If this level of genius keeps surfacing I think they'll crack the mysteries of Invisible Ink any day now!
No, I didn't miss you points - I showed the factual errors in the assumptions that underlie your points. You're falsely projecting from your experience backwards into a very different era.
My experience has nothing to do with the era; I was 3 years old when that book was originally published. Matter of fact, the only reason I brought up the BBS era was because the other responder to this thread had mentioned doing a "bologna on the hood of a car" prank -- something that was not published in the original book. Stunts like that weren't even in the spirit of what the original book was about. And the fact that he mentioned a 1998 date kinda illustrates that he's probably not that old, either. The mention of the digital era was solely to show how the Anarchist Cookbook took on yet another life of its own outside the published version.
The thing that William Powell (the original author) managed to do was accidentally come up with one of the underground's most powerful BRAND NAMES, one that could single-handedly ignite the imaginations of a typical teenager so much that it got out of his control.
Today we'd have wiki.anarchistscookbook.com and every page with chemical reactions would have a link to youtube with step by step demonstrations.
For the FBI to dedicate this much time studying it makes me sit back and scratch my head. Truth be told, the Central Library in any given city is far more dangerous...
Not in 1971 it wasn't. At least not without weeks and months of rooting around in a wide variety of books with the vague hope of finding what you're looking for. Like many here on Slashdot you have no freaking idea how hard it was to get this kind of information before the BBS's and eventually widespread public access to the internet.
Eventually, the early crop of computer underground "anarchists" on the BBS scene took the book concept and created digital extensions of the information in the form of "G-Files" and early 8-bit graphics. By the time the Anarchist Cookbook made it to the Internet, it was no longer a book. It was a movement, one without direction or guidance or measurable intent, all loosely bound together by a set of files that had been slapped with the same Anarchist Cookbook brand name.
I bet you think you kids invented sex too... (You didn't.) That 'movement' existed before the widespread public internet, before BBS's. We were passing around second and third generation photocopies from the Cookbook in Junior High by 1974. And there weren't coin operated photocopiers on every corner then either... (Generally you had to have stealth access to one in a business or a sympathetic adult providing access.) Why do you think that when files sharing BBS's became common over a decade later that somebody thought it was a good idea to sit down and type all that stuff in?
While it's true that (1) all kids more or less grow up doing the same s**t (based on the technology of the day) and (2) I appreciate the fire in your response, I'm pretty sure you completely missed my points. I wasn't trying to claim any credit or validate ANY version (or variation) of the Anarchist Cookbook in any era.
- The Anarchist Cookbook doesn't go away because it has become a runaway brand name unto itself -- regardless of the fact that it contains a ton of inaccurate information.
- The most dangerous information in the Anarchist Cookbook was (and still is) available in any well-stocked library or military munitions manual. People have been making black powder for over 1500 years. There's nothing new with most of those basic formulas, only the applications.
- The FBI dedicating all that time to "investigating" the Anarchist Cookbook was a huge waste of time and taxpayer dollars. What they did was like investigating a book like "The Joy of Sex" because of issues related to STDs and teen pregnancy.
I pissed off a neighbor by leaving Bologna on his hood.
it sat there for a whole day roasting on his hood in the Texas dry sun. Realized his paint job forever on would have a round mark.
Experiment tested, and completed 5/15/98
...and that was one of those things that came from the digital extention of the Anarchist Cookbook, not in the original published book. My crew and I were among that crop of underground types that had converted the Anarchist Cookbook to a [Apple] disk-based archive back in 1984. By 1986 we had moved on to the Kurt Saxon's books (Poor Man's James Bond, etc). All in all, once the digital version of The Anarchist Cookbook hit the 90s it had basically been stripped of all the original anti-Vietnam War and anti-government rhetoric. It was just a collection of how-to articles for pranks, expensive revenge stunts, a few munitions, and occasional drug-related info. My point -- real knowledge is a only dangerous thing depending on the brain that possesses it. Once the feds stick to that notion they'll be better off finding the real threats instead of archaic books that won't go away.
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Ugly Lesson #2: If the offer is enough to satisfy you and your partners, consider selling the product and not the entire company. Use the infusion of capital to grow the business or, if it's that much money, take up a new career sport fishing off the coast of the Caribbean island of your choice.
Ugly Lesson #3: If you decide to sell, you are going to need to adjust your expectations. Any kind of merger or acquisition is a lot like a marriage. The early foreplay and sex is phenomenal but once the honeymoon is over, Megacorp will stop with the romance and start acting real because they now have what they wanted. Throw any idealistic impressions of how things âoewill beâ out the window because now you are working for them. You will abide by all their policies (not just the ones you like). You will go along with whatever they say, regardless of how much it might bother you, and if you protest too much they won't think twice about throwing you out like a javelin. Even Steve Jobs got fired from Apple once upon a time. Unless they have somehow breached the contract, you can't take your company or your product back once the deal is done.
If you want to love and nurture a baby, do yourself a favor and go ahead and have a baby. Don't make the mistake of loving a business like a baby because, quite candidly, you never know if that child is going to die young (which happens most often) or it will grow up to find a cure for Cancer or become Frankenstein's Monster. A business is a business, a vehicle to make money by providing a product or service (and hopefully its something you love to do). My advice -- if you are going to sell your company, sell it, walk away and don't look back. A quote comes to mind: "Remember Lot's Wife".