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Beginner’s Guide to Trading and Investing in the Digital Money Revolution

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The digital world is like a parallel universe: it exists within our world, it has permeated our thinking and our society, and in so many ways has opened up a world of new possibilities in communication and information, and what is finance but essentially the intersection of both?

Zero trust is an assumption made by cryptographers. Yet with traditional currencies, all trust lies with a Central Bank, ruled by (some would theorize ruling) governments. …

Paid for by the American people at the expense of the Afghan people

It would be funny if it weren’t so damn sad.

From the perspective of speaking to the absolute bottom line: Afghanistan was a money pit into which the American government threw taxpayers money and collected by the Military-Industrial Complex of mostly American and American-adjacent corporate entities.

We can’t move forward as a species while allowing these monstrous shenanigans of military adventurism to perpetuate our world.

It was sad and depressing like I expected it would be. Why do I do this to myself?

Screenshot from the film, Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain

I watched Roadrunner, alone and high, in the middle of the night.

I admired Anthony Bourdain. He was a lot of things that I saw in myself: a cook, a writer, and an endlessly restless person always looking over the next horizon.

Spoiler: The story doesn’t end very well for Tony.

He left behind a huge hole in his family and friends’ lives and was mourned by so many fans, of which I was just one.

I knew him for his work in “Parts Unknown” and “No Reservations”, but seeing this documentary made me feel like I now know him…

Finding balance, in writing and in life

Head In The Clouds, As Usual. Photo by the Author

I am at a crossroads in my writing.

After a year dedicated to the craft of actually getting my ideas “down” on “paper” (analogies that no longer really apply, but I digress) it seems as though I am getting mixed reviews, and that has led me to question which direction to follow.

On one hand, I am told to be authentic and raw, that people will respond to deeply personal reflections. On the other hand, I am told by the metrics that no one really gives a damn about what I am choosing to write about.

I feel that…

A Cynical, Drunken Rant from 2002

This was one of my first written creations as a newly-minted adult. I thought to share it here and now, as a retrospective “Where It Started” look back at when I was thrown into the proverbial deep end of the reality of the world that I now had to navigate.

The “Media,” as I understood it in 2002. Photo by Julius Drost on Unsplash

Media is everywhere.

It pervades every aspect of society, culture, civilization. Essentially, as a modern society, it is the air we breathe. We use it to inform and educate ourselves and communicate to others our ideas, thoughts, and creativity.

Ironically, the media’s permeating qualities have become locked in an equally…

Forgiving My Abusive, Narcissistic Father Figure

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In a state that was halfway between meditation and dreaming, I met my great-grandmother, who died about thirty years before I was born.

This wasn’t the first time we met, but this time she told me to do something: and when a dead relative asks something of you, you listen at least.

She told me that she felt guilty about my grandfather — the way things were between them and the way he turned out to be. She died when he was sixteen of leukemia, so obviously, having to leave a son at such a formative age would have been…

Reflecting on the amazing journey it has been so far

Joel Coen, et al. THE BIG LEBOWSKI. Screenshot & composition by the Author

It has been one year since my friend, Faisal Khan, told me that I should get started writing on Medium.

In one year on this platform, I have created and published more than I have ever done in the past. Nearly 100 stories, five publications (Open Source X, The Arcane Diary, The Seeker’s School of Mystery, Unica Communications, and Metal Horror Motorcycles) as well as spin-off developments: YouTube channels, TikTok accounts (The Arcane Diary, Kitchen Alchemy, Canadian Car Creeper) and a Patreon page (still in its infancy).

I am proud of what I have done and…

And somehow, at the same time, not taking it seriously enough

Photo by Shingi Rice on Unsplash

Recent discussions in the social media sphere have been centred around algorithms (nothing new) and seemingly a shift in focus toward streaming videos, like TikToks and Instagram Reels.

Instagram has claimed that they are no longer a photo-sharing app, but the platform will now weigh that focus toward video sharing.

This move seems reminiscent of when Facebook tried buying Snapchat, to no avail, only to take its best features (“Stories”) and integrate the functionality into its own platform.

Now, we see the evolution toward “Reels” and YouTube “Shorts,” which function suspiciously like the explosively popular TikTok. Is it a coincidence…

Not just writing stories, but weaving vision into the fabric of reality

Photo Courtesy of Unica Communications (Joven Tel Inc.)

Medium has become my mental gymnasium, my thought incubator.

It is a place to share half-baked ideas with the world to see how they play before developing into something more.

It helps organize and itemize thoughts about a project into the disciplined structure of a piece of writing. Whether it is recognized as a good idea or not, just putting thoughts into words is definitely a great process of structuring what can otherwise be a flurry of seemingly unconnected concepts.

So it is, too, with the inception of a business idea, as well.

You may have a vision and an…

Simple Techniques For An Endless Supply of Writing Ideas

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One of the hardest parts about writing, as with most tasks, is getting started. The biggest hurdle I had to overcome earlier in my life was having a desire to write but not knowing what to write about. Valuing my own ideas enough take them seriously to attempt to make them into something more was a huge, necessary step in the right direction. But I will be the first to admit that not every idea is a good one, and when the well seems to run dry, as is inevitable for any writer, at any stage of their career.


Stephen Reza

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