Wednesday, April 18, 2012

More great deals from GeekAlerts

As a longtime fan of GeekAlerts — the website that introduces an incredible range of gadgets and gizmos — I was delighted to learn, just the other day, that it is also offering Amazon promotional codes and AbeBooks coupons.

Over the years, I have been a regular customer of both Amazon and AbeBooks. Generally, I have gone to Amazon for new titles, and to AbeBooks for titles that are out of print. And I am happy to say that both sellers have proved to be extremely reliable. In fact, when a book I had ordered through AbeBooks went astray, my money was immediately refunded. No questions were asked.

So if you're like me, you will relish the opportunity to make your next online purchase at a discount, or to take advantage of an offer of free shipping. At the time of writing, there is an offer of a 50% reduction on purchases made through AbeBooks from Blackman Books. But if you miss out — it expires on April 27, 2012 — don't worry. There are always lots of other excellent deals.

Books aside, you will find more than enough in the Geek Gadgets 2012 catalog to intrigue you. Time and again, you will marvel at the imaginations of the people who came up with such cool, clever or outlandish ideas.

Take, for example, some of the currently featured products — Horror Gartered Legs Prosthetics (great for a Halloween party in a haunted house); Converse Dr. Seuss Green Eggs and Ham Shoes (sure to appeal to younger members of the family); and Beer Infused Ice Cream (a "celebrity in the world of desserts" that has been featured twice in the New York Times).

The mind boggles.

Young NZ fails 'eye test'

A comment on Social Development and Youth Affairs Minister Paula Bennett's efforts to get young people off benefits and into paid employment. Manawatu Standard, March 2, 2012.

New Zealand on the rocks?

Bill English is New Zealand's finance minister. The cartoon from the Manawatu Standard of March 1, 2012.

How the mighty have fallen

The "prospectus" for the directors of failed finance companies, who include former ministers of justice Sir Douglas Graham and Bill Jeffries (both former directors of Lombard Finance).

Postscript: Although found guilty of "making misleading statements in documents seeking money from the public between December 2007 and April 2008", Graham and Jeffries were not jailed. The defendants (who also included former directors Lawrence Bryant and Michael Reeves) were all sentenced to community work. Graham and Bryant were further ordered to each pay $100,000 in reparation.

The cartoon from the Manawatu Standard of February 25, 2012.