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How to create a retirement paycheck.

Thank goodness it’s Friday, money nerds! That means it’s time for another round-up of top personal-finance articles from around the web. Here’s what we have for you today.

How to create a retirement “paycheck”. [Liz Weston at NerdWallet] — “Your expenses don’t end when your paychecks do, but creating a reliable income stream in retirement can be tricky. The right choices can result in sustainable income for the rest of your life. The wrong choices could leave you uncomfortably short of cash.”

How to be the best at what you do. [Inc. magazine] — “When you’re confident about what you do and clear about where you’re going, the right strategy will make itself known. Hence, when your ‘why’ is strong, you’ll figure out ‘how’. The how comes from the why. Not the other way around. If you’re looking for how to be successful, you’re going about it all wrong.”

We’ve just had the best decade in human history. Seriously. [The Spectator] — “Let nobody tell you that the second decade of the 21st century has been a bad time. We are living through the greatest improvement in human living standards in history. Extreme poverty has fallen below 10 per cent of the world’s population for the first time. It was 60 per cent when I was born. Global inequality has been plunging…famine virtually went extinct; malaria, polio and heart disease are all in decline.”

A list of works that entered the Public Domain now that it’s 2020. [Open Culture] — “Copyright terms didn’t always last nearly a century. Before the 1998 Copyright Term Extension Act they lasted only 75 years, and for the additional two decades of waiting for works to enter the public domain we usually blame Disney. That entertainment giant did indeed do much of the lobbying for copyright extension, seeking to retain its rights to Mickey Mouse’s 1928 debut Steamboat Willie.”

To finish things this Friday, I thought it’d be fun to share this nine-minute video that explains how to get a world-famous actor to appear in your short film.

Colin Levy created this ambitious ten-minute short film called Skywatch:

The project took him six years. And he capped it off by getting Jude Law to make a cameo in the film. Here’s how.

Fun, right?

Speaking of fun, we’ll be back on Monday with more top money stories to share with you. Got something other Apex readers might like? Send it in!