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.”

(more…)

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…)

Dec
18
2014
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‘Twas the week before Christmas, so FINISH YOUR SHOPPING.

Amazon still has four days left for free two-day, so get on that. Link here.

It’s interesting, by the way, just how quickly this paradigm changes.  I’ve gotten used to the idea that, yeah, sure, when I wake up in the morning there’s going to be a bunch of Christmas presents out on the front porch because Amazon’s having a really busy month.  And I no longer feel even vaguely guilty that I’m skipping all that brick-and-mortar shopping.  I had to hit the Target a couple of times this week, and… hoo, brother, even weekday morning shopping is all nerve-jangling now.

[snip]

I almost wrote out Amazon is getting close to becoming a public utility, there.  Which should probably worry Amazon: when pundits start making that assumption, watch out. That kind of thinking is like a lure to the spirits of Creative Destruction. …But that’s going to happen before next Wednesday, so go finish your shopping.  Again: link here.

Dec
01
2014
6

Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day: Dragon Age Inquisition.

Because it’s Cyber Monday, and because I’ve been playing Dragon Age Inquisition since it came out and it’s been damned fun to play, so that 25% off is a good deal even if you do have to wait for the patch like I’m doing right now.  Reminder via Instapundit: and, remember.  If you’re buying stuff on Amazon this holiday season, make sure that you buy it via an affiliate link from your favorite site.  This goes for lurkers, too: even if you hate me there’s certainly somebody out there who you do like who could use the ad revenue. Every little bit helps.

Nov
16
2014
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I’d say, ‘Amazon buries the Hachette,’ but that’s not really what happened.

Interesting.

Hachette Book Group and Amazon have settled their dispute over terms and are returning to “normal trading” immediately and Hachette titles “will be prominently featured in promotions,” the two companies jointly announced yesterday.

The multi-year agreement for e-book and print sales in the U.S. takes effect early next year and leaves the agency model for e-book pricing intact. The companies said that “Hachette will have responsibility for setting consumer prices of its e-books, and will also benefit from better terms when it delivers lower prices for readers.” They also said that Hachette titles “will be prominently featured in promotions.” The phrasing resembles that of the recent agreement over terms between Amazon and Simon & Schuster.

Via AoSHQ: unlike OregonMuse, I do wonder who won. First take is that nobody’s entirely happy. But I figure that I’ll find out eventually.  Not like I own stock in either company (I am an Amazon Associate, of course).

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