Can you afford not to learn how to make $ online?

January 30, 2010

One of the common misconceptions that has been underscored time and again in Singapore is if you want to get ahead in life – you need to be a scholar – that puts you on the yellow brick road to success – after that it’s the gravy train.
That means from day one, every parent, child and teacher has been psycho to believe the gold standard of organizational and personal success is to get the best possible grades so that you can get into the best schools to get the best job and the best life – that’s BS! What we need here is a paradigm shift.
Well that may be true in the past and for a select  few who can still talk nonsense and fly around the world in a first class cabin on the back of tax payers and give talks about “how I am THE legend!” – alas for the rest of us lesser mortals, we have to settle for the cookie cutter life – my point is against the nadir of this economic mess the world is facing this topic of how to MAKE MONEY ONLINE HAS never been brought into sharper focus – In the midst of a recession (if you really know how to make sense of the figures), it’s not unusual to see a shift in forums these days, there a flurry of exchanges about how freelancing is the answer to short term job loss, supplementing incomes and just a way to make ends meet.

Gone are the days, when you can just happily mine minerals and sell them to fat Americans – these days they don’t have the money to buy (period); while making money online has been around; it has always been two parts mystery and one part black arts – let’s face it, most people don’t see that as a proposition to turn the wheel of life – why should they, when they have real jobs – but what happens when you find yourself in between jobs? Or having to take unpaid leave? Suddenly the idea of making money online takes on a new meaning.
As I said the current economic crisis has rubbished many of our assumptions – while it’s true that most of the onliners who know how to reasonably make a good living from freelancing, one thing has to be stressed, it’s not a piece of cake, especially if you want to sustain a family on it.
First it takes time, commitment, a professional attitude and the ability to effectively market wares – for example – I happen to know a 50 something gentlemen who suddenly got retrenched; as a banker last year, he has no marketable value except driving a taxi, but in better times – he has always been an avid watch collector (we met some years back ago, he’s about 20 years older and he even supplied me with some details about clocks for some of my sappy love stories, like this: The Confessions of a Singaporean Gangster in London – Chapters 17 & 18 “An Account of an English Miner’s Wife – so these days what he does is scour the internet for flywheels, cogs, wheels and springs in forums where old watches go and die – he works in his kitchen table top and so far, he has managed to turn in a pretty good profit by selling old watches online.
The same holds true for another chap who happens to be one of my cycling buddies; he likes to tinker with stuff – one day, he came up with an idea of self sealing bearing / it’s great, when you want to ride your mountain bike to places where its muddy and soaking – he fabricates them with a homemade lathe is roughly the size of a Singer sewing machine – it’s not high tech, but it does has a cult appeal in the serious mountain biking fraternity as time went by sheer word of mouth – his invention took off big time, now it’s a full time project and he is even thinking of expanding his living room into a mini cottage industry.
Another guy who I happen to know very who happens to be an investment banker who has an interest in classical guitars (we jam together quite often) – he too has found himself in the wilderness recently; one day – after an argument with a local music accessory supplier – he decided to fabricate his own guitar strings – I’ve got to stress, this is micro marketing here; we aren’t taking about Yamaha and Casio electronic organs as much as nicks & nacks that really fit into the greater scheme of things – in classical guitar strings do make a hell of a difference; they’re the equivalent of tires in F1 racing cars – you can have a hand made Manuel Rodriguez classical guitar, but string wrongly and no amount of skill will bring out the panache and verve; it will just sound like underwater music.
So one day this guy decided to do some research and got himself hooked up with a Brazilian rope maker online that specializes in making gut rope – they’re still used apparently for hand line fishing in Spain and the Caspian sea – a sample was sent to Singapore and we got to work on it; first figuring how to thin it out; but yet retaining the strength required some experimentation (with a pressure cooker), but to cut a long story short, when these animal gut strings were lined up; they sounded full bodied and incredibly rich.

I wouldn’t go as far to say that it suddenly made the difference between a weekend jammer to a Stravinsky, Schoenberg or Bartok – neither did they sound – kitsch. But they certainly did sound different; as animal gut does lend a period theme of originality that one can never get from machine made nylon strings; the pace is arguably looser and when one hears it for the very first time, it even sounds like an accusation of formlessness, but gradually, it grows on you and its very embraceable to the extent that these are the only strings I play with. Gut strings may not be General Motors, but they are stuff that every serious classical guitarist buys, once at least to just hear how it sounds and that guarantees an income for my friend.

So these are just a few chicken soup stories about how ordinary folk are turning to the online world to make something out of nothing – I hope all these stories inspires you.
Despite the cherry mood; there is however a kink here; we the brotherhood along with ALL our channel partners have decided to relocate ALL of  our intellectual assets to Malaysia sometime in March 2010 – due to persistent fake and real DDos attacks, I dont really care (I don’t need proof either), all I know is, if you dont even bother to create a “free” environment, then people have every right to vote with their slippers and move right out and walk right out of the door – dont blame me, that’s basic economics of supply and demand – please understand, it’s nothing personal and strictly business. I have no axe to grind. I am a lover, not a fighter – no one can make anything in an unstable environment riven by shallow minded people who simply don’t even have the slightest clue why the internet may perhaps be the only way for many to gainfully dig their way out of this economic shit hole.

So to all you cybertroopers out there: if you dont understand what our goal is and how we can use the internet to transform lives; that’s fine; but dont be so selfish as to break the rice bowl of others – the internet does not belong to you; it belongs to everyone. You have a right to win votes; but you dont have the right to do it at a terrible cost to people and planet by lying, cheating and posting my IP in your site, just because you can’t seem to string a proper excuse for faking DDos attacks – I want to make one thing patently clear; I will break your rice bowl (this is a truism that I want you to remember everynight before you turn in and every morning before your feet touches the floor);  not only that I will make sure that your career path is as bright as the polar ice caps that is so white that it will even blind you – as one day when it all goes so wrong; someone is going to ask, “why hasn’t Singapore got a vibrant e-economy,” (if you think long and hard about it, that question has to come sometime down the future – when that day comes, I will tell you A, B, C etc where you all fucked up! Mark it somewhere in your calendar, as that day will come – and call it “pay back!” or better still the “crying game”). After that the only net you fuckers will be managing is a fishing net somewhere in the Singapore Artic Expedition – and you know what – you CANNOT stop me; it’s a DONE deal! Allow me to let you into a little secret a bird told me; you know the spat between Google and the Chinese Internet Authorities – it just didn’t happen like one rock giving way and the whole mountain pukes – someone put a bright red traffic cone and said, “hey, your backdoor is wide open!” So as you can see we can hunt you down and even do mucho damage in ways that you never ever considered possible – I’ve got it all lined up like a science; and all the data is stored in at least 30 locations worldwide – so you cannot stop me from singing like a bird one day.

Game over! As for the rest of you out there, hang on and keep the faith.

Darkness 2010

N.B DO BOOKMARK THIS SITE, IF SOME OF YOU CLAIM, YOU ARE MISSING OUT, BOOKMARK IT, THAT WAY WHEN WE DECIDE TO TAKE OFF SOMEWHERE ELSE, AT LEAST YOU CAN FOLLOW US ON THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD TO CONT READING SOME OF OUR STUFF . BOOKMARK, IT AS WHEN THEY TAKE OFF, AS THEY DO, AT LEAST, YOU WILL HAVE A LINK, DO IT NOW!– ANOTHER GOOD REASON TO BOOKMARK THIS SITE IS THIS HAS HAPPENED  RECENTLY – , THE BP HAS BARRED ALL FUTURE ESSAYS TO BE POSTED BY THE SINGAPORE DAILY. I DID ASK BABY DARKNESS ABOUT THIS AND THIS IS WHAT HE HAD TO SAY, ” There are two ways to read, one is you let someone spoon feed you like a baby. The second is you choose what and how you want to eat.  Remember, if your body is a temple. Your mind has to be the altar piece; it’s the linchpin that makes possible the grand idea of La Convivencia with you and your community, spirit, mind and perhaps 7 million other things– without this one thing, the power to choose, you are simply a cactus on a window sill! 

So understand this little rich girl, there is reading and there is reading, there is a world of difference, if you dont even bother to argue with the belief, you are what you eat. Then you would have absolutely no problem understanding – why, you are most definitely without a shadow of doubt what you read and dont read.

You can certainly categorize what I write, but you have no right to judge ……that was what Singaporedaily did – a broad line has to be drawn, otherwise, dont be surprise, if someone decides its card blanche to give you and me the mushroom treatment, “feed you shit and keep you in the dark.” So this has nothing to do with Anime 3 and her rubberband brigade. I value her readership and support, but this is a bigger sphere we are dealing with here – so this is where I will draw the line…it will hurt…like that other fake site, Temasek review that kept faking doss attacks; but how could they let the real wolf out without first planting the idea in peoples mind, “if it can happen to me, it will also happen to you,” Think about it – they cried wolf – we helped, but this time, I am not going to stick my neck out for no one…its everyman for himself….I dont even care, if the whole house catches fire…call it tough love, but if you aren’t a hard man, then you shouldn’t be in the ring and that’s the only way to deal with people who cry wolf, its all here, the explanation – dont worry dotty, the readers will eventually pick up the scent…they always do, you just wait and see, dont ever sweat the small stuff, life is too short – Darkness 2010……”Missy Dotty

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