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A highlight from Ep. 572 Exploring Layer 2 Competitions with HAI
"All right, everybody, welcome back, all you good, wonderful citizens of Crypt Nation. It's Bryce, and today I am joined by Reza Jafri, who is the co -founder of a decentralized stablecoin called HAI, amidst many other things he's doing in the crypto space of which we will dive into in just a bit. But this is a big one, and we're excited to have Reza on the show. So Reza, welcome, and how are you doing today? I'm doing great, thank you. How about yourself? No complaints. Sunny San Diego very rarely elicits a complaint from me. So yeah, things are really good, and the team's growing. We're in the builder season of the market, obviously. Not a huge lot of price action, but you see the fake Bitcoin ETF announcement the other day that shot Bitcoin at 30k? Yeah, and then the Cointelegraph editor -in -chief's response to it of basically being like, well, really, it's the market's fault. It's the people's fault. She blamed it on society, I think was her words, that everybody's trying to be quickest to the punch with headlines. But really, her intern got duped by some scammer on Telegram, and there was apparently no checks and balances there for what gets posted. Honestly, my biggest takeaway from all of that was I was surprised at how many people still trust Cointelegraph. Yeah, that definitely tarnished their reputation there. Got to check your sauces. Got to check your sauces. Got to. But man, let's dive in, Reza, into a little bit about your background and how you founded Hi. Absolutely. I've been in the industry since around 2016. I'm not a developer, so 2016, the only thing I could think to do at the time was write as much content as I could. So, I basically just started publishing blogs on Medium, Hacker Noon, and answering questions on Quora and stuff like that about Ethereum, Bitcoin, cryptocurrency, just trying to get a foothold in the space, really. I read the Ethereum white paper and was like, this is the future. I need to be a part of this, but I was also so broke. So, if I can't buy into it, I need to find a way to contribute to it. And at the time, all of the information about ETH and crypto in general was written for the most part by developers. So, I just started writing beginner level content aimed at non -technical people to try and educate them about crypto. And for a while, I was the most read writer on Medium and Hacker Noon and Quora for the subjects that I was covering. Before Deloitte and companies like that started writing about Bitcoin, I had the number one ranked articles for like, why is Bitcoin dropping? Find your stuff then. I was all over those forums. That's awesome. From there, I worked with an ICO accelerator in 2017, 2018. That got acquired and worked with a few coins here and there, writing white papers and stuff like that. And then started working with Decrypt around 2020. And that's also the same time that I met Amin Soleimani, my co -founder and high. And Amin has just been slowly, slowly... What's the word he uses? So, radicalizing me into the decentralized stablecoin meta. We became friends over the pandemic and we would play video games together, just chat and he's just whispering my ear over rounds of video games about how evil the dollar was and slowly I started to believe him. And here we are now. It's funny. He actually, he told me about the concept of high. He came up with the concept of high a long, long time ago and he kept talking about how he wanted to fork rye and go off in this new direction. And I was just needed someone to kind of take the wheel and help spearhead it. And eventually I just raised my hand. I was like, you know what? Let's do it. Time to jump in with both feet. Yep. Cool, man. No, it's incredible. You've got a wealth of knowledge and I think when people hear fork rye, for instance, they are like, whoa, whoa, whoa, hold on. What does that mean? And so I think many people are familiar maybe with MakerDAO and the DAI stablecoin, which I now see there's a theme between the names.
A highlight from Ep. 571 The Next Generation of Open Source Tech on the Blockchain
"All right, ladies and gentlemen, welcome back to another episode of the Crypto 101 Podcast. I am your co -host dutifully and cheerfully. You guys know me, Bryce Paul. You guys also know my notorious co -host, Brendan Veman. Brendan, how are you doing today, man? I am doing good. What's up, everybody? We're seeing a lot of life in the crypto markets right now, Bryce. I don't know about you, but I am riled up and I am excited. I'm making it all back in one trade. In a long time, because it's October and we're feeling the effects of it. I'll tell you what. Yeah. It's crazy because everybody was talking about October. It's always on record as one of the best months in crypto's market. And then we just were dragging and dragging for the first, what, two weeks. Finally, over this past weekend, we just saw a tremendous bid in the market and we're excited. Clearly, it's a builder's market still. And that's why we have a builder with us today who we're going to introduce. But maybe the speculation will return here to the market as the bull unfolds. But we're always excited through the bear and through the bull. And we don't like to call it bear markets. We like to call them builder's markets because this is when the actual real stuff gets done. This is when nobody's really paying attention and everybody's stopped calling you and texting you to hear about the latest price of Bitcoin. But the real crypto aficionados and the real builders stick around and they build what ends up being the infrastructure for the future. We have joining us a very special guest, Matt Bell, who is the CEO of TurboFish. So Matt, welcome to the Crypto 101 podcast. Thank you so much for having me. Yeah. We're really excited. How do you feel? Are you feeling excited or are you just... You don't even check price charts. What do you think? I check a little bit. Yeah. I mean, yeah, we've been in the builder's market. I've just been building and not checking. But then now, it feels good when you have a chance to like, okay, now I want to check it because I'm going to look and see a bunch of green on coin market cap and stuff like that. So yeah, I'm feeling pretty good. Just like we have Bitcoin right now. It's up 5 % in the last 24 hours. That's pretty good. That feels good. I mean, you make a good point because there are times in the market where we are checking our phone. I find myself opening up the TradingView app just to close it and then open it back up and then close it and then open it back up like it's a social media page. You're an addict. Yeah. Yeah, exactly. It's the same hit of dopamine as social media. It's just like refresh. You're like, oh, my bags went up a little bit. So that's good. And then there's other times where I'm like, I do not want to look at the market. I am deleting my TradingView app and I'll look at it next month. And luckily, we're on the first scenario where now I'm constantly refreshing my feed and I'm just excited to be a part of it. Just happy to be here, right? Well, Matt, let's dive into a little bit about your background prior to founding TurboFish. And we'll get into that and all the amazing things you're building there. But what were you doing before and how did you find your way into the blockchain and the crypto markets? Yeah, so it's been a long time now. I got into the industry just on accident. I was just interested in Bitcoin in 2012, just learning about it and like, wow, this is a really cool thing. And back then it was such a small world, like a subreddit with a few thousand people, basically. And it was just a small community and just like in, yeah, Bitcoin was like $1 back then or something, just like in all these different chat rooms talking about this stuff. And I never really thought like, oh, this is going to be something that I should invest in, that's going to grow a lot. It was just for me, it was like, this is some cool, fun, little like niche technology, you know, and it's interesting to me. And so I was interested in it. Then I just sort of, you know, there were some companies in the space that had raised money and stuff. So I like started working in that world, you know, and then it's just sort of stuck. And now it's been a decade of working in the industry and at, you know, all these different projects and seeing it evolve. And it's gone way farther than I ever thought it could. It's exciting. And kind of, you know, what made you decide of all the companies you could found and work on, you know, what was it about Turbo Fish that really made you land on that? Yeah. So at Turbo Fish, we're just focused on, you know, we've seen the trends come and go in like, you know, how things are built, the different engineering, the different platforms people have built on. And we think we have, you know, a special take on how to build things the right way, sort of how to get the core engineering really right to build everything, how it will, you know, how it will last, like, all the if you think of all the crypto and blockchain products people will use in the future, you know, that'll support billions of users. We just really want to build that rather than, you know, there's been so many platforms that are just sort of like the transitions to get us there. But we really want to build the future of this technology.
A highlight from Ep. 570 Inside the FTX Collapse with Former Alameda Trader
"All right, everybody. I hope everybody's having a fantastic morning, noon or night wherever you guys are in the world. Crypt Nation, you are certainly in the right place today because we have an incredible guest who's got just some insight that most people don't have and most people don't even know half of what Adi knows. We are joined by a former Alameda employee and trader, and we're going to get into that background, as well as the CEO and founder of a new project called Astra. Adi Bharadwaj, welcome to the Crypto 101 Podcast. How are you doing today, my man? Thank you for having me, Bryce. I'm doing great. Just happy to be on and chat with you guys. Awesome. Well, let's rewind and start from the beginning. I want to spend a good chunk of time talking about two things, FTX and what the heck happened, but also I want to spend some time on your learnings from that and what you're building at Astra. Let's go ahead and start from the beginning. You're an ex -Google engineer. How did you find yourself working for Sam Bankman -Fried at Alameda Research and when did that all start? I used to work at Google as a software engineer on the Google Analytics infrastructure team. I was there for a few years and had always been interested in cryptocurrency and blockchain more from the point of view of understanding consensus protocols and things like that, basically all the consensus mechanisms underlying all these different blockchains and L2s. That was a passive interest of mine over the past several years. After a few years at Google, I decided to look for a new job. Actually, I was not looking for anything in crypto specifically. I was looking for jobs in the trading space more generally. I applied to a bunch of trading firms and one of the places I applied to was this small crypto trading firm called Alameda Research. Of course, at the time, I didn't really know that much about company. This was before all the press about the company, before SPF became a big public figure. This was before probably FTX was invented. FTX had been invented, I think. It had been growing for a couple of years, but it was not the huge, big, very public retail focused exchange that it was towards the end. It was a big product for pro traders at that time. I did the whole interview and ended up joining Alameda. I was really attracted to the vision of effective altruism, which was a big part of the company's culture. Effective altruism is the belief system that many people at Alameda believed in, which is the idea that one of the best things you can do is to try to make a lot of money and then donate that to the most effective charities. The idea is that this can actually do much more good if you actually measure the outcomes of these donations compared to what might intuitively feel good. For example, doing volunteering or volunteering your time towards charities. It's a slightly counterintuitive belief system where it's like actually making money is not bad because if you use it to donate to effective causes, you're then funding people who are able to go and do research and go and do outreach and do actual on the ground work that is benefiting people who are poor or disadvantaged or suffering from diseases and stuff like that. Very cool. Everybody shared that same vision. You're like, wow, I jive with these guys and gals. They hired you, you jumped on board. What was your role at Alameda? I was a software engineer at Alameda Research. Basically, I was part of a small team of four engineers and we were basically building and maintaining the entirety of Alameda's trading systems. Sam Bankman -Fried started Alameda Research. He started at Jane Street, doing all that stuff, which is another high -frequency trading firm. Then he started hedge fund and then he started FTX. You were on the early trading team at his hedge fund. What kind of trading strategies were common that you guys would employ? Alameda Research mainly focused on statistical arbitrage type strategies in the high to medium frequency range. That's the style of trading which they employed. We had semi -automated systems, not fully systematic like some trading firms, but also not discretionary like several hedge funds. It was in the middle where we had traders who would make decisions on putting on positions or setting various parameters for our trading systems. We had bots that would take these parameters and turn that into actual orders to place on different exchanges. Interesting. Was there a lot of success in those early days? I saw that Sam Bankman -Fried would promise and guarantee certain returns. When he was fundraising, there were lots of guarantees. I imagine in the early days, there was quite some success with those strategies. Can you walk us through that? Yeah. My understanding, just based on internal hearsay from other employees and also reading public stuff about the company, is the company was essentially started by this significant arbitrage that existed between the price of Bitcoin on US exchanges and Japanese exchanges. There was a trade that the company did, that Sam did, I guess back then, way back in 2017 or 2018, where they basically closed that gap. They bought Bitcoin in one market, sold it in the other market, and made a ton of profit off of this price difference, which existed. That was what started the company. As you can imagine, with the price difference as significant as that was, that was highly profitable for the company. That's what provided the initial funding for Alameda Research, the actual entity.
A highlight from The Philly Decade, Lamar On Fire, the Best Game Curse, NBA Awards, and Guess the Lines With Cousin Sal
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I don't know. We're messing around. Just trying stuff. It's the end of 2023. You know? I don't know. You just start trying things. Why not? Who cares? Hey, new rewatchables come in Monday night. I'll just tell you what it is. It's a movie from 1993. Yeah, another one. Another one that did really well in the box office. So you'll find out Monday night. It's a good one though. I'm excited to drop it on you. So we did that true crime podcast, Wedding Scammer, hosted and created by Justin Sales. And it did really well. People liked it. And it makes me super happy because Justin Sales is a great guy. And he's been with The Ringer pretty much since the beginning. But it's nice when somebody works their ass off on something and it actually pays off. So I'm glad people like it. Check out the first episode. It's not that long. It's really well done. And you will definitely 100 % enjoy it. Okay. Let's bring in the cuz. Let's talk some football. Let's talk some wound licking with some bets, some Eagles, all kinds of things. It's all next. First, our friends from Pearl Jam. Pearl Jam! All right. We are taping this. It is 830 Pacific time on Sunday night. Cousin Sal is here as always. He's wearing a nice, fresh Oregon hat that I think you probably bought probably this weekend. You went to visit your son? Smells very new. Yeah, I went to visit my son. I'm not happy with the way my hair looks. And I think the hat's an improvement. So what am I going to do? It looks great. We just watched Dolphins Eagles just now. And at the same time, Rangers Astros was happening. And it really felt like, I don't know, it felt like a great October sports night there. And then Texas blew it open in the end. But next week, we'll have basketball. There will be baseball going on. It'll really feel like October. The Eagles though. So right as I start sending texts to Eagles people in my life wondering what's going on with Hurts and what's going on with this team, and then they just turn it on and they win by 14. It's weird. Eye test wise versus the stats and just looking at the standings and stuff. It's a team that doesn't seem like they have all their shit together. And yet it doesn't matter because they have so much talent. They can just kind of pick and choose. And then all of a sudden they win anyway. I know don't what other team in the NFL is like this. Do you see that too? Yeah, absolutely. And it's a bummer because I think you agree. The Dolphins are, I don't know, favorite team to watch if you have to cut everything else out. Best offense, so much going on, like dynamic, Tyreek Hill, anything. Tua. But when they play a game like this, when they go to Buffalo, they're just going to get beat in the trenches. And like what you said is it doesn't really matter if you're so physical, Philadelphia, offensively or defensively. And like Tua's getting swallowed up in the pocket on third and ones. And where Philadelphia could just run that tush push like it or not, it's going to move the chains every time. So, yeah, it sucks. Yeah. The less flashy team wins. And they happen to be in my favorite team's division. But that's what's going to happen in January. Ten turnovers for Hertz. He had eight off last year. There's times where, you know, like sometimes, and I don't know whether he's protecting his body or what's going on, but he'll kind of duck away from taking hits, which is smart. And then he'll have weird throws. And I texted Solak today during third quarter. I'm like, are we going to find out that Hertz has had like torn rib cartilage since week two or, you know, he doesn't look right sometimes. And then in the fourth quarter, all of a sudden looks great. And I don't really know what to make of it. And I can't get a feel for it. But on top of it, they have this tush push thing that in the big drive of the game, they're able to get two straight fourth and ones on their own side of the field. I know we, you and I have talked about it. You've talked about it incessantly. And at the same time, it feels like it is the most important NFL invention in the last five years, this play that nobody can stop ever at any point. If he does, nobody else can do it. I know it's weird. And we likened it to the Tom Brady thing. There was no reason why Tom Brady should convert fourth and one and a half every single time, you know, physically and everything else. But except they had their shit together, the Eagles, they really do. And if he does have cracked ribs, I hope it's from his own teammate, smashing them over the line of scrimmage there. Yeah, it was just wear and tear on the back of his body from several guys. Yeah. So they're performing the Heimlich on him like every eight minutes. So I guess if you're taking the takeaway from the Eagles is nice when they needed to have it, they're also supposed to win. But the AJ Brown piece of it, the fact that they traded, you know, a first round pick basically, and then they paid him. And I don't know, he's one of the four best receivers in the league now. Is he one of the three? He's somewhere on the shortest possible list. I have him on multiple fantasy teams, and it's gotten to the point where I'm just expecting 100 yards in a TD every game. But that turned out to be one of the better trades, I think, of the last 10 years. Just kind of took him from Tennessee. Oh, yeah. Yeah, that was ridiculous. And he is such a great possession receiver. And it's like, it's scary, too, because you'll forget about him, too. You probably put Justin Jefferson in the top three. And then every time Cousins drops back the pass or any snap, you're like, all right, this has to go to Jefferson. Otherwise, it's going to go for nothing out of this offense. And then eight tush pushes in a row. And then you see AJ Brown's like, oh, my God, I forgot about this guy. What? He's got 120 yards. It's nuts. So, yeah, dynamite. I like, yeah, there's like four different kind of catches he can make, too, which I think makes him stand out because they can throw those bubble screens. They can just put them right over the middle, like for seven, eight yards. It seems like whenever they want, they can send him deep down the sidelines, which he seems to love. And then that kind of deep over the middle with two guys on him and he can make plays anyway. But he he has, like, I think the biggest bag of any of the receivers right now. Yeah, personal. I don't know. I got these guys. Yeah. Yeah. I hate this team. I don't know. I don't even know what to say anymore. Like, you know, the Miami have what, 10 or 11 penalties? It's just like it's a it's like a mind fuck, too, when you play him, too, because you can't get out of a can't get out of your own way when you play against them. Kyle, don't turn on the tick tock camera for this. Has Philly replaced Boston for most interesting sports city? Like, look at all the shit they have going right now. Right. Right. They're they're about to make the World Series. They have this Eagles team that made the Super Bowl last year and it feels super relevant again, is definitely going to be a final 14 worst case scenario. And then they have this NBA team with this James Harden saga that God only knows how he's going to sabotage things over the next month. But and then you look at my team where my city where I have the the you know, we have a great NBA team, it looks like. And then other than that, completely forgettable across the board. I think Philly's kind of grabbed the mantle a little bit. I don't like it. I don't like it right now. That's not good. And it's not good for their fans because their fans are supposed to just hate the other team, not supposed to like their team. So it doesn't matter if their team is good. Right. Yeah, I don't know. It's a bummer. Although I'll say that they were in this position last year, too. Right. Phillies win the World Series. The Eagles win the Super Bowl. This has been this is the 2020s has kind of been the Philly decade. I don't like it. It's upsetting to me. And fortunately, the Sixers are it seems like they're going to go in the tank. But I got to say they have great crowds like the the Phillies playoff crowds are way up there. That's about as good of a baseball crowd as you're going to get. It really feels like if they can have like a do or die game or a must win game or a clincher at home, you feel like they're going to get it. And whatever happened with Bryce, you know, pretty special, like to sign that guy from another team and he becomes the signature athlete in your city. We had a little bit of that with Manny Ramirez, where we kind of took him from. We paid for it, but took him from Cleveland and he kind of became one of the symbols of that run. But pretty nuts that they just took him from another team and he became what he became. Yeah, it's a great crowd whenever they I mean, I thought the Rams crowd today was dynamite, too, against the Steelers. I thought they really showed up. It's really loud. Yeah, yeah, it's been proud to be from L .A. Yeah, I have a I know you don't want to talk about Phillies, so I'll move on. I have a Tyree question for you. What's your all time receiver list for receivers you've watched just where you're like, that guy's fucking amazing? Because for me, it was always Rice number one and Moss two and then a drop off. And then some people like Tio's three for me. I'm like, cool. Tio is like an absolute franchise murderer and was a huge head case and you couldn't trust him. And as the years pass, the stats will be great. All the fucking drama that he brought to every situation he's in, that stuff will kind of die off. But for me, I think Tyreek's unequivocally three now for me. Every single game, it just you just feel like he's going to have 250 yards as you're watching it, right? Yeah, I think so. Yeah. Unstoppable, Tyreek over Calvin Johnson, that type. Yeah, I think like where you would put him. Yeah, I think for me, he's definitely over Calvin Johnson. Michael Gallup is three, four. I'm trying to see where I would put these people. Yeah, I think you're right. I think you're right. I think he's got to be number three. Although if you look at like Antonio Brown, who's now a punch line, he had like six of the best seasons you'll ever see in a row. But but in terms of presence and being unstoppable, Rice, Moss, Tyreek Hill, it's a good three. That's how I feel. I think, you know, Sharp, I think, could have gotten there in the Packers way back when in the 90s. And then, you know, he hurt his neck and he basically only had like a six or seven year career. But I thought in the 90s, I thought other than Rice, he was the second best guy. Your guy, Irvin, was great. There's no question that team was loaded. We've had some good ones over the years, but Tyreek, the speed, how he just tilts the field over and over again, how scared the other team is of him. How much space he opens up for everybody else. I think he's three. I don't think he'll ever get over Moss or Rice for me, though. I'm trying to think who could pass him, though, now at three. I mean, we've put Justin Jefferson up there before. Now that we haven't seen him for a few weeks, we've kind of forgot about him in the right now. But Hill's done this now for, you know, six, what's it, six years since he's on the 18 Chiefs. I can't remember how many years he's been in the league, but yeah, he'll be stride for stride with two defenders. And then, like, if the ball hangs up there long enough, he's now seven, eight yards past them. Oh, I know who's number four. That's a nice little advantage. Pooka. He is? Guys, see that catch he made on the sideline today? It was pretty great. Before the Rams realized they were going against a force greater than any satanic force or anything, the Pittsburgh Steelers. You want to talk about that? Yeah, let's do it. Let's do it. So they're four and two. I've watched every play of all six games. I have no idea how they're four and two, but they've hit the point now where I feel like they're going to win when there's no signs. Like that guy missed the extra point today for the Rams and made it nine, three instead of 10, three. I'm like, oh, here we go. Steelers come down. All of a sudden it's 10, nine. They have five first downs because they get the TJ Watt, you know, the pick that sets up the touchdown. And you're just like, here we go. They're doing this. And we've seen this before because this was the Eli Manning. Danny Heifetz was the first person to point this out. This was the Eli Manning recipe for years and years that I can't believe that team's winning. What the fuck just happened? He only made two throws. How did he do it? They're four and two. I totally believe in them. And I feel like they're going to go 12 and five and have a negative point differential. Well, the good thing is we're making money off them, right? We've been and we saw them. Plus, I mean, I thought they'd be favored last Sunday night. I thought they'd be favored, but they're not. So we're doing that thing, but also just taking them because the Steelers. But I found the gem and I gave it out on ringer wise guys, Rams first half Steelers to win the game 10 to one. You know, I'm positive that their bullshit is going to pay dividends and 10 to one. I think it'll hit like three more times. Like you're right. That TJ Watt interception brings it down to the eight. We see some separation from Pickens on a receipt, like the little one drive you wait for all game and it happens. And then that terrible spot at the end, it didn't give him a chance. That that was beyond really big. McVeigh also probably should have had a timeout left. I know. But, you know, what is it important to be like, hey, listen, we could get this right, but we'd rather teach you a lesson, coach, to save your timeouts. Like, I don't, this, the spot thing bothers me more than missed pass interferences because it's an old man jogging eight yards and he has to see between 20 bodies. And then like, you know, he sticks his foot in the mud and says, here, this is like a surveyor from 1835. He's like, this is where your property in, sir. Like we got to put, there's a chip in the ball. Isn't there a chip in the ball? What's it for? It's funny that we figured out Wimbledon. We figured out we've in U .S. Open, we figured out how to measure serves immediately, whether they hit the line or not in football, which seems like it would be really easy to just have some sort of magnet that was attached to the chains. The other thing that was weird about that for the people who didn't see it, the Steelers did fourth and one, they had the lead. There's probably like a little more than two minutes left and they run the QB sneak play, kind of the Brady play where you, you kind of put your head down, but you go left. But he slipped and fell on his knee and his knee went down. And it wasn't one of those when you're watching it where you're like, oh, I wonder if he got it was like, you knew immediately, oh, he didn't get it. He slipped. And then they come in with the spot and then like, oh, he might have gotten it. And they did that. I couldn't believe it. And I'm rooting for the Steelers. But I was like, oh, my God, it's the worst spot of the year. I thought they deserved to win anyway. But but that was pretty tough for the Rams. We need some clarification. And I get it because McVeigh didn't have timeouts and it wasn't actually the two minute warning yet, even though it did wind to that after that. But is there a ref in the sky? Is there this guy in the sky or is this everything has to go back to New York? Like, I feel like we're told three different things. It's a bummer because that could have been overturned. But you're right. Ten to one we hit. Let's just keep doing it. You know, you know who else would have gotten that fourth one? Eli Manning. He would have fallen down a half foot in front and somehow would have gotten the spot. The Rams kicker was the MVP of this game for the Steelers. He missed two longer field goals. They were like 50 yard field goals, but he missed about them. Then he missed that extra point. And then Tomlin just, you know, he threw away the challenge. He screwed up a challenge, which is the Tomlin staple.
A highlight from Ep. 569 Disrupting Big Pharma with Blockchain Technology
"All right, everybody, welcome back to another episode of the Crypto 101 podcast, where I am joined as always by my co -host, Mr. Brendan Veman. Brendan, how are you doing today over on the East Coast? You're hanging in there, no storms ripping through your neighborhood today? Despite it being hurricane season over here, we are hanging in just fine. We are starting to get the beginning of fall, the weather is starting to cool down, and I am feeling amazing. I think I'm going to go play some pickleball after this, Bryce. Yeah, love it. Yeah, America's fastest growing sport. Also, I heard very much responsible for quite a lot of medical bills these days. People are getting hurt left and right on the pickleball courts. The actuaries have not been pricing this in, but anyhow, we are going to have a very interesting discussion today with the co -founders of PharmaDao. We've got Israel Merski and Gennaro Durso. I apologize, I'm not Italian and I know I didn't get that right. He'll say it beautifully in just a second. These are the co -founders of PharmaDao. Gennaro is also the CEO of Genetics Network. We're going to be learning about really the big pharma industry and how we're going to disrupt it, how we're going to bring decentralization and transparency and sovereignty and all those good, beautiful things that blockchain can bring to it. Let's introduce our guests here. Gennaro, we'll say hello to you first. How are you doing today? I'm doing great. Really nice to be here and give you some insights, I hope, into how decentralization can make a difference in this very important space. Can you say the last name without butchering it like I just did, please? My name is Gennaro Durso. Beautiful. I love it. Just something about the Italian love language. It gets me every time. Israel Merski, it's a beautiful name as well. How are you doing today? Thank you very much. Very well, thank you. Good to be here. Absolutely. We're going to bust into the big pharma industry and how we're going to disrupt it. Before we do that, I want to get you guys acquainted with our audience. We want to know a little bit about how you guys came into the market from the pharma industry, now into crypto and blockchain. Gennaro, let's go with you first. Tell us a little bit about you and how you found yourself here. Well, I guess the story really begins that I'm a scientist. I was trained in the classical sense of basic research, doing all the things that we do to get to a point where we can run our own laboratory. I was running a lab in the University of Miami as a professor. I really was under a rock for the most part. I was working really hard in science and decided to do something very important during the pandemic, was find treatments to save lives. Our technology was used in that case, but then I realized that it was very difficult to bring these things forward just due to the system, the way it works in the large pharmaceutical industry. That's not to say it's necessarily awful, it's just that it's And so along that path, I realized that there might be an alternative way when I learn more about blockchain and the technology. And I thought of it at that time as a really powerful approach to form a distributed ledger that people could join in and do something more direct towards the things we needed at the time. So one thing led to another. I spent about a year and a half really pursuing the dream of saying, can we decentralize, can we drug democratize development, drug production? And the answer to that question is, I think we can, and I think we can do a very effective job at doing that. And so PharmaDao was born, at least conceptually. And then that's led to basically creating something called Pharma Collective, which is a foundation 501c3, but also has the infrastructure being run by PharmaDao and this decentralized tech to develop or produce drugs in the public interest is our main job at this point. And I should say that Israel and I are co -founders, but we also have several other people that have joined the community and are actively pursuing this mission.
A highlight from Bears Bright Spots & Week Five Picks
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On his new podcast, Six Degrees with Kevin Bacon, join Kevin for inspiring conversations with his friends and fellow celebrities who are working to make a difference in the world, like actor Mark Ruffalo. You know, I found myself moving upstate in the middle of this fracking fight, you know, and I'm trying to raise kids there and, you know, my neighbors, like, willing to poison my water. Listen to Six Degrees with Kevin Bacon on the iHeart Radio app, Apple Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts. Welcome into the Monday Morning Quarterback Podcast. It is October 4th. It is a beautiful Wednesday afternoon here outside Chicago, and there is a lot to talk to. Of course, I am Matt Verderam, and I am joined, as always, by Gilberto Manzano. Gil, how you doing? I'm doing well. A lot of blowouts, I seem like, in week four of the NFL, but, you know, other than that, another terrible Monday Night Football game, I'm okay. I feel like I would start that way. I don't know why. Yeah, the Monday Night game was a travesty, and the Giants, um, I don't know, at some point, how you don't just max protect the rest of the game. I mean, they couldn't block anybody. It was unbelievable. The Seahawks looked like the 85 Bears in that game. 10 sacks on Jones, 11 overall. But, yeah, you're right. I write that column in real time on Sunday where I'm updating throughout the day. It was funny the first couple of weeks because, really, very few blowouts happened, so I had to wait right up until the end to write a lot of those, and it was kind of a fire drill. Last week, that was not the case. Last week, I wrote a ton of them about halfway through the third quarter and then just updated the stats, although I did get burned doing that with the Bears and the Broncos because the Bears are the Bears. I almost got burned doing that with the Rams and the Colts, but the Rams held on to win, so all's well that ends well in L .A. But, you know, look, I want to steer, we're going to get to the five best games of the week, as we always do, and we're going to talk about the biggest story, which involves the Dolphins for a second straight week, and we're going to get to all that stuff, including some stuff here about the Broncos. But I want to lead off here with some of the week five storylines that I find interesting, I think are probably things that we're going to be talking about here for a while, and one of them is, C .J. Stroud last week played really, really well for Houston, and he's played well throughout the year. They're 2 -2. They just plowed Pittsburgh, 30 -6. Stroud was aggressive. He went downfield. He threw on the run. He did a fantastic job. Conversely, the Panthers are one of two teams that are 0 -4 on the year, and Bryce Young, coming off the injury, didn't play in week three, didn't play in week four. He struggled against Minnesota. It was probably the best game he's played to this point, but still very much everything underneath, everything short. The offense only accounted for six points. How pumped should Texans fans be about Stroud, and then on the other side of it, how worried should everybody in Carolina be about Bryce Young? Yeah, for Houston, let's put it this way. If you would have asked me a month ago, hey, you, Matt, telling me, we're going to start the show off with C .J. Stroud and the Texans in week five. What do you think about that? I would have laughed at you. So that shows you that the Texans are in the spotlight. They have a good quarterback, and it's funny how when you find that next quarterback, that star quarterback, you tend to get more eyeballs, more attention, more headlines. So if you're Houston, you're excited. You're ecstatic, because we all remember what happened with Deshaun Watson. That got ugly. That got messy. Now you can maybe somehow move on from that. It's still kind of a similar regime, right, different head coach, but still front office people, same owner, stuff like that. But now it feels like a fresh start. D 'Amico Ryan is doing a great job. So no interceptions, Matt. That is amazing to see. He's averaging 300 yards per game passing. So if you're Houston, you're really excited. Now with the Panthers, you're wondering, did you do something wrong? You traded up. You had the first pick. You had dibs on anybody you wanted. Anthony Richardson doing well at the same time as C .J. Stroud. And Matt, that race for Offensive Rookie of the Year, Pukunukuo, Anthony Richardson, C .J. Stroud, it's going to be tough. But if you're the Panther, you're probably asking yourself, what did we do wrong, or is it us? And you see reports about the Panthers going all in, the trade deadline, getting a wide receiver. They get some offensive lineman back. Maybe they're not panicking, but you're probably scratching your head wondering what did we do wrong here? Is it us? Is it the quarterback? Who knows? I mean, yeah, going all in for Carolina at this point is crazy. The only reason you wouldn't do that is because you don't have your first round pick. It belongs to Chicago anyway, so you're not gaining anything by being awful. The Bears are hoping they don't do that. The Bears are hoping they sit tight and have the worst pick in the draft, or the number one pick in the draft. Look, to start off with Stroud, okay, he has been everything Texans fans could have possibly wanted. As you mentioned, no picks. He's got six touchdown passes, which ranks him tied for 10th. He ranks fourth in passing yardage with just over 1 ,200. He's only behind Tua, Stafford, and Cousins. He is averaging eight yards in an attempt, only behind Tua and Brock Purdy. His QBR is 15th, which is okay, that's fine, but he's been fantastic. He's doing this with a bad offensive line that's been shuffling pieces. Tunzil's been in and out of the lineup. This is a team with Nikko Collins and Tank Dell that he's strong to, and Dalton Schultz. With all due respect to those guys, we're all good players. None of them are number one guys, guys who are going to take over a game. And he's doing it with a new coaching staff. D 'Amico Ryan is what I think has done a hell of a job. He's defensive -minded, right? Sloake comes in as the offensive coordinator, and this is his first time in that seat. The coming Texans into this season had won 10 games in three years combined. The last three years, they've won 10 games. I don't know if they're going to get to 10, but I've got to tell you, if you're the Texans, this is by a mile the most fun you've had in a long time, whether or not it was on the field or the off -the -field ugliness with Deshaun Watson. And I've got to tell you, if you look at the Texans' schedule, and part of this, of course, is the division they play in, it's not exactly Murderers Row here. Falcons, Saints, Panthers, Bucks. Next four weeks, you'll get the four NFC South teams. You win any of those games. Then you play at the Bengals, which normally you'd go, that's a brutal game, but who knows right now? The Bengals, what the hell is going on with them, right? Who knows what brothers you can play in that game? Then after that, the Cardinals, the Jags at home, the Broncos at home, the Jets, the Titans, the Browns, the Titans, the Colts. I mean, does any team in the league have a more favorable schedule than that? So I love what I'm seeing. I love what they're doing. They look great. I'm really happy for the fans in Houston. On the flip side, with Young, I think it's fair to say both. You've got to be patient. It's three games into his career because he missed a one. On the other hand, yeah, there's definitely cause for concern here. He is averaging 4 .9 yards in attempt, which ranks 33rd in the NFL. There are 32 teams. He ranks 33rd. And he is almost a full yard behind Gardner Minshew, who ranks 32nd. He is dead last of all quarterbacks who qualify for QBR. 33 qualify, he's dead last to 24 .9. He has two touchdowns and two picks and yardage per game, not just total yardage because that would be unfair to him, obviously. Yardage per game, you'll look at him and he's way at the bottom, man. The only guys he's ahead of right now are Anthony Richardson, Gardner Minshew, of course, both on the Colts, and Dorian Thompson Robinson, who played essentially one game. So you'll look at this and go, okay, we know the line hasn't been good, but Frank Reich should be a good coach for him. He's a former NFL quarterback. He's coached a lot of different quarterbacks in his recent years with the Colts. It has not gone well. The offensive line has not been good. I'm not ready to push the panic button yet on Bryce Young, but I think it's fair to say that this has been ugly to start. And if you're Carolina, you're looking at Richardson, you're really looking at Stroud going, did we screw this up? Because it doesn't look great early. Yeah, man, that's a good point about the coaching side. You thought that Carolina Panthers bringing in so many well -known coaches. Josh McCown, former quarterback. Thomas Brown did good things with the Rams and Sean McVay. And like you mentioned a couple of weeks ago, they keep putting the training wheels on this guy. Let him go out there, let him learn from his mistakes and getting a better flow. And it does suck having the injury. You miss a game. You're trying to come back against Minnesota. Brian Flores doing the safety blitz with Harrison Smith. I'm sure that could fluster you a little bit. But then you mentioned it with Houston. It's kind of the same thing. The surroundings are not ideal for Houston either, and C .G. Stroud is doing well. And the thing I'll end here for the point on the rookie is like, are we seeing C .G. Stroud just being the most prepared quarterback because he's so accurate, a bigger size? You just get the ball to your playmakers and let them do their thing. Or is this like the beginning of Joe Burrow? Is it more like Dak Prescott? And I can't tell with C .G. Stroud because he's so good at the fundamentals and being accurate. With Anthony Richardson, you see a higher ceiling, but he's not quite there as C .G. Stroud. So I just wonder, does the ceiling get higher? Is this Joe Burrow kind of level of accuracy? Yeah, it's going to be very interesting to see it all play out. But Stroud has been absolutely fantastic.
A highlight from Ep. 567 Full Update on the Solana Network with Austin Federa
"All right, ladies and gentlemen, welcome back to another episode of the Crypto 101 podcast where I am your co -host Bryce, and I'm joined by my trusty compadre, Mr. Brendan Veman. Brendan, how are you doing today? Hey, I'm doing good. Welcome back everyone. You're hanging in through the chop in the market. You're not overtrading this, are you? No, definitely not. We definitely are seeing a bit of range -bound activity, but we're surviving it. Good, man. You saw the Philly game the other night, I hope. Yeah. Big Eagles fan over here. I'm satisfied. We're 2 -0 now. Your boys are looking good. Let's freaking go. Your boys are looking good, and yeah, fantasy season. We've got a whole Crypto 101 podcast, 12 -man fantasy league that we've been competing with, so it's been a ton of fun. And yeah, anyhow, we're joined by an awesome guest. This is one that we've been really, really excited to dive into. Everybody who's listening has probably heard of Solana. The soul token is burst onto the scene, and it is just an incredibly vibrant community. You've had your members go across the world to some of the hackathons that Solana continues to host. And we're really excited to speak with the head of strategy, a gentleman and a scholar named Austin Federa, who is joining us today. Austin, welcome to the Crypto 101 podcast. Hey, excited to be here. Thanks for having me on again. Yeah, we're excited. Yeah, we had you on maybe six months ago or something, and it's just crazy how quickly Solana keeps rolling out developments and partnerships. You guys don't sleep. I know you're across the world right now hosting hackathons, and it's just crazy. So before we really dive into all the new things that have been going on, just catch us up for new listeners who are curious about what the Solana Foundation is and how you guys are a part of the ecosystem here. Yeah, so we are the nonprofit Swiss foundation that's sort of behind a lot of the ecosystem development work of the Solana network. And so you can think of this very similar to the role the Ethereum Foundation played in the Ethereum network. But we are basically an organization that got a grant from basically the Solana network at the beginning to issue grants on the network to act as a group that helps sort of solve those public resource goods problems that no one is economically incentivized to necessarily solve without a nonprofit stepping in. And that's kind of the work that we do, right? We're not the main marketers of the network. We, you know, talk to probably less than 5 % of the applications building on the network. This is a global decentralized permissionless network that anyone can build on and thousands of people do build on. But you know, our role is to do things like make big bets and fund things like fire dancer and new validator clients and make sure that the open source tooling that people are building is something that they can actually afford to build. And that's kind of the grant giving component is a major function of what the Solana Foundation does. There's also Solana Labs, which is sort of you can think of it as similar to the world consensus plays in the Ethereum ecosystem. They build products and services on the network. There's sort of a profit motivation behind what they do. And you know, there's about five different core contributor teams at this point, all building software and services to keep the Solana network running. And then, of course, it's run by thousands of individuals all around the world. Yeah, that's incredible. And you're also no stranger to podcasting. You've got a great podcast of your own called The Validated Pod. Tell us a little bit about that and what kind of guests you have on and kind of what your goal is there.
A highlight from Ep. 566 Deep Dive Into L2s with Industry Expert Jacobc.Eth
"All right, everybody. I hope you're having a fantastic morning, noon or night, wherever you guys are in the world. You're in the right place because we are joined with another awesome guest today on the Crypto 101 podcast. We have today joining Brendan and I. By the way, Brendan, hello. How are you doing today? Feeling great. Hey there, everyone. Feeling good. I'm stoked to introduce our guest because this is a Web3 expert, a gaming expert, all things crypto, all things blockchain. We've got JacobC .eth, the founder of Hyperplay joining us today. Jacob, how are you doing today? I'm doing great. Thank you so much for having me. Oh, man. We're excited to dive in because not every day we get to really speak to somebody who's diving into the niche that you are with Hyperplay. So we want to dive into that. Before we do, we want to get your background. And really, how did you come to be in the position that you are? Yeah, I guess like going way back, I was really attracted to early Bitcoin from a political activist worldview. It was an interest to me, but it wasn't ever something I was like seriously or like from a career perspective involved in. And I worked in Web2 tech. And when I read the Ethereum white paper and started seeing that, I got really kind of annoyingly obsessed. My coworkers would tell you. And so, you know, I went and some early grant funding DAOs. I got to join the MetaMask team. And I worked as operations there and worked on a lot of the growth and monetization strategies. And I had really seen that the biggest area of growth that MetaMask and de facto, the decentralized web we're seeing was coming from gaming use cases. But the wallet experience and the user interactions between a game and the player's wallet, there were challenges that needed to be solved. And so, I, you know, I am still advisor for MetaMask. And I still work really closely with the MetaMask team. But I started Hyperplay to solve both the wallet to game interaction problem for games and also the censorship problem. Because game developers were being forced to build very strange and bizarre user experiences in order to hack around App Store policies. And there needed to be a censorship resistant and developer loyal distribution platform that actually encouraged people to build in a way that makes sense for Web3 instead of making them terrified that their business is gonna be deplatformed. So, yeah. We launched Hyperplay in March. It's available today in early access. And we're super excited for all the games and projects that are building on top of it. Let me just start this off by saying one of the first conversations I had with Bryce was what do we think or what do I think about like Web3 and gaming because that is really my niche. And I'm super stoked to be able to just talk about this with you today because this is really kind of hitting home. So, you have this big experience. Brandon's a big gamer if you couldn't tell. Oh, I can. If only you could see the PC that is sitting right behind the camera. It would tell wonders as to where I stand in the scene. But no, no. Everything else aside, Jacob, you have this big extensive experience when it comes to Ethereum and Layer 2s and crypto as a whole. Why are you just now starting to get really excited about Web3? Like what has you excited to really kind of dig deeper and invest a little bit of extra time and resources into Web3 now? Well, I've definitely been involved in Web3 for a while. So, I'll just say I think that blockchains are about more than... I think a lot of people see this as the next thing or something and that they're going to get rich or something. For me, I think that this is a tech that was built to make people more free, to help people to build and structure human social interaction and human collaboration in a way that we want it to be structured. And I think that what's so exciting about Ethereum is its composability and its interoperability. And so, the composability allows us to structure our social interactions in the ways that we think make the most sense. And the interoperability, the early vision of the internet was a more interconnected world. And then we got a bunch of silos based on surveillance. And today, by building the internet around interoperable rails and giving the internet a financial and transactional layer, it allows us to build ethical business models that ultimately distribute more ownership and power to the people who participate in these systems rather than for Web2 corporate monopolies. Yeah. It kind of hearkens back to in your introduction, you talked a little bit about what really got you inclined to the space was kind of like that political idea of Bitcoin as this new free money that kind of drew you in. And it's almost like what Bitcoin did to money Ethereum is doing to corporations, if you will, or it's that same level of disruption. But it's like more than corporations. It's identity, it's everything. And it reminded me of your name. I wanted to ask, a lot of people are probably like, jacobc .eth. Does this guy have a last name? People might not understand what this is. So tell us what your identity, jacobc .eth is and what does that mean to you and how did it kind of come to be? Yeah. I think that Web3 identity and Web3 reputation is super important. I think there's some larger meta conversations about how we think about identity and reputation in Web3. And certainly, there's a number of people that want sort of what I would consider a pretty dystopian form of Web3 identity that's based on like hashing people's biometric data or something like that. I think that people should be free to have one or many identities and that we need reputation -based governance. The civil problem isn't universally solvable, but we can understand the long -standing reputation of an identity, what kinds of contributions it's made, and to allow people to hold their identity and use it in a way that has reputation. So my ENS name is an example of that. But I generally think that we'll see a lot more reputation -based governance models for the protocols that people are building. And that's going to play a super important and positive role in terms of how people think about identity. Yeah. And even like when I think like with DeFi, even identity is going to come to play a huge part because there's systems that are out there. Maple is one, True Finance. There's a couple of them that use like reputation -based lending. And you could kind of have like an on -chain sort of credit score that's tied back to your ENS or your address. And I just thought that was interesting if anybody at home wants to check out those platforms. It's really cool because like you said, it's a blockchain technology that's really inclusive. For people at home who are listening, they're like, well, why do we need an on -chain credit score? I could go to a bank and I got my credit score. But if you're listening to this, you're probably privileged. And you probably do have some level of like, you could go anywhere and swipe your card, but that's not the whole world. And the whole world sometimes, if they want to get a loan or if they want to get a mortgage or whatever, they need to have identity documents, they need to have credit scores and reputations, or else they're going to get fleeced by a loan shark at 25 % rate. And so this technology does blow open the doors to financial inclusion for sure. But yeah, I definitely want to zoom in on Hyperplay and the things that you're building there. I would love for you just to describe how like a listener at Hyperplay, we've got lots of crossover between crypto lovers and gamers. And so how can somebody kind of bust into the platform and what should they expect? Yeah, so Hyperplay is a Web3 native game launcher. So if people are familiar with Steam, that's a Web2 game launcher and distribution platform. Hyperplay does the same kinds of things that Steam does. It helps you discover Web3 games, download those games, and it is also an aggregator of multiple game stores. So we have our own store, the Hyperplay store. It's got about 50 plus or minus Web3 games that are a part of it. We also aggregate the entire Epic game store. So all of your games, Web2, Web3 games that are in the Epic game store, you can actually play inside of Hyperplay. You can build on -chain representations of your gaming reputation. There's a lot of really exciting things that you can do by aggregating all of the gaming world into the decentralized web and to have an interface for that. And then any game that you launch from within Hyperplay, Hyperplay has an overlay similar to the Steam overlay. So people who've played games in Steam know that you press tab and then you see a chat window. You can see if you have a notification or achievements, Steam is going to overlay those on top of the game that you're playing, your friends requests. So Hyperplay does the same kind of overlay, but we actually are persisting your Metamask wallet into the game. So you can actually approve transactions without ever leaving the context of the game. You can sign in using your wallet instead of a native game. And we support both native or browser -based games. And we'll also be supporting other stores in the future. So we really... Our goal is from an infrastructural perspective to allow the player to carry their wallet, all of the assets inside of that wallet across every game that they play, across every game store. And really to also provide a really developer loyal platform to the builders so that they're not living in fear of being censored or deplatformed for building a Web3 game. I love that you brought up Steam as an example, because it is probably the closest thing that we have to this quasi Web3 marketplace. And I say quasi, right? Because you can trade items between players, between games. If I have something from CSGO and someone else has something from Team Fortress 2, we can make a trade for that. But we still can't trade across marketplaces. Say someone has something in Fortnite, someone has something in Valorant, League of Legends, another one of these games that's made outside of Steam, then you can't trade with them. It's cool because you can. You can trade, you can buy, you can sell. The CSGO marketplace alone is a multi -billion dollar marketplace, which is just a wild thing to say. But do you think that we can get to a place where we can have these cross -platform trades and orders going through? Because that's what I see as the end game of Web3 and gaming, is that I can trade stuff from Riot's platform and items on Riot. I can make those trades with people who have items in CSGO on Steam and so on and so forth. All right, listeners, if your business earns millions or even tens of millions of dollars of revenue, please stop what you're doing and take a close listen. Because NetSuite by Oracle, it's just rolled out literally the best offer we've ever seen. NetSuite does a lot of cool things, but I want to run you through what it does primarily. Primarily, it gives you the visibility and the control that you need to make better decisions for your organization faster. And now for the first time in NetSuite's 22 freaking years as the number one cloud financial system, you can defer payments of a full NetSuite implementation for six months. Not bad. 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A highlight from 95 - Greyscale's Legal Slam, Musk's Crypto Tease & BitBoy's Dramatic Exit: Crypto's Tumultuous Week
"Welcome to the Crypto Curious podcast, proudly brought to you by the Bamboo app. Crypto Curious is your go -to source for all things cryptocurrency, whether you're a seasoned pro or new to the world of crypto, we've got you covered. Each week we'll break down the top news stories of the past seven days, giving you the information you need to stay on top of the latest trends and developments. Plus we'll share quick bites of news and insights that you won't want to miss. If you're new to the world of crypto, we recommend starting in our early episodes where we break down the basics and give you a solid foundation to understand the crypto world. Join us as we explore the ever evolving world of cryptocurrency and educate ourselves along the way. On today's episode, we'll talk about the SEC's loss in court to grayscale and the Spot ETF deadline news. Twitter or X as it's now known's application for a digital currency license, as well as his own brand for some less than honest behavior, plus so much in the short, sharp news bites. So please stay around to the end. My name's Tracy and I'm joined by Blake and Craig for this week's crypto catch up. Hey guys, how are you going? Very well, Trace. How are you? Very well. How are you going, Craig? Good, thanks. My favorite topic today, regulation, but we'll get into it. It's always some regulation talk, but I mean, you know what? It's getting interesting because it's about ETFs and exciting things that mean crypto pumps down the way. So should we crack in? Not financial advice. Not financial advice, never financial advice. Let's do it because this news broke basically after we finished recording last week. The biggest news of the past seven days was another crushing defeat to Gary Gensler and the SEC, this time against grayscale investment funds. The US federal court ruled that the SEC acted unfairly in denying grayscale's request to turn its grayscale Bitcoin trust product into an ETF. So the long awaited decision provided a pump to the prices across the board in the crypto market and even the crypto related public equities like Coinbase got a bit of a pump. So everyone was pretty excited, weren't they, Blake? That's right. So just for a little bit of context, grayscale Investment Trust, I think holds currently three to five percent of all the Bitcoins. And it's basically like an investment fund that they're looking to get listed on the Nasdaq to be freely traded and it's going to attract a lot of capital to the space. And, you know, this was favourable because, you know, previously the SEC had just denied the application and now the court has ruled that they've unfairly made that denial. So this is very, very positive for the sector. Not only does this help grayscale's case, but likely to help other applications for the Bitcoin ETFs. And as we know, there's about seven others that are currently or maybe even more that are going through the process of trying to get approved for a spot Bitcoin ETF. So not really exciting stuff, but I must say the SEC will fight tooth and nail to continue to kick this down the road with every lever that they have available to them. And that looks like what they've done here. They've kicked the can down the road another 30 days before they have to make a decision. I have no doubt they'll be doing it again. But since that news, the SEC has come out and said they're delaying all applicants of the Bitcoin ETF until October. So a few weeks ago, we reported on ARK Invest, they were the only one that copped the delay, but turns out all of them will now cop the delay. So this rained on the parade somewhat, and the short -lived pump was, what, two or three days worth, and then it just came back down to where it was before. So of a pump and dump chase. Yeah, so just going back to grayscale and what that means, their petition, they've been granted a petition for review. And what this means is the SEC now needs to review the application again and either accept the application or pick a different reason to deny the application, which will drag this out even longer, appeal the court's decision and try and get a end back review, which is apparently a fancy legal term. So that's the three options there. But, you know, either way, like Blake said, big win for the industry. And I think this just proves the fact that the SEC isn't the be all and end all. You know, you can fight this. Yeah, and it's really great to see that the court system has a level of independence here that hasn't politicised other government factions. And the market is still so sensitive on this news, like this came out, bam, five percent pump, then the other thing came out, five percent decline. So the market just seems like we're waiting on what direction to take and any of these catalysts are providing, you know, huge movements. And like we said, now it's just been the can has been kicked down the road a little further, another 30 days into mid -October until we'll have any more information and we will keep a keen eye on that, folks. Moving on, Elon Musk's ex, formerly known as Twitter, moves closer to crypto payments with a new state licence being granted. Regulators from Rhode Island have approved X's application for a currency transmitter licence over the last week, Craig. Yeah, so Elon's spoken about making X a WeChat sort of application, which of course involves payments. But here's what you need to know about this scenario. So the licence required for companies conducting financial activities on behalf of users sending and receiving money, the licence lets companies store, transact and exchange digital assets and the licence also includes service providers like crypto wallets, payment processes and exchanges. So he's taking small steps to integrating crypto in the platform. And as we know, I don't want to be a sceptic or a conspiracy theorist, but he is bullish on Doge and he has spoken about or joked about integrating Doge. So it could be that obvious trace. What are your thoughts, Blaine? Yeah, that's right. Initially, I think it's just going to be regular payments, but over time, I think it makes sense for them to also integrate cryptocurrency payments as well. We know Elon is fond of crypto, so it just makes sense. And I think this is a big win. But, you know, there is there's lots of competition out there. There's CashApp, VMO, there's VMO, PayPal. Yeah, that all provide cryptocurrency trading and investing and buying and transferring. But I suppose what's different about X's proposition is that it's also a social media platform. And this is, you know, I think maybe Meta or previously Facebook maybe approached it a little bit wrong. With Libra. Yeah, with Libra. And it sounds like Elon will execute. You know, he's the founder of PayPal. He understands internet banking and payments. And I think he'll execute like he executes on everything else. Yeah. So this is important and necessary in the steps forward that Elon is pushing for X to become the everything app, which he's he's pushing for. And we'd expect crypto and fiat payments to become part of that. And you've mentioned obviously a minute ago, Craig Doge, he's you know, he loves. So I think everyone's talk recently has been when he does this, what will be the tokens in there? Because everyone said X and now there's XRP and Doge. And he's even hinted at Shiba at some point. So there's the guess now. What will be the crypto token that he will use? Let us know, folks. Send us an email. Well, Trace, what do you think? Do you think you might allocate some cash to Doge after this news? You know what? Not financial advice, folks. But I do potentially think Doge and we do have a little side bet going with our with our friends at Equity Mates with Bryce and Alec. And we did say at the start of the year that we did tongue in cheek think Doge might be one of the best performing assets of the year. There's a bit of a joke. Look, I don't know that he'll be making any head roads into this by the end of the year. Like Blake said, I think it's going to be fiat first and we won't see any cryptocurrency trading or being used on the X app for quite some time. But my money would be on Doge. But he's got the license. So it is going to happen eventually. You know, as we know, the favorite bull market indicator for me is when Doge has a pump. That's when you know that we're back. So, yeah, let's keep an eye on it. But then again, Trace, Doge didn't move at all after this news. Which I thought was very surprising. It hasn't on a lot of his comments recently. Gone are the days of Saturday Night Live where he's on there and we have like a 20 percent pump. It's just not like that anymore. Good times. Good times. Let's move on boys. It feels like there's been a long list of shady crypto characters getting their comeuppance this past year. Doquan, SBF and a few other dudes. But there's one who's facing his consequences over this past week. Ben Armstrong, also known as BitBoy, has been ousted from his own brand. Ben was removed from BitBoy Crypto by parent company BJ Investment Holdings due to alleged substance abuse and harm to employees and the community. Craig, what else do we know? Yeah, so BitBoy Crypto, he's been in hot water for a long time. He actually had his media kit leaked, which actually was giving projects prices on what sort of promotion that he would give them. But what we can gather from information that's been filtered out by the staff and insiders is they've kicked him out for various reasons, harm to employees. But he's also done extensive promotion of unvetted tokens. He had a lack of transparency regarding his personal holdings. And he promoted coins and tokens in his video only to sell them after his viewers started buying without disclosing his intentions. So typical grifter. And you know, it's good that these guys are getting weeded out. And look, we were talking about this. He was obviously, for those who might have remembered him off, chasing down Sam Bankman -Fried as the big baddie member. He went over there. Yeah, he was the hero. And even the hero is a scammer. And you might recall, folks, we talked about Ben .eth token a little while ago, which popped up and he shilled that one to his users. And that was a bit of a nail in the coffin, too, because that didn't go too well. But the proof is in the pudding here. We look at his views and they were up around 250 ,000 a year ago. They went down to 120 ,000. And you know, the last six months, he's only getting 20 ,000 views. He lost his audience. They just lost trust in him because of these pump and dumps. So, you know, it's good to kind of shake out this kind of behavior from the market. And I just wanted to put it to you both that I feel that, unfortunately, we'll see a fresh bunch of this coming through. A hundred percent. Because we're going to get, you know, an influx of new retail people coming through that don't know what to look out for. And there'll be another BitBoy Ben coming up and doing the same thing. Yeah, that's definitely one of the challenges. We've been in the space for a little while and we see these characters come in and out of the sector and it's quite obvious, you know, they all display similar traits about their behavior and how they project in the marketplace. And, you know, they gather big followings and it's very hard to convey to people that follow them that, you know, they might not have the best intentions or, you know, they might be doing something against, you know, what they say that they're doing. So, yeah, I think you're right. Trace, more and more will come through, more will gain popularity with new narratives and then churn out, hopefully sooner rather than later. It's a bit of a double -edged sword because, you know, back in the bull market, BitBoy would be shilling these projects that would go to do ridiculous percentage numbers because people are following the trade. And then obviously they're the ones that pump the hardest, but also the ones that dump the hardest. But BitBoy is obviously laughing because he's selling into his audience. As you mentioned, Trace, there's decrease in views like probably to do with the market cycle as well. Like the big guys, like even locally, like the Pacino Brothers, you know, they produce some amazing content over the last bear market and now the next bull market, they've obviously become popular. So there'll be a bunch of new people now that are making content right now that will become very popular. And in saying that, though, there's great content. You can tell which ones are good and which ones not. Like I just mentioned the Pacino Boys. They're very technical. They talk about Bitcoin and ETH, but someone like BitBoy, which is shilling Ben token, like big red flags. And, you know, I'm really a big fan of Guy from the Coin Bureau. He doesn't shill anything. He just gives you good information, you know. And Ben Cowan, he just talks about the big two. He's very technical as well. And that's it. And we're all about the big two as well. Bitcoin and Ethereum. We talk about all these other coins on here, but really for noobs getting in, even for not noobs, like 75 percent of my portfolio is Bitcoin, Ethereum. OK, with that, let's go to a break. When we come back, a short, sharp news bites.
A highlight from Ep. 562 Our New Co-Host A Crypto Analyst Joins the Team!
"All right, everybody, welcome back to another episode of the Crypto 101 Podcast. It is a big, big day in Crip Nation. Man, sound the alarms, bang the pots in the pans because it is a momentous occasion. We are joined by a new co -host, or I should say I am joined by a new co -host, Brendan Veman, who has been working with us behind the scenes at extreme length for the past two years. He's getting called up to the big leagues. So, Brendan, dude, welcome to the Crypto 101 Podcast. This is your new home, brother. Welcome. Hey, excited to be here. Like Bryce said, it's crazy because I've been working with you guys for almost two years now, and it's been awesome. Excited to come to the forefront. Excited to connect with more people in the cryptocurrency space and preach the great gospel that is crypto and blockchain. Yeah, dude, this is awesome. I'm so, so pumped. I learned so much from you, so I view this as just great for opportunity this podcast to just get kicked up to another level. I've been following you for a long time. I'm very pleased that you've been choosing to work with us. Man, we're going to have an awesome time. I want to make this episode all about you. I know that we've had you on previous episodes, so I think anybody who has been watching religiously for the past couple months or so, they've for sure run into you. But I want to have them all hear it from the horse's mouth. So, Brendan, this is your episode. We're going to introduce you to Crypt Nation if they don't already know you. So I'm going to ask you some questions. You feel good about that? You feel okay revealing a little bit about who you are? Yeah, I'm ready for the barrage of questions to begin. Awesome. Let's just start off high level. So what do you do? Who are you? What do you currently do? How did you make it on the Crypto 101 podcast? Yeah, man. So I started off in the early days of Bitcoin. My realization point or what got me interested is that I found this thing early. A lot of people around me had unpopular opinions, or maybe at the time it was popular opinions, but they were more anti -crypto. That motivated me and inspired me to really dig into this thing more. And so I did. And so as the years went on, like a little hot button issue, and you were like, oh, this is kind of getting people's gears going. There must be something here. Is that kind of what it is? Yeah. I mean, exactly. Like at the time, Bitcoin was worth a couple of times more than what the US dollar was. And it was this asset that just stood out. And me being the curious individual that I was, was like, hey, this is making people angry. It has a crazy pairing against fiat currencies. Like, let's really explore this thing. That's where I found my base. And so as the technology expanded and grew over the years as blockchain tech really begin to kind of, I guess, show its fruits. And then you had Litecoin and Ethereum and Monero and all those early stage cryptos really began to show just how versatile and helpful blockchain could be. That is when my interest in crypto went from just kind of this side interest, the side hobby to like, hey, this is going to really change the world as we know it. And that leads me to starting the crypto analyst YouTube channel in 2017. That's how I found you. Yeah. And I, and I'll tell you why I started that originally because I had so many people around me not understanding crypto. Crypto wasn't super mainstream yet. It was a kind of on that brink of that big bull run that it had, but I was still getting the same questions asked to me all the time. And I'm - I'm pre -recording answers for family and friends, go to my YouTube channel, and then it just kind of caught fire. I mean, exactly. That's kind of what it came down to is, here are all the answers that you're going to ask me anyway. And so that's really why the YouTube channel originated, but also because I love talking about it. I loved it. I believed in it. And also I didn't want to answer the same stuff all the time. So I was like, boom, YouTube channel is born. And that was like my real step, like full time. I'm into this thing. I'm committed. Like, here we go. And you know, man, I've ran that every single year. I mean, I have over 750 public videos now since 2017. We're at 10 ,000 subscribers. Like it's grown into a really cool thing. And, you know, occasionally I still see people that are from the very early days of that come around and they're like, Hey, Brendan. And it's great to see the community go strong as we are over here. So, you know, we're going from one strong community to another and the mission is still the same. Yeah. No. And it's been awesome working with you for the past couple of years here. And for folks who are listening, you don't know, behind the scenes, we've got, you know, premium subscriber only content that we roll out every single day, every single week. Brendan has been hosting live streams with me. He's been doing all sorts of amazing, you know, written and video content for the Crypto 101 University video course that we have. So if you want to check all that stuff out, we will link to it in the show notes. All the stuff we've been working on and the Crip Nation private group, guys, it's an incredible community that Brendan and I have been building up for, you know, along with our whole team here for the past several years. And we're so excited to be bringing Brendan to the Crypto 101 podcast. And with that being said, Brendan, I want to ask a little bit of a lightning round sort of rapid fire question and answer. How do you feel about that? I kind of prepared some things. I know I didn't show you ahead of time. I want it to be surprising. Does that sound okay? Let the surprises begin. I will do my best. Okay. I've got a long list. And so this is going to go quick. And when I say one word answer, I mean, one word answer. I don't want you to go off off the rails or anything. Maybe if you need two words or I'll give you three is the most. Okay. No tangents. Okay. No tangents. So I'm going to start easy and then I'm going to ramp up. So first is like Bitcoin or Ethereum. Ethereum. Okay. And by the way, I almost started the tangent I'm breaking my rules, but these will definitely inform all of us of really who you are and how you think. And this is on the record. So I want you to know that. So you say Ethereum, the next question I had after that was proof of stake or proof of work. What do you think is better? See the one world answers are already killing me here. We'll go with proof of stake. I'm sorry everyone out there. Then you choose proof of stake, which is the consensus model that it uses. Whereas Bitcoin uses proof of work. Let me ask you when you're analyzing the crypto markets, if you had to choose one technical analysis or fundamental analysis. Man, technical is all the way. I'm a trader at heart. Yeah. What I always say is price is the final arbiter. Price knows everything. Good fundamentals kind of put you in the same place as good technicals. So price should have all the information. So I would probably side with you on that one. Let me ask you this, trading or holding, what is your style? Trading. I'm a trader at heart. Okay. You're quick hot potato. Timeframe trading daily or monthly? Daily. Okay. Making trades daily, closing positions out. Leverage or no leverage? Oh, one word answer to this one. Leverage yes or no. We'll go with no leverage. No leverage anymore. Honestly, a man after my own heart. I've always advocated to stay away from the leverage. There's a great quote that it's like a Warren Buffett quote about the way people go broke is like ladies, liquor and leverage. And that's like the three ways that men go broke, ladies, liquor and leverage. So stay away from the leverage. But let me ask you this, what's your favorite exchange? Kraken recently. Okay. Kraken. I'm a big Kraken fan, but favorite wallet. I'm going to roll with MetaMask. I'm going to roll with MetaMask. I don't think I expected that. I don't think I expected anybody to like MetaMask, but here we are. God bless them. Everybody uses them. I think they've been getting better. Yeah. They've been getting better. I agree. And I have to say recently I've been liking treasure wallets. Obviously they're safer, but I've been really digging them, especially more than the nano ledgers. I have both and treasure has been standing out to me. Okay. I like it. It's a hot take. Trezor. T -R -E -Z -O -R. Kind of a play on words of like a treasure chest, right? Where all your crypto gets stored. Let me ask you this, Brendan, your favorite dap, and I'll restrict it to your favorite dap. DeFi Okay. Hot take here as well. I'm going to roll with, I think most people would expect maybe like Uniswap, but I'll roll with Osmosis here. I'll throw a wrench in everything. Hold the door. Hold the door. I did not expect it. I did not see that coming. That's a great pick though. The cosmos decks, the cosmos DeFi one -stop shop. Osmosis. Hot pick.
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A highlight from Ep. 561 How do Web3 DAOs Work
"All right, everybody, Bryce and Pizza Mind here coming at you with some big news. Pizza Mind, how are you feeling about this big news? Well, change is scary no matter what it is. But this is going to be a change that's going to benefit everyone involved. Even if it sounds scary at first, once we get more comfortable, I think people are going to be very, very happy. Go ahead, Bryce. Make the announcement. Yeah. So Pizza Mind, you know, we started this company together, what, four years ago already. And life changes. Pizza Mind wants to take on a lot more. OK, he wants to take on more, more, more. But what does that require him to do? It requires him to kind of go out and travel and become one with the world and become one with crypto conferences and get all sorts of different advisorships and with his day to days here, which is insane day to day, insane hours. You know, ultimately, he wants to be able to have a little bit more freedom. And we think that what we're crafting here together is actually going to add a lot more value, giving Pizza Mind this new level of freedom to go out, travel, network and actually make our community a lot stronger by him being boots on the ground out there. And it's, you know, it's just going to result in, you know, you and me actually seeing less of Pizza Mind on a day to day basis. So Pete's probably won't be as active in our community, but you bet your bottom gold and Bitcoin he's going to be reporting back what he finds. I'm sure you'll join us, you know, once or twice a quarter to report back. And when I find really good things that I want to invest in, you can bet I'm going to report back. I'm still here for you guys, but I'm going to be traveling around the world, taking on a slightly different role as more of an outside correspondent going forward. All right. Everyone, welcome back to another episode of the Crypto 101 podcast. I just saw your host, Pizza Mind, and I'm flying solo today and but not by myself because I have the beautiful and talented Maria Gomez, the managing director from one of my favorite groups in all of the crypto space, the Interchain Foundation. Maria, welcome to the Crypto 101 podcast. Thank you so much, Pizza Mind, for inviting me here. Well, I couldn't have asked for a better tag team partner while we're on the podcast today because there's so much to be excited about in the Cosmos ecosystem, and it's been a little while since we've had someone on to kind of talk about it. So if you would first, let's get to know you. What were you doing before you joined the Interchain Foundation and what was it about the Interchain Foundation that attracted you there? Yeah, before the Interchain Foundation, I was working in a project in Ethereum that was building tools for DAOs. The project was called Aragon. And my background is in law. I used to be a corporate lawyer. So when I started working in crypto through Coinbase, that was my first work within crypto coming from the traditional world. And I started learning about Ethereum and the DAO project. As a lawyer, I was very interested about DAOs and what they were and how different they were from traditional organizations. So, yeah, before coming to Cosmos and to the Interchain and the Foundation, I was very involved in DAOs. And for me, my world was mainly Ethereum and the Ethereum ecosystem. And I knew some things about other ecosystems like Cosmos. However, at the moment that the opportunity came to join the Foundation, you know, like there was a lot of conversations and discussions around the future of Ethereum and the scalability of Ethereum. This was like more or less two years ago, two years and a half ago about the scalability of Ethereum and their change to POS. And then I started looking at other ecosystems that were already having that. And for me, I was like, yeah, it looks like Cosmos is going to be the future of Ethereum. And Cosmos is already, you know, like the things that I was seeing that they were going to move towards, those things were already being applied in the Cosmos ecosystem. So for me, that was interesting enough to join the Foundation. Yeah. There's so many interesting things going on there. What is the role of the Interchain Foundation within the Cosmos ecosystem? Yes. So we are one of the entities that we are focusing on the funding of public goods. we have a stack and we call it the Interchain Stack. Previously, the Cosmos Stack, we are trying to change more to, like, you know, talk about the Interchain rather than Cosmos. So we have this Interchain Stack, which is a set of tools and technologies that people can use to set up their own blockchains. And those set of tools are like the IBC protocol or the inter -blockchain communication protocol. Then the Cosmos SDK and the consensus engine, which is ComEd BFT, previously known as a standard mean. So we make sure that those public goods, they don't have a business model and they will always be free and open source. They keep running and they keep evolving. And so, yeah, so that's our main mission, making sure that this stack is innovative and is well maintained. So the Cosmos ecosystem can flourish. And I think it's really cool how you've built that out in such a modular way where someone can have a Cosmos chain, but they don't have to have it IBC connected or they don't have to use the Tendermint algorithm. They can have proof of work if they want to or anything else that makes them comfortable, but they can still be part of this much larger ecosystem. So I've been very, very impressed with all the different groups that are contributing to Cosmos over there. Let's talk about DAOs. At a high level, what makes a DAO different from a normal LLC or C Corp? Well, you know, through my experience, my years of experience working with the DAO tooling, you know, and at the beginning, like the project was launched, the Aragon was launched like around 2017, even before DAOs were so hot as they are right now. My learning was that, you know, a real DAO is a real decentralized and autonomous organization. And right now people don't really know what's decentralized and what's autonomous, what that really means. And a lot of the entities that are being called DAOs are not different than any... Actually, most of them are legal entities. So there is no different whatsoever. And or some of them are not even incorporated. So they are just, you know, like sort of an unincorporated organization that sometimes don't even use the smart contracts to operate. I say that currently DAOs are having a huge identity crisis. And this is very problematic because it's very risky for people, you know, that they join a DAO or what is called a DAO with an understanding that like, you know, like things are transparent and open and trust minimized. And in reality, that's not what is happening. But so for me, to go back to your question, yeah, decentralized autonomous organizations are totally different than legal entities. First, they are autonomous. That means that they are self -regulated. They are trust minimized. The trust is based on the system or the encoded rules, open source rules that these systems have. And also there are not extrinsic powers that can control these systems. That's what it means to be autonomous. And then they are decentralized, meaning that these individual powers of any group or any person or any jurisdiction are really minimized among a sea of contributors, among a sea of participants. So, yeah, nobody there really controls the full picture. You really can interact with those DAOs according to the encoded rules. And yeah, there is no one person that can control that system. So for me, a DAO is like something like the Ethereum blockchain or a DAO is a really decentralized protocol on top of the Ethereum blockchain. That's what for me is a DAO. And they are not, the legal entities is an incorporated entity that has to be attached to specific rules in certain jurisdictions and these entities need to follow those rules that are set up by people. And the difference with a DAO would be that the rules in these systems are software. OK, so what is the right use case to form a DAO over a legal entity? I mean, I know there's not every organization is big enough where they need to incorporate or doing as important things, where they need to have an EIN number here in the States or a bank account. You know, can we operate as a DAO or will some government jurisdictions view that as doing business illegally? What have you seen so far in being in the DAO space for like five years plus now? So, yeah, I always say it depends on like what is it that you're trying to do? And if you are trying to do set up like an automated system, like a blockchain, for example, or a specific protocol, and if that is really going to be decentralized, yes, you don't have to incorporate that thing as an entity. However, you are contributing to the system and it's good that if you are, for example, part of the team of the developers that are setting up that blockchain, it's better for you to incorporate. But you have to make a difference between what is it that you are incorporating? Is it the organization under which these group of humans are going to be working for that DAO that they are building or that protocol or that blockchain that they are building? So, what you are doing is just forming an organization full of humans to collectively go and buy a house, go and buy a golf thing. There are now a lot of social DAOs called social DAOs and they are just a bunch of humans using a multi -sig. So, yeah, if these are the cases where you see that technology is not going to play a big role within that entity or system that you want to organize, you should incorporate. Yes, you should incorporate technologies front and center of DAOs and front and center of a system like the blockchain. If you go and see other types of what people call DAOs, they can use a multi -sig and that's a piece of technology. But they use that just to keep their funds, which are tokens. But then their main activities are always off -chain. They set up a group to go and buy certain tokens or buy a certain house or a land to build a golf course or something like that. In those cases, you should incorporate. Got it. So, what kind of tools out there are there to serve DAOs right now? Because it's very, very difficult to run any kind of business without the right kind of tools and software. Is it just a multi -sig wallet or are there other things as well, like analytics and hiring platforms, accounting, et cetera, et cetera? Yeah, so for me, as I said, for me, one thing is this really decentralized and autonomous organization like the blockchain or a protocol. And then there are other entities that they can contribute to these systems, to these blockchains. And we are seeing it already. These are the ones that are wrongly called DAOs. However, what I believe is that these entities are legal entities that can be used, not only multi -sigs, but they can use the smart contracts. They can also be governed at some point by the blockchain system or the token holders themselves, for example. So they can set up a foundation where the multi -sig is the tool for holding the assets of the foundation. However, for example, the token holders can decide through a connection with that multi -sig and the blockchain. They can decide who are the signers of that multi -sig. And yeah, they also can even keep the multi -signers accountable. So I think there are a lot of tools, starting with the smart contracts itself, that can make these entities, which are not a DAO because they are just a legal entity, but it can be very innovative as well because they will call there is a lawyer that call them a cybernetic entities or cybernetic organizations or borgs. So, yeah, they can also have their operations automated, for example. And they will be contributing to the system through many ways. Hiring the developers are one of the group of the developers that are maintaining and developing the software of that blockchain. And yeah, it's the tools that you can use for those automated or like more technological entities are unlimited. One of the features of DAOs is voting with different tokens and you have an on -chain record of what the vote was, it's transparent. But is that vote enforceable on -chain with code where you could transfer ownership automatically through the smart contracts if that's how it's voted? Or do you still need human recognition of the vote and willingness to hand over some of these things? For example, we saw in 2017 Tezos, which is a smart contract platform that really pioneered on -chain governance. Their entire treasury was basically held hostage by one of their founders for several years. And they had to go through all kinds of lawsuits just to get them to give it over because they were basically creating a solution for a problem that they themselves had, which was the irony of the whole thing. Where is it at today? Not necessarily Tezos, but just in general. Yeah, no, I think today in general you can have on -chain enforcement. And that's a very good thing because you don't have to go to the traditional legal system to enforce any decision. However, I know that also the blockchains and the systems right now are very limited. So there are certain things that you could automate, like, for example, they vote on the upgrade of the system itself, like a software upgrade of the system itself, that can be once a vote passes, that can immediately be enforced. Today we have the blockchains and the different toolings have that capability. However, there are other cases where the automation is not about the tooling, if that is possible or not, it's about if that makes sense or not. And I think one of the biggest examples for that is, for example, when the community or the token holders are voting for a grants program. It's very difficult to automate decisions like what team to fund or what not. This is still very human. There are activities around these blockchain ecosystems that are still very human. And it's important for humans to participate rather than automate those things because they are very subjective. It's very difficult to set up objective rules around allocations of funds, for example. So I think today you can have an automated enforcement, but sometimes it's best not to have that automated enforcement. Another thing is that, as I was saying, you can have a foundation, a legal entity and certain parts of that foundation can interact with the blockchain and also can be influenced or directed by the token holders. Like I said, a foundation that has a multi -sig and their funds are, even though the foundation manages the funds, the token holders keep these people accountable, the signers of that multi -sig accountable. And the thing is that, yes, you can do that through a totally on -chain and say that if the participant does something specific, I don't know, move beyond a certain threshold, for example, and move assets beyond a certain threshold without following the specific processes, then through a vote, the token holders could change those signers or leave those signers out of that multi -sig. However, in terms of if some of the things happen and the community was not aware of those things and they could not act before those facts, then I think it's also useful to have some legal system in place. For example, there are jurisdictions that are starting to recognize blockchains. And so you can say, you can put in the bylaws of that foundation that the ultimate directors of that multi -sig are the token holders and that multi -sig is just a set of code that is deployed in this blockchain address. And so already certain jurisdictions, of course, not many are recognizing those things. So it's also good to have certain protection, legal protection whenever humans are involved. Can a DAO have a legally enforced contract or is it still this kind of ethereal creation that's not really recognized? Because for me, DAOs are truly blockchains or protocols are more close to a machine or to a computer than to a corporation like the ones that we know today. It's best that DAOs don't have, you know, I see these systems as an illegal thing and it's not because of our revolutionary thing. Your legal system doesn't apply to us and why not? It's just because there is no need. And we have examples of systems or like jurisdiction recognizing that it's not, there is no way for them to come and try to regulate that system or control that system. For example, you have seen the SEC saying that, you know, like that Bitcoin is not a security. They don't try to regulate that blockchain. They don't try to to regulate the Ethereum blockchain either. They consider those things truly decentralized. There is no one group that they could regulate. They couldn't go and like try to, they can't regulate. And, you know, the people that are contributing to the blockchain, to the Bitcoin blockchain that are based in the US, but beyond that, they can't do much. So I think, yeah, having, saying that a blockchain has a legal enforceable contract, it doesn't make sense. There is no need for that. And also it's like there are two different systems that they can complement each other. However, we shouldn't confuse them. And this is why I say currently there is this DAO identity problem that, yeah, people are, depending who you are talking to, for a specific person, a DAO is one thing and for another, a DAO is another thing. Yeah, it's hard to get our head out of the traditional mindset of an organization. You know, when I'm thinking of, okay, I want to start a DAO and I want to have a team under me, you know, I better come up with an employment contract or, you know, I better have articles of incorporation if I need to get on an exchange because they're going to ask for it. But a DAO wouldn't have any of those things, would it? Yeah. So how do you, how do you like literally join a DAO? Like, do I need to like send someone an invite code and they log in with their wallet? Like, what is the actual step by step process of joining a DAO? You just have to follow the rules of that DAO. So, for example, and again, and I go back to the biggest examples for me, which is the Bitcoin blockchain or Ethereum blockchain. If you want, you just, if you want to push some code, you have to follow the rules of that system. And of course, I mean, I imagine that also, you know, like you should join the core, some of the core teams that could, that have that, the power to push code to the system and upgrade the system and change the rules. However, this group of developers, they per se, on their own, they cannot change the rules, you know, in Bitcoin, miners have to accept those things and also they know that around the blockchain as well. So, yeah, it's like for you to participate in a DAO, you should be following the encoded, the software rules that are public and knowledgeable by everybody that can be publicly auditable and open source. And so as soon as you do that, you can become a core developer. You can become a miner. You can run nodes for the blockchain, you know, in proof of stake, you can be a validator following the rules of that system. That's how you participate in the DAOs. Got it. So if we're thinking like a decentralized exchange, for example, they're pretty much the same, whether it's, you know, Uniswap or PancakeSwap on BNB chain or Osmosis on Cosmos. You know one, you know them all. They're 99 % the same features. Are all DAO tool suites the same, just on different chains? Or is one more robust than another? Where should we start looking if we want to start researching and getting our hands on actual DAO tools? Yeah, I mean, that depends. Like you said, you said that you put as an example, the DEX, depending on what is it that you're looking for. For example, Uniswap is a good example of, for me, it's another DAO. Even if a lot of people criticize that, yes, that is decentralized. Decentralized system doesn't mean that there is not centralized participants, right? And so, but the thing is for it to be decentralized, it means that these centralized participants, they might have control over a piece of the picture. They don't have control of the whole picture. So in terms of Uniswap, I think the protocol, every time that they want to, they need to upgrade the system, come with a new version of the protocol, they have to deploy a total new version and the community has to, like the previous version, the community can still use it. It's like, is this social consensus, the one that defines what's understand and identify as the Uniswap protocol? And so, yeah, on tooling, I think right now, for these systems, it's like mainly the smart contracts and in Cosmos, like I said, we don't have smart contracts in Cosmos, but there are other tools, like I said, like our stack. And, but in terms of like tooling for entities to interact with them, right now in Cosmos, there is something called DaoDao. So it offers a lot of toolings for the connection between blockchain and then these entities that are in the periphery contributing to the DAOs. And so, yeah, I think right now, I have to say, there are not a lot of Dao toolings or toolings for these entities. I think the most things that we have are like payment solutions, which at the end of the day are multi -six and like automated payments, for example, to pay, there is a DeFi protocol. I think right now, I can't remember the name in Ethereum, where what happens is that, that is out of the inflation of the token, that is part of that inflation goes to a multi -sick. And then the token holders, they decide to allocate funds, for example, to pay the developers that are developing the protocol. And those payments are automated according to also certain rules that the contributors need to follow. They need to go and present certain proof that they have deployed some code and they have worked and then the payout will go almost automatically. That sounds like an amazing system. I'll have to look it up and find out what that is. There's so many things that seem just to be built on. Coordinate is the name of that. Coordinate. Coordinate, exactly. OK, awesome. There's so many things that are built by Ethereum on default, but the Ethereum blockchain is so bogged down already. It's got most of the DeFi. It's got most of the NFTs. It's going to have most of the real world assets that are being minted now. This thing's going to be really, really heavy as we get into the next bull run. What are some of the things we should look to offload to the Cosmos ecosystem instead? Is there enough stablecoin liquidity for DeFi to come over? Or what should we really look into? What are some of the bright spots of Cosmos? The brightest spot in Cosmos is the IBC protocol and is an interblockchain communication protocol. The thing is, in Ethereum, all these L2s and rollups, they are chains.
A highlight from Ep. 560 Growing the Decentralized Web3 Economy with Metis
"All right, everybody, Bryce and Pizza Mind here coming at you with some big news. Pizza Mind, how are you feeling about this big news? Well, change is scary no matter what it is. But this is going to be a change that's going to benefit everyone involved. Even if it sounds scary at first, once we get more comfortable, I think people are going to be very, very happy. Go ahead, Bryce. Make the announcement. Yeah. So Pizza Mind, you know, we started this company together, what, four years ago already. And life changes. Pizza Mind wants to take on a lot more. OK, he wants to take on more, more, more. But what does that require him to do? It requires him to kind of go out and travel and become one with the world and become one with crypto conferences and get all sorts of different advisorships and with his day to days here, which is insane day to day, insane hours. You know, ultimately, he wants to be able to have a little bit more freedom. And we think that what we're crafting here together is actually going to add a lot more value, giving Pizza Mind this new level of freedom to go out, travel, network and actually make our community a lot stronger by him being boots on the ground out there. And it's, you know, it's just going to result in, you know, you and me actually seeing less of Pizza Mind on a day to day basis. So Pete's probably won't be as active in our community, but you bet your bottom gold and Bitcoin he's going to be reporting back what he finds. I'm sure you'll join us, you know, once or twice a quarter to report back. And when I find really good things that I want to invest in, you can bet I'm going to report back. I'm still here for you guys, but I'm going to be traveling around the world, taking on a slightly different role as more of an outside correspondent going forward. All righty, everybody. Welcome back to another episode of the Crypto 101 podcast. It is darn good to be here. Another great week in crypto. You know, any week you could survive, you know, it's always a good week because we've seen throughout this bear market, company after company go down. Alex Mashinsky was the big one that just went down the other day. I saw that he was arrested. You know, the founder of Celsius, which is crazy. Pete's mind him. And how are you doing, man? Are you still alive? I am alive and I dare say I'm even doing well. It's a beautiful day here in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and I feel like after last week, we finally turned a big corner in the sentiment in the crypto markets. And I don't want to say we're up only from here, but I feel like the worst is behind us. And crypto is really something that as I travel around the world, it unites us all. And at a time where the most creative people are coming out with reasons to divide us, crypto is here and growing to bring us back together. Yeah, no, couldn't have said it better. And we've been talking this big theme throughout the bear market has just been builders are going to build up or down, you know, no matter what the prices are doing, the builders don't really care. These are the engineers, the scientists that are really pushing forward a lot of the technology that it gets us really excited and that we report on. And so we're actually joined by one such lady today, Alina Sinel Nicova, who is the co -founder of Metis, which is a huge block chain platform, and we're really honored to have Alina on. So, Alina, welcome.
A highlight from Ep. 559 The World of Magic Edens NFT Marketplace
"All right, everybody, Bryce and Pizza Mind here coming at you with some big news. Pizza Mind, how are you feeling about this big news? Well, change is scary no matter what it is. But this is going to be a change that's going to benefit everyone involved. Even if it sounds scary at first, once we get more comfortable, I think people are going to be very, very happy. Go ahead, Bryce. Make the announcement. Yeah. So Pizza Mind, you know, we started this company together, what, four years ago already. And life changes. Pizza Mind wants to take on a lot more. OK, he wants to take on more, more, more. But what does that require him to do? It requires him to kind of go out and travel and become one with the world and become one with crypto conferences and get all sorts of different advisorships and with his day to days here, which is insane day to day, insane hours. You know, ultimately, he wants to be able to have a little bit more freedom. And we think that what we're crafting here together is actually going to add a lot more value, giving Pizza Mind this new level of freedom to go out, travel, network and actually make our community a lot stronger by him being boots on the ground out there. And it's, you know, it's just going to result in, you know, you and me actually seeing less of Pizza Mind on a day to day basis. So Pete's probably won't be as active in our community, but you bet your bottom gold and Bitcoin he's going to be reporting back what he finds. I'm sure you'll join us, you know, once or twice a quarter to report back. And when I find really good things that I want to invest in, you can bet I'm going to report back. I'm still here for you guys, but I'm going to be traveling around the world, taking on a slightly different role as more of an outside correspondent going forward. All right, everybody. Welcome back to another episode of the Crypto 101 podcast. You guys know what time it is. We're bringing on more legendary builders in the crypto space. Pizza Mind, I'm particularly excited for this one. And I think anybody at home who's listening will be, too, if particularly if they're interested in learning about NFTs. What would you say, Pete? I would say there's going to be a magical episode. And why do you say it'd be so magical? Because we have co -founder Joshin from Magic Eden on the show today. Bam. Yes, let's do it. Zed, aka Zed from Magic Eden. How's it going, man? Yo, what's up, guys? Thanks so much for the tea up. No one's ever done a magical episode before, so that's dope. Yes, Pizza Mind is legendary for his puns, but no, we're excited, man. You guys have been building incredible, really cross chain NFT tooling and an awesome platform for a year or two years. We want to know the whole founding story. We want you to just kind of tell all. But before we do that, let's just get acquainted with you. And who are you and what were you doing really before founding Magic Eden? Yeah, for sure. Excited to be on here. So thanks for having me. I first got into crypto in about 2017. My background before that was a little bit all over the place. I tell people that I did actually spend about a year of my life in my pre -crypto days doing mining. And people think they automatically assume that that's kind of some kind of Bitcoin mining or Ethereum mining or something. But I was actually working in underground mines. Literally was in like a uranium mine for like a year. And that's how you got your superpowers. That's not going to make sense. Yeah, you could call it that. But this was back in another lifetime. I'm from Australia, hence it kind of makes sense that I was working in mining at the time I was in a consulting firm that put me there. And then I moved to the US in about 2015. Yeah, generally just been a very inquisitive dude. Like, I just enjoy getting into new technologies. And around that time when I moved to San Francisco, there's no shortage of interesting things going on. But one of those things was lucky enough to kind of come across crypto. Had a few friends who were working at Coinbase, sort of 2015, 2016 era, and was lucky enough to kind of learn a bit about Bitcoin. And then in 2017, all this stuff started happening on Ethereum. And in many ways, it's kind of funny, like the 2017 ICO boom was very analogous to what happened with NFTs in 21. And that's when I first got interested. I ended up joining a team, DYDX, as a second employee in late 2017, early 18. Shout out to those guys. Antonio was on the show recently. Oh, sick. Yeah, solid, solid guy. And anyway, I spent a few years there, learned an absolute ton about what it takes to build in crypto. I mean, we went through obviously the cycles, went through various rounds of product iteration. He's famously known for kind of like throwing away the previous thing and making 10x bets, and I really, really, really admire that. I spent a little bit of time at Coinbase after building institutional products, which is really interesting as well. That was during the time when hedge funds and corporates macro was really full into Bitcoin. And then I left in sort of like mid -21 and we started Magic Eden in September of 21. And the whole kind of founding story is that we were all DJ -ing on the side, doing our own little thing, right? We were trading NFTs, we were obviously part of DeFi summer before that. And we started using a bunch of different things on all the chains. I remember I had Avalanche wallets, I had Polygon wallets, I had Solana wallets. We were just kind of using all kinds of things. And there was something magical when we first used, first set a Solana transaction because it was so fast and so cheap. And we thought that immediately if NFTs are sort of the consumer use case, there must be something that happens on a chain that is much more performant. And that was the original thesis.
A highlight from IP#493 Fr. Brice Higginbotham Remaining with Jesus on Inside the Pages with Kris McGregor Discerning Hearts podcasts
"Hi, this is Chris McGregor of Discerning Hearts. Can you please help support this vital ministry? Discerning Hearts is a 100 % listeners -supported Catholic apostolate. Now through the end of August, please prayerfully consider making a sacrificial gift to help us raise $30 ,000 to fund truly life -changing Catholic programming and prayer. The financial contributions of listeners like you enables us to continue this important ministry. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Your donations are fully tax -deductible. As an independent, non -for -profit lay organization that is not affiliated financially with any diocese, our apostolate is fully listener -supported. Again, between now and the end of August, please visit DiscerningHearts .com to make your donation. Thank you and God bless you from all of us at Discerning Hearts. DiscerningHearts .com presents Inside the Pages, insights from today's most compelling authors. I'm your host, Chris McGregor, and I am delighted to be joined by Father Bryce Higginbotham, who is the author of Daily Lessons from the Saints and author of numerous articles and homilies in homiletic and pastoral review. He has more than 60 catechetical videos, which can be found on his YouTube channel as well as on his Facebook page. With Father Bryce Higginbotham, we go inside the pages of Remaining with Jesus, Discipleship and the Gospel of John, published by Loyola Press. Father Bryce, thank you so much for joining me. Thank you, Chris. It's great to be here with you. I've been looking forward to talking to you about Remaining with Jesus, Discipleship and the Gospel of John. It's such a lovely work. It's my favorite gospel. I mean, first I got to say, how can you have a favorite gospel? And yet for the Gospel of John, there's something so tender and special about this particular work that I'm just so grateful that you chose this as something to explore. Well, the Lord is good. He gives us four gospels to give us various perspectives on Jesus and not differences, but like God, there's a line that I love. I think it's in 1 Corinthians, which talks about how the Lord reveals to us the many sided wisdom of God. As if we look at Jesus from the perspective of St. Mark, inspired by the Holy Spirit, and we see a particular shade or a particular side of his glory and of who he is. And then from the perspective of St. Luke, inspired by the Holy Spirit, and we see a particular revelation, a way that God has revealed himself to us. So I think it's really beautiful and a gift that the Lord has given us these four gospels. We can see him more clearly through looking at him from these four different directions. I think it's a gift. But yeah, I mean, I think John is my favorite too, because, well, I don't know, it's just a particular way that that way that God reveals himself or the parts about himself that he chose to reveal through John, like speaks to me, at least in a particular way. He is the beloved disciple, isn't he? I mean, the one who was able to rest his head on the heart of Jesus and to listen very deeply, even so much that the Lord would give his mother to his care while on the cross. And so can you imagine what it must have been like for the woman who knew our Lord so intimately and this beloved disciple as they shared and they pondered and they ruminated over all the events that had occurred in their lifetime and their experience of Jesus? And you have to think sometimes, don't you, Father, that Marian dimension is very evident in the Gospel of John? Yeah, I think of what John says after Jesus gives marriage to him from the cross and he took her into his own. I think John Paul II makes a big deal out of that because it's right, like it doesn't just mean that he took her to his house, though he did, but it means like that he took her, so to speak, into his heart and learn, learn from Mary how to be a disciple, learn from Mary how to be a priest, how to be a bishop. So, yeah, it's John gives us an example of learning from Mary. And he did that clearly. He did that because he clearly learned from her how to ponder all these things in his heart. I think that's why part of the reason, at least John's Gospel is so different from Matthew's, Mark's and Luke's, because John had more time and he wrote his Gospel last after the others had been written. He probably read the others and he had spent all this time with Mary and with the rest of the scriptures pondering these things in her heart so that he could then give us this particularly deep look into the life of Jesus. And even at the beginning, in the first 18 verses, John gives us the look into the life of Jesus with the Father before creation and after creation, before the incarnation. It so is fitting then to have the Gospel of John, the beloved disciple, the apostle who knew him so well, to help give us a guide in that discipleship. And that's what you really bring forward. It is so penetrating. It's just how you've led us into that opportunity to become that type of disciple. Yeah, well, I mean, we're really blessed that John led us. The Holy Spirit led John, John led us. And, you know, all that I had to do and praise God, I was able to do it and was just bring out what John himself was saying, because he talks about discipleship more than any other than any other book in the New Testament or the Old Testament, any other book in the whole Bible. The discipleship is more pronounced in the Gospel of John than anywhere else. And you also point out that in the Gospel of John, that there are two words. Now they're popping more than ever for me as I go back and I read the Gospel of John, which I try to do very often during the week, actually. And it's the two words believe and remain. Where I started with the research, I just want to know what it meant to be a disciple, because clearly we're supposed to be disciples. There are lots of good books about discipleship, but there were none that I found that sufficiently engaged the Bible. It's like, what does the Bible tell us about discipleship? So I found out that I looked at where discipleship was used in the Bible and I found out that John talks about discipleship more than anybody else. And so I said, well, I guess the best thing to do is to open up the concordance, the thing that has all the words from the Bible and where you can find them. And then just look at every time the word disciple is used in John, all 72 times. So I found, I found John eight 31, where Jesus says to the Jews who had believed in him, there's the people who already believed in him. He says, if you remain in my word, you are truly my disciples. I said, Oh, so first you have to believe, then you have to remain. And that makes a true disciple. Then I just went back through the Gospel and found all the times where believe and remain and discipleship are used kind of in some way together by John to bring out what it means to be a disciple. Well, I found really surprising. It was kind of an epiphany for me when you broke open the, was it the Greek word for believe the CEO? Thank you for pronouncing it for me. Say it one more time. Will you, father? It's yellow because it has another meaning as well that will pop for us. I think, yeah, it's the same word ingredient for believe and for trust. The reason I think that's so important is because when you think about those church approved apparitions of our Lord, or really there are only a few of them, but almost in every instance, he's imploring us to trust him, you know, in the sacred heart, in the revelation to St. Faustina, the message he has is trust me. And when so you connect those two words, believe, trust, they are more than married, aren't they? Yeah. It seems to me that in English, when we say believe, we mean like something we do with our minds. And when we say trust, we mean something that we do with our hearts, more or less. But when Jesus says, believe, when he tells us to believe, or when he tells us to trust, I think it means both. I think it's an integrated and I know I know that it's an integrated expression that Jesus invites us into to believe in our heads, yes, and to trust in our hearts. And those things need to be has to be together. This is just some of what is containing your book, Remaining with Jesus, Discipleship in the Gospel of John. I want to say it over and over again, because this book, we're going to dive more into it, but it's just so perfect for the study of the Gospel of John. I really is. I mean, even the layout that you have, as far as the encouragement of times of reflection, even as opportunities to have group study. And when we talk about group study, the family is still a group. I mean, this is good for families to get together and to break open. And I think you could probably do this just about any age, couldn't you? Just about. Yeah, I think so. For that, I just again, I want to encourage folks to to check out Remaining with Jesus Discipleship in the Gospel of John, because in it, you also talk about the dynamics of discipleship and you point out four very important signposts, I think, on this journey. And it could be a little bit more. I mean, each has so much contained in it. But there are four basic elements, aren't there? Yeah. So we see at the very beginning of the Gospel, John the Baptist, he paints out that Jesus is there, he says, he says, Behold, the Lamb of God. And notice that that actually happens twice. I found that that a little interesting that he says it one day. Behold, the Lamb of God and kind of nobody does anything. Then the next day, Jesus passes by again and he says, Behold, the Lamb of God. And it's at that point that Andrew and John said, oh, well, we we we need to go follow. So there's a most of the time there's a witness, somebody somebody has got to tell us about Jesus, and then after somebody tells us about Jesus, like John the Baptist told Andrew and John, like Philip went and told Nathaniel just a couple of verses later at the beginning in John chapter one, somebody tells us about Jesus and then we go and we meet Jesus for ourselves. And when we encounter Jesus for ourselves, we begin to we begin to believe in him. I believe in those two ways that we talked about earlier to believe in the intellect and to trust in the heart. But believing, believing isn't enough because believing has to, or rather relationships need time and relationships need to persevere. And almost always on this side of heaven, right in this valley of tears in which we live, almost always there are challenges and tests and trials to do, do I really trust, like how deeply do I trust? And we have to remain with Jesus in those trials. And oftentimes remaining looks like standing there and not going anywhere like John and Mary and Mary Magdalene and the other holy women at the further cross. And just being there and not moving in the midst of, in the midst of the trial and the suffering. And when we are remaining with Jesus, like the branch that remains on the vine, then we bear fruit and that fruit looks like practically loving people. We build up the church. We, in other words, we encourage people in the community by our prayer, by our mortifications, by our practical efforts. And it becomes a cycle because the best way, the biggest way, the most important way that we love people who are outside of the church is we witnessed to them about Jesus. We tell them, Hey, behold the lamb of God. Hey, this is what Jesus did in my life. This is what we do. So the witness moves us to meet Jesus, where we believe, believing in him. We begin to remain with him by believing through time, especially through struggles, trials, tests, difficulties. And then that remaining bears fruit in practical love. Yeah, you hear so often. I am the vine. You're the branches remain in me. That's, I can recall in the words of a little Carmelite who became a Saint, St. Elizabeth of the Trinity. That's one of the first things she implores in her great retreats that she offers us is to remember, remain in me. And I think sometimes that's very difficult to stay in that place because of those types of trials. If you're not anchored again in that belief, that trust, and that can only grow in a relationship within an encounter with Christ, can it? Yes, exactly. So Father, when you were exploring this in the gospel of John, it hits me that, as you said in the beginning, Andrew and Philip heard it first, but they didn't respond immediately.
A highlight from Ep. 558 The Economy of Things with PEAQ Token
"All right, everybody. Welcome back to another episode of the Crypto 101 Podcast. I'm your host, Bryce, as always joined by my notorious compadre, Mr. Aaron Pizzamein. Malone, how are you doing, Pete? I'm doing great. I'm over in my new Airbnb here in Via Olympia in Sao Paulo, feeling good. And hey, you know something that I was thinking about? We don't talk very much about how cryptocurrency is not just changing the way people transact, but the way machines and things can transact as well. This is another use case for blockchain that is extremely underrated, but it's going to be a very critical part of our universe going forwards. Yeah. We always talk about machine -to -machine transactions and the future of the world being run on smart contracts and what all that means, and guys, we're going to be diving into that in some detail today with our guest. He goes by Leonard, aka Leo, last name Durlichter. And I think I actually nailed that. How are you doing, Leo? Very, very good. Yeah. Great to be here. And yeah, happy to dive in, and you did nail my last name. It's fairly complicated. I was doing warm -up exercises backstage before the show to make sure I had that pronunciation correctly. But you're the co -founder of Peak. You guys are thinking about the economy of things. I used to know this as the internet of things, all these small little connected devices. But what are you guys building over there? Yeah, absolutely. It's a massive term, right? The economy of things and the economy between machines. So it actually goes back to 2017, where we started exploring the potential between IoT and blockchain, and it was quite clear to us back then already that all those smart connected machines are emerging, right? Smart home devices, vehicles, robots, devices, and all of them at some point, sooner or later, can offer goods and services. So if you think about a vehicle, a robotaxi, we've heard that in the context of Tesla, they can drive around autonomously, move people around, and earn money from that. So for us, it was quite clear that this needs an open system. This needs a blockchain where all of those things can have an identity. And then they can say, look, I'm offering this service right now for this price, and someone else can see this and buy this. Because if we think in terms of Web2, the traditional Internet, as we know today, you have one platform for one specific use case, but you don't have an open ecosystem where all of those things can really transact and offer and consume goods and services. So it's more than just one platform for, let's say, car sharing, but on the same network, you can also charge your electric vehicles, you can find a parking spot and all of those use cases. So it's really an economy emerging based on smart machines. That's really cool. And all of this seems to be grouped under a new crypto niche called DPIN, or Decentralized Physical Infrastructure. Can you give us maybe a short list of some devices or services that would count as being part of DPIN? Absolutely. So we're very happy that this is emerging now, and the whole space gets kind of a name and an umbrella under which people can identify those use cases. But there are many great DPIN use cases. So one, for example, just launched recently on Peak, which is called e -loop. They are building a decentralized network for like a decentralized car sharing service where people can invest into vehicles, in their case, Teslas. Then they buy those Teslas. Those Teslas generate revenue, and the revenue is being split between the people who invested into the Teslas. So what happens now, they democratize car sharing. Everyone now can invest in and earn a part of a car sharing fleet. And another cool example is Natix Network. They're building also on Peak, which is a decentralized camera network. They built what they call the Internet of Cameras. Everyone can, while they drive, put their smartphone in the car and map the street in real time. There's a construction happening, an accident was happening, and so on. And for collecting that data, you're being rewarded. And those are some DPIN use cases. But it goes into electric vehicle charging, neighbors being able to share their charging station with each other, 5G hotspots. Helium, we know from the lower one, but they expand to 5G now. So communities can build telco networks where they share connectivity with each other. It's really, yeah, there's so many use cases.
Albies drives in winning run in 9th as Braves beat Dodgers 4-3, avoid sweep
"As y'all be sacrificed fly on the bottom of the 9th gave Atlanta four to three win over the Los Angeles Dodgers and help the brave salvage one game of their three game series. All these had only a walk on the night but came through big where they walk off sac fly after the Dodgers tied the score three three in the 8th. We needed that W big because we had two losses and come back and win that game is huge for the team. Starting pitcher Bryce elder through 6 solid innings for the braves, giving up just a run, Marcelo zuna had a two run home run and medals and a solo shot for the braves. Gary McKinley's Atlanta
Arcia drives in go-ahead run in 7th as Braves beat rookie Miller, Mariners 6-2
"Atlanta Braves scored a pair of runs in the 7th, three more on the 8th for a 6 two come from behind victory over the Seattle Mariners. Brave starter Bryce elder held Seattle in check until the braves bats came alive, elder gave up just two runs over 6 innings. There's always that kind of peace of mind, you know. You're never out of it. You know, as long as you keep it close, we're always gonna have a chance. Marcelo zuna led the braves attack driving in three runs while man Olson drove in a pair with a double and a solo home run. Mariners starter Bryce Miller also had a solid outing going 6 and a third, giving up three runs and striking out four. Gary mckillop's Atlanta
"bryce whole" Discussed on The Paul Finebaum Show
"I mean, I have a lot of friends who look at who looked at LSU spring game and read a lot of good things into it. I never read too much into a spring game. But I think Alabama is still the pick to win the west. I think LSU is pretty close next to them, but the quarterback situation is puzzling. And part of the reason I think when you look at Alabama is schedule, we have it up on the screen, who are their toughest games this year in the SEC, Tennessee, I would rank as probably the toughest, maybe Texas a and M, but their games, they have some manageable games. They do have a couple of state a and M, auburn, Kentucky, on the road, is there a law in there? You could argue there's a loss or two, but I think they've got a moderately favorable schedule. Thank you for the call. Will actually, Don is up next in Colorado. Hello, Don, go right ahead. Yeah. You know, I've been wondering for a while. I mean, San Diego state university has had an excellent basketball program ever since Steve Fisher took over. It seems to be that it's continued. And their football program has been good too. If you take San Diego states football and basketball programs, I think the ranked second in winds on the West Coast, what's it going to take? I mean, they've improved their academic standards. They built a new stadium for the football team. Their basketball team ranked second in attendance. What's it going to take for San Diego state to have an opportunity to play with the big boys? Don, I think that day is coming. I think the PAC 12 is really out of options. And I think San Diego state probably ranks as their best option. And it may be the football card that makes the most difference. Basketball is important. We had the commissioner of the West Coast on yesterday who has Gonzaga, which is one of the, as you know, one of the premier programs in the country. But it's football that moves the television needle. And I think San Diego state being good enough in football will probably end up getting them in that league. Let's check out Wayne in Knoxville. Hey Wayne, go right ahead. Thank you. Quick question. Henry hooker, why is he not getting into the publicity and exposure that we're looking for him to get on the I may be biased? And I really feel like he's probably better than any of the top four prospects or talked about coming out of the SEC. I don't understand. Well, we talked to him about that a couple of weeks ago when he came by and I think him getting hurt was the biggest reason why that is the case. Having said that, there are those who believe he'll go in the first round, I think you have to take your geography out of the equation, Bryce young is far and away the best rated quarterback in the draft. Now, the question is, how do guys like Anthony Richardson will levitt's get ranked ahead of him? And it's all subjective, but so far that seems to be the way it is. You hear the argument about stetson Bennett. I mean, stetson Ben is not getting Henry hooker's projected in the first round. That's Bennett. In some people's mocks, is not even in the draft. Thank you for the call. Will is up next from North Carolina. Well, thanks. Good afternoon. What's going on, Paul? I'm excited about the draft tomorrow. Have you been peeking over your neighbor's back since for any updates on the Panthers? Yeah, I saw some Bryce young memorabilia out there in the yard yesterday, so I'm just thinking. Yeah, I don't know. I saw I saw Bryce's whole family visiting with them. So I think something's up. Well, I can't understand for life, so I can't wait for them to use the number one pick already tomorrow. No pick some random quarterback from Appalachian state or something. That's funny. Thank you. Well, thank you. By the way, speaking of hinden hooker just saw something from Pete themi in relation to that. And Thanos was reporting that every NFL club got a letter from hooker's orthopedic surgeon that broke down the timeline from him having the ACL on November 19th and it supports what we just got through saying that he is fully recovered and many believe he will end up in the first round. We are racing through some phone calls here. Let's continue Anthony is up next. Good afternoon. Hello, Paul. Just about 63 years old. I just wondered about why is everybody putting Alabama down? You know, you can't be top dog forever. I still like them and still root for them. I ain't going to change teams. You're going to have a bad team. Well, but here's the thing, Anthony, a bad team by Alabama standards is better than anyone else. Usually. So I think it's all about the expectations. When you win 6 national championships in a 16, 17 year period, you lose the title game three other times, you're in the playoffs, one other time. So that's what? Ten out of 16 years, you play for the national championship, your fans expect that. And that's really the standard of Alabama. Nick Saban would tell you that and you know that. Oh, I know that, yeah. As this, you know, you're going to have, you're going to have some teams just like Arkansas. Everybody's coming up and getting a whole lot better. Yeah, but that's been going on since 2008. And until Kirby smart one two in a row, nobody else has really cracked a dent. Auburn had a shot one year and won the title had a shout another year. LSU is coming gone. But Saban has been the one constant. And I think it's as much about Kirby smart as it is, Nick Saban. There just seems to be a program that looks more like Alabama than Alabama. We'll take a short break. Your phone calls continue here at 8 5 5, two four two 7 two 8 5. When I was young me and my mama had beef 17 years old kicked out on the streets. FX is dear mama. A 5 part docuseries. My name is Tupac Shakur and my mother was a Black Panther. Pop looked up to his mother. Straight like that. It was my responsibility to teach Tupac how to survive his reality. FX is dear mama all new Fridays on FX, stream on Hulu. You are listening to the Paul finebaum show podcast. Back Samuel is up next in Kansas as we say hello to you on this Wednesday. Hello, Samuel. Hello, Paul. Hi, man. We're doing great. So I have a question.
"bryce whole" Discussed on Xtra Sports Radio 1300 AM
"Play any out of conference games. They have played this game. 47 years in a row prior to not playing it last year. We can tell everybody that the rivalry still has intensity because we walked through all these people about three hours ago, Steve, they're fired up. They are fired up, No doubt about it. Block party out of the shotgun for Iowa State, moving left black uniforms for them a hand off the hall. He makes a guy missed races outside of the channel was tripped up at the 12 or else he might have been out of the gate, Bryce. Whole or bristled there as he rumbled to the right. One player stopped him. That was Jack Corner, the safety Jack corner If he if he doesn't make that play Bright briefs Hall has got Nothing but green grass in front of him, and it's a it's a big play to get the ball out of this end of the field for the cyclone. Second and three. It's officially a seven yard game two receivers left. One comes in motion. That's Milton handoff left out of the shotgun and whole has the first down across the 15 and maybe up to the 16 or 17 Yard line. This young man runs top out of Wichita, Kansas. 13 straight games with the rushing touchdown. He had 1500 yards a year ago in the shortened season to lead the nation in FBS rushing yards. Grease Hole of Iowa stated he gets the 1st 1st out of the game in his 1st 21 starts 13 times He went over 100 yards. Three other of those games he had over 90 yards. Almost 100. This guy's a real deal. Bad snap over the quarterback's head and hall has to follow the ball all the way back at the two yard line.
"bryce whole" Discussed on Boomer & Gio
"This great. Let's see if you can take the lead. Who is the jet sheldrick red wine for tristen rum shawl red wine. Good job i got one. Guess i like shaun because they enjoy rid wind jerry just to be. These guys are on the fifty three man roster on the depth chart. Okay as of yesterday they are on the chart yes again and he's up one nothing al. Who is the jet. All mirian answer or javelin do a gigiri unser over three my man i would have said that javelin gigiri would be the deed. Yes all right. Hey to take dominant to nothing lead. Who is the jet. Bryce whole or brian sa- mayes. Good up to nothing all right. This is it out. If you don't get this over then you won't be able to come back. Who is the jet morgan. Moses were caleb abraham caleb abraham for the game or with multiple choice fifty ally. Try any congratulations to more. Good job at the fake names jerry. Do one more. I will give you for extra credit if you can get this. Who is the jet timmy. Northfield or trayvon west. Go west go. Who have you know a fullback. Fullback music fullback. So all right eddie. You got three good at all but good try. I suppose for jets. In panthers on sunday i. Let's get to the yankees last night. As as they fell short to the blue jays. The to two is line to left. Centerfield heading toward third is taos. Go the throat. Second hiccups house go home. The throw home is safe. The ball was dropped now. It's funny john sterling van. You went to atlantic city last week. And you've talked about doing red black. I mean you just had fifty fifty shot five times in a row added you do on roulette while i Not great. I was trying out a system. I was reading about online. That did not work out then. I used my own system. And i am. I got most of my money back but not all of your own system. Yeah which is what. Modifications the west coast. I'm west coast. I modified the system. I was using that. I read about online. I feel like roulette systems totally kochta. Evidently they are like blackjack systems. I can understand that but roulette. It's an individual spin every single time z. For kochta system modified for people who are scared to bet a large amounts of money is the system. Where when you lose you double your bet and then if you lose again you double that that. If you lose again you double at six thousand dollars i mean. Have you not learned anything since working here. I did i did. I did hear craig on the air prior to me going there him saying. Don't chase your losses. And i was down like four hundred dollars in roulette. Offer me like i'd never. I don't like the bet and i was like I really could just grab another four hundred break even here but i did not try that so he learned but there was a debate over. You know what is down big. What isn't big. If i said i was down big in atlantic city. What amount of money would that need to be a thousand dollars. If rouse was forty dollars. I thought four hundred dollars on. Consider down big just. Because i don't like to lose money. Yeah i mean it's it's significant but if you if you went out of your way to tell you were down big i would think a thousand dollars but four hundred not good. I'd be pissed down four hundred dollars. That's four hundred bucks. That's a great. Dinner is what that is in then. New down four hundred and then you go to dinner those normally down six hundred basis that porterhouse that you gina lake not cheap. Yeah right well. He's a piece of big swing. There's some fun. Yes hey so. You lost four hundred dollars on roulette. Would you like a free sweet. Like i don't think he's one of those big fish that comes in oh suite. We have gone sweet sweet out in vegas infinity pool on the top floor. Nice uncomfortable was he. Yes i feel. Like eddie loves situations like that rich people and i actually. This is never done in that place. Like i saved the leftovers from the room service pizza and put it in the fridge and then had it like for lunch thing which i don't think ever happens. I just couldn't not do that surprise. You didn't sleep on the pizza box outside that that you could put an entire football team in that suite that we have. Yeah it was unbelievable ridiculous sitting down first thing watching fox news. Few it's awesome. That's why he was uncomfortable. When the car bombs came he was of course right. Marlins beat the mets three two. You got the subway series beginning tonight. It's montgomery and tyler mcgill will have it on the fan at six thirty. And all weekend long each the morning show with boomer esiason and greg boomerang geo jets at one o'clock and giants at four twenty five on sunday and you've got some doubleheaders to both networks have double header so in the one o'clock window for fox going up against carolina and the jets on cbs is going to be philadelphia and atlanta and then on cbs. In the afternoon we have to obviously Four twenty five games ninety percent of the country including new york is going to get a lower new york at least Is going to get kansas city and cleveland. Where about ten percent of the country's gonna get miami new england okay and then for fox late me see fox late fox. Late has two games as well. They have green bed world liens and they have denver at the giants denver and the giants you know. Obviously in the mid. It's kinda like the midwestern states shower where the bronco fans all right so it looks like it's about an eighty twenty split that green bay new orleans will be seen in about eighty percent of the country and denver new york giants about twenty. Of course. I mean that. Green bay new orleans games are going to be a very popular game. Rogers all the drama in the off season and everything else can wait. Let's go to vinnie cliff clinton. What's going on vinnie radio so out there. Thanks man. what do you got today. I real quick giants stuff. That bill fan calls up and says he doesn't have you know a fire Competitive fire is jones. Forget the for five touchdowns and parenthood fifty yards. A game is rookie year and his first game in the nfl marched up the field up and down on tampa blonde the game. I mean field goal but you wealth. Didn't our confidence in me to his meeting. I was gonna say the same. Who's like what What.
"bryce whole" Discussed on Boomer & Gio
"Touchdown. Kevin harlan on the fan. Thirty one twenty nine. The bucks beat the cowboys. It would take a ryan suck up game winner from thirty six yards out with two seconds to go on the fourth lifting tampa pass. Dallas here was brady on nbc. He really spread the ball around even found rob gronkowski five times for ninety yards and a couple of touchdown. We played together a long time. So i think that's part of playing with someone as long as that. Is we have a few tools in our toolbox and cross great adjustment. Glad we execute it the way that you know we had talked about it. I said five catches eight for rob. Gronkowski was five for brown for the one. Twenty-one here was gronk. Not too bad for a season opener brady was on. Nbc this gronk on westwood. One definitely got tired out there a little bit you know. Pick up my game a little bit but that was the first game of the season playing on sixty minutes to but overall on thought did pretty well not too bad. As for the cowboys the storyline really is dak prescott as he was back from the injuries and the surgery. Four hundred and three yards passing was efficient three touchdowns one picking the loss. He says felt great throughout at didn't play that many times and never questioned my health or being able to throw it fifty times or How fill out there. I'll tell you what a hundred eight pass attempts have what I mean you. you've had a combined. Eight hundred forty eight yards total. I think or eight hundred was a lot. It was a lot through the air but it was a lot. Yeah and seven touchdown passes and only one sack. You're just crossed my mind or someone else would have brought this up at the way gronk said i was a little tired whatever. It is an older player and this is a team. That's obvious gonna win a bunch of games. He think we're gonna see some sort of load management now at seventeen games. I do some sort of something where guys get sat down or like. Maybe a guy like brady if they're up by like three touchdowns and play the third quarter or something wrong sits down with a running back receiver. That they're i'm telling you these coaches and these players. Something will happen now at seventeen games. I could see that. I think well at just whispered something in my ear. Could there be a team. Liffey after we fifteen yeah undefeated and they sure up the number one seed in their respective conference And he got two games left. Yeah i like to go if yourself to sook it. Rich boy boy says that sometimes yeah. He got his penalty. What is this ellen any game that you were going to do what i was trying to finish up the cowboys did that. We have the jetson carolina. So i thought it would be a good time at a. You can hit the music. We're going to play a little game for the first time that we know the jets very young team. Don't know who the hell's in their secondary. Yeah so it's time now for the very famous boomer and geo game who is that jet is he a jet or is he just a new yorker just new yorkers these. They're all real okay. I'm sure we could find them somewhere in the white pages on all right or made up name. What the hockey thing. Yeah we're gonna start without. We'll go with you. I will go back and forth. You can always say well. You can't take the steelers. Get it wrong wrong choice airbase so you get to go first player. Number one is the jet brandon. Eccles or byron homes byron homes wrong over one. Any your turn. Who is the jet willie. Geist jackson or john. Franklin myers guys jackson tv peacock. Yeah nolan's in the league right now. We are tied at zero al back to you. Who is the jet jamie sherwood or james thomson. James thompson took great. I like it. Let's see if you can take the lead. Who is the jet sheldrick red wine or rum. Red wine good job. We got one. You're only because i saw. Because they enjoy it wayne jerry. These guys are on the fifty three man roster on the chart okay. As of yesterday they are on the chart. Yes again and he's up one nothing ow. Who is the jet owned. Marion or javelin a drink unser and over three man. I would have said that. Javelin gigiri would be the individual detroit. Yes eddie to take a dominant to nothing lead. Who is the jet. Bryce whole or brian surmise. All good jazz up to nothing. All right this is it. If you don't get this it's over then you won't be able to come back. Who is the jet morgan. Moses were caleb abraham caleb abraham for the game which four with multiple choice fifty joyce. Try any congratulations. You wait you more job at the fake names jerry. One more. I will give you for extra credit if you can get this. Who is the jet timmy. Northfield or trayvon west. Go west good job. All right snapped. no fullback. A fullback news a fullback. So all right eddie. You got three good at all but good try. I suppose for jets. In panthers on sunday i. Let's get to the yankees last night. As they fell short to the blue jays. the to two is line. Two left centerfield. It is basit heading toward third is taos cut the throat of second hiccup say oscar. Go home. the throw home is safe. The ball was dropped. Funny john sterling event. You went to atlantic city last week and you talk about doing red black. I mean you just had fifty fifty shot five times in a row. How did you do on roulette. While i not great. I was trying out a system. I was reading about online. That did not work out. Then i use my own system. And i and i got most of my money back but not all your own system. Yeah which is what modification as the west coast. I must coast this modified the system. I was using that. I read about online. I feel like roulette systems totally fecta. Evidently they are like blackjack systems. I can understand that but roulette. It's an individual spin every single time. There was the kochta system modified for people who are scared to bet. Large amounts of money the system. Where when you lose you double your bet and then if you lose again you double that that if you lose again you double up six thousand dollars back home. Have you not learned anything since working here. I did i did. I did hear craig on the air prior to me going there him saying. Don't chase your losses. And i was down like four hundred dollars roulette which is offering me like i'd never the bet and I really could just grab another four hundred and break even here. I did not try that.
"bryce whole" Discussed on The Creators Club Podcast
"A choice anymore so receptive to their students. And now how do you guys know. Each other at all would is getting is the co alliance seventeen geometry. I'm trying to think i've is. That was that. I'm trying to think how i met you in that class. Sam i don't know where i met you i on a no. It was also last on thinking it was freshman year. I remember that it was like whatever freshman year math class. I was with like all lake. All your exactly right yes. We sat next week at some point. You talk along these and stuff like that you know it was one of our earlier conversations. Probably like the weekend or string co center. Something in your holly. How way blue. Who'd have known he wasn't always the hour noseeums begin. Zion is like for the weekend. I in for frank ocean worse so like but i love. I love scare. We love the other birds. Just something about specific individual connects way to be you know so instead of. Yeah i was gonna say do we have. We all have like project. We d like we did. We did we had a project in you. Basil music or different parties today are the woes. Probably i'll probably with father had had something to do. Kennard probably may be. It'd be like that's weird. Geometry class charts take and welcome news yet right so that is funny. Missile by songs for the fame rice was one of the people i met when i moved to howard county. He's like not see. I know i know his reputation. Now is not the nicest person that the nothing specific this in highschool used to go. Go go i was just gonna say people had some severe issues with that man like not know who was. I didn't get it. Like i freshman year came in like i came to the bus. Stop the first. Dupont was ryan matthews. Bryce whole embrace was like putting your gains long. Is the bus stop. you know. this is where we go. You'd like hanging out and be like yo. You'll just be nice to the new king for the longest time. I had no idea he was like you know famously. In like i he was just like a dude. That was pretty cool. We stand on a bus and stuff like went back home. I know for the longest time. I forget how i found out eventually. It was just like oh you have followers and stuff. I see bandages you. Us by louis meet agrees with me. It was doing megrim. Columbia is i was gonna say that being bond have simple. It was similar thing with brice. Because i met him like do that class. We all had. And i just thought it was cool. I you know we're he hung out with. I did so we will and we went to the mall one time and a whole bunch of late middle school girl. Twelve year old years slightly younger than us running up and relax. Can you take my picture of rice and say. Oh you're actually light. You're fables cables. Did in this movie. I love whole heart coupon. To or whenever i gotta make sure depending this like hbo and this is produced by is like feeling action companies. He was showing me stuff on his phone. He was like. Yeah they like invited me this premier all your this is you show me and it was literally like the the release date kubo in the two strings and i was like you. How dare you. Also high. Leary's i i know you've been like going through maybe not going through dealing with you know like fame stuff out having a fight with awesome make awesome get into a fight with everybody and what he thought of a special needs anything..