The Side Hustler

Don’t let it happen to you

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With so many ways to make a few dollars a day, it’s easy to lose track. Who can blame you? One day you’re repurposing content on a new website, the next, you’re slinging plasma at an assisted living facility.

The other day I came across a post of someone who had ten different side hustles. One more and she’ll need to count on her toes.

That’s the issue with side hustles. They can quickly become so numerous, you can easily forget what you’re doing, for whom, and why.

Are you being paid to watch Grandpa, or did you volunteer? Oh…


How old are you really?

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To avoid awkward situations, or adhere to social norms, most adults are rarely asked: How old are you? Unless of course a child is asking; blunt questions are their forte.

Depending on your perspective, age can be many things: Just a number, a state of mind, or a social construct. Some of us make a concerted effort to conceal it; coloring grey hair, applying makeup, lotions, or serums. And if this level of artistry fails to turn back the clock far enough, there’s always injections or surgery.

Age, the chronological version anyway, is fixed. We all have an unwavering timestamp…


Humor

Please stop

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Who can resist the comments section — they rarely disappoint. The more polarizing or controversial an article, the likelier you are to find enough gems to make a19th century prospector envious.

To be clear, they’re not called comments on this platform, they’re labeled a response. Comments are for commoners, a response is high brow. Responses are reserved for the halls of congress, university classrooms, and other elite institutions.

For example, would the gentlelady from Massachusetts care to respond? Or, Mr. Wentworth concludes his argument for re-instituting a firing squad in death penalty cases — your response?

Perhaps someone at Medium…


Promising improved performance, recovery, and tissue repair

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Human physiology is very particular; any attempts to manipulate our system are usually met with unintended consequences. Cells, tissues, and organ systems are predicated on balance: taking synthetic compounds— be they prescribed or otherwise — can affect our natural drive towards homeostasis.

The ultimate hack becomes finding the right compound; one which can have a desired effect without the unintended consequences.

Let’s say you’d like to raise levels of a certain hormone, you can’t simply inject it into your system, this will have downstream consequences. …


You don’t even need a thermometer

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Living organisms share a similar process centered around a twenty-four hour cycle. From the latin phrase “circa diem” translating to “around a day”, this cycle is commonly called our circadian rhythm. Variations and fluctuations throughout this twenty-four hour cycle in the form of hormones and other biological mediators determines our level of alertness, hunger, and fatigue. Rising cortisol levels helps wake us from sleep, while elevated melatonin maintains sleep. These, and other processes largely driven by circadian rhythm are directly tied to our temperature.

Throughout the day, body temperature fluctuates, not by much, but around 1 degree Fahrenheit. Rising body…


Wars, words, warnings, and the price of freedom

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Our relationship with words has been increasingly strained. News outlets — including our paper of recorddebated the appropriateness of words like, lie or liar when referring to a sitting American president. They decided on untruths and falsehoods before finally relenting. The difference: Intention. A lie is an untrue statement with intent to deceive. The good people at The New York Times, struggled with that. Can it be a lie if someone believed it to be true?

Words are rarely accidental. In a casual conversation, perhaps; not when used by the arbiters of opinion and policy. …


Mind the exit for an unfamiliar return

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Consumed by the story, he delivered striking details and exact times. It was less dialogue, and more stream of consciousness, asking and answering his own questions. “Do you remember the car; we were in the back of that old Mercedes.” Continuing, “Praise God, we could hear and feel bombs falling from the sky.” This was all completely foreign to me; listening intently, I added nothing. Finally, he realized, “You don’t remember any of it do you,” just as quickly adding, “how could you, you were just a baby.”

In mid-March 1978, Israeli forces launched an attack on South Lebanon code-named…


Everyone will be in the entertainment business

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It’s an iconic series of images, beginning with an ape on all fours, who transitions to walking upright, loses body hair, carries increasingly more sophisticated tools, and becomes modern day homo sapien. The evolution of man adorns nearly every science classroom across the country, but it doesn’t provide a full picture. This transition was never linear, with a number of our human ancestors living and interacting with each other.

Nearly 300,000 years ago, Homo sapiens lived alongside eight now-extinct species of human. Neanderthals, Homo erectus, Homo rhodesiensis existed during similar periods; only 15,000 years ago, we were sharing caves with…


Cooling down is not just for athletes

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Every year, athletes the world over train and sweat in scorching environments in an effort to improve endurance and skills or win a coveted roster spot. While covering the struggle to land a professional football position, writer Hunter S. Thompson quoted legendary Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis, “Speed kills.” According to Davis, everything else in the game can be taught, but speed is a gift from God. Speed may give athletes an edge over slower opponents, but it’s never killed anyone on the field of play. Heat, on the other hand, has. …


One trend worth resurrecting from the internet archives

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While listening to an interview recently, a media personality was downright gloating, “I was trending on Twitter for over a day! You do realize how incredible that is?”, he assured the host. “Nothing trends on the internet for that long.”

Nearly all things internet are archived immediately upon arrival, never to be heard from or seen again. The sheer volume of content posted daily is absolutely staggering. Staying power, even momentarily, is truly remarkable. Andy Warhol may have been too ambitious; fifteen minutes of world fame for everyone is a stretch.These days, many would gladly settle for a lot less.

Bashar Salame

Health * Humor * Cultural Commentary * From ‘The Paris of the Middle East’ → To ‘The Paris of the Midwest’ (Beirut to Detroit) https://twitter.com/Detroitchiro

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