MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

Bill Me Later

May 18th, 2011 Viewed 1747 times
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Rachel sent me this e-mail some time ago:

I was looking online today at Amazon for a book and I noticed under the “promotions” box that Amazon now offers the Bill Me Later option for your purchases (which I think gives you 90 days to pay it back but I’m not sure; I’ll have to look at it some more).  The reason this caught my eye is because just Wednesday I saw the same thing on the Macmall website when I was ordering the new computer for the church.  I can’t believe that in this period of financial crisis and credit meltdown, companies are still trying to entice people to do the Bill Me Later option.  Anyway, I thought it would interest you since you’ve been doing so many posts on credit and its problems lately.

Amazon as Big Brother

July 29th, 2009 Viewed 2055 times

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In Ray Bradbury’s book, Fahrenheit 451, the society at the time has been out burning different books in an attempt to quash contrary ideas and exalt the trivial:

In Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury’s classic, frightening vision of the future, firemen don’t put out fires–they start them in order to burn books. Bradbury’s vividly painted society holds up the appearance of happiness as the highest goal–a place where trivial information is good, and knowledge and ideas are bad. Fire Captain Beatty explains it this way, “Give the people contests they win by remembering the words to more popular songs…. Don’t give them slippery stuff like philosophy or sociology to tie things up with. That way lies melancholy.”  [Amazon.com review]

When Amazon’s Kindle removed illegal copies of Orwell’s books (like “1984” and “Animal Farm”), many were likening it to Big Brother behavior found in “1984”.  I would liken it more to Fahrenheit 451.

Affiliates – Would You Like to Buy a Vowel?

January 31st, 2008 Viewed 4238 times

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It was not long after starting to make a little on blogging that I realized that I wasn’t going to be able to make an income on Google AdSense. If you look at my first few months of AdSense it was pathetic (especially considering you don’t get any money until you break $100, and I didn’t do that in my first six months).

It was long until I discovered that I could get a share of some of the cost of an item that people would either buy anyway, or buy because I suggested it. I mean, I was able to share with family and friends that they should get an HSBC savings account and they could save many times over their personal checking accounts. And hey, if HSBC will pay me for something that my family and friends will do anyway and it doesn’t cost them anything more, why not?

MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.