Marty's Bent A daily newsletter highlighting signal in Bitcoin. Marty's Ƀent Issue #573: Recent hashrate surge in perspective Despite what some might say about Bitcoin's "shortcomings" and immaturity for the world stage, the Wiley entrepreneurs in the mining industry seem not to care one bit. Marty's Ƀent Issue #572: Signs of a liquidity crunch The Fed feels compelled to intervene within hours to a market hiccup and continue that accommodation into a second day. Essentially conducting QE without officially conducting QE. Marty's Ƀent Issue #571: Who's going to do it? Hey Bloomberg (I know you're reading), this is a win-win for you. If it works, you're making more money and driving more traffic to your writers. If it doesn't, you get to write another hit piece on how Bitcoin is bad. Marty's Ƀent Issue #570: Square grants BTCPayServer $100k Many do not realize it, but the emergence of Bitcoin has enabled a very similar explosion of free innovation that is going to change the landscape of our reality. Marty's Ƀent Issue #569: A monoculture of thought People can only take so much. It's only a matter of time before they begin to question the monoculture of thought in mainstream economics and politics. Marty's Ƀent Issue #568: How does Bitcoin retain value? To think that Bitcoin as a system acts in the same fashion as a Bernie Madoff run Ponzi scheme is asinine. It simply does not compute. Marty's Ƀent Issue #557: Insanity reigns supreme The timeline that we're all imprisoned in has a global economy that is purely dictated by the whims of psychos and inexperienced academics. This game is rigged and it doesn't make much sense in the first place. Marty's Ƀent Issue #566: A note on Lightning Network data This all begs the question, how the hell do we gauge the economic activity on the lightning network? Is it even possible? Marty's Ƀent Issue #565: Big picture Monday While we do believe it is important to be aware of your surroundings and the state of our current condition. It is also imperative to keep the big picture in perspective. Marty's Ƀent Issue #564: Argentina turns to capital controls Is there a straw that breaks the camel's back and forces those subjected to so much economic and monetary uncertainty to seek other options? To give Bitcoin a chance? Marty's Ƀent Issue #563: Turning into Fall In case some of you freaks didn't notice, the network hash rate reached an all-time high of 88 exahash per second two days ago. Marty's Ƀent Issue #562: Hey, Is it possible the future of Bitcoin is built on DIY hardware as people become more comfortable with piecemealing their own hardware together, giving them the ability to personalize and better disguise their devices? Marty's Ƀent Issue #561: Meshing out of necessity As State actors in Hong Kong continue to get more physical, it is imperative that protesters are able to organize digitally. Marty's Ƀent Issue #560: You can't teach an old dog new tricks Some men and women of academia and mainstream economics are so entrenched in their ways and have so much sunk social cost in their worldview that they simply refuse to even entertain the idea that Bitcoin may, in fact, work. Marty's Ƀent Issue #559: Financial planning in the ancient world History is fascinating, freaks. There are many lessons and warnings that have been passed down through the ages. What's most eye-opening about the messages above is how they show that finance in the ancient world revolved around hard assets like livestock and silver. Marty's Ƀent Issue #558: The correct Bitcoin benchmark What's most interesting about the first two quarters of this year is that the world monetary base is on pace to decrease by 4%. This would be the first time that the monetary base has fallen, on balance, ever. Marty's Ƀent Issue #557: The competition for blocks is fierce This is a great moment to reflect and bask in the beautiful glory of consensus via Proof of Work being tested in the wild. Bitcoin works! Marty's Ƀent Issue #556: The madness, explained Bitcoin provides the world with a truly uncorrelated asset that is not a part of the highly interconnected Frankenstein of a financial system that we have haphazardly thrown together since Nixon officially took us off the Gold Standard in the early 1970s. Marty's Ƀent Issue #555: Again, our KPIs do not reflect reality We target consumption and ephemeral growth at all costs to keep the charade alive. Slowly but surely destroying the ability of individuals to pull themselves up from their bootstraps by accumulating capital to deploy to a (hopefully) profitable endeavor in the future. Marty's Ƀent Issue #554: Highlighting an interesting attack vector Regardless of who initiates the attack, this is something that one should be very aware of if they truly care about Bitcoin's long term survival. Marty's Ƀent Issue #553: Recovery techniques for different wallets With this in mind, we should encourage these individuals to go the extra mile to over-communicate with their userbase and provide proper documentation on how they can recover their seeds. Marty's Ƀent Issue #552: Miniscript is here Slowly but surely, the Bitcoin Network and the tools built to leverage it become more robust. Making the network more valuable and driving the feedback loop into a higher gear. Marty's Ƀent Issue #551: Bitcoin doesn't waste energy, distilled This is the most succinct one-stop-shop on the subject of Bitcoin energy usage and why it is okay and should actually be encouraged that Uncle Marty has come across to date. Marty's Ƀent Issue #550: A thread on money in Iran A lesson for all the "barter never truly existed" stans out there. But also an incredibly useful example of how complicated money can be from monetary history that helps highlight the extreme utility that the Bitcoin Network provides. Marty's Ƀent Issue #549: Reminder: Bitcoin distribution is fair Everyone's a scammer, freaks. Especially those selling knock-offs that attempt to denigrate Bitcoin over a non-existent "distribution problem".