We’re back from Europe. Our time there was both wonderful and productive, but the actual travels to and from Europe were not wonderful, nor even vaguely pleasant. We’re starting to suspect that we carry some kind of combined travel and weather curse. (But we’re still not Rain Gods.)
Eric says: Cascading Style Sheets: The Definitive Guide has been published and is available. I have held a copy in my hands (I got two last night via Federal Express); somehow I expected it to be bigger. I suppose that’s probably an effect of the book’s psychological significance. Preorders, as of the end of April, totaled 6,307. …wow.
Kat is back in Cleveland! Eric could be happier, maybe, but he isn’t really sure how. Other good things happening: orders for CSS:TDG have already passed 5,200 copies, and the book won’t be available until the beginning of May. Looks like we might have a winner on our hands, folks…
Now it’s just silly. CSS:TDG hit an Amazon.com sales ranking of 3,923 today, depsite having fallen from 8,423 to 26000-plus in just a few hours, and then rebounding to almost 7,000 in a few more hours. We don’t know what the heck is going on, but it’s kind of morbidly fun to track the numbers anyway.
At one point today, CSS:TDG hit an Amazon.com sales ranking of 8,423. This appears to confirm the suspicion that these rankings are simply randomly generated numbers.
Eric has officially left CWRU, which means that he’s technically unemployed until Monday, when he starts work with a firm known as The OPAL Group. He’s joining a start-up division, which means it has all the advantages of an ordinary start-up with the established-company luxury of having a list of clients already waiting; literally, the best of both worlds. CSS:TDG continues to move up the Amazon.com sales rankings, at one point reaching 51,270. (I’ve heard that the book has already sold well over 2,000 copies—and it hasn’t even gone to the printers yet!)
From Eric: One day to go… and in other news, CSS:TDG currently has an Amazon.com sales ranking of 70,931. I have no idea what caused it to jump so far, but am I arguing?
Never content with one major turning point at a time, Eric recently decided to leave CWRU to take a senior position with a Cleveland-area information technology firm. More details will be made available after his last day of work at CWRU, which will be Friday, 17 March 2000. In the meantime, today’s Amazon.com sales ranking of CSS:TDG is 727,582. Woo! Smokin’!