SLP Token – Minting baton, Badger wallet, Bitcoin Cash

SLP Token

This article is meant to be a simple walk through for people interested creating a hobby SLP (Simple Ledger Protocol) token on the Bitcoin Cash blockchain.

Tokens were all the rage last year using the Ethereum blockchain. Individuals and Companies heavily used standard Ethereum tokens to fund their projects (and scam investors out of money). Perhaps the most famous Ethereum token sale was TheDAO. DAO is an acronym for Decentralized Atonymous Organization. As you may know, theDAO ended disastrously. However, many Ethereum tokens still show promise. Some of these are the MakerDAO and the BAT tokens.

There have been many interesting proposals for the use of tokens (some of them, frankly, I don’t understand). But people have proposed tokenizing precious metals, real estate, digital collectibles (including video game goods), and more.

Developers have worked to make it easier to create tokens for Ethereum and have developed protocols that tokens can conform to so that they can be held in various wallets, for instance.

It does not include the shuffle privacy feature.

The basic steps to create an SLP token with Electron Cash:

  1. Download the Electron Cash SLP wallet.
  2. Add some BCH to the wallet.
  3. Press the ‘Tokens’ button
  4. Press ‘Create New Token’ button
  5. Fill in the token parameters
  6. Optionally preview your new token
  7. Press the ‘Create New Token’ button

That is it! You will be able to see your new token information and look at it on the blockchain.

I do have some additional helpful hints and explanations for creating these SLP tokens that will hopefully make it even easier. I have also included pix and links from my first token creation: FST (farawaystars test coin). You may be able to see some of my mistakes in the screen shots that were made as I fumbled around with the tools 😀.

Starting at step #3:

After selecting the ‘Token’ tab, select the ‘Create New Token’ button at the bottom.
Enter in the parameters for your new token.
Here is my new token (notice the error in the URL).
Successful token creation.
This is the history tab in the Electron Cash SLP app.
This is the SLP history tab in the Electron Cash SLP app.
This is the ‘Tokens’ tab that displays my token balance.
On the Bitcoin.com website, I can see my token on the top of the list as the most recently created!

Now let us discuss the parameters that are available.

  1. Token name: self explanatory
  2. Ticker symbol: usually two or three capital letters
  3. Document URL: you can include a url that links to a document related to your token
  4. Document Hash: you can include an MD5 hash of a document (on a Mac, in the terminal application type: md5 [file name])
  5. Decimal places: for reference, BCH is 8 decimal places and ETH is 18 decimal places)
  6. Token quantity: Initial or full token supply
  7. Fixed supply: true or false
  8. Address for baton: if this is not a fixed supply, this text field appears. You can enter any valid SLP address here. Whoever owns that address can issue more coins. I have not attempted to transfer the baton for this article.

Minting Baton

My duckduckgo.com skills may lack, but I could not find any walk throughs on this parameter. Here is how I successfully minted more FST coins:

First, notice above that I unchecked ‘Fixed Supply’ and entered a ‘Mint Baton Address’. The ‘Mint Baton Address’ must be an SLP token address. I used an address containing a small amount of BCH that was in my wallet.

Select the ‘Tokens’ tab, then Control-Click on the token that you want to mint. The above pop-up will appear.
Tokens have been created!
We have a printing press here, look out for inflation! (Check out the new balance)

Distribute your coin!

Click on the ‘Send’ tab and enter the amount of tokens you want to send
Note the ‘Fee’. In the previous screen shot, I could not edit the fee or sign the transaction because the fee was too high. If you click on the ‘Settings’ button on the bottom of the app, you can select ‘Edit fee manually’ to fix this.
Preview the transaction
Transaction sent!
The transaction can be viewed in your history. (or a blockchain explorer)

Mobile app

I sent the FST token to an address in my Badger Wallet for iOS. Pretty sweet!

I referenced this article on Bitcoin.com and this article on Simpleledger.cash to get started with SLP tokens.

If you would like to read more about cool tools for BCH, read my article on CashShuffle.

Use Cashshuffle With BCH

What is Cashshuffle and why is it important? How does Cashshuffle work?

Privacy

One hears it often regarding privacy. A popular app introduces a clever or convenient feature that requires the use of personal information. A new revelation becomes public on the abuses of government surveillance or violations of privacy. These are the circumstances lead people to say, “I ain’t got nothin’ to hide“.

Pseudo-Anonymous

Satoshi Nakamoto called Bitcoin pseudo-anonymous. This is because transactions occur and create records with addresses that don’t include names. By looking at the public blockchain ledger, one can see the balance and activity for any given address, but not the name of the owner associated with the address (BCH Rich List). The combination of blockchain analysis tools and KYC and AML compliant companies have made the blockchain nearly completely public.

But BCH in particular is concerned about being a currency. This is important because, currency must be fungible. A currency is not fungible if the history of transactions makes one element of the currency more or less valuable than another element. For example, if some BCH was used in a crime, then a person may not desire that particular BCH as much as some BCH that had a clean history, because possessing the ‘tainted’ coins may bring unwanted attention to the current owner.

Enter Cashshuffle

Bitcoin community awareness on the privacy issue existed before I even discovered Bitcoin. Therefore, developers suggested and implemented various solutions to this privacy problem. A solution for BCH that I recently heard about is the CashShuffle tool. CashShuffle mixes coins from various participating wallets automatically.

CashShuffle is available on Electron Cash and is coming soon to the Bitcoin.Com wallet and hopefully more wallets soon.

For this article, I downloaded Electron Cash for the Mac. After downloading and opening the Electron Cash wallet, all of the expected and usual prompts occur. The wallet prompts you to name your wallet, write down your backup phrase and create a password for the wallet.

Screen Shots

Cashshuffle wallet being initialized
Create your new wallet.
Cashshuffle wallet in action
Electron Cash starts shuffling coins.
Coins have been shuffled (dark theme).

iOS App

I usually use BCH to make purchases on line. Therefore, the app for my desktop will probably be my primary wallet. However, there is an iOS client available in the App Store. This is dope – it means that I can easily access my private coins for spending when I am out and about. It increases the utility of BCH to have tools like this available. I am liking this wallet a lot, yo!

If you got value from the article or have questions regarding CashShuffle, email me or let me know in the comments below. Thanks!

Be a Fool For Christ, Fool’s Gold

Fool’s for Christ’s Sake, 1 Corinthians 4:6-13

I read this passage the NKJV Study Bible this morning. The language is striking so I checked out the footnotes (I don’t always do that). The footnotes really really did shed light no what Paul says it means to be a fool for Christ.

Starting with 1 Corinthians 4:6-7, the footnotes added value. In these verses, Paul is asking the church to remain humble. Apparently, this was not seen as a virtue in Greek culture at the time. Paul is asking the church to stand apart from the culture to be Godly. I was raised to understand that humility was a virtue, but I am not sure that is true of the broader American culture. I look at the winner of a recent popularity contest (2016 U.S. presidential election) who is anything but humble.

The Language in 1 Corinthians 4:8-10, if I gather rightly, contrasts the inflated egos of the church with how they are perceived from the outside. Paul observes the Corinthian believers are full, rich, and reigning as kings. Meanwhile in Rome, followers of Christ have become a ‘spectacle‘.

1 Corinthians 4:11-13 notes the contrasts of how the world viewed the Corinthians (former) and how they viewed themselves (latter):

  • fool’s vs. wise
  • weak vs. strong
  • dishonored vs. distinguished

Paul lists the suffering he has endured in his ministry: hunger and thirst, poorly clothed, beaten and homeless, reviled, persecuted, defamed, and made filth.

Yet, the apostles labor, bless, endure, and entreat.

If our own dignity smudged for the sake of Christ, we may count it as honor. So let me be a fool for Christ!

See my other humble ponderings: Guy Humble

Crypto Keys App

You may have noticed some neat symbols for various cryptocurrencies on Reddit.com and other social media pages. Perhaps you want to use some of these such as: ₿, Ξ, Ɖ, Ł.

Crypto Keys is a simple keyboard app. Crypto Keys makes it easy to insert popular cryptocurrency symbols, fiat currency symbols, numbers and punctuation. Crypto Keys allows you to insert symbols into web pages, text messages, emails, apps, etc. Share and make aware!

Crypto Keys now features a news feed. It offers interesting news and tutorials on different cryptocurrency related topics.

Check it out: Crypto Keys

Earn Tokens, Pay No $

I have been a Coinbase user for a couple of years now and just learned of a cool program Coinbase offers: Coinbase Earn. Coinbase Earn says you can: “Earn Crypto While Learning About Crypto”. Since launching in December 2018 and has taken me so long to discover this program, I want to share the knowledge by posting about it to spread the word the best I can!

The Coinbase Earn product allows users to learn about select cryptocurrencies and the needs they address. As of this writing, there are earn and learn courses for are 3 cryptocurrencies: BAT, ZEX, and ZRX. Also, as of this writing, a waiting list exists for enrolling in the program for each cryptocurrency. I put myself on the waiting list for all 3. I will update this post after I have finished each of the courses. Also, this post will update if any new courses become available.

On the waiting list to earn cryptocurrency

To find this product, go to Coinbase and scroll to the bottom of the page. Press on the link for ‘Earn’ and you will be taken to the Coinbase Earn product. You are then presented with a choice of cryptocurrencies to learn about. Even though this author was unable to immediately take any of the courses all is not lost. The cool thing is that short videos are available to preview on each of the cryptocurrencies.

The preview videos highlight the need that each particular cryptocurrency addresses. For instance: one of the videos notes that the Brave browser id faster, more secure, more private. One of the videos notes that 70% of the revenue generated by ads goes the user that views the ad! I am a huge fan of Brave. You can read more about Brave here. I highly recommend downloading the Brave browser.

One more note: the videos are short and entertaining.

Screen shot from Coinbase Earn Product video on BAT

The Seventy-Two

Jesus Sends Out the Seventy-Two
Luk 10:1  After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come.
Luk 10:2  Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly isgreat, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.
Luk 10:3  Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves.
Luk 10:4  Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes: and salute no man by the way.

KJV

Interesting to see that this was referenced here:

Numbers 11: 24-25
24  And Moses went out, and told the people the words of the LORD, and gathered the seventy men of the elders of the people, and set them round about the tabernacle.
25  And the LORD came down in a cloud, and spake unto him, and took of the spirit that was upon him, and gave it unto the seventy elders: and it came to pass, that, when the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied, and did not cease.

KJV

God uses groups of seventy (or seventy-two) that he gives incredible power to perform miracles. I like to just sit back and think about existing as a part of one of those groups. Or even seeing one of those groups in action.

Great and Mighty God make my faith great. Make it as if I had been one of the seventy-two that Jesus sent ‘as lambs among the wolves’.

Project Dragonfly: Is it Limited to China, or is it a Test Run?

Or……………………….
is censorship by Google already happening all over the globe?

It was Wednesday, July 18, and Gomes was addressing a team of Google employees who were working on a secretive project to develop a censored search engine for China, which would blacklist phrases like “human rights,” “student protest,” and “Nobel Prize.”

theintercept.com

The project is named ‘Project Dragonfly’. It was strictly secretive and guarded at Google and according to whistleblower Yonatan Zunger. Project Dragonfly bypassed the standard inspection by the security and privacy teams. When the privacy team completed its review, the findings revealed important concerns:

Zunger and his colleagues produced a privacy report that highlighted problematic scenarios that could arise once the censored search engine launched in China. The report, which contained more than a dozen pages, concluded that Google would be expected to function in China as part of the ruling Communist Party’s authoritarian system of policing and surveillance. It added that, unlike in Europe or North America, in China it would be difficult, if not impossible, for Google to legally push back against government requests, refuse to build systems specifically for surveillance, or even notify people of how their data may be used.

theintercept.com

This privacy report by Zunger and his colleagues makes two assumptions that may be untrue.

Assumptions

  1. The Chinese government accumulates evidence for prosecutions.
  2. Google is a company that shields it’s users from abuses of governments

Starting with number one: Does the Chinese government think it needs ‘evidence’ of actions against the Chinese state before it will take actions against its citizens or are accusations treated as evidence? To answer that, inspect the reaction to a letter published criticizing the Chinese President Xi Jinping. The Chinese government kidnapped relatives of a Chinese blogger after he tweeted a link to the letter:

On Friday, New York-based blogger Wen Yunchao, also known as Bei Feng, said his brother and parents were also taken away in southern Guangdong province, after he tweeted a link to the letter.

Washington Post (sometimes fake news)

Now, is Google a company that will protect its users from overreaching governments? Well, Google previously pulled out of China due to censorship, however, Google headed back to China with a censorship engine and government approved apps. This indicates that the pull out may have been more of a technological setback/limitation than a moral stance.

Google is a corporation made of people of course, and some bravely blew the whistle on the search engine’s unethical practices. However, the project goes forward because a critical mass of managers and employees at Google do not care about the destiny of Chinese citizens.

For me, this is a good enough reason to stop using Google. The company is secretive and unrepentant in its compliance with Chinese authoritarian laws.

There are other reasons to abandon Google and all of its’ services.

  1. Google (and other social media companies) silence American blogger critical of China’s government.
  2. Google complies with demands for user data in 94% of cases.
  3. Did the CIA create Google?

Although most of Google’s services work great and are super convenient, Google is not a passive actor and filters its’ search results in a manipulative way:

Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, said Pro-Trump articles or content about immigration laws gets flagged as hate speech, and not a single right-leaning site appeared on the first page of the search results. He called for an independent third-party group to look into the matter.

upi.com

This behavior is unrequested by the user and therefore reduces the utility of the search engine (this is an intentional bug). In a similar way, Google may introduce a ‘bug’ into gmail that flags some users emails as ‘spam’. Because Google has outed themselves as being open to censorship, this next step should be expected from the company.https://medium.com/insurge-intelligence/how-the-cia-made-google-e836451a959e

Because of the revelations discussed in this post, this authors of this website no longer use Google services.

Instead farawaystars.com authors and contributors use:

  1. Brave Browser
  2. Protomail
  3. Duck Duck Go
  4. iOS mobile devices
  5. Other organic means including social media and forums to drive traffic to farawaystars.com

Because of #5, please bookmark farawaystars.com.

😀

Stop! Police!

Stop, or you may be shot

Just discovered this shortcut for Siri (iPhone users only).

Police

This shortcut has attracted media attention, in fact, here is an article about it.

When the ‘Police’ shortcut is activated, the following things happen:

  • music is paused
  • phone set to ‘Do Not Disturb’
  • phone screen is dimmed
  • your location is determined
  • a text messages is sent to a selected address
  • a video is taken (may select front or rear camera and video quality)
  • the video is saved to a photo album on the phone
  • a text with the video is sent to a selected address
  • there is an option to upload to Dropbox and/or iCloud Drive

Last summer, I took my son to a local fire station. It is less than a half mile from my home, which is in a fairly nice suburb. The station is on the bigger side and had a regular fire truck, a fire engine, and a hazardous material truck. Attached to the fire station is a police station.

In the attached police station garage, one vehicle commanded my attention. It was a flat black (armored?) hummer that looked like it could drive over and through brick walls. I found myself amazed that a vehicle like this could be useful in the community I live in! Apparently, the SWAT teams use that vehicle.

This is an example of the ‘militarization’ of the police.

There is a Lobby for Police Militarization
meme from: https://www.flickr.com/photos/democracychronicles/

The militarization of the police presents a contradiction for gun rights activists that insist on ‘backing the blue’ (which is a common position). Supporters of the 2A know that guns are needed as a last defense against an oppressive government. Well…the police are going to be the ones that enforce any oppression from the government. So why would one ‘back the blue’ when that is clearly arming a potential threat?

Police militarization highlights a contradiction for gun grabbers, as well, in my opinion. How can one simutaneously be in favor of gun control, acknowledge that the cops are targeting and harrassing minorities, understand that the police are arming themselves like an invading army, and then decide that the best course of action is to just let these people be the only ones with guns?

I believe that in order for police to protect and to serve, as is their stated purpose and motto , the police officers and police departments must be accountable to the citizenry. The Siri shortcut, Police, is a tool that citizens now have to hold police accountable for their actions. 😉

Genesis 15

Abrahamic covenant:

First, there was the promise of land (Genesis 12:1). When God called Abram, he was living in Ur of the Chaldeans, and God told him to move to another land that God would show him. That land turned out to be Canaan (Genesis 12:6-7), but it would be several more generations before Israel took full possession of that land (Joshua 22:1-6). 

Second, there was the promise of descendants as numerous as the sand on the seashore, or the stars in the sky, who would bless the whole earth (Genesis 22:17-18). God told Abraham that his descendants would become a great nation, with mighty kings (Genesis 17:6). 

Third, there was the promise that God would bring blessing and redemption to all people through Abraham’s people. God made this promise again to Isaac (Genesis 21:1226:3-4) and again to Jacob (Genesis 28:14-15). Despite the sins in the lives of all three patriarchs, God’s unconditional promise stands. Since he was the only participant in the covenant, there is no way for the actions of any human to make the promise null and void.

from compellingtruth.org

This passage sent me traveling down an internet wormhole researching Covenant Theology vs. Dispensationalism.

There are a couple other notable parts of the covenant. God promised that Abram’s descendants would be in slavery for 400 years. 400 YEARS!! God promised that after the slavery, the descendants would emerge with great riches. I mean, who can comprehend this time frame and the rewards?

Luke 7

Sinners

39 Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, for she is a sinner.”

biblegateway

Are there people that you believe are sinner’s that are unworthy of companionship?

People that do disgusting deeds?

People that hold abhorrent views?

God can forgive them all through Jesus.

Sin as Monetary Debt

41 “A certain moneylender had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42 When they could not pay, he cancelled the debt of both. Now which of them will love him more?” 43 Simon answered, “The one, I suppose, for whom he cancelled the larger debt.” And he said to him, “You have judged rightly.”

biblegateway

The NKJV Study Bible mentions in the notes that ‘Jesus often compared sin to a monetary debt.

That is fascinating and requires more thought.

What are the similarities of sin and monetary debt? Both certainly feel awful.

Here is a list of times the Bible compares sin and monetary debt and some further conversation about this.