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The ideas are elegant. The ambition is impressive. But how exactly does Bitcoin work in practice? Well folks, that's what I've been figuring out for the past month. Armed with my understanding of the network, I embarked on a journey to become a full node operator (i.e. a validator of transactions and blocks). Admittedly, I wasn't quite sure I could pull it off. Even with all my prior research, this felt like a tricky technical challenge. And yet here I am, running a Bitcoin (and Lightning!) node with little fuss. How so?

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Welcome to Nixonland

June 3, 2021

So what is his legacy? It is more significant, and more subtle, than you might think. The Watergate scandal etched his name in history. 'Nixon Goes to China' was a political masterstroke. But the key decision, one that is touched only briefly in the book, took place in 1971. In that tumultuous year Nixon decoupled the US dollar from gold.

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Our Money is Distorting

March 23, 2021

Our money is distorted, and thus our environment is distorted. The construction industry is highly motivated by margins, and I totally get that, especially in this era of currency debasement. But it drives the high time preference I frequently see in design decisions. It is a tragedy, and I do firmly believe that Bitcoin can realign our motivations to create beautiful, healthy spaces.

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Building Better Communities

September 3, 2020

Let me begin with the words you are kindly digesting. I do not pretend to have all the answers. I do not claim that There Is No Alternative. This publication is only a starting gun for something bigger. We must play to the strengths of the online world to elevate, scrutinise and refine our arguments for the offline world. We must use our digital community to share, challenge, teach and learn.

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Building Better Language

September 3, 2020

There is no reason why we cannot still refer to landlords and tenants, consultants and clients etc. They will remain the backbone of the industry, after all. The future however, belongs to those who prioritise people-centric language. Those who design and build experiential real estate. Those who refer to family life, continuous learning and regional vibrancy.

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Real Estate is Broken

August 21, 2020

Consider the privileged position of the asset owner. With total control of a property, there is the opportunity to craft an occupant experience tailored to suit a particular user group; think maker spaces, start-up spaces, learning spacers, assisted living spaces, healthcare spaces. The list is endless. Coupled with the right mix of #proptech solutions, an owner-operator could provide the seamless, personalised and on-demand experience that we have come to expect elsewhere.

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Building Better Business

August 21, 2020

In its purest form, commerce acts as the great motivator, the ultimate mentor. We conduct our commercial affairs against a backdrop of economic and trading uncertainty. Our decisions and behaviour are constantly pitted against known unknowns and unknown unknowns. We are drawn to ingenuity and innovation through the actions and presence of our competitors. We observe, learn from, and adapt to ever shifting risks and opportunities.