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A few weeks ago, it was reported that US podcast host Joe Rogan had contracted Covid-19. Not a huge story in the grand scheme of things, considering all the other crazy shit that was going on in the world at the time, but interesting enough that social media went a little bonkers over it.

It wasn’t the fact that Joe caught the virus that was lighting things up.

Nor was it because of his stance on the Covid vaccine which he aired on his ‘Joe Rogan Experience’ podcast, which were later dubbed as, ‘incorrect’ by US Chief Medical Advisor Dr…

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Picture the scene:

A rambunctious group of heavily bearded Vikings sitting around a table.

They’re waiting for some food after a hard day of ̶p̶i̶l̶l̶a̶g̶i̶n̶g work. They’re lively and they’re loud.

Someone called Sten passes a goblet of mead around for all to share.

The Vikings each partake in the sweet stuff. Not too much — that would piss the others off — and not too little. Just the right amount.

As the goblet passes from hand-to-hand, their rowdiness subsides. The Vikings become more settled, and there’s a calmness about them. …

A metal sign that read the word “no”
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Rejection or even the fear of rejection is enough to deflate the best of us, and worse still, it holds us back.



Even the sound of the word is enough to make you want to roll your eyes.

To this day, I still remember my request to sing Sir Mix-a-Lot’s Baby Got Back at my high school’s annual talent show got rejected outright.

That one still hurts.


You hate it. I hate it. We all hate it. …

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So here’s the thing.

My total writing output for the month of April was a big bag of nothing.




I couldn’t even attempt a new draft, that’s how frustratingly bad it was.

Let’s get real here. I’m no Hemingway and my writing wasn’t exactly lighting the world ablaze prior to this, but I was still writing something.

I’m still scratching my head, trying to figure out what in the fuck happened, but all I know is that April just kind of slipped out of my keyboard.

I struggled with ideas. I lacked any real motivation, and worse…

A happy man jumping in the air
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You see that man jumping for joy above? That’s how I feel after I’ve snagged a freebie. I tried taking a picture of me doing the same jump but I kept messing up the shot.

Anyway, that’s me, minus the ripped shorts and white socks, that is. Just imagine a thinner version with joggers, black socks, longer hair, and sitting down at a desk with half an arm raised (I hurt my shoulder so can’t thrust it up like the dude above).

I digress.

I love freebies. I remember when I got a free knife set as part of some…

Dev Patel as Gawain in “The Green Knight.” (A24)

One needn’t search too hard to find an equal measure of scorn and passionate acclaim for David Lowery’s sumptuous and, at times, baffling medieval epic “The Green Knight”. Critics and audiences alike have pondered; nay deliberated on what it all means, if it means anything at all. Fewer still have been able to definitively explain the film’s ending. …

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You could make the case that if the recent lawsuit filed by former Avenger, B̶l̶a̶c̶k̶ ̶W̶i̶d̶o̶w Scarlett Johannson, had not seen the light of day, perhaps the film Shang-Chi too would be sitting prominently on Disney’s ‘Premiere Access’ hub on the streaming platform the same day of its cinema release.

If that were the case, it would be wrong because a movie like Shang-Chi deserves to be seen on the big screen.

Yes, I totally get the convenience of streaming a film in the comfort of your own home and am totally on board with giving viewers a choice in…

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You know how you read or hear about a TV show and think ‘that sounds good, I’ll give it a watch’ and then forget about it until a few years later?



A window gives a perfect view of the far from perfect downtown Rochester, NY.

Barry emerges from the bathroom, removing earplugs. He pats his jacket, he’s missing something. He searches the floor…

…And as he does we begin to see SOMETHING’S OFF: BULLET HOLES that have sent spiderwebs up the window. Barry finds what he’s looking for: a GLOCK with a…

That cold, grubby, backache of a job was probably one of the most satisfying I’ve ever done.

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It’s an eerily quiet morning, I think to myself, hopping onto the float. Who was I kidding? Of course it’s quiet. It should be. It’s 6 o’clock in the morning and families are tucked away in their warm beds. Mums and dads cozying up against one another and boys and girls adrift in dreamland. Me though, I’m not asleep. There’s no warm bed, no soft pillow. No, I’m wide awake… just the sound of hundreds of milk bottles rattling against each other behind…

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What is Blitzscaling?

There’s an explanation of what Blitzscaling is by ‘master of scale’ himself Reid Hoffman. If you don’t know who that is, you’ve probably heard of the companies he’s helped found.

You most likely use them.

PayPal and LinkedIn. He’s kind of a heavyweight in tech.

Apologies Hoff, but your explanation of Blitzscaling is a bit too wordy for me.

Here’s a shorter version: Blitzscaling is getting very big, very, quick.

Granted, there’s more to it than that, but that’s it in a nutshell.

Getting big quickly is most likely the goal for many tech companies. …

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