That’s how I felt when I read that Joe Biden was served porn and erotica on Medium and even Medium staff couldn’t make it stop. Hahahah. Clear your reading history, Joe!!! Hahaha. I was right. Homepage is broken!
But wait. I’m getting ahead of myself. I’ll come back to that.
Medium has never been big on transparency. And honestly, that’s their prerogative. Ev’s prerogative. He doesn’t have to tell us squat. Especially since he’s funding this puppy out of his own pocket. But I’m doing it again.
This post isn’t about slamming Medium. I like Medium. I like…
It was supposed to be a joke. That’s what Billy Markus and Jackson Palmer said about inventing Dogecoin back in 2013.
They were both software engineers. Markus was working for IBM and Palmer for Adobe when they created the cryptocurrency. They built it in just a few hours. For the lolz.
One day, I saw a woman collapse at the mall. It was before the plague and masks and social distancing, when people went shopping together and laughed, carefree. Remember then?
One minute she was walking beside her daughter, and the next minute she crumpled and fell. Like someone pulled the bottom card out of a house of cards and it silently tumbled. She didn’t even thump. She just sank.
I froze, heart in my throat.
Her daughter made a strangled little sound and dropped to the floor on her knees by her Mom.
People started yelling for help. Is there…
Have you ever woke up as tired as you went to bed?
Years ago, when my daughter was little, our cat brought me a present. Cats do that, apparently, if they’re allowed outside and if they love you very much. The chivalrous little darlings bring you presents. Gross presents.
Usually, the present is almost dead. Not quite. But almost. The cat did the hard work and now it’s letting you finish it off. Because it loves you.
It’s quite an honor. If you’re a cat.
Not so much if you’re a human.
If you can imagine that scene (and I…
Alessandro Tomasi is an Italian-Lebanese artist and student from Florence, Italy. Last year, he started reconstructing the faces of historical figures from stone statues. Turning stone into flesh and blood, basically.
He started the project as a reaction to inaccurate portraits he was seeing.
“I decided to start doing these reconstructions after coming across other reconstructions on the internet, which have obviously been done by people with absolutely no knowledge about genetics or history.”
Tomasi says he researches the not only the person, but also the genealogy of the historical figure he is reconstructing.
Whitewashing has always been a thing in Hollywood. If you didn’t know, it means “to alter in a way that favors, features, or caters to white people: such as … casting a white performer in a role based on a nonwhite person or fictional character”
Like when Mickey Rooney played Mr. Yunioshi in Breakfast At Tiffany’s.
Alice was a fighter. When women prison guards tried to forcibly rip her clothes off, she fought so hard they had to call male guards to help.
The shockingly inappropriate act of male prison guards ripping the clothing off a woman got extensive press coverage for her case.
She wasn’t done yet.
She’d been sentenced to 30 days, so she refused to eat. They force fed her. It was so torturous that by the end of her 30 day sentence, she had to be carried from the prison to a doctor. She had permanent gastric damage.
Her crime? Protesting for…
Last week I wrote about established writers struggling on Medium and seeing their views drop as much as 50%. While true, the post was disheartening to new writers who are just getting started.
A lot of new writers said that. And it is tough here right now. So I’m writing this for writers who are struggling to get some traction here.
Know what the most common advice people give new writers here?
Write every day.
Write twice a day.
Stop looking at your stats and write. Write and then write some more. Put your head down and write…
Everything starts small, right? I just published my first guest writer on my new publication, History of Women. It’s a good read. Enjoy…
First — Siobhan O'Connor, you will be missed. I wanted to start there. Thanks for the smiles you brought to this place for a while. We all know you’ll kick butt wherever you land next.
If you clicked because of the title, but have no idea what this is about… Yesterday, Ev posted that Medium is changing direction and offering buyouts to editorial employees who want to leave. That news made The New York Times…
This post is instead of leaving an obnoxiously long comment on Ev’s post. I hate that. My theory is, if you have that much to…