Meditations on a dirty word

— The Intelligent Investor (Chapter I), Benjamin Graham

Gambling vs. Speculating

There are two kinds of games in our universe: games where the odds are known and games where they are hidden.

The odds at the casino table are known. They tell you what…


A different perspective on cryptocurrencies

Most people think about cryptocurrencies this way:

So, that’s the normal way of looking at things: the point of all that stuff on the left is to make that shiny coin on the right. People in Venezuela, for example, are finding crypto currencies quite useful this way.

But there’s also…


If you still don’t get what the heck a Smart Contract is…

Ok, you know a bit about Bitcoin (see: Explain Bitcoin Like I’m Five). You’ve been seeing the blockchain on the news.

But what’s this new Ethereum thing? Apparently it’s this crypto-currency you can use to build “smart contracts”. Sounds impressive. So, uh… what are they again? (Spoiler: They’re not that…


If you still can’t figure out what the heck a bitcoin is…

We’re sitting on a park bench. It’s a great day.

I have one apple with me. I give it to you.

You now have one apple and I have zero.

That was simple, right?

Let’s look closely at what happened:

My apple was physically put into your hand.

You know…

Nik Custodio

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