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Tokyo 2020’s Olympic Torch Unveiled →

March 20, 2019


The Tokyo 2020 Olympic torch is stunning. Bravo. The design is inspired by the cherry blossom, and apparently shares the same “aluminum extrusion technology” that’s used to build Japan’s Shinksansen (bullet trains). Regarding the torch’s physical material, the aluminum was sourced from temporary housing that was built after the Great East Japan Earthquake. I’m getting goosebumps just thinking about this torch–amazing and meaningful design.

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Modes of Transport 📷

March 18, 2019

I’m sort of a train nerd, so I probably have a million Shinkansen photos on my iPhone. Now, I have a million and one. I’m really happy with how this one turned out. In addition to the N700 Series Shinkansen, I managed to get both the classic Tokyo taxi and Toyota’s new model in the same frame.

Camera: Apple iPhone X

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Justin Tabb Clears Up Substratum’s Shortcomings →

March 11, 2019

Justin Tabb:

We have been in business for over a year and a half, and even with the struggling crypto market, we have been fortunate to hit good points most of the time with conversion to fiat for use in building the company. While we utilized Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash upfront to get the business up and running, all those upfront costs were associated with building the business, and we still have roughly half the Ethereum that we raised during the ICO and nearly all of the Ripple and LiteCoin we raised are still stored in Cold Storage.

Okay, someone is lying here. According to Substratum’s whitepaper, the BTC, ETH, XRP, BCH, and LTC collected during its ICO was hedged four ways into BTC, ETH, USD, and USDT (25% each). Now, Justin Tabb is saying there is still XRP and LTC “stored in cold storage”, which is impossible if Substratum did indeed hedge its funding as stated in its whitepaper. Also, Substratum does not have “roughly half the Ethereum” it raised during its ICO left. Substratum raised 17,778.25 ETH, and there is currently 5,150.991684 ETH left in the treasury–that’s ~29%. Last time I checked, 29 ≠ 50.

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How to Reduce Network Requests in WordPress by Combining Images

March 10, 2019

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been working on optimizing this website by implementing Cloudflare full-page caching on certain pages, refactoring CSS, and reducing the number of requests per page load. Every page on Decrypto has a Twitter icon in the top left corner and an Instagram icon in the top right corner. Previously, the two icons were two separate PNG images. After a little Photoshop and CSS magic, I’ve cut that number in half. Now, both icons are displayed with the same PNG image.

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On the Way to Mount Fuji 📷

March 4, 2019

She’s been to the summit, but I haven’t–hoping to change that next year.

Camera: Fujifilm X-Pro2
Lens: Fujinon XF 23mm f/2 WR

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