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It’s Black Friday! A Perfect Day to Use the Patterico Amazon Widget!

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 12:01 am

It’s Black Friday! If you’re buying through Amazon, please access it through the search box on the right sidebar — or through this link.

Feel free to click the link and bookmark it. You can call the bookmark “Amazon” and use it in the future to visit Amazon, thus making your Local Blogger very happy.

59 Responses to “It’s Black Friday! A Perfect Day to Use the Patterico Amazon Widget!”

  1. steady buying gunsmitihng tools, etc…

    too bad they won’t sell ammo, or you’d be raking in the BIG $$$


    redc1c4 (a6e73d)

  2. PS: fyi, “black friday” is RAYCISSSS!

    redc1c4 (a6e73d)

  3. If you’re going to be that way, DNF:

    In the good old days, brawling over cheap panties is something some guys did in low-class bars after too many beers. When will the madness end?

    nk (dbc370)

  4. Capitalist oprressor

    JD (86a5eb)

  5. How long after you click, or what purchases, count?

    Sammy Finkelman (f0d6ed)

  6. Good article, narciso

    Leviticus (f571b9)

  7. Dear Neal Dewing, guess what I’m resting my hand on and I’ll let you kiss it.

    nk (dbc370)

  8. How long after you click, or what purchases, count?
    Sammy Finkelman (f0d6ed) — 11/28/2014 @ 7:37 am

    Any purchase, at any time, Sammy. Just access Amazon through Patterico’s Amazon box just under the Recent Comments on the sidebar. Not through your bookmarks, or Google, or any other place. Only through the Amazon widget on the sidebar under Recent Comments on Patterico’s Pontifications.

    nk (dbc370)

  9. Narcisco – it is funny how that writer used the media caricature of those people as the basis for denouncing them.

    JD (86a5eb)

  10. I’ve already dubbed him the wannabe Conor F, why would one aspire to that point, is an open question,

    narciso (ee1f88)

  11. I do need a new stereo receiver. My old one is…old. I don’t even know if they’re still called receivers! I need something to hook up to play DVDs, CDs, etc.

    Patricia (5fc097)

  12. Patricia:

    Try this link for stereo receivers.

    Patterico (5460c2)

  13. Shouldn’t it be African-American Friday?

    Ipso Fatso (10964d)

  14. You collect a 7% commission?

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

  15. Frankly, I don’t care if Patterico gets a huge commission. Win-win. And like the widget says (as does Patterico), no cost to the consumer.

    Simon Jester (71110d)

  16. i wonder if they have any laxatives

    happyfeet (831175)

  17. I could hear you snickering with my computer off, Simon.

    nk (dbc370)

  18. Feta cheese, happyfeet. The cheaper the better. A good chunk, half the size of a butter bar, just as it comes in the package, with a piece of bread.

    nk (dbc370)

  19. i’ll have to seriously rally today if I’m a go to a store


    happyfeet (831175)

  20. nk, I haven’t had good Greek food in ages. The closest we have here in a town is a combination Greek-Italian restaurant. I once ordered saganaki for fun there. Oh well.

    Oh for some of the Greek restaurants I knew in LA and San Diego, so long ago.

    I go to Chicago a few times a year (research stuff at University of Chicago and Argonne). Where should I go?

    Simon Jester (71110d)

  21. As for snickering, well, I am fond of the work that Patterico puts into this site, and a large number of people who post interesting things here.

    I wanted to make sure there was no misunderstanding about Teh Widget.

    I’m ordering a number of items today through that strategy.

    Thank you for what you do, Patterico.

    Simon Jester (71110d)

  22. Halsted Street between Jackson and Randolph is Greektown. Greek Islands, can’t go wrong; Artopolis, a favorite of mine; Santorini, great for seafood but pricier; Pegasus and Roditys, solid fare at reasonable prices very much like Greek Islands. UIC is just south, over the highway on Halsted. Past that is Taylor Street which is Little Italy. Francesca’s there is very good, but I stick to my Northwest Side neighbors for Italian, so I don’t know Little Italy hardly at all.

    nk (dbc370)

  23. Oh, if you’re going to be by Argonne, then Greek Islands in Oakbrook is what you want. Much closer, same owners.

    nk (dbc370)

  24. Simon, Psisteria on Touhy Avenue in Lincolnwood, IL (just north of Chicago) is also great. It is owned by 2 guys who broke off from Greek Islands which nk rightly mentions above. My
    Greek barber recommended it very highly and he was right. Great list by nk, you can’t go wrong.

    Ipso Fatso (10964d)

  25. Simon, I like Mykonos for what seems to be pretty authentic Greek food. My *very* Greek neighbor recommended it and goes there a lot. But it’s north of the city. And I’m not Greek. So you should probably go with nk’s recs for Greek food.

    elissa (720b45)

  26. I ditto what Ipso said about Psistaria, my office was a mile from there; and I also second Mykonos, been there many times, and it had an outdoor patio then.

    nk (dbc370)

  27. Mykonos is authentic, elissa. Have you had their lamb with artichoke hearts avgolemono? Almost as good as my mother’s.

    nk (dbc370)

  28. 18. Simon Jester (71110d) — 11/28/2014 @ 9:18 am

    Frankly, I don’t care if Patterico gets a huge commission. Win-win.

    You should care. It makes it worth doing.

    And like the widget says (as does Patterico), no cost to the consumer.

    That’s right. He’s not collecting extra.

    The money is coming from what Amazon itself charges for shipping and handling.

    I was surprised the percentage was so high. I was wondering if that was the case in every case.

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

  29. Sigh. Nk, the above is called “neuro diversity” on campus.

    Thanks for the dining advice, folks. I don’t like driving in Chicago, but I like the people I have met.

    Simon Jester (71110d)

  30. Nk, a funny question. I looked at your recipe, and saw a name I haven’t seen a long, long while: Dmac. I always enjoyed chatting with him. I hope he is well.

    Simon Jester (71110d)

  31. Thanks, Patricia. I def will get one!

    Patricia (5fc097)

  32. I lost his email when my hotmail was hacked, Simon. Maybe daleyrocks or carlitos know.

    nk (dbc370)

  33. He was a good fellow, quite level headed. Miss hearing from him.

    Simon Jester (71110d)

  34. But then, I used to like drinking retsina when I lived in San Diego. So my judgement might be impaired.

    Simon Jester (71110d)

  35. Oh my goodness the lamb artichoke lemon dish sounds wonderful, nk. I mean, what’s not to like? I know it’s a signature dish at Mykonos but somehow I’ve never tried it. Was just there Monday of last week so probably it will be a while, but I will remember to order that next time I eat there. Thanks for the tip!

    elissa (720b45)

  36. I, too, miss Dmac. We’ve lost quite a few good people along the way. SPQR, another long time commenter doesn’t seem to stop by much anymore either.

    elissa (720b45)

  37. elissa, you can make it the exact same way, just as delicious, with a cut up pork roast in place of the lamb and tender celery stalks and shallots cut into three-inch lengths in place of the artichokes. Cooking times will be different, but you know how to cook.

    nk (dbc370)

  38. Nope, I WANT the lamb and the artichokes!

    elissa (720b45)

  39. Speaking of former commenters whatever happened to Brad Fikes (sp?)

    Ipso Fatso (10964d)

  40. Last I heard, Bradley is doing great at his job in San Diego, his health seems solid, and he is writing a LOT about biotech. But he isn’t around here much, no.

    Simon Jester (71110d)

  41. Hopefully black people buy guns at black friday gun sales so they can shoot back at white racists!

    gun control (1b0a55)

  42. As far as much missed food, we all miss Zankou’s Chicken in Los Angeles. That is garlic. Surly counterfolk, but who cares? Nothing like that up here.

    Simon Jester (71110d)

  43. Star Wars: Episode VII Official Trailer – The Force Awakens (2015) – J.J. Abrams Movie HD

    Steve (a5129b)

  44. @gun control–#45

    You made me laugh! Thanks.

    Ipso Fatso (10964d)

  45. Sounds like Perry might have wandered away from the folks assigned to keep an eye on him.

    Simon Jester (71110d)

  46. nk, I feel bad about the other day when I came back at you about a piece of ash.

    You know, how you said nobody would mount their Celtic spear head on a piece of trash.

    I basically agreed with you, but I said hickory would be a better choice. Then I kind of felt like a d***. Like I just did it for the hell of it. But no. Ash would be the classic choice, and it’s still a good choice. And back when the Celts (and Greeks, and Romans, and Germans) were doing their major fighting with spears it was THE choice. It took the discovery of North America to find better wood. But then spears were out of fashion.

    Why do I bring this up? Why do I bring this up on this thread?

    Because friends you can buy Gransfors Bruks axes on Amazon!

    The Swedes apparently think a great deal about axes, when they aren’t spending long winters nights producing bikini teams. And yes they use hickory handles. Because of the combination of strength and rigidity. No double entendres intended.

    Yes they’re pricey. But they’re heirloom quality, if your heirs are the kind of people who appreciate a good axe. And if they’re not, screw ’em. Don’t leave them anything. The Gransfors Bruks website has good info on what goes into a good axe. Why you need a different axe head shape depending on if you’re cutting across the grain (a forestry axe) or with the grain (a splitting axe). If you ever cursed your axe because it kept getting stuck in the wood, you were probably using the wrong axe.

    Get the right axe now via the Patterico Amazon Widget!

    Steve57 (c4b0b3)

  47. I just bought a splitting maul. Because I’d feel like a d*** if I touted Gransfors Bruks axes and then didn’t buy one.

    Steve57 (c4b0b3)

  48. S’ok, Steve. Actually, I was making a play on words when I wrote: “You’d want a nice piece of ash.” I’m glad you took the conversation in another direction. Besides, using the plentifully available, indigenous material is the most classic thing of all.

    nk (dbc370)

  49. nk, notice how manfully I am resisting the temptation to take the conversation in that direction.

    I probably would have yielded to that temptation earier. But since I bought a Gransfors Bruk axe, my life has been transformed! I’m a new man. No longer am I a mere hewer of wood. I’m a lumberman of renown. Children shout my name and give me the thumbs up from passing cars. Women throw their hotel keys at me. Men look at me with envy. They can tell. I have that special something that only comes with the pride of Gransfors Bruk ownership. And because of that axe, and all the honor and dignity that comes with sharing my life with a Gransfors Bruk axe, I resisted the impulse to sully this thread with juvenile comments about “nice pieces of ash.” Lots and lots of juvenile comments.

    Don’t wait. Change your life today. Use the Amazon widget and your Gransfors Bruk axe before it’s too late.

    Steve57 (c4b0b3)

  50. Okay, I ordered my receiver thingy. If I need help setting it up, I hope you can walk me through it, LOL.

    And folks, get an Amazon credit card too! I got $100 off on my total because of points I had earned.

    Off to the USC-ND game, where the Protestants will probably beat the crap out of us.

    Patricia (5fc097)

  51. For those who are curious, Amazon’s sliding-scale compensation for participants (like in the Amazon Associates program are published here and here. Participants’ compensation percentages go up quite sharply to a series of percentage plateaus based on number of qualifying monthly purchases. Some particular products also have higher and lower percentages.

    This is indeed part of Amazon’s overall cost structure, something they treat as another marketing and advertising expense, so it affects Amazon’s bottom-line and that ought, in turn, to mean that Amazon adjusts all its prices to take those costs into account. However, from the standpoint of any individual buyer looking at a single transaction — “Do I buy this shovel from Amazon, and if so do I buy it through Patterico’s search widget or directly?” — the price quoted by Amazon is the same either way. Buying through thus directs to our host the revenues that might otherwise simply be pocketed by Amazon, or that might instead have gone to some left-wing blogger if you’d used his site’s widget instead.

    Using the widget from Patterico’s main page will also generate more page-views for the blog, which ought to result in higher rates for other paid advertising, so there’s a double-benefit to our host from each such occasion on which a reader makes an Amazon purchase through that widget.

    I approve, and have long since directed essentially all of my shopping (which is considerable) through this blog.

    Beldar (fa637a)

  52. I got my Gransfors Bruks splitting maul today. I split some rounds from some limbs that cracked off a tree in my yard. I thought my Collins Commander was a good axe. And it is. But it’s not a great axe. This Gransfors Bruks maul is a great axe. I knew Gransfors Bruks makes good axes because I used a friends forestry axe before. But this thing is amazing.

    I have some cheapo “Black Knight” fiberglass-handled home improvement store splitting maul which makes splitting wood a P.I.T.A. so I figured I needed a new splitting tool, and why not use the Amazon widget. Actually I was going to get just a heavy splitting axe, but Gransfors Bruks splitting axes were too pricey. The splitting maul was only $176 (at the link it says $399 but I did NOT pay that much). Holy Sweet BEJEEBUS! This feels like no maul I’ve ever used. It swings like a splitting axe. But it splits like the maul from he33. Or heaven. Or Valhalla.

    I didn’t read the reviews for this thing before I wrote that tongue-in-cheek thingy up @54. I just knew a Gransfors Bruks axe was going to be a good axe, and I went purely by price. But it looks like everyone reacts the same way to these things.

    By Jon February 27, 2014
    Verified Purchase
    This piece of artwork will make you doubt if you are actually worthy to swing it and have earned the right to do so….!

    Freaking Hammer of the Gods
    By Amazon Customer on October 24, 2013
    This product really does live up to its hype. It is like swinging Thor’s very own splitting maul. The weight and balance are perfect — It’s is heavy enough, but not too heavy.

    …Half the time I take a pretty lazy swing and the wood flies apart. Sometimes I swing hard and the maul smashes through the round and embeds itself into my splitting block, which is always a pleasing experience.

    …This is hands down the best splitting tool I have ever used, except for a hydraulic splitter for really large batches of wood, but that doesn’t count. Maybe the Wetterlings is better (doubt it) or just as good (possible). I don’t know and I won’t find out any time soon. This is the maul for me.

    By tethernaut on May 28, 2013
    Verified Purchase
    By Odin’s beard, I swear: this Gransforth Bruks is the +6 Vorpal Blade of wood mauls. Never again shall I venture forth into the Grimswood Deep with an inferior maul from a giant box blacksmitherie. Why, even as I unsheathed it from its bubble-wrap packaging, I felt my biceps grow by two sizes, splitting the sleeves on my Carhart tabard. But the proof is in the pudding, as they say, and this pudding is tasty indeed. Facing half a cord of ponderosa yester’s eve, I hefted this finely balanced tool and with a single blow each, sent round after round popping apart like goblins’ heads below a broadaxe. Standing back and wiping my brow after the exertion, I found myself surrounded by every wood-nyph and dryad within a league, each begging me to mate with her so that she might bear my progeny and I might spare her woodland home the wrath of my fine wood maul. But we shall see, we shall see. There is so much wood to split, and Winter is Coming.

    Too easy splitting
    By Anotherplayaguy on January 2, 2013
    As everyone else has said, this maul is amazing. Got it for Christmas and was a bit upset because I already had a fairly decent splitter and wedges. Until I used it. Started with a 12 inch oak round, about 12 inches tall and figured I would have to hit it pretty good (as with the other splitter). I hit it and it went through the wood so easily. Too easily. Came out the bottom about as fast as it went in … which can be dangerous if one is not prepared. One must learn to adjust the hitting strength. But after that it has been perfection.

    Gift from the Gods
    By KaiMadigan on July 31, 2012
    A long time ago the Gods created the earth and upon this earth they put trees. Upon putting trees on the earth they realized that there would be a need to split the wood. Hence the Gods created Gransfors Bruks. Be a God, Swing a Gransfors Bruks.

    You get what you pay for
    By Jeffrey L. on April 24, 2012
    …So I put on my equipment; goggles with face protection (ALWAYS WEAR EYE PROTECTION WHEN SPLITTING OR CUTTING WOOD, ALWAYS!), boots, chaps (same ones I use with the chainsaw), gloves, ear plugs, grabbed the Maul and Wedge and proceeded outdoors to split some wood.

    MY, OH MY!

    It’s hard to explain what my experience was without sounding a bit “out there’, but what the heck, here’s what happened. When the ‘Maul/Axe’ hit the log I could feel this energy from the swing transfer from my body, into the handle, into the face of the Maul, into the log itself, as if there was an electrical current of surging power intelligently guiding this ‘charged” and eloquently designed metal object, effortlessly through the wood. The moment the maul struck the intended object it seemed to stop for a mini-micro second at the spot of impact, but then this remarkable device, magically, exploded with a conscious force that naturally and automatically split the log into two halves, proceeding downward from there and planting itself firmly into the base log underneath. I’m 6 feet, 160 pounds, with above average upper body strength, but even so, I could feel “The Power” (LOL to myself saying this), I could feel an energy, above and beyond my own, commanding this tool to fulfill it’s purpose. Those guys, those distinguished Craftsmen back in Sweden, who have been forging these masterpieces for generations, 112 years in fact, guaranteeing every hand made tool with a 20 YEAR WARRANTY, do so because they know they have a truly unique and supremely made product and they KNOW what it takes to activate its ‘subtle powers’.

    I ended up splitting a few dozen logs that first day (when I had other things I was suppose to do) and I had great FUN doing it. In fact, since that day, I find immense, satisfying pleasure, throwing that extraordinary tool over my shoulder, heading out to spit wood and then allowing the tool to fulfill it’s designed purpose. There was a time that I hated splitting logs; dreaded it, wishing never to do it again. However, since acquiring this work of art, I feel blessed to have made it’s acquaintance, and together, we go out and do the job in style. It’s a pleasurable adventure now, one that I highly recommend you experience for yourself. BUY ONE, you won’t regret it.

    This makes you hark back to the days when Americans could deforest an entire continent by noon, then endanger a species for dinner. It makes you feel like a Viking. You’ll be sad when you run out of wood to split, woodlands to denude, continents to plunder. If you have any wood splitting to do, you need this maul. If the zombie apocalypse comes and I can only grab one tool, it’ll be this wood/skull splitter.

    Steve57 (c4b0b3)

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