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You Want Me To Pay On What?

This afternoon, I saw the following sign inside a place of business:

I think what the sign means to say is that “payment is expected when services are rendered,” but that’s not what it says, and it turns out this phrase is repeated on the internet. The provision of some services might produce acceptable […]

Homeland Insecurity Alert! Al Qaeda to attack us with… BEANS

Do you remember when they used to try to scare us with stories about nuclear weapons in suitcases? Did you notice we don’t hear that one any more? These days, the Homeland Security are reaching deep down into their bag of fear stories, so deep that they’ve pulled out this one:

For more than a […]

Documented: CafePress Shop Sales Posted as Marketplace Sales, To CafePress' Benefit. Check Your Reports!

On June 2, 2009, we at Irregular Times withdrew from one of the two ways of selling shirts, bumper stickers and buttons at the online merchandiser CafePress. On June 1, CafePress started charging customers more and (paying its graphic designers less) when purchases were made via their search engine they call the “Marketplace.” We didn’t […]

New York Times: Spend Money You Don't Have

New York Times columnists lately have been channeling the George W. Bush of 2001. Michael Kinsley urges us (with tongue only a bit in cheek) to “Show your consumer confidence. One last shopping spree. Buy that coffee maker whether you want one or not.” Thomas Friedman exhorts with greater force: “Now is when we need […]

Election 2008 Continues to be Positively Motivated, Sales Stats Show

Earlier this year I looked at statistics of bumper sticker, button and t-shirt sales from the 4th week of May 2008 and compared them to our sales statistics from the 4th week of May in 2004. What I found indicated that the two elections were very different. In May 2004, about 10% of our election […]