Sunday, June 20, 2010

Went about the day as a father. First to church for a good sermon on candies for dads and horse racing. All I remember anyway. That and how fragile everyone is, and the Lord God is the only one who is strong beyond human frailty. Then on to fall-off-the-bones ribs, lots of friends and family and a nap. Then a spirited discussion on franchises. Then to check out a new pool and some interesting jasper/agate. The pink stones however were spray-painted. The jasper/agate was awesome and a surprising find. To find further stones to treat and dress up I did get ahold of some 100% silicone and am planning on some experiments with them. I also want to do some more heat experiments and a tumbling run. Perhaps the next week will bring more successes.

Forex eur/usd is moving nicely about. Well-behaved patterns and a drop of the dice. Is it still a pattern? Can it be taught? Does my system provide profit in markets besides eur/usd? Do the 12 or so rules really cover most or all of what's needed to succeed? Find out tomorrow-when at tomorrow-place and be enlightened before frustration sets in. I find it hard to reveal truths of finance without prepared minds to receive the truths. Into the trading void I go again. salut.

Friday, June 11, 2010

I am in the process of puzzling out RSS feeds, blogs, and article submission sites. I believe that I can start submitting articles to top article sites and actually get some more traffic and more connections with people on my interests and theirs. Wealth, health, happiness, and fairness with truth are still my guiding principles.

The summary of the article is how to evaluate the ebay marketplace and come up with creative ideas of what gems and minerals to focus on and which are best to add value to. For those looking for more I am in the process of starting a website where my best ideas and most creative applications of gems and a lot of other knowledges can be purchased. For now the creatures winding out of my brain remain in this blog and potential articles.

Knowing what article can go where on which website first, then to pick a category, is a key. The door opened there is that I or you could read the top 10 articles, see what they have in common, then include an article with the common elements but guiding the reader into my own special knowledge or viewpoint. Like price discovery in markets, idea discovery of my own and others' minds.

Then the process of monetizing as it is so crudely put but necessarily so. Language is a most powerful tool. By giving a name, just a word to what so many want but have no words to get them that thing they want. Money simply greases the wheels for EVERY other endeavour. The word 'monetizing' brings the desired results for legions of writers. The money makes not only the world go round but the flow of knowledge, opinion, and facts go round.

Enough for today's thoughts. Perhaps tomorrow's will be more fruitfully insightful, creating more wealth, health, and happiness in the pursuit of truth and fairness.

Monday, June 7, 2010

On my journey through the invisible I wondered how many deal in the invisible? Some 20 million who read regularly according to Tech Crunchies. 1.7 million of whom actuallyl can make money at it. This fit in with my estimates of 270 million people in the USA, the majority with access online, then take out the youngest and oldest, -60 million, leaving 210 million. Now 70% of those don't read, let alone write past an 8th grade level, leaving 63 million reading consumers/writers. Of those most, 80% are consumers of reading and not writers. Coming up with 500 words or more per day is a tall order for the remaining 10% or some 6 million. Like most free services the quality is an issue as well as the accuracy. The wealth-building comes from websites and targeted ads. Maybe some affiliate sign-ups and the invisible shows up visibly in the bank account, where it counts. What a road to travel. And the passengers on this voyage know not from where they came and to where they go.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

working to complete actions

Again, sourcing rears its head to say, 'hey, why aren't you connecting? why aren't you convincing people the idea is good, the people will help, and there is money to be made?' I have taken and completed many steps which have lead to choosing and still testing adequate tools for on the cheap jewelry making. The sourcing problem has taken backseat as I puzzle out how to get nice, attractive, pretty stones to set and sell. I am working with more common available stones like granite and feldspar.

I have found some rather rough healing stones of feldspar. They speak of an ancient city on a plain that collapsed under its own technology millenia ago. The healing forces are still present in the left-over stone.

I had it set after watching some youtube videos that I could get stones that would be worthy. Then I used it again to see how to work and shape the stones once I had some stones from yards in the area, with permissions (critically important). After perusing ebay for great selling works I know what I have to do. Finding the tools to do it without spending a fortune is the key to my current tries.

So as I found out about a tool, I acquired it. Like so many hands-on activities having the right tool is important. I first tried the Dremel. The Dremel 1/16th drill bit does a hack job on shells splitting them before a hole is made. The layer between the outside of the shell and final cavity lining is where the shell breaks, fractures, and is rendered worthless by the drill. So my solution to that was, use a smaller drill bit. So after yet another trip to the discount merchandiser (I get most of my junk from there), I have the proper sized drill bits. Ah but I get the bits home, go to put them in the dremel and this dremel piece called the collet is too large. Back to the store. And no collets unless I want 49 or more other accessories with it. So the project to drill holes in shells is on hold. Now for engraving shells I have the piece from Dremel and have successfully engraved some shells.

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So my original plan to shape stones got sidetracked. But while looking for Dremel parts I put together from going down the tool aisle for the 6th time in a day (2 more at other hardware stores) that a jigsaw with metal cutting or diamond edged blades will do the job of rough shaping the stone.

I did get a hacksaw with metal cutting blades pack and proceeded to saw for an hour on a piece of smoky quartz-infused granite, held by a vice. After only penetrating the stone to a quarter inch, after 45 minutes of sawing, I gave up seeking something that would work right now. Not tomorrow and certainly not when I next happen to be in the store.

As a business plan note there are maybe 10,000 people in the USA who know how and what to cut into gemstones and jewelry. The numbers of bead makers are millions but stones, less so. I base the 10,000 figure off views of stone cutting on youtube. There could be 10,000 more in the USA but they are supplying a $17 billion industry here in the states. Sure, some are imports, but no more than 50%. That leaves $1.7 billion to split among some 20,000 lapidarists or $85,000 per year apiece. Apply Robert Allen's 'Multiple Streams of Income' to it and the figure can go higher, much higher.

Another idea for stone cutting is diamond flat blades for pre-shaping or simply cutting off the bulk of the stone that will fracture and send pieces flying if not done carefully. The blades are from country music playing, farming, and horse supply store. The jigsaw from a discount mass merchandiser. For another week or month I save the work to do with the heavy duty though really still basic tools.

I counted the number of tools I used today, 8, just to find out what can and could be done. The path to a four hour workweek is laborious at first but should quickly get much better.

Now the hacksaw work and running back and forth to the tool store has tired me though I feel invigourated at the same time now that I have tried and failed maybe 40 times (I count every attempt around family, not the right tool, failed to shape, cut, grind, or fracture stone or shells) to get this project going. The dreamline awaits fulfillment. The vision is in sight.