Amazon Prime

So, I was placing an order last night at and I saw an offer for a free 3 month trial of Amazon Prime. Why not? For those that don’t know Amazon Prime is’s $79 a year program that entitles you to free 2 day shipping and $3.99 overnight shipping. Also, there is no $25 minimum to reach. I believe it only applies to items that already qualified for that $25 free shipping, but I’m not sure.

Anyway, I’m a big fan of and I have spent a bunch of money there. Good prices, good service, quick shipping. I will most likely cancel the Amazon Prime subscription after the trial expires, just because I’m a patient person and don’t mind waiting those extra couple days. But, who knows, maybe in the future I can justify it. Seems like it would be a very good deal for some people.

So, what was I buying? Well, I am on a quest to make my podcast’s sound better. At first, I was looking to get better software. But, I consulted some more with Cameron and he introduced me to the GIGO principle. Garbage In, Garbage Out (lol). He said that improving my equipment would definitely get me better sound. So, I asked him what he’s got (an old promo he did for one of TPN’s shows sounds better than any podcast I’ve ever done) and basically mirrored his setup. This includes a Shure SM58S Vocal Microphone and a Behringer UB1002 Eurorack UB1002 Mixer. I also picked up a Shure S41E Microphone Desk Stand.

In support of a pair of New York Yankees bloggers that I’ve gotten to know a little bit, Alex and Steve, I’ve been planning to buy both of their books (going to send Steve’s to… well, Steve for him to sign for me). So, I went ahead and bought those. They are Stepping Up: The Story of All-Star Curt Flood and His Fight for Baseball Players’ Rights and The Baseball Same Game: Finding Comparable Players From The National Pastime.

Finally, I bit the bullet and bought the first season of 24 on DVD. I started watching it midway through the fourth season and haven’t missed an episode, yet. My brother started watching it with me midway through the fifth season. So, we’re both going to start fresh and watch each season 1 by 1 overtime. Yay.

Patrick O'Keefe

Managing online communities since 2000, I publish a collective of websites known as the iFroggy Network. I wrote the book Managing Online Forums and, as a public speaker, have presented for organizations like CNN, institutions like Australian National University and conferences like SXSW. More about me.

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about 17 years ago

I got a free Amazon Prime invite a while back and I plan on keeping it. It's saved me quite a few bucks.


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