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Horoscope of Eerie Aptness: The heavy emotional energy around you today could be a result of an extremely active subconscious. Have you been having especially vivid dreams lately? This could be a sign that you'll be entering a very active conscious phase quite soon. This is a good time to tie up loose ends and put some order back in your daily routine. The pace of your life is about to increase dramatically. If you have been waiting for a reason to celebrate, one is coming very soon!

Whoa. I have been having really vivid dreams. This afternoon, for example, I dreamed that Aretha Franklin and Cookie Monster covered Prince's "P. Control" for Sesame Street--as "Cookie Control." I'm pretty sure that "Cookies are a sometimes food" was in there somewhere, and it rhymed with something, but I can't really remember now. If this is true--that vivid dreams presage creativity; not that Sesame Street did a cover of "P. Control"--then it's time to pop the champagne, because I am so behind on my NaNo. If the Sesame Street thing is true, on the other hand, then it's time for the universe to implode with awesome.

The reason I was asleep this afternoon was that I decided on a whim to reread Order of the Phoenix, as I read the last three Harry Potter books only once each, the day they came out, and couldn't remember a damn thing that happened in any of them. Well, actually, I could remember several damn things, but it was more along the lines of "Luna, thestrals, capslock, Umbridge, child abuse, lamest death ever." When people would joke about "Accio brain!" I actually had no idea what they were talking about. (Speaking of which, I hope they cut a whooooole lot of stuff (loopy Ron, dancing Neville) from the Department of Mysteries section, because I really don't know that it would work on film. There's a lot of bizarre slapstick in that section that's at odds with the death-defying (or not-so-defying) action sequence stuff. Sometimes you can get away with things on paper because you've left them to the reader's imagination; I conveniently tended to forget that Neville was dancing all while confronting Bellatrix. You know that expression, "Better to stay silent and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and confirm it"? Film's a little like that--you can leave it to the reader to imagine a way in which it's not inappropriately ridiculous, or you can show it and leave it with nothing else it can be. But you know, the veil was actually kind of cool until Sirius fell through it; maybe there's a way to rehabilitate that scene on film so that it's actually really creepy-tragic. I think the reason it doesn't work on paper is because he's just gone, and it's hard to imagine "just gone." Film can focus on atmospheric details--shadows, darkness, whispering voices, background music. So what I'm saying, I guess, is that with a movie, if you're smart, you can trim the things that won't work and make the things that falter a little bit work better.

Of course, I'm sure someone will howl bloody murder over it no matter what you do.

My original point was, however, that I ended up reading it in one sitting, so I didn't get to sleep until six this morning.

'Happy Feet' dances to top of box office. It's a close call, and Bond may slip past tomorrow. But that, my friends, is the power of a Harry Potter trailer.

Armani dresses Katie Holmes for wedding; Fans lament access to Cruise wedding.

Speaking of celebrity gossip, I mentioned the Kate Hudson-Chris Robinson divorce to Sister Girl last night, and she contributed the extremely juicy piece of gossip that she heard that Robinson is divorcing Hudson because she, after years of watching him sleep with groupies practically in front of her, had an affair with Owen Wilson and is currently pregnant with his baby. Outstanding!

Admissions boards face 'grade inflation' (this is news?).

Newsman Mudd donates book collection: "Retired journalist Roger Mudd has donated his 1,500 volume collection of 20th-century Southern writers to Washington and Lee University, the school said."

Gay penguin book shakes up Ill. school.

Cat gives birth to puppies. Was I saying something about the universe imploding?

Secret Santa reveals his identity.

telesilla: "Also, because 'deep fried flag' is just not something you see everyday I did a little digging and found a picture of part of the exhibit."


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Aiiee, no kidding about the eerie aptness thing. Mine tells me to "get closer to someone professionally," and learn to lighten up, and I literally just got off the phone with a classmate with whom I'd been exchanging terse emails with all weekend about our crappy group project, and during the call we both found some common ground and stopped being so cranky with each other. Nice one, Astrology.com!

The Secret Santa story makes me both happy and sad simultaneously; happy that there are still people in the world who do good things without the need for publicity or prestige; and sad that it is such a rare occurance that it needs publicity.

I hope that he gets better.

when I read that at work last week I cried...

You know, me and half my flist have all been having insane dreams lately. It's going around. I'm not a huge proponent of astrology, but there is something in the air, dude. I can't imagine why else I'd dream about walking around for a while day with a fuckin knife in the back of my head. @_@

This afternoon, for example, I dreamed that Aretha Franklin and Cookie Monster covered Prince's "P. Control" for Sesame Street--as "Cookie Control."

/eyes askance. Er..maybe it's cause you were sleeping in the afternoon? Just a thought.

I am so behind on my NaNo

Cast NaNo to the wind. It's an artificial thing of supreme fakeness and cheapens the writing process, which, you know, is damned cheap already.

Join me in a mimosa and together we will rule the galaxy as..uh..not-Father and not-Daughter. Whatever.

Yarha, NaNoLaLaHoHo

Cat gives birth to puppies. Was I saying something about the universe imploding?

Doubful. My guess is the universe has a long way to run, so we can begin our rule. Won't that be fun?

Yarha, RIF: Ruling is Fun-damental

But you know, the veil was actually kind of cool until Sirius fell through it; maybe there's a way to rehabilitate that scene on film so that it's actually really creepy-tragic. I think the reason it doesn't work on paper is because he's just gone, and it's hard to imagine "just gone"

Unfortunately, I see slo-mo and Our Lady of Soundtrack Sorrow in the future for that scene.

I admit, this is the most likely scenario.

Yeah, I can see it going that way. Not certain how much you can enhance death-by-drape.

Well, it could be done in a super-arty way, but this is Harry Potter, so I can't see them going all Italian arthouse on us.

That seems unpleasantly likely. Cedric's death was really well-done, so that gives me hope, but I guess besides the abruptness, there aren't many similarities between them. Sad.

It helped that Cedric's death was...I don't want to say simple, but with the calibar of acting the kids had reached (and by that, I mean damn good), it was hard to mess up. I can see the writers and director all looking at the book and being all "Yeah...we'll just save that for last"

We're reading the first Harry Potter to the kidlet (peer pressure, all her friends have heard it!). It's, um, broad. Like Dickens, the names are so obvious. The later ones are better that way.

Another kind of Secret Santa: the Untied Way

I dunno--Kreacher and Karkus in OOTP are pretty bad.

But yeah, it's got a very Dickens flavor--which may explain why the Diagon Alley scene in the movie looks like it escaped from A Christmas Carol.

Lilly Del Pinto thought the book looked charming when her 5-year-old daughter brought it home in September. Del Pinto said she was halfway through reading it to her daughter "when the zookeeper said the two penguins must be in love."

"That's when I ended the story," she said.


Yes, because lord knows if you hadn't, you're daughter might have been unduly influenced and ended up becoming a gay penguin (because that's the gay penguin agenda, don'tcha know).


I saw Happy Feet this weekend, and I have to say it was one of the oddest movies I think I've ever seen. I'm sort of horrified that it's being so heavily marketed as a kiddie flick. It was such a strange juxtaposition of happy musical animals and dismal heavy-handed environmental messages, I was actually depressed when I left.

I left feeling happy, but it was, as you say, a very strange juxtaposition. But yeah, having seen it I don't get the whole "kiddie flick" thing either.

lol, I saw it this weekend too, and I know exactly what you mean. It was definitely odd.. I don't know how well the movie really flows, but.. I thought it was cute anyway.

It was pretty sad.. I felt really, really bad for Mumble. =/ You know, it might have been that I saw it at 9:45, but there weren't any children in the theater. I expected it to be pretty quiet in there, but it was jam-packed with adults. I found that very interesting.

It was definitely a very environmentally-concious movie. Informative, for sure.

I saw it this weekend as well. I went in with only the vaguest ideas of what it was about, and I had no expectations. I adored it for the first two-thirds of the movie, although I thought the sexual overtones to everything were really heavy for something being marketed to kids.

But then in the last third, everything just...fell apart. And the problem is it had so much POTENTIAL. They just couldn't seem to pick one theme/idea and stick with it.

It would have been easier if I could have just been offended by it or disliked it, but now I can't stop THINKING about it and picking apart what went wrong and how they could have fixed it. I think my boyfriend is getting tired of me randomly going "And you know what else bothered me about the movie?"

At the risk of sounding INCREDIBLY Southern...you flung a craving on me. I have to go reread OoTP now.

Chalk me up for the vivid dreams, too, although they don't make a whole lot of sense when I recall them.

Did you hear the news about the Hobbit? http://www.theonering.net/perl/newsview/8/1163993546
All I have to say about that is NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

Well, actually, I could remember several damn things, but it was more along the lines of "Luna, thestrals, capslock, Umbridge, child abuse, lamest death ever."

Sirius's death was pretty random, wasn't it? I seriously had to go back and read it several times before I believed it, and then the reaction was "He died by falling through a curtain?!" She could at least have given him more fireworks, I think. It's a bit too Transported Man, you know?

That horoscope is getting very weirdly truer by the minute.

But that, my friends, is the power of a Harry Potter trailer.
The world is bloody obsessed

Reading the cat gives birth to puppies thing was kind of okay in a way, because I kept trying to explain it in my head. I was looking at the picture, all "Okay, that dog is looking on fondly, I mean, maybe the cat and the dog disappeared for a few weeks, the DOG had the puppies and then they all came back and the puppies, being blind, happened to smack into the cat and settle there and--"
...then I read the caption and my brain is DEAD from the possible inter-species (inter-special?) lovin'.

So much goodness today! I laughed and felt a surge of AWESOME which I think should get me through this shortened week. yay. And the awesomeness of the icons/avatars today is higher than ever!

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Oh my God. I can't stop staring at your icon. That's fantastic!

Aw, why don't they leave Tango alone? We sell that book at my store. I love it. And it's based on two real penguins, so it's not even like the author was inventing some Tortured!Penguin!Love Story to push a gay agenda, or whatever the offended parents are thinking. PLUS, it's presented in such an innocent way that the only way a four-year-old would view it as applicable to gender orientation in people would be if a panicking adult made a big deal of it. Like stopping the story halfway through. Stupid people. (Cute little penguins. In love.)

The Gay Penguins have got nothing on Soapy-Dope for inappropriateness as a children's book. My boyfriend's sister told me about this book, which apparently her mother-in-law bought as a gift for their two year old son. (She bought it without reading it, because "the illustrations were nice".) So they read this book to their son (once only). The plot?

Soapy-Dope is a creature who lives in a hole by the road and loves to jump out and scare animals coming down the road. One day, along comes the biggest animal he has ever seen, with big, bright lights on it. So Soapy-Dope jumps out in the road to scare the animal and WHAM, Soapy-Dope is road-kill. Really. But this isn't the end! Next up, along comes a farmer, who sees Flat Soapy-Dope, and says, "That board would be the perfect size to cover that hole in my barn." So he takes Soapy-Dope home and nails him to the barn. Where Soapy-Dope, who may be alive still though he is certainly flat, can now scare the barn animals. So he is happy. Isn't that nice?

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