Derek Self

About the author

Derek Self is a Chicago-based writer and artist. He founded a digital publication in 2016 and has written extensively about emerging technologies, blockchain disruption, and the latest trends in fintech. As a professional actor and musician, he relies on his phone to memorize lines and connect with drummers who forget rehearsal times. Bookmarks on his laptop: Ableton Live forum, Coinbase, Playbill, TechCrunch, Dawes artist page on Spotify.

How To Find and Succeed in the Perfect Remote Job

Working from home is a lifestyle many people aren’t ready to give up. So as companies transition to in-person or hybrid models, you might be looking for ways keep your new routine. Plus, you’ve already upgraded your work-from-home setup, with faster internet and some smart tech to go with

17 Cool Games To Play on Your Google Home

People are looking for new ways to entertain themselves at home. There are dozens of games to play on Google Home—and they’re all free! If you’re like 25% of Americans who have brought a smart speaker into your home, there's a world of entertainment you can explore.Once you give

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How To Change Your Zoom Background

You’ve probably attended so many Zoom meetings by now that it no longer seems strange that you didn’t always meet virtually. In your home office, you've likely arranged your background to make sure it sends the right message. But does it? Is it too personal? Too bare? Too busy?

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Can’t Relax or Sleep? Try One of These TV Shows

Falling asleep with the TV on is a nighttime ritual for many of us. A familiar show offers a soothing gateway to relaxation. After a stressful day, putting on "The Simpsons" and getting lost in the fictional world of Springfield can provide welcome relief. So many of us are

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Travel Websites and Apps To Help You Plan Your Next Vacation

At last, you're ready for a vacation. A break is good for you—and it's good for your job, too. According to Harvard Business Review, people who take 11 or more vacation days are 30% more likely to receive a raise.Before you pack, you have to plan. Whether you’re a

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How To Create the Best Work From Home Playlist

Work from home (WFH) is now a reality for so many of us. Being your own office manager, IT support and custodial staff is exhausting. (Who left their dirty mug by the sink? Oh, right.)If you’re looking for something to pull you out of a home office funk, you