The Sunday Recap - Down the Rabbit Hole 7 

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That’s it, another week has passed already? I’m sure many of you are moving into a more relaxed festive mode but the crypto world is still moving along at a clip. South Korea continues its steady march towards widespread and meaningful crypto adoption. The BTC lightning network makes stellar progress. Security Token Offerings are sexy but beware and BTC passes a simple ‘is it dead’ observation even while ‘The Fear and Greed Index is displaying a state of ‘Extreme Fear.’ As always, once you zoom out from price the crypto-landscape comes back into view. This bear market may have many months left before we see a sustainable shift in trend but that in itself is an opportunity to focus on the ideas and narratives that really matter.

Twitter

One man’s epic run up and down the crypto rollercoaster (highly recommended)

https://twitter.com/PeterMcCormack/status/1073196778705559553

A Vitalik tweetstorm is always worth reading:

https://twitter.com/VitalikButerin/status/1072158957999771648

Dystopian v Utopian visions of crypto through a few simple polls:

https://twitter.com/nlw/status/1072334561600782337

If you don’t know who they are…you may need to brush up on your crypto knowledge base:

https://twitter.com/alexbosworth/status/1071073784977743872

Some BTC metrics right now:

https://twitter.com/alexbosworth/status/1071811270330859520

Looking for some leads on quality crypto journalists?:

https://twitter.com/nick_hollins/status/1071921723484733441

On the liberalising aspect of crypto:

https://twitter.com/wheatpond/status/1072964119911956482

Plenty of life observations to chew on here:

https://twitter.com/Kpaxs/status/1070369160721510400

Articles

Lazy research on BTC energy costs:

https://medium.com/coinshares/beware-of-lazy-research-c828c900b7d5

BTC Buyers of Last Resort:

https://medium.com/@pierre_rochard/bitcoins-buyers-of-last-resort-920d0470a994

A 10k increase in the lightning network capacity is significant progress:

https://beincrypto.com/the-bitcoin-lightning-network-expands-to-achieve-a-10000-increase/

Hurdles to decentralised app adoption:

https://hackernoon.com/decentralised-applications-and-the-problem-with-adoption-9cfdaa868b2b

A major avenue for crypto adoption – watch this country:

https://www.ccn.com/why-south-korea-will-play-a-major-role-in-cryptocurrency-adoption/

A lifetime of Chomsky – some things learned:

https://www.currentaffairs.org/2018/12/lessons-from-chomsky

Podcast

Discussion of security tokenization in areas such as real estate (highly recommended but see also below):

http://offthechain.libsyn.com/josh-stein-harbor-ceo-tokenizing-the-world

YouTube

Please watch this cautionary video before investing in STO’s (Security Token Offerings):

https://youtu.be/Lbji9Mbyt8s?t=26

Interesting take on the bear market for EOS.

https://youtu.be/kUS5yUZaxGs

Infographic

A simple and perhaps somewhat self-serving answer to Is BTC dead?:

Utility / Website

A novel way to gauge market sentiment:

https://alternative.me/crypto/fear-and-greed-index/

I hope you found this week’s recap engaging and useful. Let me know what you think – all comments, recommendations, and critiques welcome.

Note on Sources:

Twitter & Reddit (cryptos current meta-brains) / Medium / Trybe / Hackernoon / Whaleshares and so on/ YouTube / various podcasts and whatever else I stumble upon. The aim is a useful weekly aggregator of ideas rather than news. Though I try to keep the sources current – I’ll reference these articles and podcasts etc. as I encounter them – they may have been published just a couple of days ago or in some cases quite a bit earlier.

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  1. firedream

    If we check the Gartner Hype Cycle, the cryptocurrency is at “Trough of Disillusionment”.
    From here, it is either total loss or “Plateau of Productivity”.
    I don’t believe that cryptocurrency will have the same fate with 3D printers, since it is advancing and the opportunities are limitless.
    It just will take some time.

    FD.

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