OK, I’m trying to work out a formula to calculate what a year’s expenses for me in Denmark would be. However, not all the numbers I have fit neatly into “one year” chunks.

the exact values aren’t so important now, but if it helps: https://wannabeakp.wordpress.com/budget/

Start-off costs (things that only happen once, at the beginning): Entrance Fees, Student Visa, Mac Laptop, Airfare, Train, Travel Insurance, Health Insurance
Monthly costs: School Fee (per month, but only for 10 months), Living Costs (per month, for 12 months)
Could happen anytime within the year: Books & Materials (for the year)

Monthly costs: School Fee (per month, but only for 10 months), Living Costs (per month, for 12 months)
Could happen anytime within the year: Books & Materials (for the year)

Monthly costs: School Fee (per month, but only for 10 months), Living Costs (per month, for 12 months)
Could happen anytime within the year: Books & Materials (for the year)

(travel doesn’t figure in Year 2/3 because the assumption is that I stay in Denmark for the whole 3 years. There is a sem-long Outpost overseas in Year 2, so cost of supplies may be higher, but KP covers the travel. If I go back home or go elsewhere in those 2 years, that’s on my own dime.)

How can I calculate a good monthly (or at least small) figure out of all that info? I figured that people would be more likely to sponsor a month than a year or 3 years in a chunk. How do I organize this?

  1. Participated in a model shoot, which involved dressing up in swimwear and then having closeups of your body hair taken (note to self: only do such shoots with photographers you know and trust because they are less likely to treat you as an object – and less likely to keep brushing your body hair.)
  2. Bought a box of chocolate milk just to enter a competition to win “a year off” ($52,000)

This could be a funny documentary, if I could stand the skeeze.

Seems that I am stirring up drama amongst zinesters just because I suggested selling my zine collection as a fundraising idea.

Apparently the idea of profiting is totally against everything the zine community stands for – zinesters don’t make money, therefore no one else should.

I see where they’re coming from – making zines is about self-expression, not quick bucks. It’s not meant to be cold. However, I feel that I am being unfairly lumped in with the “cold, heartless corporates”. This is an educational fundraiser.

I’m not looking to make huge gobs of money. I’m not trying to put a ridiculous markup, selling a zine for 3x more than it cost me. All I was thinking of was selling it for cost price + postage. Review the zines, telling them why I like them, then sell them to interested readers. Like a second-hand distro.

Is that so wrong? I’m just recouping my costs, transferring that money onto my KaosPilot venture? Is there something inherently wrong with money? It’s like “profit” is the curse of the devil. That the idea of supporting yourself through DIY is somehow abhorrent. That you must be in poverty for your craft.

What a strange idea. No wonder many in the older generation abhor their youngins to go into the arts. With attitudes like that, how are artisans expected to support themselves?

Even non-profits have to turn a profit in in some way – if they keep losing money, they can’t
continue to do the good work they do. The main distinction between for-profit companies and non-profits is that the profit goes back into the venture – but some for-profits work like that too. And obviously people in non-profits earn a living. Then you have social enterprise, which falls into a weird gray area because it’s for-profit but works in traditionally non-profit sectors. What would they be?

There’s a lot of talk about how this particular idea of mine is somehow against zine community ethics. What do they mean by “the zine community”? I buy and read zines, I support them, but I haven’t found a sense of community with anyone. (I could go off on a rant about how it seems to be very insular but that’s a different story.) What are these unspoken rules? Who decides what the rules are? Why are they the way they are? What happens if you break the rules?

I’ve heard of zinesters who refuse to sell their zines to people who’ve sold zine grab bags on eBay. How is that such a crime? The seller gets to recoup their costs, the buyer gets a whole pile of zines to read, the zinesters reach out to new readers that may be too intimidated by the “zine community” or just don’t know what the process is. Everyone benefits. Is it because the original zinester doesn’t get the profit? Well, where’s the argument against used books or used CDs? Isn’t this a bit too similar to RIAA’s argument that music sharing is somehow “bad” for the artists – when it’s been shown that music sharing helps promotes bands and increases exposure? The ironic this is that many zinesters would be against the approaches of orgs like the RIAA – yet they’re taking the same arguments for themselves.

Where do you draw the line? What is profit? Is there good profit and bad profit? Is it possible to be self-sustainable in DIY, the arts, community work?

On applications: Am starting work on my video via Windows Movie Maker, but it seems so amateurish. Am reconsidering just filming the damn thing. Argh, I don’t know. I wish the KaosPilots picked some other option for the creative assignment; one that didn’t depend on a particular medium. And with less strange restrictions such as “non verbal questions” and “black background”. I know that’s part of the challenge, to work within restrictions, but with limited time, talent, and resources, I’m not sure it’s the best way to show your capabilities.

When I first came to Brisbane to study, I spent one and a half years living in International House, a UQ-owned residential college (dorms to all you Americans) geared towards international students. (Aside: as I went to look at the link, I found that they’ve opened a position for part-time cross cultural programme director. HELLO POTENTIAL JOB.)

They would be a GREAT source of help for fundraising (or at least getting some attention). They are connected to Rotary, which is already promising (Mark’s gotten the Denmark Rotary clubs interested!). There’s the vast network of students, and many years worth of alumni (it would be funny if any of them ended up being a KaosPilot!). And of course, with people comes money.

Here are some ideas I would like to try with the IH crowd:

  • Parties. IHers love parties. They’d pay for a party that didn’t even go to a good cause. Of course, my party has to be a good draw, and Phil & Harry have to be enthused enough to promote it on my behalf.
  • Selling candy, chocolate, or flowers. I’m a bit burnt out after fundraising for Bandfest – I never want to look at another Cadbury bar again! (Tip for all aspiring Cadbury fundraisers: get the cheap $1 stuff. They sell and taste better. Don’t bother with the $2 bars, they aren’t even that nice. Only $2 thing worth selling are the Chupa Chups because you can sell them individually.)

    That said, candy/lollies go over REALLY well with uni students. I could buy some in bulk, package them, and sell them in small packets for like $1.50 or $2. If I get a big pack of Haribo, that’d be great because that’s actually Danish. Small chocs work too.

    My secondary school used to have “Dedications”, where you’d buy a flower/chocolate/etc for someone else and the club in charge would deliver the dedications for you. They were a HIT and every organized club & society in the school’s history had at least one dedication drive. I could do similar with IH – just give me the name & room, and I’ll package and deliver.

  • Mi goreng. For some reason, Australian uni students have an OBSESSION with mi goreng. Not even the freshly-made noodles with veges and eggs. No, they go for the instant ones – Indomee, Maggi, 2-min noodles, whatever’s your poison. Boil the noodles, mash the seasonings in a plate, mix and serve. Mi goreng is the IH Shop’s star seller.

    I could do Hot Mi Goreng Deliveries – cook them (properly!!!), pack them in Tupperware, and deliver. I could make this a late-night-snack thing (for when IH dinner isn’t substantial enough). Of course, this would mean having to cook a LOT of mi goreng, which means I could only do this one night a week (Tuesdays and weekends are my best bet). And I would either have to cook this in IH (there are a lot of kitchens so this isn’t a problem – I can bring my equipment) or find someone with a car. The smell of Mi Goreng wafting out of a common room might spur on more sales though!

  • Coffee, tea, hot chocolate! I was addicted to the hot choc from the machines in the IH kitchen – I actually protested when the rest of the Food Committee (of which I was a member) proposed bringing the amount of hot choc down. I NEED MY MORNING FIX. That said, the quality isn’t all that great. The coffee’s cheap, which means it’s blah.

    If I had any barista skills (or if I can ninja my barista friends) I could make hot drinks to sell in the evenings/weekends, or maybe cold drinks (hehe, the childhood image of lemonade stands!) during the summer. I can make decent hot chocolate and tea, and I can practice my teh tarik skills. A drink for a gold coin, perhaps! The only problem I see with this (besides logistics) is that the Red Frogs Crew do late-night free coffee & chocolate during SwotVac as a signature thing, so I might be overstepping on their territory – but by the time SwotVac rolls around I’d be done 😉

  • Naked Lady Party. The idea is that all the attendees (usually women) bring their unwanted clothes & accessories, and everyone swaps stuff. It’s a great way to get new clothes for free, get rid of your old stuff in an eco-friendly way, and make new friends. This doesn’t need International House to survive, but it would give me access to about 120 women to start with, as well as access to the Ivor Cribb Hall, which can make a great venue. Any clothes left unclaimed would be sold off to raise funds. That last bit may discourage people from going (after all, if the clothes can still make money, why let someone else make it?) but it’s a good way to ask for donations without any money actually exchanging hands.

Speaking of selling things online – I hear eBay’s putting in harsh new guidelines for sellers, which may be an issue if I plan to sell there. Is Oztions good? Any other suggestions for auction/ecommerce sites? This would largely be clothes, accessories, books, and random miscellania.

This Brickfish campaign gives me about $100 (or $1000?) of scholarship money if I win. Not bad just for a baby photo. Vote for me!

Vote for me and my pic on Brickfish!

I would have included the voting widget here, but WP.Com hates anything Flash or Javascript. Bummer.

I’ve updated the budget to include the 750kr admissions workshop fee set by the KaosPilots. In Ringgit it sure looks expensive.

I’ve contacted a lot of people about my venture in the past couple of hours. One was the Co-existing Civilizations initiative, which aims to connect Denmark and the Muslim world together. I thought this was something I could get involved in, so I asked them for advice. Unfortunately they too were hit by funding trouble; because of lack of funding, they have stopped activities for the time being.

It’s terrible when important initiatives such as these get shut down due to lack of money (a lot of Australian arts organizations were affected recently when Arts Queensland decided not to fund them anymore) while completely useless and harmful industries manage to flourish. Where are our priorities?

I participated in Mix.FM’s Game On the past weekend to get a shot at RM20,000, which would be a big help in my KaosPilot venture. Unfortunately I didn’t make it, but I did win RM300. Problem is, getting that RM300 required opening a CIMB Bank account…which costs RM250. Feh.

My postage for the 4 letters to Denmark was RM18. Yikes! I might just send the letters bound for Malaysia while I’m here, and send the rest as soon as I’m back in Australia. I can prepare them here and then just place postage as soon as I arrive.

The KaosPilots have sent me a very intriguing teaser:


Apparently it’s one of three. Hmm, I wonder what the other two could be…

One week till the applications are open! Meep!