Personally, I have nothing against the canonical Harry Potter empire, but I'm hardly a huge fan. I've seen most of the movies on video, and have looked at a few of the books. If Methods of Rationality were just Harry Potter fanfic -- even great fanfic -- then I probably would have no interest in it at all. I don't have time to read half of the published fiction I would like to, and even today, publication on dead trees still tends to screen out some of the worst writing; and published works tend to go through a more thorough reviewing process, allowing the reader to cherrypick the most rewarding reads. Also, I like paper as a medium.
Our patron, EY, has forsworn predicted updates because it's work rather than play. I'm sure he's quite right. But my real-world work has slowed a bit ... I hereby pledge to come up with a new MOR deviation at least once a week until EY posts chapter 64 or until February 2011, whichever comes first. My next update will be no later than Wednesday, December 1, at 1900 Pacific.
P.S. Spoke too soon. Work rears its ugly wotsis.
I've been geeking out over this series ever since I found out about it a few months ago. I'll actually be glad to have a break during which there will definitely be no updates. In the meantime, I'll probably put up a new deviation or two. Cheers to you all!
I should write a grant proposal for an experiment in which 75 convicted felons are released from the California prison system and enrolled in a private institution of higher learning located (say) in Palo Alto. Residence in the dorms and everything. Perhaps I would be shocked, shocked at how readily they adapt to the roles they are playing: trying to one-up each other on how qualified they are to be at Stanford, whining about their social lives, and changing their majors repeatedly. Or they might get high, steal stuff, and hurt people.