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(no subject) [Aug. 2nd, 2005|10:41 pm]
Fingolfin son of Finwe
[I am ever so |accomplishedaccomplished]
[listenning to |Prisoner of Azkaban]

First of all, icon love! Pictures from potter puppet pals, the words are almost Magical Trevor, and, well, everyone knows that Trevor the toad is Snape's animagus form. (I would be snarky with Neville too if he treated me like a toad)

Actual update: I'm chez Elizabeth, and we've been glutting ourselves on Mariokart and Adobe Imageready. Tomorrow we're going shopping on Michigan ave. I'll be in NYC soon if some cool Jerseyite or Po-town resident wants to hang out. Never catering again!
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(no subject) [Aug. 2nd, 2005|05:44 pm]
Fingolfin son of Finwe
[I am ever so |crushedcrushed]
[listenning to |wailing and gnashing of teeth]

Hello, computerful people of Swarthmore (George).

I have a problem. There's an icon that wants to be uploaded to lj, but it's too big, and the only way we can compress it puts it into formats that aren't supported by lj (Exporting it from Imageready, where it was animated). HELP!
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'Arry Potter! [Jul. 23rd, 2005|08:24 pm]
Fingolfin son of Finwe
[I am ever so |drunkprescient]

I had almost given up hope that my Dumbledore-spent-the-war-years-as-a-messenger-pigeon-animagus theory would ever be vindicated. But lo!

(interview from some fansite)

JKR: I'm going to tell you as much as I told someone earlier who asked me. You know Owen who won the [UK television] competition to interview me? He asked about Grindelwald [pronounced "Grindelvald" HMM…]. He said, “Is it coincidence that he died in 1945,” and I said no. It amuses me to make allusions to things that were happening in the Muggle world, so my feeling would be that while there's a global Muggle war going on, there's also a global wizarding war going on.

ES: Does he have any connection to --

JKR: I have no comment to make on that subject.


MA: Do they feed each other, the Muggle and wizarding wars?

JKR: Yeah, I think so. Yeah. Mm.

MA: You've gone very quiet.

[All laugh; JKR maniacally.]

MA: We like when you get very quiet, it means —

ES: You’re clearly hiding something.

(Because some of us have other ideas...)

ES: What on earth was Aberforth Dumbledore doing with those goats?

[Big laughs from all]

JKR: Your guess is as good as mine! [Evil laugh!]
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It comes with a ten thousand dollar dental warranty. [Jun. 30th, 2005|03:07 am]
Fingolfin son of Finwe
[I am ever so |ecstaticmaterially fulfilled]
[listenning to |kill hannah - boys and girls]

I am now the proud owner of the coolest piece of sporting equipment in the world - a Shock Doctor mouthguard! I haven't fit it to my mouth yet, but I've admired it and its packaging for obscene amounts of time. It claims that it will prevent jaw fracture, TMJ disorder (whatever that is), jaw dislocation, and concussions, because it has a "shock transfer core" made out of some sexy polymer. It has aerofoil shaped rear pads. I think it needs a name.
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oh SHIT. [Jun. 16th, 2005|12:52 am]
Fingolfin son of Finwe
[I am ever so |intimidateddiscomfited]

The first free ride in SpaceShipOne, the winner of the X Prize, is being given away in cans of diet 7up.

First of all, I am disgusted by the commodification of my childhood dreams.

Second, I am going to drink a SICK NASTY amount of diet 7up.
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(no subject) [Jun. 7th, 2005|05:38 pm]
Fingolfin son of Finwe
[I am ever so |bouncyanticipatory]
[listenning to |Kill Hannah - Welcome to Chicago (Motherfucker)]

Tonight's Queer Eye features a group of Red Sox players, including the beloved but facial-hair-decision-challenged Johnny Damon. Asked to comment on the experience, Damon said that baseball players should do more than tolerate their gay teammates, and that he would slap a gay red sock's butt just like any other guy.

I love ESPN.
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EMPLOYMENT!!!! [Jun. 4th, 2005|05:14 pm]
Fingolfin son of Finwe
[I am ever so |ecstaticecstatic]
[listenning to |indigo girls - ghost]

Hahaha, that's right, I will be employed! I talked to the nicest man who ever ran a catering business, and explained that I didn't know if I'd be working at the bank yet, and that I'd be out of town this weekend so I could carry food around then, and he told me (This is the best part) that I should call him when I was back in town, and that if I still didn't have a job, he'd hire me to work AT THE TASTE and then to cater corporate picnics 1 or 2 days a week afterward. That means my options are a well-paying and nice-for-resumes version of filing/data entry, or a well-paying and glamorous version of waitressing. I am so unimaginably lucky.
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(no subject) [May. 25th, 2005|08:19 pm]
Fingolfin son of Finwe
[I am ever so |boredbored]
[listenning to |Tori Amos - Crucify]

I visited New Trier today - it was exactly how I remembered it, i.e. I stood around in the scrounge reminiscing about funny things that happened other times we were standing around in the scrounge, fangirled the Z-Dawg, and walked to Elder Beach with Elizabeth, Andrew, and Tom. Ah, high school. For a few minutes I thought they'd taken down all the quotes in the stairway ("Birth is the beginning of death"), but Melissa says they're just moved.

Day one of the nth Vickie & Leah Diet Challenge was a success, except for how out of shape I turned out to be when I ran a mile. For all that I adore Swat and could take or leave this vacation from it (I've taken refuge in Tori Amos), I just don't work out during the semester.

So last week, the New York Times ran an article on an evolutionary analysis of the female orgasm, and this week they have a collection of letters in response (the article was not excellent, analysis-wise, but it had some good quotes of some scientist trying to be clinical about how much she likes her clit). The best letter by far was:

To the Editor:
Re "Logic of Female Orgasm": Might I suggest to those who are so desperate for an evolutionary explanation for women's orgasms consider: "If I couldn't have orgasms, I would eventually get so tense that I might kill my children?" I mean that, of course, flippanlty, but it's more logical than most of the mating-centered theories that have been suggested. It seems that many people are already convinced that women's orgasms must occur for men - to keep the woman available or to aid in her choice of men! An evolutionary orgasmic man-rating system! Lovely. This despite the fact that most woment I know have their orgasms when there are no men around at all, when they are, in fact, entirely alone.
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Final thoughts on Star Wars [May. 20th, 2005|04:46 pm]
Fingolfin son of Finwe
[I am ever so |frustratedfrustrated]
[listenning to |Tori Amos - Leather]

For what they are, the prequels are good. Unfortunately, what they are is a high budget, totally unfunny version of Van Helsing. An article in the New Yorker this week points out the inhuman antiseptic of Lucas's universe - not only is there a complete lack of drinking, swearing, bodily functions (Did you notice that a movie about war doesn't have a drop of blood in it? That people who are shot just fall over, with no visible wound?), but the homes we see don't even have any personal posessions in them, not even a pair of shoes left by a doorway, a picture of family or friends, or spare key. I don't there are even any contradicting statements except, perhaps, about the grand archetypes that each wooden chess-piece of a character was meant to suggest. If George Lucas had paid attention in High School English, he might know that character depth is a matter of shadow and flaw. If he had any respect for his viewers, he would bother to show them that his characters and world are real before asking them to believe that his creations are anything more meaningful than pretty pixels. If he wants to go Evil!Napoleon vs. Spanish Republicans, he needs to realize that the appeal of liberty and plucky rebels is that they are overwhelmingly human in the face of a grand, soulless mechanization. When the supposed wielders of the compassionate "living force" are totally inhuman, storm troopers just aren't creepy in comparison.

After watching Episode I earlier this week, I went poking around the internet to see if anyone had anything interesting to say (I have, after all, been tossed back into the real world, where no one wants to sit around and analyze). The brilliant and barbed Sith Academy website offered a critical discussion of their collected stories, which I think is wonderful and have to share a part of, on "the moral bankruptcy of the canon universe":

After all, how do we know from the movie that the Jedi are good and the Sith are evil? Well, because the Sith wear black, make dark threats in sonorous tones, and are allied with a bunch of aliens who talk and act like the villains in an old Charlie Chan movie, whereas the Jedi wear earth tones, talk like they walked right out of one of those pocket collections of pithy nuggets of Eastern wisdom that people buy to put in the magazine basket by the toilet in the guestroom, and are allied with a group of humans led by a young and beautiful girl (and, later, with a race of stupid but good-hearted 'primitives' whose clumsy antics are comic rather than sinister). It never really gets deeper than that. For instance, as has been pointed out in the Sith Academy, the Jedi don't seem to be too concerned about the fact that slavery is an accepted fact of life on Tatooine. In order to accomplish their ends, Jedi have no trouble whammying, cheating, stealing, or killing anyone who gets in their way. Nor do we ever see this 'Council' actually doing anything aside from training more Jedi and fighting the Sith. To make matters worse, we find out that one's Jedi powers are determined not by the strength of one's mind nor the purity of one's spirit, but by the concentration of midichlorians in one's bloodstream. The film wants us to believe that good and evil are metaphysical profundities; but what it really tells us is that they are cosmetic, superficial, at most skin deep.
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Star Wars 3 [May. 19th, 2005|04:14 am]
Fingolfin son of Finwe
[I am ever so |impressedimpressed]

(first of all, Happy Ataturk Day!)

Yes, I saw it at midnight, all dressed up (as a smuggler, i.e. sexy pirate). All of this is theoretically a spoiler, but the things you don't already know I'm going to say are cut, mostly so that all the world can read the inevitable gripe: I wouldn't be surprised if Revenge of the Sith was written (and acted, with the exception of Ewan McGregor and Samuel "L stands for Badass Motherfucker" Jackson) by monkeys chained to typewriters. Who are badly paid. And in the third grade.

That being said, Wow.Collapse )

Also, Wookiees rule.
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