Archive for June, 2010

So Not Worth It: Failed Experiments in Online Income Generation

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

Let me preface this post by saying that I had fun and the customer was very happy with the finished product.

One new opportunity for making money online is called Fivver.com and it is marketed as being fun and social. Basically members are free to make several listings advertising tasks that they are willing to do for $5. As an experiment I listed a whole bunch of these gigs. The amount of time and trouble that each task would entail varied quite a bit. Not surprisingly, it was one of the hardest jobs that finally attracted my first (and so far only) sale. I said that I would write a web address or short message on a beautiful island beach for $5. Here is a breakdown of what this involved…

  • Waiting 20 minutes for the bus (which does NOT go all the way to the beach)
  • Walking 2km to the beach.
  • Spending about 35 minutes placing white stones on the sand to spell out the message.
  • Documenting the end result with photographs and video.
  • Walking ALL THE WAY HOME, about 5km.
  • Editing and uploading the video document.

So yeah, that’s a lot of time and effort for $5. Did I mention that the site take $1 off the top? Oh, and did I mention that I have to build up a minimum of $40 before I can request payment from Fivver?

I Want a New Drug

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

When Huey Lewis released that catchy song back in 1984, people didn’t take him seriously. I think it’s time to take a long hard look at the idea. The United States Government professes to be in the middle of a War on Drugs. The enemies in this war are drugs that cause citizens to act in ways that have a negative impact on society and, by extension, the government.

Some drugs are considered allies. Caffeine is a drug and I can only imagine that it gets to sit in on strategy sessions at the White House. I have a favorite anecdote that involves the King of England shutting down coffee houses for a while back in the 1700s. The stimulating effect of this drug was making people think a lot and they were meeting in the places where it was prepared and discussing a lot of ideas that ran counter to the interests of the King. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think people gather together in crack houses to share revolutionary ideas.

Caffeine catalyzed the industrial revolution. I feel like we need some other kind of revolution at this point and maybe part of the process could be help with a new drug of choice for society. I don’t know what it should do and I don’t know how it would do it. It just seems to me that the people who ruin themselves and their surroundings because of a drug are using the wrong one.