It's done! At least, version 1.0 of the big Ethereum explainer that I wish was already written. Any feedback is welcome. I moved a bunch of stuff around so please tell me if it's unclear somewhere.
I'll proofread over it some more and will probably post it to /r/ethereum somewhere in the next days!
My roommates just learned about the existence of cryptocurrencies. It's been a cringeworthy weekend watching them browse markets and make unruly speculations, set in stone with high-fives all around.
While I've known what they are, and used BTC in high school, I'm glad I have some reading to give them to make my room less horrifyingly ignorant tonight.