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Glad this wasn’t around 2 years ago . . .

it could be called work

time to look at pyAmazon

Another one of Mark Pilgrim’s little gems. Creating links for the Amazon affiliate program is tedious since you can’t look up the item from the “build a link” page. You have locate the item, get its ID, then login and create the HTML. What a pain.

I’m thinking that, given a title, pyAmazon can run the query and return the properly formatted link.

And it works.

>>>import amazon
>>>amazon.setLicense('get your own')
>>>pythonBooks = amazon.searchByKeyword('Python')
u'Perl How to Program, Introducing CGI and Python (With CD-ROM)'

so now to just write a wrapper for this so I can pass it a title and have it return the ASIN with all the other stuff around it.

Thanks, Mark. Again.

it could be called work

good news today

I got a job today, and it pays the munificent sum of $112 a day. Trouble is, it’s just one day/8 hours a week.


when advertising becomes content

Network Tries to Foil Ad Skipping

Now, a new cable network has elevated the practice beyond the occasional, building such anti-ad-zapping efforts directly into its business model.

The entire schedule of the new network, Fine Living, has been specifically set up to incorporate various forms of advertising that can foil the abilities of personal video recorders like TiVo and ReplayTV. Every show, for example, is available for sponsorship, while advertisers are collaborating in the making of certain one-minute segments that run in the middle of programs.