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Obama a wolf in sheep’s clothing

December28

Amazon.com Announces "Best of 2010" Lists

December30

Amazon.com today released its "Best of 2010" lists, which include the bestselling, most-wished-for and favorite gift products as determined by Amazon.com customers in 2010.*

Bestselling Products of 2010

The following is a list of the bestselling products on Amazon.com in 2010 by total units sold:

    * Electronics: Kindle Wireless Reading Device (Wi-Fi)
    * Books: "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest" by Stieg Larsson
    * Kindle Books: "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" by Stieg Larsson
    * Movies: "The Blind Side" (DVD)
    * Video On Demand: "Sherlock Holmes"
    * Music: "The Gift" by Susan Boyle
    * MP3 Album: "Speak Now" by Taylor Swift
    * MP3 Song: "I Gotta Feeling" by The Black Eyed Peas
    * Video Games: Call of Duty: Black Ops
    * Wireless & Accessories: Samsung Captivate Android Phone (AT&T)
    * Computers: Apple MacBook Pro 13.3-Inch Laptop
    * Software: Microsoft Office 2010 Home & Student
    * Home, Garden & Pets: Eureka Enviro Hard-Surface Floor Steamer
    * Grocery: Coffee People Donut Shop K-Cups for Keurig Brewers
    * Health & Personal Care: Omron Digital Pocket Pedometer
    * Beauty: Revitalash Eyelash Conditioner
    * Toys: Bananagrams
    * Baby: Vulli Sophie the Giraffe Teether
    * Clothing & Accessories: Levi’s Men’s 501 Jean
    * Shoes & Accessories: Ray-Ban New Wayfarer Sunglasses
    * Watches: Invicta Women’s Square Angel Diamond Stainless Steel Chronograph Watch
    * Sports & Outdoors: P90X Extreme Home Fitness Workout Program
    * Tools & Home Improvement: Black & Decker Ratcheting ReadyWrench
    * Automotive: Battery Tender Junior Battery Charger
    * Frustration-Free Packaging: Coffee People Donut Shop K-Cups for Keurig Brewers (Pack of 50)

Most-Wished-For Products of 2010

The following is a list of products that appeared most often on the Wish Lists of Amazon.com customers in 2010:

    * Electronics: Kindle Wireless Reading Device (Wi-Fi)
    * Books: "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest" by Stieg Larsson
    * Kindle Books: "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" by Stieg Larsson
    * Movies: "Inception" (Three-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
    * Video On Demand: "Dexter: The Fourth Season"
    * Music: "Speak Now" by Taylor Swift
    * Video Games: Call of Duty: Black Ops
    * Computers: Apple MacBook Pro 13.3-Inch Laptop
    * Software: Microsoft Office 2010 Home & Student
    * Wireless: LG KP500 Cookie Unlocked Phone
    * Home, Garden & Pets: Weber Rapidfire Chimney Starter
    * Grocery: Coffee People Donut Shop K-Cups for Keurig Brewers
    * Health & Personal Care: Crest 3D White Whitestrips with Advanced Seal Professional Effects Enamel Safe Dental Whitening Kit
    * Beauty: Coastal Scents 88 Color Makeup Palette
    * Toys: LEGO Ultimate Building Set
    * Baby: Vulli Sophie the Giraffe Teether
    * Clothing & Accessories: Classic Black Fedora Hat
    * Shoes & Accessories: UGG Australia Women’s Classic Short Boots
    * Jewelry: Sterling Silver Marcasite and Garnet
    * Watches: Citizen Men’s Eco-Drive Chronograph Canvas Watch
    * Sports & Outdoors: P90X Extreme Home Fitness Workout
    * Home Improvement: SOG Specialty Knives & Tools Tactical Tomahawk
    * Automotive: Sunforce 60-Watt Solar Charging Kit

Most Popular Gift Products of 2010

The following is a list of products most frequently purchased as gifts by Amazon.com customers in 2010:

    * Electronics: Kindle Wireless Reading Device (Wi-Fi)
    * Books: "Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose" by Tony Hsieh
    * Kindle Books: "Decision Points" by George W. Bush
    * Movies: "Toy Story 3" (DVD)
    * Music: "The Gift" by Susan Boyle
    * Video Games: Just Dance 2
    * Computers: Toshiba Satellite TruBrite 15.6-Inch Laptop
    * Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 (Win/Mac)
    * Wireless: Nokia N900 Unlocked Phone/Mobile Computer
    * Home, Garden & Pets: Oregon Scientific Grill Right Wireless Talking Oven/Barbeque Thermometer
    * Grocery: Numi Tea Bamboo Flowering Tea Gift Set
    * Health & Personal Care: Chia Obama Handmade Decorative Planter
    * Beauty: Jerdon Magnification Tri-fold Lighted Mirror
    * Toys: LEGO Ultimate Building Set
    * Baby: Vulli Sophie the Giraffe Teether
    * Clothing & Accessories: Kenneth Cole REACTION Men’s Passcase Wallet
    * Shoes & Accessories: BEARPAW Women’s Eva Shearling Boot
    * Jewelry: Sterling Silver Amethyst Butterfly Pendant, 18"
    * Watches: Casio Men’s G-Shock Classic Digital Watch
    * Sports & Outdoors: Zumba Fitness Total Body Transformation System DVD Set
    * Home Improvement: Black & Decker Ratcheting ReadyWrench
    * Automotive: Wagan Heated Seat Cushion

*Includes data from Jan. 1, 2010, to Dec. 15, 2010.

Black’s Camera photo printing

August13

I had an interesting thing happen at the Black’s Photo in the Burlington Mall today. I was recently in Nova Scotia and got some really nice landscape photos; good enough that I want to print large and mount in my home. So I copied these photos to my USB stick and off I went to Blacks.

So I stepped up to one of their little kiosks and began my order. The kiosk work ok I guess, except the touch screen was clearly designed for people with ground straps on their wrists. The thing would only work if I grounded myself to the case of the CPU with my other hand.  Something most people wouldn’t even think to try, but I digress.

I got my order in and waited patiently for my prints. I just wanted test shots so see the quality of the output so I ordered 5×7 prints.

I got my photos in a nice little box (over packaging). I paid the man and began opening the box to see the photos. Well, one of the shots had a huge red shmeer right in the middle of it, totally ruining the print. My eyes popped! I showed this to my wife and then the clerk in the Blacks store. Would you believe he had no reaction at all? A big pregnant pause. Then he spoke. He said: “oh, the printer broke today”. Another huge gap of silence.

He obviously thought I should be satisfied that I got a boxed set of pieces of paper with colours on them.

Finally, he spoke up and said “I can refund you 36 cents if you want”. What do you think photo person? I certainly wouldn’t want to inconvenience you, I should be happy you even served me, right?

Blacks is now a part of the Astral group.

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