It’ll be an afternoon they won’t soon forget!

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I’m not a father, but I am a teacher. Usually, I teach drama, but every Saturday I teach a class that combines science with debate.

So naturally, when you think of a scientific debate, the first place your mind goes to is sauerkraut, right? Hang in there.

In China, science class doesn’t typically involve experiments or any mention of hypotheses. Instead, students are taught the theoretical facts as scientists currently understand them, from a textbook.

Students read and copy the book, then are tested on how much they remember. Yay education.

The reason my class exists is that some parents feel that their children should be more involved in the scientific process.
So every week we learn a scientific theory, then build a hypothesis and test our belief with an experiment. …

I’ve got big news..

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Is it just me, or did this year go by in the blink of a dead eye.

Honestly, it felt as though this year dragged on forever. But thankfully it’s almost December, which means we’ve limped our way to the finish line.

Despite the virus and everything else that went horribly this year, it’s not all bad. After 9 months of waiting and hoping, the most unbelievable thing has happened.. my stock experiment entered profitability.

That’s right! The day has finally come.

The Experiment

In case you don’t know what I’m talking about, nine months ago I set out to undertake an experiment. Using the money I had made writing on Medium, I invested $2,000 into the share market. I bought risky shares that were crashing because of the virus, but that I was confident would eventually recover. …

It demonstrates what happens when investors take things too far

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Photo: Press Start and Ubisoft

Over the past few years, there’s been an ongoing conversation among those who invest in game development studios.

As more studios compete for a smaller share of the market, the conversation has grown louder and inserted itself into the game development process.

The conversation is about the dollar per minute ratio that a consumer is paying for their gaming experience, an amount that has investors growing more concerned every year.

Comparing Oneself

When an investor looks to compare the value of their investment against that of a movie studio investor, one of the metrics they use is the dollar per minute ratio.

When compared to a movie, a game is far inferior in delivering a healthy dollar to minute ratio. A movie may only provide 1.5 …

They’ve gone the way of the roadshow before them

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Back in the golden days of cinema, patrons were given two options for enjoying their theatrical releases.

Most films were released into cinema the standard way that we’re used to seeing today. But special films, those that were considered “event films”, were given an entirely different level of treatment.

Films that were considered events were mostly musicals and historical epics, including movies such as West Side Story and Ben-Hur.
Tentpole movies like these couldn’t just endure the regular movie treatment, so these movies were released with a roadshow.

What was a roadshow?

A roadshow was nothing more than a gimmick used to create the illusion of prestige and glamour while marketing the release of a new movie. …

Just because your show has closed, it doesn’t mean the bills stop coming in

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It can only be read as an understatement if I were to say that we live in difficult or depressingly unique times.

It seems only moments ago that I was underneath a cruise ship stage in full costume, joking with a technician while I waited for my cue.
After ten minutes, the technician would be given the all clear, which would be my signal to duck my head and shuffle onto the waiting lift.

I would stand there and complain to anyone that would listen about how much my shoulders hurt while standing in such an awkward position. …

Dedicated to those of us spending the holidays alone

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Photo: Animal Crossing screenshot sourced by Game Rant

’Tis the season for Animal Crossing, especially since the virus may mean spending the holiday season alone for the very first time.

Since the virus took over all of our lives, none of us could have anticipated that we’d still be dealing with it at the end of the freaking year. It seems like only yesterday that Trump was promising an Easter celebration free from the widespread virus.

Instead, we’re all facing the reality that we’ll be enjoying only the company of ourselves for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. Thankfully, Animal Crossing is here to save the day!

Animal What?

For those who don’t know, Animal Crossing is a long-running series of Nintendo games that follow the real-world clock and calendar. If it’s dark outside in the real world, it’ll be dark outside in Animal Crossing. …

The partner turned rival has hit back with a lil’ press conference of their own

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A week after being thrown under the bus by McDonalds, Beyond Burger is back in a big way with a juicy announcement.

In a press release, the plant-based meat producer announced two new burger patties to their range. The first they called the “juiciest burger yet”, and the other, the “most nutritious.”

The company is advertising more B vitamins and minerals with a lot less sodium and overall calories.

Nutrition information for these burgers has not yet been released, but we can expect to find them in stores early next year; coincidently around the same time that McDonald’s will be unveiling the “McPlant.” …

Plus my two year plan to make it profitable

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For years, people have made fun of my dream. I’ve bought houses, traded shares, and dabbled in some of the most of the popular ETF’s available; but I’m still yet to realise my true dream.

My ultimate dream, as an investor, is to buy and own a laundromat.

People think that I’m insane and about four decades too late for this dream, but they’re wrong. If I had bought a laundromat 40 years ago, I’d be up to my ears in competition.

Instead, a lot less people today own laundromats. However, many of the people that do own a laundromat, own several. …

“By McDonald’s, For McDonald’s”

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As a disastrous year of human history draws to a close, McDonald’s has announced a new plan to draw customers back in once again.

The plan is called Accelerating the Arches, and incorporates many new ideas for how the brand can market and deliver better and faster food to consumers over the next year. You can read the plan here, but most of it is fluff to impress investors.

The plan only became exciting after the Monday announcement of the McPlant. …

Stories that attract eyes, hearts, and revenue

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These are hard times, both here in Medium-land, and out in the real world.

In a dark twist of fate, the world is seeing a historic rise in unemployment at the same time that Medium is “shaking things up” in such a way that many people are seeing their royalties plummet.

It seemed only a matter of time, in my opinion. I never really understood how investors ever saw a return on their capital under the old system. Luckily for investors however, I think that problem has been solved.

But there’s no need to dwell on the negative. Instead, let’s look at the stories here on Money Clip that have literally earned our attention. …


Jordan Fraser

I write articles that inform and delight from my anti-virus bunker in Shanghai, China. 🇦🇺 🇨🇳

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