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|Monday, May 20th, 2013|
|Saturday, May 18th, 2013|
|Mad Muggle World
I'm currently reading The Casual Vacancy
by J.K. Rowling, although if her name wasn't on the cover, I never would have guessed that she had written it. I'm not finished yet; I only have about 100 pages left (98 to be exact), but thus far I can summarize it in three words: MUGGLE LIFE SUCKS.
I thought my mom's description of it was pretty apt. She said: The nicest guy in the book dies in the prolog [sic].
The second person I had hope for dies in the end. At this point (page 405), I'm wondering which character she had hope for, because I don't have hope for any of them.
More later, if I have the emotional stamina.
I don't know if I have the stamina, but having finished the book, I suspect that I won't be able to sleep until I write this out, so here goes:( Okay, we get it: you're a serious author. Point taken!Collapse ) Current Mood: disappointed
|Friday, May 17th, 2013|
|Thursday, May 16th, 2013|
|Wednesday, May 15th, 2013|
|Tuesday, May 14th, 2013|
|Monday, May 13th, 2013|
|Friday, May 10th, 2013|
|Thursday, May 9th, 2013|
I'm optimistic that I won't need my snow boots again in the near future, and yet I'm kind of afraid to put them away. Current Mood: hopeful
|Wednesday, May 8th, 2013|
|Things I learned today:
1. I should never buy eggs from Wal-Mart.
2. I cannot type and chew gum at the same time. Well, I can, but it slows down my typing considerably. Current Mood: groggy
It is sometimes dismaying to me and sometimes amusing to me to think about how much significance we as a culture have invested in the colors pink and blue
For example, I was reading a little bit yesterday about the speculation about the sex of Kate Middleton's baby. Apparently she was seen pushing a blue stoller in a store, and the blogosphere was like "OMG! She's totally pushing a blue pram around, so she MUST be having a boy!"
Or ... maybe she just likes blue? Or maybe she was trying out the model without paying attention to what color it was?
I remember my sister talking about people getting mad at her for not publicizing the sex of her children before they were born because then people didn't know whether to buy baby gifts in pink or blue. If I were an expectant parent, I wouldn't publicize the sex of the baby beforehand either (even if I found it out), and if people mentioned pink vs. blue to me, I would ask them, "Why does it matter?" It would be very interesting to see who had an answer already prepared and who would be caught off guard by the question.
But if I were the Duchess of Cambridge, I think it would be better and safer not to know beforehand and to find out at the same time as everybody else, i.e., at the baby's birth. Or, conversely, maybe it would be/have been better to find out and publicize it straightaway, to try to do away with at least some of the foolish speculation, although then I imagine one would run the risk of being called a royal spoilsport, or something stupid like that. It would also be tempting to just totally mess with people and make a big show of looking at blue things one day and pink things the next day and sort of purply/periwinkle things the day after that. And then look at yellow things on another day and watch people trying to figure out whether or not yellow is a gender-neutral color.
Regardless, the Duke and Duchess are both such attractive people that it's a pretty safe bet to say that it will be a beautiful baby. I have to say that I will be happy for them no matter what, but insofar as it matters to me, I'm kind of hoping that they have a girl. Current Mood: eye-rolling
|Tuesday, May 7th, 2013|
|Monday, May 6th, 2013|
|Saturday, May 4th, 2013|
|Star Wars on Sesame Street
Thirty-three years ago, in 1980, the Star Wars droids made two appearances on Sesame Street
. Unfortunately, I've yet to come across an explanation as to how or why that happened. I'm guessing it must have had something to do with the connection between Jim Henson and George Lucas,1
but I don't actually know.
As documented in this article
, the first appearance of the droids on Sesame Street
begins with Big Bird reporting the sight of a flying saucer, with the adults typically assuming that he is imagining things. Then C-3PO and R2-D2 appear, verifying that Big Bird was NOT imagining things. And yet, apparently the adults never think to wonder what ELSE Big Bird might be telling the truth about. *sigh*
The main reason I'm posting this is because I want to archive that clip because, in the past, I've had trouble finding it. But it's also strangely fascinating to see two pop culture juggernauts collide like that.
1Little known fact: George Lucas initially asked Jim Henson to perform Yoda. Henson turned it down because he was too busy but recommended Frank Oz instead. Current Mood: geeky
|Friday, May 3rd, 2013|
|Thursday, May 2nd, 2013|
|Wednesday, May 1st, 2013|
|I'm dreaming of a white May Day...
Oh wait, no I'm not. I wish I were dreaming, but there is actually snow on the ground. The forecast calls for "Rain and snow, becoming all snow after 11 AM, with daytime accumulations of less than one inch possible."
Oh, well. It probably won't stick around long and, at any rate, snow is better than ice. Current Mood: groggy