Dec. 30th, 2012 05:46 pm
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For some reason, this was one of those days when I wished so much Mirabella were still working on "Shadow of His Wings".
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Watched the movie three weeks ago and disliked it with a passion (with the exception of the Misty Mountain Song, which was lovely). Here is what I remember of it (in no particular order):

Minor spoilers behind the cut )
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On my way home for lunch the question popped into my head why so many adults (myself included) were/are so enchanted by Harry Potter.

I don't know why you care about Harry, but to me, he speaks to the child in me that in fifth grade, when I was eleven, just like Harry at the beginning of the series, looked at her mother and her brother one day and concluded that she must have been adopted because she couldn't understand how the people she called family could make her feel so insignificant and unwanted. To me, Harry represents the idea of rescue, the hope that our real family is somewhere out there. And he reminds me that the family doesn't necessarily choose the child. At some point the child also needs to choose the family.
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Originally posted by [ profile] huinare at Non-Violent Communication in Barad-Dûr
It was inevitable that something like this brief satircal thingy would issue from my brain, but it didn’t seriously occur to me to post it until I noticed Pandemonium had recently had a birthday.  

Happy-somewhat-belated-birthday, Pandë!

Voici. )


Feb. 15th, 2012 10:14 am
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Dear Local Caller,

Please test your writing utensil and make sure it is working properly before you call and ask for a phone number. I am very busy and have more important things to do than wait for you to rummage through all your kitchen drawers, then holler at someone to hand you a "pen what writes", then wait some more while that someone is making their way through the house at the pace of a snail.

Thank you for your consideration!

Your Chamber Administrator

Dear Caller from Out-of-Area,

Please don't get huffy and puffy with me because I won't look up a telephone number for you. Neither you nor the person you are looking for are members of this organization. Our members pay dues, which entitle them to use me as their talking phone book. You don't. So please call directory assistance; or - since you told me you had internet access - do a Google search to find the local white pages online. They are there. I use them all the time.

Respectfully yours,

Your Chamber Administrator


Feb. 13th, 2012 03:50 pm
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I started watching "Spartacus: Vengeance" during my lunch break, but it's just not the same without Andy Whitfield.

RIP, Andy! I can't even begin to express how much I hate it that you died so young!
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The Adventure Of The Hippogriff

Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy were out for a shiny Valentine's walk in the castle. As they went, Draco Malfoy rested his hand on Harry Potter's foot. It was the most romantic walk ever. But even though the day was so black, Harry Potter was filled with fragrant dread.

"Do you suppose it's happy here?" he asked sweetly.

"You sad silly," Draco Malfoy said, tickling Harry Potter with his pumpkin. "It's completely bulging."

Just then, a cocky hippogriff leapt out from behind a fireplace and licked Draco Malfoy in the nose. "Aaargh!" Draco Malfoy screamed.

Things looked bright green. But Harry Potter, although he was sincere, knew he had to save his love. He grabbed a broomstick and, like Hogwarts broom ridden by too many students, beat the hippogriff freely until it ran off. "That will teach you to lick innocent people."

Then he clasped Draco Malfoy close. Draco Malfoy was bleeding contemptedly. "My darling," Harry Potter said, and pressed his lips to Draco Malfoy's eye.

"I love you," Draco Malfoy said loudly, and expired in Harry Potter's arms.

Harry Potter never loved again.

(Created by yours truly using Halrloprillalar's fabulous DrabbleMatic.)
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I work for a chamber of commerce in a small town in Florida and we get strange questions and rude callers all the time, but some just leave me puzzled - like the lady yesterday.

Me: "ABC Chamber of Commerce, my name is Nico1908. How may I help you?"

Lady: "Cleveland Chamber of Commerce, Tennessee."


That was it. She didn't introduce herself, she didn't ask me anything, she just said "Cleveland Chamber of Commerce, Tennessee".

I decided to be nice to her and assume that she needed the phone number for that chamber, I even looked it up on the internet for her, but afterwards I was wondering how some people manage to get through life barely able to communicate.

I've often wondered if not introducing yourself when calling an office is an American thing. My boss does it all the time.
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... when you receive an invitation to a backyard party that asks you to bring "your favorite weapon(s)".
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I read [ profile] ivyblossom's Extracurricular series during my lunch break earlier. I laughed my butt off! So much fun! :D
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I would so, so, so love to go to "Harry Potter World" for my next big "0" birthday this year. If only it weren't so expensive. :(
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You are the World

Completion, Good Reward.

The World is the final card of the Major Arcana, and as such represents saturnian energies, time, and completion.

The World card pictures a dancer in a Yoni (sometimes made of laurel leaves). The Yoni symbolizes the great Mother, the cervix through which everything is born, and also the doorway to the next life after death. It is indicative of a complete circle. Everything is finally coming together, successfully and at last. You will get that Ph.D. you've been working for years to complete, graduate at long last, marry after a long engagement, or finish that huge project. This card is not for little ends, but for big ones, important ones, ones that come with well earned cheers and acknowledgements. Your hard work, knowledge, wisdom, patience, etc, will absolutely pay-off; you've done everything right.

What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.

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I have several, but the following top the list:
People who don't know the difference between "to lay" and "to lie" or "nauseated" and "nauseous".
People who leave toilet lids open and/or toilet seats up.
People who use the restrooms at our office and leave the doors open. Come on, folks! This isn't Walmart! We don't have automatic doors!
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I started making a tablecloth and since I have to watch what I'm doing, I can't watch TV while crocheting.

So I'm listening through my DVD library, starting with HP. And while I'm sitting there on my couch,counting stitches, I finally realize what has always bothered me about the PS (and all subsequent books/movies): Quirrell bursts into the Great Hall to report that there's a troll in the dungeons - and promptly passes out. He's the DADA teacher, for heaven's sake! Why is nobody surprised that he didn't either a) dispose of the troll or b) ask the other teachers to help him do so? 

And don't let me get started on the abysmally simple measures taken to "protect" the Philosopher's Stone. You would think Dumbledore hand-picked the tasks to make sure the Trio can get through them. Boo!

Speaking of the tasks: If Quirrell played his way across the chess board, how come the pieces weren't broken afterwards? And if it's one of those "it magically repairs itself" things: How come the winged key was still damaged??? Just to make it easier for Harry to spot, I assume. Boo!

P.S.: This is the tablecloth I'm working on (am making it in black, though):

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... but I'm re-reading "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows".

I'm about halfway through this poor excuse for a lame novel  the book and the question that keeps bugging me at this point is: If Dumbledore was the real owner (i.e. master) of the Elder Wand and the Elder Wand is unbeatable - why didn't Dumbledore beat Voldemort during the duel at the Ministry of Magic in OotP?????

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I found this in the eSkeptic today.

Harry Potter and Jesus Christ

a book review by Tim Callahan

"At first glance, the title of this work, along with the cover illustration depicting a man who seems the amalgam of Jesus Christ and Harry Potter, seem whimsical. Yet, Derek Murphy is serious in his comparison of Harry Potter with Jesus by noting the many parallels between the two:

  • Magic father, human mother
  • Miraculous birth foretold by prophecy
  • Threatened infancy: Herod tries to kill Jesus. Voldemort kills Harry’s parents in an attempt to kill him.
  • Raised in obscurity
  • Both possess magical powers and do battle with evil
  • In both stories, the hero is symbolized by the lion, while his enemy is symbolized by the serpent.
  • Both stories stress the power of faith and love.
  • Both heroes experience a sacrificial death and resurrection."

According to this review, the author of the book comes to the conclusion that
"Harry Potter is popular in a way Jesus is not. Harry Potter’s movies have made billions, while Mel Gibson’s Passion of the Christ (2004) was disturbing, bloody, and ultimately unsatisfying, riddled with unresolved complexities in a system where the all powerful and all knowing God has to trick or deceive his creation, Satan. Harry’s popularity is crucial—he is the gospel of our time; the best selling story. Yes, he is a repacking of the Jesus Christ story, but one that eclipses that story completely. While we can sift through Harry and trace back to Jesus, why would we? Harry is a much more humane, in depth, vibrant character than the Jesus of the gospels, infinitely easier to identify with, champion and even love."

Sounds like a brilliant book!

Click here and scroll down for the whole review.
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Dieses schöne Gedicht ist von Boy Lornsen ("Robbi, Tobbi und das Fliewatüüt"):
Gott schuf sie )


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