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Oracles: The Invisible Backbone Of DeFi And Applied Blockchain Apps
www.forbes.com
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the vast majority of defi apps rely heavily on oracles, middleware entities that connect smart contracts to resources outside of their native blockchains. Without oracles, blockchains are like computers without internet access... Often referred to as hybrid smart contracts ... [oracles enable] smart contracts that can react to real-world events a…

Visual tools for transforming information into knowledge - YouTube
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A video presentation "based on David Hyerle's book Visual Tools for Transforming Information into Knowledge". Some key points:written notes and verbal information present knowledge linearlymismatch with our brain, which must convert this linear stream into a mental map - major effort. images are fast to convey, but low on detail mix…

Visualize Your Roam Research Notes to Generate New Ideas
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Video demonstration of using infranodus to visualize your thinking tool notes and explore connections between them, (hopefully) getting "a good overview of someone else's or of your own ideas, identify the potentially new interesting ideas... compare different notes to one another".I first came across these ideas in an earlier infra…

Coda vs. Notion
coda.io

An overview by Coda, with 20 more resources, on Coda & Notion, which both take "a modular approach to digital documentation. You can do traditional docs ... but you never have to leave the tool to build more complex workflows and processes".

Peripheral vision | A reading inbox to capture possibly-useful references | Beware automatic import into the reading inbox
notes.andymatuschak.org

Interesting colection of notes from Andy Matuschak:Peripheral vision: "My physical workspace is full of subtle cues... together give me a kind of “peripheral vision”: when I’m doing one thing, it’s easy for me to fluidly notice other nearby things... Software systems, by contrast, often lack this kind of peripheral vision.". I started he…

Chatting with glue - a comic on possible future of chat interfaces
a9.io
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Great example of the use of comics to explain some of the more arcane aspects of information and interaction design,

05/12/2021
Roam — If You Want To. My time with Roam Research
stevenmichels.medium.com
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Captures my ambivalence about Roam: it's a great tool to create a complete personal knowledge graph, but is the result really that useful? And if it's only for taking notes that are unlikely to be useful in the future, isn't it expensive?"Roam is an amazing tool for a certain type of person ... If you like to wander off down in…

04/12/2021
Welcome | DAOhaus
daohaus.club
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"DAOhaus is a no-code platform for launching and running DAOs. It is owned and operated by the community. All DAOs on the platform utilize the glorious open-source code of Moloch".Also see their glossary: https://daohaus.club/docs/users/glossary

23/11/2021
A Prehistory of DAOs — Mirror
gnosisguild.mirror.xyz
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tokens Trojan horse principles of cooperatives directly into highly financialized spaces... [but] as tokens that double as governance rights can be sold on secondary markets... DAOs can learn from cooperatives’ emphasis on long termism... DAOs could introduce more forms of decentralized governance into cooperatives.

Inventories, Not Identities. Why multisigs are the future of online… | by Kei Kreutler | Gnosis
blog.gnosis.pm
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The Identity Stack ... Traditional online bank accounts represent balances as numbers stored in a centralized database... requires placing trust in a banking institution. Blockchain protocols plus private key cryptography ...introduce ... full possession of digital assets, without having to trust a third party. Hence the terms “self-custodial” or …

Exclusive clubs called ‘DAOs’ are popping up online. What’s it all about? | Geoffrey Mak | The Guardian
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"Not every DAO mints its own currency, but ... Friends With Benefits,,, [has] $FWB... minted on the Ethereum blockchain... Membership: 75 $FWB... only one million $FWB tokens... When I first heard about Friends With Benefits this year, membership was already valued at $350. Today, it’s over $9,000."... like most DAOs, grants one vote per…

20/11/2021
Olympus DAO | The Decentralized Reserve Currency
www.olympusdao.finance
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"Olympus is building a community-owned decentralized financial infrastructure to bring more stability and transparency for the world.... Olympus was ideated by Zeus and built by a distributed pseudo-anonymous team."Sees itself a a "store of value: ... Stablecoins are vulnerable to inflationary policies, while Bitcoin or Ethereum su…

FingerprintsDAO Collection
www.fingerprintsdao.xyz
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"The Fingerprints DAO collection is composed of NFTs that revolutionized the use of smart contracts as art.". Includes:"26 Autoglyphs, the first ... “on-chain” generative art pieces on the Ethereum blockchain... the event data contains the full output of the generator - codified instructions, in a character art pattern, to the artwo…

20/11/2021
OP Games - OP Games
opgames.org
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OP Arcade is:HTML5 game platform, with tournament competitionsgame developers contribute games which are transformed into fractionalized NFTs buyers collect nfts, co-own gamesplayers can play for free (?)DAO for "game owners to make proposals, vote for game updates, fund additional development"The community: "players, game owners an…

20/11/2021
Crypto Is Cool. Now Get on the Yacht. - The New York Times
www.nytimes.com
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Starts by covering the first IRL NFT/crypto conference, before seguing: "smart investors are not buying seven-figure JPEGs these days... looking past NFT artwork entirely... to Web3... decentralized internet service [running] on public blockchains, with token-based reward systems that allow users to profit from their online activities."e…

19/11/2021
Will the craze for crypto startups ever produce the next tech giant? | The Economist
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"In the first nine months of 2021 crypto startups, especially those that are creating the tools to build a blockchain-based future, raised $15bn in venture capital", triggered in part by "retail speculators... Investors are also betting that, as regulation becomes clearer, institutions will take it more seriously, stirring demand f…

Buy This NFT Column on the Blockchain! - The New York Times
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NYT's Kevin Roose writes "a column about NFTs that is, itself, being turned into an NFT and put up for auction". Good definition of an NFT: "digital collectible item stamped with a unique bit of code that serves as a permanent record of its authenticity and is stored on a blockchain... can be bought and sold ... can’t be delete…

19/11/2021
The NFT Gold Rush: How Cryptoartists Kick-Started a Boom - The New York Times
www.nytimes.com
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NFTs, or nonfungible tokens, represent a unique relationship between owner, artist and art. They are "digital files created using blockchain computer code... essentially impossible to duplicate" and so can be owned & resold, like any work of art. Anyone can download a copy of the art, but the NFT is unique. Noone cares if the art i…

18/11/2021
Wiki Inventor Sticks a Fork in His Baby | WIRED
www.wired.com
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Basic intro to #fedwiki. Makes me realise it's a valid tool for federating myhub."anyone can add or edit a [wiki] page, but those pages all live on servers that someone else owns and controls... no one should have that sort of central control... [hence] the federated wiki... [where] the wiki put an edit button on every page... the federa…

18/11/2021
5 more things to know about trust — TigTech
www.tigtech.org
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"5 interesting things ... distilled from a helicopter view of trust from various branches of psychology, sociology, behavioural science and Responsible Research and Innovation."focus on others: "perhaps similar to love and happiness, the more doggedly trust is pursued for its own sake, the more elusive it may become", so turn y…

Wiki as a Commons | Gordon Brander
subconscious.substack.com

Wikis are like Minecraft for thought — very simple, very open-ended... can generate complex living systems, from personal notes, to collaborative fansites, to Wikipedia. While open-ended, there's scarcity: there can be only one page for each name, forcing "negotiation, communal norms, communal goals, communal meanings... Open-ended mea…

The Painful Foundations for Tools of Thought
thedavincistoat.com
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Interesting, meandering analysis of different tools for thought.Craft "lacked databases - a key feature for any Notion user... [and is] limited to the Apple ecosystem", but they prioritised foundations first, features later: "a lot of work in exchange for small visibility - and users often don’t notice this until the point they (des…

Understanding the Three Fundamental Principles of How IPFS Works | IPFS Blog
blog.ipfs.io
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"InterPlantery File System - IPFS - is a peer-to-peer distributed system for storing and accessing files, websites, applications, and data... to power the Distributed Web - DWeb... by using IPFS to download files from another system, your computer also becomes a distributor... a part of a decentralized network, helping ... distribute inform…

14/11/2021
Implementing network learning
jarche.com
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Jarche's network learning model encompasses 3 zones (social networks, communities of practice and work teams), with each activity involving both working out loud and personal knowledge management.There are several facets, each looking different depending on the zone - for ex:you share your work freely with your work teams (you are, after all,…

Anti-marketing | Work with the garage door up | Working on niche, personally-meaningful projects
notes.andymatuschak.org

Another echo of one of my recent posts (Simplifying Zettelkasten by working out loud), but almost certainly published before: "One of my favorite ways that creative people communicate is by “working with their garage door up,” ... giving a lecture about the problems you’re pondering in the shower; it’s thinking out loud".Essentially this…

Obsidian vs. Roam: Which PKM App is Right For You? – The Sweet Setup
thesweetsetup.com
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Deep dive comparison between Roam Research (valuation: $200m) & Obsidian (Product Hunt Golden Kitty award, Productivity category). Criteria used & results:User Interface (Roam Research, only because Obsidian's learning curve is steeper)Graph View (Obsidian by far) Backlinks (Roam Research: better placement of mentions, better block mg…

Dunbar-scale social - by Gordon Brander - Subconscious
subconscious.substack.com

Excellent piece on the Dunbar number, and its implications for social media and society: "For hundreds of thousands of years, we lived together in small hunter-gatherer bands... with the same few dozen people... Our wetware reflects this fact. We can keep track of about 150 friends... 22,350 relationships ... number grows exponentially with t…

Designing a Workflow For Thinking
adjacentpossible.substack.com

Introductory Adjacent Possible essay on "building the most effective creative workflow", starting with a good definition of "“tools for thought”: using the computer not just to compose your thoughts... but instead as a tool for having more interesting thoughts in the first place... software that helps you generate ideas, remix them …

07/11/2021
morning writing practice | daily routine | Daily log | Note Taxonomy
notes.andymatuschak.org

Andy Matuschak's daily routine and content strategy appear similar, but much more complex, than my own. It starts with something we share: "When my days don’t go well, it’s often because something derailed me in the morning, and I never really got back on track", and manages his day so that he spends the first two hours of the day f…

Evergreen notes, outlines and executable writing strategy | Andy Matuschak
notes.andymatuschak.org

Having fun using Andy Matuschak's wonderful site to explore his innovative ideas on note-taking, zettelkasten, writing, etc. This link opens a number of his interrelated notes, displayed horizontally using his innovative 'stacked notes' information architecture.Key ideas from this stack:the importance of 'task division' in…

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