#pipedata=dirty in Amazon.com Purchase Url

So I made a tweet a few days ago about a parameter in the Amazon.com purchase URL, where there was a string that was exactly this:

#pipedata=dirty

The tweet starting bringing in some Google search traffic from other people noticing it, but in a quick search I couldn’t find anything about it.

Does anyone know anything more about this string?

I’m hoping this post gets picked up in Google for the keyword so some light can be shed on the pipedata. :)  I’m curious to how my Amazon pipes get dirty.
/insert “the internet is a series of tubes” jokes here

Washington State has the Worst/Highest Cell Phone Taxes and Fees in the country.

Washington Taxes SuckDo you live in Washington State? It turns out it’s not just your cell phone provider that’s trying to steal your money, it’s our local government as well.

It turns out, WA has the highest rate for local and state taxes on cell phones in the nation.

Rank State State-Local Wireless Rate State-Local Sales Tax Rate Federal Rate Combined Federal-State-Local-Rate
(USF)
1 Washington 18.59% 9.00% 5.05% 23.64%
2 Nebraska 18.39% 6.50% 5.05% 23.44%
3 Florida 16.26% 7.25% 5.05% 21.31%
4 New York 16.05% 8.19% 5.05% 21.10%
5 Rhode Island 14.62% 7.00% 5.05% 19.67%

How does the rest of the West Coast and HI/AK Compare?

20 California 10.67% 9.10% 5.05% 15.72%
37 Hawaii 7.75% 4.00% 5.05% 12.80%
43 Alaska 6.69% 2.50% 5.05% 11.74%
47 Montana 6.03% 0.00% 5.05% 11.08%
49 Idaho 2.20% 6.00% 5.05% 7.25%
50 Nevada 2.08% 7.91% 5.05% 7.13%
51 Oregon 1.74% 0.00% 5.05% 6.79%
National Averages:

US Simple Average

9.73% 6.26% 5.05% 14.52%
US Weighted Average 10.96% 7.26% 5.05% 15.75%

These numbers shouldn’t be shocking to anyone who has actually looked at their cell phone bill recently.

If you haven’t looked at your WA cell phone bill, go check it out.

/insert rant about our government’s spending problems and their joy to tax everything in our state.

Source: http://www.mywireless.org/50-state-ranking-2010

Note: Oregon is 51st because the original list includes DC.

Best Online Wedding Planning Tools

Getting married is a lot of work. Here are the top sites I used to help in planning my wedding:

  • Tom’s Planner: Easy to use, free Gaant Chart for all those deadlines you need to keep track of!
  • The Knot: The best wedding idea resource. Lots of pictures and shared stories from users.
  • OneWed: More ideas and general planning ideas.
  • Google Sites: Use the Wedding Template for a new site and you can easily share your wedding details with the entire party at once. No more pesky emails!
  • Honeymoon: Kayak and TripIt have good reminders about your trip plans, and can email/sms you when your flights are delayed!

These are all the ones I used, but if you have more leave them in the comments.