The new Harry Potter book sold 8.3 million copies in the first 24hr in the U.S.
This likely shatters records, but the NYT's doesn't care. The NYT's book review has banned childrens books form their best sellers list.
Asking around the office here, I suspect that there might be more adults reading the book than kids. And given the themes in the book, I think that while the series might have started for kids, it has matured.
Personly, I would like to see the book on the list in the place it earned and rightly deserves, #1.
Thinking about steam punk and various sci-fi, like Babylon-5, with the techno-mages. I wonder how long until it becomes trendy to mask technology as magic. Instead of Steam Punk, we would have Potter Punk.
that day night not be that far off, with advances in holographic technology. Recently developed technology to bend light. And the soon to become common electronic paper that will allow moving pictures on paper, like the Harry Potter world news papers.
Will we have the spartan clean worlds of most scifi? Will we have a realistic future that looks like Blade Runner? Or will we go through a retro stage and end up with a Potter-esque future?
Personally I think it will be a Blade Runner like world. As much as we say we like clean lines and open spaces, the truth is, people are messy and like their clutter. I think it's some odd nesting instinct that makes us feel safer in a place that has a lived in look. And While the Potter future is possible, I suspect it would just be a short lived fad.
Lawsuit I'm surprised I've never seen...
Sexual harassment charges for iTunes.
In the work place we can not wear sexually offensive clothing. Has sexually office signs or pictures on our wall or our computer screen. But with iTunes abaility to share music, I'm shocked (those kind of pleased) no one has been fired for the music they share via iTunes. In a fortune 500 business, if I was to retell the lyrics to some of 2-Live-Crew's songs, I would be walked out the door that day, but sharing the actual song is seemingly okay.
This does bring me to one question though, I see my coworkers connecting to my iTunes and listening to music, but I have not found anything in iTunes to tell me who's been listening to what. I.e., has HR been listening to My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult on my laptop?
want NEED a McMenamins on the east side. I am totally craving cajun tater tots.