I just wanted to write a quick post about what I’ve been up to, since it’s been a while.
I’ve been running around a bit: I moved to Asheville, North Carolina from my apartment in New Jersey at the beginning of September, returned to New York for a month in December, and moved into a new place in Asheville right before the new year. So far I’m loving AVL and the Blue Ridge Mountain area and have met more inspiring people here than I bargained for. I also did a lot of fiction writing over the holidays, something I rarely find the time for — it felt really, really good.
I’ve also been thinking a lot recently about block chains, the technology on which Bitcoin is based. I’m not at all a Bitcoin enthusiast (and couldn’t care less about the true identity of Satoshi Nakamoto, ha-ha), but block chain tech fascinates me (for more reasons than I can address in a quick update). Famed Silicon Valley venture capitalist Marc Andresseen claimed that the block chain’s distributed consensus model is the most important invention since the internet itself.
As I’m teaching myself block chain basics, I’m also thinking about the best ways to write/educate others about it. As of early 2016, interest in block chains seems to come from hardcore geeks and/or VC (or wannabe VCs); even the block chain Wikipedia article presumes an above-average level of tech awareness. At this stage in the game, I think it’s important to start dreaming of ways of communicating about this meaningfully to those who fall beyond the narrow demographics that typically comprise early adopters.