Month: March 2006

Do not buy this.

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Yesterday, my steering-wheel-lock got stuck. Which meant my car was stuck. Which meant I was stuck in my car, leaving me with my resourcefulness to pick/break the lock.

Holding back the tears, I sacrificed a plactic pen, breaking it by slamming the car door on it. I used the shards of plastic to poke at the lock. I realised what a turtle I was when the plastic shards got stuck. What was I thinking??

Defeated, I called for my boys, HAMMER and SCREWDRIVER for help.

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They ‘took care’ of the lock alright, but it didn’t budge from my steering wheel. I was still stuck.

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This forced me to use the ‘the back entrance’. My boys did it quick and dirty.

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And I was free. Now I urge you, if you have a steering-wheel lock like this, take it to the person who sold it to you, and beat his head with it, for about 10 minutes (the duration I had to suffer in the car).

If I really needed such a bunk steering wheel lock, I would use rubber bands… I mean, even a six year old can break this. And after reading this, the six year old can do it in half the time I took. And hey, I’m no MacGyver.

MacGyver

I am his teacher!! hahaha. *sigh* Can anyone recommend me a good steering wheel lock?

Study at MIT for free!

Yeah, and I am 6ft tall. But MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) is as close as I can get to MIT for now. And that has nothing to do with my height.

MIT OCW:

* Is a publication of MIT course materials
* Does not require any registration
* Is not a degree-granting or certificate-granting activity
* Does not provide access to MIT faculty

I’m currently reading an introduction to Anthropology… There is bound to be something that interests you. Go look now!

Gah!! I missed it!!

I should have listened to YuRi.!!!

He invited to a Malaysian Creative Commons launch party. They were announcing winners for a competition they held, where you use CC lisenced work and make something cool. I don’t know what junk he made, but considering he won, I know he made himself RM10,000 richer. Good on him.

But what really grinds my gears is… I missed a speech by Lawrence Lessig, founder and chairman of the Creative Commons! How would I know he would stop by Malaysia???? Gosh!!!

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I followed his work ever since his public rebellion against rigid copywright laws, then as advisor to my favourite www.openbusiness.cc

And I missed a chance to meet him. I could have gotten him to sign my cranium. I mean, how often do smart people come by KL?

I will listen to YuRi more in the future and not be so lazy to drive… =(

Anways, “Family Guy Presents: Stewie Griffin – The Untold Story” was hilarious.

You know what really grinds my gears? This Lindsay Lohan. Lindsay Lohan with all those little outfits, jumping around there on stage, half-naked with your little outfits. Ya know? You’re a… You’re out there jumping around and I’m just sitting here with my beer. So, what am I supposed to do? What you want? You know, are we gonna go out? Is that what you’re trying to – why why are you leaping around there, throwing those things all up in my, over there in my face? What do you want, Lindsay? Tell me what you want? Well, I’ll tell you what you want, you want nothing. You want nothing. All right? Because we all know that no woman anywhere wants to have sex with anyone, and to titillate us with any thoughts otherwise is – is just bogus. – Peter Griffin

My short stories

I prefer reading short stories compared to longer ones, which almost always seemed… long.

I write some of my own short stories, too, for the heck of it. I have a dozen of them, really silly ones, and thought it would be interesting to see if any of them were any good.

So do check out the 2 stories I put up today…
1. A fiction one I wrote earlier today, entitled TRUTH Inc.
2. A non-fiction piece: “WEEK 12”, straight out of my personal journals.

They are also available on the sidebar on the left. Enjoy!

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TRUTH Inc.

Yup, I remember the day I discovered a product to cure life’s worries and achieve world peace. It was a Tuesday, I think.

I called the product TRUTH.

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It didn’t matter how TRUTH fell into my hands. I had to share TRUTH with the masses.

The task wasn’t going to be easy, as I wanted the entire world to use it, for many, many generations. Given my limited resources, I focused on building a system that would Continue reading

Web2.0 – Hype2.0 = ???

The worst thing about all the Web 2.0 hype is the complete loss of business perspective – WTF2.0

From my own “business pespective”, a the term “Web 2.0” is only worth using if the focus is on….

• How enabled users are to create value
• The value of what users create as a result
• How that value can be monetized

Cool stuff like mashups work only a means to this end

Areas of concern/ opportunity

• Information overload, micromedia explosion
• Shifting centers of trust and influence (Peers, Old media, New media, Experts…)
• Decreasing effectiveness of current monetization strategies
• “Online” apps converging with “offline” = “no-lines”

Summary of monetization strategies

• Advertising
• Subscription (eg. 37signals, eMusic)
• Transaction
• Value added services (especially offline services eg Brainreactions.net)
• Value added products (Wikipedia selling WikiBooks?)
• Charging for access to value you “own” (business pay to post ads on craigslist, users free)
• Monetizing positive externalities (donation mechanisms, merchandise)
• Focus on product/ core competency, with web2.0 as platform (see SkinnyCorp’s clothing lines, or Zazzle)

Having said that, this is how I would come in as a challenger/ new market entrant

Now it is easier to engage the mass market than ever. Which is why mass market is most competitive. I suggest capturing one differentiated segment at a time.
Eg. Naver.com kicks Google’s ass in Korea… 40% market share vs 2%!!! Would naver have achieved the same success attacking Google head on? Doubt it.

HOW? Secure user trust by helping communities evolve, then adding value…

• Understand who they are – and what they need (appeal to the essential needs like recognition, belonging, and most of all… hooking up!)
• Target niche – and grow from there (across the ends of the long tail) by making mass customization effortless.
• Enable them with easy and fun apps and incentives.
• Let community decide what impacts them (user invite other users?)
• Keep eye on incentives for participation! (Instant gratification with AJAX helps, skinnycorp uses $$$)

Examples of those who do this well?

Craftster.org
etsy.com
threadless.com
makeupalley.com
More examples here

What do you guys think? What did I miss? I’m very interested in those which make users real happy AS WELL AS make some decent moolah.

Got the job.

“Di mana bumi dipijak, di situ langit dijunjung”

That’s a malay proverb, which kinda means “Where your feet is planted on the ground, is where you hold up the sky”. Thank you Mr.Vijaya for the quote.

If I want to hold up my ambition, I must be realistic… I am only one man, and I still have lots to learn. In April, I will join MindValley.

We’re idealist. We believe the Internet is the greatest invention of our generation and has boundless potential to change the world. We build products that help harness this potential.

I will be putting my ideas and talents to the test, experiencing a silicon valley start-up expeirence, develop web-related skillsets, while learning from the eclectic, brilliant, MindValley people.

Getting paid is a bonus =)

I am REALLY glad Mike and Vishen took a chance with me – even though I did not bring any proven expertise to the table.

I guess this is only the beginning of yet another adventure!

… March will be spent preparing for the finals of HSBC Young Entrepreneur awards, and some major self-study in web analytics and web copywriting …

By the way, if any of you know any insanely bright people who wants to live for the pure joy of creation, and loves web2.0 an technology… MindValley is continuously hiring to feed their growth!

Artistic Interview Preparation

Gosh – what a wierd day.
I got a RM100 parking fine, my bad.
Almost got into a car accident when changing lanes.
Made an impromptu speech about social entrepreneurship.
Was ambushed by witty compliment and didn’t have a reply.
Having my first real job interview is tomorrow.

It’s not a very spectacular day in any way, but I feel a bit wierd.

Anyways, drifted away on the net… and I came across some DAMN GOOD ARTso… make a few clicks to be inspired. (Click)

You can also see her art at flickr.

Ok back to interview preparation… grr