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Bitcoin in Berlin

Over the past two years, Berlin has gained a reputation as one of the Bitcoin capitals of the world. Around the city, there are nearly two dozen restaurants and shops accepting the currency, including six concentrated in a single block. Room77, the restaurant that started it all, holds Bitcoin meetups on the first Thursday of every month, and dozens of people attend. The most recent meetup on August 1 saw unusually high attendance, with a number of prominent Bitcoin activists from Europe and around the world attending; stateless political activist Mike Gogulski, Defense Disributed‘s Cody Wilson, Bitcoin developer Amir Taaki, bitcoin.de operator Oliver Flaskamper and Mihai Alisie and myself from Bitcoin Magazine were all present. The story started with Room77, [...]

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04.20.11 · Southern Hospitality

I left DC yesterday morning, and headed south towards I-95. Traffic was miserable for about an hour; suddenly, it all cleared up. That seemed to be a watershed, because after that point, the roads have been better, the drivers have been better, the climate’s been warmer, and I’ve been enjoying myself more. I’ve spent most of my life in the Northeast; I didn’t expect the South to be so different. It’s much warmer, for one. It’s hard to put a finger on the differences - but everything seems to be operating at a lower frequency; less hectic, more predictable. I like it.

I met up with Jake Parrish in Richmond, VA, for a quick pit stop. We filled up my tank and got some food, then I continued south to Raleigh, NC, to meet up with Jake’s brother, David Parrish. Jake and David are both web developers - they showed me some of their work, and I was impressed. If you need a slick site, check out what they have to offer at UpgradeYa!

Back when I met Llama at MIT, he asked me if I liked Bitcoin for its technology, economics, or politics. I had to answer “all three,” but I lean a little bit to the political side of the table. David and Jake do too, so we spent some entertaining hours talking about the political implications of anonymous digital cash. David showed me a podcast called ‘Cypherpunkd’ - this just launched, and it looks to have a lot of potential. If you’re interested in bitcoin politics too, you should definitely take a look.

Tonight I’m going to meet some couchsurfers who use Bitcoin. Apparently they’re having a electronic music show tonight, so I’ll try and get some video. Developer jgarzik is rumored to live around the Raleigh area as well, so I’m hoping to get in touch with everyone, and set up the first Raleigh Bitcoin Meetup this Friday night (4/22.)

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