241 titles on 282 disks, just $4,995 (after discount).
It's the Criterion Collection Holiday 2004 Gift Set, exclusive from Amazon, all of the series' published DVD's through October*. One wonders who has the money for such a thing. (Not many -- current sales rank 26,154). Heck, for that kind of dough you can get one of these contraptions.
Or, alternatively, you could feed 72 third world children
for a year. Now, Criterion does great work, but as the comments point out, this supposedly complete collection does not include its out of print titles like John Woo's "The Killer" (current eBay bid: $148)
and, sadly, the beloved This is Spinal Tap (High bid: $61)
. (At least it's a good investment). So, subtract the ones I already own and love, like The Third Man
and some that are simply awful
you could probably save scads with some selective shopping. Sure, it would be satisfying to own so much great film, but I find more and more I have no use for re-watching movies, unless I am joined in my satellite of love
by some good companions. Anyway, happy consumer month!
posted by Slagman
on Dec 10, 2004 -
More on arithmetic in the Amazon
The 10/15 issue of Science has the official publication of Peter Gordon's work on numerical cognition among the Pirahã, and a companion article by Pierre Pica et al. on similar research among another Amazonian tribe, the Mundurukú. What with the U.S. election and the discovery of H. Floresiensis, this is not getting nearly as a much play as the pre-publication back in August of Peter Gordon's work.
Brian Butterworth has an piece
in the Guardian about both articles, and I've put some links, quotes and diagrams here
Compared to the reports on the Pirahã, the Mundurukú people, language, and experiments are all somewhat different, although the conclusions are broadly similar.
posted by myl
on Oct 31, 2004 -
Amazon's trying out "blogging"
in the form of "plogs" or
personalized logs. It appears to be the same content as your old amazon recommendations
, but served up in a blog post-style format, signed by the so very intimate sounding Amazon NewReleaseBot
. I can't wait until a giant like Coca Cola starts "blogs" (beverage logs) and announces new flavors complete with permalinks and weekly archives right on every can.
posted by mathowie
on Jun 2, 2004 -
compares prices at every Amazon store available, adding shipping costs to your country..
It's not just the usefulness of the tool (specially for those that live somewhere different than the US and are used to check every price at least at a couple of Amazon stores), but what it means for the global commerce and how the net helps to raise worldwide prices..
Do you buy at your local amazon? Or do you check prices everywhere? Amazon offers confidence to its users, once you buy there you don't try any other online bookseller, anywhere.. Is it going to be the bigger global bookstore, online or offline? Sure.. It's the beginning of the dot.com takeover!!!
posted by 12345
on Mar 8, 2004 -
Not exactly made for curling up in bed, big books
are an interesting twist in publishing. From Bhutan to Antartica and Sumo to Boxing, these are more likely to be the size of your coffee table than to be on it. They probably cost rather more, too.
posted by jacquilynne
on Jan 11, 2004 -
Authors and journalists take note. Junglescan
is a way to track the Amazon sales ranking of a book or product over time. One can follow the ranking of a novel, or CD, or you can collectively track the rise and fall of an idea, or group of items. Not everything is tracked only what it's asked to but for a free service that Amazon should/could provide it works well. See also Amazon Hacks
(via Kevin Kelly Cool Tools
posted by stbalbach
on Oct 17, 2003 -
Amazon as search engine.
Is it just me, or does every search on Amazon.com result in 90% results for discontinued items or stuff they don't bother to sell? I'm not very confident.
posted by troybob
on Sep 25, 2003 -
The "Goodie Box"
at Amazon is $9.99. It has a $10.00 rebate. No word on what's in it or when to expect it. Order it find out I guess, then send in your rebate
and get your money back. Any guesses? A Mystery box for $4 shipping cost is intriguing enough for me to try it. I have mine on order, anyone else?
posted by Dome-O-Rama
on Jun 26, 2003 -
was taken down for over an hour today after a rush of orders caused by apparently mis-pricing Compaq HP iPAQ H5450 Pocket PCs and HP iPAQ H1910 Pocket PCs at £23 GBP and £7 GBP
respectively (normally priced at over £200 GBP each)!! I know a few people who have ordered one or two ;) - Amazon is back up and running now but we're all a bit in the dark as to whether we'll get our cut-price goods or not. Logic and fair-play (and the Trades Description Act) dicatates that we should get our goods - but I wonder....
(see also here
at The Register
posted by andyHollister
on Mar 19, 2003 -
Visual Relationships at Amazon.com
- Here's an interesting visual implementation of the Amazon API. It's almost like flipping through books on the shelf. What's next? A 3D bookstore rendered on the Quake engine?
posted by Argyle
on Mar 3, 2003 -
I Wish, You Wish
Nifty site that scours wishlists (Amazon and others) of bloggers and puts them all in one convenient place, sorted by either birthday or alphabetically.
posted by davidmsc
on Jan 11, 2003 -
Previously mentioned here
, a year ago. "Got your own Web site? Got an Amazon wishlist? If the answer to both of these is yes, and you like the idea of giving and receiving, you should definitely sign up."
Well, it's that time of year again.
posted by crunchland
on Nov 15, 2002 -
You Shall Know Our Velocity,
but you shall not buy it from Amazon or other large booksellers. The new novel by Dave Eggers is out. The reviews have come in quite positively (Time
, SF Chronicle
, among others). The main topic of discussion, though, is not the quality
of the book, but the ego/stance/plan
of Dave Eggers to not publish and sell it more widely (only 10,000 copies on first run). Will Dave Eggers succeed at NOT being a major commercial success, or will it happen despite his best efforts?
posted by msacheson
on Oct 10, 2002 -
Use P2P? You might be unknowingly stealing money from one of your favorite websites. Add-on software that come with the programs divert commission money from affiliate sales
on popular websites like Amazon.com to the creators of the file sharing programs. Follow the link for instructions on how to uninstall the software. Yet another reason I use KaZaa Lite
. I've got to get those MST3K episodes
posted by Pinwiz
on Sep 28, 2002 -
"Plugs in the City"
My Spock like left eyebrow went up questioningly at the ease with which Charlotte York discreetly ordered her embarrassing book with 1-click® shopping.
She was going to buy it at the books store with Miranda, who had just come from a Weight Watchers®
meeting and was trying to resist the cravings for Krispy Kreme®
. Mmmm... original glazed is my favorite, too. While I enjoy the fact that HBO doesn't have commercials, I thought that is why I paid $20 a month. Some how I prefer real ads to this insidious crap
. It was creepy and also destroyed a lot of the immersion of the show for me. The whole episode seemed stilted and odd.
posted by McBain
on Aug 12, 2002 -
is project powered by amazon's SOAP API
, with a design and interaction reminiscent of Google's clean no-frills approach. Pretty cool and clean way to use the site (without annoying popups or gold box offers).
posted by mathowie
on Jul 17, 2002 -
Alexa, the internet depository that lead to things like the wayback machine
was acquired by Amazon some time ago. A new service, Alexa Web Search
joins the power of Alexa's archive with Amazon's proven interface and feature set with Google's killer-app level searching power. The results are fairly impressive
, adding a related sites layer that may actually help folks browsing the web (as opposed to direct searching). [via anil
posted by mathowie
on Apr 29, 2002 -
Obligatory FadeToBlack Unintentionally Funny Site Post #3
Collect them all while there's still flesh on the bones of this decomposing Equine!
Really though, Amazon can be so precious--check out the customer reviews: One day it just happened... I realized I was at a dead end. My job, my finances, my relationships - DEAD END. Surfing the net one evening, I was strangely drawn to this book on Amazon's site. Though the anal constriction theme was a bit odd, I thought, "Hey that goodbye depression thing is for me!" It suddenly came to me - what better way to pull myself out of a "dead end" than to liven my "end" up through this boot camp for the bootie?
Whew! Almost as good as the ones for The Ultimate Guide To Anal Sex For Women
, for example. No, I'm not
linking that one!
posted by y2karl
on Apr 23, 2002 -
Authors Guild seeks to stop Amazon from selling used books.
It's the analog version of RIAA vs. Napster!
"Amazon's practice does damage to the publishing industry, decreasing royalty payments to authors and profits to publishers. In time, as we pointed out to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos when it first began this practice over a year ago, the financial loss to the industry could affect the quality and diversity of literature made available through booksellers. If profits suffer, publishers will cut their investments in new works, and authors facing reduced advances and royalties will have to find other ways to earn income. "
Read Jeff Bezos' email to Amazon Associate Members
posted by Brilliantcrank
on Apr 18, 2002 -
According to Amazon,
Photoshop 7 is shipping on April 20. The list price is $149 (same as direct from Adobe), and they've got a $20 mail-in rebate
on Photoshop (and a bunch of other programs) until April 25. Plus, you can get free shipping if you select Super Saver Shipping. Can't wait...I just need this and Flash MX and I'll be all OS X, all the time.
posted by kirkaracha
on Apr 6, 2002 -
Amazon Easter Egg
--Click on "Directory of All Stores" near the bottom, then scroll down to the copyright notice at the bottom. Under the "1996" is an invisible link which will take you to the farewell page for one of their employees.
posted by faceonmars
on Feb 21, 2002 -