We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Our Recent Essays Behind the Front Page
Tuesday, May 28. 2013
My thought was to only link to Rolls Royce dealerships, realtors for large estates and high-quality diamond necklace merchants. If it only makes one sale a year, I'll be set!
Anyways, just thought I'd toss out a quick update. Got some interesting posts coming up this week, starting with...
Display comments as (Linear | Threaded)
well doc, the nurse told me I should be dead, with a reading of 200 over 110 , that was about 5 years ago..............keep well..........
I can sympathize with those nasty medical costs, Doc. My sister's going through something similar and the costs are driving her to the poor house. I had a nice paycheck this week so I threw a little something in the cookie jar.
Doc - If you do take off, I'd like to be put on some kind of mailing list for when you come back. Without you, Mag's would go from a daily stop to a weekly stop for me. The other posts are great, just not generally what I'm interested in.
I had similar thoughts to yours yesterday when I dropped by Google. I think my actual thought was, "Wow, when these guys honor somebody, they go whole hog!" As you so aptly said, it just leaps off the page!
I'll throw a little in the cookie jar, too, but I think you are dismissing the Amazon connection too quickly.
I am sure that 100% of your readers use Amazon.
Instead of going directly to Amazon's website now, I always switch into it through the Althouse or Instant Pundit sites. That way, they get a few percentages of what I buy, at no cost to me. It's an easy way to support them.
If Maggie's Farm had an Amazon connection, I would use it exclusively. You guys need the money more than Althouse or Insty. I probably spend $1,000 a month on Amazon (I have largely stopped going to stores). If you get 2%, that's $200. Multiply it times all your readers, and it's quite a bit. And it could all of mostly go to Mercury, since you need it the most.
Althouse does something creative. Every day she posts the most interesting Amazon purchase of the day before on her website. They are so varied, it's fun to read, and it reminds you to use her. Insty just lists specials and things, which is less appealing, as I am almost never interested in Amazon specials. Every so often he posts a pure annouincement that he gets a percentage of all sales through the Amazon portal at the top of the page, so please use it.
I bet Maggie's readers are the most loyal of all, and would use your Amazon portal a lot. I know I would.
For now, I'll throw something in the cookie jar. I have had some desperately poor episodes in my middle age. It's terrifying.
Sorry, that should be $20, not $200. But the principal is the same.
Re: Amazon buying. Can you tell me if there are other online companies that do the same thing? For example if I had a link to King Arthur Flour, or to Williams Sonoma, or to Cenex Ranch and Feed supply would they provide the same cash reward to the company posting their link? Do other companies do this--if so how do I know which ones will do it?
I just discovered Maggies a month ago but if you click on doc's name at the end of the post, it displays all of his recent posts, and I've read back through a shitload of them. All I can say is, we definitely don't want to lose this guy. I just threw a little something into the kitty, hope others have as well.
Let me second the Amazon affiliate thing.
Several websites I visit do this - and they probably have far less readership than MaFa.
I'm going to spend the rest of the day thinking what a cool handle that is. :)
Just don't try to say it five times fast!
Well, I might do the Amazon thing once, just for fun, and to garner reactions and to revel in my newfound wealth as 26 people buy something through it and I make a quick, cool $2.39. I'll think about it, but thanks for the feedback
"If you get 2%, that's $200"
No, it's nothing like that. It's a fraction of a percentage.
"Every day she posts the most interesting Amazon purchase of the day before "
How does she decide? Do you mean from her just looking over the specials throughout the day and picking the "most interesting" of the batch, or from some 'most popular' list?
"You guys need the money more than Althouse or Insty."
Understatement of the century. :)
To make a spitball guess, I'd say that roughly half the large-ish companies with an online presence allow for affiliates. If they do, there'll be an 'Affiliates' link somewhere on the home page, usually at the bottom. In a few cases, it might be worded slightly differently, like "partner plans" or some such.
"it just leaps off the page!"
I think I was pretty much speaking for us all when I called it "magnificent' in today's Google post. I mean, it really is.
Compared to what we got before.
I'll think about the mailing list. I kinda know what ya mean. If I see another article on the "higher education bubble", I think I'll scream.
Althouse gets a list of everything bought through her site the day before, and she picks one oddball thing and publicizes it, along w/ a commentary explaining that her blog is an Amazon affiliate, and asking people to buy more. I kind of look forward to reading it. Which is pretty amazing for an ad.
Gotcha. Actually, that sounds like fun. If one item was clearly favored, the first question would be why, and it would be a kick trying to figure it out. Even that might spawn some fun comments as the people who bought the new Ronsco Deluxe Outdoor Barbecue argued over whether its ease-of-use or cleanability was its best feature. Thanks for the input.
Welcome to the Brave New World of high blood pressure medication. You will be dizzy. You will become absent minded. You may become lethargic.
Work with your doctor until you and your doctor get it right. Getting used to the medication may take some time (a month or so).
Oh, yeah - and get rid of the salt. All of it. Try the Morton's potassium chloride Salt Substitute. That includes getting rid of the "hidden salt" contained in EVERYTHING you will bring home from the grocery. I don't know that you can completely avoid it, but you can at least flag and eliminate the major offenders.
...and if you ever need even more completely unsolicited medical opinion in areas I am not even remotely qualified to address, please ask.
I was warned I might feel a little wobbly in the knees, which is correct, except that it's not what I'd call "wobbly", more like an overall 'unsteady' feeling until the muscles and such get pumped up. I'd walk a few steps and it's fine. But it was kind of weird. Don't notice now, a few weeks later.
Haven't noticed anything mentally, but, admittedly, if I was absent-minded about something, how would I know?
Yeah, that salt thing is nasty. Like you said, it's everywhere, even in things like sweet treats that are what you'd view as distinctly UN-salty -- just because they're sugary. Luckily, I like salads.
T'anks for feedback.
I find some types of meditation can reduce blood pressure to a "less-than-dangerous" level. Try "Open Mind, Open Heart" by Fr Thomas Keating (Roman Catholic, I know, but this is what got me off the disabled list about 1-1/2 years ago)
Best, Susan Lee
That's very interesting, and will do so. I've never been into mediation outright, although I did discover the wonders of TM a number of years ago, which borders on it.
Fhu.com - meditation to help you become objective to ALL your problems, including health problems, and thus be able to see clearly what you can do to heal on your own.
Garry and John - thanks for defending me overnight against the Troll From Hell. I don't know what the guy's problem is, but he's left a handful of nasty comments over the years, although not for a while. Admittedly, though, "The sooner you die the better" kind of takes it to a new level. I've forwarded the comment to BD for evaluation.
I could suggest what "it's" problem is but...I'm not qualified.
I'd suggest it would take about six PhDs in criminal psychology to understand such a twisted mind.
Wadya do with "X-ray"...(aka 'The Scewer Rat')...?
I forwarded the comments to BD for evaluation and possible action. If the first comment had been a little stronger, he might have turned it over the authorities, like PJ Media does. Death threats and wishes aren't normal behavior.
Look. Doc. I love Maggies Farm and you Dr, Mercury, (no third strike)are one of the biggest draws, but even so, tho I hit you 20 bucks thru Pay Pal a minute ago,surely there is some way you could take care of your own expenses. I mean, I gave an obviously down-on-his-luck native american 2.50 for a beer last weekend on a trip thru the South Dakota Badlands reservations (I like his honesty-told me he wanted to buy a beer) but he has few options for gainful employment. You're starting to sound like a millenial. You have skills (apple skills at best, but you still have some potential). Get serious. Get employed. The company I work for laid off many employees during the big retraction in 2009. Some are still not working. I am past feeling pitiy for them.
As I mentioned in the post, getting a job in a rural area is easier said than done. The local paper might have two or three jobs listed, like the usual 'office manager' and 'home caregiver', but certainly nothing tech-oriented. And any 'good' job that pops up is always grabbed without any advertising. Just mention it to some friends and word-of-mouth will have it filled in a day.
A couple of years ago I opened a computer fix-it service, ran a 2" block ad in the local paper for four months, got two or three phone calls wanting free advice and the one fix-it job was a laptop, which takes special tools. Never made a single dime. That's how un-techie it is down here.
What's also depressing is that, like the last time I mentioned it, not a single suggestion came forth for working online. For all the money that's associated with the web, it's sure not very available.
Anyway, thanks for the concern (and donation), but it'll all work out.
Doc - I awoke to see five comments had been left in this thread overnight, but I only see two. Did the Troll From Hell make a return?
Uh-yup, although I don't think XRay actually understands how the comments thing works. When someone leaves a comment, I get an email with the name, date, IP address (126.96.36.199 in his case) and a "Read Comment" and "Delete Comment" link. As soon as I see 'XRay', the comment's deleted, unread. Since my email program checks for mail every minute, that's the longest any of his demented screeds lasts. From what I've seen, the guy really needs to seek medical help.
These guys might help you reduce costs:
Note that while I may, or may not be starting work with a company associated with them (working on it), I have never used the service and do not know how well it works.