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There’s little difference between you, me, and the crazy people.

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I learned something important while I was in the mental hospital: there’s a fine line between “us” and “them.” Us, meaning all the crazy people locked up inside, including me. Them, being the people I’d watch outside, driving to Wendy’s for their breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I spent a LOT of time looking out that window.

I’m going to tell you some stories about people I met inside. Of course, I’m going to make up everyone’s name except for one: Ryan DeJonghe. We played chess together, we did puzzles together, we walked the halls together, and we did group therapy…

People don’t hate you; they hate reading

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Here’s the fact that most writers don’t understand: people hate reading. The average person, myself included, would rather watch My Strange Addiction than read your dissertation on gun violence and racism in America. Get over it. Yes, I know: America bad. Blah blah blah. But the bottom line — I hope you realize — is there are other things people enjoy more than reading your content.

Consider this. Last year the best-selling book was Barrack Obama’s A Promised Land, which sold 2.5 million copies. That was DOUBLE the amount of the second-best-selling book, a Twilight book retold in the voice…

10 billion people and the need to eat

Lab grown meat for sale. cultured meat grown in a petri dish
Lab grown meat for sale. cultured meat grown in a petri dish
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By 2050 the world’s population will reach 10 billion people, all needing to eat. Today, to feed this growing population, we kill 130 million chickens and 1 million cows daily. But what if we could feed everyone without killing any animals? That’s why Bill Gates and Richard Branson have dumped their money into cultured meat companies like Memphis Meats. However, when will the general public see lab-grown meat for sale?

Let’s unpack everything. First, meat problems, including environmental, health, and violence. Then the solution of this new meat that’s grown in labs. No, this isn’t like the Impossible Burger, which…

Help wanted — contest judge and Google form

Help wanted for 100 stories contest
Help wanted for 100 stories contest
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In late January, I opened up a contest asking 100 writers to create their own unique version of Sleeping Beauty. Simply put, I was blown away by everyone’s creativity. Yet, I know there’s more.

The contest ran through February. Here are some quick stats:

  • Nearly 50 people signed up.
  • 20 people submitted stories.
  • Thousands saw the contest (thanks to a video ad I posted on Facebook)

Looking back, I learned a few things. First, announcing a contest a few days before it starts isn’t the best way to drive interest. Second, a month maybe too short. …

If you’re stupid enough to try brushing your cat’s teeth, here are some pictures to help you

The pet toothpaste industry is worth $2.2 billion, and cat lovers drive the fastest-growing portion of that. Speaking of cat toothpaste, here are some facts:

  • 95% of humans brush their teeth daily
  • 8% of dog owners brush their dog’s teeth daily
  • 4% of cat owners brush their cat’s teeth daily

But why? Glad you asked. According to Cornell, somewhere between the large difference of 50–90% of cats suffer from either gingivitis, periodontitis, and tooth resorption. Whatever the hell that is.

Energy Healing | Reiki

Dr. Oz ain’t got shit on me

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Why the fuck would you pay me for a 45-minute guided meditation? Stop. I’m not selling you anything. Instead, I’m dealing with imposter syndrome, and I’m also trying to give you some tools that will make your life better. Plus, do it humorously. Haha, you know? Therefore, here are some free energy tools for healing. By yours truly.

First, I’m not going to require you to do a weird yoga pose for five hours while sipping Yoga(R) tea and rubbing crystals on your genitals. …

How you can find better podcast content than Joe Rogan

What are the best podcast apps? Spotify, Apple, and Google aren’t cutting it
What are the best podcast apps? Spotify, Apple, and Google aren’t cutting it
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There are 1,750,000 podcasts in the world, yet Spotify keeps recommending Joe Rogan. But I don’t want to listen to this same shit. We’re in the year 2021. Then why don’t we have a better podcast app than Apple or Google Podcasts? How can I find an enjoyable podcast? Also, how can I find the best podcast app?

My discontentment has lead me to uncover great things for you. I went down the rabbit hole and found all kinds of cool stuff:

  • Sites that transcribe podcasts and lets you search for specific words and phrases.
  • Apps that act like IMDB…

What does NFT mean, and why would someone pay $69 million for a free JPG?

What does NFT mean? You can download a picture for free, but if you pay you have sole ownership rights
What does NFT mean? You can download a picture for free, but if you pay you have sole ownership rights
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Do you see the picture below? Yes, it’s a collage, but I have no idea what it represents. Despite that, I need you to do something. Move your mouse pointer over it and right-click it. Then, save it. Done! But here’s the funny thing — someone paid $69 million to own that picture you just downloaded for free. Not a printed version, but an NFT. So what does NFT mean?

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