Just a brief note to say thanks to everyone who ordered a Panasonic GX1 from Amazon's "Deal of the Day" yesterday. It's always nice for me when Amazon has a photo-related daily deal—the site makes a chunk of extra money.
If you're curious, 1,848 people went to look at the Amazon page from TOP; 26 people ordered themelves tasty new GX1's (I resisted, but with difficulty—I love the design); 13 of those orders have been filled as of this morning, and TOP earned $205.40 from those sales.
And that's how we do it. So please, remember that you have to buy yourself a present every now and then through our links to keep this enterprise afloat. I know, it's a tough duty, but you've got to suck it up and treat yourself to something at least every now and then. You're not doing it for you, of course, you're doing it for TOP.
Note that even small things help, although of course bigger things help more.
Speaking of which, if you're looking for a present for yourself or someone you know, B&H Photo has some good deals right now on refurbished Nikon CoolPix cameras, as well as a nice deal on the CoolPix S9100 in black (above) and red. Cheap Nikon good.
Finally, the sometimes-hard-to-get Leica 25mm ƒ/1.4 Micro 4/3 lens is currently in stock at B&H. My task for the foreseeable future is to resist this.
First the Pencil, then the Book on the Bookshelf, then...
And if you happen to be looking for an interesting book, I notice that the wonderful Henry Petroski has a new book out: To Forgive Design: Understanding Failure. (Not everyone is reading Gone Girl.) "This book is a litany of failure," writes the Times, "including falling concrete in the Big Dig in Boston, the loss of the space shuttles Challenger and Columbia, the rupture of New Orleans levees, collapsing buildings in the Haitian earthquake, the Deepwater Horizon blowout, the sinking of the Titanic, the metal fatigue that doomed 1950s-era de Havilland Comet jets—and swaying, crumpling bridges from Britain to Cambodia." "'Success is success but that is all that it is,' Dr. Petroski writes. It is failure that brings improvement." Henry Petroski, if you haven't had the pleasure yet, is one of the most interesting nonfiction writers we have. I treated myself to this one, with a bit of the proceeds from yesterday's GX1 sales. Thanks again.
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Question from Janne: "Can we buy things you do not link to and still get you that kickback?"
Mike replies: Yes, as long as you go to either site (B&H or Amazon) from a TOP link, and then choose and buy your purchases in the same visit. If you put it in a cart and then go away, or buy something that was already in your cart, we no longer get credit.
And by the way, it works for non-photo stuff, too. Here are just a few things sold through TOP so far in July: a DVD of "Parks and Recreation" Season 4; an impeller for a Mercury/Mariner outboard motor; a bottle of fragrance-free sunscreen; an armored case for a Samsung cellphone; 15.4 lbs. of cat food; a Kindle Touch; and a copy of the video game Sniper Elite V2. (I get a report of what was sold, but not how purchases were grouped and no identification at all as to who the buyer was—that's to protect your privacy.)
Featured Comment by Søren Kristiansen: "OK, so just for you, Mike, definitely not to make myself happy, I ordered a Pentax 35mm ƒ/2.4 from Amazon UK. Enjoy! (I'm fairly convinced I will :-]) Regards, Søren From Denmark."
Mike replies: Now you've got the idea. It's not for you. You're only doing it to make me happy.
P.S. On the Pentax Mailing List years ago, they used to call me the "LPE." It stood for "lens purchase enabler." :-)