I’ve been a pilot for a few years, thinking about all the wrong ways to think about how lift works I’ve also watched the rise of bitcoin and cryptocurrencies over the last few years - a phenomena in its own right I believe there is a strong analogy one can make between these two worlds
Low Reynold’s number implies the system is dominated by viscosity, or resistance to change In order to generate forward motion, objects leverage the viscosity more than their own inertia This strategy is very different from how one moves at higher Reynold’s numbers This is comparable to the uses of violence in early human history
All have had the effect of connecting us, of making it easier to transmit energy from one to another Instead of punching you to get a point across, I can speak to you. We can exchange money. We can scale communications across distances and time.
From a societal standpoint, we’ll always have some status quo bias, an inherent resistance to change in each of us.
“We are now in the realm of aerodynamics and airfoils”
You know how sometimes when you talk to an expert about something and they make you slow down?
Drilling in on the equal and opposite force
Blockchains have large conceptual displacement See also: Shannon/Information theory
Must have structurally sound project to not break apart
Downstream of the airfoil, the air preserves some form of the overall structure
“The flow of gas reacts to the edge of the boundary layer as if
it was the physical surface of the object.”
Crypto mailing list
“This is amazing”
Bitcoin into an
*By the way - what’s an engine?
Machine for sucking in people and
making them do things / propel
Relies on fuel (capital) to work
Over time, others add
to the project and
“This will never
A mixture of positive
attention keeps it
“Coolest thing ever!