Author: rwanderman

About rwanderman

Retired technology consultant, amateur photographer, active hiker, retired climber, interested in almost everything.

Affiliate marketing gone wild

The War To Sell You A Mattress Is An Internet Nightmare

This is an incredible piece by David Zax on affiliate marketing in the online mattress sales world.

For me, the bottom line is, any site that makes money from affiliate links loses objective credibility in reviewing the products its making money linking to.

If I review mattresses and also make money linking you to various mattress companies, I can easily be influenced by one mattress company offering a bigger payout for each sale I send their way.

And, this is not small money: a number of these mattress review sites are making over a $1 million a year in affiliate payouts.

This is an incredible story, read until the end, it will blow your mind.

Tip: if you are doing research online on a product you want to buy and follow a link from a review site to, say, Amazon or the company selling the product, look closely at the URL in your browser and you can see the affiliate link clearly. If you want to support the reviewer (the linker), buy with that link, if not, change the link.

Note: This site does not take part in affiliate marketing. The link below to Jason Kottke’s site does not generate income for me or him, it is simply an acknowledgement that I read about the Fast Company article at his site and followed a link from his site to the actual article. I try to acknowledge sources as I can.

[via Kottke.org]

Views from 1 World Trade Center

Uptown view

Manhattan from 1 World Trade Center

Looking directly north up Manhattan which is thirteen miles long. The George Washington Bridge (on the left) which crosses the Hudson River is about ten miles away.

The new construction on the west side just left of the George Washington Bridge (in the frame) is next to the High Line.

You can see the Empire State building uptown and the Washington Square Arch (Greenwich Village) in the green park closer in.

In the far distance on the right side of the frame is the Whitestone Bridge which connects the Bronx with Queens (Long Island). A bit further right (and out) is the Throgs Neck Bridge. Beyond those bridges, on the horizon is Connecticut (where I live).

The white vertical, windowless building face on the right (East River) is the United Nations Secretariat building.

Downtown from that on the East River is a large group of low, red apartment buildings which is Peter Cooper Village and Stuyvesant Town.

City Hall and bridges

City Hall and bridges

This is looking east, north east.

The bridge furthest north (left) is the Williamsburg Bridge that connects Manhattan with Queens (Long Island). The middle bridge is the Manhattan Bridge and the bridge furthest south (right) is the Brooklyn Bridge which connects Manhattan with Brooklyn, the first bridge to span the East River and one of the oldest, large suspension bridges in the United States. Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge is a great thing to do.

On the Manhattan side of the Brooklyn Bridge is City Hall and City Hall Park (to the right of the sign: Emigrant Industrial Savings Bank).

The large buildings closer to the river and bridge are city and federal courthouses and offices.

The right side of the frame is the northern tip of the financial district including Wall Street. My shot down there didn’t work out because of sun on the window.

The other side of the river all the way to the horizon line is Long Island, right right side of the frame is northern Brooklyn, most of the frame is Queens.

The back/right of the horizon line is Kennedy Airport and beyond it the Atlantic Ocean.

There’s plenty more detail visible here and over time I’ll change this caption as we find things. Feel free to ID buildings in the comments.

Freedom Tower reflections

One World Trade Center reflected

One World Trade Center reflected (Fuji X100F)

Manhattan, New York.

My long time Flickr friend Dilip Muralidaran, who I’ve known since my first years on Flickr (2004-2006) but have never met, told me he was going to be in New York and he’d never been there before. So, we met up and had a great day of it. He wanted to get up in a big building and since both of us had never been up in One World Trade Center (the new Freedom tower) I thought that would be a good thing to do.

I’d been up in the twin towers (original world trade center) numerous times so being up this high on the tip of Manhattan wasn’t new to me. Still, it’s a thrilling thing to do.

The views are terrific but the experience is ruined (IMHO) by too much commercial up-selling (trying to pry more money out of tourists).

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One World Trade Center reflected (Fuji X100F)

Old and new

Old and New (Fuji X100F)

This shot is a reflection of the tower from the window of the 9/11 museum just south of it and includes an image of the original World Trade Center. I found it more photogenic in reflected shots than strait on.

New York Harbor

New York Harbor (iPhone 8)

This is the first shot I took out the observatory window and given the reflection on this side I was worried all our images would have issues. This is the only shot that had a lot of reflections, taken with iPhone 8. I kept this shot because the patterns on the water, the ships in the harbor, and the Statue of Liberty make for a very nice image, even with the people reflected in the background.

America’s Shameful History of Housing Discrimination

America’s Shameful History of Housing Discrimination

This is a brilliant comic by Jamie Hibdon and Sarah Mirk.

For what it’s worth, the very first place I lived with my parents was a Levitown development in Hicksville, New York. I have pictures of the little white cape, white picket fence and all the houses looking pretty much the same. My father was a returning GI who no doubt qualified for a loan to buy there. Given my parents’ politics I doubt the reason they bought there was racially motivated but my father was a real estate broker so no doubt he was well aware of the policies noted in this piece. We lived there for four years, then moved to an apartment closer to where my father was working.

The Fresh Air interview with Richard Rothstein noted in the comic is here:

A ‘Forgotten History’ of How The U.S. Government Segregated America

Fox yawn and poop

Clean teeth

My Flickr contact Eugene Beckes posted this brilliant shot of a male red fox yawning.

Coincidentally we’ve had two yearling red foxes around our house the past month and almost every night one of them takes a poop on our driveway. Seriously, almost every morning there’s a new pile of fox poop right in the middle of the driveway. One day there was bear poop right on top of the fox poop, I kid you not.

Fox poop

This is from this morning. This happens to be the first image I shot with my new iPhone 8, which is a fantastic iPhone although I doubt I’ll be making fine art prints of this particular image.