AWESOME Save The Children campaign

I’ve always wanted to think of a really cool fund raising idea. This one by Save The Children blew me away. The intro page gives some background information about the world’s distribution of wealth, and how likely you are to be born in any given country. Then you spin a wheel and it shows what country you could have been born in if you had to start over.

It also lists a bunch of stats on things in that country that negatively affect children that live there. There are links on those pages that you can donate to, and they’ve integrated social media sharing. Here’s my page (I was born in China for this)

If you know of any other creative fund raising ideas, please let me know in the comments!

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How to save money on your school books

All registered for Spring quarter, I noticed that the book for BUS 270 (The entrepreneurship class at Shoreline Community College) was not yet available in the book store. Wanting to get a head start, I checked the ISBN on Amazon. It didn’t exist. The school’s book store said that it was the 14th edition, so I e-mailed my instructor to verify. He said no, that it’s a bundled version that comes with an educational version of Business Plan Pro, a software by Palo Alto.

The Business Plan Pro software is awesome! It has hundreds of templates to choose from as a basis for any business plan you can think of. It has step by step instructions so there’s no chance of getting confused. There’s even more features which you can read on their website.

The bundle of the textbook and the software is $135 plus tax (somewhere around $150 total) at the bookstore, and I found a used version of the textbook on Amazon for $85. I then searched Craig’s List and found a used book for $50. I e-mailed the person, and negotiated a purchase via Paypal since I don’t have time to go south to Auburn. We shared the cost of shipping so I payed $52.50. Score! I then called the Palo Alto customer service line and asked if I could purchase a discounted version of the book. They had me verify that I was a student with an e-mail address from my go.shoreline.edu account, and I downloaded the copy for $49.95, tax & shipping free!

My total was just over $100, so I saved a lot of money. Bought new and separate, I would have payed 3 times as much. Keep in mind that I’m a student so I got a student discount. There may be other discounts available on the Palo Alto website. I received the book yesterday, a very fast delivery!

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Wrapping up the quarter

I’m so glad for this over to be done. This short break will be well deserved. I have enrolled for Spring quarter which begins March 28th, but I am not sure if that was a good idea. Sallie Mae doesn’t offer student loans for Shoreline Community College. I saw North Seattle Community College on Sallie’s supported school list, but had already enrolled for Shoreline for Spring quarter. I also noticed that North Seattle has a wider range of Accounting classes, as well as an entire program for Nanotechnology. If I don’t transfer Summer Quarter, I will certainly do so after I get my degree in International Business. I wish I had more time so I could take several degree programs at once.

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Seattle Klaxons show cancelled

I regret to inform you that the Klaxons show for April 9th is canceled. In fact all of their North American tour is canceled. However, you can send proof of purchase to info@klaxons.net for a free download of an unreleased song. Klaxons haven’t released any information as to the cause of the cancellation but I suspect it must be pretty important for them to not even show up to Coachella or Ultra. They have announced that all ticket purchases will be refunded.

If you were counting on the Klaxons show to enjoy the night of April 9th, don’t fret! Seattle Nocturnal Events is hosting DJs From Mars at their show called Slipspace: First Contact. Tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets and Clubzone I suggest you get them before they sell out! I’ll be hosting the VIP room so be sure to say hi to me if you purchase VIP tickets (look for the guy in the business suit). I will be making sure all VIP guests are 110% happy with their experience. Once you have tickets, be sure to RSVP as “attending” on the facebook page of the event.

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Case study: How to get your music famous overnight

If you’re in the music industry and wondering why you’re not successful, follow this step-by-step plan and you’ll be famous in a matter of days!

  1. Instead of rhyming with different words that flow well, consider repeating the same words over and over again
  2. Take a lot of the proper grammar out of your lyrics (THIS IS IMPORTANT)
  3. Take any deeper meaning of your lyrics out
  4. Include lyrics that are obvious rather than clever
  5. Make sure your voice doesn’t sound too good
  6. Include few verses from another music artist that include better lyrics
  7. Record a mid to high quality music video
  8. Post on Youtube and other video sites using different keywords for maximum exposure
  9. Sit back and watch as you get famous!

Here’s a perfect example:

UPDATE: When I first posted this link, there was over 15 million views. 2 days before there was only 11 million. Today there is well over 50 million views, less than 2 weeks later! Follow this ninja strategy and get famous!

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

I didn’t even realize that it was Saint Patrick’s day until I had already left home, so I’m not wearing any green, oops! A good friend of mine told me why Saint Patrick is so famous. The myth is that he drove all of the snakes out of Ireland. The actual science behind no snakes being in Ireland is that it is too cold, being surrounded by cold ocean water. However the myth is ambiguous, and could mean that he drove the shady people out of Ireland. Why don’t you tell me?

To celebrate St. Patrick’s day, here’s a tasty Irish recipe if you’re in the mood! It’s called Shepherd’s Pie and judging by the ingredients, it doesn’t look good. However I can testify that it is quite delicious! Note that this recipe is for a large helping to be made in a casserole pan (feeds 5-8 people)

Incredients:

  • 2 lbs of lean ground beef
  • 1 chopped onion (can add another for more flavor)
  • 1/2 cup of diced carrots
  • 1/2 cup of peas
  • 1 cup of corn
  • 1 full stick of butter (8 Tbsp)
  • 1 Tbsp of Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 big potatoes
  • 1/2 cup of Swanson’s beef broth (you can substitute a different brand for Swanson’s)
  • 6 slices of American cheese (you can substitute shredded cheese if you’d like)
  • seasoning salt, lemon pepper, and any other seasonings you see fit

Directions:

  1. Peel potatoes and boil for 20 minutes
  2. melt half of the butter in a big frying pan while potatoes are cooking
  3. Saute the onions and carrots for ten minutes
  4. Add the ground beef to the frying pan and cook until no pink is left
  5. Add seasonings to the pan
  6. Add the broth, peas, and corn to the frying pan
  7. Mash the potatoes with the remaining butter in a bowl
  8. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  9. Put everything in the frying pan into a casserole dish as evenly as possible
  10. Add the mashed potatoes to the top of the meat and veggie mix, distributing evenly
  11. Put the cheese on the top of the potatoes as evenly as you can, and put in the oven for about 20 minutes
  12. ENJOY!

Let me know how your dinner went, and if you added your own twist to it!

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UX meetup

Last night there were so many different events that it was hard to choose which one to attend. I ultimately decided on going to a UX event in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle. I’m very happy with my choice as Ted Leonhardt gave an excellent presentation on his work history and the growth of his business. I also got a free HTML5 book in exchange for reviewing said book on the Interact Seattle blog. Lastly I was able to network with a few very smart people who have different disciplines in graphic design.

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