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Borders Books

Thinking back to about a half decade ago when I was trying to get into the computer field, I used to go often to the local borders to look at the latest computer books. I remember there being a big section in the upstairs part devoted entirely to computer books and all the emerging .com stuff.

I just went back for the first time in several years. That entire section is now "magic and Mysticism"

Discuss.

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c_eagle January 30th, 2009
Maybe it's all PDFs now... ^v^

kurtoons January 30th, 2009
"This is the universe of the Thirtieth Century -- a thousand years beyond your time. The Magic is coming back. Technology has increased to the point where people no longer comprehend it. To the point where it might as well be magic for all they know."

-- Books of Magic, Neil Gaiman

feren January 31st, 2009
Unrelated to this post, I approve of your recent uploads of Doctor Steel propaganda for user icons. :)

To a utopian playland!

This guy may be local

titanic February 1st, 2009
The PO box you mail "Toy Soldier Applications" to is in the same town as my house (and both jobs).

feren January 31st, 2009
[ I remember there being a big section in the upstairs part devoted entirely to computer books and all the emerging .com stuff. I just went back for the first time in several years. That entire section is now "magic and Mysticism."]

I find this quote from Valdis Kletnieks on an old NANOG thread to be particularly apropos:
I've said it before, but it apparently needs repeating:

You're talking about a group of people who are paid large sums of money for their ability to communicate with inanimate objects made of melted sand. Ever since the first shaman back in caveman days, this skill has been understood to go hand-in-hand with weirdness and odd behavior ("Father, why does talks-to-trees hop around humming to himself?" "Because he talks to trees...")

ObNANOG: talks-to-trees is still in the gene pool - his descendants include talks-to-copper and talks-to-IOS. Anybody who didn't just fall out of the tree that talks-to-trees was having a chat with knows this can become an operational issue....

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