Marty's Bent A daily newsletter highlighting signal in Bitcoin. Marty's Ƀent Issue #614: Cyberspace, the last bastion of privacy It is imperative that we act to fortify these systems, make them as robust as possible, and get them into the hands of the masses. Marty's Ƀent Issue #613: *decentralization intensifies* Things like this are what get your Uncle Marty all hot and bothered. Dedicated individuals working hard over the course of years to design a new mining pool protocol for the benefit of Bitcoiners everywhere. Marty's Ƀent Issue #612: Trump is an accelerationist... It's almost as if 2012 Trump has been sitting on President Trump's shoulder saying, "F*** it, man. Just send it. End this experiment as quickly as possible." Marty's Ƀent Issue #611: The tooling improves This may not seem like that big of a deal, but it's a sign of the maturation you'd want to see from an open source project like the Lightning Network. Marty's Ƀent Issue #610: State of Bitcoin mining Is Hut 8 proving the haters wrong? Or are they an anomaly that cannot be replicated? Marty's Ƀent Issue #609: The Bitcoin Reformation History can teach us a lot about what we're experiencing today. The adage rings true, history doesn't repeat itself, but it certainly rhymes Marty's Ƀent Issue #608: When you fuck up the money... Are you sure you want to continue on this trend? Marty's Ƀent Issue #607: In case you couldn't tell... The paradigm shift has been here for more than a decade. Most people just don't realize it yet. Marty's Ƀent Issue #606: Do as they say, not as they do How long are people going to put up with these double standards and blatant injustices? Marty's Ƀent Issue #605: A messaging app on the Lightning Network After seeing the WHATSAPP demo, it's not hard to envision people building apps and user interfaces on top of these primitives that allow users to send payable invoices with messages attached in a P2P fashion Marty's Ƀent Issue #604: Exchanges, so cold right now Tough day for the industry in the eyes of the mainstream. If anything, this highlights how early we are in all of this and how much room for improvement and competition there is. Marty's Ƀent Issue #603: Satoshi is the Michelangelo of our time Very minute details like this highlight just how thorough Satoshi was from a design perspective. Marty's Ƀent Issue #602: Holy shit... My God. The Central Planners aren't even hiding it anymore. Marty's Ƀent Issue #601: Growth at all costs is stupid Growth at all costs has made us fat, socially inept, indebted, and unable to focus on long-term goals. Marty's Ƀent Issue #600: A world on the brink This is why we Bitcoin, freaks. Bitcoin is completely bereft of the control levers that can be taken advantage of by greedy politicians and central bankers that exist in the current system. Marty's Ƀent Issue #599: How not to CoinJoin Something that can never be understated is that Bitcoin's privacy assurances are extremely subpar at the moment. It is possible to transact privately, but it is extremely hard. Marty's Ƀent Issue #598: A new on-ramp emerges Escher Hub is particularly cool because the product has the goal of cutting down fiat and bitcoin settlement times while buying/selling bitcoin while increasing buy limits dramatically. Marty's Ƀent Issue #597: A startling admission What startled me in particular is the candor with which Mr. Giancarlo spoke about the intentions of giving the futures market the go-ahead; to help control something the government deemed was becoming a problem. Marty's Ƀent Issue #596: Quality explainers on how Bitcoin works BP and Exxon are currently capping and consuming LESS THAN A QUARTER of the excess oil and gas they produce on site. This is deplorable. We need to pump these stats and Bitcoin mining is the way this happens. Marty's Ƀent Issue #595: Global unrest, so hot right now Gaming is so hot right now, and there is so much money being made and yet to be made that it is hard to imagine a world in which automatic payouts via the Lightning Network do not come to fruition. Marty's Ƀent Issue #594: Einstein was wrong It appears that when other Central Bankers break the x-axis below 0.0% it creates a dash for dollars that causes things to speed up, forcing the Fed's hand with more force as the delta between the strengthening dollar and its weakening counterparts is pried open. Marty's Ƀent Issue #593: Don't fuck up the money, exhibit 147 Here's a great thread from our boi Conner Brown in which he recounts the way the founding fathers fucked up the money quickly after establishing their independence from England. Marty's Ƀent Issue #592: Good piece on Schnorr + Taproot Learn how Schnorr signatures differ from ECDSA signatures, the current algorithm used to generate Bitcoin private-public key pairs. What a Merkelized Abstract Syntax Tree is and how Taproot's construction is different. Marty's Ƀent Issue #591: A call for a return to quality aesthetics Aesthetics in literature and art seem to be at an all time low as the masses become consumed by porn fiction like 50 Shades of Gray and a cycle of different iterations of the same superhero movies. Marty's Ƀent Issue #590: Another Lightning implementation appears in the wild The fact that a Python implementation now exists, again, means that there are now more potential people that can build on LN.