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1 hour ago, CaptainBeyond28 said:

Very interesting crafts in this thread. I'm a web/software dev. My dream is to make a Nintendo game. Similar to http://www.gradualgames.com/p/the-legends-of-owlia_1.html (released on physical cartridge)

I make decent money but I live well below my means. My family won't stop nagging me about it. I guess they want me drowning in debt like everyone else. I don't mind driving a shitty car!

That's awesome, not giving into those little desires to "buy this," and "upgrade that."

Do you plan to get a job at Nintendo, or to make your own game? Are you entrepreneurial?

27 minutes ago, ShoesMelloy said:

The floral industry is the most Satanic industry -- those on the inside know!

I've always suspected!

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11 minutes ago, pattmayne said:

That's awesome, not giving into those little desires to "buy this," and "upgrade that."

Do you plan to get a job at Nintendo, or to make your own game? Are you entrepreneurial?

I've always suspected!

I EVENTUALLY want to upgrade, but I would love to get a classic convertible mustang and fix it up myself and be proud of my own work of art - and that involves not getting into debt for the newest gadget that's probably going to have to go into the shop in a year for some broken computer component anyway.

As far as working at Nintendo, not really, I mean maybe, but I'm biggest on vintage gaming. I would love to make my own game. I'm not very entrepreneurial it's just been a vision of mine since I was a child. 

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23 minutes ago, CaptainBeyond28 said:

I would love to make my own game. I'm not very entrepreneurial it's just been a vision of mine since I was a child. 

With Android and web apps I'm sure you can make this happen!

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Unemployed. The past included;

Dishwasher in a Chinese restraint. Learning a few Mandarin words from the chefs. Free green tea!

Construction. Hot days on roofs and using a jackhammer. Wrestling cinder blocks while hearing racists blab on and on.

Cleaning up train wrecks. One year included a train full of UPS sent Christmas gifts. What a day.

Stuffing the funnies in news papers. Paid a penny per paper. Took acid with buddies while working once. The papers were swimming. Quite a challenge.

Stage hand for Ironmaiden. Assembled giant monster robots with cranky British roadies. Including an enormous "bloke" named Ashley. Who would go on stage on stilts with a costume and sword.

Stocking coolers at a liquor store. Oh the humanity... Sometimes I'd stuff subversive comics I'd make in the cases of Budweiser. Never to know how they were perceived...

Moving rich folks into high rises. Carrying couches worth a years pittance. 

Delivering pizza on the forth of july. Looking for houses amid BA-BOOOMs. Quit after a day due to an annoying fella.

Sold drawings to a band of buddies for flyers and a shirt.

Blacksmith. Sold a couple small things I made at night. Listening to Duncan while at the anvil. Stoned with inscense burning. I love it.

Learned the horrors of office politics copying court papers and hearing 8 hours of podcasts a day.

Scraping metal. Nothing like garbage day in a rich neighborhood. One home threw out an entire sauna! Walls an all.

Took advantage of a college grant for poor people. Do well and get paid! Chose a course on video game design.

Panhandling.

Crying to family.

The future is gonna be much better.

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I worked in music (live and studio) for most of my life until I had a stage fall on me. Now I work in daytime TV as a sound editor and mixer.  

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5 hours ago, pattmayne said:

With Android and web apps I'm sure you can make this happen!

I have a few on the market, actually. Made about $4 after 5 years!

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1 hour ago, CaptainBeyond28 said:

I have a few on the market, actually. Made about $4 after 5 years!

Where can we see them?

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thats awesome - so many different skill sets in here.

i'm envious of all the craftsmen and artists that actually create things- but i wasn't blessed with that hand-eye coordination. 

I'm happy- because i'm challenged, am always learning something new, and for the first time in a long time- really trying to be excellent at my craft...even if it's writing formulas in spreadsheets. 

I know a lot of people that seem to be just be good or "a natural" at everything - professional and socially. do you think trying to be excellent in whatever task you have to do is contagious- causing it to spread to other areas of your life, causing you to try to be great at everything? 

Everyone is wired differently- but i feel like when i have a ton of things to do- my apartment is clean, i'm going to the gym, i'm not drinking as much, overall i'm just way more productive.

it always seems like i'm in 1st or 5th gear. still trying to find that balance.

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On 1/11/2017 at 1:39 PM, Thinkstoomuch said:

I sell cars.

 

It sucks.

Hello fellow car business friend!

 

I work in BDC now. Do you think I should move to selling cars to chase that big commission check, or should I stay where I'm at for the guaranteed money?

I work at a medium sized chevy lot, and I get a small commission check for my appointments showing up on top of my hourly pay. Maybe an additional $800/month max.

 

On 1/10/2017 at 2:58 PM, AHiPKev said:

I worked in music (live and studio) for most of my life until I had a stage fall on me. Now I work in daytime TV as a sound editor and mixer.  

Did you have to go to school for your TV sound editing job?

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If you have a pickup truck (or access to such, and a reliable buddy) you can make relatively easy money selling garbage. There are many valuable things that people throw out on trash day in the suburbs and even in apartment complexes. If you have a place to store things you can sell what you find in the garbage to people on sites like craigslist or OfferUp. If you know how to fix and 'refurbish' items it's even more lucrative. I've known people who did this for a living and they can set their own hours and while the pay/success varies it can be surprisingly rewarding.

I did this with people before collaboratively and we saw others doing the exact same shit. I think some Mexicans have this market cornered in some areas actually. (based on what I saw)

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4 hours ago, Sea_Bastion said:

If you have a pickup truck (or access to such, and a reliable buddy) you can make relatively easy money selling garbage. There are many valuable things that people throw out on trash day in the suburbs and even in apartment complexes. If you have a place to store things you can sell what you find in the garbage to people on sites like craigslist or OfferUp. If you know how to fix and 'refurbish' items it's even more lucrative. I've known people who did this for a living and they can set their own hours and while the pay/success varies it can be surprisingly rewarding.

I did this with people before collaboratively and we saw others doing the exact same shit. I think some Mexicans have this market cornered in some areas actually. (based on what I saw)

 

I know someone that does this. But he is also a bit of a hoarder, not an extreme hoarder but just an average one.

 

I make most of my money via govt handouts (pell grant/student loans/govt scholarships in my field), I try to pay off the interest and pay for food by working as a tutor and lab tech. And those govt handouts are the best thing, without it id be smoking bud all day working a shitty min-wage job and spending the rest of my time partying and playing video games. Instead, im learning a shit ton everyday and have a community of like-minded people.

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I'm a carpenter and I make wood floors, sometimes trim and stairs. It's a physically demanding job, but the exercise is rewarding to me. It changed my life. The tasks are often very difficult hand-skills and combines quite a bit of science and foresight when you start digging deep into finishing or building in 3D (since wood tears itself apart over the years).

Im trying to get better at furniture-making so that a couple years from now I'll have a portfolio and can maybe abandon my current job. Either way, right now the satisfaction of completing a project like this one keeps me motivated.

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On 1/28/2017 at 6:20 PM, Clarion said:

I'm a carpenter and I make wood floors, sometimes trim and stairs. It's a physically demanding job, but the exercise is rewarding to me. It changed my life. The tasks are often very difficult hand-skills and combines quite a bit of science and foresight when you start digging deep into finishing or building in 3D (since wood tears itself apart over the years).

Im trying to get better at furniture-making so that a couple years from now I'll have a portfolio and can maybe abandon my current job. Either way, right now the satisfaction of completing a project like this one keeps me motivated.

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Sexy floor, Ian!

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On 1/27/2017 at 11:30 PM, shite said:

I know someone that does this. But he is also a bit of a hoarder, not an extreme hoarder but just an average one.

I make most of my money via govt handouts (pell grant/student loans/govt scholarships in my field), I try to pay off the interest and pay for food by working as a tutor and lab tech. And those govt handouts are the best thing, without it id be smoking bud all day working a shitty min-wage job and spending the rest of my time partying and playing video games. Instead, im learning a shit ton everyday and have a community of like-minded people.

Well, who needs self-employment or government assistance when people can simply go full commie? How much would it cost workers to purchase capitalist firms? The total value of the shares of all stocks listed on the New York Stock Exchange in 1965 was $537 billion. The total wages and salaries of all private employees that year was $288.5 billion. If the workers had chosen to live in self-sustaining communes - or if they'd been gifted 'off-grid' cabins where they could live rent-free (albeit illegally) - or if they'd merely restricted themselves to hippie-level consumption (saving half their after-tax incomes), they could have gotten a majority share in every firm in two and a half years and bought the capitalists out, lock, stock, and barrel, in five.

The problem is that not everybody can live off subsidies or be self-employed. Not everybody can do what some people do. But good for you if that's the case. I too have lived off 'being a student' other 'handouts', unexpected financial windfalls, etc. Unfortunately though not everyone can.

Was this person you know a hoarder before selling refurbished garbage?

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Private/Catering Chef, co-own a catering business and work for a really good restaurant serving the super rich on the East End of Long Island. Also have my hand in a Ginger Tea company that is slowly moving forward.

 

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I work for a hospital system. Not a clinician- I work on the business end of things. My title is fancy and meaningless. Plenty of numbers and spreadsheets in my day to day, with a heavy dose of politics and giant egos. 

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