We just hit NELSON!

111 blocks minted and 111% Luck factor for Plebpool.com (now that’s weird)

So what is Nelson exactly? Nelson is a piece of cricket slang terminology and superstition.

The name, applied to team or individual scores of 111 or multiples thereof (known as double nelson, triple nelson, etc.) is thought to refer to a wicket.[1] Various sources ascribe it to referring to Nelson’s three major naval victories (won, won, won), or (incorrectly) to “one eye, one arm and one leg” – Nelson never in fact lost a leg, although he did indeed lose an eye and an arm. Longtime cricket historian and scorer, Bill “Bearders” Frindall once referred to it online as “one eye, one arm and one etcetera”, implying that Nelson’s alleged third lost body part was “something else”, however this is equally mythical. In the 1939 film of Goodbye, Mr Chips a schoolboy refers to Nelson in these terms: “One arm, one eye, one destiny”. Umpire David Shepherd during a radio interview to mark his retirement explained it as “One arm, one eye and one lump of sugar in his tea.”

100 is up!

We did it, a small little pool for South Africa has now officially minted over 100 blocks on the Cardano network! thanks to everyone that made this possible. really and truly πŸ™‚ We will be announcing our 100th Block winner on social media. Congrats 340 ADA on its way to you our valued delegator.

Upgrade to 1.30.1 successful

We have successfully upgraded all our nodes to version 1.30.1. Please see https://github.com/input-output-hk/cardano-node/releases for more details. For the technical people, change logs include

  • Correctly translate time for Plutus (from protocol version 6 onwards). (#2451)
  • Adding changes to the libsodium bindings. Those include a functional fix that makes it safe to call the function that generates a public key from a private key concurrently. We only use those functions in the CLI, in a non-concurrent manner, but they are exposed in cardano-api. This fix ensures that custom code written against cardano-api behaves as expected when run in multiple threads. Furthermore, there are performance improvements that should have a positive impact on sync times. (#236)

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…

β€œIt was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.”

― Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

Epoch 281 was the best of times (11 blocks minted) and Epoch 288 was the worst of times (0 blocks minted). The above quote sums it up. Sometimes you win, sometimes you loose, but on average with ADA you always win πŸ˜‰

More on Leader Logs

Cardano is a Proof-of-Stake blockchain that uses the Ouroboros consensus algorithm, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ouroboros_(protocol). Unlike Proof-of-Work blockchains (e.g Bitcoin) we know prior which pools will be given which slots to mine (“or rather confirm transactions”) for the network before the next epoch takes place. So why don’t pools publish this information? At first I thought delegators would love to know their potential earnings in advance so to speak, which is great!. However, there are 2 things to take under consideration. 1-> Because a pool is allocated a slot, doesn’t mean they will mint it. The pool may be offline and or too slow to process the slot and return in time the requirements to the network (or even loose it in a slot battle). and 2-> (and probably more importantly) if the known time and date a pool is set to mint a block it becomes a target for a potential timed attack. So we may look to paste this information but not include the time details in the future? πŸ˜‰

Epoch 281 – our best ever – 11 blocks minted!!

Statistically we should find 3~4 blocks per epoch, now it can happen that we find zero blocks in an epoch but we can also find more. Its a distribution which over time (all epoch’s) should return ~5%. So us finding 11 blocks statistically is less than 0.05%. What are the chances!! lol. Anyway well done to all our delegators. https://adapools.org/pool/51120922fb9d7c0ecbb20378950da7880cb6dd9d3c9e06e17bff6aca

below is Epoch 283 # of expected blocks πŸ™‚