They are handy. The year I moved into my current house we had an ice storm that knocked out electricity for 3 days. I wasn’t concerned though; I had a wood fireplace, gas hot water and plenty of wood. Roasted a great chicken while heating the house.
What does concern me is that BoingBoing participates in the Amazon Affiliates program without proper disclosure, This generates income for them at the expense of us Happy Mutants.
The solution is: when Jason, Cory, Xeni, et. al. post an irresistible link, I just strip out the affiliate code from the URL.
Original URL: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00006JSUH/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00006JSUH&linkCode=as2&tag=happyexposure-20&linkId=CGIZQF7H2SKZ4UYA
Truncate at ‘happyexposure’ and your transaction will complete, Without BoingBoing’s affiliate award
It’s a bit Sisyphean, Sending monies to BoingNoing (WHO WE LOVE) or letting Jeff Bezos keep a bit more of our money,
Folss, let’s add a disclosure. This has bothered me for years.