May 8th, 2022

Goal: Achieving decentralisation for source control, eventually aim is moving away from Github


  1. Took a read of the docs, ended up at the getting started guide
  2. Decided to go with the CLI, so although I didn’t have to, and could have done just done cargo install --force --locked --git https://seed.alt-clients.radicle.xyz/radicle-cli.git radicle-cli I wanted to get a little bit more deep so I forked the Radlcie CLI repo to build it from source.
  3. Ran rustup update to fix an initial compilation issue with an outdated version of rust
  4. Ran brew install cmake based a new error stating to check if cmake was installed
  5. Ran the cargo install --force --locked --path . command, hoping third time’s the charm. Went and made some coffee…takes awhile to build. Continued reading into the docs in the meanwhile. Success! It compiled!
  6. Ran rad auth. I had previously downloaded Radicle Upstream, the desktop GUI, so it picked up my original ID and added it once I entered my password.
  7. Created a new folder, did rad init with error. Seems like you need to have a folder with git already set up to get it initialised. I was working thru a Buildspace course so decided to use that folder as I hadn’t fully set it up yet.
  8. Ran git init -y to initialise git
  9. Ran git checkout -b main to configure my branch
  10. Ran touch .gitignore to create a file to commit
  11. Ran git add . to add the file
  12. Ran git commit -m “adds git ignore to commit the change
  13. Ran rad init again, this time it worked. Followed the wizard and gave it a new name, it was successful. Confirmed that rad .gave me back the details for the repo in Radicle
  14. Tried to do a rad push but got an error
January 30th, 2022

Firstly, this is not financial advice. Do you own research. I am excited about blockchain and its emerging applications as an innovation maximalist, and am sharing this as I really like the Lofty.ai product and wrote about this recently. This is more of an update with some of the more recent additions to their platform which I see lining up the pieces for the Algorand ecosystem to encourage broader usage by traditional retail investors in more than just a traditional investments packaged to work with tokenised assets.

The bear market conditions in crypto-trading may be putting off those keen on investing in crypto-currency who are understandably scared by the volatility, but not removed their desire to invest. Without opportunities to “ape” safely, other options for a retail investor’s capital that offers more than a savings deposit are now on the table.

Owning your own home has always been something most of us have as a common dream. Real estate investment, either thru owning your own home, or by acquiring investment properties that generate regular rental income, has often been looked on favourably as a “safe” bet for long term wealth accumulation. Lofty.AI’s product innovates on this by:

  • Using a (legally backed and compliant) fractional ownership system for real estate using the Algorand blockchain to represent properties as tokenised assets, with each token representing a fraction equivalent to $50 USD of the property value at the time of initial sale.
  • Using a powerful AI engine for recommending “best-bet” areas where property prices should go up in value over time above the market average, and focusing buying and tokenising properties here with experienced real estate agency team members on board to further sanity check these choices.
  • An on-ramp to investing thru credit/debit card purchases or bank transfers with minimal knowledge of blockchain other than setting up an Algorand web wallet which is used as the non-custodial holder of the ownership tokens
  • Making it accessible to non-US based as well as US-based customers, allowing global participation in US real estate investments and staying compliant with all US KYC and AML regulations here.
  • Allowing re-investment of rental yields as part or total payment towards tokens in new properties offered for sale on the Lofty website.
January 21st, 2022

Disclaimer: This is not financial advice, I am not a financial advisor. Always Do Your Own Research before investing in anything blockchain related or not. I am an innovation maximalist and avid software developer, and I find blockchain development and projects within the space especially intriguing, and I write about them both as a user and someone trying to grok the intricacies of how existing and novel applications are living in a blockchain, and hopefully build a few of these myself.

With the brutal days of lowered token prices at the time of writing, but knowing this is part and parcel of the volatility inherent in the crypto-investment space, non-crypto asset holding using blockchains was an area I started looking into a few months ago. Many people are now realising, as I did back when I started this research, that the power of NFTs to tokenise literally anything, and not just artworks. This meant that any physical asset that could be verified with a tokenised equivalent was fair game for a blockchain-based token market and trading. Specifically real estate was my target when I started this research as one day I’d hope to own my own home myself, and if I could see a path there that married with my interests in blockchain, of course that was a double whammy win for me.

To that end, I am fond of Algorand’s blockchain and came across a very interesting tokenised real estate application known as Lofty.AI. Lofty uses an AI algorithm (Deep Learning is also another interest area of mine) to identify prospective properties that it predicts will appreciate in value over time. Lofty’s team then uses this in projections for a rental income stream and overall return income for these, and offering a set number of tokens working like the equivalent of shares in the individual legal entity that would act as the management for the property on behalf of all token holders. Token holders are distributed rent equivalent to their proportionate number of tokens for each property held, credited daily into their holding account. Rents accumulated into their account can either be redeemed to your bank account via bank transfer or applied towards the purchase of further tokens available for that or other properties listed.**

Lofty’s gained awesome traction not just by grabbing the prestigious “YCombinator-backed” title as a startup, but for overcoming the legal barriers that surround investment in a token-based ecosystem on a blockchain. Their website has a good block with a primer article on tokenised real estate and is transparent by having an active top level link to the whitepaper on how the Lofty AI algorithm works to curate and identify high-potential property areas in which they target for property acquisitions.

January 20th, 2022

There’s just too much going by too fast to digest in real time, so here’s my running list of links Sherif shared tonight for later exploration:

Referencing the ERC-721 standard for Ethereum for comparison

January 20th, 2022

I wanted to see what other blockchains were like for app development experiences, so I have been waking up at 1am nightly for the past few days to participate in the Encode Club’s NEAR bootcamp. The videos are published on their YouTube channel, if you’re keen to take a look.

I will be honest, my day job has me diving deep into more Solidity and Ethereum development that has left not left much time outside the class to dedicate to this so far, but hopefully my weekend will give me the time to explore and get more value from the experience. It is definitely a bit to wrap your head around if you’re only now starting in blockchain development, but the guide for this bootcamp, Sherif, is awesome at making things simple and breaking things down for us. He’s not just a very experienced core developer for Near, but he’s made sure there have been a tonne of resources from articles to code samples to videos, that will prove more than helpful once you’re willing to put in the time to diving in and learning.

I’m probably being too ambitious, but I’m hoping by the end I can wrap my head around at least two key concepts:

  1. Setting up a DAO infrastructure by understanding samples from the SputnikDAO code repo
  2. Understanding how to get a pricing oracle feed using the samples from the Flux protocol code repo as guidance.
January 20th, 2022

As someone new to Web3 development, but coming with many years of experience in tech and the Web2 world, I wanted to get all the pieces in place for innovating on a new idea, without losing steam for my idea from the usual pain of manual setup. That process in itself is good for grokking, but the creative energy surround that “aha” idea should be spent proving a thesis by building a quick MVP or POC of the idea, not the repeatable boilerplate infrastructure required to get that idea actioned. scaffold-eth is a project I have started experimenting with since I have been seeing it for awhile, and after one of the more recent videos with its creator, Austin Griffith, a very energetic and really smart dude who always gets me excited by him being excited, I decided to dive in. It’s been very promising, there is alot to unpack, as there are many branches with alot of starters for specific use cases. Right now I’m starting with the main branch, as I explore I’ll write more on this

January 19th, 2022

Hello world! I’m an Innovation Maximalist, and I’ve been blogging for about 15 or so years on technical topics. In that time I’ve switched platforms a few times. Self-hosted Wordpress, hosted Wordpress, BlogSpot, Medium, Substack, I’ve tried a few. In starting yet another blog, I’m hoping to focus more content specifically related to my journey building experiences using blockchain technology within the decentralised world it empowers. All feedback welcome on topics of interest, find me on Twitter @monkfenix