Thursday, September 17, 2009

Yes, I will post about Serbian pottery sellers!

I made an off-hand comment in a recent Empoprise-BI off-hand command that became a challenge.

Guess what? I'll be blogging about Oracle! Imagine that. I'll also blog about RSS, the North American IT Professionals Association, and Serbian pottery sellers. That last sentence was actually "two truths and a lie" - I won't blog about all of those things. But then again, perhaps I can do some research and blog about all three.

And the comment led me to this book:

The 2000 Import and Export Market for Pottery in Serbia & Montenegro (World Trade Report)
by The Pottery Research Group
Published in March 15, 2001, Icon Group International, Inc.

Yes, there's a group for everything, and a group that is fanatically interested in Serbian pottery sellers - fanatic enough to print an entire book on the topic. And Amazon has identified the audience that is fanatic enough to pay $325 to read it:

This report was created for strategic planners, international marketing executives and import/export managers who are concerned with the market for tableware pottery in Serbia & Montenegro. With the globalization of this market, managers can no longer be contented with a local view. Nor can managers be contented with out-of-date statistics which appear several years after the fact. Icon Group has developed a proprietary methodology, based on macroeconomic and trade models, to estimate the market for tableware pottery for those countries serving Serbia & Montenegro via exports, or supplying from Serbia & Montenegro via imports. It does so for the current year based on a variety of key historical indicators and econometric models.

Unfortunately, I was unable to locate any current information on the "Pottery Research Group" or the "Tableware Pottery Research Group." Perhaps the readers weren't fanatical enough (the fact that I couldn't find a Flickr picture of Serbian pottery speaks volumes), or perhaps Serbian pottery just wasn't all that good, or perhaps the entire Pottery Research Group has fled to a ninth floor office in Ottawa.
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