Megan McArdle has started a meme posting the details of her first Amazon purchase.

Amazon did not launch in Canada until 2002. My first purchase from Amazon.ca was Good to Great made Aug 14, 2002. I remember that I loved the business anecdotes in the book but that I hated the analysis of what makes companies great.

I certainly did not remember what book was in my first order but I certainly remember my first order from Amazon.ca. I had been ordering books online from Chapters.ca for several years at that point and I was much happier with the overall process with Amazon than I was with Chapters.

My first Chapters.ca purchase was From Naked Ape to Superspecies by David Suzuki made Nov 18, 1999. I don’t remember anything specific from this book but I do currently have a strong dislike for Suzuki’s brand of eco-nihilism. I suspect I disliked his point of view then too.

SDF

February 23, 2010

The Daily Shoot assignment #100

Monochrome photos don’t have to be the result of processing or desaturation. Find a monochrome composition and shoot it.

SDF

Fragile State

February 17, 2010

The Daily Shoot assignment #94

Fragility conveys tension. Make a photo today of a person or object in a fragile state.

Fragile State

Odd Watches

February 13, 2010

The Daily Shoot assignment #90

Odd or even: Compose an image with an odd or even number of subjects today, and make a photo.

Odd Watches

Checklist Manifesto

February 12, 2010

The Daily Shoot assignment #89

Continuing the Friday fun theme, make a photo that goes with the title of a book you’ve read.

I have recently read The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande as well as his other two books “Better” and “Complications”. The two older books are compilations of his pieces in the New Yorker while the new book expands on the medical checklist theme which he and others have written about recently. Highly recommended.

Checklist Manifesto

Wide Up

February 11, 2010

The Daily Shoot assignment #88

We often get stuck in a rut of always zooming to the longest focal length. Break out today by making a wide-angle photo.

Wide Up

Walk

February 10, 2010

The Daily Shoot assignment #87

We all have some sort of hobby or favorite activity. Make a photo that shows something you enjoy doing. (via @azmichelle)

Walk