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Thursday, December 30, 2010

I Will Pay You to Blog | My 2011 New Year's Resolution

UPDATE: Dec. 31. 2010. Here are the terms and conditions to the "I will pay you to blog" promotion.

2011 is but a few days away and I only have a short list to include in my New Years Resolution. This year I am fully determined to:

1. Stop Smoking
2. Work Harder
3. Start a New Small Business
4. Improve my Current Businesses
5. Help Change a Life or Two for the Better

Yes I am making an opportunity for you to get paid by blogging, but read up first.

I regularly buy 1 pack of cigarettes which costs roughly $1 every day. Marlboro Lights. They're really cheap here...

After 10 years of smoking I am beginning to feel its effects. I've tried on several occasions to quit smoking but failed only to smoke more. Fortunately (or belatedly unfortunately) I haven't been to the doctor's office for a long time.

My writing work is increasingly becoming steady and I am getting paid better and better rates. This gives me some spare bucks to spend. This has also affected my time for blogging and I've found myself struggling to come up with useful and witty blog posts.

Hence, I am toying with the idea of paying bloggers to blog on my blogs. The idea is, instead of smoking, I will pay $1 for a guest post every day. The niche topics would be:

1. Online Jobs - http://www.dansonlinejobs.com
2. Finance - http://www.moneyhowmuch.com
3. Ubuntu and Open Source - http://www.dannybuntu.com

I'm still working out the details, but by January 10, I'm hoping that there would be guest bloggers who would be willing to post a 400 word article on one of the sites.

This is an experiment that I would be willing to finance for at least 6 months or as long as I could, finances permitting. Details to follow later.

My wife thinks that the idea is good, but I'm still open to suggestions.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Thank You!


The Gift

When we say "The Gift" we often think about "things". This blog post is another reminder that a gift doesn't always have to be that way. I guess this post came a little bit too late since Christmas is over.

The best gifts are those which last a lifetime and yet cost none to produce. Take for example Susan Boyle's gift. She has the gift of singing. and is now turning that gift into more concrete terms and financial means.

If she was given  the choice to choose between that and let's say a Kindle Wireless Reading Device, she'll probably choose that before any thing else.

As humans our ability to give gifts such as the one that Susan got is severely limited by our own capabilities, hence here is where our own material limitations come into play.

Thus, we can only gift others as much. We can give a kindle for $139.00 or maybe an iPad for $549.00 but never the gift of singing or being able to draw such fine pieces of art.

The Future


Maybe a future would be possible where we could give those gifts ala "Matrix" style. Instead of eBooks on how to sing, maybe we can give the gift of talent by uploading and downloading these to the benefactors minds.

Such a technology may soon be in the offing with scientists dashing madly to develop brain technology. From what I understand, they are able to interpret electronic signals that the brain emits but not yet manipulate or totally understand them.

Commercialism


How many times have you seen people giving money as a gift to people? A blank check, a winning lottery ticket, an education plan, a get out of debt free card, etc are all in the fancies of people nowadays. It has laid a firm grip on the ever fragile and ever insecure mentality of people.

Media has played a major part in this as well as marketers.

"You are insufficient" is a message that bombard us like the rays of the sun.

You are fat.
You are broke.
You are not complete without a partner.
You are poor.
You are not safe.
Your future is in peril.
You are ugly.
You are sick.
You are.......

Lest this post gets overwhelmingly long, I should conclude with a defiant statement:

You are....

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Demand Media IPO

Disclaimer: I am just a small time businessman and a small time writer. In short, I don't really know much about this stuff.

CNN ARTICLE: Demand Media IPO Stalls Amid Accounting Questions [LINK]

As an amateur freelance writer, I usually earn about $3 every 500 words.  But lately, I've seen interest in freelance writing growing. That brought me to ask the question of whether hiring or subcontracting writing work was feasible. I know of several writers who did this and I'm not entirely sure as to the outcome of their endeavor.

Initially, it seems that the best model for the particular business niche I am in could be in the form of Demand Media which owns eHow.com and LiveStrong.com - both prominent sites on the web. DS currently has in its roster 13,000 active freelancers and about 2 million articles and videos.

CNN and Allthingsd reported this,

"What the added information boils down to: Demand doesn't expense the cost of paying its writers upfront. Instead, it spreads those costs over five years, which boosts its bottom line.



Demand's rationale is that the writers' content will generate revenue for the company revenue for multiple years, so it shouldn't have to recognize the costs upfront. It estimates the "average useful life" -- meaning the amount of time it will make money -- of its content to be 5.4 years."
How long will it take before those 2 million articles will pay off? 

5.4 Years...


Monday, December 27, 2010

"Asan ang Akin?"

"Asan ang Akin?"


Nais ko sanang simulan ang aking sulat sa pamamagitan ng katagang ito, "Nasan ang Akin?"

Bakit nga ba natin ginagawa ang lahat ng mga ito?

Hindi ba't ito'y ginagawa natin upang makapagbigay pugay sa Panginoon na siyang pinanggalingan ng lahat, upang ipamahagi ang ating kakayahan, talento, at pagpapala sa mga hindi napagkalooban nito?

Ginagawa natin ito sapagkat "kaya natin" at hindi upang makalikom pa ng karagdagang benepisyo. Ngunit, tila nga ba nawala na ang ito at napalitan ng mga akda ng komersyalisasyon na kapag tayo ay nagbigay kailangan may kapalit.

Mga kaibigan, ang regalo ay hindi regalo kung tayo ay may tinatanaw na kapalit.

Ngayong lumipas na ang Pasko at bumabangon na ang panibagong taon, naway matandaan natin na ang Pasko ay hindi ukol sa ating mga natanggap noong araw na iyon, kung hindi ukol sa ating maibibigay. Sapagkat ang atin maibibigay ay tanda lamang ng ating mga natanggap nung nakalipas na taon.

Marahil ay nasasambit natin na "wala naman akong natanggap" noong nakaraang tanong.

Ika'y nagkakamali.

Nakatanggap ka ng isang bagay na siyang nakakapagbigay ng posibilidad sa lahat ng ito.

Ang iyong buhay.

Ako'y masugid na nagpapasalamat at ako'y nabigyan ng pagkakataong daluyan ng napakaraming pagpapala, unang una na rito ang pagbibigay sa akin ng isang pamilyang tunay ngang punong-puno ng pagmamahal, talento, at kakayahan upang magawa namin ang mga bagay na dapat naming gawin.

Kung ika'y hindi nakatanggap ng anuman sa aking mga nasambit, ika'y magsumikap hindi upang makapaghingi ng anuman sa susunod na Pasko o makagyabang, kung hindi upang ika'y magkaroon ng maibibigay sa susunod na Pasko.

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Ano nga ba ang kabaligtaran ng inspirasyon? Desperasyon nga ba? Naisulat ko ito mula sa desperasyon (diba kabaligtaran siya ng inspirasyon?), ng lumapit sa akin ang isang mamamatay tao at nagtanong sa akin ng "Asan ang akin?"

Ang tanging sambit ko lamang sa kanya ay "Merry Christmas, wala na po akong pera." Inangkin niya ang ligaw na manok na siyang namugaran at nangitlog sa tabi ng aming bahay at siya'y humayo upang makapaglasing muli.
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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

ResortVille Christmas Party

The ladies are preparing the giveaways



Ann is scratching her shoulder

Ate Glo

Mirror Shot


I don't know who that is.

Martin is trying to find the snake that Anthony saw


25 Plastic bags + Minor Prizes

Tables are ready.

Oh, little Christmas tree.

Children Singing.

More Children Singing.

Yet more children singing.

Lara and Company.

Crowd is beginning to grow.

Little Kiddies

Ok, time to begin. Tito Joey leading prayers.

Opening Prayers

Kids... Pls Behave...

Miriam doing Emcee work.

We're bored...

Hep...Hep.. Hooray!

Still Playing

Me, me, me...

Can I have one? Can I have one?

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When is it going to be my turn?

Ka Pinong calling their numbers.

Old ladies sitting.

Aw, it's our turn!

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Crowd overwhelms Ka Pinong.

All in all there were 250+ children.

Thanks to
Interchemex for the Vitamins
Tito Joey for all the help

God for everything 

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Getting Busy in Resort Ville

Now where do we put these logs?

Hehehe, you guys worry about those logs, I am happily
mowing the grass! Mowing the Grass! Hihihihi!

December 8, The Two Maria's Celebrating their Birthdays

Can You Spot Ka Martin?

Maria Concepcion bidding farewell to Alex.

Kids with Maria Concepcion and Ann

December 17, 2010. Cleaning the Verandah

The glass table

Ka Martin with Anthony. 

December 18, 2010. Barangay Tangway, Lipa City Children
Practicing their Christmas Carols

My beautiful wife and Alex teaching the kids

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Sites that Claim to Give Away Money Online

In my other blog, I take a deeper look into the activities of self-styled and self proclaimed online philanthropists.

Are these anonymous people really giving their money, or are they just taking us for a ride? 

As a victim of a scam myself, you may either see me as a gullible person or an experienced one.

Ever since, I make it a rule to see the motivations of these people and try to get into their minds.



It's going to be an interesting endeavor to see whether these activities are genuine or not. 

Do take a look here.

Unluckiest

Ever wonder who the unluckiest man on earth is?

Unluckiest man is the man with a smirk that can stop a
nuclear holocaust from happening
Without a doubt, the unluckiest man on earth is Jack Bauer. He's fictional but they say that the life or story of a fictional character is a reflection of the life of the writer. On the other hand, these stories could also be the reflection of an overwrought and boring existence. Inverse exaggerations.

You have to dig deeper in the lives of Joel Surnow, Robert Cochran and Howard Gordon to really know about how boring their lives are.

Jack Bauer is the unluckiest man on Earth because:

1. He got fired from a job as a director of an office with glass walls and cool high tech toys. Now, Frank moved in and booted out CTU and made it his own office. (Who the F is Frank?)

Frank Addante: "The new office is where they filmed the first season of the show "24". Jack Bauer's office is prominently displayed in the middle of the space. Yes, of course we named it the "Bauer Conference Room"!"

Image from Frank Addante's Blog
2. Jack lost his wife, his daughter and most importantly his freaking car. Now he has to hijack one whenever he needs a ride.





3. Jack Bauer got tortured for the sake of the country.... And President Bill Clinton still disagrees with him...

Crap. I knew I should have been an English teacher in Korea...


4. Jack Bauer was kidnapped, tortured, beaten and made to look like a hobo in China.

Chinese Guy: Maybe you should star in Harry Potter and replace that fat guy.
Jack Bauer: Shut up. I'm cold
Other Chinese Guy: Did... did he wet his pants?
Chinese Guy: Oh...shhhiii...
Jack Bauer: I'm just sweating you morons. 
5. He can't spend time with his family, because he is busy saving the world.... To cut a long story short, all he had was a Jack Bauer Bag like this:









Jack Bauer in China Picture from: http://explosivedonut.com/?m=200612