Re: [NYT] Harry Potter occupies the top four spots

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From: I'm not a real doofus, but I play one at a national laboratory (
Date: Wed Jul 19 2000 - 10:29:59 PDT

> [And every time I hear Eminem I now think of "The Real Wayne Baisley".
> Was that ever FoRKed? I can't find it in the archives...]

I love being famous, even if it's only 3% of the time.

> > When you can dream up an idea like the Pensieve, a basin to hold one's
> > excess thoughts until they can be dealt with at leisure, or a household
> > clock that indicates family members' whereabouts ("home," "work,"
> > "traveling," "prison," "mortal peril") instead of the mere time, there's
> > no excuse for falling back on the humdrum.
> [No commentary from Rohit about the clock, please.]

Bingely-bingely-beep! It's time for Insert-name-here to be struck by runaway
pair-o-dimes, by Jingo.

> So... when does the backlash begin? Or is this one backlash-free?

That would be my bet. But then I haven't read any of them yet. Matter of
time. I'm still trying to get to The Fifth Elephant.

When you get a chance, check out The Discipline of Market Leaders. It's an
enjoyable read, and has a thesis that seems obvious in retrospect.
But apparently it's not so obvious that many businesses try to be all things to
all customers at once.


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