first day of holiday …. and other musing

recently i was addicted to secondlife.  for those unfamiliar secondlife is a virtual world environment where you create yourself as an avatar and interact with others.  it is like an advance chatting and socializing in a WOW environment without the gaming objectives.  

but the reason why i was addicted, is the same as why i used to be addicted to reading online erotic stories and chatting.  it is a sordid affair.  you cannot believe the amount of sex you can have in secondlife and you create the environment, so it is one step closer than text fantasizing.  the visual element is very addictive.

oh and yes i am the female in the picture.  that is the whole idea of secondlife … to be able to lead the life that you are not in real life.

any case soon after my labido wane off, i started to take interest in the secondlife (SL) environment.  for instance you can create furniture, cloths, cars and practically anything in a virtual world.  couple with that, secondlife has a very very development financial system.  you buy linden dollars (secondlife currency) with real money and you get to spend it in SL.  There is even an site to track the black market exchange rate of SL to USD which fluctuates with demand.

what this interested me is

  1. ability to create stuff.  that has always been an interest for me.  reason why i like programming is because every program is like a creation.
  2. money.  have never been a very money oriented person.  guess i was always a little boy mentality.  but i might finally be growing up a bit with regards to realizing i do need so stable income and savings/investment in order for me to retire early or not be worried about my old age. and of course to enjoy life now, my monthly expenses is not low either.
so i started thinking i might create some simple stuff and may be start selling it in SL. of course it will take some time.  but i guess it will be fun and can be a hobby.
then this morning i was reading an article online how an iphone application that plays farting sound is now the top selling application on iphone at USD 0.99 per download. the number of downloads slowly climbed from 200 to 13,000 a day on 22 Dec 08.  that is like average of USD 800 in one day as apple takes 30%.  WOW! a farting sound application!
ok i am now downloading the iphone SDK and bunch of development resources.  but you cant imagine the process of getting an iphone app to run and to be on the apple store.  the process is so tedious, it makes me wonder why are the so much crap still on the app store.
well i was thinking why no do it for jailbreak phone.  then again, i wont be able to sell it at USD0.99 a pop.
oh well is xmas eve and the start of my one month official off from my official work.  i say official because i still my side line programming to catch up on and 2 weeks of military service.  so no, it is not 1 whole month of idling.
but may be i will get around to updating this blog with new design and updating the version.
happy holidays everyone.
p/s: link to asian heartthrob finalist for 2008.  personal favorite, Malaysia, Singapore and Philippines.  oh wait, the 3 countries i go to every month.
Derrick Tee, MALAYSIA
Dingdong Dantes, PHILIPPINES

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