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As 2020 comes to a close, let’s take a look at some Polkadot network and ecosystem stats from the first year of its launch.


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Some quickly find their calling-they find a career that engages, satisfies, and pays them. But for many of us, it’s not that simple. We end up drifting about, meandering down one path and then another, always wondering what it is we’re really meant to do.

After many years of having only a vague sense of career direction (and often grateful just to make ends meet), I pondered a series of questions and finally reached clarity about what I want to do.

But before sharing the questions I used, I want to point out that it’s perfectly fine-and often part of…


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Some Kusama community peeps asked for desktop and mobile wallpapers, so here they are! Check them out below. You can also find all the files here.

These wallpapers are free to download and share!


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I’m anxious even in the best of times. I guess the upside to this is having had decades to figure out how to manage anxiety. Here are four practices I find helpful:

1. Log off social media, turn off the news

Like laughter, fear is contagious. You can see this in birds where one of them starts acting nervous and a moment later the whole flock takes flight. For several weeks I went down the coronavirus news hole, and my emotions went right down with me. Then one day I shut my laptop and noticed the shining sun and swaying trees outside. In that moment, I decided that I


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“It was a string of numbers they gave me. It will never work,” Jaco Greeff ( GitHub, Twitter) recalls about his first impressions of Bitcoin. An electrical engineer by training, Jaco wrote embedded systems, C++, C, and was CTO at a few companies. His interest in Bitcoin and Ethereum drew him to Parity, where he says he’s having the most fun ever.

The story of how Jaco came to work at Parity is pretty endearing: One of Parity Ethereum ‘s first users, he downloaded the 1.0 version of the client. He was disappointed to discover it didn’t have any RPCs…


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Provisioning systems and tracking down bugs isn’t everyone’s idea of fun, but it is Erin Grasmick’s. With a degree in computer science, Erin always assumed she would be a programmer. But after over a decade of administering Linux systems, Erin realised that making systems work well is more fun, and she made the decision to stay in DevOps engineering. Her original interest was in distributed systems (her academic job was administering a large cluster of nodes), so she joined Parity to get into the bleeding edge of distributed systems.

Erin has a warmth characteristic of her Wisconsin roots, and I…


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A Parity OG, core developer Tomasz Drwięga (GitHub, Twitter) joined Parity as employee number seven (or 007, as he points out) in January 2016 and watched the company quickly grow from four developers hacking in Airbnbs to the 78-person, multi-office company it is today.

Tomasz initially worked on the EVM implementation and later focused on the JSON-RPC interface — in his words, “the part that glues together the core client and the dapps and external developers.” He is also responsible for Parity Ethereum’s transaction pool and large parts of its block-producing code. …


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Parity Technologies is made up of a large number of talented developers who are often as passionate about the technologies they build with as those they build. Jack Fransham falls into this category, being able to talk at length about the merits of the Rust programming language, WebAssembly (Wasm), and Substrate.

In the year and a half Jack has worked at Parity, he has worked on a number of projects, including Wasmi, Parity’s Wasm interpreter; the “Fleetwood” eDSL library for writing safe smart contracts in Rust; EVM optimisation; hashing algorithms; and now the Lightbeam Wasm compiler.

Jack’s offbeat and occasionally…


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Substrate 1.0 Beta is out now, opening the door to a radical acceleration in blockchain and decentralised application development. Substrate is an open-source technology stack that makes it easy to create a blockchain customised for a particular application.

“Substrate takes all of our lessons learned in building Ethereum and Polkadot and distills that down into a stack of tooling that allows you to get all of those same rewards… for free.” — Dr. Gavin Wood

Designed for maximum technical freedom and ease

Substrate is architected to be as generic as possible in order to give you maximum technical freedom when designing your blockchain. It has a 100%…

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Making animations for nerds. https://twitter.com/alxheller

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