Monthly archives: December 2011

How to Have Fun at Work

I love getting off work two hours early. I had a few vacation hours accrued that I had to burn off before the end of the year and it was a “use them or lose them” situation. But what made the work day even better was that it was slow.

And by slow I mean dead. And by dead I mean that it was more dead than Kim Jong-Il. Thank you, SwagBucks, for helping me spell that name correctly. Like it matters. I’m sure he won’t get upset because…well, because he’s dead.

So instead of spending the whole day digging through open cases, desperately trying to find something to call people about, I spent a lot of time reading Hyperbole and a Half and spamming my co-workers with links and waiting impatiently to hear the impending laughing fits that were muffled by the cubicle walls.

And then I started thinking…what should I do with the rest of my day? I mean, I was going to clock out two hours earlier than normal. That’s a lot of time to kill in my world. There was only one solution: the coffee shop!

And that’s where I am right now. Sitting at Sweet Eugene’s, pirating some Frank Sinatra (and probably some kind of punk rock as well) and typing this blog post.

But sometimes the cozy atmosphere and amazing Chai lattes just are not enough to make me chill out. I figured that I should fire up paint and try to do my own self-portrait…more or less.

Anyway, this is what I came up with.

Wess Stewart

OK, I don't have green hair. And I'm not that skinny. But whatever.

It was so much freaking fun that I will do this again. And the hair matches my iPod. Win.

What does your cartoon self look like?

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MyPoints uses ShareASale and Logical Media

Have you ever wondered what affiliate network does MyPoints use? I sure have.

I love MyPoints. I really do. I’ve been a member of that site since way back in the day. I remember when they used to send out free CD’s (which is how I ended up with my Nerf Herder cd…if you haven’t heard it, shame on you).

As an affiliate marketing wannabe, I can recognize that MyPoints uses the same system that we do at least to some extent. They build a huge membership/mailing list, then they send promotions to the members. The offers are often sent with incentives to click them (usually 5 points), which add up and you can trade them in for cool things…I usually go for the Amazon gift cards.

So where do they get these offers to promote?

MyPoints gets their offers from the same affiliate networks that we do.

I knew that the offers looked familiar…I had seen a few of them in some of the networks that I use. But today I got my confirmation.

I checked my email and clicked the MyPoints link as usual…but this time there was a delay between the redirect and ending up on the offer page.

http://www.shareasale.com/r.cfm?u=*****6&b=******0&m=****4&afftrack=*****************&urllink=www.*********.com/shareasale/begin?destination=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.*****.com%2Fecards%2Fchristmas%3Futm_source%3DMyPoints%26utm_medium%3Dema

I thought it was a good idea to edit some of that out…just seemed like the more ethical thing to do.

As you can see, for this particular ad they are using ShareASale. I don’t really need to go into any further detail about this.

In addition to ShareASale, I have also found that MyPoints uses ads from Logical Media and NeverBlue Ads as well.

There’s really not a point to this post, just thought this was cool and wanted to share. It’s interesting to know that those of us who are small time affiliate marketers really are swimming in a pool full of bigger fish. Fight hard. Make money.

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What should I do with my Income Tax refund?

Income Tax Return

photo by propertytaxonline

It’s almost here…one of my favorite times of the year. No, not Christmas, but tax season. That’s right…I really like income tax time. Most people hate all of the headaches involved with filing taxes, but I for one welcome our friendly tax professional overlords…

I’m sure it would be different if I were having to pay taxes in, but I usually get a nice refund, which is why I like it.

Now please don’t misunderstand me…I don’t like paying income taxes. I feel that they are unconstitutional and would much prefer switching over to the Fair Tax system. And before I get hit with people who tell me that I’m wrong because the government couldn’t run without taxes, let me preemptively state that they did just fine for 200 years without them.

And now, the part where we swerve back onto the course.

…sorry…got distracted by an Andrew W.K. video…lol

So I’m trying to figure out what would be the best thing to do with my income tax refund. There are several options that I am considering at this time.

Blow it on Magic cards
This is probably not the best idea, but it sure is a fun idea. I can get the rest of that Darksteel box at Clockwork Games and Events…they are only $10/pack…hah.

Blow it on music equipment
This is a slightly better idea than blowing it on Magic cards. While Magic cards do hold value to a degree, guitar gear usually appreciates in value if taken care of over time. Plus, I could use it for my band. I could really use a larger amp, a noise gate, a boost pedal, a pedal board, a wireless unit, a switchless Crybaby wah…the list goes on forever.

Save it
I’m strongly leaning toward this option. I could just throw it all into my savings account and let it sit until I need it. It’s a pretty solid idea.

Invest in gold
Always thought about getting into this. Might not be a bad idea.

Invest in internet business
This could be one of the better ideas that I’ve had. I’ve learned enough to apply this stuff, but haven’t really had the money to launch a ton of ad campaigns. It would really be a good idea to set aside a couple hundred bucks and start promoting things with my Google Adwords account.

So far, I’m thinking about a split between saving it and investing it back into making money online (with perhaps a dash of the other stuff as well).

What are you going to do with your tax refund?

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