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Bye Mircea

Yesterday I found out about Mircea Popescu having drowned at sea. That made me quite sad indeed. Hannah confirmed it, and by the replies she left on her comments it does seem to actually be Hannah.

Although we weren’t friends and I didn’t expect to be invited for tea anytime soon, I still kept
an ear out for what the man had to say.

Because I valued his view of the world, I valued the way he didn’t give a shit about whatever anyone thought of him. I saw him as someone who valued speaking the truth as he saw it, and most of the time I felt his view of the truth was something that the world gained to know, if only to think about.

His view on Bitcoin matched my own, as something essential and fundamental, something that didn’t ask permission to anyone to be its own, new, thing. Something that had more in common with a new fundamental law of physics than a simple piece of software.

His view on life in general and on personal relationships in particular got me thinking, because he was asking the hard questions. What’s the point of life if not to live it fully, uncompromisingly, according to one’s own ethics? What is the point of personal relationships, if one’s time is spent calculating and working around other’s feelings and expectations?

I feel for the ones he held close to him and my thoughts go to them. I was very upset when I saw trilema.com had gone down, and especially upset at myself for not having kept a copy of its texts, hopefully the dulap mirror download that’s currently in progress on my computer will finish without errors so that I’ll be able to set up a mirror if trilema doesn’t end up coming back up.

Bye Mircea, the French guy will miss you.

mp_en_viaje: shocking, i suppose, but in the end, it’s what we’ve got.

Dear Kitty

There’s a few things I don’t do as much of as I know I should be doing, regularly writing for example. This thought comes back mainly at moments when I’m thinking about various things, and the question strikes: “would I be able to actually make a coherent article out of this idea I currently have?”.

Turns out it’s not always easy. But that’s actually the purpose I see in writing: forcing the thoughts through the test of beating them into actual text forces them to take shape, structure, and allows their holes and other shortcomings to become readily apparent, for my own benefit.

While this would work with a private journal the public blog has the added advantage of a second kiss-cool effect. Namely the comments of others who will agree, or point and laugh at my sorry ass when review of assumptions or other head-fixing is in order (and who better than the Republic to point and laugh?!).

In addition to the thought structuring, and feedback benefits, one also ideally ends up with time-saving material. Pretty much in the same way documenting one’s work leads to massive time savings when the intern asks the same question for the Nth time (or the Nth intern asks the question for the first time, works many ways!).

Not exactly original revolutionary ideas, quite the platitude actually, but one’s gotta (re!)start somewhere, and see where that goes!

So long Paymium!

As of tuesday the 29th of March I do not work for Paymium anymore, and remain only a shareholder with no control over the operations.

This statement is made to give interested parties the opportunity to make their own determinations regarding their continued or planned involvement with Paymium.

I will remain involved in Bitcoin, as I have been since 2010, when I built the product Paymium operates today.

As an other consequence, any further X.EUR deliveries will be made by SEPA wire.

Of rice and X.EUR settlements

TL;DR : No settlements until September 25th, no positions rollover until this date too.

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Due to quite enjoyable personal circumstances I will be away until September the 25th. As a consequence I will not be able to perform the usual positions rollover on September 15th 12:00 GMT.

Settlements will also be delayed until September 25th. It should however remain possible to buy X.EUR futures until that time unless the market maker bot somehow explodes in flight.