Fiverr is like taskrabbit for things that can be done over the internet. If you have a small task that is either routine enough for people to do in bulk or idiosyncratic enough for people to do at below market prices for fun, this is where to go. There’s a lot of social-media whoring there. Just don’t expect much for $5
A quick and dirty guide to pricing yourself as a freelancer
Double your regular hourly salary. But if you’re going to really jump into freelancing as a replacement for your job, try following this guide from LifeHacker to figure out how to cover your costs and build in a reasonable profit.
The 9 Habits of Highly Effective Complainers
Being an effective complainer can make your life better…and even make things a bit easier for those you’re complaining to. Don’t be angry…clearly identify your dissatisfaction and what could be done to redress it…and make sure you’re talking to someone who can get things done rather than kvetching in the general direction of some poor underling.
How to Avoid Time Confusion with Google Calender
Google calendar messed me up but good when I traveled across time zones because it moved all my appointments 15 hours when I changed time zones from Taipei Time to SF time (15 hours behind of Taipei). But when I made those appointments, I’ve already made them for SF time so they are now 15 hours in the future-er-er for no good reason. All this could have been avoided if I had a sassy gay friend…er…no, I mean, if I specified a time zone when I made those appointments. I still think that’s kind of a lame solution, but can’t think of a better one. BTW, all my past appointments in TPE are time shifted too, which is highly annoying.
China, Gamblers, Cambodia
Vast swathes of Cambodia is getting signed over to Chinese developers on outrageous terms and no concern for current inhabitants due to the irresponsibly permissive Cambodian government. It’s kind of sickening. “In the most recent deal, the Cambodian government sold off more than 130 square miles of a national park to a Chinese developer, Tianjin Union Development Group, which promises “extravagant feasting and revelry,” has already cut a 40-mile road through virgin forest that’s habitat to endangered tigers and elephants, and sent the people who lived in these lands for generations off packing.”