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Nov 17, 2016

Neuromancer (1984) By William Gibson Review

Neuromancer
Author: William Gibson
Published in 1984

Review By Chongchen Saelee

“Neuromancer” is the chosen template for modern sci-fi stories since it’s publication. It seems every modern sci-fi story from The Matrix, Ghost in the Shell, Akira, etc, all borrow heavily from Neuromancer. If not the exact storyline, they borrow the speculative Asian culture imagery. But masquerading around as a futuristic caper story, Neuromancer is actually more like a crime noir story, since main plot device involves protagonist Henry Dorsett Case’s lost love Linda Lee. It bookends the whole story, although executed kinda sloppily.

Overall plot revolves around “cowboy” or what we call these days “hacker” Henry Dorsett Case, a 24-year-old thin druggy white guy. He lives a dangerous lifestyle in a dangerous futuristic world that resembles modern Tokyo. Case makes a living hacking into computer systems and otherwise cyber espionage. He spends that money on drugs and prostitutes. Of course future drugs don’t just come in the form of chemical substances, for those with man-machine interface built into their heads, they can get high off of “microsoft” which is essentially programs that scramble their brains temporarily. Mind-blowing, right? (more…)

Oct 21, 2016

Celebrating 33 Years of Madness!!!

I’m an old man… or am I? Let’s dance!!!

Sep 24, 2016

Homeade Tuna Sandwich Vs. Subway Tuna Sandwich Costs

By Chongchen Saelee

Homeade Tuna Salad Sandwich

Ingredients purchased from Walmart

Subway Tuna Sandwich footlong as of 9/24/2016 is $6.95

Cheese Bread 4 rolls $3.00
Each roll is approx 6 inches x 2 equiv of footlong = $1.50

Helmann’s mayonnaise 15 oz jar $2.98

Great Value mild cheddar slices $2.22

Mushrooms $1.38

Celery heart $2.18

Great Value Light Chunk Tuna 4-pack, 5 oz each, $2.96

Cucumber $0.58

Tomato x 3 = $1.88
So one tomato = approx $0.63

Red Onion $0.81

So approx 20 oz of tuna including all ingredients looks to serve about 5 six-inch equiv sandwiches.

Sub-total $17.49

$17.49 / 5 = $3.49 per six inch

$3.49 * 2 = $7 footlong WASTE OF TIME AND MONEY

Time wasted grocery shopping and prepping about 1 to 2 hours.

Subway sandwich is only 5 minute drive and would include olives, spinach, vinegrette, pickled peppers, provolone and american cheese, 5 herb toasted bun, and can be made in less than 15 minutes

However, making it yourself allows you to add as much tuna per sandwich as want. In this case, I put almost same amount that would go into a Subway footlong into a 6-inch cheese bread roll. So maybe there’s more value in that.

Then again, as for time management, now I have enough pre-made tuna salad I can eat for next few days without having to drive to Subway. It evens out time and money.

Sep 17, 2016

How To Maximize Your Fiverr Revenue

How To Maximize Your Fiverr Revenue (As a Seller)
By Chongchen Saelee

1. Book as many Gigs as you can in advance. But make sure you have sufficient time to deliver quality work in a reasonable amount of time. So you have to set the delivery times on your Packages and any custom orders accordingly.

2. Level Up. You need to Level Up so you can charge more for each Gig. Fiverr takes a good 20% from whatever revenue you bring in, so you’ll need to have ability to charge more if you want certain amount of income. And the only way to charge more is to level up. That means delivering the best quality product you can, delivering on time, and being respectful and courteous like a professional.

3. Keep repeat customers coming back. Your returning customers may pay you more or tip you and you should always welcome their patronage. So treat them right.

4. Know when to pick your fights. For the most part, you should be able to tell which buyers are spam, trolls or scammers. Fiverr usually detects spam quickly and removes those users. But in the case some buyer makes it through undetected, you need to know when to keep interacting with that person (or bot) and when to let the negotiations fall through. You don’t want to put all that work in only to have the buyer not pay you in the end and the best way is to detect scammy behavior beforehand. As some true Fiverr professionals have suggested, you can let some potentially bad Gigs drop because better ones will come later (and hopefully pay more).

5. Respond to Buyer Requests. You get about 10 responses to Buyer Requests every day. So make sure you use them all. You have to know how to use all Fiverr resources to your advantage.

Mar 20, 2016

Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice Early Review! Warning: Spoilers!!!

Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
Early Review

Warning! Contains spoilers!

By Chongchen Saelee

Don’t get me wrong, I went into Batman V Superman blindly with low expectations and I think it was super. I thought “Man of Steel” was satisfactory, but it wasn’t anything that was epic or memorable, other than the fact it was the biggest and most interesting interpretation of the Superman lore to date. Given time, even these darker more realistic phases will pass, and descendants of comic book movie fans will see it as a sign of the times. But that doesn’t mean it’s not a thrilling piece of entertainment for now. (more…)

Dec 3, 2015

Official Batman V Superman Trailer 2 Released!!!

Wow. Just wow. Superhero movies should never be ashamed of source material. Otherwise, why would people keep reading them?

Oct 17, 2015

Neuromancer: Case and Molly character designs

Neuromancer Case and Molly character designs

Neuromancer Case and Molly character designs

When you’re reading a novel without visual proof of what the character looks like, you have to get some reference point. Anyway, here’s my interpretation of the characters Case and Molly from William Gibson’s Neuromancer.

Oct 4, 2015

Legend of Zelda Symphony of the Goddesses Master Class in Milwaukee Wisconsin Oct 3 2015!!!

I attended Legend of Zelda Symphony of the Goddesses Master Class (third tour) at Milwaukee Theatre in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Oct. 3, 2015! It was EPIC. You really need to experience music live. Nothing beats a live performance. The theatre was PACKED. Mostly middle-aged men over age of 30, strangely. But obviously, who else would be able to pay for those tickets?

Anyway, it was amazing.

Jul 22, 2015

Green Bay, Wisconsin Main Street City Crawl

Jul 11, 2015

Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice Comic Con Trailer is Epic!!!

Oh yes, mighty savior Superman vs the human devil Batman. Zack Snyder got balls. He makes a comic book movie like a comic book should be.