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Let me drop a 50 bomb on this one

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Likes are meaningless.
Subscribers are yesterday’s news.

Claps are everything.

The difference between 49 and 50 claps is massive. When someone gives me 49 claps I think they hate me. This person — if you can call them that — went out of their way just to stop at the full 50. You know who you are. I can’t sleep at night because of you.

This is why I think we should start a petition to run claps like a Patreon account. You know, something like this:

👉10 claps = You’re on your way. But it’s not good enough. …

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What else is Cardano capable of?

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Cardano (ADA), the first proof-of-stake blockchain platform moved into the third position of the overall crypto market cap last week.

And now following a recent update to Cardano’s blockchain dubbed the “Mary Hard Fork” it could be the next cryptocurrency to explode and join the ranks of Bitcoin and Ethereum in the thousands of dollars.

At the time of this article, Cardano is trading at $1.22. ADA has surged 2,440% in the past year.

While the rest of the cryptocurrency market was crashing last week — and is still crashing with Bitcoin down $10,000 — Cardano broke the trend and…

He couldn’t escape.


I’ll never complain at the airport.

Rude TSA, long lines — give me all of it. It’s nothing compared to the 18-year wait by Mehran Karimi Nasseri in a Paris airport.

Nasseri, or “Sir Alfred” as he more commonly refers to himself, was stuck in Charles de Gaulle International (CBG) Airport from 1988 to 2006. He used airport bathrooms to brush his teeth, usually ate at the McDonald’s in the terminal, and spent most of his time reading and people watching.

Before we go any further, let’s better define what stuck meant for Sir Alfred: He didn’t even get a…

Uniswap beware


What is 1inch?

Named after the legendary Bruce Lee punch, 1inch is a decentralized crypto exchange aggregator that connects several exchanges into one platform.

DeFi is still a relatively new industry and because of this, the prices of altcoins swing wildly across different DEXes. For example, buying Ethereum on Uniswap might cost more than it would on Bancor or Kyber.

1inch eliminates this possibility of price swings with the power of smart contracts. These contracts automagically complete your transaction through the cheapest exchange or split your order into smaller ones to reduce fees.

Every little bit adds up, and this is doubly so…

$25,000 in Bitcoin ain’t a bad payday


When I was a kid there was only one thing that got us off the streets and busy doing something productive: basketball. Basketball created friendships, gave you a sense of purpose and turned you into a fierce competitor.

Basketball helped turn boys into men.

And as the wise old saying goes, “history doesn’t repeat, it rhymes,” because bitcoin leveled me up as a man in regards to personal finance the same way basketball did in terms of my competitiveness.

Bitcoin helped me understand concepts like inflation and why your money needs to beat monetary base expansion; or how you’re always…

What women despise in men


Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson made a recommendation for the best documentary he’s ever watched. This was the documentary “Crumb.”

I don’t know if it’s the best — but it’s certainly the most unforgettable.

It tells the story of a successful cartoonist named Robert Crumb, who escaped his mother’s obsessive oedipal control that consumes both his brothers' lives.

Crumb’s brother Charles lives at home obsessing over his high school yearbook, masturbating four to five times a week, and admits to his brother that he can’t get an erection anymore.

Charles killed himself shortly after the documentary was filmed. The final cut…

We’re all mad here


I finally found it. My Bitcoin bible.

Gigi’s “21 Lessons: What I’ve Learned from Falling Down the Bitcoin Rabbit Hole” is the best book I’ve read in 2021. It focuses on the physics, history, mathematics and philosophy of Bitcoin, all while briefly contextualizing it through the lens of Alice in Wonderland.

It tickles the brain of Bitcoin beginners and veterans alike and sufficiently compartmentalizes many difficult concepts. I can’t recommend it enough.

I’m not one for long introductions so let’s jump into — or rather fall down into — Gigi’s most important lessons from his acclaimed book.

1. The Power of Free Speech

I’ve had friends…

Sorry, I left my wheelbarrow of cash at home


I was meat drunk.

After six plates of juicy chicken breast wrapped in bacon, I couldn’t feel my face. Brazillian rodizio is always worth it until that final round of food when afterward you need a wheelbarrow to carry you outside.

Upon finishing up our dinner and sucking in our guts one of my friends offered a strange suggestion —

“Hey, you’ve never gone to a strip club; I have a group of friends who have a VIP room tonight, let’s go.”

There’s good reason why I’ve never gone to a strip club. It’s a tremendous waste of money, and…

Contextualizing EQ and the Big Five Personality Model

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Intelligence (IQ) is as real as the beats of your heart. It’s measured in one of the most valid and reliable psychometrics ever created called an intelligent quotient test. Emotional intelligence (EQ), however, is bullshit.

The idea of emotional intelligence was popularized by journalist Daniel Goleman in 1995. From the onset, EQ received a flood of criticism from scientists for repackaging decades-old ideas into a singular ‘groundbreaking’ new concept.

A far more complex version of EQ was already created in the 1940s when psychologist Lewis Goldberg advocated heavily for five primary factors of personality, otherwise known as the Big Five…

By 5 Superb Writers


“Time is money, money is power, power is pizza, and pizza is knowledge.” — April Ludgate

April is gone and with it my merciless seasonal allergies.

Please, I beg you, be kind to me May.

Thankfully there were more great articles to accompany me and my tissue box. Here are my four favorites from April —

My Military Career is Coming to an End and Here’s What I’m Most Proud of

I had the pleasure of speaking with Jordan Mendiola earlier last month.

He’s every bit as charismatic as he comes off in his articles. Our conversation felt like catching up with an old friend even though it was the first time we’d ever spoken…

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