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We are living it now.

While our individual lives have been stowed away in shrink wrap bags, the collective conscious is running rampantly in all directions. But it’s not just word-of-mouth neighborhood chat that is stoking little fires everywhere, it’s the digital world that has now become our city, territory, and grounds of all transactions. It’s that same world in which all things are chaotic, lacking critically in order and consensus.

We cannot forget what made civilization work. It was those who could identify and organize people to live under a governance and a general cooperative attitude.

But now, left…


Unless you enjoy life as a whipping post — or if you’re method acting to fully understand Stockholm Syndrome

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But — money is money! It’s better than nothing. It’s certainly better than nothing. But is that the standard you hold yourself to?

I’ll be frank: if better than nothing is the standard you stand by, consider this a wake-up call. Better than nothing is one way to whisk your self-worth into oblivion. There is, however, one thing that is worse than nothing: nonsense.

Are you curious about where the nonsense is lurking? I’ll put an end to this lingering question once and for all: content mills.

Accept the pay you think you deserve.

Is your work worth 0.02 cents per word? Or are you one of…


Here’s what you should watch next, and what fuels our morbid curiosity.

The six part documentary series Surviving Death sheds light on the greatest mystery that sits in our shadow each and every day of our existence: our impermanence. As much as we hate change, death is the essential conclusion of our lives. But, what happens when we die? Where do we go? What do we see? Is it nothing at all? Or, could it be everything?

If Surviving Death left you hungry for more, your next streaming venture should be The OA. The cerebral show was inspired by an encounter of one of its creators: Brit Marling. She met a stranger…


Following recent years as a fugitive from the Chinese government, SPI Energy CEO and most-wanted list alumnus Mr. Xiaofeng Peng is making his grand return.

Mr. Xiaofeng Peng

Some people got lucky today. SPI Energy launched its subsidiary, EdisonFuture, which sets out to design and develop electric vehicles as well as EV charging solutions.

Mr. Xiaofeng Peng, SPI Energy’s CEO, stated

“This is an important milestone for SPI Energy. As Tesla has demonstrated, an end-to-end business model in the renewable energy space can generate significant value. With the addition of EV and EV charging segments to our diverse solar business, we are positioning SPI Energy for the future of renewable energy.”

Mr. Xiaofeng Peng is (or, perhaps was, though that is doubtful) a rich man himself, ranked the…


Liars, Titans, and Bailouts — oh my! How the pandemic has created an invisible playing field shared only by those with a duplicitous glimmer in their eye.

Liars

Humans have long engaged in making things seem so. But just because they seem so, does not mean they are so. What if what seems so results in financial or personal gain? That’s what we typically call fraud: the intentional perversion of truth, and we tend to associate fraud with financial crimes.

These instances aren’t few and far between, they are part and parcel of society, dating back to 300 B.C. when a Greek merchant named Hegestratos attempted to con the insurers of a shipload of valuable goods by sinking his ship— but keeping the cargo. He claimed the loss…


Is Trevor Milton the next Elizabeth Holmes? Well, what the two irrefutably have in common is a wild imagination.

Trevor Milton’s Nikola was never about delivering. It was about following the trope of the underdog to its Hollywood conclusion: confetti falls from the air, music swells as the camera pans over a happy crowd. Then as the confetti clears, the final shot is the driveway of Trevor Milton’s $32.5 million mansion. That’s the end of the underdog’s trope — that’s the reward Trevor needed to tie it all up in a neat bow. Real hydrogen powered trucks be damned. Let me explain.

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Founder Trevor Milton has resigned as Chairman of Nikola Motors (NASDAQ: NKLA) and has departed the…


Readers of Milton’s 10,000 line epic poem are often left astonished and puzzled by the author’s concurrent fulfillment and defiance of expectations within the confines of genre. Arguably, Paradise Lost embodies the intent of fan-fiction before that distinction became perverted in the era of self-publication, or as formally described by The Norton Anthology, Milton heightens epic conventions and values, and utterly transforms them.”

As familiar as most of us are with the Biblical narrative that offers an explanation for the human condition, Milton takes the fabric of a canonized tale in both of his hands and punctures it carefully. By…


On August 22, 1862, Victorine Debussy gave birth to her first child in an old, rented three-floor house in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, a Parisian working class suburb. The baby boy was named Claude, the son of a seamstress and the owner of a crockery shop located on the home’s ground floor. Victorine went on to give birth to four more children, Adèle, Emmanuel, Alfred, and Eugène-Octave. The family of seven, however, was far from close-knit. Victorine was not particularly enamored by motherhood and yearned for independence. She sent Alfred and Adèle to be raised by their aunt and godmother, and tragically lost…


The COVID-19 pandemic has upended life-as-is. As humanity faces a common plight to minimize the virus’ death toll, decision-makers must grapple with the ethical dilemmas deeply intertwined with their choices. How do those in power reach consensus on who gets what, when, and why? How far can policy be implemented when requirements of social distancing and mandated business closures infringe personal freedoms? Moreover, can we obligate essential workers to perform their jobs while putting themselves at risk of contracting the virus? There is a theoretical framework that offers a path forward: utilitarianism. …


Through the use of animation in lieu of live action, graphic design elements that mimic the look and feel of drawn comics, and a plot driven by the premise of multiverses, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse transcends the boundaries of retro comic book style and film, creating an unprecedented visual experience that places its source material on a pedestal and celebrates it vivaciously.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse veered from conventional parameters through a blend of comic art techniques and CGI animation, thereby creating visual parallels that live action adaptations are unable to achieve. Comic books are characterized by paneled storytelling and…

L.D. Van Tartwijk

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