It ain’t peanut butter and jelly…

It’s Peanuts Jam!

I’m not absolutely positive what this Japanese item is, but just looking at it I suspect that it’s a radio that the unconnected Peanuts figures automatically bop along to the music. I’m not into buying too many Peanuts things that aren’t books, but this one does look cool.

And besides, I wanted to post something, and it’s been a while since there’s been any Peanuts book news (other than the release of the cover image for A Peanuts Valentine).

Which isn’t to say that has been quiet. Quite the opposite, the site’s been getting more traffic than ever, but for odd reasons. Doing so much work with getting material from Amazon and driving customers to them, I got a bit curious about the way that they display book covers and other product pictures. Poking around a bit, I discovered that Amazon doesn’t actually store images at all the different sizes and with all the percent-off bullets and other features which they display – each image is actually generated on the fly, based on information hidden in the image’s URL (the file name). So I made a web page on about how to get Amazon to put out odd and interesting versions of their product images (using a Peanuts book cover as my example), figuring that a few geeks like myself would be interested. Next thing I know, a ton of blogs are linking to it and tens of thousands of folks are visiting the page. It really kept me hopping! I also put up a page showing some artistic use of messing with the Amazon image server. (Warning to folks in sensitive environments: it does include a slightly rude shot of men’s underwear.) Below is one example (and just to note what should be obvious: the listed discounts aren’t accurate.

"Peanuts Bounce"

Yeah, I’m a geek. I’ll be back when there’s more Peanuts book news!

An unexpected Snoopy sighting

So I’m sitting here in pain from wiping out on my bicycle today, looking for some comfort viewing on TV. I start streaming¬†Cybill, the 1990s sitcom created by Chuck Lorre as a vehicle for Cybill Shepherd. In episode 2, Cybill-the-character is sitting with her ex-husband talking about their impending grandparenthood, …

Peanuts sightings in Japan

I’m still recovering from the cold that I picked up in Japan (which luckily didn’t strike fully until I was¬† back), but here are a few stray things that I saw while there. A vending machine of Snoopy charms. (There were also similar “Gacha capsule” machines with three Snoopy figures.) …

Free Comic Book Day tomorrow

Just a quick reminder that tomorrow (Saturday, May 4, 2019) is Free Comic Book Day. At most comic shops in the US and Canada (and many elsewhere), you can walk in and get free comic books, no purchase needed. Some shops will give you just one or two, others will …