Ok, things have been hectic. I’ve been running around getting my life sorted. I finally got over that ‘talking to women’ and ‘rejection’ thing and I met a cute girl.
We’ve been seeing each other for a little while now and things are good.
Even better than that, my Mum’s taken me overseas with her! I’m writing this from our hotel room in the beautiful land of China!
The food here is I-N-C-R-E-D-I-B-L-E. Seriously. It’s nothing like the Chinese food we got at home. Turns out that Chow Mein is not really that Chinese at all.
(Funny story that – I learnt that the hard way the first day we were in China. I ordered it at this restaurant we were in and almost got laughed out… Apparently only Americans ask for it and it doesn’t even exist in China. WHO KNEW??)
My favourite is still the fried rice. I mean, come on… Who doesn’t love fried rice?
Here’s a weird fact you probably don’t know: friend rice is actually a breakfast food. Seriously. They don’t eat it with other dishes, it’s just what they get to eat in the morning. They make it by frying up everything that was left over from the night before into one big meal for everyone.
I mean, it sounds clever and very obvious when you think about it, it’s just that I’d never thought about it before.
So, anyway, back to non food-related matters. Whilst it might seem like a trip to China is amazing, there is one issue: I’m going to miss the SuperBowl.
I’m going to miss hanging out with my mates, eating buffalo wings, and throwing chips at the TV screen. That sucks!
And even though NBC is streaming it live online, I STILL can’t get it because the Chinese don’t like the American websites that much. So much so that I can’t access it from here.
Well, that’s what I though – until I found this: How to watch the SuperBowl outside the US
Yes, it’s as good as the title suggests.
It turns out you CAN watch the Superbowl outside the US as long as you use a funny piece of software called a Virtual Private network.
All you have to do is sign up, download it, run it, and it allows you to by pass all the internet filtering blocks that would normally stop you from accessing content in China.
I love it! $15 and whilst I miss out on hanging out with my mates, I still get to watch the game.
Now, if only I could work out those international time zones…
I don’t have much news today, but I just sold an old blog of mine with a website broker. I’m not gonna say how much I sold for, but it was a pretty good amount of money… enough for me to buy some new equipment!
A lot of people asked me how the whole website broker thing works, so I’m gonna share with you guys. That way, if you have a blog you wanna sell, you can do it the right way, and not get ripped off. A buddy of mine works at Digital Exits which is basically a website brokerage firm. You get your website appraised, and they connect your site with potential buyers. If someone’s interested, then they negotiate the price and get back to you when they’ve secured a deal.
They get paid on commission so it’s really cool to know that they’re trying to sell your website at the BEST possible price. This is as opposed to more common marketplaces like Flippa, where everyone’s lowballing because they want to get the best deal. There are tonnes of people literally making their living flipping websites, and they live on places like Flippa, but it will never be the same as nurturing a site for years and building up consistent income streams, A strong community and an even stronger list.
You see, buyers love data, and it takes time to really build up a valid list of subscribers (at least in the few thousand). The fact that I had all 3 of those, meant my site was good enough for a website brokerage. Their clients are no joke. They want the real thing, and they are willing to pay for it.
Anyway, enough about that, I just wanted to also let you guys know that my mom has almost finished the observatory, so I’m gonna use the money I made from selling my old site, to deck the room out and get some new equipment including my Meade RCX400 20.0”/508mm Telescope. I’m not 100% sure what else I’m gonna get yet, but I’ll definitely let you guys know what I decide to do.
Til next time!
I will release several updates for this post over time. The thing I would like to start with is budget. No matter what you already know and what you desire, you cannot do anything without a telescope. So question is, how much can you afford?
Very high quality telescopes are very expensive, huge and can be rather complicated. They’re amazing at what they do and they can show you things you cannot see with a cheap telescope. But the thing is that when you’re just starting out you don’t know better anyway. Discovering things with cheaper telescope while you’re still an amateur will be just as exciting with higher priced one. Perhaps you won’t be able to see distant nebulas and all sorts of things but discovering exactly how the moon looks like, learning about Jupiter and stars of milky way is what you can do, and in my opinion the most fun thing to do. Now when I say an amateur telescope I don’t mean from children department.
First of all your telescope must have a solid, steady, and smooth working mount. The second is high-quality, “diffraction-limited” optics. The one that I would recommend is Orion’s XT8, an 8″ Dobsonian reflector. Its 8″ diameter reflector optics lets you view the Moon and planets in close up detail, and has enough light grasp to pull in pleasing views of faint nebulas, galaxies and star clusters. Its of great quality, very stable and if you ever need an upgrade you just buy a quality Eyepiece. But more about that in the next update.