Tuesday, November 20, 2012
In his book “The Upside of Irrationality: The Unexpected Benefits of Defying Logic”, Dan Ariely tells about the “IKEA Effect” as “the increase in valuation of self-made products. Participants saw their amateurish creations – of both utilitarian and hedonic products – as similar in value to the creations of experts, and expected others to share their opinions”
It is the last part of the definition I’d like to talk about. “and expect others to share their opinions”.
We all love what we make and find ourselves baffled by our surroundings lack of interest or in other words WHY DOESN’T EVERYBODY SEE I'M THE BEST THING SINCE SLICED BREAD!!!!?????
You know the feeling when you post a picture of the omelet you made on Facebook, a tree in autumn on Instagram, had the cleverest insight on Twitter or wrote the best blog post ever, you press “send” and wait… and wait… and then your mom really “likes” it. How come our mind makes us feel whatever we make is god’s gift to men?
|Really thought the Vatican would buy it.|
If you read some of my posts you noticed I too sin in the DIY here and there and more than once I found myself posting something I thought was genius but didn’t get the traction I expected. Or giving a handmade gift only to realize no one uses it. It is devastating.
Is the problem with me or the rest of the world? Of course the rest of the world suck and wouldn’t know the next Da-Vinci if he drops on his head but I must realize there is a slim chance I'm not the hot potato I imagine myself to be. And that goes to the rest of you.
Well.. this post is not about getting too much into details. For that you’ll have to read the book. All I'm saying is you must recognize at some point no one attaches the same value you do to your “Paris-London” FB album although it looks like you’re holding the Eiffel Tower with your finger.
The sooner you’ll realize that the sooner you’re therapy costs will drop.
FYI, people who spend their lives thinking they are good as they think and expect everybody around them to feel the same are called “Drama Queens” or Douchbags artists.
Posted by The Regular Joe at 11:27 AM
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
When I was 10 or so I’ve worked the whole summer as a delivery boy for the local shop. I wanted to save 150$ so I can buy the brand new SEGA MegaDrive (16 bit).
I had it all. The Atari, the first MegaDrive, the first Nintendo…
By the time the X-box and PlayStation were introduced I have long abandoned my passion for gaming. It just got so complicated and frustrating to follow.
So imagine my happiness when I found these games FOR SALE at my local store. I can’t really put my finger to which console they match but it is good to know some things last.
|All pics taken with Camera+|
BTW I still have a working 16-bit MegaDrive ready for use although my mom wants to throw it out.
I just have nowhere to plug it to.
Posted by The Regular Joe at 2:51 PM
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
I’ll always remember the month I spent travelling the Australian Gold Coast as one of the greatest in my life. Some friends and I rented a place in Byron Bay, surfed every day surrounded by easy going people and always had the fridge stacked with bacon and fruits.
Winner Winner Chicken Dinner
One of the major concerns on the average backpacker’s mind is food. Especially if you’re a big guy who’s used eating around six meals per day. The local supermarket (HomeBrand I think it was called) had this great thing where after 21:00pm they would sell grilled chicken for half price. No need to tell you I was starting to look like a grilled something by the time I left.
This was in the beginning of 2004 when I was just a stupid kid (later became a stupid adult) without any professional education or real understanding of the market forces. But this grilled chicken thing will follow me every time I’ll walk into any grocery store.
Stop Playing With Your Food
I hate waste, especially when it comes to food. My father in his endless wisdom always said food was for eating and was appalled by the concept of “food fight” or any other use of food other but eating it.
The first thing my Economics professor taught me was how prices are determined by supply and demand. In other words, people will present a certain demand for a product at any given price. Since then I can’t help to think about that Aussie grilled chicken every time I go out to buy some milk.
How come a box of milk with an expiration date due in a week cost the same as milk which expires in another two weeks?
Basically they are not the same product. The value each milk box brings me is different. One has double the value of the other. The demand for week old milk is far lower than the demand for fresh milk but still they both cost the same. Does that sound right to you?
My suggestion is simple; once a dairy, meat, Vegetable or any expire-able product is close to the end of its shelf life, just cut the prices accordingly and trust me – it will be sold.
Once the price drops -> demand goes up. Especially for such basic goods. Simple as that.
Posted by The Regular Joe at 3:46 PM