So you’re cooped up in your home following social distancing rules, #stayhome, you’re done working for the day, and the last thing you want to do is another load of laundry. Or the dishes. Or organize your sock drawer — again.
The internet is full of suggestions for things you can do to enrich your life while you’re stuck inside. Begin that exercise regimen. Work on your cooking skills. Learn a foreign language.
What about catching up on your Bitcoin research so you can jump on the cryptocurrency train this year? Or if you already own bitcoins, why not expand your knowledge base?
We’ve pulled together a list of some of our favorite resources (both serious and fun) to get you through these times knowing more than you did before. There’s something for everyone.
You’re new to Bitcoin and you want to understand the basics:
Explain Bitcoin Like I’m Five
Exactly what it claims to be — what is bitcoin, in the simplest terms.
The Little Bitcoin Book: Why Bitcoin Matters for Your Freedom, Finances, and Future
A great introduction to bitcoin: what bitcoin is, how it works, and how it is a great opportunity for everyone, no matter where you live. Without getting too technical, this book answers all your newbie questions.
Bitcoin Money: A Tale of Bitville Discovering Good Money
While the schools are closed, why not add bitcoin to the curriculum? Buy the book or watch the animated video. An easy-to-understand explanation of complex economic topics, available in seven languages.
You already understand Bitcoin and want to know more:
For anyone who wants to seriously understand the technical details of Bitcoin and blockchain technologies, available for free.
Instead of a technical explanation, this book provides a deeper understanding of the monetary history behind the need for cryptocurrency.
Did you know that our Trezor Wiki has a user manual? Dig deeper into the technology and find everything you could ever want to know.
You prefer podcasts:
The Bitcoin Takeover
Trezor’s own Slush discusses Trezor devices and security innovation.
A respected podcast with high quality content. Mr. Livera’s Australian Bitcoin education company hosts workshops and provides a wealth of knowledge to the bitcoin community.
Brady Swenson, head of education for SwanBitcoin, offers frequent episodes on a variety of Bitcoin topics.
Tales from the Crypt: A Bitcoin Podcast
A near-daily podcast hosted by Marty Bent, editor-in-chief of Mary’s Bent, a newsletter about Bitcoin.
Off the Chain
Anthony “Pomp” Pompliano talks to some of the most respected names in crypto and Wall Street to find out how investors from the new and old financial system are thinking about digital assets.
Maybe you prefer documentaries:
Created by Alex Winter, The Trust Machine breaks down the complexity of bitcoin and blockchain and explores the possibility for bitcoin to aid in finding solutions to world hunger and income inequality.
An optimistic view of our economic future, this documentary responds to criticisms and promotes the endurance of bitcoin as the next logical step beyond the gold standard and the federal reserve.
Winner of the Berlin Independent Film Festival 2018 Micro Budget Feature, Ulterior States is described as an “argumentative documentary project” that, through 3 years of interviews, explores cryptocurrency culture and activism.
Life on Bitcoin (2017)
“You can trade bitcoin. You can invest in bitcoin. You can lose money on bitcoin. Can you live on bitcoin?” A newlywed couple attempts to use only bitcoin for the first 90 days of their marriage.
Or maybe you just want to be entertained:
Altered Carbon (TV Series)
Based on the 2002 novel by the same name and available on Netflix, Altered Carbon is a 25th century murder mystery. Keep your eyes open for references to your favorite cryptocurrency.
Mr. Robot (TV Series)
Four seasons of this USA Network series should keep you busy as you follow a cybersecurity engineer join a group of hacktivists with a mission to destroy data and eliminate all consumer debt.
Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
This book is not an easy read, but if you want a realistic depiction of cryptocurrency in science fiction, this is it. It is dense with descriptions of cryptography, cryptosecurity, and data havens. You always meant to read this, didn’t you? Now you have time to devote to this 918 page sci-fi classic.
This film didn’t get the best reviews, and if you blinked you probably missed its release in early 2019. But it stars Kurt Russell, so for many people this movie will be required viewing, so bad that it’s good.