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money doesn’t motivate me . . .

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Had to check-in with Danny Choo and see what he be up to . . . seems like people are beginning to catch on to his “Culture Japan” lifestyle scam . . . while its probably true that his dad Jimmy Choo didn’t front him money, Danny IS motivated by money . . . He says he only pays himself an annual $12,000.00 salary, but he gets comped by other people in the otaku anime world . . . perks . . . gifts of iPads, iPhones, all sorts of electronic goodies . . . trips to anime conventions . . .
and the beat goes on.

Yeh . . . this isn’t “troll” material, just a reality check . . .

Here’s a quote from Danny’s blurb on money:

“I get by on my current salary because my job is my hobby – most of the things I need or do can be expensed to my company.
Much of the items that are involved with my line of work (figures, dolls, hardware etc) fall through the hole in the ceiling meaning that I do not need to spend a load of moolah on the stuff I want.
Most of my travel overseas is also covered by the conventions that have invited me
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Sort of like sports personalities here in the U.S.

Anyway . . . Danny has a post up titled “Why Money Doesn’t Motivate Me” . . . yeh . . . right . . . heres the link . . .

You need to have been following Danny’s “shenanigans” on his blog over the past 2 or 3 years to be aware of the changes in his life . . . he’s hooked into TV with his own “Culture Japan” show that touts the “otaku” anime lifestyle . . . and he has ties with one of the most popular online hentai manga sites . . . Fakku . . . just dial-up “Fakku” . . .

As I mentioned somewhere . . . I started my blogging journey by commenting and posting on Dannychoo.com four years ago, and I still check-in from time to time to see if Danny has moved forward . . . unfortunately he’s still pursuing his dream of empire and dragging a lot of gullible people (comrades) along in his pursuit of a self-proclaimed cultural lifestyle (accumulating corporate wealth and spewing “motivational” dross) . . . reminds me of Hugh Hefner . . . one day Danny will be 80 years old still packing his Mirai BJD around and calling his dick a “dolphin” women’s tits “eyes” and female crotches “v-zones” . . .

I’ve spent too much time on this, so GOODNIGHT . . .

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Comment: YANSS . . .

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I had to see what the big deal was with the blog book “You Are Not So Smart” so i dialed-up the blog, and . . . I found that I stopped reading the posts after the first paragraph or so, simply because they didn’t shed too much light on anything . . . “Lord of the Flies” type experiment in Oklahoma . . . I read the book BEFORE social media was the rage . . . I think it’s O.K. that David McRaney is the new blog darling, but it reminds me a bit of Danny Choo of dannychoo.com . . . Danny’s got the otaku/”dollie” thing going in Japan, China, and southeast Asia . . . cosplay and collecting anime figgers . . . but Danny’s gotta keep expanding, and I’ve noticed that the anime world has become p-r-e-t-t-y mundane, even Peter on Jlist is starting to rehash previously discussed topics on the site’s updates.

So . . . I’m not going to run out and buy the book . . . Like I’m not going to pay $$$ to watch “The Rum Diary” with Johnny Depp cos he’s not really playing HST, just Johnny Depp . . . remember the .com frenzy?

Much success with your book David . . .

My Workspace

Thought I would throw out some photos of the space where I “work” . . .

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. . . the reason behind this post is as follows: Danny Choo of dannychoo.com is putting together OTACOOL 3, the theme of which is “Your Workspace” – approximately 200 “workspaces” will be featured in the publication. OTACOOL 3 is the sequel to OTACOOL (photos of your room) and OTACOOL 2 which featured cosplayers from around the world. Oh, OTACOOL (the first of the OTACOOL series) also drew from the global otaku community as will OTACOOL 3.

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Miscellaneous equipment: Flip Mino HD videocam (custom urban camouflage), iPod Touch (in the gray bag) and the case with my second set of eyes . . . oh yeh, and the second prime lens for my Canon 10D (Canon EF 50mm 1:1.4).

When I think of a “workspace”, I visualize an area with “tools of the trade” lying about a work area, be it a table, workbench, etc., however most of the “workspace” photos posted for the OTACOOL 3 book so far, have been of desks with laptops, graphics pads, dual flat screen monitors and a comfy chair from Ikea or some such place, and no real evidence of actual “work” taking place in the said locations. Maybe if you’re a programmer or graphic designer, then, Yes, I can accept the “squeeky” clean desktops, but nowhere is there any evidence of any pencils or stuff that one associates with “real” work.

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. . . the bucket for my “butt” . . . with custom floor rug seat cushion.

Danny Choo has posted photos of various Japanese figure developers and the workspaces where the prototypes for the 3D anime figures and such are produced; there was an obvious lack of laptops and monitors with anime screen savers. Lots of WIP, exhaust fans, compressors, airbrushes and clutter however . . .

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Halo 3 environmental inspectors . . .

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Special flavors of “eye” candy for nutrition breaks . . .

As you can see, I don’t use a fancy swivel chair, nor are there any monitors or a laptop in evidence, just an OTT light for extra contrast, a piece of painter’s drop cloth covering a table I use as a work surface, the knives I use to sculpt the polymer clay to create my 3D figure concepts.

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“Modding” the right arm . . .

The “wet” clay is cured in a toaster oven in a separate room with an exhaust fan to get rid of the polymer fumes. (no pics)

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Captain America likes my selection of blades . . .

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And there is usually sketch paper and pencils (remember what those were used for) close by for the flashes of genius.

I realize that a large majority of the dannychoo.com viewers are students, so maybe a zeen or more posts featuring the modelers of the anime and action figure world is in order . . . some “real” workspaces . . . after all, without them there is no fuel for the otaku engine.

End of the Year Recap

End of the Year Recap

Thought I might do a recap of what’s been going on here on the electronic couch before the end of 2009.

Here’s a little something that has been invaluable for me: I read posts by Danny Choo on http://www.dannychoo.com, when I first linked up to his site last February, gaining insight about what makes a blog or website successful – this is what was hidden in Danny’s post content:

. . . stop and take a look at where you are in terms or reaching your goal, if you are still where you were 30 days ago, it will take you longer to reach that goal.

I paraphrased the actual text but you get the idea . . .

Make use of your resources. As stated in a comment regarding “creativity” – “I’m not creative, I work on the cheap.” Essentially it means be “creative”. Innovate, adapt and overcome, Heartbreak Ridge, Clint Eastwood (Gunny).

Your blog stats are important if you plan to increase your visibility, check them daily. WordPress has an excellent stat page; I use my WordPress stats as a model for posting on other blog communities.

Keep up with the changes in communication technology.

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The QR code may not be a big item in the United States, but it is used in the Global Community, and some businesses in Japan post their QR code instead of the usual text, on billboards and other commercial media.

I post some photos on Twitpics; and my Otaku flavored content and photos on figure.fm at http://www.dannychoo.com. Some of my ota posts also show up on my blog “A Mountain Valley Journal” at http://www.bookindian.wordpress.com with modified content.

If you have a lot of photos to post, post a visual summary with your text and link the post to the main body of your photographs on Flickr or Photobucket; or, do like my daughter does and use “pic spam” to let the viewer know that you are posting more than just 5 – 10 images.

The following helps when you are fed up, tired and in need of a rest.

• Rent or buy “Three Days of the Condor”, an old Robert Redford spy thriller about an agent who is a “reader”, someone who reads books to find possible “scenarios” that could be used is real life situations in the espionage community. An added treat is Max Von Sydow who plays an assassin who befriends Redford.

• Film #2 on my list is “Bad Santa”, because you need to realize that there are some films worth watching. Billy Bob Thornton (BBT) is Santa on a bad day, fed up with the elves and paper-mache donkeys, and Christmas. I like BBT because he got to ride in the backseat of a limo with Angelina Jolie. . . !! (yeh, I know, they were married!); Murman Thurman (the kid) helps you to realize that wearing underwear makes you a target for jerks who like giving “wedgies” and creates embarrassing moments at the Laundromat when your pantsu falls on the floor and lands with the “skid marks” showing; and, let’s not forget Santa’s Wife’s Sister who let’s you be comfortable with having a fetiche for something or someone.

• Film No. 3 is “Man on Fire” with Denzel Washington. Why? Because being “tough” is not the answer. Creasy (Denzel), Pita’s bodyguard, replies to Pita’s comment. “I’m tough Creasy,” by saying, “No, you’re either trained or untrained. Which are you, trained or untrained?” Pita replies, “Trained.

Set attainable goals. Goals should be short-term (30 days), and long-term (4-6 months). An example would be to increase your page visits by 100% each month that is, 500 the first month, 1000 the second, 2000 the third, etc.; a long-term goal would be to have 10 – 12,000 views in 6 months.

To reach your goals, comment on quality blogs, join blog communities and post quality content. I have seen the number of views on my posts increase from 2500 over a 2 week period to 4400 in 24 hours based on content that targets a specific niche.

Read other blogs that address your fields of interest. And don’t be afraid to modify you perspective on a given topic. Take notes, blogging is just like being back at school.

I watch a lot of movies, mostly old school, so keep that in mind while reading, might make more sense.

Ciao.

p.s. I may add some photos tomorrow . . .