Life as a Twitter refugee, a review of the Fediverse

I was recently inspired to take a break from Twitter after Elon Musk announced that he would be buying the company. I suppose I should talk a little bit about why that doesn't sit well with me, but I am more excited to recap my experience with the Fediverse as I sought to fill the Twitter void....

Quick Update on kiln: Bitcoin 'simnet' experimentation

There is a problem created by lack of competition in my own little Bitcoin world running on my laptop: it's too easy. If I let a node start mining, it will mine blocks at a ridiculous pace....

Incremental steps toward a self-contained Lightning Node testing environment

We need some block production in order to a) mature the blockchain to the necessary block height required unlock features, and b) support opening and closing Lightning channels. I've implemented the following features in the kiln operator to support block production in a test environment....

Connecting a Kubernetes Operator to Bitcoin Node Management APIs

The Bitcoin node implementation that I'm using (btcd) exposes an RPC API. For the past couple of days, I've been exploring that API and how I can integrate the kiln operator with with this RPC endpoint....

Simulating the Bitcoin Network

I have deployed a Bitcoin node using the kiln operator and connected a Lightning node to it, however, I am running the Bitcoin node in simnet mode, meaning it is simulating its own isolated Bitcoin network. This requires some explanation....