A Finance-Related Post, or, A Celebration

September 14th, 2004 · 2 Comments
by Booksquare

We celebrate the (apparent/reported/beyond-rumor-stage) acquisition of a major motion picture studio by our former employer (also a major motion picture entity) with a little finance related posting. But first, we’ll take a brief moment to gloat. When we were assured by our former co-workers that this acquisition would not go through, we said (and we paraphrase), “But we read it on the Internet. It must be true.” It is always delightful to be right — especially since we know the additional work will not affect us in our life of leisure*.

Now that the confetti has settled, let us say we applaud Holtzbrinck Publishing’s entry into this century. We realize analyzing and forecasting tools are not easy to use, what with the X-factor, but the company is right to use all available data to make the best decisions possible. We know this information will be used to guide purchasing decisions, and we say, with all sincerity, rethink that aspect of the purchase. There is not a single computer program in the world that can accurately predict the behavior of the common human. Do not mistake the past for the present. We have seen the folly of this (Cable Guy**?). At the end of the day, successes and failures will likely be at about the same level as they are now. Let the software do what it does best. And let your editors do what they do best.

* – We realize we’re veering dangerously close to a jinx situation. We have knocked on wood.
** – It’s okay, we know, it was just for purpose of example.

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2 responses so far ↓

  • Kate Rothwell // Sep 15, 2004 at 5:21 am

    According to the experts (ages 7 and 11) to avoid jinx, one must yell the “JINX” and then count to ten as fast as possible. Knocking on wood is strictly for situations in which events are going suspiciously Too Well. Being right does not count.

  • booksquare // Sep 15, 2004 at 9:51 am

    Thank you for your advice. It’s clear I have forgotten much from my childhood. As the mother notes, I have uncanny recollection about every injustice suffered, but have blocked the positive.