn’t far past so love โค๏ธ is in the air – 36 Questions That Lead To Love

โฑ๏ธ Time Billionaire – Is a pretty cool idea.

๐Ÿ” Pretty useful security tip – How to Ensure Youโ€™re Running the Legitimate Version of MetaMask

๐Ÿณ Wow – a wallet showing how the whales do it! ๐Ÿ’ต

Some more options craziness โ‚ฟ

More Burniske wisdom – it’s all waves man ๐Ÿ„โ€โ™‚๏ธ

๐Ÿคช Can’t get any crazier than 2020 – funny but not funny!

Getting In Good ๐Ÿƒ – Really interesting thread with examples of when to double down.

๐ŸŽง Bitcoin Vs Altcoins with Dan Held & Erik Voorhees – this was a great listen. Erik Voorhees is so articulate and I really like his logical and reasonable approach.

These Book Nooks are SO cool ๐Ÿค“

A case for the long BTC HODL ๐Ÿ’ช

โš ๏ธ Tail-end events are all that matter – a very tough lesson.

The Margin Loan – Interesting tradfi example of using leverage and the benefits of doing it ๐Ÿค”

And a DeFi version of above – FollowTheChain โ›“๏ธ & RicBurton demonstrating how using a MakerDAO vault to live of DAI and avoid selling your Eth during the Bear market.

Maker Vaults wouldn’t work with Liquidators ๐Ÿฆพ and this is a nice intro.

๐Ÿงฐ I’ve been working on Fleek and Cloudflare lately and it’s been fun – Fleek Makes Deploying and Maintaining an ENS+IPFS Website Easier than Ever

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โ›ฝ GasTokens are pretty interesting and this was a good article.

๐Ÿ†’ Pretty cool (but expensive) screen project here.

Have a plan! Some good advice in this tweet. Particularly like – “But who really gives a shit about the “top” if you know exactly how much you need to retire and you get there well before the “top”? You just hit that number and you exit the game with a grin…Draw up your expenses… calculate how much you’ll have leftover after you pay taxes on some huge ass crypto gains. Then, assume about 5-7% a year in income thanks to some “safe” dividend stocks, maybe an annuity and some cefi stablecoin income…” ๐Ÿฆ‰

๐Ÿง˜ Also some good advice – On Despair and the Imagination.

โš ๏ธ Interesting tweet about BTC yield. Info about risks – > 50% flash crash risk >wBTC custodial risk > AAVE risks > Yearn/Curve risks, USDT risk too using 3pool. And how to maximise %, i.e. If using AAVE you borrow TUSD at 1.5% then swap to USDT. If using Compound you borrow DAI but receive COMP for overall around 0%.

๐ŸŽจ Some, cool, colourful and reasonably priced artwork.

๐Ÿ˜ข The Girl In The Window – wow, that was a hard hitting read.

๐ŸŽธ Long live Rock And Roll! Our โ€˜Lostโ€™ Weekend With Van Halen – A pretty amusing story that’s also a bit shocking in the way it shows how times have changed.

๐Ÿ–ผ๏ธ Some more cool art – this time Crypto Art (but a horrible website!)

๐Ÿ˜ฑ Big liquidation event on Compound because of DAI Oracle price. Pretty scary lesson learned here.

โ“ Good questions for the dinner table from Polina Marinovas newsletter – What was the most formative event in your life that you believe shaped who you are today? and What is one belief you hold that you would be afraid to share in public?

๐Ÿงฐ Recommended by rabmarut as an easier to use alternative to Metamask – Frame.

๐Ÿˆ Some of the Huddle Up posts are really good. “Equity Deals Only” about DeAndre Hopkins was worth a read.

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๐Ÿค Eth Network Discord Community – I liked the idea about this from DeFi Dudes tweet.

๐Ÿฅง I’ve used RaspberryPi a lot and the new Pi 400 seems cool.

๐ŸŽง Uncommon Core seems like a good podcast to add to the list and this was an interesting thread discussing some of points made in the last episode.

๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿ’ป Then new dev portal was released and is probably a go to resource now.

๐Ÿฅช Mmmmmhhhh sandwiches!

๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿซ 40 things I learned by age 40 by Sunday Soother has some really good advice worth re-reading every now and then.

I don’t really know much about yield curves and things but fixed rate lending/borrowing on Ethereum would be ๐Ÿ‘Œ

And along similar lines this Rise of the Cryptodollar article from Bankless discusses savings rates for crypto dollars.

๐ŸŒ๏ธโ€โ™‚๏ธ Didn’t realise half this stuff about the Masters finances and thought it was pretty interesting.

๐Ÿง˜ This so true:

Working on a problem reduces the fear of it.

Itโ€™s hard to fear a problem when you are making progress on itโ€”even if progress is imperfect and slow.

Action relieves anxiety.

James Clear 3-2-1


๐Ÿ‘ท Hardhat & Tenderly are two super useful smart contract dev tools and this guide shows how to get them setup together.

๐Ÿง˜ James Clear 3-2-1 Newsletter is probably the most consistently good one I read, it almost always makes you think. On kindness, real wealth, and earning love and respect is a really good one.

๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿซ Good learning in Falsehoods that Ethereum programmers believe.

I read about Ocean Farming ages ago and haven’t been able to shake the crazy idea that this would be a cool thing to do. ๐ŸŸ

๐ŸŽฅ I was pretty proud of this ๐Ÿฆš feels like I’ve done a circle and gone from hacker to judge, was also very cool to appear on the schedule next to the big names:

๐Ÿ“– Bookmarked for the future – Ethereum Developer Interview Questions.

Look- here’s a table covered with red cloth. On it is a cage the size of a small fish aquarium. In the cage is a white rabbit with a pink nose and pink-rimmed eyes.

On its back, clearly marked in blue ink, is the numeral 8. [โ€ฆ] The most interesting thing here isn’t even the carrot-munching rabbit in the cage, but the number on its back. Not a six, not a four, not nineteen-point-five. It’s an eight. This is what we’re looking at, and we all see it. I didn’t tell you. You didn’t ask me. I never opened my mouth and you never opened yours.

We’re not even in the same year together, let alone the same roomโ€ฆ except we are together. We are close. We’re having a meeting of the minds. We’ve engaged in an act of telepathy. No mythy-mountain shit; real telepathy.

Stephen King – Books are portable magic. ๐Ÿง™โ€โ™‚๏ธ

โš–๏ธ Clearing out some old bookmarks and this Tweet and this AMA with Bankless are from back when it all got started with Balancer!

Can rely on Chris Burniske tweets to reset the sentiment on a bad day ๐Ÿ“‰

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๐Ÿ‘พ Dark Forest was a pretty fun game to play on the Ethereum network that used xkSNARKs and they did a pretty interesting intro to zk proofs.

No Edinburgh Festival this year ๐Ÿ˜ฅ but people are still trying and here’s a celebration of the city.

๐Ÿ›น Jackass was a big part of my younger days and Steve O was one of my main men. Demise and Rise is pretty inspiring, how he turns his life around should give hope.

Shared a lot but Ethereum is a Dark Forest and the follow up, Escaping The Dark Forest were pretty good – the mempool is cool ๐Ÿ˜Ž!

Following up on โ˜๏ธ this dives into front-running Bots. Also cool how its a ‘story of block 1088…’.

โš’๏ธ Graphtage: A New Semantic Diffing Tool – could be a handy tool. – Love this โค๏ธโ€๐Ÿ”ฅ a live cryptocurrency transaction visualizer featuring Bitcoin, Ethereum and Bitcoin Cash.

๐Ÿ’ธ Pretty useful cheat sheet for seeing IL vs Fees vs Price action on Uniswap.

๐Ÿ“ป I’ve been enjoying listening to Justin Kans podcast, The Quest, lately – tech, happiness and the meaning of life!

โ›ฝ Vitalik explains Gas costs.

๐Ÿฑ I didn’t love the whole food farming thing but it was pretty wild and will go down in Ethereum history. Here’s some food for thought (๐Ÿคฆ).

๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ’ป How to re-send a transaction with higher gas price using ethers.js – Something that might be useful.

Options are interesting and I’ve played a bit with Opyn. Some interesting Buidling ideas.๐Ÿ’ก

๐Ÿ“– Perpetual Contracts are another finance instrument thats new to me and here’s a bit of an explainer.

๐Ÿ‘ One of the few posts I’ve seen that shows examples for EIP712. Also goes into meta-txs.

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