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With values soaring to the moon, card collectors are starting to get violent

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In December 2020, a rare Charizard Pokémon card sold for $360,000. Early in 2021, a Michael Jordan rookie card sold for $215,000. Weeks later, the same card sold for $738,000.

During the pandemic last year, with people locked inside and looking for something to flip the mood, quarantiners turned to nostalgia and began collecting trading cards. Pokémon cards, basketball cards, baseball cards, and more.

Now the market is flaming hot.

Rare cards selling for a high price is not a phenomenon unique to 2020. In 2018, a rare Mike Trout baseball card sold for $400,000. Two years later, its market…

Malls and old American neighborhoods are in the same place: dead and soon to be forgotten

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After the end of World War II, popular media often portrayed American families as accomplished, happy, and most importantly, back together. In fact, they were really happy to be back together. In the post-war economic boom, couples were industriously popping out babies and moving their growing families out of the cities and into the suburbs.

With them came their spending power, of course, putting a dent on Main Street retail stores.

It didn’t take long for businesses to follow people out to the suburbs, resulting in the birth of the iconic American shopping mall, which combined retail shopping, food service…

Netflix is being hunted by competition and free games won’t stop that

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With rival streaming platforms giving Netflix a push it has never seen before, the video goliath is turning to a new differentiator: video games.

All major media companies, from Disney to AT&T to NBC, have recollected the content that they licensed to Netflix for years for their own streaming platforms. This has forced Netflix to build up its own library of content.

This increase in competition has raised some questions about whether Netflix will remain king of the streaming world in the long term. …

Is a life of FOMO a life worth living?

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It’s amazing how easily we can drain ourselves by trying to stay full.

In the age of instant information, seeking gratification from others becomes so tempting. Information is relayed at a rate quicker than we can even imagine, allowing us to give or receive information to or from anyone, anywhere, at any time.

Sometimes these are people we know in person, sometimes they are not. They all have the same purpose, however: to deliver to us what we want.

Desire makes us human, with only the strictest monks and Stoics able to overcome it completely. Desire can destroy us if…

It might not be for a long time

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For every person that loves Bitcoin and the general idea of a decentralized currency, there are 10 more that just want to trade it and make money off of it.

This is the case with all kinds of assets. Whether it’s stocks, real estate, or Pokemon cards, there are more people interested in making money than simply owning the asset because they love it.

The main reason to own an asset is to gain value over time, so there is no shame in getting in just to make money. …

Number Crunch

Since 2016, employers have been seeking creators at a much higher rate

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489,000: That’s the percentage jump in job listings featuring the keyword “Creator” in their title since 2016.

The creator economy has become increasingly prevalent in recent years. Platforms like YouTube, Substack, Spotify, and TikTok have given creators the ability to monetize their videos, podcasts, and newsletters.

Medium has found a place within that model, too, giving professional and amateur writers alike the ability to share thoughts on the topics that most interest them. If they choose, those writers can earn money for sharing these thoughts.

Facebook plans to feed into the freelance route, rewarding creators with a total of $1…

The country’s largest utility company has routinely put profits over safety, inflicting damage on its own customers

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A reach of 16 million people. 70,000 square miles of service area. 117 deaths.

Those are the quick facts of electric and natural gas provider Pacific Gas & Electric, which services central and northern California.

PG&E was incorporated in 1905 and has since grown to become the largest utility company in the United States. The company’s growth and financial prospects are hardly of interest to its customers, however.

In fact, they are the cause of the company’s downfall.

Since 2010, PG&E has inflected five disasters upon its customers and the greater public during California’s fall months — when the grounds…

A further distance per charge, for starters

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Electric vehicles dominate the auto media headlines nowadays and for good reason: they will soon be dominating the roads.

The largest auto manufacturers are entering the EV game and hoping to eat away at Tesla’s fat piece of the pie. To do so, they will have to assemble attractive cars that can also compete performance-wise.

Tesla gave those companies even more work to do at last September’s Battery Day when it announced major changes coming to its batteries. The company announced that it will soon ditch Panasonic’s battery and produce its own, tabless cell. …

A race for market share is leading to the acquisition of smaller studios, creating a five-horse race in mobile gaming

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The increased performance of computers, consoles, televisions, and monitors has created a growing market of gamers over the past decade. When the pandemic hit, that market exploded.

While the entertainment industry at large suffered in 2020, anything and everything gaming was thriving.

With the pandemic mostly in the rear-view mirror now, some of those pandemic gamers are handing in their controllers for basketballs, pool noodles, and mugs of beer.

Game developers are having to adjust and have identified an area the global health outlook can’t impact much: mobile gaming.

Mobile-game revenue is projected to make up over half of total…

To wait for inspiration is to let resistance take over

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Perhaps the toughest part of being a writer is, well, writing. The actual act of what makes a person a writer can sometimes be the toughest thing to get out of bed and do.

There are a million distractions in this world, especially once you start looking for them. The grass needs to be cut and the dog needs to be walked and the laundry needs to be folded. You sit down to write and your mind is blank, so you turn on the television to see if any inspiration pours out of it.

All of a sudden it’s 3…

Dylan Hughes

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