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Unlocking New Dimensions: The Magic of Recursive Inscriptions and Cursed Ordinals
Unlocking New Dimensions: The Magic of Recursive Inscriptions and Cursed Ordinals

Breaking boundaries and connecting the dots: Unraveling the significance of Cursed Ordinals and Recursive Inscriptions.

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In the world of Digital Artifacts on Bitcoin, two fascinating concepts have emerged: Recursive Inscriptions and Cursed Ordinals. This article aims to shed light on what Recursive Inscriptions and Cursed Ordinals are, why they are significant, and the possibilities they unlock within the Bitcoin ecosystem.

Recursive Inscriptions: Unlocking the power of connectivity

Introduction to Recursive Inscriptions

Recursive inscriptions represent a groundbreaking feature introduced by the Ordinals Protocol. They revolutionize the way files can be inscribed onto the Bitcoin blockchain by enabling interconnected storage of data. In essence, recursive inscriptions enable files to reference and utilize content from other inscriptions, opening up new possibilities for innovation.

Breaking the limitations

Traditionally, inscriptions on the Bitcoin blockchain were self-contained and unaware of other inscribed files. However, recursive inscriptions introduce a new syntax:


This allows inscriptions to request and incorporate content from other inscriptions. This fundamental change eliminates the previous limitations and paves the way for a more interconnected and efficient system.

Benefits and use cases

Recursive inscriptions offer several compelling benefits and use cases:

  1. Efficient storage: Instead of individually inscribing a large number of files, recursive inscriptions allow for a more efficient approach. For instance, in a Profile Picture (PFP) collection, inscribing the collection's traits once and creating recursive inscriptions that request traits can significantly reduce transaction fees and improve storage efficiency.

  2. Package accessibility: Recursive inscriptions enable the inscription of code packages that can be universally accessed. With recursion, developers can call fully inscribed code packages, such as p5.js and Three.js, from other inscriptions. This democratizes access to powerful code packages, facilitating the creation of generative art and promoting collaboration.

  3. Repository of packages: Recursive inscriptions lay the foundation for a vast repository of code packages inscribed on the Bitcoin blockchain. This repository would provide developers with a wide range of resources to build upon, fostering innovation and enabling previously unimaginable use cases.

Future possibilities and exploration

The introduction of recursive inscriptions sets the stage for a new era of exploration and innovation within the Bitcoin ecosystem. Although the specific applications of this feature are yet to be fully realized, its potential is vast and diverse.

Cursed Ordinals: Unveiling a hidden history

Cursed Ordinals, also known as Cursed Inscriptions, are a unique subset of Ordinals that were not initially counted by the ord indexer. As a result, they did not appear in wallets or marketplaces. The exclusion of Cursed Ordinals from the original definition of an Ordinal led to their omission from the protocol.

Discovery and debate

The existence of Cursed Ordinals was a known issue within the community for several months. Passionate debates and discussions took place, with community members sharing their perspectives on how to incorporate these Ordinals into the protocol.

The inclusion of Cursed Ordinals posed technical challenges and raised concerns about disrupting the existing numbering system of Ordinals. Since some collectors had prized Ordinals with specific numbers, such as Ordinal #69, any changes to the numbering system had significant implications.

The decision

After careful consideration, a decision was reached regarding Cursed Ordinals. Two key determinations were made:

  1. Negative numbering: Cursed Ordinals would be numbered negatively, distinguishing them from traditional Ordinals and highlighting their unique nature.

  2. Future consideration: A pre-determined block height, potentially by the end of the year, would mark the point at which all newly inscribed Cursed Ordinals would be officially recognized as Ordinals.

Existing Cursed Ordinals will continue to be numbered negatively, preserving their distinctive status. This characteristic adds an intriguing allure for collectors. Currently, there are approximately 74,000 Cursed Ordinals. For collectors, these Cursed Ordinals hold both historical and speculative value.

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