- A copy of the movie "Jaws" on Blu-Ray;
- Energizer watch batteries;
- An oven thermometer;
- A bottle of "Contradiction by Calvin Klein" perfume.
The experiment inadvertently demonstrated two interesting things. First of all* when I wrote the first draft of this piece, that drill I linked was the hottest selling thing on Amazon, but it cost $98. By the time the piece was posted, the price had gone back up to a hundred and a half. Oops!
Also, two years ago we would have sold a drill and a yardage thingy. These days, more and more people are creating websites just to sell things via links, which means there's a lot more competition for your sales links, which means TOP is getting less than the share it used to get.
This is one reason why I need to be nimble and begin switching over to the print sales as a model of keeping the site going. Which is why I need more room, which is why I need a new office, which is why I have to look at new houses. It's all interconnected....
Anyway, I think you get how this works. By the bye, I know I didn't have to explain all that yesterday. But I like keeping things open, and besides, I think it's interesting.
2. I know this is OT, but this is so interesting I have to mention it. I went and looked at that house down the street that has all the office space. It was a custom design, built in the 1950s by a locally famous car dealer. So, you know how older car dealerships often have the showroom up front, and a row of offices in back? And each office has a window that overlooks the showroom floor. And often the doors to some of the offices are off a little inset atrium area.
Well, the car dealer built his basement as a mirror of a car dealership! There's one big, long room, then a little inset atrium with doors leading to smaller offices on either side, and the offices have windows in them that look out to the larger interior space (I took pictures, but I really can't show them because it would be an invasion of the current occupant's privacy. Here's a professional rendering by TOP's resident expert graphic artist:
(Sorry; we recently fired our entire graphics staff in a Pyrrhic cost-cutting move.)
Anyway, it made the laugh. The car dealer built a little mini car dealership in his basement! Either he liked the way the arrangement worked, or it reminded him of his dealership, which was probably his pride and joy, not to mention what paid his bills.
It would be a perfect arrangement for a work-at-home parent who has to supervise small children while working, not to mention ideal for an Internet Tycoon supervising minions. George Tice had a similar arrangement when his children were small—his darkroom was next to their playroom, and he built a large window covered with rubylith between the two rooms so he could keep an eye on the kids while he printed.
3. I took Ctein at his word yesterday, and am not going to try to guess why he thinks Photoshop CC is a good thing. Meanwhile, anybody use GIMP? I've never even seen it, but I notice that Rocky Nook, whose books I generally like, has a new book out about it (the link is to the Kindle version; there's also a dead trees stack o' paper version). All I know about Linux is that he was the little dude with the blankie from Charlie Brown. Speaking of which, I think I have too strong an infantile attachment fixation on ACR to ever do without it; but who knows. I've been known to change in the past. If rarely.
4. Luddite agitators continue to militate pointlessly in Chicago. (Romenesko is following this, in case you want to too.) Meanwhile, one ultraconservative talk show host has given his take on the issue. Does that guy know he's funny?
(Thanks to Tom Kwas)
*Latest pet peeve: "first off." Like fingernails on the blackboard x 3. Speak English! Just leave the "off" OFF!
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Martin: "Hey, I bought the drill! (Along with some bits, tools, and AA batteries.) Curious that it hasn't shown up. Maybe another reader actually did buy a GPS thingy, and then you can claim victory."
Mike replies: I'll check the reports again tomorrow and post another update. Snatching victory from the jaws of defeat wouldn't be the usual order for me, but I'm game to try.
Nathan deGargoyle: "You can mark me as a +1 for GIMP. Apart from a brief flirtation with Elements, Gimp with UFRAW are all I have ever used, although I may be biased. I actually got into photography via GIMP rather than vice versa. I started playing with image manipulation about seven years ago, generally using found images on the Web. An acquaintance suggested looking at the Mathmap group on Flickr and particularly the Escher-Droste images. I got so hooked that I started taking pictures with a cheap point-and-shoot so that I would have appropriate images to manipulate. Soon I found that the photography was more interesting than the manipulation, and the rest is history. Be that as it may, I can heartily recommend GIMP to anyone fleeing the ravening clutches of Photo$haft."
Andreas Plath: "I've used GIMP since the very first release and I can tell you that it is a fine piece of software but not quite there for serious photography work. The main reason for that is that it currently only supports 8-bit color image processing. Support for higher bit-depth is on the roadmap, but GIMP is developed by a small team of generous people in their spare time, so don't hold your breath. Development cycles are known to be very long. I currently use Picture Window Pro for my photography work and I find it quite up to the task."
Mike replies: I believe PWP is Elbonian, no? I speak only Mac.