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Feb. 20th, 2012 | 08:13 pm
location: home
mood: contentcontent
music: quiet

It's been a long time since I posted. Went to see 'The Woman in Black' and it was one of the scariest, creepiest films I've ever seen. I actually screamed out loud at one scene, something I hadn't done since the severed arm dropped out of the closet in 'Jurassic Park' and the head bobbed up in 'Jaws' and the little alien popped out of John Hurt's chest in 'Alien.'

I ran across this on YouTube, I hadn't realized anyone had posted this. Mike Jittlov was a true genius, but he just started becoming famous when CGI came in in the mid 1980s, so there just wasn't the call for stop-action that there was before. I met him a couple of times, he was a very nice fellow.

Again, there isn't a single frame of CGI in this short; it's all stop-action.


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Opinions Wanted

Dec. 4th, 2011 | 12:35 pm
location: home
mood: awakeawake
music: Piano Sonata #10 by Mozart

Since Grimmauld Place is protected by a Fidelius charm and is also Unplottable, would the Trace from an underage witch or wizard performing magic be detected?

And if it were, would the Ministry know who it was and where it happened?

I'm working on a story where this situation is likely to be a factor.

Thanks for any input.+

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Ramblings: Side trip to the Twilight Zone?

Aug. 13th, 2011 | 09:20 am
location: home
mood: soresore

The wife and I drove down to Durham, NC yesterday to see relatives and I'm sure it was via the Twilight Zone.

There is a stretch of Interstate 85 that is perfectly straight and is hemmed in on both sides by tall, dense forest. Yesterday was warm and overcast with a low ceiling and there was a haze on the top of the trees and the horizon that made the road look like it actually disappeared in the distance. There was a stretch of time when no other vehicles were visible in front or in back of us. Interstate drivers should be familiar with the small, blue signs near exits that tell you there's a McDonald's or an Exxon or a Holiday Inn off the exit. We passed a series of them that were Totally Blank. And the kicker was when the Richmond radio station we were listening to faded I hit the scan button on the radio and it searched from the bottom of the spectrum to the top and NEVER found a signal.

dodododa dodododah

In other travel news, we visited our youngest daughter in New Jersey last month and I got lost, both going there and coming home. I have a built-in GPS, I can find places I visited once 10 years ago. I never get lost, but I did in New Jersey.

First of all there's the annoying factor that you can't make a left turn anywhere in the state. It's a series of three right turns. Then there's the fact that the maps I looked at on line showed an intersection of two routes and when I got there, there was no intersection.

We did eventually find our daughter's place. She admits she gets confused by all the right turns and U-turns herself.

Otherwise this summer has been a movie festival. We've caught all the blockbusters.

Thor -- Saw it Imax 3D, but it wasn't worth it. Oh a few scenes, particularly involving the rainbow bridge Bifrost were pretty cool, but I finished the movie with a headache from the weird Imax glasses and the overpowering sound.

X-Men First Class -- It was decent, but I was particular intrigued and touched by the back story for Eric, Magneto.

Greee Lantern -- Saw it in 3D and there were a few good scenes. Generally a very enjoyable flick, particularly where Carol told him "Hal, I've seen you naked. You honestly think I wouldn't recognize you simply because I can't see your cheek bones?"

Transformers -- The wife didn't want to see it, but I did. Also saw it in 3D and there were some scenes where it was very effective. An enjoyable enough movied but some of the scenes in the final battle were rather disturbing.

Deathly Hallows 2 -- Didn't bother with 3D, there just didn't seem to be any compelling reason to see it that way. I liked it, but not as much as part 1 which was much closer to the book. I won't say too much more since maybe someone hasn't seen it yet, although I doubt that. Not enough of Ginny and Harry, as usual. The Gringotts scenes were pretty cool, though. And I loved Helena Bonham Carter playing Emma Watson playing Helena Bonham Carter.

Captain America -- I thoroughly enjoyed this one. A nice stand up and cheer sort of superhero flick. Saw it in 3D and it was worthwhile to do so. I'm really looking forward to next summer's Avengers movie.

Cowboys and Aliens -- My favorite flick so far this summer. It was just lots of fun, and how can you go wrong with Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig fighting big, ugly, nasty aliens with six guns and bows and arrows?

Planning on seeing Planet of the Apes and Conan. Well, my wife doesn't necessarily want to see Conan. And on of the previews during C & A was for a movie called In Time which has a very interesting premise.

Hope everyone's had a good summer so far.

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Mar. 6th, 2011 | 09:51 am
mood: crappycrappy

I want to thank everyone who took time to comment on my ramblings on my daughter's marriage. I appreciated your comments and your kind and encouraging words.

To be clear, it's not that I have an issue with my daughter or her husband, they are obviously quite in love with each other.

I suppose it's uneasiness over how my daughter is going to integrate into the Muslim community. She's always been independent and outgoing, and, unfortunately, that is not regarded as the ideal woman by some members of the Islamic community.

I'm doing my best not to sound anti-Muslim in this, I emphasize that I have no prejudice against Islam as a religion. There are many who regard Islam, Christianity and Judaism as 'People of the Book' who should do their best to understand each other and get along.

I guess what I'm saying is that I worry that she'll be frustrated and upset over some of the social restrictions she'll run into. Also, I'm concerned that since she's adopted Muslim dress, that employers may be more hesitant to give her a fair hearing while she's looking for work. I know this sounds terribly chauvinistic and bigoted, but we all know this sort of prejudice exists and unfortunately probably always will.

Again, I thank all of you who sent me kind words.

If anyone knows of work that two twenty-something linguists would be qualified for, please let me know. They're willing to relocate, believe me.

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Mar. 3rd, 2011 | 09:56 am
mood: depresseddepressed

My youngest daughter got married last night. Am I happy? Well, no. Not really.

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Feb. 4th, 2011 | 10:57 pm
location: home
mood: curiouscurious

I haven't posted in a long time. Here's a very interesting little piece of trivia.


It was necessary to keep a good supply of cannon balls near the cannon on old war ships. But how to prevent them from rolling about the deck was the problem. The storage method devised was to stack them as a square based pyramid, with one ball on top, resting on four, resting on nine, which rested on sixteen.

Thus, a supply of 30 cannon balls could be stacked in a small area right next to the cannon. There was only one problem -- how to prevent the bottom layer from sliding/rolling from under the others.

The solution was a metal plate with 16 round indentations, called, for reasons unknown, a Monkey. But if this plate were made of iron, the iron balls would quickly rust to it. The solution to the rusting problem was to make them of brass - hence, Brass Monkeys.

Few landlubbers realize that brass contracts much more and much faster than iron when chilled.
Consequently, when the temperature dropped too far, the brass indentations would shrink so much that the iron cannon balls would come right off the monkey.

Thus, it was quite literally, cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey.

And all this time, folks thought that was just a vulgar expression?!

You must send this fabulous bit of historical knowledge to at least a few of your intellectual friends.

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Fic- Harry/Ginny Dark and Stormy Doesn't Always End Badly

Oct. 24th, 2010 | 10:36 am
mood: accomplishedaccomplished

Title: Dark and Stormy Doesn't Always End Badly
Author: pettybureaucrat
Rating: R
Words: 1984
Warning: Just sex
Summary: A cold and wet Harry wakes up to find something warm in bed with him.

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Harry/Ginny - "The Night Nurse" by Hollyboo2001 (Art)_

Oct. 13th, 2010 | 09:11 am

Title: The Night Nurse
Gaining Access: Open access
Author: hollyboo2001
Length/Word Count: N/A
Alternate Links to Fic/Art: None that I know of. There is additional art on her in LJ Jounal, on Hump Day Smut, and on IJ's Daily Deviant
Pairing: Harry/Ginny
Rating: NC-17
Author's Website: hollyboo2001
Why everyone should read this: I didn't introduce myself on my first red, so I'm pettybureaucrat and obvious I'm reccing Harry/Ginny this month - the OTP of OTPs as far as I'm concerned. hollyboo2001 has a beautiful and very original style, with gorgeous colors and incredible facial expressions. I think you'll agree when you gaze upon this particularly hot piece of art. I'm guessing Harry got hurt playing Quidditch and as a fellow player, Ginny takes it upon herself to make sure he's resting comfortably.

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Jul. 30th, 2010 | 12:06 pm
location: home
mood: aggravatedaggravated

A very violent line of thunderstorms swept through the DC area last Sunday, with winds clocked as high as 75 mph.

We lost power for two days and also lost the big tree in the back yard.

No one was hurt, we didn't even suffer any water leakage. And the insurance adjuster and contractor have already been here, so we won't be out anymore than our deductible.

The tree removal service had that thing and the 40 feet of it remaining in the ground out of here in less than 5 hours. I was very impressed.

I had them cut me a slice off from the bottom and I tried counting the rings. The wood got very dark towards the center (turns out the tree was full of boring insects and hollow spots, so that's why it finally cracked.) It was close to 100 years old the best I can tell.

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Shipping Meme

Jul. 9th, 2010 | 11:57 pm
location: home
mood: contemplativecontemplative

Gakked from luvscharlie and numerous others.

One True Pairing Ship: No doubts here. Harry/Ginny all the way. She’s the only one that doesn’t take any of his ‘oh, poor me’ crap from him.

Second Favorite Ship: Tougher, but I think Harry/Luna. They’re both outcasts in a way and I think Harry truly finds comfort in some of Luna’s views and her whole gentle outlook on life..

Third Favorite Ship: Really tough. Hermione with a Weasley other than Ron is certainly one. I’ve also become fond of Lily Luna/Teddy..

Canon Ship: Harry/Ginny, there’s just no one else.

"If this happens I'll stab my eyes out with a spork" Ship: Draco/Ginny. Their families hate each other and have for centuries apparently. Draco thinks of Ginny as nothing more than a pennyless slag. Ginny would probably cut her throat before allowing Draco near her if she couldn’t bat bogey him first. Fire and Ice? More like water on a grease fire.

Guilty Pleasure Ship: Draco/Hermione. Two very intelligent people on opposite sides. But, once the war is over? It would take a lot of effort to make it work, but you never know, they might do it.

"I dabble a little" Ship: I like to dabble in femmeslash, so Luna/Ginny is one that I write, often including a threesome with Harry.

"It's like a car crash" Ship: Harry with a ‘harem.’ For the most base of reasons. All the different kinds of sex! Also nextgen 'cousincest' fics. So wrong, but so entertaining when well written.

"Tickles my fancy but not sold just yet" Ship: Teddy/Lily. It’s becoming a popular ship but the age difference and Ted’s connection to Harry makes it tough to sell. When it’s done well, though, they make a wonderful couple..

"Makes no canon sense but why the hell not" Ship: Hermione/George and/or Fred. She’s a no-nonsense, rule following bookworm. They’re a pair of rogues out to prank the world (a gentler version of the ‘Guy Fawkes’ character in ‘V for Vendetta.’) They could so make it as a threesome..

"Everyone else loves it but I just don't feel it" Ship: Ron/Hermione. They are just so incompatible. I don’t care what Jo wrote, it just doesn’t make sense to me. Also Harry/Draco and Harry/Snape. Please, people.

"When all is said and done" Ship: Harry and Ginny, watching their kids grow and growing old together – with lots of passionate sex.

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