Amidst a flurry of controversy and skepticism, George, known in the crypto circles as @__overflow_ and a staunch Bitcoin maximalist, has announced the launch of Cardinals, his latest brainchild. This peculiar venture surfaces following his vocal criticism of Dylan LeClair (@DylanLeClair_), a Bitcoin investment analyst, for his alleged involvement with the trading of Bitcoin ordinals.
In the ever-turbulent seas of Bitcoin X (née Twitter), where every new wave brings a fresh fad, George, a self-proclaimed Bitcoin purist and recent critic of Bitcoin ordinals, has decided to set sail on his own. His destination? The uncharted waters of a project he's christened Cardinals, a concept that he insists is "clearly superior to ordinals."
"Why superior?" queries George, armed with the conviction of a man who has just discovered the wheel. He goes on to proclaim, "Cardinals tell you how much Bitcoin you have, not some convoluted way of saying which Bitcoin you have." A statement that, while echoing the sentiments of ordinal skeptics, has mathematicians and Bitcoin enthusiasts alike raising their eyebrows in bemusement, or rolling their eyes in frustration. One of those at least.
For those not steeped in the lore of numbers, cardinal numbers refer to quantity (like one, two, three), and ordinal numbers indicate position (like 1st, 2nd, 3rd). In the Bitcoin universe, ordinals have emerged as a method to identify individual satoshis, the smallest unit of the currency. But George, in his quest against ordinals, seems to have overlooked the fact that these numerical concepts have coexisted without issue in mathematics for ages.
The announcement, made on November 9th, 2023, has stirred a mix of reactions in the Bitcoin community. Some view it as a refreshing return to Bitcoin's roots, while others see it as a quixotic venture, akin to tilting at digital windmills.
George's critique of Dylan LeClair, a respected Bitcoin analyst, has only added to the intrigue. LeClair, known for his measured and analytical take on Bitcoin investments, had shown an interest in Bitcoin ordinals, a move George equated to a Faustian bargain with the crypto devil (aka: Charles Hoskinson).
The Cardinals system, as George elaborates in a series of cryptic and emoji-laden tweets, purports to bring a revolution in how Bitcoin is perceived and used. "It's about the numbers, not the sequence," he tweeted, in what appeared to be a moment of revelation, albeit one that left many in his audience more puzzled than enlightened.
Critics have been quick to highlight the apparent redundancy in George's proposition. "It's like arguing that counting sheep is better than knowing which sheep is which," quipped one user, while another observed, "He's trying to reinvent the wheel, but forgot that it needs to roll."
In a domain where Bitcoin maximalists are often viewed as the conservative vanguard, resistant to the winds of change, George's Cardinals project seems oddly out of step. It harks back to a simpler era when Bitcoin was just a nascent digital currency, not the complex ecosystem it has evolved into, replete with terms like 'blockchain' and 'NFTs'.
Dylan LeClair, for his part, has maintained a dignified silence, opting not to engage in a public squabble with George. He continues to offer his insights on Bitcoin's dynamic landscape, leaving the debate over cardinals and ordinals to those with time to spare for such philosophical musings.
In sum, George's Cardinals project stands as a curious footnote in the annals of cryptocurrency's history. It's a space where even the most eccentric ideas can find a foothold. Whether Cardinals will take flight or falter is yet to be seen. But one thing is certain – in the Bitcoin universe, there's always room for another chapter in its ongoing saga.