Dec
29
2015
7

My traditional cheerfully mercenary post-Christmas reminder.

Did you get Amazon gift cards? Great. YOU SHOULD TOTALLY CLICK THROUGH HERE and spend them.  Heck, check out the Prime Video 30-Day Free Trial thing that they’re doing. I get extra this week for flogging that one.

…What?  Did the title not say ‘cheerfully mercenary?’ Besides, it’s not like I don’t have Amazon Prime (including video). The two-day free shipping alone pays for itself.

Dec
17
2015
2

Just a reminder: five days left to order from Amazon…

…and have it show up in time for Christmas.  And yes, I have absolutely no shame.  Or rather, I am not ashamed to rattle the Amazon tip jar, given that people need to buy all this stuff for Christmas anyway and I don’t mind catching some of the drippings.  After all, it doesn’t hurt my readers in the slightest.

Moe Lane

PS: Even if you’re just a lurker who dislikes me, you should keep in mind that somebody that you do like is probably rattling a tip jar right now.  And if he or she is on the Left, he or she is undoubtedly having to scramble for every dime, because the Online Left has a remarkable number of cheapskates. So  I guess that what I’m saying is, you should maybe give your ideological compatriots a Christmas present?  ‘Tis the season, and all that.

Oct
24
2015
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Hey, Episodes 1 and 2 of “The Man In The High Castle” are up!

The rest of the season shows up next month, but you can stream the first two now. Free if you have Amazon Prime, so… free for a lot of my readers, probably. I figure I’ll watch it tonight, once the kids are asleep.

Aug
27
2015
4

[Crude, unsubtle shilling here.]

I kind of needed that week off, but there’s no denying that it hurt my Amazon affiliating.  …Is that even really a proper word, in this context? I mean, it’s obviously a word, but I’m probably not using it correctly.

Anyway.  Buy stuff, will ya?  Don’t make me pull this hoary old chestnut out of the archives again:

lampoon

…Dear Lord. I’ve had this blog for over six years! Jeepers!

Aug
19
2015
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So, if you’re buying school supplies… [Shameless Amazon link-begging]

…like I just did – hoo, boy, this can get expensive. May I suggest that you jump on it now and get it all from Amazon? – Because I would really, really like to suggest that you jump on it now and get it all from Amazon.

Seriously. Do it now before you have to stare at insane shipping fees to get it all in time. I almost – almost – was too late myself.

Aug
17
2015
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Quote of the Day, I’ll Take ‘Better Communication Methods’ For $500, Alex edition.

Reason:

“Somewhere in the latter half of the eighties, it became much easier for weird bands to do band things: play shows, make records, go on tour. The hows and whys that had been so elusive just a few years earlier were now shared through surprisingly effective samizdat and word-of-mouth networks,” writes [Jon] Fine, a member of “resolutely non-famous bands” such as Bitch Magnet and Coptic Light.

What is “The first really portable cell phones showed up?”  And as Fine noted in that article (he’s written a book called Your Band Sucks: What I Saw at Indie Rock’s Failed Revolution (But Can No Longer Hear)), things are even better now.  And I must add: it’s always interesting to see who hates it when society makes it easier to buy or sell things. Interesting… and instructive.

Jul
13
2015
5

Politico, Amazon – and I guess the NYT, really – all help out Ted Cruz’s new book sales.

Come, I will conceal nothing from you: I have not read Ted Cruz’s A Time for Truth.  I generally do not buy partisan political books on my own, and I’m not on enough distribution lists to be routinely sent copies of the latest ones.  But this is looking worse and worse for the New York Times:

The New York Times’ refusal to put Ted Cruz’s memoir on its bestseller list is once again being called into question — this time by Amazon, the largest Internet retailer in the country.

On Sunday, an Amazon spokesperson told the On Media blog that the company’s sales data showed no evidence of unusual bulk purchase activity for the Texas senator’s memoir, casting further doubt on the Times’ claim that the book — “A Time For Truth” — had been omitted from its list because sales had been driven by “strategic bulk purchases.”

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Jun
05
2015
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The obligatory ‘Reminder that I am an Amazon affiliate’ post.

You may have noticed the new language on the sidebar. It seems that (H/T: Hot Air) the Federal Trade Commission has updated its disclosure suggestions; and since I am an active Amazon affiliate in Maryland I thought it best to put up a permanent notice.  Alas, I am not in a position where I have to disclose my links to the gaming, video game, or speculative fiction publishing industry, mostly because I don’t have any. Or, at least, any that involve them sending me free stuff.

But the day is young! …Well, OK, it’s almost evening.  But you know what I mean.

 

 

Apr
03
2015
4

Be blessed if I can figure out what to spend this $5 on Amazon on.

I could stand to buy something silly if not outright frivolous, I suspect. Any good suggestions for an Amazon.com five-buck bargain? …I’m not really interested in anything practical, unless it’s also ridiculously awesome.

Moe Lane

PS: You get to write lame-ass posts like this on your own. personal blog.  Besides, some of my readers may be looking for suggestions, too.

Mar
19
2015
7

First: Amazon drones. Next? …SKYWAYMEN!

I should blipping well copyright ‘skywaymen.’  It’s gonna be big in ten years or so:

The Federal Aviation Administration today issued an experimental airworthiness certificate to an Amazon Logistics, Inc. unmanned aircraft (UAS) design that the company will use for research and development and crew training. The FAA typically issues experimental certificates to manufacturers and technology developers to operate a UAS that does not have a type certificate.

…because somebody’s gonna start going after the delivery drones. I mean, it’s obvious, right?  Bunch of objects up in the sky with valuable stuff in them and no guards, eventually somebody’s going to turn air pirate in a big way.  Probably a bunch of somebodies, too. It could all get very buccaneer-y for a while.

Heck, in three centuries they might even romanticize the whole thing.

Mar
16
2015
4

My Watchdog.org piece on Colorado Amazon taxes is up.

You can find it here: it’s all about the exciting, gripping saga that is Direct Marketing Association v. the Colorado Department of Revenue.  …No, really. It’s at least mildly important, honest to God.

Jan
16
2015
4

Just watched the pilot for Amazon’s ‘Man In the High Castle.’

Short version: Hollywood seems to have this weird thing going where they adapt Philip K Dick stories into films and shows that are not bad, but also not really faithful adaptations, either. The Man in the High Castle seems to be in that vein, although the farther along it gets in the pilot the more stuff from Dick appears. It’s worth at least a look. (more…)

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