Sunday, March 29, 2009


I set up an Amazon Associates account because I realized the only lure to keep me blogging is the vague possibility of money. I don't expect anyone will actually buy anything through the links, but it gives me an excuse to keep better track of what I like. So here's a few more things I've liked lately. I encourage you all to buy crap through the links. I think I get a miniscule percentage even if you buy other crap through the links. Go!

First, I've been getting into John Huston's films. I'd never seen The Treasure of the Sierra Madre and loved it. Humphrey Bogart is dark and kind of dumb, brilliant, the best I've seen with him.

And that made me watch The Maltese Falcon again for the first time this decade. I don't think I ever appreciated it when I was younger. The dialogue was too fast and I couldn't see what the big deal was over some dumb bird. Now I see so much more. Amazing film, the godfather of all noir. Anyone seen the 1931 or 1936 versions?

The One Two Three of God

Pretty good audio from Ken Wilber, one of my favorite thinkers... not for beginners to his ideas though. A Theory of Everything remains the easiest place to start.

Tropic of Cancer

I finally read some Henry Miller. I didn't expect anything so non-traditional. Miller really is the proto-Beat.

The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World

Sort of a travel book as a guy goes around the world looking for happiness.

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Blogger John said...

True story: I sold over $200 worth of kids' toys through my old website once (apparently someone clicked a DVD link on my site, and continued browsing Amazon and decided to buy all this kids' junk, and because my associates' ID was attached to their browsing it tracked the sales under my account).

However, the majority of it was purchased through the "Marketplace," and apparently in the fine print they have a disclaimer about how marketplace only pays 5% commission. So I made like ten bucks.

I was so upset.

3:19 AM  
Blogger Cutup said...

Isn't normal commission only like 4-8%?

5:17 AM  
Blogger John said...

Maybe now it is (I don't use it anymore), but I think back then normal commission was 10 - 15%.

Goddamn economy! That damn Barack Obama!

11:51 AM  

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