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Friday, October 22, 2004
Sleep Deprivation is Your Friend...
--I'm in imminent danger of exceeding my bandwidth allotment for the month, so who knows if anyone will see this...
--I finally got around to making a horror display at work. It's a shameless attempt to cash in on the pre-Halloween buying frenzy. Well, okay, there's never actually been a pre-Halloween buying frenzy in the store, ever, but if every store that sells videos and DVDs can be overflowing with cheap horror releases at this time of the month I may as well try to get in on a piece of that action.
It was not just a shameless attempt on my part to unload all those IDW trades we're over-stocked on, I assure you...
--Speaking of IDW, and their trade paper backs: I've yet to notice any great demand for any of them, with the sole exception of the CSI trades. And even those are a tough sell. There does seem to be a core audience for IDW product, but that audience primarily appears to want first printings of individual issues and nothing else! Speculators, in other words, seem to be the core element of their audience.
--It's been five months and we still have people coming in and looking for back-issues of Identity Crisis. These are not speculators, though we have had a few, these are people who actually want to read it and are just now hearing about it.
The Pickytarian which has good reviews
Crocodile Caucus a good pop-culture blog
Wax Banks which gets props from me because, in addition to some nice political commentary, the author seems to have had the same reaction to Team America: World Police I had.
And John Oak Dalton, No-Sword and Trusy Plinko Stick all resist my attempts to categorize them as blogs focused on a narrow range of topics, but they're all worth your attention anyway.
--Fromn Terry Pratchett's newest Discworld novel Going Postal:
Dave's Pin Exchange was the kind of small shop where the owner knows every single one of his customers by name. It was a wonderful world, the world of pins. It was a hobby that could last you a lifetime. ... Everyone had their funny little wasys, Moist conceded, but he wasn't entirely at home among people who, if they saw a pinup, would pay attention to the pins. Some of the customers browsing the book racks ... and staring covetously at the rack of pins laid out under glass, had an intensity of expression that frightened him. ... They were all male. Clearly, women weren't natural "pinheads."
No, as Pratchett is wont to do, he's not really talking about pins and pin collectors in that passage at all.