It's hard to quantify the value of the internet. For those of us lucky enough to have access, it can mean unlimited opportunity to learn the skills we need to learn. Every day new innovations are born that have the opportunity to change the future.
Two sites that I recommend are Quora.com and TED.com, both for the same reason. They are great thought-provokers. I'm still a fan of reading books, but these are both essentially condensed versions of books. The wisdom that used to be written down in book form can now be expressed to similar levels of audience without near as much effort.
I am a big fan of Netflix, and enjoy their streaming service. I don't watch much tv, and paying a cable bill is not something I'm happy to do. I can only imagine that Netflix is going to play a prominent role in creating the future of televised entertainment, so with that in mind I wanted to share two quick things I'd like to see.
First would be a paid section of the site that allows users access to the same content available on iTunes, Amazon, etc. Even Youtube has a section where you can watch movies, including some to rent. If I want to watch tv, I want all of my options in one place, and Netflix seems to be in a position to do this. I'm not sure how this would change the negotiations with the production companies, but I imagine there is a way to make it work.
The other feature I think could be fun is to have some cloud storage available for every user to upload their own videos. As long as I'm watching all of my videos in one place, why not include my home videos? This will mostly be great at the individual level, but it also could create a huge opportunity for aspiring film makers. Youtube is great for short clips, but this would be another avenue to market amateur videos.
I'm curious to hear what plans Netflix has for the future. I haven't specifically looked around to see if there are rumors or anything, but I imagine that the company does not plan on sitting around with the same business model for the next 10 years. If anybody has thoughts on other ideas Netflix could explore, feel free to share in the comments.
From February to late March my life mostly consisted of being online all day everyday. I was making money with a method one of my friends recommended me and it was going well. I would say it was around 30 dollars an hours when you factor in how much flexibility and little effort was involved, even though I was technically online 12 hours a day, a lot of it was spent multi-tasking in between netflix and messing around. I could’ve cashed out with a lot more, but due to circumstances I didn’t. C’est la vie. Now that the method is gone, for the past couple of days I’ve been thinking about what to do, what to pursue as my next side-venture and I’m using this blog to outline my thinking process using tips I’ve learned from countless books and bloggers.
First some groundwork: What am I doing know? why? and what do I want to do? why?
1. I don’t really know why I go to college other than the fact that its costing me barely anything and having a degree could be good back up for teaching English abroad and getting into internships. I’ve posted before how I don’t really like college. Other than the social aspect and the occasional ambitious people you meet. The majority of people are kind of lost and just following the crowd. It reminds me of a line I read in Education of Millionaires where, while most of these people are in college they are creative, free and go-getters, but then when graduation comes around they settle into their business suits and take on an office job. I don’t want to be this person.
Yet at the same time I feel college is giving me borrowed time to act. At times I feel like I’m not completely utilizing time, but that has changed drastically in the past year and I am doing the things I want to do more than ever. In the end, unless I really make a lot of money or find an idea I am insanely passionate about and a way to pursue it without spending to much money, I will probably remain in college.