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3 January, 2004

Concert For George - And Irrational Pricing

Today I picked up a copy of Concert For George -- the George Harrison tribute concert DVD. Man, that's some awesome music. If you're a fan of George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Tom Petty, or Billy Preston, you've got to buy this DVD.

It comes with two discs. One is the complete concert, the other is the "theatrical" version -- an edited movie.

All in all, it's more than five hours worth of excellent entertainment with three separate sound tracks. Amazon is selling it for $20.99. Or, you can buy the two-disc CD for $19.99. Huh? How can that be? Only $1.00 less for a product that contains about 10% of the digital material in the DVD package?

This type of irrational pricing for entertainment media is becoming common. For example, Amazon sells Sade's Lover's Rock CD for $13.98. But they also sell a Lovers Rock / Lovers Live (CD & DVD) package for... $13.99. That's right. Pay a penny more and you also get a concert DVD.

Further proof that CDs are vastly over-priced.

Posted on 3 January, 2004

Joe Lieberman The Spammer?

And speaking of referrer log spam, Doc Searls notes that U.S. presidential candidate Joe Lieberman may be using this sleazy tactic to attract visitors to his site. (Doc's permalink doesn't work, so look for the item titled "Say it ain't Joe.")

And it looks like Joe (or whomever) is using a script from our good friends at StarProse -- which is quickly emerging as the king of referrer log spam.

It all makes sense, though. Joe Lieberman is a strong proponent of the worthless CAN-SPAM act. He says:

Our objective is not to strangle the Internet with government regulation or to ban spam outright. Rather, we simply set out to give individuals control of their own e-mail accounts and to address the cost-shifting problems wrought by the proliferation of spam. The CAN-SPAM Act would impose common-sense boundaries.

And StarProse points out:

Currently there are no laws to prevent this form of marketing. Even though the Can Spam Act of 2003 will help prevent unsolicited e-mail and keep adult products out of our inboxes, this law doesn't apply to referrer marketing.

And, of course, it's possible that Lieberman has nothing to do with this.

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Update: I just checked my referrer logs. I also got a referral from Joe Lieberman's site. Plus one from Al Sharpton's election site. We can draw any of three conclusions:

  • The candidates are actually responsible for the spam
  • Proponents of the candidates are responsible for the spam
  • Opponents of the candidates are responsible, and are trying to make the candidates look like spammers

Perhaps 2004 will be the year in which the spammers make referral logs useless -- just like what they've done with email.

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Another Update: Doc Searls updated his blog with this message from Michael Liddell, Director of Internet Strategy for the Joe Lieberman campaign:

I found your post a bit alarming since I have never heard of Star Prose nor do we have any desire to use misleading referrer information to drive traffic to our Web site. I am attempting to get in touch with Star Prose to get them to immediately cease using our URL and find out why they were using it to begin with.

There's also a discussion on Metafilter.

Posted on 3 January, 2004

UFO Gallery

Here's a nice UFO Gallery, with more than 130 photos. You can view them by year or by region.

The example shown here was taken in 1975 in Canada. It was actually an accident. The guy was taking a photo of the snowman, and it happened to show a UFO flying by.

(via The Cartoonist)

Posted on 3 January, 2004

Law Enforcement Targets

Now this is cool -- buy your own law enforcement targets.

And they are certainly reasonably priced. You can get 100 for only $57. Mix and match! And they'll beat any advertised price.

(via Love and the Happy Cynic)

Posted on 3 January, 2004

Recycled Links, Part 12

These links are from week #12 of the J-Walk Blog (one year ago). More good stuff that you may have overlooked.

Posted on 3 January, 2004

Watch TV Over The Net

At TV 4 All, you can watch hundreds of TV stations throughout the world. Pretty cool, if you don't mind postage stamp sized images.

Posted on 3 January, 2004

Walk On Water

What's a Water Ball?

It's a big transparent ball  (8ft. in diameter)... They are all made of a clear super transparent special material. The "Waterball" is easy to use, just blow it up , open up the zipper, the rider enters inside, close the zipper and re-inflate the "Waterball"  again to full capacity. And your off water walking!

Posted on 3 January, 2004

Nambers

If you know what a namber is, then you'll understand why this link takes you to Microsoft's Web site:

And you'll know why this link takes you to the J-Walk Blog:

By the way, this is just for fun. Don't rely on these URLs.

Posted on 3 January, 2004