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Jesus and Bitcoin

Who is J.M. Bush @jmbushwrites Thank God for Bitcoin Christianity 101 BibleProject Romans 15:4 The Most Important Commandment Micah 6:8 The law was our teacher Bitcoin 101 The Bullish Case for Bitcoin We reap what we sow Jonathan Blow - Preventing the Collapse of Civilization The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels Bretton Woods system Denial of self Christian questions about Bitcoin The rich young ruler The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil Easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle Proverbs 30:7-9 Give to Caesar what is Caesar's Zealot Vengeance is mine, says the Lord New FinCEN rule for Bitcoin custody Daniel 6 Jimmy Song and George Mekhail pod about Thank God for Bitcoin You Are What You Love God has made the wisdom of this world look foolish 1 Samuel 22 The poor you will always have with you Is Bitcoin the mark of the beast? Revelation 13:11-18 One more book plug Noded 76 with the Authors of Thank God for Bitcoin Thank God for Bitcoin: The Creation, Corruption and Redemption of Money--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/futurepaul/message

2hr 39mins

30 Dec 2020

Rank #1

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Our excellent dystopia with Matt Odell

Really glad to have Matt Odell as a return guest. Instead of an interview we used this as an opportunity to talk about our wonderful dystopia full of 30 hour battery life, folded proteins, and zero privacy. Enjoy! SHOW NOTES Apple Silicon Mac Mini vs iMac 5K Syncing Bitcoin on M1 Why it's fast Community builds of Visual Studio Code The Verge's MacBook Air review Redox OS with Jeremy Soller (I was trying to remember the word "UEFI") Apple bricks its own hardware Jailbreaking your T2 Mac PopOS PopShop Your Computer Isn't Yours (Matt's right there's no version with 32GB of RAM) @bunniestudios - I can't think of anyone better than @marcan42 to be taking on a project like porting Linux to Apple Silicon Macs! GrapheneOS Chromium OS Verified Boot bunnie's Precursor open source mobile hardware The Facebook headcrab Pod people in Ready Player One Protein folding is "solved" Matt shames Paul for using TikTok The Social Dilemma Lex on AlphaFold 2 What machine learning isn't Michael Rectenwald on "The Google Election" Edward Snowden Signal Signal is the Messaging App of the Protests Apple bans Bitcoin wallets (in 2014) Follow Matt mattodell.com Matt's laptop (My mnemonic is busted, I bought Micro USB cables)--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/futurepaul/message

1hr 59mins

4 Dec 2020

Rank #2

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Local-first and freeform software with James Long

In classic podcasting style, I managed to frontload this episode with highly technical questions up front and then we slowly morphed the conversation into a more conceptual what-is-the-future-of-computers sort of thing. James is a really wonderful guy from what I've learned over the decade or so I've been following him on Twitter and you should def check out Actual if you're in the market for budgeting software. SHOW NOTES James Long Prettier Actual Budget Stripe Mozilla XUL React Reason rustfmt Silicon Valley season three, episode six The Local-first software manifesto CRDT Clarity Money ewwww Quantified Self Roam "I want Roam to be not just a tool for thought, but a tool for computation" @jlongster Using CRDTs in the wild Jupyter Observable Literate programming Light Table A Visual History of Eve: 2014 - 2018 Microsoft Fluid Framework Project Xanadu If you have 100 hours to read a million words, check out this Wired piece on Xanadu SHOUTOUT Ryan Florence--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/futurepaul/message

1hr 27mins

8 Oct 2020

Rank #3

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Is tech actually good tho

This is a tough one because I'm fairly undecided. Are we sliding toward an apocalypse? Is too much getting worse to expect anything to get better? Is YouTube actually kind of a great thing? I've been stuck on this long enough that I figured I should just put it out there and let you decide. A lot of different thoughts here but I swear it's all connected. Thanks to ZappyCode for buying a fake ad this week! SHOW NOTES GaryVee still preaches the hustle gospel in the middle of a pandemic "No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it." @pierre_rochard (quoting Einstein) The pleasure of walking tall YouTube Udemy Melodics Amazon Citi Bike "How often does the software you use on a daily basis (including web apps etc) succeed at fulfilling it's core purpose, without unreasonable levels of friction?" @masonremaley Halo Band--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/futurepaul/message


29 Aug 2020

Rank #4

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No offense to @jayriverlong, but I think his think piece on GPT-3 is kind of dumb: "In a GPT-3 World, Anonymity Prevents Free Speech" So I did a whole podcast about it. Also check out this book: How Innovation Works--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/futurepaul/message


1 Aug 2020

Rank #5

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Better won't be easy

Today's episode is a work-in-progress essay about the role of UX and "ease of use" in tech, with a specific focus on Bitcoin. Here are some links to what I'm talking about in the episode. The full essay will be published on my blog someday. Thank you for your patience. Bitcoin Node Q+A Bitcoin Governance Strike app Bitcoin bites the bullet Utreexo "Don’t make me think" thread--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/futurepaul/message


4 Jul 2020

Rank #6

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A computer from scratch with Jonathan Pallant

So I screwed up and didn't select my nice podcasting microphone for this episode and am instead speaking to you through that joke of a pinhole mic on my MacBook Pro. The good news is that we're not here to listen to me, we're here to hear from the fascinating Jonathan Pallant: Town Mayor, retro computing enthusiast, and embedded systems engineer. Jonathan Pallant, Town Mayor of St Ives, Cambridgeshire @therealjpster thejpster on GitHub St Ives 42 Technology Monotron and some context Monotron Monotron - a 1980s style home computer written in Rust Monotron - Building a Retro Computer in Embedded Rust C64 interrupts Memory segmentation DLLs On The Metal podcast Google Fuchsia Redox OS Windows Terminal Neotron and abstraction Neotron MS-DOS Cylinder-head-sector Neotron 32 KiCad EDA Let's Try PCB Etching! OSH Park Tiva C Series TM4C123G LaunchPad Neotron 528ST JLCPCB SMT assembly service VideoCore Explain yourself! "Woohoo! Made my EME-232 into Drive B: so I can boot from the Gotek but still read 3" disks. @ZxSpectROM, this has been so much fun :)" Commodore 128 Bill Herd's Story of Commodore from the Computer Engineers' Perspective--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/futurepaul/message

1hr 20mins

24 Jun 2020

Rank #7

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Topical tech news #1

Something that's been refreshing about doing this new podcast is how little of my time is spent thinking about what "big" companies are doing. But these big companies keep doing stuff. So let's talk about it! Skate 4 Skate 4 has been announced! Vergecast segment about Skate 4 in 2019 (at around the one hour mark) Will Skate be the "Quake 3: Arena" of skateboarding games? Session Skater XL Burnout Paradise What I also want is a skateboarding shooter game. Trick combos generate shields. Hey email app Vergecast interview with @dhh and Rep. David Cicilline Starting to think big companies and big government sort of deserve each other. Will whatever antitrust tribunals we end up with this time around catch the subtlety and just ask Apple to allow sideloading? Or are we going to get a "Apple forever" mentality and enshrine it into law somehow? Also patents = monopoly. Audio tweets Twitter audio tweets I almost tried to care about this but I didn't pull it off. I always wonder if we can make it to a post-literate society tho. Interesting to think about. PS5 reveal It looks so dumb I'm sorry. Also it has approximately 10,000x more "next-gen" games than the Xbox so far so I'm feeling pretty bullish on it. Might have to learn to use those stupid thumbsticks. Wish there was a duck demo. Lego robots These are getting very, very good. Scratch AND Python? Yes, please.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/futurepaul/message


20 Jun 2020

Rank #8

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Decentralized messaging with John Cantrell of Juggernaut

On this episode I had the pleasure of speaking with John Cantrell, the lead of the Juggernaut decentralized messaging project. I'm very enamoured with the idea of decentralized, peer-to-peer, e2ee messaging. But there are so many drawbacks and pitfalls, and it's hard enough to get your friends to even use something like Signal, that I had begun to give up hope. Lately, however, a handful of Lightning-based messaging experiments have popped up, and it feels like they're on to something. @JohnCantrell97 Juggernaut Accouncing Juggernaut blog post whatsat Lightning messaging demo Lightning key send OP_RETURN "Micropayment" Plex GrapheneOS The ecosystem is moving Sphinx app Dr. Maxim Orlovsky Lightning Labs Loop Decentralized Twitter LN-Juggernaut on GitHub--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/futurepaul/message

1hr 11mins

17 Jun 2020

Rank #9

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Books I like

These are some books I like! Fire in the Valley by Michael Swaine and Paul Freiberger The Mandibles by Lionel Shriver The Soul of a New Machine by Tracy Kidder Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson AI Superpowers by Dr. Kai-Fu Lee How the Internet Happened by Brian McCullough Life After Google by George Gilder The Bitcoin Standard by Saifedean Ammous The Order of Time by Carlo Rovelli The Master Algorithm by Pedro Domingus Seasteading by Joe Quirk Reamde by Neal Stephenson Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang Permutation City by Greg Egan The Information by James Gleick The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels by Alex Epstein Where Wizards Stay Up Late by Katie Hafner Rainbows End by Vernor Vinge--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/futurepaul/message

1hr 3mins

13 Jun 2020

Rank #10