Jan
30
2018
2

The new ‘Jack Ryan’ Superbowl ad.

I keep looking at this, and scratching my head.

It doesn’t look like it’s bad, exactly. The actor doesn’t not look like Jack Ryan, or at least he looks like what Jack Ryan could possibly look like.  I’m fine with that.

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Jan
05
2018
2

Amazon ends double-paywalled Anime Strike service.

It’s all Amazon Prime now. Come, I will conceal nothing from you: I watch very little anime.  My gaming group will occasionally watch some in lieu of a game if players can’t make a session, which is why I’m getting caught up again on Hayao Miyazaki. But I don’t have time to watch all the good stuff in that genre, either. However, I know that some of my readers would probably like to hear that they can now get Anime Strike’s library free with their Prime membership, so… there you go.

Dec
22
2017
4

Amazon Music to end third-party uploads of music by 2019.

Well, this is theoretically rather unfortunate.

One feature of Amazon Music allows users to upload their own MP3 files from other sources, but that service is shutting down over the next year or so. According to a help page on Amazon’s website, the company will end its Amazon Music Storage subscription service in January 2019. An official date hasn’t been released, but once the storage service ends, users won’t be able to play or download MP3s they previously uploaded.

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Dec
08
2017
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Reminder: if you’re doing last minute Amazon shopping…

…feel free to do it via this link. Or, you know, do it on other people’s sites. There are folks out there who rather badly need all the extra income that they can get.

Oct
18
2017
3

Apple e-books forced to make it rain for Amazon customers.

Well, at least make it drizzle a little: “On Wednesday, Amazon sent out another installment of payments relating to its “Apple eBooks Antitrust Settlement”—except this time, it was to settle related lawsuits brought by a group of state-level attorneys general.” I got a little bit less than eight and a half bucks, which I’m gathering is likely to be on the high side of things.  Still, it’s money in my pocket and almost enough to cover that new collection of science fiction short stories that just came out.  Who am I to argue with found money?

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Oct
01
2017
1

“Oh, the Ringworld is Unstable / But It Won’t Be Shown on Cable…*”

…Bezos optioned up this fable
And that’s good enough for me!

Gimme that old-time space opera
Gimme that old-time space opera
Gimme that old-time space opera
On Amazon TV. (more…)

Sep
18
2017
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The Jack Ryan series trailer for Amazon.

It’s an interesting technique that they’re using here; you can see what the theme of what Jack Ryan will be without Amazon saying a word. I’m also fascinated at the thought of a Tom Clancy movie that doesn’t jump through hoops to avoid admitting… ah, yes, never mind. Let’s just say that this appears to be accurate in a way that the The Sum of All Fears movie could not be.

 

Aug
24
2017
3

Amazon announces… changes… to Whole Foods.

Essentially: starting Monday, cheaper prices and steady integration into Amazon Prime and other services. Oh, and there’ll be a rollout of Amazon Lockers at Whole Foods. And whatever other bribes that Amazon can think of, I’m sure.

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Jul
12
2017
6

Whoa. The new live-action Tick… might not… suck?

Huh.  I’ve been, you know, assuming that it’s gonna suck, because let’s face it; it’s hard for our culture to do the Tick properly.  And yet; and, yet.  This is not a bad trailer. It promises a certain level of respect for the intellectual property.

The Tick will be released to Amazon Prime members on August 25th.

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Jul
10
2017
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7102017 Day today, Prime Day Tomorrow!

Today is kind of neat, in a palindrome kind of way: you can write today’s date (July 10, 2017) in numeric form so it’s the same, backwards and forwards (7102017).  Which means nothing in the greater scheme of things, of course.  But it’s still cool.

And tomorrow is Amazon’s Prime Day.  Well, actually today is Prime Day, annnnd there’s a code (PRIMEBOOKS17) for $5 off book purchases over $15.  It’s not five bucks per book, and it’s Amazon-only — but that’s still potentially worth contemplating, yes?

Jun
16
2017
15

More on that Amazon/Whole Foods thing.

It is apparently freaking the shttp://moelane.com/2017/06/16/more-on-that-ama…hole-foods-thing/upermarket industry out. More accurately, it’s freaking out investors. Fox Business:

Kroger shares slumped 11 percent, United Natural Foods Inc tumbled 17 percent, Sprouts Farmers Market Inc sank 11 percent. The S&P 500 food and staples retailing index was off 5 percent… Wal-Mart dropped 6 percent and Target Corp dropped 10.6 percent… [European] Supermarket chain Tesco Plc shed 2.9 percent and Carrefour dipped 2.6 percent.

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Jun
16
2017
1

Tweet of the WEEK, This Is How The Amazon/Whole Foods Thing Went Down edition.

Yes.  Yes, this is precisely what happened.  This is what always happened, if we have to rewrite the universe itself to make it true.

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