Among the guests at my third annual chocolate party was Janina “Dusty” Gavankar’s boyfriend Angelo, an incredibly friendly, soft-spoken guy who, it turns out, is a huge fan of scifi. He was in town to meet with some business associates and I suggested that, schedule permitting, they should swing by the set and check out Janina action. So, days later, they swung by to snap pics, check out the gate, and partake in lukewarm craft service spring rolls. You can read all about their set visit (and check out more behind-the-scene photos) at their little website located here: http://spyed.deviantart.com/journal/18143164/
And, by “little”, I’m being my usual sarcastic self because DeviantArt is a HUGE online artist community whose massive daily traffic places it in the Top 60 internet sites. Mighty impressive and, in retrospect, an incredibly brilliant idea.
Today, Ivon and I were talking about DeviantArt and another gaming site started by a couple of down on their luck entrepreneurs who transformed a simple idea into a multi-million dollar business. Angelo, these guys, and others like them didn’t succeed because they were lucky. They succeeded because they were able to foresee potential opportunities, hone in on a target market, create demand, and deliver a quality product. Simple, no?
Which got Ivon and I to thinking that we should create our own fabulously successful site. So far, this is what I’ve got:
Food Fooferah: An online food community where you can check out culinary creations from all over the world and, if the fancy strikes you, have them shipped right to your door. Don’t feel like cooking tomorrow night (or, maybe 4-6 weeks from when you place your order, depending on how you choose to have the items shipped)? Why not enjoy some home cooked maultaschen from TanteHelga3019 in Germany, or a Xiangdu roast duck platter from 龙888 in Hunan province? Looking to unload last night’s tuna casserole? Well, maybe you’ll find a taker in FouPourLeThon7447.
Murder Co-op: Inspired by Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train in which two strangers meet on a train and agree to exchange murders, figuring that they would never be suspects because they would have neither a motive nor a link to the victim. Members sign up and receive an assignment – say, that mouthy guy in Hunan province who’s always roasting up Xiangdu duck. They pop on over, knock him off, then head back home by which time they will have hopefully received some positive feedback (ie. “Excellent work. A pleasure to do business with. Body not discovered for days.” or “Great transaction. Thanks for speedy delivery.”) and a chit that allows for the entry of one name in the ever-scrambled victim pool.
Now Alex Levine informs me that this last one may run afoul of an archaic law or two, but he’s looking into it.
Other great though not quite fleshed-out – ideas include: SneakerSwap.com, UnlabeledHerbIdentifier.net, and VirtualHairCut.Org.
I’m on a roll.
Today’s blog entry is dedicated to Katja’s little buddy Thor.
Today’s pics: Stargate this and that.