Up to 50% off on anime movies and series on Amazon March 31, 2010

Huzzah! Today, you can save up to 50% off anime movies and series on Amazon.

There are several excellent series and movies at reasonable prices (high praise from this frugal anime fan), including:

I don’t know if I’ll last the day without spending some of my gift money on the Shana: Box Set or Samurai Champloo: The Complete Collection. Both are series I’ve wanted to own for a long while now. And, of course, Tokyo Godfathers remains one of my favorite anime films ever.

If you decide to drop some coin on anime deals today, feel free to post a comment and tell me what you picked up!

Pre-order Super Mario Galaxy 2, get $20 off future Amazon video game order

If the $50 USD price tag for Super Mario Galaxy 2 is keeping you from pre-ordering, then maybe $20 USD to put toward a future game purchase will help change your mind:

Order Super Mario Galaxy 2 and get $20 off a future video game purchase. The promotional code will be placed directly into your Amazon.com account within 2 business days after the product ships. Offer valid when shipped and sold by Amazon.com. Promotion valid on all existing orders. Limit of both one per household and one per customer. Amazon reserves the right to change or terminate this promotion at any time.

Source: Amazon.com: Super Mario Galaxy 2: Video Games

Futurama: The Complete Collection for $85 shipped on Amazon

Futurama: The Complete Collection is on sale for $85 USD (list price: $199.98 USD) shipped on Amazon today (Thursday, March 11, 2010).

The pack includes all episodes of the Futurama television series, all four Futurama movies, and a collectible Bender head.

I may have to break down and finally spend some of the Christmas gift money I’ve been hoarding.

Update: HUZZAH! Just ordered the Collection from Amazon a few minutes ago.

Books (and a DVD) on screenwriting

I recently decided to write a screenplay and need some help figuring out the formatting and other technical details. It had been a few months since I had visited my local library, so I decided to drop by and check out a few books and a DVD:

  1. Aristotle’s Poetics for Screenwriters: Storytelling Secrets From the Greatest Mind in Western Civilization
  2. Screenwriting for Dummies
  3. Syd Field’s Screenwriting Workshop
  4. Teach Yourself Screenwriting, Third Edition
  5. Writing a Great Movie: Key Tools for Successful Screenwriting

I just got the books home; I have the books for 3 weeks and the DVD for one week. I’ll try to remember to post again if any of the resources listed above were especially helpful.

If you have any books or videos you’d recommend for an aspiring screenwriter (especially resources that cover technical details like formatting), please leave a comment with your recommendation.

A new low for craigslist job ads: From scams to sleaze

I recently sent an e-mail to ask for additional details on a local Human Resources Support position advertised through craigslist. Here’s my initial e-mail:


My name is REMOVED and I am writing to request more information about the HR Support position your company advertised on craigslist.

•    What is the name of your company?
•    Where is your company located?
•    What schedule is a HR Support expected to work?

I’ve made it a personal policy to be cautious when applying for jobs listed on craigslist, so any answers you can provide are greatly appreciated.


That’s the typical e-mail I send to any craigslist jobs listing poster that may be legit. It’s my safeguard against the multitude of scam posts that earned the posting site its derogatory alias “dregslist.” (Credit for the ingenious nickname goes to my wife.)

When I send that e-mail, I usually expect no response at all or a form letter completely ignoring my question and featuring a link to an online “application” instead. At that point, my suspicions are confirmed, I ignore the reply, and I move on.

This case is a bit different, though.

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