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Check this out. One of my customers has it. Its a chair made out of bungee cords! Its pretty cool. And its really comfortable, but only if you sit right in the middle. It the edge and ouch!

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Granted, fast food is pretty gross even on a good day. But this is horrible. It's easily the worst Wendy's I've ever been to. The food is always extra nasty. Look at this chicken wrap thing I got. Its like they keep their food in their socks to keep it warm or something. And the Fries.... oh man they are super nasty. I've had way better Wendy's from the one in Burlington, and thats after letting the food sit in the bag the whole way home from Burlington to Stoneham. Yeah seriously. Plus they are only open till Midnight. This would frustrate me if their food was good. Oh well.

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Yeah. I don't think this is a joke? For $23, you can buy a small can of Uranium Ore on Amazon:
Uranium Ore

As if this isn't weird enough. Go to the bottom of the page and look through the items listed under "Customers Who Viewed This Item Also Viewed". Yeah wtf?

So anyway I'm trying to decide if I want to put Uranium Ore on my christmas list :-)

Uranium | +
Cancer | -

hmmm I'll have to think about it...

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I've been an Amazon affiliate for a while now. The way it works is pretty simple. People click through my special links to go to Amazon, they buy stuff, I get 4-7% commission on the sale. A pretty easy way to make some money.

Now I've been a member of many affiliate programs over the years. They're purpose, as well as I've always understood it, was to have me be a bit of a salesmen for them, and get them extra sales they otherwise would not have gotten. It's a simple process.

So I often use my own Amazon link to purchase things for work. Its nice cause I get that 4-6% kickback as an amazon affiliate, and amazon gets a sale it otherwise would not have gotten. I say that because if it wasn't for the Affiliate program, I'd most likely buy everything at NewEgg.com, which is much cheaper than Amazon anyway.

So anyway to the point of this. Here is how Amazon is ripping off us Affiliates. I recently bought several thousand dollars worth of software for a client of mine. My affiliate bonus on the purchases is $350. Nice. When I check my earnings reports, all the sales show right up. BUT when you check your payment history, every month shows a huge deduction from your earnings, labeled 'Personal Orders'. A sale is not a sale when it comes to Amazon. But they can't tell me in the earnings reports that I don't get paid on these items. Why? Because then we'd stop buying things from Amazon. So they hide the fact that they are not paying us deep in the payment history where few people ever look. We also don't get paid until 60 days after the end of each month, and most of us get direct deposit, so we don't even see checks. So we just trust that Amazon isn't ripping us off. Ooops.

So Amazon's official word on this is that their Affiliate program is NOT meant to increase sales, but rather to gain more customers. The idea is that once someone uses one of my links, they'll like Amazon so much, that the next time they want to buy something from them, they'll go to Amazon directly, and not bother clicking through my link. So I'm not giving them sales, by their messed up explanation, I'm giving them one time only leads. This is of course a gigantic load of crap. They are just ripping off money from the Affiliates, the people who made Amazon what they are today. We've promoted the hell out of Amazon for the last 10 years, and now the quietly take back hundreds of dollars of commissions each month that we rightfully deserve.

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Dear guy who cut me off today. Please kill yourself. If that doesn't work out, lets hope that you get run off the road, and you die in a horrible flaming explosion. Everyone has asshole moments for sure, but to cut ME off, and THEN give me the finger. Clearly you are the kind of worthless pathetic excuse for a human that is only going to make life worse for the rest of the humans on the planet. Boy do I wish I had written down your plate number, then I could have called the police and told them you threw a baby out your window on the highway. You didn't actually do this, but honestly, you probably have before so I wouldn't have felt bad about it. So in conclusion, happy holidays, and Go Fuck Yourself I Hope You Die.

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Here is the gigantic icicle that was dangling over my car. Thats gotta be easily the biggest icicle that has ever hung on this house. If that thing fell on me, or my car, that would have hurt! (or dented) So I knocked it down :-( The other side of the house has a huge one too, and that other one has the cable tv cable going right through it. So when it decides to fall, there will be no more TV. And internet. How super lame! Doesn't the cable company think of these things before they hang their wires!

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My Wii arrived! Yes, I got a Wii raincheck for christmas. But now I have a Wii. I only have two games, the Wii Sports and Wii Play games. But still, it's so much fun! Although the Tennis and Boxing on the Sports game are REALLY pissing me off. The friggin character switches sides with the tennis racket. You try to switch sides too and the switching makes you swing, then when the ball comes you're on the ground and miss. Its VERY annoying. And the boxing game is even worse. I throw punch after punch with the remote, and my guy just stands there like a retard. WTF. All the other games are really fun though. I'm very good at shooting in the Wii Play. I'm getting pretty good at baseball too but man the baseball really wears you out! This thing is so much fun! I need more games!

December 2007