Questions raised and lessons learned during a wild day and with funds lost in decentralized finance.

It started with a planned upgrade of the popular protocol Venus on the Binance Smart Chain. Shortly after that things went south for some. Funds were lost and kept leaking. Users were confused and angry. Developers and community managers did what they can.

The projects involved have released their incident reports by now, most prominently Autofarm, Belt, and Beefy. These explain their respective problems and events in detail.

With this article however I’d like to look at this incident from a more general perspective. For me this issue raised fundamental questions about the evolution of smart contracts.

The road to failure

First, a brief…

Given a union of several interfaces I was looking for a simple way to access all possible properties.


Usually you’ll have to narrow down the type first in order to access a property that is not present on all union members.

In the following example the property b is not accessible because it’s only defined on Foo but not on Bar:

What I was looking for instead is a type where b is an optional property because that’s what it is — optional.


Hypothetically it should work like in the following case, where a union-like type has an optional property b instead of requiring type discrimination:

Because b is defined on one of the union’s members…

The Big Picture 8/8: Definition, popularity, trends, demography, pros, cons, misconceptions, and a look into the future, in six minutes.

The Big Picture covers quite a lot of information on Digital Nomadism and related topics. This final article is dedicated to those who merely seek a quick overview for the time being.

Part 1: Definition & Popularity

  • Digital Nomad is not a black-and-white term. It’s more like a dynamic lifestyle based on three preconditions.
  • Precondition one: source of income
    How much income is earned by digital means?
    The more digital, the more qualifying as a Digital Nomad.
  • Precondition two: frequency of relocation
    How frequent are relocations?
    The more frequent, the more qualifying as a Digital Nomad.
  • Precondition three: distance of relocation
    How far are relocations?
    The further…

The Big Picture 7/8: What we can see today, and why it’s just the beginning.

The past six articles have covered plenty of information about Digital Nomads and everything related. Now we have a solid foundation for thinking about how that lifestyle trend can evolve over time.

Blanes, Catalonia, Spain

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Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to reform (or pause and reflect).

— Mark Twain

Mixing life, work and travel is getting popular

Read more in Part 1: Definition & Popularity

Our work becomes increasingly digital…

The Big Picture 6/8: What you may have heard and what to make of it.

There is a lot of information out there about Digital Nomads on the web. Unfortunately, with that comes many misunderstandings, false assumptions, and half-truths. In this article, we’ll have a look at some common misconceptions.

No. Just no.

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They work on the beach

Let’s make this short:

  • In the sun, you can barely see anything on your laptop screen.
  • There’s rarely good Wi-Fi available.
  • It’s difficult to sit comfortably over a long period.
  • There’s plenty…

The Big Picture 5/8: What you’ll be up against and what you should think about.

Judging from the overwhelmingly positive content on social media, living like a Digital Nomad is a piece of cake. Just take your laptop, travel to the places you’d love to see and earn your income remotely from there.

But — like so often in life — that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

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You’ll have to organize a lot

  • Finding good locations, accommodation and transport will be a hit or miss sometimes.
  • You’ll…

The Big Picture 4/8: Why it’s worth considering and what impact it can have on your life.

You’ve spent a lot of time in making the city you’re living in your home. Why would you ever decide to leave that behind? This article explores the positive impact living and working abroad can have on your life.

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You’ll decide where you live and when you move

As a location independent remote worker, it’s all up to you. You decide where you live. You decide where you work. You decide when you move.

You can…

The Big Picture 3/8: Who they are and how they live.

It’s difficult to get a clear picture of what Digital Nomads are really like. Information on the web is scarce, scattered, and sometimes misleading — especially on social media. In this article, I’ve summed up research, survey data, and personal experience to give you a more accurate insight.

Photo by Helena Lopes on Unsplash

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About the data

Information in this article originates from the following sources:

The Big Picture 2/8: What enables such a lifestyle and contributes to its growth.

Digital Nomads have been around for almost as long as the Internet. It’s just that there weren’t many, and we didn’t pay much attention to them. But times have changed. Traveling, living, and working abroad has become much easier, and social networks spread the word.

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The Brookings Institution concludes:

The U.S. economy is digitalizing at an extremely rapid pace.

And it’s not just the USA. In many…

A comprehensive look into the lifestyle where you travel and work your way around the globe.

A glimpse into Hubud, a co-working space for Digital Nomads in Bali

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What got me curious

While browsing YouTube, I came across Conni Biesalski and Chris the Freelancer. They identified as Digital Nomads and their videos give deep insight into their daily lives. They cover a lot of the highs but also the lows of the lifestyle.

One week of living in Bali with Chris the Freelancer

Their videos helped me to picture myself living a similar life without even having to change…

Marc Knaup

❤️ building things, breaking things, writing software, discovering crypto. Hell yes global citizens. —

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