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It was an awful year, but at least it inspired a fun game

2020 will always be a memorable year, unfortunately for the worst reasons. It was full of events that marked and affected the world, making it difficult to maintain any positive memories. Now, in addition to the daily news that inadvertently reminds us of tragic facts from a year we’re so desperately struggling to forget, a game was released that is no less difficult but at least much more lighthearted.

The is a side-scrolling browser game that lets us relive the bad moments of the year in a much more swift and comical journey. …


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While I was in college, a not so productive period in my life, I was given the most ridiculous yet understandable advice ever: Don’t be like a microwave.

This was a piece of advice on how to get girls. Obnoxious, I know, but later I found out it can be put to use in any context. Just hear me out.

I was in my second year of college when I became fond of this girl. Due to being kind of an introvert and having near to zero experience on how to approach love interests, I never made a move worth noticing. …


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If you’re an investor — or learning to become one in a near future — you certainly read about what types of investments you can pursue, such as the stock market, real estate, bitcoin, bonds, etc.

More often than not, by reading about these forms of investment, you come across the basics and technicals of how, when, and how much to invest.

Most likely you have solid know-how on higher returns, lower risk, and an efficient tax structure and how they can all work together to become a stable source of income during your retirement.

But let me ask you a question: have any of those articles or videos you learned from led you to “do the right thing”? …


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I began my writing career as an editor in a Portuguese independent news website. I had no projection, so we agreed on unpaid cooperation, where I would publish my fact-based unfiltered opinion on whatever I deemed interesting for people to read.

The goal was to practice writing and publish as much content as possible to make my work visible. Call it an investment — at least that’s how I see it.

This deal eventually paid out for me. I started to go to events for free as a journalist, conduct interviews with artists, review shows, and all that jazz.

Afterward came the actual financial return, as I started being paid to write on other platforms and even landed a job at a major company, due to an article I wrote on a Marketing campaign of theirs. …


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BioShock is a videogame franchise that stood out from the rest of the gaming industry due to its perfect symbiosis between rewarding gameplay, excellent narrative, and meticulously chosen soundtrack.

It ain't entirely unheard of for a game to include in its narrative elements alluding to historical periods or political ideologies, generally represented in a somewhat extreme way.

However, BioShock approaches and, in a way, lampoons the book Atlas Shrugged, from Ayn Rand, one of the most influential works in History, and since is one of my favorite games of all time, I have to talk to you about it.

Rapture’s Liberty

In Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand, simulating an alternative reality — but technologically and politically similar to the time when the work was written (the 1950s) — establishes Objectivism, a philosophical ideal based on reality, reason, the individual, and the principles of Capitalism. …


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Earlier this December 2020, we witnessed an unprecedented event: for a brief moment, all services provided by the technological giant Google were unavailable for no apparent reason.

The uncertainty of this global failure made me dwell about the hypothetical scenarios we could see ourselves in if Google abruptly ceased to exist and the consequences it could imply.

At first, it didn’t seem a big deal, but as time passed I began to think of how many meetings were being skipped due to people not being able to check their Google Calendar or how many important decisions were delayed due to Gmail being unavailable to adjudicate budgets and projects. …


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Writing is easy if you just want to pass time and don’t consider making a living out of it.

If you want to learn how to write a good piece then you came to the wrong place. For that, you can find a lot of good articles all over Medium.

However, if you’re looking to write a bad article that will achieve you nothing, then just follow this practical guide on how to not write a good article and you’ll find yourself wasting time and enjoying no success whatsoever.

Skip the intro

If this article was to follow its purpose, it would already be a failure of a bad article. …


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I stumbled on Medium by accident some years ago. My first impression of its concept was that it felt like some kind of blogging social network where anyone could write about anything. There is some truth in that, yet Medium is more than just a place to post some scribbles.

I created my account and read stories and articles for almost a week until I decided to give Medium ago. The concept was about me writing these soft horror stories ideas that would come up whilst suffering from a bad case of insomnia.

Suffice to say I had no strategy. I would just write whenever I had a random idea at night. There was no structure nor planning, and proofreading was definitely not a concept at the time. As soon as the article was finished I would just hit publish. …


“You should learn from our mistakes.” Well, I did.

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My parents are, what we Millennials like to call, Boomers. You know, the ones who plummeted the economy for further generations.

Jokes aside, they belong to a generation who borrowed stupid amounts of money and cut taxes to an extreme level without any concern on how that would affect further generations.

They lived only for the moment — the lifestyle they accuse younger generations of living now — and my parents are no exception to this.

Since I’ve become more financially aware (for lack of a better term), I’ve noticed several poor decisions my parents have made regarding money and finance management. …


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We all dreamt about being our own boss, at some point in our lives. To be able to work under no ones’ authority but our own is a luxury that mostly only freelancers can enjoy.

Well, it’s actually in the denomination itself: freelancers are free to work for any client they want, instead of working under a single organization.

That explanation right there was what seduced me into the freelance world, leading me to leave the corporate world for good. But I have to admit, the transition hasn’t been as smooth as I thought it would be.

How much freedom is too much?

This is by far the biggest clashing point I’ve faced since I started my career as a freelancer. I was used to a strict 9 to 5 that would guarantee a certain amount of time I had to work, per week. …

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Daniel Silva

Freelance marketer and copywriter, who’s also a minimalist and goes bald sometimes.

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