"The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing."


Glenn Reynolds:

Barack Obama:
"Impossible to transcend."

Albert A. Gore, Jr.:
"An incontinent brute."

Rev. Jeremiah Wright:
"God damn the Gentleman Farmer."

Friends of GF's Sons:
"Is that really your dad?"

Kickball Girl:
"Keeping 'em alive until 7:45."

Hired Hand:
"I think . . . we forgot the pheasant."

I'm an
Alcoholic Yeti
in the
TTLB Ecosystem

Monday, August 06, 2007


Polls be damned. We're going to have to start paying attention to Amazon.com's "What Do Customers Ultimately Buy After Viewing Items Like This?" feature. For any item you're presently viewing, it tells you what other people actually ended up buying. Mostly it reveals (duh!) that folks bought the thing you're looking at. What's more interesting is to look at what was purchased by those who didn't.

If you look at this edition of Victor Hugo's "Les Miserables," for example, you'll learn that while 90% bought it, and most of the rest decided to take either a different edition or the sound track from the musical, fully 3% instead bought "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows." Do we suppose they're both on some sort of "reluctant heroes" reading list?

(Everyone who looked at "Harry Potter," by the way, bought, well, Harry Potter.)

It's a game any number can play, and it's fun for the whole family. But, since you asked, our own favorite is al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth." Mostly these lookers bought one or another product bearing the al Gore fabular trade mark. But fully two-thirds of those who didn't instead found what they were looking for in "The Secret," a movie (heretofore unknown to us), described thusly:
The Secret is a feature length movie presentation which reveals The Great Secret of the universe. It has been passed throughout the ages, traveling through centuries... This is The Secret to everything - the secret to unlimited joy, health, money, relationships, love, youth: everything you have ever wanted. All the resources you will ever need to understand and live The Secret. The world's leading scientists, authors, and philosophers will reveal The Secret that utterly transformed the lives of every person who ever knew it... Plato, Newton, Carnegie, Beethoven, Shakespeare, Einstein.
Not only that, it comes with a (how did we know?) can't-miss endorsement: As seen on Oprah and Larry King.

Al's clearly found his milieu.

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