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Virtual Star Wars Convention Coming on May 4th

COVID-19 may be canceling fan conventions, but Reedpop is hosting a virtual Star Wars convention on May 4th and 5th. The coronavirus outbreak has rampaged across the world for the last few months, disrupting lives and economies. One of the effects of the pandemic is the cancellation of many fan conventions, with San Diego Comic-Con […]

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COVID-19 may be canceling fan conventions, but Reedpop is hosting a virtual Star Wars convention on May 4th and 5th.


The coronavirus outbreak has rampaged across the world for the last few months, disrupting lives and economies. One of the effects of the pandemic is the cancellation of many fan conventions, with San Diego Comic-Con being the most notable. However, there is a virtual light at the end of the tunnel. An online Star Wars convention has been announced for May 4th and 5th.

Digital Star Wars Celebration

The organizer of the event is Reedpop, the company behind many fan conventions like Star Wars Celebration, Florida Supercon, Emerald City Comic Con, and the various PAX shows. The two-day convention is called An Online Revelry: May the 4th Be With You and Revenge of the 5th.

Fans of the space opera have taken the date of May 4th as their own due to the twist on the phrase “May the Force be with you.” Of course, Revenge of the 5th is a play upon Revenge of the Sith.

The event will feature live-tweeting of the various Star Wars movies and series, as well as question-and-answer sessions, trivia quizzes, and prize giveaways. The event will be played out on the social media sites of the various Reedpop conventions (C2E2, Florida Supercon, New York Comic Con, and so on).

Convention Breakdown

The schedule for An Online Revelry: May the 4th Be With You and Revenge of the 5th is as follows:

May 4th

10 am ET – Live tweets of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope on the @NY_COMIC_Con Twitter account

1 pm ET – Q&A with Ashley Eckstein, the voice of Ahsoka Tano, on Facebook.com/NewYorkComicCon

2 pm ET – Live tweets of Star Wars: The Clone Wars finale on the NY_COMIC_Con Twitter account

3 pm ET – Q&A with Vanessa Marshall, the voice of Hera Dyndulla, on Facebook.com/NewYorkComicCon

4 pm ET – Live tweets of Star Wars Rebels episode watch on the @C2E2 Twitter account

6 pm ET – Interviews with authors of Star Wars novels on Facebook.com/Bookcon

7 pm ET – Live tweets of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back on the @C2E2 Twitter account

10 pm ET – Live tweets of Star Wars: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi on the @EmeraldCityCon Twitter account

May 5th

9 am ET – Live tweets of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith on the @FloridaSupercon Twitter account

11 am ET – Dicebreaker plays Scum & Villainy RPG: Live! on YouTube.com/Dicebreaker

1 pm ET – Comics Roundtable Live! on all Facebook channels

2:30 pm ET – Live tweets of Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker on the @NY_COMIC_CON Twitter account

7 pm ET – Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order livestream on Facebook.com/FloridaSupercon

9 pm ET – Live tweets of Solo: A Star Wars Story on the @EmeraldCityCon Twitter account

Giveaways will occur throughout the event on the various social media channels for the virtual convention. You can get more details, as well as take some quizzes, here.

All in all, it’s great that someone has stepped up to host an online convention. While COVID-19 may be wreaking havoc with many people’s convention plans, at least there’s an online place where Star Wars fans can gather and celebrate their love of the franchise.


Images courtesy of Pixabay and YouTube/Star Wars.

Source: https://bitcoinerx.com/conventions/virtual-star-wars-convention-coming-on-may-4th/

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Coin Metrics Report Details Surges in ETH, Doge Trading

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Digital currency research firm Coin Metrics has released a new report claiming that bitcoin is beginning to lag when compared with the likes of competing altcoins such as Ethereum and Dogecoin.

Coin Metrics: Altcoins Are Taking Over

While bitcoin is still the world’s number one digital currency by market cap (it is currently trading for about $35,000 per unit), the asset has experienced some serious dips over the past month, while by contrast, Dogecoin and Ethereum have exhibited gains and are regularly moving up the digital ladder.

Coin Metrics garnered much of the information for its report by looking at data from Binance, arguably the largest and most popular crypto exchange on the planet in terms of daily trading volume. Additional statistics were gathered from exchanges such as Coinbase and FTX. Coin Metrics points out that thus far, 2021 has been the year for “smaller altcoins,” suggesting that a great many of them have surged heavily between the months of January and early May. From there, however, a serious crypto crash has taken precedence, with Coin Metrics unable to pinpoint what, exactly, might have been the cause.

For the most part, numerous altcoin pairs are offered on Binance, which explains why the company’s trading volume for many of the world’s smaller assets likely overtook that of bitcoin. The report says:

ETH volume surpassed BTC volume on Coinbase by a wider margin than on Binance. Coinbase did not offer Dogecoin trading in May (although they introduced it in early June), so it did not have a Doge rush similar with Binance, but it did have a relatively high amount of volume for some other altcoins, led by MATIC, ADA and Ethereum Classic (ETC)… Continuing the trend, ETH volume edged out BTC on FTX, although not by much, but comparatively, the top altcoins made up a lower percentage of total volume on FTX than on Binance and Coinbase.

Some of the world’s smaller exchanges – such as Huobi – also saw Ethereum and Dogecoin trading surge to levels beyond what people were doing with bitcoin. The report continues to say:

Similar with Binance, DOGE volume surged on Huobi, taking the spot as the third most traded currency by volume.

Bitcoin Hasn’t Been Fully Cut Out Yet

The only place – according to the document – where bitcoin trading appears to remain dominant at the time of writing is the CME in Chicago, Illinois. The company delves in bitcoin futures trading and has recently opened the door to ETH futures, though this is still in its early stages. Coin Metrics writes:

The markets continued to move mostly sideways over the last week. Bitcoin and Ethereum usage both stayed relatively flat, with daily active addresses dropping 2.5 percent and growing by 3.3 percent, respectively. Ethereum daily transaction fees dropped by over 35 percent week over week as gas prices continued to fall, and bitcoin transaction fees followed a similar pattern, dropping by 40.5 percent.

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Source: https://www.livebitcoinnews.com/coin-metrics-report-details-surge-in-eth-doge-trading/

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How will the drop in this metric affect UNI, CAKE, SUSHI, AAVE?

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Bitcoin maximalists are currently gaining from the dropping altcoin market capitalization. Another group in on that is DeFi project traders and HODLers. This weekend, the altcoin market capitalization dropped further. In the past 7 days, the altcoin market capitalization has dropped along with a drop in altcoin prices. BNB, ADA, DOGE, XRP, DOT and CRV have dropped and this has increased the accumulation, investment inflow.

Low marketcap projects have offered high returns over the past 7 days. There are several factors supporting this narrative. Increasing trade volume of DeFi projects has increased in proportion to altcoin market cap. The demand across exchanges has increased and there is an increase in the number of unique wallet addresses and TVL. This may change the narrative of DeFi to bullish.

High market cap projects may lead to the increase in demand and investment inflow proportionate to the interest of their users. The low market cap projects continue to face a correction when traders exit. The drop in altcoin market capitalization has a direct impact on DeFi users.

Is the diminishing altcoin market capitalization bullish for DeFi

Source: DuneAnalytics

The diminishing altcoin market capitalization has had a direct impact on the investment inflow, the number of traders and the demand across exchanges. This is bullish for DeFi projects as the rising number of users and the metrics related to number of trades, wallets and users indicate a growing interest, investment, institutional investment inflow and growth in DeFi market capitalization.

With the rise in the number of DeFi projects, there is a surge interest from institutions. With the upcoming biggest smart contract event of the year, it is likely that DeFi projects like UNI, CAKE, SUSHI, AAVE that haven’t rallied in the past 2 weeks would rally following increasing demand and popularity, social media mentions.

When the average price chart of these projects is observed, and they are ranked in accordance to their ranking of growth in Active users, there is a strong correlation between users and market capitalization. AAVE, UNI, SUSHI have ranked the highest. Though ranking does not have a direct correlation with social volume and price, it has increased following drop in altcoin market capitalization. This builds a bullish case for DeFi in the following two weeks.


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Bitcoin Taproot upgrade finally achieves activation lock-in!

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The much-anticipated Bitcoin Taproot upgrade passed the Speedy Trial, which was a signaling period which gauged support for the upgrade from bitcoin’s mining sector. Since SegWit, Taproot has been touted as the next significant upgrade for Bitcoin.

Data from Taproot.watch, a webpage created by Bitcoin developer Hampus Sjöberg, released an interesting yet hilarious video to announce the completion of the lock-in stage.

On the official page, it read:

“This period has reached 1815 Taproot signaling blocks, which are required for lock-in.”

Different mining pools tweeted their support for the upgrade on their respective platforms with Slush Pool being the first to do so.

AntPool also supported the upgrade.

What’s next?

Bitcoin core developer Pieter Wuille further elaborated on the path leading to the full activation step for Taproot in a series of tweets. He stated:

“As of block 687284, Taproot signalling has reached 1815 blocks this period, guaranteeing that absent very deep reorgs, it is guaranteed to lock in. Following that, it will activate at block 709632, probably around mid-November 2021.”

He also addressed that ‘there is a lot of work left of course’, which included:

a) PSBT extensions to communicate Taproot keys/scripts/signatures,

b) MuSig2 standardization so the software can cooperate in signing,

c) Output descriptors,

Why is it so important?

Fred Thiel, CEO of Marathon Digital Holdings stated:

“With this upgrade, you’ll see Bitcoin to be the settlement network. Funds are transferred from one institution to another, say one bank to another.”

He added,

“The update would lower the data size of smart contracts, in turn lowering transaction costs. Taproot is also expected to enhance smart contract functionality and efficiency.”

Jeremy Rubin, a Bitcoin Core contributor and founder of Judica projected a similar optimistic narrative,

“With taproot, you get optimization of Bitcoin, much different from how people know Bitcoin today- little too inefficient or reveal too much information about what you’re trying to do. Taproot helps to be private and efficient.”


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