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A Nostaglia-Free Look At Harry Potter

17 Jul

***SPOILERS FOR THE HARRY POTTER FILMS FOLLOW***

It may come as a surprise to many people that a little over a month ago I hadn’t seen any of the Harry Potter movies. I hadn’t read the books either. Still haven’t actually, though I intend to. I realized at the beginning of the year that the conclusion to the HP film series was closing in. I didn’t want to be left out and I sure didn’t want any details to be spoiled, so I set a goal to watch the series in time to catch the movie on its first day of release. Thanks to Netflix I got “The Sorcerer’s Stone” on June 12th and my quest ended Friday at 12:30AM, July 16th.

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Secret Cephalopods + Other Stuff

14 Feb

The Other Stuff First

I’ve started reading for fun again. Like actually reading full novels instead of graphic novels or magazines! I’m feeling pretty intellectually stimulated about it actually. I’ve been reading Robert A. Heinlein’s Stranger In A Strange Land, which, like basically everything I read, is science fiction. I would say I have maybe read a little less than half of it so far, but I’m impressed. The basic crux of the story deals with a human raised completely by Martians and then thrust back into the complex politics of Earth. The world created in the story has been impressive in its concepts of future Earth, though sometimes a bit old-fashioned (but that’s fair, the book was written in the 60s). I’ll post more thoughts about it when I actually finish it.

So Lady Gaga released a new single not long ago. Not a huge fan of it. Even ignoring the obvious similarities to Madonna’s Express Yourself , Born This Way comes off to me as extremely cheesy. Not to mention it reeks of political soap-boxing too. It makes me sad to say this, because I was actually looking forward to her new album. It may not be a first day buy for me now. All this coming from the guy who jumped at the chance to purchase Lollapalooza tickets to see Lady Gaga. =(

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