My Latest Idea

I awoke the other morning with an interesting idea in my head, and decided to spend a few minutes cooking it up.  Here’s the background: I work in affiliate marketing, which, if you’re not aware, means that I promote other people’s products and services on the internet, and get a referral fee or sales commission from the merchants I promote.  I listen to a parenting podcast called Jumping Monkeys, which has a segment in each episode about great ways to give online.  I love to shop on Amazon.com, where you can pretty much buy anything and have it shipped to your door (at least in America, sadly not so much selection in Canada yet).

So, with these things on my brain, I awoke with this concept: Create a simple website that people can go to when they want to shop on Amazon.com.  They go to my website first, pick a charity they would like to receive money, and then they are redirected to Amazon, where they shop normally, but the referral fee that Amazon gives out to its affiliates will go to the selected charity.  It costs the user nothing extra, except the extra effort of going to my website first, instead of straight to Amazon.

I’ve only put about 1/2 hour into the project so far, so it’s not very pretty, but it is now functional.  So, if you’re like me and plan to avoid all those annoying people standing in line at 4am at Wal-Mart on Thanksgiving weekend, and instead do your Christmas shopping online, you can try out my new website here:

Also, I welcome any feedback from my family and friends on how to develop and improve this concept.  Happy Thanksgiving!

World’s Most Accurate Pie Chart

Pie Chart

Hopefully this helps put things into proper perspective for Thanksgiving.

Go Vote

Yes, that’s right.  I voted today.  By email actually.  I was quite impressed with the Utah County Elections office.  Just as I was cursing them for making me print off an absentee ballot application form and mail it to them, only to have them mail me back a ballot, which I would then have to fill out and mail back to them, I got on the phone today to find out why they never mailed me anything as they said they would, and they told me I could vote by email.  Yes!  So, I did.  They emailed me a ballot and I emailed back my vote.  It was awesome.  And since I already waived my right to a secret ballot by sending my vote through the internets, I may as well tell you all that I voted for Chuck Baldwin for President, Jim Noorlander for US House & Jon Huntsman for Governor.  I had planned deliberately not to vote for any Republicans or Democrats in this election, but I changed my mind when I saw that the only third party candidate on the ballot for Utah State Governor was Dell ‘Superdell’ Schanze (Yes, that’s actually how his name is printed on the ballot).  Plus, I quite like Jon Huntsman, and I can easily overlook his party affiliation, if it means not having a certified whack-job as Governor.  I also voted for Doug Baxter for Utah House, even though he’s a Democrat, because he’s awesome.

Anyway, for all you suckers who don’t live in the middle of nowhere and don’t get to vote via email, please don’t forget to vote tomorrow.  I think Craig Ferguson put it best, in one of his recent monologues, when he said, “if you don’t vote, you’re a moron!”  Plus, if you don’t vote, you don’t get to complain about who wins.