How Jamaicans can make money selling craft items online

A friend recently asked me where is the best place online to sell craft items.

I knew of Ebay (Deer, 2014, May 7) as I’d written about them before. But after doing some digging, I realized that there are other places (Null, 2015) that also sell more niche handmade products.

How Jamaicans can make money selling craft items online

Here is a list of five of them:

Most of these places charge a fee as low as US$0.20 in the case of Etsy to as high as CAN$25 for iCraft. The rest are free for now, taking a slice of your sales as shown in the graphic below.

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All you need is a Paypal account (Deer, 2015, September 8) in order to receive payment online for your sales. Jewellery is super popular but so too is wooden handcrafter items; the more unique and natural the material, the more sales you’ll attract.

Rest assured, once you set up shop, you’ll have to promote the hell out of your URL link (Deer, 2014, June 8) in the same manner you’d advertise a Referral link in order to get sales.

So share this link as sharing is caring!

References:

  1. Null, C. (2015). The 5 Best Online Marketplaces for Selling Handmade Goods. Retrieved from http://www.pcworld.com/article/255698/the_5_best_online_marketplaces_for_selling_handmade_goods.html
  2. Deer, L. (2014, May 7). How to make money as an EBay Seller online – Everything in Jamaica from Rare Coins to Unique Craft items. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2014/05/how-to-make-money-as-ebay-seller-online.html
  3. Deer, L. (2014, June 8). How Jamaicans can make Money from Referral Websites. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2015/06/08/jamaicans-money-referral-websites-2/
  4. Deer, L. (2015, September 8). How Jamaicans can make money online – Setting up a Paypal Account. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2015/09/09/how-jamaicans-can-make-money-online-setting-up-a-paypal-account/

How to access Mortal Kombat’s EJB Hidden Menus

Mortal Kombat has some hidden menus (Plante, 2016, February 24) that were recently discovered in the first four Mortal Kombat arcade games specifically:

  1. Mortal Kombat
  2. Mortal Kombat 2
  3. Mortal Kombat 3
  4. Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3

Check out the video of the hidden menus thanks to YouTube user Your MK Arcade Source.

The unlock the secret menus, you have to enter the following very long Mortal Kombat codes with very tight timing:

1P Block (×5), 2P Block (×10), 1P Block (×2), 2P Block, 1P Block (×2), 2P Block (×3), 1P Block (×4)

They have to be entered quickly and precisely and is the very reason why no has uncovered them…..until now.

How to access Mortal Kombat's EJB Hidden Menus (1)

Because the creator of the Mortal Kombat series is named Ed Boon, they’re referred reverently as EJB menus.

EJB menus in Mortal Kombat – How to access the Flawless Victory in precise steps

So what do the menus do?

  1. They can be used to:
  2. Launch the arcade cabinet’s diagnostic test
  3. Manually change initials on the leaderboard
  4. Show each character’s ending bit of story

In Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3’s menu you also get these super options:

  1. Unlock hidden characters
  2. A Demonstration of the game’s fatalities
  3. A secret Galaga-clone

Have fun with Mortal Kombat as this is truly a Flawless Victory for long time fans of the franchise!

Here’s the link:

Mortal Kombat codes

References: 

  1. Plante, C. (2016, February 24). See Mortal Kombat secrets that were hidden for decades. Retrieved from http://www.theverge.com/2016/2/24/11109614/mortal-kombat-arcade-secrets-code

 

Why Hollywood prefers making Movie Sequels than an original Movies

Some interesting stats for people who pirate music and movies (Deer, 2015, April 19) like I do as a true pirate of the Caribbean.

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Turns out that for the movie studios, sequels are the most profitable type of movie (Sola, 2016, February 25), according to the website The Numbers, a site that tracks movie budgets and earnings. They analyzed the numbers from some of the 20 most profitable films ever.

These movies are basically ranked based on their sheer size in terms of profit instead of ROI (Return on Investments). The list of movies is as show in the graphic below with their relative Profit earned up to 2016.

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For the more literary among us, here’s the actual list in words:

  1. Avatar
  2. Frozen
  3. The Avengers
  4. The Lion King
  5. Transformers
  6. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  7. Jurasic Park
  8. Harry Potter and the Destiny Hollows: Part II
  9. Despicable Me 2
  10. Furious 7
  11. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
  12. The Dark Knight
  13. Minions
  14. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  15. Toy Story 3
  16. The Twilight Saga: New Moon
  17. Avengers: Age of Ultron
  18. Harry Potter and the Destiny Hollows: Part I
  19. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
  20. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

So what’s so special about these movies that make them so successful?

Sequels are more successful – Built-in fanbases propel Sequels, remakes and reboots

Interesting facts about these movies:

  1. 15 of the high profit movies were sequels
  2. 5 movies that were not sequels had pre-existing fanbase and franchise material
  3. 15 of the top movies have a PG-13 rating
  4. None of the 15 are R or NC-17
  5. None of the 15 have been nominated for an Oscar in the Best Picture Category

These five (5) movies that were not sequels include:

  1. Avatar
  2. Frozen
  3. The Avengers
  4. The Lion King
  5. Transformers

Good to note that The Avengers already had an active fanbase of comic book readers and Transformers had those uber-popular transforming toys. Also most of the heroes were predominantly male, with Frozen, The Twilight Saga: New Moon and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse having true female leads.

Movies studios go after sequels and movies with built in fanbases as they guarantee success. Albeit no ROI was considered in compiling these stats, it’s safe to say we’re in for more sequels, spinoffs from toys, comic books and popular series books up until 2020.

By then, the start of the third Decade of the 21st Century, 5G (Deer, 2015, July 14) would make VR (Virtual Reality) on your smartphone (Deer, 2015, December 31) possible, taking the movie experience and life in general (Martindale, 2016, February 24) to a whole new level.

So, fellow pirates, which movies do you wish to pirate?

References:

  1. Deer, L. (2015, April 19). How to download Free Music using Torrenting, Google Index Searches and YouTube to MP3 Converters. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2015/04/19/free-music-download-torrenting-google-index-youtube-to-mp3-converters/
  2. Deer, L. (2015, July 14). ITU publishes 5G IMT-2020 Roadmap – Why US Telecom Providers, @Digicel_Jamaica and @LIMEJamaica like to travel off the beaten Path. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2015/07/ITU-5G-IMT-2020-Roadmap.html
  3. Deer, L. (2015, December 31). How CES 2016 is going VR thanks to HTC, Sony, Microsoft, Samsung and Oculus. Retrieved from  http://geezam.com/how-ces-2016-is-going-vr-thanks-to-htc-sony-microsoft-samsung-and-oculus/
  4. Martindale, J. (2016, February 24). Does the rise of Virtual Reality means kissing your guest room goodbye?. Retrieved from http://www.digitaltrends.com/virtual-reality/Will-You-Have-To-Empty-Your-House-To-Enjoy-VR/
  5. Sola, K. (2016, February 25). Want To Produce A Profitable Movie? Make A Sequel. Retrieved from http://www.forbes.com/sites/katiesola/2016/02/25/want-to-produce-a-profitable-movie-make-a-sequel/

 

How the Photographers of St William Grant Park are beating smartphone Selfies

“The smartphones affect me too, but not much. My problem is the restrictions that them have for us in the park. Them lock up the two main gate them so my customers who use to come look for me, can’t find me now”

Photographer Lionel Grant, 73, who has been taking photographs inside the St William Grant Park for the last 40 years

Analog photography is currently experiencing a renaissance right now with the US$99 Polaroid Snap (Deer, 2015, September 8). POV (Point of View) video and photography is now cheaper thanks to the US$100 Polaroid Cube (Jermaine, 2015, September 10) and the US$65 Xiaomi Yi (Deer, 2015, March 27).

MICO Wars - How the Photographers of St William Grant Park are beating smartphone Selfies - 21-02-2016 LHDEER

These technologies help to capture video and photographs with comparable levels of quality when compared to a regular street photographer, such as those who frequent the St William Grant Park in Downtown Kingston. Many of these photographers complain that business has slowed down due to the regulations imposed in the Park, mainly:

  • Closure of the park at 8:00 p.m.
  • Early closure of its eastern and western gates
  • Prohibition of holiday backdrops inside the park
  • Prohibition on couples necking and kissing

However, they are quick to point out that despite these gadgets, they still get customers, especially from Graduations, VISA applicants and funerals. The street photographer charges a fair price for their high quality images:

  • JA$250 for one full-body photograph
  • JA$300 for a passport-size photo

So why have their prices remained unchanged despite the rise of smartphones and selfies?

The Photographer of St William Grant Park – Analog Instant Portrait Photography Renaissance

This as albeit there is a renaissance in Analog photography as evidenced by such competitions as NEPA (National Environment and Planning Agency) World Wetlands Day 2016 Digital Photography Competition (Brown, 2016, January 13), most Jamaican aren’t professional photographers.

Many smartphones do not have the same photo quality as a DSLR Camera such as the Samsung NX1 (Deer, 2015, May 15) or any camera with Regular film. This is because they have a smaller aperture than a normal camera, which means less light and thus poorer quality images. Add to this fact the use of Digital Image Sensors and the result is pixilated images when one zooms in (Deer, 2015, August 2), no matter how professional or expensive your smartphone.

Plus, many of their customers tend to come for their services during graduations, VISA applicants and funerals, simply because their smartphones are low on storage space, already chock full of selfies and battery power is low, as many forget to carry a battery Charger (Deer, 2014, July 9).

Then there is the need for instant gratification of a physical copy of your graduation pictures, according to photographer Wayne Russell in the St William Grant Park: “This is from roll film days; from that time till now, the price don’t move. Some people, like when we go to some graduation, will use we because them have them phone but them memory full up or dem battery dead. That is how we get a little work there”.

For this reason, their prices have remained unchanged, as most smartphones, not even the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge (Deer, 2015, August 2), can hold up a candle to these DSLR such as the Samsung NX1 (Deer, 2015, May 15).

Hopefully the regulations in the St William Grant Park in Downtown Kingston will be lifted so that this noble art of Instant Portrait Photography, still unimpeded by Technology’s march, can also experience its renaissance in Jamaica.

References:

  1. Deer, L. (2014, July 9). How to extend your smartphone’s battery Life with a Portable Battery Charger. Retrieved from http://geezam.com/how-to-extend-your-smartphones-battery-life-with-a-portable-battery-charger/
  2. Deer, L. (2015, March 27). US$65 Xiaomi Yi is GoPro Competition on Xiaomi’s 5th Anniversary. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2015/03/27/xiaomi-yi-gopro-action-cameras/
  3. Deer, L. (2015, May 15). Samsung NX1 wins 10th TIPA award. Retrieved from http://geezam.com/samsung-nx1-wins-10th-tipa-award/
  4. Deer, L. (2015, August 2). How to take High Quality Photographs with the Samsung Galaxy S6. Retrieved from http://geezam.com/how-to-take-high-quality-photographs-with-the-samsung-galaxy-s6/
  5. Deer, L. (2015, September 8). US$99 Polaroid Snap is the perfect Christmas gift for your Vinyl loving Hipster Photographer. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2015/09/08/us99-polaroid-snap-perfect-christmas/
  6. (2015, September 10). US$100 Polaroid Cube is designed to stick with you. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2015/09/10/us100-polaroid-cube-is-designed-to-stick-with-you/
  7. Brown, K. (2016, January 13). World Wetlands Day – Photography Competition by NEPA. Retrieved from http://geezam.com/world-wetlands-day-nepa-photography/

 

Why Pokémon The First Movie is a promo for Pokemon Go as Superbowl 50 commercial a hit

Nintendo is continuing their yearlong celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the first Pokémon release with more than just US$83 Pokémon-themed 2DS portable gaming consoles (Deer, 2015, December 28). They’ve also decided to throw in free streaming of the 1998 movie Pokémon: The First Movie (Flacy, 2016, February 12) on their streaming service.

Why Pokémon The First Movie is a promo for Pokemon Go as Superbowl 50 commercial a hit

Nintendo’s little known streaming service at Pokemon TV can be accessed through a standard Web browser or via a smartphone app on iOS and Android mobile devices. Sadly the short film Pikachu’s Vacation is not included in the release, as it had been when Pokémon: The First Movie was first shown back in 1998.

Good to note that this is not on Netflix, despite their plans at world domination (Deer, 2016, January 8) that also include blocking Proxies and VPN from streaming (Deer, 2016, January 18) outside of their designated countries.

However, it is available on Amazon for purchase or rent.

Despite not doing well back then, making only US$160 million worldwide during the theatrical run after Warner brothers spent some US$30 million on the movie, Pokemon fever is still as hot as ever. So why is Nintendo re-releasing this failed movie?

Pokemon 20th Celebration to promote Pokemon Go – Americans going bananas over Superbowl commercial

Clearly, there is huge pent up anticipation of the free Pokemon Go Augmented reality game (Deer, 2015, September 14) set for release later in 2016.

Pokemon Go and the Amiibo-esque toy called a Pokémon Go Plus (Deer, 2015, September 14) will see many a dedicated Pokemon Trainer hunting all over the place for Pokemon, possibly wearing Microsoft Hololens (Player270084085, 2015, December 2) as I’ve suggested (Deer, 2015, September 15) or Nintendo own Augmented Reality headset instead of looking through your smartphone, which is quite painful on the neck.

This Superbowl 50 has demonstrated how high Pokemon Fever is, as the Pokémon “Train On” Super Bowl commercial on YouTube is hot.

According to Google Trends, the Pokémon “Train On” Super Bowl commercial on YouTube has now inched past 20 million views since the week of Monday February 1st 2016 and some 350,000 social actions, which includes tweets, likes and shares have continuously been spreading the word online.

So, fellow Pokemon lovers, when Pokemon Go comes out, are you ready to be the very best like no one ever was? We’ll see, if can you catch ’em all, come the release of Pokemon Go! For now enjoy Pokémon: The First Movie!

Here’s the link:

Pokémon: The First Movie on Pokemon TV

References: 

  1. Player270084085. (2015, December 2). Collaboration with Nintendo for Pokemon GO. Retrieved from https://microsoftstudios.com/hololens/shareyouridea/idea/collaboration-with-nintendo-for-Pokemon-go/
  2. Deer, L. (2015, September 15). Why Microsoft Skylight Event in New York means Surface 4 and Hololens are coming. Retrieved from http://geezam.com/why-microsoft-skylight-event-in-new-york-means-surface-4-and-hololens-are-coming/
  3. Deer, L. (2015, September 14). How Free Pokemon Go Augmented Reality Game will be a hit for Nintendo in 2016. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2015/09/14/Pokemon-go-augmented-reality-game/
  4. Deer, L. (2016, January 18). How Netflix will block streaming via Proxies and VPN as they go Global. Retrieved from http://geezam.com/how-netflix-will-block-streaming-via-proxies-and-vpn-as-they-go-global/
  5. Deer, L. (2016, January 8). Netflix expansion to 130 Countries as Global Streaming in 2016. Retrieved from http://geezam.com/netflix-expansion-to-130-countries/
  6. Flacy, M. (2016, February 12). Pokemon: The First Movie can be streamed free during the 20th Anniversary Celebration. Retrieved from http://www.digitaltrends.com/movies/Pokemon-the-first-movie-can-be-streamed-for-free-in-20th-anniversary-celebration/
  7. Deer, L. (2015, December 28). US$88 Nintendo Pokémon-themed 2DS means Pokemon Go coming in 2016. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2015/12/28/Pokemon-themed-2ds-portable-gaming-consoles-means-Pokemon-go-coming-in-2016/