Thursday, March 31, 2011

I especially like the Modern Art one...

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From J.K. Rowlings notebook

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Here's a draft from her notebook while writing Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.


Text:
“So this Flamel bloke found the Stone-” said Ron.
“No - he made it,” said Harry. “He was an alchemist, which means-“
“Someone who turns base metals into gold,” said Hermione. She had that old proving-I-know-more-than-everyone-else look on her face, the other two noticed, “Of course. I read about this in ‘Alchemy, Ancient Art and Science’ by Argo Pyrites-“
“I missed that one myself,” muttered Ron.
“-Of course, it’s some of the most difficult magic you can do, and you end up not just with pure gold but with a funny stone thing-“
“Which is what I’m on about,” said Harry “The Philosopher’s Stone, yes. And it works, too. It kept Nicolas Flamel and his wife alive for about five hundred years.
”What?”
“I know,” said Harry “But it’s true. He was spotted at the opera in Paris in 1762 and he was born back in 13 something.”
Ron whistled.
“But he’s dead now?” he asked.
“Of course,” said Harry. “Someone stole his Stone so he couldn’t make any more Elixir of Life, could he? It takes a while to make another Stone and by that time, I suppose he was just too old to live without his Elixir until a new Stone was ready. And now I’ll tell you something else really weird that I haven’t told you up to now - the Stone was found in my parents’ safe at Gringott’s bank.”
But instead of the interested noises Harry had expected, Ron and Hermione simply stared at him.
“What?” said Harry.
Ron cleared his throat, opened his mouth to speak but shut it again.
”What?” Harry said.
“Well, Harry,” said Hermione “I mean…”
“You mean what?”
He stared at them both as they shuffled their feet and tried not to look him in the eye.
“You don’t think,” he said suddenly and angrily “That my parents stole the Stone?”
“Um…” said Ron.
“Look,” said Harry furiously “That’s like saying they murdered Flamel…”
“Oh Harry, we never thought…”
“Not much, you didn’t,” said Harry “I don’t know how it got in there, but the Stone wasn’t put there by them…”
“Right,” said Ron quickly. “I’m sure you’re right.”
“There must be an obvious explanation,” said Hermione.
Harry wasn’t at all convinced that they meant it, but at that moment the bell rang which put an end to the conversation. 
Apparently this plot line was cut from the final book. Man-oh-man, what I wouldn't give to have access to all her notes on the series...

This was found on JKRowling.com. On the broken phone dail 62442 and press call and you'll find this easter egg.

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Remember

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Einstein's Desk

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Albert Einstein’s Princeton desk taken only a few hours after he died in 1955.

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Movie Trailer: Cracks

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Cracks
Dazzling debut from Jordan Scott (daughter of legendary director Ridley Scott), stars Eva Green as the mesmerizing Miss G, a liberating force in a staid but idyllic British boarding school. The story follows a clique of six girls whose dynamic is thrown off kilter by the arrival of a beautiful new Spanish student Fiamma. The hazy summer days by the lake provide the perfect setting for Fiamma's wild and intriguing tales of her travels in India with her father. Miss G is captivated but it's not long before ripples appear on the surface and the cracks beneath emerge in the relationship between teacher and pupil.

I want to see! It was released in the U.K. back in 2009 but hasn't come to the U.S. yet

Things I don't do...

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My tweets are random and rarely fact checked... or spelled checked (just like this blog) for that matter.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

First Poster for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

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July 15, 2011... just a couple more months away... I'm so looking forward to this.

By the way... I'm not really liking this poster... do better Warner Bros... I'm just saying.

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Book Review: Metamorphosis (Star Trek: The Next Generation) by Jean Lorrah

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Metamorphosis (Star Trek: The Next Generation) by Jean Lorrah
Rating: 3/5

The first "Giant Novel" in The Next Generation series, this book takes us on a journey where the android Data becomes human. I mean, literally human. This isn't a spoiler because the book sets up this notion from page one where Dr. Pulaski is goading everyone about how non-human Data truly is... but never fear, Data takes it all in stride with most of his friends taking the brunt of her offensive words (androids have feelings too Pulaski).

The novel starts well and I was intrigued about the alien world the Enterprise was sent to investigate, but after Data becomes human my mind started to wander. I don't want to give too much away, but I will say a human Data is an angsty Data.

I was expecting a steller novel since Jean Lorrah wrote one of my favorite TNG novels, Survivors (a Tasha Yar back-story, which I highly recommend) but this one kind of ran out of steam towards the end. With the steam running out it was still a pretty good novel, which I recommend if you're a Data fan.

Yes, I'll go!

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What kid would have turned down this offer? Wait, what adult would turn down this offer?

Oh yeah, from the 2003 version of Peter Pan.

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Wonder Woman

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Never Regret

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That's one way to look at it.

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Monday Morning Links

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Ain't that the truth?
  • Speaking about U.S. brain power - 20% of Germany's "congress" has PhDs compared to only 3% of U.S. members of congress.

  • I think this mirror will be a fun addition to my guest bedroom.
  • New documentary coming out - Orgasm Inc. (probably not what you think it is)

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    Sunday, March 27, 2011

    The Rat Race

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    Saturday, March 26, 2011

    RIP Loleatta Holloway

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    As my friend (in my head) Jonny McGovern says, "I love hearing black ladies scream" and I have to agree with him. Ms. Loleatta Holloway could scream with the best and by scream I mean sing really, really well.

    You might know Ms Holloway from her disco hit Love Sensation (below) or her vocals on the pop songs Ride on Time by Black Box or Good Vibrations by Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch.


    Ms Holloway died or heart failure March 21, 2011. She will be missed.

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    Don't Look Any Further

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    Don't Look Any Further by Dennis Edwards featuring Siedah Garrett - 1984

    First this song is awesome. Second, this video is very cheesy and funny, he's chewing gum in the opening shot!

    Friday, March 25, 2011

    This is fake but funny as hell

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    Could you blame him for laughing? Seriously?

    Random Gif - Kurt Cobain

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    Don’t you know what a library is for?

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    “Don’t you know what a library is for? It’s to prevent us from making damn fools of ourselves.”

    - George Locke, Chief Librarian Toronto Public Library, 1908-1937

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    Thursday, March 24, 2011

    This is a no.

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    I know you love the royals and are very excited about the upcoming marriage of Wills and Kate, but, don't do it... I know you want to... just don't do it.

    If I walk into your kitchen and see this, I will calming start planning your intervention now (after my laughter subsides).

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    Better Book Titles: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

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    Oscar the Grouch and Michael Jackson

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     circa 1979

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    Wednesday, March 23, 2011

    A woman scorned

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    Remember Waiting to Exhale?

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    she's making me sexist

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    It sucks that Flight of the Conchords decided to stop their show.

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    Book Review: Convincing Arthur by Ava March

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    Convincing Arthur by Ava March
    Rating: 2/5

    I'm a fan of fanfiction, especially the slash variety (if you haven't noticed - big Harry/Draco shipper) and a lover of regency romance (I'm a total anglophile), so I thought this little tale of a M/M regency romance might just be up my alley. And it was and it wasn't... First I wouldn't call this a pure romance, it's more erotica (which is perfectly fine, great even) but the story was so flat that is was almost boring.

    Perhaps this story is part of a series (I wasn't sure) because I felt like I should know more about these characters and just jumped into a story a couple hours late. The novella (it was rather short) could have been so much better if there was more character development, one guy is titled, rich and a bit shiftless the other a workaholic commoner. The rich guy is in love with the commoner and he wants to start a relationship with him... but I didn't really feel a connection between them.

    I will say the love scenes are pretty hot but just know before you read it's erotica and more like novella.

    That said, enjoy the quick steamy read!

    Tuesday, March 22, 2011

    Monday, March 21, 2011

    I've got two ears and a heart, don't I?

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    Oh that 30 Rock amuses me so.

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    Pretty picture of Beyoncé

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    Monday Morning Links

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    Who could forget Charlie Sheen in Ferris Bueller's Day Off (yeah, I'm late posting this)
    • This made me chuckle... but then again, I always chuckle when people confuse Star Trek and Star Wars
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      Sunday, March 20, 2011

      Saturday, March 19, 2011

      Random

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      The 40 Year History of E-books

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      I want this book

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      Thursday, March 17, 2011

      How I feel after I go to the movies

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      The first man to order fish AND chips (together)

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      Oh, the British you make me laugh.

      Book Review: The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

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      Reading The Eyre Affair during lunch.

      The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
      Rating: 4/5

      This book was recommended to me a while back and I finally got around to reading it and well, I loved it!

      I'm finding it hard to describe the plot because so many things were going on and I liked so many subplots I can't figure out a concise way to explain it all... so I won't, here's a summary from WorldCat:
      Great Britain circa 1985: time travel is routine, cloning is a reality (dodas are the resurrected pet of choice), and literature is taken very, very seriously. Based on an imaginary world where time and reality bend in the most convincing and original way since The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Eyre Affair is a delightful rabbit hole of a read: once you fall in you may never come back. England is a virtual police state where an aunt can get lost (literally) in Wordsworth poems, militant Baconians roam freely spreading the gospel that Bacon, not Shakespeare, penned those immortal works. And forging Byronic verse is a punishable offense. This is all business as usual for brainy, bookish (and heat-packing) Thursday Next, a renowned Special Operative in literary detection -- that is, until someone begins murdering characters from works of literature. When this madman plucks Jane Eyre from the pages of Bronte's novel Thursday faces the challenge of her career. Aided and abetted by characters that include her time-traveling father, an executive of the all-powerful Goliath Corporation, and Edward Rochester himself, Thursday must track down the world's Third Most Wanted criminal and enter the novel herself to avert a heinous act of literary homicide. A brilliantly outlandish and absorbing caper destined to become a classic adventure tale, The Eyre Affair is an irresistible thriller and the introduction to the imagination of a most distinctive writer. In Jasper Fforde's singular fictional universe no literary character is safe from crime. And for Special Operative Thursday Next this is only the beginning ...
      Did that summary get you excited!? I hope so.

      Anyway a couple quick points:
      • I read Jane Eyre in high school but completely forget the plot, so while reading this novel I assumed their description of the novel was correct, until the end of the book when I found out the truth. I have to say I liked not remembering the story of Jane Eyre while I read this book and then quickly reading the wikipedia page of the story... well I was blown away at how well the author dealt with this... I won't say anymore, unless I reveal too much
      • All the British literary references Shakespeare, William Wordsworth, Francis Bacon, and others were wonderful! I had to do a little wikipedia-ing though to get all the jokes.
      • This story has a diabolical villain! The character of Acheron Hades is worth reading. Avarice! I would love to read a novel just about this character.
      Over all this was an excellent book filled with literary humor, science-fiction fun and for a bonus it has a diabolical villain.

      I highly recommend!

      A joke on page 111:
      Q: Why is a raven like a writing desk?
      A: Because Poe wrote on both.

      Wednesday, March 16, 2011

      Poland 1970

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      The Amazon Fairy

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      I just got:
      1. Ken Jennings's Trivia Almanac: 8,888 Questions in 365 Days - and yes, this is going into the bathroom, I don't care if you judge me. Isn't that where everyone keeps their trivia books?
      2. Urawaza Secret Everyday Tips and Tricks From Japan by Lisa Katayama - this book sucks, the "tips" aren't that great and barely have anything to do with Japan
      3. The Social Network - I really liked this movie, especially the Winklevoss twins, I mean Armie Hammer
      4. Stranger Than Fiction - I saw it once, liked it so I purchased it
      5. Absolutely Fabulous Season 1 - slowly but surely I'll get all seasons

      The Difference Between Science Fiction and Fantasy

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      "Science fiction deals with improbable possibilities, fantasy with plausible impossibilities."
      Miriam Allen deFord

      That about sums it up, don't you think?

      Tuesday, March 15, 2011

      Breath should be held...

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      Book Review: Passing by Nella Larsen

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      Passing by Nella Larsen
      Rating: 3/5

      An interesting story written in 1929 about two women. One black but passing as a white woman, the other black but choosing not to pass even though her skin and features would allow her to. These two women reconnect after years apart and the story depicts their lives and the choices these two woman made.

      The most dramatic part of the book is the life of the woman passing as white, you see she's married to racist, check out this excerpt which I found garring:
           An on-looker, Irene reflected, would have thought it a most congenial tea-party, all smiles and jokes and hilarious laughter. She said humorously: "So you dislike Negroes, Mr. Bellew?" But her amusement was at her thought, rather than her words.
           John Bellew gave a short denying laugh. "You got me wrong there, Mrs. Redfield. Nothing like that at all. I don't dislike them. I hate them. And so does Nig, for all she's trying to turn into one. She wouldn't have a nigger maid around her for love nor money. Not that I'd want her to. They give me the creeps. The black scrimy devils."
           That wasn't funny. Had Bellew, Irene inquired, ever known any Negroes? The defensive tone of her voice brought another start from the uncomfortable Gertrude, and, for all her appearance of serenity, a quick apprehensive look from Clare.
           Bellew answered: "Thank the Lord, no! And never expect to! But I know people who've known them, better than they know their black selves. and I read in the papers about them. Always robbing and killing people. And," he added darkly, "worse."

      Wow! That's powerful stuff. Could you imagine being a black woman, living your life as a white woman and married to Mr. Bellew? What type of life is that? What would he do if he found out you were really black?

      Anyway, it's a very short read that gives us a glimpse into race relations in early 1900s and the lives blacks who passed as whites.

      Mr. Darcy - we can't get enough of you

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      I was wandering around Barnes & Noble the other day and noticed an interesting trend... the number of books about Mr. Darcy. Yes, that Mr. Darcy from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Apparently people can't get enough of him.

      I will admit (don't kill me) that I'm not a big Pride and Prejudice fan, well that's not entirely true. I love all the films, but the book, I'm like eh *shoulder shrug*... I just didn't get into it and fall in love with the novel like most people. Granted, I appreciate the quick wit Ms. Austen expounds in the novel, hey I'm a sucker for all things British especially the Victorian and Regency eras but the novel just didn't connect with me. The films, well, that's another story, visually (on screen) the novel is more appealing to me than the words (strange, huh?). I can't get enough of them... I say remake them as many times as you want, I'll keep coming back for more.

      I grabbed a couple of the Mr. Darcy book covers and made the graphic above

      But if you are a Mr. Darcy fan, well here, take your pick:

      I haven't read any of these novels, but if you have please let me know what you think. Also if any are of the sensual variety (meaning more than hand holding and kissing) please let me know... err, I'm doing a research project, yeah, that's right, a research project. *smiles*

      Monday, March 14, 2011

      It just does Mom...

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      God of Love

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      God of Love won the Academy Award for short film... and I gotta say
      1. Luke Matheny is geeky cute and 
      2. this film looks all kinds of wonderful


      Oh yeah, Luke's on twitter and tumblr.

      Monday Morning Links

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      Harry Potter according to Ned Flanders

      • Michael Fassbender who plays Magneto in the new X-Men: First Class film gave this quote: "The way we were looking at it was that Charles is like Martin Luther King and Magneto is more Malcolm X." I think the comparison is way off but I kind of see what he's saying... and I'm interested to see how this prequel will go.


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        Sunday, March 13, 2011

        Book Covers: Lady Chatterley's Lover

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        What do you think of this cover for D.H. Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover? Erotic? Violent? This image just puts a lot of thoughts in my head, and not all of them good.

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        London, England 1968

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        Never Forget: Season 1 of A Different World

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        Saturday, March 12, 2011

        I'm gonna go talk to some food about this

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        Oh Liz Lemon... your character just speaks to me...

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        Random Gif - Naomi Campbell

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        Everyone wants friends...

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        Friday, March 11, 2011

        Internet Dating before the Internet - Lonely Maidens, Widows and Divorcees

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        I guess you call this paper dating? Well, I guess "dating books" like this still exist, right?



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