Will it be a Volvo or a Mercedes Benz?

(Volvo has certainly have come a long since the times when it was known as just another large box shaped car – Picture source: forums.autoweek.com)
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I am in a dilemma now…should I buy a Volvo or a Mercedes Benz? Before you raise your eyebrows, don’t get me wrong, I have not won any lottery or inherited money from a long lost uncle. I am still driving the beat-up Proton Iswara and it is likely to driving the same beat up car for the next 5 years or so
No, no, it is not that. The Sports Toto Jackpot has been increasing for the last few weeks to RM6.60 million (as per the last count). In the event that I strike the big one (ya right!), it is almost 101% that I will be changing to a safer car (with a better technology). The question is which one. So, I called my friend who suppose to be an expert in cars (it was not Paul Tan), just to clear my “doubts”
Me: Macha, sorry to kacau you lah. Just need to ask you something on cars
Friend: No problem lah
Me: Which is better to buy – a Volvo or Mercedes Benz?
Friend: Who is asking?
Me: Me
Friend: Why? You strike lottery ah?
Me: Just tell me lah
Friend: Bloody hell, you won something didn’t you? When you going “belanja” me?
Me: Where got money? I did not win anything lah
Friend: Ya right! Anyway how come BMW is not in your list?
Me: * thinking – ya, why ah? *
Me: BMW maybe later lah, depending how much balance I have
Friend: Damn, I knew it! You won the jackpot ah? But how come the website still showing the $$?
Me: No lah, I am just checking in case I win something in future
Friend: You mean you did not win anything and yet call me when I am very busy to ask about cars that you cannot to buy?
Me: Ya *quieter tone*
Friend: Call me when you win something *slams down the phone*

Damn, I still not sure which car to buy now…BMW, Volvo or Mercedes Benz

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Blogging and Blogshares

(Want to “play” the “share market” without money or risk? My blog being traded in Blogshares – growth is a bit slow for now because I am out of “money” to buy more shares)
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These days I am hooked on playing Blogshares. BlogShares is a fantasy stock market for weblogs. Players get to invest a fictional $500 (keyword here is fictional), and blogs are valued by incoming links.

I registered myself for Blogshares sometime ago (registration is free) but did not really pay any real attention to it until couple weeks ago. The thing that got me interested was the question what is the value of my blog – in fictional sense of course.

In the last few weeks, this is what I have done:-

1. “Bought” back some of my own blog shares, owing 51% of my blog shares causing an increase of the share price from $1.88 per share to $2.80 per share (in the real world, the price would have fallen)

2. Saw my “investment” in sudhishkamath’s blog was a jackpot with share price going up from $17.30 per share to $79.69 per share. It was my biggest “profit” todate – enough to buy more “shares” of other blogs

3. As at the day’s closing, I had $54, 914.79 worth of shares in 20 blogs including mine (bought some potential new blogs, hoping to repeat the “sudhishkamath” success)

4. Slowly buying over some of the interesting blogs around (in real life) but no one paid any attention in Blogshares

All of the above done without using real money of course. I am in fact enjoying it because the trading is free of charge and it is interesting to have an uncontrolled speculation buying

However, Blogshares is not perfect (then again who is perfect in real world, right?). The blogs are valued by incoming links but these days most of us do not put up the link in our blog unless it is something that we consider as a “must”. 95% of the time, my favorite blogs is residing in my Feedreader. It makes more sense – it is easier to alert me of new blog entries, open the URL and save space on my blogspot.

At end of the day, I am not sure whether there is any real life lessons from Blogshares (I thought the same for Diablo 2) but being a game for free with the blogs actually growing in size, popularity and transactions, it should be interesting till it last.

So, have you checked the value of your blog’s shares recently?

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