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WordPress Wednesday: Amazon QuickTags Plugin

I published a few articles back in early 2005 and late 2006 explaining how you can edit your WordPress quicktags.js JavaScript file to add new buttons to your Edit Post menu. At the time this was the simplest way I knew to change the WordPress interface. Since then, however, every time a new version of […]

It’s Not Too Late

Don’t worry. There’s still plenty of time to get something in time for my 35th birthday next week. If you’re wondering what to get a guy who has everything, you should take a look at my 13-page Amazon wishlist …

PicoPad Wallet Notes

The PicoPad® is pure genius. It’s a pad of sticky notes — with a tiny pen — in a case the size of a credit card that you can easily slip it into your wallet. The PicoPad and its refills are also incredibly inexpensive. I am always scribbling notes on the backs of business cards […]

Amazon Wishlist Yahoo! Pipe

Today I decided that my life would not be complete if I didn’t learn how to use Yahoo! Pipes. So I gave it a shot. I couldn’t really think of anything I wanted in a pipe, so I decided to try building one that would let me search eBay for items on my Amazon wishlist. […]

Naperville Public Library Books

When I got to the office today there was a package sitting on my desk. I received my sixth copy of Gregg Easterbrook‘s “The Progress Paradox: How Life Gets Better While People Feel Worse” — I keep giving them away! — via Amazon’s used book marketplace. The book is in near-perfect condition, perhaps because it […]

I Like Presents

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! This is when everyone starts asking me, “So what do you want for Christmas?” Every year my answer is the same. “I don’t really want anything. I need cash. If you have a burning desire to buy me a gift, check out my Amazon wishlist.” To make […]

DropCaps, Amazon Tags for WordPress

I have finally updated two of my WordPress hack tutorials so that they are compliant with v. 2.04. The first one — DropCaps — allows you to put that nifty “dropcap” into a post. This post begins with a dropcap I. The second one — Amazon Tags — adds two new buttons to your editing […]

WordPress Mod: DropCaps

The chances of me ever using the WordPress str QuickTag are pretty slim, so I replaced it with a drop-capper. (The T in this paragraph should appear as a dropcap for you if you’re using a browser that handles CSS properly.) Pretty nifty, I think. Want to do it?

WordPress Mod: Amazon QuickTags

I wanted to add nifty little Amazon links to my posting window … so I did. Grab my zipped version of quicktags.js and you can, too. This is the javascript file that builds the row of buttons above your posting window (e.g. str, em, del, etc.) My version adds two buttons: one for quick-linking to […]

Perl v. Pearl

Note to hep-cat Amazon employees: “Perl the programming language” “Pearl Jam the rock band”.


Y’know what I want? I want to be able to click anything, anywhere, and add it to my wishlist. (Note that that is a link to a Google Search on the term “amazon wishlist” and not another shameless plug for my own wishlist.) Like this pendrive, f’rinstance. What a great little toy! I want […]


Well that was fun. Way back in March I implemented the PowerLinks MT hack from When I upgraded to MT2.11 I lost the hack, of course. So I re-hacked it. I played with it a bit and added a few more features. One thing I have wanted to do since day one was add […]


This is kind of interesting: If you go to and submit a request to be notified when Raiders of the Lost Ark is released on DVD, it will – allegedly – be considered a “vote” for the release. states that they’ll “let the studio know how many customers are waiting for this title.” […]


Hey! TheBrad just noticed that’s wishlist system is failing bloggers. If you try to click on someone else’s wishlist, Amazon displays your own wishlist instead (if you have one). That means that since I have a wishlist there, I can’t see anyone else’s! The hell? What did they change? Has anyone else found a […]


I have to see if there’s a way to add this pen to my Christmas wishlist. I love cool pens. There are dozens of really awesome ones at Levenger. If you love pens as much as I do, check out the Fisher Bullet Space Pen. It fits in your pocket (and anywhere else!) and is […]

new phone

Greetings from We thought you’d like to know that we shipped your items today, and that this completes your order. Thanks for shopping at, and we hope to see you again soon.

Marketing 101

I bought something from a few days ago and it just arrived. Included in the package were ten one-cent stamps with a nice little note about how they were saving me the hassle of going to the post office to buy more stamps (because the rates increased a penny). It is a ridiculously silly […]

Wishlists at

Did you know that if you go to and create a wishlist, or if you make a purchase for me from my wishlist you not only have a chance of winning $5,000 – or something like that – but you also increase my chances of winning all the other things on my wishlist? Friends: […]