I may be a fully employed professional computer geek, but there are some methods of quick money that I respect:
Prevalent on Vegas pedestrian skybridges, Water bottles from a cooler (especially on a hot day) are also effective outside of sporting events. The margins on this are pretty good because you can get a 24-pack of water bottles at Costco for about 7 bucks, and sell each bottle for a just a buck and you'll be severely undercutting the stadium prices. (Qwest Field used to allow sealed bottles of water into Sounders games.)
Who can resist homemade ethnic specialties, like tamales from a food truck? If it were me selling, I'd be peddling snickerdoodles and peanut blossoms.
It's a little over a month until PAX, so it's time to get ready! Here are my tips:
Prepare some food options outside of the convention center. There is nothing better for recharging your psychic batteries than getting away from the mobs.
You'll be doing a lot of standing in line and walking around at PAX. Comfy shoes alone won't do it; now's the time to build up your strength by doing extra standing and walking.
Print your Groupons or other deal-a-day type paperwork. It'll be much easier transform and roll out if you can just look through the list. (Bandwidth / cell service might be a bit crowded on the floor.) Consider also preparing a list of nearby happy hour options - you can save money by eating during off-hours.
Pack a few Sharpies for autographs. (Never loan out your last Sharpie.) You never know when you'll want an autograph, and the "celebrity" will never have a pen.
Clean all the goo off your DS, and replace its screen protector.
The husband and I again participated in the Seattle 48 Hour Film Project, where teams compete to write, film, edit and deliver a short film in just 48 hours. You can watch our short film "The Last Sup(p)er" here. The required elements were:
Stephen or Stephanie Dufour, a wedding planner
Dialogue: "When are you going to get it together?"
Prop: A paint can (regular or spray paint)
Because it only appeared for a few frames, you probably didn't get to appreciate all the detail on The Cardboard Robot's suit. Hopefully, the above image will help remedy that.
In honor of the last launch of a U.S.A. Space Shuttle, I present to you Space Shuttles in 3 forms:
This LEGO Space Shuttle is the only one of these that I've made. The set has over 1200 pieces, and took me about a week to build.
This crochet Space Shuttle is brilliant and cute. But if I had one, the cats would steal it for a cat toy.
This last Shuttle is made of glass, by Brandon Cupp at Seattle Glassblowing Studio. Though my picture doesn't do it justice, this is easily the most impressive version of the Shuttle. (Except the Shuttle in orbit right now, of course.)
Around this time each year, the husband likes to watch Jaws. When we do sit down to watch Bruce and the gang, I like to watch with an eye towards particular aspects of film-making. This year, I watched how the story mechanics (exposition, character introductions and plot delivery) were accomplished.
Morning, Mr. and Mrs. Brody in their bedroom: The audience learns that Brody is the chief of police, and moved to the island about nine months ago. They are outsiders on Amity.
Chrissy's severed arm, pictures in shark books, various other scenes: Sharks are scary.
Day, Brody in parade and general store: Brody's usual problems are small town problems. Amity is a tourist town, and the tourists are coming soon.
Day, Brody, the Mayor and others on the ferry: The Mayor is the pushy head honcho of the town.
Night, Denherder and Charlie on the docks: Sharks are scary, and humans have no idea what's going on underneath the surface of the water.
Day, Hooper introduction (and later the Tiger Shark) at the Harbor: Hooper is a shark expert, but he's out of place in Amity.
Day, Brody, Hooper and Quint in Quint's boathouse: Quint knows his sharks. Also, Quint is crazy.
That's all I've got for now. The script (supported by directing and acting, of course) gave the audience a ton of information about the setting and characters in a subtle and entertaining way.