As you might perhaps remember, a few weeks ago I commissioned Eric Benevides to produce a sort of meld, between Stanislav Datskovskiy's ad-hoc python-based IRC logger bot he made for #trilema the irc channel during the previous crisis and the MP-WP LAMP-based web publishing mechanism supporting Trilema the blog. As I take it delivery is imminent, so there's some preparatory changes needed here, chief among which this new Logs category. It will contain, as you might expect, one new article each day, reflecting that day's ongoing going ons in #trilema, the IRC channel. So there we go, that's all good & introduced, hurray for the A-team.
The other item needing an introduction is the IRC archive dump. As promised I sat down to splice together a complete and definitive version of the IRC logs ; the result is a body made of parts.
The first part comes from Freenode-#bitcoin-otc.log, a 15376633 byte file bearing a last-mod timestamp of Tue 22 Jul 2014 05:20:43 PM CST in my archives. While it's a historical fact that my public involvement with Bitcoin starts mid-2011, it is also a historical fact that I did not deem the whole IRC milieu important enough to keep archives until the beginning of 2012. If there exist earlier logs, I will make no effort to establish their authenticity, due to a belief that such efforts can not be successful to a degree of permitting detrimental reliance on their form, in which case what the hell's the point.
These early proto-logs run daily (with interruptions, logging was not intended to work in my absence in those early daysi) until August 11th 2012. Exactly two fragments have been elided for timeline conflict with the flow of historyii. The first oneiii came because I don't now remember who argued importantly in the manner of Internet dweebs that the reason I wasn't on #bitcoin-otc was really that I had been banned, and not personal preference, so I went and tested his theory. It turned out I hadn't been banned and the anon tard returned to the background bogonic radiation, no doubt making strong claims with no basis still, to this very day. The secondiv was part and parcel of the ample yet allegedly absentv body of evidence as to the identity of the party on top. Ever heard the self-obvious observation whereby democracy is a dubious social form owing to the happenstance that nine man gangrapes are enjoyable to nine tenths of the participants, while the tenth's underage anyway ? No, making men illegal won't change this, it'll just wreck the "rule of law" fiction (not that it's rescuable, owing to the cognitive death of the contract).
A portion was also introduced (from #bitcoin-otc-euvi), to cover the interval between April 8th and May 11th 2012vii. Throughout the Summer of 2012 committment remained weak on my part for any IRC channel in general speaking, so it's ambiguously unclear what relevancy either of these two could possibly claim for themselves, or whether the timeline should follow #bitcoin-otc.log or #bitcoin-otc-eu.log until August 10th 2012. They both fell off a cliff afterwards anyways, and the exacting attempt at a reconstruction of something out of disparate parts of nothing is too much like everyday work for the mind to relish low payoff applications upon historical detritus.
The last part comes from my copy of the bitcoin-assets.log as I handed it off to phf for publishing, and so that'll be all.
In the end this timeline comes to a little over two million seventy thousand lines accreted during the 1538 days between 12 January 2012 and 28 March 2016 ; a grand total of 160 or so Megabytes. People were a lot chattier then, but for little reason and even less benefit -- I indeed doubt there's enough material of actual substance in all that to produce a coupla thousand lines fit for inclusion in contemporaneous logs. Nevertheless, for historicity's sake the whole bundle's going to appear deluvionally right here, on irony's last remaining bastion, just as soon as I'm done formatting it for sql and importing the whole pile. You're... welcome, I guess.———
- In fact, due to the nefarious influence of morons-in-aggregate, we didn't even necessarily think public logs are needed or important back then ; this is still the situation in that first sad remnant of my natural development.
There are two morals in this footnote. One is that idiots in organized groups are universally evil in a moral sense and occasionally effectual at being evil in an ethical sense, thus therefore never permit morons to live lest they gather up and ruin the world while you're not looking -- you can't rely on yourself to know when, in some obscure, seemingly at the time unimportant angle of your life their idiocy is still as idiotic as it ever is, but not particularly obvious to you. The other is that the shells I've left behind, through overgrowing them, are numerous indeed -- just as you'd not have likely thought "oh, my personal experience's not that important -- #bitcoin-otc happened before" don't think "oh, #bitcoin-otc is how it all begun". It's not, I overgrow things, starting from childhood, as part and parcel of what their failure to keep up with me means. [↩]
- Which is to say this channel, that had once been the forum, meanwhile a ruined fane, is only capable of yielding occasional footnotes. [↩]
**** BEGIN LOGGING AT Sat Oct 13 20:40:32 2012
Oct 13 20:40:32 * Now talking on #bitcoin-otc
Oct 13 20:40:32 * Topic for #bitcoin-otc is: OTC marketplace for Bitcoin trading and exchange. | http://bitcoin-otc.com/ | http://bit.ly/x56Fd5 | Start with the ;;guide | Before trading, talk to people, and check ratings. | Beware the FRAUDSTERS. ;;fraud | Trade Options: http://polimedia.us/btc | BTC → MP @ http://btcpak.com | Logs: http://bit.ly/NFg1Yy | Support bitcoin-otc! 1F1dPZxdxVVigpGdsafnZ3cFBdMGDADFDe
Oct 13 20:40:32 * Topic for #bitcoin-otc set by nanotube at Tue Jul 31 07:10:19 2012
Oct 13 20:40:32 -ChanServ- [#bitcoin-otc] Welcome! If you're new here, please read the channel rules: http://wiki.bitcoin-otc.com/wiki/Bitcoin-otc_channel_guidelines as well as the OTC systems user guide: http://wiki.bitcoin-otc.com/wiki/Using_bitcoin-otc
**** ENDING LOGGING AT Sat Oct 13 20:40:35 2012
**** BEGIN LOGGING AT Wed Jul 23 02:20:27 2014
Jul 23 02:20:27 * Now talking on #bitcoin-otc
Jul 23 02:20:27 * Topic for #bitcoin-otc is: OTC marketplace for Bitcoin trading and exchange. | http://bitcoin-otc.com/ | http://bit.ly/x56Fd5 | Start with the ;;guide | Before trading, talk to people, and check ratings. | Beware the FRAUDSTERS ;;fraud | VPS for BTC @ vertvps.com code SUMMEROFOTC for 50% off first invoice | Logs: http://bit.ly/NFg1Yy | Support bitcoin-otc! 1F1dPZxdxVVigpGdsafnZ3cFBdMGDADFDe
Jul 23 02:20:27 * Topic for #bitcoin-otc set by nanotube at Tue Jun 10 00:39:32 2014
Jul 23 02:20:27 * [freenode-info] channel flooding and no channel staff around to help? Please check with freenode support: http://freenode.net/faq.shtml#gettinghelp
Jul 23 02:20:27 -ChanServ- [#bitcoin-otc] Welcome! If you're new here, please read the channel rules: http://wiki.bitcoin-otc.com/wiki/Bitcoin-otc_channel_guidelines as well as the OTC systems user guide: http://wiki.bitcoin-otc.com/wiki/Using_bitcoin-otc
Jul 23 02:20:27 * gribble gives voice to mircea_popescu
Jul 23 02:20:31 mircea_popescu ;;view 21136
Jul 23 02:20:33 * rchasman has quit (Client Quit)
Jul 23 02:20:34 gribble #21136 Tue Jul 22 19:19:11 2014 mircea_popescu SELL 1000000.0 Doge coins deliverable 3 or 6 months @ 3 BTC (Or less, negotiable by volume and interval. Looking to carry a few billion.)
Jul 23 02:20:35 mircea_popescu ;;view 21135
Jul 23 02:20:35 Ex0deus ;;tlast
Jul 23 02:20:35 gribble 620.0
Jul 23 02:20:38 gribble #21135 Tue Jul 22 18:54:52 2014 mircea_popescu SELL 5000.0 ethereum coins deliverable March 15th, 2015 @ 1 BTC (Up to 1k BTC's worth accepted. Get in touch.)
Jul 23 02:20:41 mircea_popescu there we go.
**** ENDING LOGGING AT Wed Jul 23 02:20:44 2014
- Yet to quote some random anodyne cuck, "the mystique is stronger than ever". [↩]
- The move to #bitcoin-assets followed from here, kakobrekla owned the bitcoin-otc subordinate namespace -eu, and I just proposed we make a proper one. [↩]
- The only part spliced out from the beginning of the #bitcoin-otc-eu log is this fragment from April 2nd :
**** BEGIN LOGGING AT Mon Apr 2 01:58:08 2012
Apr 02 01:58:08 * Now talking on #bitcoin-otc-eu
Apr 02 01:58:08 * Topic for #bitcoin-otc-eu is: Eurozone #bitcoin-otc || http://bitcoin-otc.com || Include hash tag #eu in order notes to group -eu orders. || View all tagged -eu orders here: http://bitcoin-otc.com/vieworderbook.php?notes=%23eu || Exchange rates: !bc,convert CURRENCYCODE || GET BTC WITH ukash/paysafecard ... /msg neliskybot help
Apr 02 01:58:08 * Topic for #bitcoin-otc-eu set by kakobrekla!~T42@89-212-41-49.static.t-2.net at Sat Jan 28 15:22:07 2012
Apr 02 01:59:45 mircea_popescu ;;rate gmaxwell -1 I don't trust him.
Apr 02 01:59:46 gribble Rating entry successful. Your rating of -1 for user gmaxwell has been recorded.
Apr 02 02:52:26 * allied has quit (Ping timeout: 252 seconds)
Apr 02 02:55:03 * allied (~firstname.lastname@example.org) has joined #bitcoin-otc-eu
**** ENDING LOGGING AT Mon Apr 2 03:02:35 2012
Yes, that's right, back then ratings didn't take any crypto verification, the whole system relied on Freenode's namespace control.