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Making Money with Stock Photography and Skillshare Courses - Two Real Life Experiences

I'm a big advocate for earning a living online through various business opportunities that you can start with little to no up front capital. Two that I've often mentioned are stock photography sites and creating an online course.

Personally I haven't done either because I've gone down the Print on Demand, Blogging, and Selling Digital Products path of making money online, starting with next to no capital. Though I am planning an online course in the near future.

However, I recently came across two videos that dive into the detail of earning money through stock photography sites and creating online courses that I thought were really worth your time if either sounds like something you want to do.

Earning Money with Stock PhotographyRachel Lerch is a photographer who spent three years earning a living through taking photos for several stock photography sites. In this video she gives a very detailed run down of her business, and pretty much everything you need to know goi…

Movie Review: Men In Black International (2019) *Spoiler Free*

I wouldn't necessarily say I was a fan of the Men In Black franchise, I think I'm more a fan of the concept than its actual execution since the first film in the series.

The first movie was pretty great, two and three were okay but not particularly memorable. Which is about where Men In Black International sits with me too.

I went to see this movie almost entirely because I thought I'd get to see a lot more of Chris Hemsworth doing comedy and, of course, this movie reunites him with his Thor Ragnarok co-star Tessa Thompson.

Unfortunately as a comedy it's more action adventure with s sprinkling of jokes - not unlike a Marvel movie actually.

The idea of MIB being international is a welcome expansion of the organisation that could really play well in future sequels, if by some miracle they were to happen.

...and I guess it might, since this one happened. They just need to figure out a better story arc than stop the alien from getting the thing that makes it possible for …

Book Review: How to get a Billion Views on YouTube - The Braille Skateboarding Story

In How to Get a Billion Views on YouTube professional skateboarder, Aaron Kyro, gives you the Braille Skateboarding story in the form of a practical guide to growing a YouTube channel into a full time career.

An easy and quick read that never gets lost in too much detail. As a result, even if you're not growing a skateboarding channel, the content is still very relevant and not difficult to see how it transfers to whatever kind of channel you are trying to build.

I’m here to tell you ANY passion no matter what it is can make money.- Aaron Kyro
The book is more a step by step guide to starting, growing, and running a YouTube channel as a business. However where it differs from other books on the subject is that almost every piece of advice is related back to what Aaron and the Braille Skateboarding team did on their journey with actual examples of process and content.

The last third of the book is a much appreciated overview of YouTube's analytics simplified so you can clearly…

Weeding Robot Patrolling Your Home Just Waiting to Have Lasers Attached

Your iRoomba and Robot Lawn Mower have a new ally, Tertill (awww... cute, it sounds like 'turtle')... don't be fooled. This thing is a laser cannon in waiting.

"Tertill uses Bluetooth to talk to your smartphone" is one of the seemingly benign listed features of this robot.

Tertill's primary task is to roll around,  cutting weeds that easily fit underneath it and, when it bumps into something, it turns.Why does it need to talk to your smartphone?

Who is it planning to call? Is it waiting for a notification that the robot uprising is on and it needs to hustle?

I mean you may not think the robot uprising is going to start with your personal garden weeding robot but I tell you robots are slowly positioning themselves by stealth.

Just look at all the personal and domestic robots currently available from Robot Shop. They even have automatic self-cleaning litter box robots for cats (are robots collaborating with cats because they won the internet?).

It's like r…

The Skateboard Workout - Practising the Basics of Skating to Lose Weight

In my last skateboarding related post I wrote about swapping a skateboarding session into your weekly workout routine in order to allow you to designate actual time in your schedule to skateboarding.

For me it was working fine, giving me time to actually head out and skate my local skatepark when it wasn't busy but maybe you want to do more than just skate, and get an actual, measurable workout while skating.

Jordan O'Meara is an Australian skateboarder who came up with the skateboard workout, a routine that challenges you to complete all the basic tricks of flatground skateboarding ten times each, gaining 1 point each time you land a trick successfully. Much like doing repetitions at the gym this standardizes your skateboard routine and gives you measurable results on how well you're going with landing your tricks.

In the video below I run through Jordan's Skateboard Workout giving a shout out to some skateboarding YouTube channels as I go. As you'll see Jordan…

Australian Federal Election 2019 - More of the Same?

Incumbent Liberal Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, wins an election that for him was supposed to be unwinnable. That seems to have been a surprise to election commentators, and even went against many of the most respected polling organisation stats.

I must admit I don't follow Aussie politics as much since they installed a revolving door on the PM's office not long after 2007. Arguments over which person is likely to win at the next election are as shallow as the people who concern themselves with such things.

What gets me interested in politics is a leader who has a vision, can articulate it, and does the work to make it happen. Along the way they'll make sure you see the benefits of their work, so that maybe, just maybe, you'll vote them back in, so they can continue to do the work they believe in.

Based on Scott Morrison's acceptance speech, I got a sense of why he may have defied the odds. He's a very likeable, down to earth type of man. The kind of guy you…

Movie Review: Poms (2019) *Very Minor Spoilers*

I enjoy watching character driven movies, especially ones that feature stars that I've grown up with that are actually from my parent's generation more than mine.

Poms is one of those kind of movies. It stars Diane Keaton alongside iconic Australian actor, Jacki Weaver.

Promoted as an uplifting comedy about a group of female retirees who, despite several obstacles, form a cheerleading squad, the film also explores some more serious themes (albeit not very deeply).

Poms is a fine movie with some laugh out loud moments. The cast do their best with what little character development they are given, since the majority of the films focus is Diane's character, Martha, the driving force of the squad.

Overall I liked the film but the story is somewhat choppy with unearned character moments, and attitudes that seem a little outdated in a more socially aware era.

For example, in the beginning of the movie we meet Martha, who seems to have lead a very solitary life in her later years,…

Movie Review: Avengers: Endgame (2019) *Spoiler Section*

After eleven years of movies Marvel Studios continues to surprise me with Avengers: Endgame. No matter what I think might happen (and I'm rarely right) they always manage to unfold a story full of twists here and there that I would never have thought of.

Avengers: Endgame begins moments before the snap in Infinity War. As you would expect this movie is all about how the Avengers deal with the consequences and, ultimately, formulate a plan to reverse them.

At just over three hours long at no time did this movie drag for me. The first hour is probably the least action packed but there's so much story and so many characters that you're never in any scene long enough for it to wear thin. The story is pretty much moving forward all the time.

As well, it is interesting to see a post snap Earth, and to see what the Avengers have been doing for quite some time after.

If you enjoyed Infinity War then this is a very satisfying part two that you're going to end up wanting to wat…

Book Review: The Ultimate Key to Happiness - Robert Scheinfeld

I first came across Robert Scheinfeld in an interview with him on James Wedmore's Mind Your Business Podcast, Episode 192. That interview was focused on Robert's 5th book, The Ultimate Key to Happiness. If you follow the links on the podcast episode page you can actually download the ebook version of Robert's book completely free. Which is what I did.

I read the entire ebook but I felt I wasn't able to focus on it properly to really absorb the ideas it presents. So I bought a physical copy to read again.

The book is an interesting essay on how the mind works and how almost everything we do, we're doing because we want to be happy.

In the book Robert talks about various emotions, how the mind processes information and events based on a story we've been told about how we should react to it. Something he calls 'The Mind Machine'.

For example, if something makes you angry, it's very likely you're only angry because you've been told (and have le…

Movie Review: Shazam (2019) *Spoiler Free*

Way back in the day I used to watch the Shazam TV show, and I enjoyed it. I realize now it wasn't that good but to an under ten year old in the 1970's it was great.

I've never read a Shazam comic. Most of my knowledge of most comic book characters comes from those that had either animated or live action TV shows. I only mention that to highlight that I had no real expectations of what this movie might be.

The trailers suggested that Shazam was very much a comedy. That made it more interesting to me given the more serious tone of previous DC films.

What surprised me is, while it is very much is a comedy, it still fits in well with the tone and style of any of the DC films from Man of Steel (2013) onward. (Although it's never going to happen I think Zachary Levi's Shazam teamed up with Ben Affleck's Batman would make for an amazing movie).

Anyway, I digress. Shazam is the story of an orphan boy who is given the powers, and can transform into an actual superhero.…

'MacGyvering' the Millennium Falcon of Fitness Equipment

Back in February of 2014 I bought myself an Orbital walker to supplement my exercise, or lack of exercise, I was getting from 'walking' my dogs for an hour each day.

I say lack of because at the time both our dogs didn't really walk fast enough for me to break any kind of sweat, they kind of 'meandered', whilst window shopping smells and places to pee.

Fast forward to now and I've pretty much exercised on my walker five days a week, every week. My sessions started out at ten minutes and increased to forty minutes for the last three years.

Consequently this machine is starting to become the Millennium Falcon of exercise machines. As Han Solo said;

She may not look like much, but she's got it where it counts, kid. I've made a lot of special modifications myself.
Those 'special modifications' are ones I've made to hold this thing together rather than buy a replacement.

It's an AU$200.00 piece of equipment and, it's still good, except f…

12 Side Hustle Ideas You Won't Overthink and Can Start Right Now

Have you been thinking about starting a side hustle to earn a bit of extra money but haven't been able to make a start because of everything you don't know about running your side hustle yet, or because of other things you think you have to do first?

If this is you then chances are, what you're really doing is making excuses not to start. I can't start anything new until I cross a few more things off my to do list. Sound familiar?

I'm too busy to start my side hustle and don't have the time to work on it just now.
One reason you may be stalling is a perceived notion that your side hustle is actually too complicated, and is going to require a lot of research and education before you're even ready to make your first dollar.

Here are some side hustles you can start in the next hour or two for low or even no cost. You don't need to know the ins and outs of everything you just need to start, everything else is 'on the job' training. It doesn't m…

Movie Review: Spider-Man - Into the Spider-verse (2018) *No Spoilers*

I didn't go see Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse in theatres because a) Sony, and b) Animated movie... and if there's a c) Sony + Spider-man.

Then I started hearing all this word of mouth that this movie is really good so I thought, 'yeah, still not going, I'll wait for the home release'.

Then it won all these awards including an Oscar for Best Animated Feature... so I guess this movie must be good...right?

I rarely see animated features in the cinema because I have little faith in them to deliver enough entertainment at an adult level. Especially movies like Into the Spider-verse which you know is skewing for a younger demographic (as all Spider-man films in general do due to the popularity of the character with kids).

Having bought this movie on DVD (which is why I'm reviewing it now) I don't regret not having seen it in theatres, even though it would have looked amazing on a big screen.

The animation style is what really makes this film stand out. If I…

Finding Time to Skate - Swap a Skateboard Session into Your Weekly Workout Routine

A common problem among skaters dealing with work/life commitments (typically older skaters with families, careers, or both) is finding the time to actually spend on a skateboard. In fact, life in general getting in the way of skateboarding, is what often leads so many to drop out of the sport, only to rediscover it later, once everything else starts to even out.

I'm certainly in that category. Never really giving skateboarding away altogether but only using a skateboard to get from A to B, when I didn't have a vehicle, for many years. In the last couple of years I've been trying to get back into the sport properly, i.e. building up my trick list and skating for fun and not just to get from A to B.

The problem is I have so many interests, projects, paid work, and more, that I would often leave skateboarding to the end of my day. Kind of as something to look forward to. Except I wouldn't be that motivated to really improve because my mind would be fried from everything …

Skateboard Art: Business Skeleton Skateboarder - Sketch to Merchandise

I've gotten quite behind with posting about my own art projects and skateboarding adventures so I thought I'd begin to remedy that with this one post that allows me to feature four of my related videos.

About midway through 2018 I posted a video to my TETLife Youtube channel where I randomly sketched a couple of characters. One was a skeleton wearing circle specs and a business suit which was inspired by my own avatar TET character.

That video is below.



I got a comment on the video that drawing the skeleton with a skateboard would be a 'winner'. I agreed and decided to see what that would look like. Specifically I set out to make a design that would look good as a skateboard graphic as well as being printed onto other merch, posting the video below of my process.



There was too much footage for one installment so I split the video into two parts. For the second part I donned my TET avatar grey business suit (to match the skeleton design) and tried to do a bit of skatin…

Movie Review: Captain Marvel (2019) *Spoiler Free*

Captain Marvel is a return for the MCU to the origin story. As such, I've seen a few people say this feels more like a phase 1 film than a second to last film in a string of movies spanning ten years.

From my point of view that's not a bad thing. It's not sustainable to try and make every movie bigger than the last when you have infinite stories to tell.

With that said, this is quite an origin story, that features characters both new and old, with the old characters playing younger versions of themselves, given the film is set in the 1990s - before anyone had even heard of The Avengers.

The movie follows Carol Danvers (Brie Larson), a former military pilot, as she attempts to unravel her past in order to realize her full potential as the MCU's most powerful superhero. Along the way the Earth is caught in a war between two alien races.

If you follow the MCU at all you'll be aware of the controversy surrounding this character. A certain subsection of fans are struggl…

Robot Uprising Update: Seamless Mobility Combines Autonomous Shuttles and Delivery Robots (No Lasers Attached - Yet!)

Continental’s Vision: Seamless Mobility Combines Autonomous Shuttles and Delivery Robots is a title that appears innocent enough on Continental's press release for CES 2019 (that was held in January) but on closer inspection they're clearly advancing the imminent robot uprising.

On the surface Continental are developing an urban robot delivery service where by teams of dog-like robots are transported to specific locations by driverless cars (known as CUbEs) to deliver packages directly to your door... and your neighbour's door, and that other place not far from you... you get it, we're talking lots of robots being transported to specific locations.

I've written before about how robots are slowly moving from patrolling our homes to keeping tabs on us outdoors, in the streets, and even from the air.

This was all happening in an ad hoc way, with many companies producing different robots to serve different purposes, that could all one day be coordinated by a rogue Roo…

Movie Review: Stan and Ollie (2019) *Spoiler Free*

Although I'm very familiar with Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy as comedic entertainers I didn't really know much about this movie going in, having only seen a brief TV spot for the film the day before.

Personally I expected Stan and Ollie to be much more of a biopic focussing on their rise to success but the film completely sails by almost their entire career very quickly, settling in on their final tour of the United Kingdom with a run of live theatre performances.

At that point the duo had come out of retirement and were trying to raise money for a new Laurel and Hardy film. As you would expect, things don't go quite as smoothly as hoped. Past grievances, and the challenges of regaining momentum after being retired provide for interesting drama.

Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly are spot on in the title roles, recreating classic comedic moments with understated performances and rounding out the two personalities in their daily lives.

I will say I was expecting to see much m…

Movie Review: The Death of Superman (2018 Animated Feature) *Spoilers*

From time to time I keep checking in on WB Animation to see what they're doing with their DC Superheroes, so, when I saw The Death of Superman appear on Netflix my first thought was... didn't they do this already?

2007's animated feature, Superman/Doomsday is based on the same Death of Superman comic and, while the two movies are not exactly the same story, they are very similar.

The main difference may be that Superman/Doomsday tells almost the complete story arc of the comic series it's based upon whereas this new feature continues the story in a sequel animated movie, Reign of the Supermen (which I haven't seen).

I've said before, I don't read comics, but I know enough that The Death of Superman graphic novel is meant to be one of the all time great Superman stories.

I don't know how faithful an adaptation this film is? Hopefully not close because it's terrible.

In this movie we have a Superman who is well into his Justice League years but seemi…

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