July 25th, 2005

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You can't escape from Harry Potter

Well, I hadn't planned to actually read the harry potter book. I specifically chose not to pre-order it from amazon or anywhere else, and had figured I'd simply download the audiobook recording of it from winmx over time. Since that could take anywhere from days to weeks, I obviously wasn't in any hurry. It looks like even indifference cannot stop the harry potter juggernaut. My sister sent me over her copy out of the blue. Apparently, someone had ordered it for her as a birthday present and she just finished reading it and decided to pass it off to me. I didn't even know she had a copy all this time. Since I've got nothing better to do at the moment, I decided to dig into it and I'm currently a couple hundred or so pages into it.

I'm not really sure what I think about it yet. I thought the last book was sucktastic and I've already had most of this book "ruined" for me by spoilers online. I already know who croaks for instance and which dastardly guy did the deed. I know about the debate over whether snape is evil or good and a lot of the other minutiae. The fact that the basic consenses seems to be that this book is a giant prequel for the last book dosen't actually fill be with a lot of hope that i'm not going to loathe it.

Overall, it seems that the tone of the books is certainly getting more serious. I wasn't expecting the whole draco breaking potter's nose thing, and the confrontations are growing more serious. The odd thing is...on one level, rowling clearly wants us to feel this rising and immininent threat due to voldemort's return. She goes out of her way to repeatedly stress the danger through devices like the weasely's family clock and the repeated news reports of deaths and attacks. We're supposed to believe this, and yet we don't see the characters taking things seriously at times. Harry more or less deduced right off the bat that malfoy is a death eater. It would be their duty quite frankly to catch him unawares, rip up his sleeve and if necessary once the mark is revealed, to off him. You don't simply go on and let him prance around as he wills. What's the worst that could happen if potter is wrong and he jumps malfoy, pulls up his sleeve, and reveals nothing? 50 points from griffindor? Detention? Who the fuck cares? The entire world is falling apart. That would be a small price to pay for possibily unmasking a death eater.

If all death eaters are thus marked, I'm surprised the ministry hasn't just called for mandatory strip searches already.
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Finally star wars is here

Well, sort of.

It's about time that the military came up with a viable beam weapon. We've been promised this sort of thing in sci-fi movies for decades now and progress has been unbearable slow. Now, finally we have something that can actually light people up like microwave popcorn. It's fantastic. No more tear gas, which didn't seem to work anyway. Instead, we can just plug in the "Sheriff", turn the knob to jiffy pop, and fry the hippies and rioters at a distance. I can't wait to see them wheel this sucker out at the next G8 or world bank protests. I love the smell of BBQ'ed anarchist in the morning. It's still not as effective as my idea of simply strafing the crowd with a belt-fed machine gun when they become violent, but I'm sure it's less of a PR mess to clean up afterwards.

In other news, there is this research whozit that follows the moods of live journal in an attempt to use it as a snapshot for how the world is feeling. It tracks those little emoticons that you pick to accompany each post multiple times a day and then puts together a graphical representation of how each one changes with time. For example, apparently the weekend before last was a very unhorny time for a lot of people for some reason. I think they're trying out some predictive models or something now. Who knows. Maybe LJ moods become a way of prognostication.
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