Billy Sangster

Noting some things in the world of cryptocurrency

Bolivars, Rupees or Bitcoin? Woke up this morning to a new peak in the value of Bitcoin. It’s at its highest level in the cryptocurrency’s short history. The last surge was in 2013 and that was mostly due to speculators trying to make a quick buck. It quickly lost value again but after hitting a low is has steadily increased until it was valued at around £736 today. The last increase was very rapid, which no doubt shows a certain level of speculator investment again, but this time it’s underpinned with an increase in uptake, which bodes a lot better for the fledgling payment system.

Long time no see

Haven’t Been Here In A While Just looking at this blog for the first time in quite a while. August 2015 was the last entry. Just as I stopped drinking and got myself a girlfriend. Well, circumstances have changed yet again. Still aff the drink, but unfortunately I’m back to being single. Since that last post I contributed to the effort of getting Gillian Martin elected as MSP for Aberdeenshire East and we’ve seen a bizarre referendum on whether or not the UK should be a member of the EU (a consequence I warned plenty “No” voters of during our own Scottish Referendum - which was met with due derision at the time, as you would expect), in which Scotland voted to remain but the rest of the UK, apart from Northern Ireland, voted to leave.

Explainer for the D'Hondt system

How Regional Lists Work - Scottish Parliamentary Elections There’s been a lot of talk about the Scottish Parliamentary Elections in 2016, particularly the Regional Vote. This uses the D’Hondt method of calculation. It’s complicated, so I’ve had a wee look and this is how you work it out: In total, the Scottish Parliament has 129 MSPs. That’s made up of 73 constituency MSPs and 56 regional “list” MSPs. The constituency seats are allocated through the “first past the post” method, just like in the UK General Election.