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So last night we watched the first two episodes of Good Behavior. It's a fine show so far, if very dark (like, if you're comparing it to the other con artist show TNT's known for, Leverage, it's about as dark as that show was fun). But one thing that kept nagging at me during the entire episode is that Michelle Dockery speaks in the exact same voice that Hayley Atwell uses on Conviction (whose latest episode we'd literally just watched immediately prior to GB).

Since both actress are British and portraying American characters (but very different ones), it feels like this is either the new coached American accent, or there's some overlap in their training. And it's more than just an accent -- they speak with the same actual voice, with a sort of whiskey-soaked throatiness that's also not a part of either of their natural speaking styles. The closest comparison I could make is Michelle Monaghan in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. Since Monaghan is from the Midwest, I could see that being the goal, maybe? Although Atwell's character is supposed to be upper crust East Coast, and Dockery's character is implied to be from Appalachia.

It's better than what I thought of as the previous accent, a sort of faltering New Jersey thing that only Hugh Laurie could actually pull off, but a lot of other actors tried and failed and sounded like they came from nowhere (the worst ever being Louise Lombard during her run on CSI).

Additional notes:
- Dockery's accent slips less than Atlwell's does. I adore Atwell, but she cannot sustain the American accent for an extended period, and it's frustrating.
- That said, there's a sequence during the first episode in which Dockery's character puts on a cloyingly awful Southern accent that I assumed was meant to be awful, since that's usually the American accent British actors do best (see Liz Taylor, etc).
- Conviction, which has been canceled even if the network won't acknowledge it, is a better show than it has a right to be, and in a world where quality rules, it would have outlasted a lot of other new shows (although it's still monumentally flawed at times).
- While I'm really impressed by the first two episode of Good Behavior, I'm curious as to how well the show can keep things up. But Dockery's every bit as good here as she was playing Susan Sto Helit (and I hear she also had a good run on some other show, too).
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So last night we watched the first two episodes of Good Behavior. It's a fine show so far, if very dark (like, if you're comparing it to the other con artist show TNT's known for, Leverage, it's about as dark as that show was fun). But one thing that kept nagging at me during the entire episode is that Michelle Dockery speaks in the exact same voice that Hayley Atwell uses on Conviction (whose latest episode we'd literally just watched immediately prior to GB).

Since both actress are British and portraying American characters (but very different ones), it feels like this is either the new coached American accent, or there's some overlap in their training. And it's more than just an accent -- they speak with the same actual voice, with a sort of whiskey-soaked throatiness that's also not a part of either of their natural speaking styles. The closest comparison I could make is Michelle Monaghan in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. Since Monaghan is from the Midwest, I could see that being the goal, maybe? Although Atwell's character is supposed to be upper crust East Coast, and Dockery's character is implied to be from Appalachia.

It's better than what I thought of as the previous accent, a sort of faltering New Jersey thing that only Hugh Laurie could actually pull off, but a lot of other actors tried and failed and sounded like they came from nowhere (the worst ever being Louise Lombard during her run on CSI).

Additional notes:
- Dockery's accent slips less than Atlwell's does. I adore Atwell, but she cannot sustain the American accent for an extended period, and it's frustrating.
- That said, there's a sequence during the first episode in which Dockery's character puts on a cloyingly awful Southern accent that I assumed was meant to be awful, since that's usually the American accent British actors do best (see Liz Taylor, etc).
- Conviction, which has been canceled even if the network won't acknowledge it, is a better show than it has a right to be, and in a world where quality rules, it would have outlasted a lot of other new shows (although it's still monumentally flawed at times).
- While I'm really impressed by the first two episode of Good Behavior, I'm curious as to how well the show can keep things up. But Dockery's every bit as good here as she was playing Susan Sto Helit (and I hear she also had a good run on some other show, too).
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My current read is Carrie Fisher's The Princess Diarist, which came out in 2016, and has this passage:
I've told the story of getting cast as Princess Leia many times before -- in interviews, on horseback, and in cardiac units -- so if you've previously heard this story before, I apologize for requiring some of your coveted store of patience.


Damn, that "cardiac unit" comment feels like a kick to the gut.

As with any of Carrie's books (fiction or nonfiction), I do highly recommend it. The world's a lesser place without her

ETA: And there in the acknowledgements at the end:
For my mother -- for being too stubborn and thoughtful to die. I love you, but that whole emergency, almost dying thing, wasn't funny. Don't even THINK about doing it again in any form.
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My current read is Carrie Fisher's The Princess Diarist, which came out in 2016, and has this passage:
I've told the story of getting cast as Princess Leia many times before -- in interviews, on horseback, and in cardiac units -- so if you've previously heard this story before, I apologize for requiring some of your coveted store of patience.


Damn, that "cardiac unit" comment feels like a kick to the gut.

As with any of Carrie's books (fiction or nonfiction), I do highly recommend it. The world's a lesser place without her.

ETA: And there in the acknowledgement at the end:
For my mother -- for being too stubborn and thoughtful to die. I love you, but that whole emergency, almost dying thing, wasn't funny. Don't even THINK about doing it again in any form.
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Most of these have been around for a while, but good longreads hold up. Yes, I should probably have sorted these by category, but frankly, too many of these can fit into more than one category, and too many would be easy to dismiss that way (the Katie Baker piece would surely have been categorized as either "sex" or "sports," when it's so much more, for example).

Anyway, for all that 2016 was a trashfire in so many ways (Trump getting elected by his racist cohort, everyone we love dying, etc), there was some fine writing. You should enjoy fine writing while you can.

Over at Buzzfeed, Isaac Fitzgerald (who I'd already heard speak to the topic on the late but awesome Intersection podcast) writes the Confessions of a Former Fat Kid. As a former fat kid (and current fat adult), this one sparks a LOT of thoughts for me (especially as someone who had a mother who both had her own struggles with weight, and continues to shame me over mine). Obviously, this is all about body image and weight, so take that into account if those are things you'd rather not read about.

I'm not even sure how to categorize this excellent piece (and book except) from David Reid over at Longreads, other than to let the title -- Postwar New York: The Supreme Metropolis of the Present and its even better tagline -- "Forty labor strikes on one day, French existentialists on the loose, and a 50-foot G.I. blowing enormous puffs of REAL smoke" -- speak for themselves.

I've raved about Film Crit Hulk plenty of times before, and this piece -- THE REVENANT, MAD MAX, And The Nexus Of Cinematic Language -- is superb. Some folks understandably find FCH columns tough because of the all-caps writing, but I find I get used to it after about a paragraph.

Back in the last century, there was an awful company called Tiger Oil that was run by a horrible man named Edward Davis who was pretty much every "asshole CEO" cliche you could imagine. These are his memos, which are funny as long as you can forget that real people suffered through this shit. For folks who prefer not to read image files, the transcripts of all the memos are at the bottom of the page.

Maddy Myers always writes incredible pieces, but her Professional Fake Nerd Girl piece on "booth babes" and cosplayers from last month is one of my favorites.

And to end by REALLY going down the rabbit hole, Pew Research has a huge piece (sadly broken up over multiple pages, but there's a link to the complete PDF on the side) called
Long-Form Reading Shows Signs of Life in Our Mobile News World.

In the New York Post, Dana Schuster and Georgett Roberts write about The Crazy Crash of NYC’s Hottest Vegan, a tale of celebrities, chefs, and larceny that feels like the NYC version of a Hiaasen story (except it's true). Any piece that includes the quote “she’s the vegan Bernie Madoff" is generally one I want to read.

In New York Magazine, Max Read asks, Did I Kill Gawker? His answer is a touch self-serving, but it's still worth the read. As is the Ad Age piece by Simon Dumenco arguing Never Mind Peter Thiel. Gawker Killed Itself, which makes an entirely different argument (which you can probably surmise).

Yeah, oral histories are overdone on the internet these days. But I still love The Go-Go's Recall the Debauched Days of Their Hit 'We Got the Beat' 35 Years Later: 'We Were a Five-Headed Monster', put together by Rob Tannenbaum over at Billboard.

Anyone following the stories about Caster Semenya probably should read The Life and Murder of Stella Walsh, Intersex Olympics Champion, also by Tannenbaum, this time at Longreads.

At The Atlantic, Ed Yong writes about How a Guy From a Montana Trailer Park Overturned 150 Years of Biology. The headline's a little misleadingly Buzzfeedy in its anti-academia implications (since the Guy From Montana is also a PhD), but the piece is fascinating.

In Men's Journal, Damon Tabor writes Lost in the Jungle: The Search for Cody Dial, reads like a mix of true crime and outdoor adventure, and is riveting (if heartbreaking).

At The Federalist (seriously), Marc Fitch's piece Inside Our National Zombie Nightmare Lurks The Politics Of Horror Fiction is a great overview of the field.

It's from a while back, but over at Deadspin, Katie Baker's The Confessions of a Former Adolescent Puck Tease is, in spite of the salaciousness (and hockey-centricity) of the title, actually a great reminiscence on the internet of the '90s.

Speaking of sports stories that are fascinating even if you don't care about sports, Welcome to the Big Time, in ESPN's Outside the Lines, is a fascinating deep dive into the rise and fall of FanDuel and DraftKings, two internet startups that did the sort of stupid and unethical things that make people long for the late '90s and the first internet bubble. Bonus feature: In this, we learn that DraftKings has its origins in Watertown to some degree. When the cops aren't illegally shutting down our entire town in a manhunt, we're a hotbed of shitheel ethics!

Complex's list of The Best Rapper Alive Every Year Since 1979 is awesome and makes a great case each time (noting the runners up).

I Kickstarted my first novel, sold 1,319 books, and made $4,369.14 (so far) — and so can you (maybe) (under fairly specific circumstances) is one of the best and deepest looks at what it means to kickstart a novel (and why it really won't work for most people), brought to you by the guy who writes The Comics Curmudgeon.

Over at Vox, Laura Saetveit Miles writes about how Stephen Greenblatt's The Swerve racked up prizes — and completely misled you about the Middle Ages. Given how hyped this book was, it's amazing I didn't see more about this article when it broke.

As I've mentioned before, my all-time favorite computer game was Dungeon Master for the Atari ST, which is a genuinely groundbreaking game that is still a blast to play. Here's a great two-parter, with one section on the history of Dungeon Master (and FTL, the company behind it), and one on the game itself.

Outside Magazine has produced some amazing reporting (and podcasts) over the last year or so. This piece on what happened to Eastern Airlines Flight 980 (lost decades ago) had me hooked.

Related to that, Lauren Larson has a great piece at GQ about Robert Jensen, the Man Who Cleans up After Plane Crashes.

And finally, the 24-year-old Coca-Cola Virgin is a first person essay about someone who managed to never taste the soda as a kid attempting to ensure that her fist experience is perfect.
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Most of these have been around for a while, but good longreads hold up. Yes, I should probably have sorted these by category, but frankly, too many of these can fit into more than one category, and too many would be easy to dismiss that way (the Katie Baker piece would surely have been categorized as either "sex" or "sports," when it's so much more, for example).

Anyway, for all that 2016 was a trashfire in so many ways (Trump getting elected by his racist cohort, everyone we love dying, etc), there was some fine writing. You should enjoy fine writing while you can.

Over at Buzzfeed, Isaac Fitzgerald (who I'd already heard speak to the topic on the late but awesome Intersection podcast) writes the Confessions of a Former Fat Kid. As a former fat kid (and current fat adult), this one sparks a LOT of thoughts for me (especially as someone who had a mother who both had her own struggles with weight, and continues to shame me over mine). Obviously, this is all about body image and weight, so take that into account if those are things you'd rather not read about.

I'm not even sure how to categorize this excellent piece (and book except) from David Reid over at Longreads, other than to let the title -- Postwar New York: The Supreme Metropolis of the Present and its even better tagline -- "Forty labor strikes on one day, French existentialists on the loose, and a 50-foot G.I. blowing enormous puffs of REAL smoke" -- speak for themselves.

I've raved about Film Crit Hulk plenty of times before, and this piece -- THE REVENANT, MAD MAX, And The Nexus Of Cinematic Language -- is superb. Some folks understandably find FCH columns tough because of the all-caps writing, but I find I get used to it after about a paragraph.

Back in the last century, there was an awful company called Tiger Oil that was run by a horrible man named Edward Davis who was pretty much every "asshole CEO" cliche you could imagine. These are his memos, which are funny as long as you can forget that real people suffered through this shit. For folks who prefer not to read image files, the transcripts of all the memos are at the bottom of the page.

Maddy Myers always writes incredible pieces, but her Professional Fake Nerd Girl piece on "booth babes" and cosplayers from last month is one of my favorites.

And to end by REALLY going down the rabbit hole, Pew Research has a huge piece (sadly broken up over multiple pages, but there's a link to the complete PDF on the side) called
Long-Form Reading Shows Signs of Life in Our Mobile News World.

In the New York Post, Dana Schuster and Georgett Roberts write about The Crazy Crash of NYC’s Hottest Vegan, a tale of celebrities, chefs, and larceny that feels like the NYC version of a Hiaasen story (except it's true). Any piece that includes the quote “she’s the vegan Bernie Madoff" is generally one I want to read.

In New York Magazine, Max Read asks, Did I Kill Gawker? His answer is a touch self-serving, but it's still worth the read. As is the Ad Age piece by Simon Dumenco arguing Never Mind Peter Thiel. Gawker Killed Itself, which makes an entirely different argument (which you can probably surmise).

Yeah, oral histories are overdone on the internet these days. But I still love The Go-Go's Recall the Debauched Days of Their Hit 'We Got the Beat' 35 Years Later: 'We Were a Five-Headed Monster', put together by Rob Tannenbaum over at Billboard.

Anyone following the stories about Caster Semenya probably should read The Life and Murder of Stella Walsh, Intersex Olympics Champion, also by Tannenbaum, this time at Longreads.

At The Atlantic, Ed Yong writes about How a Guy From a Montana Trailer Park Overturned 150 Years of Biology. The headline's a little misleadingly Buzzfeedy in its anti-academia implications (since the Guy From Montana is also a PhD), but the piece is fascinating.

In Men's Journal, Damon Tabor writes Lost in the Jungle: The Search for Cody Dial, reads like a mix of true crime and outdoor adventure, and is riveting (if heartbreaking).

At The Federalist (seriously), Marc Fitch's piece Inside Our National Zombie Nightmare Lurks The Politics Of Horror Fiction is a great overview of the field.

It's from a while back, but over at Deadspin, Katie Baker's The Confessions of a Former Adolescent Puck Tease is, in spite of the salaciousness (and hockey-centricity) of the title, actually a great reminiscence on the internet of the '90s.

Speaking of sports stories that are fascinating even if you don't care about sports, Welcome to the Big Time, in ESPN's Outside the Lines, is a fascinating deep dive into the rise and fall of FanDuel and DraftKings, two internet startups that did the sort of stupid and unethical things that make people long for the late '90s and the first internet bubble. Bonus feature: In this, we learn that DraftKings has its origins in Watertown to some degree. When the cops aren't illegally shutting down our entire town in a manhunt, we're a hotbed of shitheel ethics!

Complex's list of The Best Rapper Alive Every Year Since 1979 is awesome and makes a great case each time (noting the runners up).

I Kickstarted my first novel, sold 1,319 books, and made $4,369.14 (so far) — and so can you (maybe) (under fairly specific circumstances) is one of the best and deepest looks at what it means to kickstart a novel (and why it really won't work for most people), brought to you by the guy who writes The Comics Curmudgeon.

Over at Vox, Laura Saetveit Miles writes about how Stephen Greenblatt's The Swerve racked up prizes — and completely misled you about the Middle Ages. Given how hyped this book was, it's amazing I didn't see more about this article when it broke.

As I've mentioned before, my all-time favorite computer game was Dungeon Master for the Atari ST, which is a genuinely groundbreaking game that is still a blast to play. Here's a great two-parter, with one section on the history of Dungeon Master (and FTL, the company behind it), and one on the game itself.

Outside Magazine has produced some amazing reporting (and podcasts) over the last year or so. This piece on what happened to Eastern Airlines Flight 980 (lost decades ago) had me hooked.

Related to that, Lauren Larson has a great piece at GQ about Robert Jensen, the Man Who Cleans up After Plane Crashes.

And finally, the 24-year-old Coca-Cola Virgin is a first person essay about someone who managed to never taste the soda as a kid attempting to ensure that her fist experience is perfect.
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Merry Christmas/Happy Hanukkah, etc. This'll be a tiny post, because lack of time, etc.

Shockingly, the big deal of the day is on digital Kindle books. There are a LOT of really good choices here, including Roxane Gay's Bad Feminist, Neil Gaiman's American Gods, Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney's The Nest, Karin Slaughter's The Kept Woman, and a lot more.

Meanwhile, every single Haikasoru ebook is on sale for $4.99 through January 3. There's some really good stuff here (including The Future is Japanese, All You Need is Kill, and a lot more.

And in non-digital deals, Dead Rising 4 for the Xbox One is $29.99 (50% off).
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Merry Christmas/Happy Hanukkah, etc. This'll be a tiny post, because lack of time, etc.

Shockingly, the big deal of the day is on digital Kindle books. There are a LOT of really good choices here, including Roxane Gay's Bad Feminist, Neil Gaiman's American Gods, Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney's The Nest, Karin Slaughter's The Kept Woman, and a lot more.

Meanwhile, every single Haikasoru ebook is on sale for $4.99 through January 3. There's some really good stuff here (including The Future is Japanese, All You Need is Kill, and a lot more.

And in non-digital deals, Dead Rising 4 for the Xbox One is $29.99 (50% off).
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(Previous deals still active: Tons of cheap toys, the $.99 Amazon Movie Rental, the Instant Pot , the Sorcery and Cecelia books, and Amazon devices including Amazon Dot, Amazon Echo, Tap, Kindle Paperwhite, Fire, Fire Kids Tablet, and the Fire HD 10 Tablet.

If you live in one of 29 major markets and are reading this before 9:30 AM local time, you can have Amazon Gift Cards shipped for $.01 to arrive today! And if you're not, honestly, the gift cards are really obvious inside their packaging, so emailing a gift card tomorrow won't change a lot of the surprise.

The main Deal of the Day is a refurbished Ninja Coffee Bar Brewer for $99.99 (33% off). Needless to say, this will not arrive in time for Christmas.

The other DotD is a bunch of $1 magazine subscriptions! Each is six months long (so anywhere from 3-6 issues), but for $1, that's still a hell of a deal. This includes Food Network Magazine, O, Cosmo, Esquire, Country Living, Car and Driver, HGTV, Seventeen, and more.

A Kindle Daily Deal will get you Blood of Elves (the first book in the Witcher series) by Andrzej Sapkowski for $2.99.

Through the end of the month, Amazon's offering $10 off for new subscribers to Music Unlimited. Since they also give one month free, that's almost 2.5 months free for Prime members (or two months for non-Prime). Not as nice as the $20 credit they had yesterday, but nicer than no credit at all.

Amazon's also now offering a Sample Store, exclusively for Prime members. You can order individual items from various lines of everything from makeup to snack bars to baby wipes, and get that amount credited to your account for a full purchase from the same brand. Note that their categorizations leave a little to be desired (you don't eat shampoo, for example).

In video games, LEGO Star Wars: Force Awakens Deluxe Edition (which includes all DLC, an action figure, etc) is $29.99 (57% off) for the PS4. Doom for the PS4 is down to $19.99 (50% off), but backordered. And Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition for the PS4 is $10 (75% off) as a digital code.

For computer gamers, Rollercoaster Tycoon 2: Triple Thrill Pack is $2.99 (75% off).

And finally, Amazon's got a sale on Stocking Stuffers, and some of them are ones that you can have delivered same-day for free if you spend $35 (that said, probably wiser to go into this one looking for extra gifts for the upcoming year at this stage, or for gifts for upcoming winter holidays that take place after December 25).
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(Previous deals still active: Tons of cheap toys, the $.99 Amazon Movie Rental, the Instant Pot , the Sorcery and Cecelia books, and Amazon devices including Amazon Dot, Amazon Echo, Tap, Kindle Paperwhite, Fire, Fire Kids Tablet, and the Fire HD 10 Tablet.

If you live in one of 29 major markets and are reading this before 9:30 AM local time, you can have Amazon Gift Cards shipped for $.01 to arrive today! And if you're not, honestly, the gift cards are really obvious inside their packaging, so emailing a gift card tomorrow won't change a lot of the surprise.

The main Deal of the Day is a refurbished Ninja Coffee Bar Brewer for $99.99 (33% off). Needless to say, this will not arrive in time for Christmas.

The other DotD is a bunch of $1 magazine subscriptions! Each is six months long (so anywhere from 3-6 issues), but for $1, that's still a hell of a deal. This includes Food Network Magazine, O, Cosmo, Esquire, Country Living, Car and Driver, HGTV, Seventeen, and more.

A Kindle Daily Deal will get you Blood of Elves (the first book in the Witcher series) by Andrzej Sapkowski for $2.99.

Through the end of the month, Amazon's offering $10 off for new subscribers to Music Unlimited. Since they also give one month free, that's almost 2.5 months free for Prime members (or two months for non-Prime). Not as nice as the $20 credit they had yesterday, but nicer than no credit at all.

Amazon's also now offering a Sample Store, exclusively for Prime members. You can order individual items from various lines of everything from makeup to snack bars to baby wipes, and get that amount credited to your account for a full purchase from the same brand. Note that their categorizations leave a little to be desired (you don't eat shampoo, for example).

In video games, LEGO Star Wars: Force Awakens Deluxe Edition (which includes all DLC, an action figure, etc) is $29.99 (57% off) for the PS4. Doom for the PS4 is down to $19.99 (50% off), but backordered. And Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition for the PS4 is $10 (75% off) as a digital code.

For computer gamers, Rollercoaster Tycoon 2: Triple Thrill Pack is $2.99 (75% off).

And finally, Amazon's got a sale on Stocking Stuffers, and some of them are ones that you can have delivered same-day for free if you spend $35 (that said, probably wiser to go into this one looking for extra gifts for the upcoming year at this stage, or for gifts for upcoming winter holidays that take place after December 25).
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(See Yesterday's Post for the board games that are still active, and this post for the still-active deals on Amazon Devices like the Dot, Kindle, Echo, etc).

It's the day before Christmas Eve, so needless to say, don't get things expecting them in time for the 24th unless Amazon says they can do it. Hell, even if you're a fellow Hanukkizer, make sure the items are in stock if you want them by night 8.

One Daily Deal is on over 400 cheap toys. This includes Fisher-Price, Bob the Builder, Monster High, board games, action figures, and more (and includes the board game deals previously mentioned here).

One Kindle Daily Deal offers Clifford Simak's Hugo-winning Way Station for $1.99. Another nabs you TV (The Book): Two Experts Pick the Greatest American Shows of All Time for $3.99. I heard a really good interview with the authors of the latter on Pop Culture Happy Hour this year, and meant to track it down anyway.

In Amazon Video, you can rent any movie (literally, any movie, including stuff from this year) for $.99 with the coupon code MOVIE99. This one runs for a month.

And if you have Amazon Prime, you can get a $20 credit for Amazon Music Unlimited that kicks in after the free month, basically meaning you get 3.5 months for free.

And finally, the Steam Link (which allows you to stream Steam games to your TV) is $19.99 (60% off).
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(See Yesterday's Post for the board games that are still active, and this post for the still-active deals on Amazon Devices like the Dot, Kindle, Echo, etc).

It's the day before Christmas Eve, so needless to say, don't get things expecting them in time for the 24th unless Amazon says they can do it. Hell, even if you're a fellow Hanukkizer, make sure the items are in stock if you want them by night 8.

One Daily Deal is on over 400 cheap toys. This includes Fisher-Price, Bob the Builder, Monster High, board games, action figures, and more (and includes the board game deals previously mentioned here).

One Kindle Daily Deal offers Clifford Simak's Hugo-winning Way Station for $1.99. Another nabs you TV (The Book): Two Experts Pick the Greatest American Shows of All Time for $3.99. I heard a really good interview with the authors of the latter on Pop Culture Happy Hour this year, and meant to track it down anyway.

In Amazon Video, you can rent any movie (literally, any movie, including stuff from this year) for $.99 with the coupon code MOVIE99. This one runs for a month.

And if you have Amazon Prime, you can get a $20 credit for Amazon Music Unlimited that kicks in after the free month, basically meaning you get 3.5 months for free.

And finally, the Steam Link (which allows you to stream Steam games to your TV) is $19.99 (60% off).
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With two shipping days until Christmas Eve, the deals are becoming a touch scarce (although the Amazon devices deals on things like the Dot, Echo, and Fire are still active, surprisingly).

It's not a shock that one daily deal is on Digital Subscriptions, most at three months for the price of one, but CreativeBug is going for $.99 for three months. These are service subscriptions (video tutorials, music, business services, fitness services), but are nice deals if they work for you.

Also a good digital gift option: Kindle Unlimited is 25% off for a year (so $88.99 instead of $119.99).

And there's a daily deal on Christmas ornaments and collectibles, which is probably a little too late for most folks unless decorating the tree on Christmas eve is a part of your tradition.

Amazon's also got a bunch of $5 magazine subscriptions, including The New Yorker (digital and print), Martha Stewart Living, Rachel Ray Everyday, Teen Vogue (a magazine that's shown itself to be delightfully opposed to the incoming asshole-in-chief recently), GQ, Golf Digest, and more. They also have Vanity Fair (digital and print) for $15, so subscribe to piss off Trump.

In board games, Alhambra's $13.47 (61% off)! It won't arrive until after Christmas, but this is totally worth grabbing, as is Alhambra: the Cardgame for $9 (70% off).. Also cheap in board games: Treasure Hunter (by Richard Garfield), for $15 (70% off), Paris Connection for $12.60 (80% off), Dark Darker Darkest for $16 (66% off), and the inexplicable Clue Alien vs Predator Edition for $16 (60% off).

In games, Cities: Skylines is $7.50 (75% off) for a Steam Download, and Thief for the Xbox One is $5 (75% off). The PS3/Xbox360 downloads of Thief are only $3.75, but no discount for for the PS4.

And finally, there's another big under-$5 Blu-Ray sale, with a ton of movies like Scrooged, Independence Day, Pulp Fiction, Paranormal Activity, Olympus Has Fallen, Dredd, Shutter Island, Glengarry Glen Ross, Salt, Last Action Hero, Pet Sematary, Spawn, Rio, and dozens more.
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With two shipping days until Christmas Eve, the deals are becoming a touch scarce (although the Amazon devices deals on things like the Dot, Echo, and Fire are still active, surprisingly).

It's not a shock that one daily deal is on Digital Subscriptions, most at three months for the price of one, but CreativeBug is going for $.99 for three months. These are service subscriptions (video tutorials, music, business services, fitness services), but are nice deals if they work for you.

Also a good digital gift option: Kindle Unlimited is 25% off for a year (so $88.99 instead of $119.99).

And there's a daily deal on Christmas ornaments and collectibles, which is probably a little too late for most folks unless decorating the tree on Christmas eve is a part of your tradition.

Amazon's also got a bunch of $5 magazine subscriptions, including The New Yorker (digital and print), Martha Stewart Living, Rachel Ray Everyday, Teen Vogue (a magazine that's shown itself to be delightfully opposed to the incoming asshole-in-chief recently), GQ, Golf Digest, and more. They also have Vanity Fair (digital and print) for $15, so subscribe to piss off Trump.

In board games, Alhambra's $13.47 (61% off)! It won't arrive until after Christmas, but this is totally worth grabbing, as is Alhambra: the Cardgame for $9 (70% off).. Also cheap in board games: Treasure Hunter (by Richard Garfield), for $15 (70% off), Paris Connection for $12.60 (80% off), Dark Darker Darkest for $16 (66% off), and the inexplicable Clue Alien vs Predator Edition for $16 (60% off).

In games, Cities: Skylines is $7.50 (75% off) for a Steam Download, and Thief for the Xbox One is $5 (75% off). The PS3/Xbox360 downloads of Thief are only $3.75, but no discount for for the PS4.

And finally, there's another big under-$5 Blu-Ray sale, with a ton of movies like Scrooged, Independence Day, Pulp Fiction, Paranormal Activity, Olympus Has Fallen, Dredd, Shutter Island, Glengarry Glen Ross, Salt, Last Action Hero, Pet Sematary, Spawn, Rio, and dozens more.
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Taking a day to get stuff done, so see yesterday's post for links to active deals, but a few things to highlight today:

One daily deal is on a ton of Anime, including Cowboy Bebop, which you should buy today if you don't own it already. Other series here include Evangelion, Ghost in the Shell, Black Butler, and more

Another daily deal is on NHL jerseys and hoodies at 40% off.

Other deals:

Watch Dogs 2 is down to $34.99 (42% off).

Magic The Gathering: Arena of the Planeswalkers Shadows Over Innistrad is $9 (70% off, about $6 off other deals).

And for folks looking for more cheap-ass classical MP3s, the Big Beethoven Box is $.99 (less than a penny a song). Since all MP3 purchases get added to your Amazon Music account and don't count against your limit (so you don't need Prime Music or Music Unlimited), you can then stream any of them if you get an Echo or Dot (and is especially nice if you've got promotional credits from the occasional shipping offer in your account).
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Taking a day to get stuff done, so see yesterday's post for links to active deals, but a few things to highlight today:

One daily deal is on a ton of Anime, including Cowboy Bebop, which you should buy today if you don't own it already. Other series here include Evangelion, Ghost in the Shell, Black Butler, and more

Another daily deal is on NHL jerseys and hoodies at 40% off.

Other deals:

Watch Dogs 2 is down to $34.99 (42% off).

Magic The Gathering: Arena of the Planeswalkers Shadows Over Innistrad is $9 (70% off, about $6 off other deals).

And for folks looking for more cheap-ass classical MP3s, the Big Beethoven Box is $.99 (less than a penny a song). Since all MP3 purchases get added to your Amazon Music account and don't count against your limit (so you don't need Prime Music or Music Unlimited), you can then stream any of them if you get an Echo or Dot (and is especially nice if you've got promotional credits from the occasional shipping offer in your account).
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(See yesterday's post for deals on Playstation Plus, kitchen stuff, and PS4 games. And Sunday's post for deals on Amazon gadgets like the Dot, video games, dvds, kitchen stuff, and more).

Original plan: Take a skip day, as I've got a lot to do (including picking the daughter up from college), and these posts do take a while. But Amazon ruined that by putting up a few deals I had to mention.

The big daily deal is Final Fantasy XV for $34.99 (42% off) for the PS4 or Xbox. The game's less than a month old, and this is almost obscenely cheap at this stage. Like Black Friday level.

Another daily deal offers a variety of Calphalon items for huge discounts. Seeing as I was saying how much I like their stuff literally just yesterday, I had to mention this one, too.

For people who are handy (not me!), the Dremel 4000-6/50 120-Volt Variable-Speed Rotary Tool with 50 Accessories is $89 (29% off).

And I guess Furbys are still a thing? The Furby Connect is going for $39.99 (60% off) today only.

In non daily deals (AFAIK -- Amazon's changed the price on this so often, who can tell?), the 6-quart Instant Pot is back down to $79! Since they're claiming a list price of $99, I suspect this is a mistake (since that would make it cheaper than the 5-quart version).

Amazon keeps extending the $5 off $15 Book Coupon. It now expires tomorrow, so use it if you haven't already!

And Doom for the PS4 and Fallout 4 for the PS4/Xbox are down to $19.99 (50% off) each (presumably just in time for the inevitable GotY editions).
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(See yesterday's post for deals on Playstation Plus, kitchen stuff, and PS4 games. And Sunday's post for deals on Amazon gadgets like the Dot, video games, dvds, kitchen stuff, and more).

Original plan: Take a skip day, as I've got a lot to do (including picking the daughter up from college), and these posts do take a while. But Amazon ruined that by putting up a few deals I had to mention.

The big daily deal is Final Fantasy XV for $34.99 (42% off) for the PS4 or Xbox. The game's less than a month old, and this is almost obscenely cheap at this stage. Like Black Friday level.

Another daily deal offers a variety of Calphalon items for huge discounts. Seeing as I was saying how much I like their stuff literally just yesterday, I had to mention this one, too.

For people who are handy (not me!), the Dremel 4000-6/50 120-Volt Variable-Speed Rotary Tool with 50 Accessories is $89 (29% off).

And I guess Furbys are still a thing? The Furby Connect is going for $39.99 (60% off) today only.

In non daily deals (AFAIK -- Amazon's changed the price on this so often, who can tell?), the 6-quart Instant Pot is back down to $79! Since they're claiming a list price of $99, I suspect this is a mistake (since that would make it cheaper than the 5-quart version).

Amazon keeps extending the $5 off $15 Book Coupon. It now expires tomorrow, so use it if you haven't already!

And Doom for the PS4 and Fallout 4 for the PS4/Xbox are down to $19.99 (50% off) each (presumably just in time for the inevitable GotY editions).
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Happy Monday Before Chrstmasukkah! There's a wrap-up of current deals (including those Amazon Kindle/Echo/Dot deals) at the top of yesterday's post.

As is often the case at this time of the year, the Warner Brothers DVD Collections are on sale. The 100 Film DVD Collection is $74.99 (87% off), and the 50 Film Blu-Ray Collection is $69.99 (88% off). Both contain classics ranging from The Wizard of Oz to Casablanca to 2001 to The Shining to LOTR.

Another daily deal gets you the Logitech Harmony Remotes for either $79.99 (for the IR version) or $169.99 (for the RF version). Both are at least 43% off.

There's a huge Amazon Fashion Gifts Under $50 sale, with clothing for adults and kids, and a variety of travel gear (mostly totes and backpacks) as well.

One of today's Kindle Daily Deals gets you Divergent for $2.99.

In non-daily deals, in the kitchen area, the Rubbermaid FreshWorks Produce Saver Food Storage Container (two-piece set) is $13.99 (30% off). This is one of those things that feels like an "as seen on TV" thing, but if it works, is damned cool.

The 6-piece Calphalon Nonstick Bakeware Set is $25.49 (15% off, but really nearly $15 off other prices). As you know, I adore Calphalon, although I tend to not use much nonstick stuff.

Another AmazonBasics item on sale is the 3-piece Bamboo Cutting Board Set for $12.99 (13% off). They also have their AmazonBasics 3-Piece Silicon Spatula Set going for $6.99 (22% off).

For folks who camp (which would NOT be me, ever), the Lifestraw Personal Water Filter is $13.99 (30% off).

In movies, while not on sale, Luc Besson's original La Femme Nikita is $4.75 on Blu-Ray. I love living in a world where a movie this good can be acquired this cheaply even without a sale.

In video game, Senran Kagura Estival Versus - Endless Summer Edition for the PS4 is $29.99 (25% off).

Grand Kingdom: Limited Edition for the PS4 is $37.99 (53% off, and cheaper than the non-limited edition). If this one lasts a few more days (when I have more money), I may snag it, as SRPGs are a thing to be encouraged.

And the Day 1 Edition of God Eater 2: Rage Burst is $22.61 for the PS4.

And finally, a year of Playstation Plus is $49.99 ($10 off)!
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Happy Monday Before Chrstmasukkah! There's a wrap-up of current deals (including those Amazon Kindle/Echo/Dot deals) at the top of yesterday's post.

As is often the case at this time of the year, the Warner Brothers DVD Collections are on sale. The 100 Film DVD Collection is $74.99 (87% off), and the 50 Film Blu-Ray Collection is $69.99 (88% off). Both contain classics ranging from The Wizard of Oz to Casablanca to 2001 to The Shining to LOTR.

Another daily deal gets you the Logitech Harmony Remotes for either $79.99 (for the IR version) or $169.99 (for the RF version). Both are at least 43% off.

There's a huge Amazon Fashion Gifts Under $50 sale, with clothing for adults and kids, and a variety of travel gear (mostly totes and backpacks) as well.

One of today's Kindle Daily Deals gets you Divergent for $2.99.

In non-daily deals, in the kitchen area, the Rubbermaid FreshWorks Produce Saver Food Storage Container (two-piece set) is $13.99 (30% off). This is one of those things that feels like an "as seen on TV" thing, but if it works, is damned cool.

The 6-piece Calphalon Nonstick Bakeware Set is $25.49 (15% off, but really nearly $15 off other prices). As you know, I adore Calphalon, although I tend to not use much nonstick stuff.

Another AmazonBasics item on sale is the 3-piece Bamboo Cutting Board Set for $12.99 (13% off). They also have their AmazonBasics 3-Piece Silicon Spatula Set going for $6.99 (22% off).

For folks who camp (which would NOT be me, ever), the Lifestraw Personal Water Filter is $13.99 (30% off).

In movies, while not on sale, Luc Besson's original La Femme Nikita is $4.75 on Blu-Ray. I love living in a world where a movie this good can be acquired this cheaply even without a sale.

In video game, Senran Kagura Estival Versus - Endless Summer Edition for the PS4 is $29.99 (25% off).

Grand Kingdom: Limited Edition for the PS4 is $37.99 (53% off, and cheaper than the non-limited edition). If this one lasts a few more days (when I have more money), I may snag it, as SRPGs are a thing to be encouraged.

And the Day 1 Edition of God Eater 2: Rage Burst is $22.61 for the PS4.

And finally, a year of Playstation Plus is $49.99 ($10 off)!

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