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Making Money Online: Cash for Kills (Kwari)

I’ve always been interested in opportunities to make money via telework. I.e. sit on your arse all day, go and make a cuppa tea whenever you want, and then go back to the computer, etc. etc. ad infinitum. I started teleworking in 2002 and have only now begun going to an office occasionally.

I came across another opportunity to make money by playing online – some may remember that I blogged about using Second Life to make money quite some time ago (in fact that post is always on my most visited posts link for some reason).

There’s another game out now, and starting Beta-test soon: Kwari. It’s a FPS (first-person shooter) where you make money each time you hit another player. Unfortunately, they also make money off you each time they shoot you! Shame ๐Ÿ˜

/me needs a game I’m really good at so I can make money quickly.

When Wrk is not Wrk

Work is not work when it’s fun, i.e. you get pleasure out of it. That’s how it should be.

In my German class at high school, we had a discussion once with my teacher (who was a Marxist) about the definition of work. A boy in class argued that work that didn’t feel like work couldn’t be called work, seeing that it wasn’t experienced as such.

I quite like such reasoning. In its ultimate conclusion, it would mean that people who are in a job that they enjoy (they get pleasure out) don’t in fact have to work.

Thus, all you have to do is match people’s pleasure with their job. It sounds quite straight-forward really.

There again, seeing that elberry for instance dislikes his work, quoting his friend,

ย โ€œeducation is about higher learning; jobs are about lower functions.โ€

as well as some friends in Edinburgh who don’t actually enjoy their job, makes me think that it might not be that easy.

Maybe I’m quite lucky in that I really like my work, and on days like today, don’t really consider it ‘work’ in the painful, soul-selling way.

How Not to Get a Job

I’m currently doing another round of recruitment (don’t ask me for a job people, unless you are native of either: GE, SP, FR, IT, NL, NO, SE, or DE). It’s really annoying what kind of shit people send in and really think they’re going to be considered for the job.

For instance, I always ask for a cover letter as well as CV, and the cover letter really is crucial. If you have a shit cover letter, I won’t even look at your CV (unless I’m really desperate for people). Here’s a cover letter I got today:

My interest in your company was ignited when I saw the add [sic] on Internet. . Having read your recruitment literature I feel your training will enable me to meet my own personal goals in a dynamic, yet friendly environment.


Ehm…: what recruitment literature? Your own personal goals? A dynamic, yet friendly environment? You’ve come to the wrong fucking place.

and another one, similarly meaningless:


I would like to apply for a position in your company considering my previous experience and education which you can learn about in my c.v.

ehm..: learn about in your CV? I.e. I have to look through your (likely chaotic, poor, and irrelevant to the job) CV to try and understand how your experience matches the job? No fucking chance.

Please take note everyone: The best way to a recruiter’s heart is through a cover letter that is tailored to the actual ad, supported by a strong CV (easy on the eye, succinct, but informative about your experiences and skills).

Applications containing generic cover letters such as the ones above are immediately deleted, and I hope not just by me! Imagine these people sending out their pointless, generic applications to loads of different jobs, then wondering why they don’t hear back.



A Day in the Life of Lenina

After being asked by a couple of people how my wrking day usually works, here’s a brief summary:

8.50AM: lenina gets up (my alarm clock is actually set to 8.50 AM. I get up at that time every day of the week, apart from Mondays, when I go to the office)

10AM: lenina starts work (in my home office)

12noon: BF comes home from wrk for his lunch break; lenina takes a short break (I don’t like taking a WHOLE hour-long lunch break as I find it unproductive and unconductive to the way I work – instead, I take about half an hour at lunch and then roughly 2x 15 minutes throughout my working day)

5.15PM: BF arrives home from work. lenina meets and greets and dinner is eaten either then or after lenina finishes work (see below)

7PM: lenina finishes wrk (leaves PC in home office), unless dinner was eaten earlier in which case lenina works until 8PM or whatever time required to finish a task.

And that’s a wrk day in the life of lenina. Roughly ๐Ÿ˜› .

Retiring at the Age of 40

I decided the other day that I’m going to retire at age 40. Why? Because I have a life that needs living in various different ways, and not just the career one.

More precisely, I want to start writing properly at 40. I’ve always written stuff, as far as I can remember, and some of it was even pretty good (I won the joint first prize in a Creative Writing competition ages ago). However, I haven’t done it in a long time, probably 6 years or more. I was simply too busy with my PhD, relationship, and earning money all at the same time.

Seeing that I’ve got the opportunity to really get stuck in professionally now – and I love my job – there’s no way I’m going to have time to do any writing or indeed anything that’s creative for the next few years either. OK, I do my blog, and playing around with widgets and such is a little bit ‘creative’, but it’s nothing at all compared to what I used to do (I used to be in a band, make music, write, even do a few performances with my then-boyfriend).

So, the best solution for me is to give it my all career-wise for the next 7 years (until I am 40) and see how far I can go, saving loads of money in the meantime. I’ll do my translation MA part-time (I’ve postponed the MA to next year BTW as I’m just too busy right now) to ensure that I have yet another profession that I can do from home (freelance translator), for when I retire. I mean, I’m not going to ‘retire’ and do fuck all. I do want to retire from the rat-race/my career at 40, and instead do some part-time jobs from home but mainly focus on my creative stuff, especially writing.

I’m looking forward to it ๐Ÿ™‚ – just 7 more years to go ๐Ÿ˜›

edit: I LOVE my new map widget! I think a German company is behind clustr.