now that’s a good question

“What does it mean that the sponsored ads on your blog are three books about global warming, and Calvin Klein Men’s Steel Cotton Gripper Trunk as the fourth?”

-Amanda Edmonds

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  1. amanda
    Posted December 26, 2008 at 11:45 pm | Permalink

    okay, so this time it’s three more books– deep economy, transition communities, and something else like that… and the fourth thing is a plastic turtle squeeze bike horn. hmmmm…

  2. Posted December 27, 2008 at 8:44 am | Permalink

    It depends on the user. Those are Amazon picks based on your search history. None of the rest of us see the same books you do and you don’t see the books I see.

  3. Ol' E Cross
    Posted December 27, 2008 at 9:32 am | Permalink

    amanda’s been amazoning for steel trunks and turtle horns, eh? hmmmmm…

  4. mark
    Posted December 27, 2008 at 11:11 am | Permalink

    I think it has to do for the most part with what I’m talking about here on the site. If I write about global warming, it’ll throw global warming stuff up in the margin. At least that’s been my experience. Also, however, it’ll put stuff up that people here in the audience have bought in the past. If someone wants to test it out, I’d appreciate it. Just buy something, like a high-end ball shaving device, and see what happens. I don’t think, however, it has so much to do with what the particular visitor has purchased in the past.

  5. Ol' E Cross
    Posted December 27, 2008 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

    It’s directly related to our household amazon purchases/searches. Right now, I’m getting children’s books (toot and puddle, fancy nancy, etc.). Last year my wife was reading a post and I noticed things I was going to purchase for her for x-mas were in the amazon box. I screamed “Aaaah…don’t look at that! It’s secret!” and slammed the laptop closed on her fingers. I don’t think she’s read a post since but has become rather suspicious of the nature of our relationship.

  6. amanda
    Posted December 27, 2008 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    I guess it’s just the Calvin Klein Men’s Steel Cotton Gripper Trunk that throws me for a loop. I admit– I just bought a bike horn in the same genre of the one that came up… maybe that one was from Mark’s preferences and history instead of mine, because, while I come from a greeny, crunchy background and schooling, I never look up global warming books on amazon…

  7. amanda
    Posted December 27, 2008 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

    Mark, I have a totally different question that your readers probably know the answer to. If you know a house or property has foreclosed, and is in the ownership of a bank or the like, what do you do to find out its status? I’m looking at two properties that have foreclosed and are owned by US Bank National Assoc– big giant bank out of Irvine, CA. So what do you do from there? There’s of course nothing on US Bank’s website about that sort of thing. I’m sure there’s a standard practice as to how to go about getting in touch. I want to know if it’s going to be listed, or auctioned, etc. Does a real estate agent need to do this looking up? When do foreclosures go to the County for auctioning versus elsewhere? I’ve many times tried to search foreclosure lists, and there are a million commercial websites with listings and mostly you have to pay to actually get to real info. Help please!

  8. Posted December 27, 2008 at 11:31 pm | Permalink

    Amanda, the houses in foreclosure in my neighborhood and around town that i’ve looked up by address have been readily found listed with a realtor at

    They usually list the bank, but the realtor is usually handling everything. I’ve looked this up as a property near me that was meticulously kept by the owner, now foreclosed upon and held by Wells Fargo is a deteriorating mess that had downed trees on phone lines etc and knocking down the eaves… as well as a drearily unmowed lawn that was once lovingly attended to. so you might ck there first if you haven’t. Its free and easy.

  9. Paw
    Posted December 29, 2008 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

    I like the idea of having my trunk gripped, but I think that using steel is probably overkill. I believe mine could be contained by brick and mortar.

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