Whenever I found myself impatient and waiting in line, it was usually at Treasure Island. And each time, I’d think about how grossly inefficient grocery store lines were, and how tedious the manual checkout process was. And how I longed for someone like Amazon to swoop in and change things up.
I was out getting some coffee along 53rd, when I heard some really loud music blaring nearby. At first, I thought it was coming from someone’s car… but then realized it came from around the corner, from a truck that was parked along Harper Court.
I’ve been wanting to do more reading lately, and so I pulled the trigger and got myself a Kindle Paperwhite (note: referral link). I’ve been eye-ing one for a while (and I really do mean a while), and the start of the year felt like a good time.
And of course, the pessimist in me is now thinking it’s just a matter of time before thieves switch from stealing packages of porches… to shooting down drones from the sky. Because hey: free stuff in the air. And also: free drone!
Whenever we’re at the grocery store, I would oftentimes mention to Liz how inefficient the checkout lines were. I mean – there we are, standing there clutching our food, waiting for someone to manually scan each and every item.
I found out last week that the Amazon Associates program has been re-opened for Illinois residents! In 2011, under the state’s Main Street Fairness Act (also known as the “Amazon Tax Law”), a merchant’s physical presence was redefined to include its affiliates. This law was aimed at companies like Amazon, in an attempt to force them to collect state sales tax on items purchased through regional affiliates (effectively making some online sales cheaper than local brick and mortar stores).
I’ve been away from the computer the entire weekend, and just happened to spot this tidbit today: Amazon is looking to delivery packages via autonomous drones. It looks very much like an April Fool’s joke, but the more I see… the more I think this is an actual thing.
This means that anyone who’s subscribed to Amazon Prime can watch all seven seasons, free! And… I’m also saying that if you haven’t seen it… you should totally watch the show.
I forget when, exactly, Amazon appeared on the scene with its Instant Video option. For those who have a Amazon Prime membership (an annual fee that provides free 2-day shipping on select items, and a reduced 1-day shipping price), the whole Instant Video thing is kind of thrown in as a bonus. If you have Amazon Prime, you have access to the instant videos.