Planet Monolith

August 29, 2007


Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Am I the only person who really digs heavy metel, head banging Christmas music?

Trans-Siberian Orchestra is coming to Chicagoland.

Sun. 2 Dec. Chicago, IL Allstate Arena 3:00PM

Sun. 2 Dec. Chicago, IL Allstate Arena 7:30PM

I usually go every-other year. I didn't go last year.


August 29, 2007 02:23 PM

August 28, 2007


I do believe in fairies! I do! I do!

Hook: And now, Peter Pan, you shall die.
Peter: To die would be an awfully big adventure.

Peter: I want always to be a boy, and have fun.
Wendy: You say so, but I think it is your biggest pretend.

Captain Hook: Pan... you're pink.

All boys eventually grow up....except one.

Peter: To live would be an awfully big adventure.

Hook: Old... Alone... Done for.

August 28, 2007 02:31 AM

August 27, 2007


From my email....

Dear Sir/Madam,

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Not to mention, The Palm Court was voted the best Tea Room in Chicago by North Shore magazine.

The Palm Court is pleased to present Fashion Sundays. During Afternoon Tea on Sundays in October, guests will be treated to an informal fashion show featuring the creations of some of Chicago's most exclusive boutiques.

Reservations required for a afternoon of high fashion

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August 27, 2007 01:15 PM

August 24, 2007


Things I wonder about II

The day before yesterday someone mentioned to me that right now (from a very recent photo) I looked very much someone else they knew. So, do I?

August 24, 2007 01:21 PM

August 23, 2007


Speaking of water: tip of the day

Turning off your tap while brushing your teeth could save 50 gallons of water per week.

August 23, 2007 05:28 PM

Song of the Day

"Here comes the rain again", Eurythmics

Here comes the rain again
Falling on my head like a memory
Falling on my head like a new emotion
I want to walk in the open wind
I want to talk like lovers do
I want to dive into your ocean
Is it raining with you

So baby talk to me
Like lovers do
Walk with me
Like lovers do
Talk to me
Like lovers do

Here comes the rain again
Raining in my head like a tragedy
Tearing me apart like a new emotion
I want to breathe in the open wind
I want to kiss like lovers do
I want to dive into your ocean
Is it raining with you

So baby talk to me
Like lovers do

Here comes the rain again
Falling on my head like a memory
Falling on my head like a new emotion
(here it comes again, here it comes again)
I want to walk in the open wind
I want to talk like lovers do
I want dive into your ocean
Is it raining with you

August 23, 2007 01:08 PM

August 21, 2007


daily: choice whinge

All hail consumer choice, the bandwagon that has brought us deregulation and choice of utility companies until we could deregulate and choose no more.

Water DropsWith yesterday's mail I received a water bill, and in the same envelope was a flyer informing me the price of water is going up because a new desalination plant is being built. And of course, desalinated water costs more to produce.

For quite some time it's been possible to switch energy providers and choose to purchase and use only "green" energy. It costs a bit more, but is better for the environment and in theory using it means there will be more investment in renewable energy.

In Holland, a lot of drinking water is created from recycled sewage - like what Towoomba didn't want. Sewage is treated, released in to the surface water supply (rivers) and that same surface water supply is used to generate more drinking water. It tastes fine and I grew up without any nasty diseases.

Now, if creating drinking water this way is cheaper than desalination (and I don't see how it would not be) and more choice for consumers is good, why am I not able to choose to buy my water from a company that sells water from recycled sewage at a lower cost than what others - who want desalinated water - pay for theirs?

August 21, 2007 10:40 PM

August 17, 2007


Better off Dead then doing Taxes

"Better off Dead" and the answers to all our country's problems.

The Immigration Issue:

Lane Myer: Two brothers... One speaks no English, the other learned English from watching "The Wide World of Sports." So you tell me... Which is better, speaking no English at all, or speaking Howard Cosell?

The Housing Project issue in Chicago:

Lane Myer: I have great fear of tools. I once made a birdhouse in woodshop and the fair housing committee condemned it. I can't.

On Peer Pressure in High School leading to teen's bad behavior:

Charles De Mar: And dying when you're not really sick is really sick, you know. Really!

And another answer to life, the universe and everything:

Charles De Mar: Go that way, really fast. If something gets in your way, turn.

August 17, 2007 01:25 PM

August 16, 2007


Blazings not-so-Saddled

Lilly von Schtupp, "I'm so tired. Tired of playing the game. Ain't it a cryin' shame. I'm so tired!"

August 16, 2007 01:08 PM

The Edge of Reason

Bridget Jones, "I truly believe that happiness is possible... even when you're thirty-three and have a bottom the size of two bowling balls."

August 16, 2007 02:53 AM

August 15, 2007


Theatrical Release vs. Director's Cut

What would you say was the difference between these two versions of the 1984 release of "Dune"?

August 15, 2007 03:29 PM

August 14, 2007



Paul: I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when my fear is gone I will turn and face fear's path, and only I will remain.

Piter De Vries: It is by will alone I set my mind in motion. It is by the juice of Sapho that thoughts acquire speed, the lips acquire stains, stains become a warning. It is by will alone I set my mind in motion.

Duke Leto Atreides: I'll miss the sea, but a person needs new experiences. They jar something deep inside, allowing him to grow. Without change something sleeps inside us, and seldom awakens. The sleeper must awaken.

Gurney Halleck: Behold, as a wild ass in the desert, go I forth to my work.

August 14, 2007 02:11 PM

August 13, 2007


Another old diary entry...

Okay, here's another entry I just have to save. Does everyone remember their first kiss? Well I found an entry from 1989 right around the time that I turned 15) that goes on and on about it. It spans a few entries, and I apparently was obsessed with time - I had to say things like "technically it was yesterday since it is now 12:41 am" like it was a big deal to be up past midnight.

I guess it was back then. *heh* And don't let the date range scare you. I didn't write every day back then either *heh* Anyway, here ya go...

8-20-89: Time: 12:35 am
Yesterday (technically) was the infamous day. I met Erik Michael Zurfluh. He's gorgeous. Inside and out.

Alright, it was me, Carol, Star, and Erik. Carol's brother had to hang around and Erik had this 12-yr. old Michael but he left.

We went to see Uncle Buck but didn't stay till the end.

We walked Carol to find her brother and then (since they had just missed a bus) we all walked around. But after a while, Carol and her brother left. Eventually, Erik got tired of us dragging him around to clothes stores so he left. We hugged and I kissed him on the cheek.

Later, I found out I had actually told him I liked him!!!!!! AK!

[side note: how did I not know that I told him? Maybe I meant to write someone else but I screwed up because I was writing too fast. Maybe I have multiple personalities. Anyway.]

Now I cannot face him. Honestly...I tried to squelch the feelings but OBVIOUSLY they (it) didn't work.


I am gonna write him a letter. I'll try to make it as painless as possible but I don't know. I'm so upset I don't know what to do.

Carol tried to convince me that the hurt would end soon. I doubt it.

I'm not even 15 yet!!

Gotta go.
Audra ??

8-21-89: I just talked to Aish. She said we should reduce our friendship to a casual hi/bye/see ya in school kinda thing. I said if that is what makes her happy. So that's the way it will be from now on. there's nothing left for me to do about it. Oh well.

Erik called. But he said he'd call back at 6:00 P.M. I don't know if I can handle it.

All this, and right before my Birthday, whichis tomorrow. Nice B-day present.


9-3-89: Hi, Di. I'm kinda...AK! Alright, let me get my thoughts together. Okay - FIRST: Everyone says I'm handling the Aish thing very well. But there is nothing to handle. OH WELL.

SECOND: Erik. I'm utterly confused now. I really don't know how to explain it. Alright, I'll try. You know how I said I liked him? Well, me, Carol, Erik, and Ari went to the movies last Tuesday (Aug 29.)and well we went to see 'When Harry Met Sally...'. There were a couple of New Years Eve scenes and that got Erik upset cause that's where that girl dumped him (at a New Years party). Well, right then, I figured he was still hung up on her, so I said I had to stop liking him. So I said (to myself) that I wouldn't talk to him 'til he called me. Well today, when Nicole came over, she told me Erike called and said that he told her to call him when she got here. Well she did and well, I kept talking. He wanted to talk to me. So me and Nicole switched back and forth. Finally, Nik told me she had to leave at 7:30. So we told him we'd call him back but he could only have one call - he wanted me to call. Well, when Nik left, I called and near the end of the call, he told me that he really liked me (seriously). No joke. But he said he didn't want to tell me because usually he gets on people's nerves, sooner or later. But he get on my nerves!! I don't wanna lose him cause of that. I'm praying that he'll have enough faith in me to stay. I like him alot but I can't let it show until I know for sure. Keep me in mind, Di. Have faith in us, if no one else will.

Love ya always,

9-6-89: time - 1:08 am. Why am I up so late? Don't know. I'll be off soon but I had to write before I did. I talked to Erik. He sounded disappointed when he had to get off the phone (at least I hope so) at 9:00. Any way, there hasn't been any major change (like he asked me out) but he did ask me "How do you get home from the mall - like what buses do you take?" I told him and he said, "Well, like. what streets does it go down (the buses), for like if a person were to go to your house on a bike?" It clicked immediately but I don't know. If he does, it'd be cool. Anyway, I keep forgetting to ask him if he got my letter, but I'll try to remember next time I talk to him. I also want to ask him why he likes me as in what is it about me that he likes. I'll find out when I talk to him again. Until that time, my fair and steadfast friend...

Love immer (always in German!!)
Audra (1:15 am)

9-6-89: Much later (11:54 pm -->> 11:55 now)
Um, okay, this was a really (I'm talkin seriously) weird day. Um, when I talked to Erik on the phone, he was saying that what happened at the mall kinda happened at Disney World and if he favored me over the one in Florida, they'd get mad, and vice versa. I kinda got upset at that nit I kinda got out of the slump and was just gonna give up. The called and asked if I would mind if he came over. I said no. Well, uh, he finally got here (and I was talking to EMILY RAIVELY...I'll tell you about that later...) and so after I got my sneaks I went outside. My hair was out and I was wearing my new earrings (will describe later). But to make a long story short - he kissed me!

He got it in be-4 Thursday!

Now it's 12:00 am on Thursday so...

9-7-89: Now I will go into depth about everything. Alright, we (Erik and I) were sitting on my porch and we were talking and everything (he was telling stories) and when I finally had to go inside, I was kinda holding back. Well, we hugged and I wondered if I could kiss him on the cheek be-4 he left so when Mom went back upstairs from getting her "water" (I call it being nosy!!), um, I told him to come back and I kissed him on the cheek and we hugged again. Well, we started to break apart (and I was perfectly content - although I would've been more content to stay in his arms...which I did...) but he was holding me and...WHAM! [side note: Wake me up before you go go! *hee*] He was kissing me on my mouth and the best was yet to come. WE FRENCHED! It was so cool! I like the way he kisses. I hope I get to do it (hey!) again. I think so cause I don't think he wanted to stop. In fact, he looked kinda dazed when he rode off on his bike. I wonder if I kissed all-right. Well, in any case, he had to go and so did I. You know, as soon as he left, I called Nicole and told her. She couldn't talk that long but I told her. After that, I called Carol and told her. She said I was so lucky.

There's a bit more to the entry but not much about the smooching. Younger me cracks me up.

August 13, 2007 10:06 PM

August 11, 2007


daily: sickie

... still flu and/or cold.

August 11, 2007 11:22 PM

August 07, 2007


Quote a Joss Whedon Show Day...

Because according to someone on my F-list, it's Quote a Joss Whedon Show Day...

Buffy: I may be dead, but I'm still pretty.

August 07, 2007 08:22 PM

If America is shrinking, why am I so bloody tall?

So here's an interesting article how the average height of Americans is declining when compared to other nations in the industrialized world.

They go on and on about healthcare, urban living, etc. But I didn't see one looksie into the effects of racial blending. After all, we're a melting pot. Americans didn't exist 230 odd years ago. Certainly nothing like Americans was conceived of until now. We have blending of all sorts. Short, tall, medium. Extra short. Extra tall. From just about every corner of the globe. We are a country of many countries. New and old.

And look at me. I hit puberty at the same time as my High School best friend, who's 5 foot (if that). I went to day care early on so my mom could go back to work. I caught colds and even the chicken pox (Kindegarden is a haven for that). And low and behold... I'm 5'9", WAY over the "average American female" height.

I was never skinny as a child. I had my share of Micky D's growing up (not to mention a LOT of DQ and Oscar Meyer bologna). I've had various ailments over the years. And I still grew tall.

So, what does that say about this article? That I (not to mention my equally tall sisters, both 5'9") am a mere exception. A varying variable. A freak of otherwise uniform nature?

No, I am merely a product of a 5 foot mum and a 6 foot 4 inch dad.

Do the math. I broke even.

Americans' Girth Grows as Height Stagnates

Once the tallest people on earth, Americans are now among the shortest and fattest in the industrialized world. What do these numbers reveal about the nation’s health-care system?

By Karen Springen

Aug. 2, 2007 - Society tells us it’s better to be tall. Think NBA stars, supermodels and winning presidential candidates. Studies have even linked height to higher salaries. Weight, too, is an indicator of health—or lack thereof. Obese people are at greater risk for serious conditions like diabetes and heart disease—not to mention the social stigma associated with being larger than their peers.

So what does it mean that Americans are now among the shortest and fattest people in the industrialized world? If a number of studies out in the last two months are any indication, the stagnating height and expanding girth in the United States are not only related, they may be a sign of a decline in the overall health of Americans—particularly children.

Currently two thirds of U.S. adults are overweight or obese and the trend
shows no signs of letting up any time soon. A study by Johns Hopkins researchers this month found that by 2015, three quarters of adult Americans will be overweight or obese. America was the fattest industrialized country in an obesity ranking put out by World Health Organization earlier this year.
As far as height goes, Americans are losing ground there, too. The June issue of Social Science Quarterly revealed that Americans—the tallest in the world since Colonial times—are no longer the globe’s giants. That title now goes to the citizens of the Netherlands. There, the typical man stands 6 feet tall and the typical woman 5 foot 7—both more than 2 inches taller than their U.S. counterparts. Back in 1850, the Dutch and other Western Europeans were 2 inches shorter than Americans. (The study intentionally did not include recent Asian or Hispanic immigrants to the United States; had they done so, the average American height would likely be even shorter.)

Today, Americans don’t even break the top 10 in terms of tallest nations. The average American is shorter than the average of citizens of Belgium, Germany, the Scandinavian countries and Canada, according to Social Sciences Quarterly. This surprised researchers because historically height has been related to a nation’s wealth. Prenatal care, nutrition and the way childhood diseases are treated are usually better in nations with higher per capita incomes—and all these factors can affect height. But the wealth-health equation doesn’t always hold up. The Netherlands, whose gross domestic product (GDP) ranks 16th globally, according to the World Bank, is taller than the United States, which has the highest GDP in the world. And the average Czech is taller than the average American, despite the fact that their nation’s per capita income is less than half that of the United States.
Why hasn’t America’s wealth brought better health—and height? Authors of the Social Science Quarterly report point to the American diet and the uneven distribution of health-care resources. “We conjecture that the U.S. health-care system, as well as the relatively weak welfare safety net, might be why human growth in the United States has not performed as well in relative terms as one would expect on the basis of income alone,” the report states.
“One doesn't have to go to Michael Moore to know the health-care system has problems,” says John Komlos, coauthor of the Social Science Quarterly study and an economic historian at the University of Munich. In the United States, some 46.6 million Americans lack health insurance, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Other experts agree. “We have an extremely expensive system, and it's not delivering the outcomes it should,” says Dr. Richard Hellman, president of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists.

The frailties of America’s health-care system, and its influence on height and weight, may be most evident in the well-being of its children. Because humans have basically the same genetic potential for height, factors like nutrition and disease impact whether or not they reach their full potential, says Richard Steckel, an Ohio State professor of economics, anthropology and history. Environment can affect height by “as many as 6 inches,” says Steckel, who has been studying height since the 1970s.

So it’s not surprising that the world’s tallest country, the Netherlands, was also ranked first in child well-being by a 2007 UNICEF overview of 21 of the world’s wealthiest countries. The United States was No. 20—behind countries like Poland (No. 14) and France (No. 16) and ahead only of kids in the United Kingdom. (The report looked at material well-being, health and safety, educational well being, family and peer relationships, behaviors and risks.)
And while all Dutch kids have health insurance, one in nine U.S. kids go without, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Caring for a child’s health starts at birth or even before. And there, too, the United States has some catching up to do, according to Steckel. The United States and Australia are the only industrialized nations not to ensure that all women get paid maternity leave. American women who return to work often put their kids in daycare, where they “pick up colds and diarrhea and flus,” says Steckel, who believes the U.S. system develops “incredible medical technology” to prolong life and perhaps not enough for child health and development, he says.

Among 6-to-11-year-old American kids, 18.8 percent are overweight or obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Those extra pounds not only predispose kids to chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes, it may also stunt their growth. “In girls, there's little question that the heavier the girl is, the earlier puberty starts,” says Hellman, explaining that a girl who hits puberty sooner has “less time to grow.” A girl entering puberty when she's already 5 foot 4 can become 5 foot 9. “But if you're 8 years old, and you're 4 foot 4, and then you have your three years of puberty, the odds are you won't grow as tall,” says Hellman. Girls are at 97 percent of their height by the time they get their first period, says Dr. Surendra Varma, vice chair of pediatrics at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics section on endocrinology. Doctors aren’t sure if obesity triggers early puberty in boys.

While Hellman is convinced that inadequate health care has contributed to the slowdown in the average American’s growth, he points to other factors. “The fact that the environment in inner cities and food choices are very poor is also important, and the fact that cities and states and our government turn a blind eye to the health needs of the parents of many children also takes it toll,” he says. “Even the [government’s] hands-off attitude to the food industry, and the lack of planning for exercise, particularly in our urban areas, probably plays a role.”

If these scientists are right, America might be able to regain its tallest-nation status by improving its health-care and public-health systems. But in the meantime, short Americans should stand tall. “I do think size matters, especially when it comes to how other people see you. But how you see yourself is much more important,” says Dr. Steven Sharfstein, a past president of the American Psychiatric Association. “What's important psychologically is to have a tall personality.” Sharfstein, who stands 5 foot 6, says he didn't realize he was short until he stood in the organized-by-height college graduation line at Dartmouth. He was third in line out of 800 students. “I had no idea for four years that I was that short,” he says. “I think it's a state of mind.”

Or here's a linkie:

August 07, 2007 07:17 PM

August 06, 2007


The Devil, er... Harry Potter made me do it.

Just for our amusement, here is a Letter to the Editor of a local Scranton, PA newspaper.

Rewrapped witchcraft

Editor: As a Christian, I am offended and righteous anger wells up in me when I see all the publicity given to Harry Potter. It is obvious that this Harry Potter hype, that is greatly influencing our children, is perpetuated by none other than demonic spirits. As a Christian, I cannot let this go unchallenged.

This letter is meant to warn all parents, but especially Christians, who may be allowing their children to get on the Harry Potter bandwagon thinking that it is just innocent fun and fantasy. Harry Potter is old-fashioned witchcraft repackaged to make it look glamorous and exciting.

The truth is that witchcraft and everything associated with it is not innocent. It includes sorcery, incantations, human sacrifices, casting spells, calling on evil spirits, etc. All these go directly against the word of God and they are all forbidden. All witchcraft is produced by demonic spirits and when you dabble in it, you open yourself up to be controlled by those demonic spirits.

Parents, wake up. Can’t you see that Satan is after your children and he uses all kind of enticements? The obvious — alcohol, drugs and sex — are warned about. However, most people fail to warn them about the source behind all this evil — Satan and his demonic spirits which are evident in every type of witchcraft. Witchcraft is being packaged as “power” and our children are falling for it.

It grieves me to see pictures of the innocent faces of our children painted up to look evil and to see them dressed like witches. We must realize that Jesus died and rose again to deliver us from the Kingdom of Darkness and all its evil and place us in the Kingdom of God. Why would anyone want to be involved in or glorify that which Jesus died to set us free from?

Kids, if you want power, give your life to the one who has all power. Read the end of the Bible and you’ll see that Christians win — so come over to the winning side. Renounce Harry Potter and receive Jesus Christ.

Parents: If you are allowing your children to dabble in Harry Potter, be warned, Jesus said in Matthew 18:6 “But whoever causes one of these little ones (children) who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were drowned in the depths of the sea.”

The Bible warns that in the “last days” a form of deception will come where “good will be called evil” and “evil will be called good.” Could we possibly be living in the “last days?” If we are, do you think Harry Potter with all his “power” can save you? I know who saved me. His name is Jesus.


A link to where this can be found online:;=2185&PAG;=461&dept;_id=418216&rfi;=6

August 06, 2007 06:51 PM

August 04, 2007


daily: magic 8-web

The magic 8-web spins and gives Stewart Smith a couple of options for his mum-friendly backup system,pybackpack
It has a friendly Backup tab and a marginally less friendly Restore tab, but I don't know if it handles multiple disk-spanning backup sets.a blog I wrote
Backup to DVD? Ha! udev, a portable usb harddisk and rdiff-backup are all you need. Mum plugs in the harddisk and unplugs it when she receives an email informing her the backup is done.

August 04, 2007 09:13 AM

Catscratch deep breaths for mini-confs

Well, that was kinda heart wrenching.

We made the announcements yesterday regarding mini-confs - and notified those whose proposals did not make the program.

To say they were rejected isn't accurate, although it might feel that way. The reality is, we could not run 26 mini-confs. We are running 15, and have asked stalwarts that are traditionally 2 days, to cut down to 1, and even scheduled a couple to run as half days in order to squeeze in one more.

We toyed with the idea of favouring new proposals, over long established mini-confs, but felt we'd be lynched. We feel like we're being lynched anyway. And so I repeat my mantra, we can't please all of the people all of the time, but we're trying to do our best at pleasing most of the people, most of the time.

We ARE scheduling BOF time in the main program, and allocating rooms - so we are quite serious that those who missed out on mini-conf slots should arrange BOF sessions. Perhaps an overwhelming response to a BOF session would help the 2009 team decide to run some of the great proposed suggestions we could not include this year.

Paper review begins today.  The review team will bunker down for the next 2 weeks to review 222 presentations, and 34 tutorials. There are somewhere between 50 and 60 presentation slots, and less than 10 tutorial slots.
This bit is hard.  But worth it.

August 04, 2007 12:07 AM

August 03, 2007


Let them all eat cake!

Happy Birthday wishes to a really nice dude, [info]psymbiotic

August 03, 2007 01:37 PM

If you were a Super hero...

Would you find the people of Earth, as a whole, worth saving?

August 03, 2007 01:01 PM

July 31, 2007

TeRani treat

I got a part of my latest order. Wasn't expecting it any time soon (used Super Shipper Saver) so it was a nice surprise.

Got a new addition to my Disaster Collection. As a bonus, I don't think I ever saw it before.

"Disaster Zone: Volcano in New York" Has Michael Ironside in it. Wee!

Looks cheesy. Just what I like.

July 31, 2007 04:38 PM


/etc/init.d/fridge restart

Well, the fridge works again!

Apparently I was lucky it was a sturdy German "Miele", else the repair man wouldn't have been allowed to repair it.

It took 35 minutes (10 minutes diagnosis, 5 minutes walking to the car to get a new thermostat unit, 10 minutes of replacing the part, and 10 minutes of chatting which new computer he should buy, and whether I liked Microsoft Vista).

I am now again fully fridged!

July 31, 2007 02:34 PM


daily: something shiny

Donna is reading through some local newspaper thing and asked me to have a look at That actually looks pretty shiny!

July 31, 2007 05:10 AM

daily: source of all logic

After a nice 4-day mini-holiday to Canberra and Majors Creek we're back home today.

Donna and I stayed with Chris & Kelly, and ate ourselves stupid whilst playing with Linden the kitten. All those calories needed to be gotten rid of again, so Rusty and Alli set us to work digging holes and planting trees.

On the way home we noticed something intriguing along the Hume highway. Could it be the source of all mathematics is situated near Wodonga? I managed to take a photo:

Logic Centre

Yes! So, if you have any algorithms giving you trouble, call the logic centre!

July 31, 2007 01:12 AM

July 30, 2007


Harry Potter: Unanswered questions (SPOILER ALERT)

The author of the series in an online chat answered a lot of those nagging questions as to "what happened to so-and-so".

Here's the deets.... and the website...

Harry Potter, who always voiced a desire to become an Auror, or someone who fights dark wizards, was named head of the Auror Department under the new wizarding government headed by his friend and ally, Kingsley Shacklebolt.

His wife, Ginny Weasley, stuck with her athletic career, playing for the Holyhead Harpies, the all-female Quidditch team. Eventually, Ginny left the team to raise their three children — James, Albus and Lily — while writing as the senior Quidditch correspondent for the wizarding newspaper, the Daily Prophet.

Harry's best friend Ron Weasley joined his brother, George, as a partner at their successful joke shop, Weasley's Wizard Wheezes. Hermione Granger, Ron's wife and the third person of the series' dark wizard fighting trio, furthered the rights of subjugated creatures, such as house elves, in the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures before joining the magical law enforcement squad. The couple had two children — Rose and Hugo.

Luna Lovegood, Harry's airily distracted friend with a love for imaginary animals who joins the fight against Voldemort in the Order of the Phoenix, becomes a famous wizarding naturalist who eventually marries the grandson of Newt Scamander, author of "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them."

And what Muggle, or non-wizard, song would have been played at the funeral of Albus Dumbledore, the most brilliant and talented wizard the world had ever known?

"Surely 'I Did It My Way' by Frank Sinatra," Rowling told her fans, referring to the song "My Way," written by Paul Anka but popularized by Sinatra, among other singers.

July 30, 2007 07:55 PM

Life after Death on the Net:

Strange, but true......and strangely enough, something I had been thinking about lately. What does happen to your accounts after you die....

From the article: "Somewhere deep in cyberspace, where reality blurs into fiction and the living greet the dead, there are ghosts.

The site's "death map" charts the death locations of former MySpace members with skulls and grave markers.

They live in a virtual graveyard without tombstones or flowers. They drift among the shadows of the people they used to be, and the pieces they left behind."

July 30, 2007 04:49 PM

July 28, 2007


Let them eat cake!

Happy Birthday [info]lifepart3

We now return you to your regularly scheduled LJ post.

July 28, 2007 03:10 PM

July 27, 2007


How good are you at spotting the fake?

I was browsing the news when I read about this. McAfee put up an online quiz on pfishing scams. Basically a "can you spot the fake site"?

I got a 8 out of 10. One of the two I missed was even based on my current Credit Card Company of choice. I can't believe I missed that one. The second one I missed... hell, it was HARD.

July 27, 2007 01:37 PM


daily: clug

Last night was my first time at an inter-state LUG meeting. I attended CLUG, for talks on SecondLife and Inkscape by Chris Yeoh and Pascal Klein.

Chris showed us some of the stuff he and his wife Kelly did for IBM and Tennis Australia, for the Australian Open. Cool hacks to get around SL limitations on data import and object creation.

Pascal demonstrated the basic Inkscape tools and how to use them to good effect in creating artwork, which left Kelly and Donna trying out stuff until 1am :-)

July 27, 2007 12:57 AM