Amazon Book Returns; Naked Men in Paris; Blake Skjellerup, Gay, Olympics

Amazon Book Returns

I once wrote a much longer post about Amazon’s return policy on e-books, here. I went into details about several things and I’m only going to link right now. But the reason I’m posting about this again is because I saw something interesting that had never occurred to me before with e-book returns. On social media, I noticed someone mention that an e-book where all the proceeds were going to charity was returned.

From my original post. This is Amazon’s return policy.

Books you purchase from the Kindle Store are eligible for return and refund if we receive your request within seven days of the date of purchase. Once a refund is issued, you’ll no longer have access to the book. To request a refund and return content, visit Manage Your Kindle, Click the Actions button next to the title you’d like to return, and select Return for refund, or contact customer service.
As I said, I’m on the fence about this for many reasons I’m not getting into right now. One reason I’m against the return policy is I do nothing on impulse. I know what I’m buying, why I’m buying it, and I rarely return anything, including books. But not everyone is that focused. I get that. In some cases I can see why someone would want to return a book. Frankly, I’d love to have the ability to return movies.

But to return a book where all the money is going to charity is not only shabby, the person who does this has a cold heart that will most likely melt in hell someday. I’m a big believer in karma and metaphysics. I’m in the process of learning how to do online curses…on a small scale. Karma always comes back to get you. And when you’re laying there and suffering yourself someday, and you will be, make no mistake about that, you’ll remember the day you returned that e-book where all the money went to charity.

Naked Men in Paris

If you haven’t seen the naked men exhibit in Paris at Paris’ Musée d’Orsay Guy Cogeval there’s still time to check it out.

The exhibit running from 24 September 2013 until 2 January 2014 will include over 200 pieces that range from classical pieces like paintings and sculptures to contemporary works by gay artists including Pierre et Gilles, David Lachapelle and George Platt Lynes.

I’m personally a huge fan of George Platt Lynes. I used to sell art books about him when I owned my gallery in New Hope, and I had one artist…a seventy year old straight woman…who would sculpt small figures based on Lynes photos. They were her muses, so to speak. Her focus was often on the penis.

I think the male nude as an art form still has a way to go, especially in the US where anything penis related is often considered taboo. There are also psychological factors, too, and penis envy isn’t just a theory for some people. It’s a way of life.

You can read more here.

Blake Skjellerup, Gay, Olympics

Speed skater, Blake Skjellerup, recently put in a bid to be part of the Olympics in Russia this winter. He’d also planned on wearing a rainbow pin in public, in Russia, to show his support for equal rights. Unfortunately, he didn’t qualify.

He was painfully close missing by just one spot. In all, 32 automatic bids were handed out and Skjellerup finished 33rd, according to Outsports.com.

But not all hope is lost. Skjellerup is the first alternate and could still compete if one of the qualifying nations does not send a skater.

They have until 10 January to notify the International Olympic Committee.

At least he’s standing up for what he believes in. I’m still for the boycott. You can read more here.

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