Oct. 1st, 2007 02:37 am
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Some British TV presenter is probably going to get fired for "spoiling" Harry Potter on air. Look, folks, I understand -- nobody wants to get spoiled for the ending of a book. But firing someone for it? This has officially gone too far. People need to chill the fuck out. Besides, there's no one big "thing" to reveal from the end of the book, like there was with the last book. To really completely spoil the book would have taken him more than the momentary joke he apparently made. The book has been out for almost two weeks. If you haven't read it by now, people may well spoil you. You can't sit around and expect everyone else to tiptoe around you because at some point in a few months you might decide to read it. Millions of people now know what happened -- odds are, someone's going to spoil something for you. And it will suck, but you're going to have to get over it and not throw a hissy fit. (Unless you actually are a five-year-old. Then, I can understand being upset. But still, not so upset that your mom should TEXT-MESSAGE the TV station to vote to get the guy fired. Yikes.)
phamos: (Spoiler)
For some reason, while I read the climactic scene in Deathly Hallows, I kept thinking of the fight between the Dread Pirate Roberts and Inigo Montoya in Princess Bride. i.e. if William Goldman wrote Harry Potter, it would go something like this:

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So. I've realized something that was cut from the fifth movie that's going to backfire in the seventh.

Dungbombs...(spoilers) )

In other news, I have a t-shirt that's totally on its last legs. It's a Death t-shirt, circa "Time of Your Life", and it's way too big and basically crumbling. Not a flattering piece of clothing, but it's incredibly comfortable to just lounge around in, and I love the artwork on the front:

I've been thinking, though, that if I need to do another clothing purge before we move, I might have to chuck it. BUT NOT ANYMORE! Because today I went to the mailbox, and as I was bent over checking to make sure everything had been successfully deposited, I heard a quiet voice behind me say, "Nice Death shirt." It took me a second to realize the guy was talking to me, and as I stood up I said thank you, but he'd already walked on. And I was like, yes, it IS a nice Death shirt. And Death brings people together! (Like Moki, or Old Dirty Bastard.) So I'm keeping it, for now.
phamos: (headdesk)
The Harry Potter issue of Entertainment Weekly is cracking me up. Apparently whiny fandom wank has made it to the level of major weekly publication. There's a sidebar by a guy named Andrew Keen decrying the carpet book and bitching about how people on the internet are just big fat meanies.

Online spoilers need to be held much more accountable. Websites must be more aggressive in deterring antisocial action. Otherwise the jerks really will take over the internet. And the tears of Harry Potter fans will become all of our tears.

Really? REALLY?!? If this were an argument about copyright violation (which he makes a quick and very vague mention of earlier), then I might be willing to listen. But this is just...goofy. Keen isn't involved in that whole Bill O'Reilly "Daily Kos says 'fuck' in the comments and ALL OF SOCIETY IS GOING TO COLLAPSE" ridiculousness, is he? I've honestly never heard of him before. It looks from his wikipedia entry like he's a columnist for the Weekly Standard who thinks web 2.0 is some sort of Marxist conspiracy. I bet he and Bill Kristol have really fun cocktail parties.
phamos: (wedge)
Ha ha ha ha, I just read a comment over at fandom_wank that called Neville the Wedge Antilles of Harry Potter. I suddenly understand why I love Neville so damn much! (I still contend that Luke Skywalker tampered with Wedge's ship so that Wedge had to pull out and Luke could blow up the Death Star and get all the love. Totally bogus.)

And, for everyone's enjoyment, here's a picture of Neville out-hotting the Weasley twins.

phamos: (regent)

to THIS?

My brain is no longer functioning properly.
phamos: (henson)
New Favorite Wiki: Wookiepedia

Old Favorite Wiki: Lostpedia

All-time Favorite WIki: Muppet Wiki

I am a dork.
phamos: (superpower)
I love that I live in a home where, on the living room table, there is currently a Noam Chomsky book lying on top of a Norman Podhoretz book. I've put off reshelving both of them because I so enjoy the delicious political tableau created by that pairing.
phamos: (12th level)
The one thing that makes this day salvageable is that I learned I can press control+option+apple+8 and get my screen to do what my dad used to call "Video Vortex".
phamos: (12th level)
Today's favorite nerd quote, re: the Mac version of TiVo to Go, from The Unofficial Apple Weblog:

"Sure, it was probably a painstaking and grueling process to build a Mac OS X client, and it's even likely that many Bothans died to bring us this software."

I will give 1000 dork points to whoever can name the character who said that line.

Happy Macworld, everybody. Do you think we're getting a phone?

phamos: (12th level)
Last week's New York Magazine has a little blurb reviewing the new Harry Potter trailer, and it says something about him "kissing a mysterious dark-haired girl". How is this a mystery? Why do they let people talk about Harry Potter who obviously haven't read the books? I mean, OotP came out how many years ago now? I guess we're still within the statute of limitations for what counts as a spoiler. Although, the new podcast thread on TWoP's BSG board gives away pretty much the biggest HP spoiler of all, labeled specifically as "Not a Spoiler". So maybe the existence of Cho Chang smoochies is small enough that I can let the cat out of the bag at this point. But if you hadn't heard? Rosebud is a SLED.
phamos: (nerd)
i was thinking yesterday about how i have frequent moments of deja vu. for example, mati was sitting in the wicker chair and talking about something, and there was a moment where the tone in his voice and the position of his body and the look on his face were things i had SEEN BEFORE, probably in a dream, i would swear it. this has happened to me for a long time and it always weirds me out.

but then i started thinking about the computer game "deja vu", and how i never really got into that one. it seemed very adult and noir to me, and i didn't find that appealing. but i remember loving another text-command based game, and i wasn't sure of the name but i thought it was "transylvania", and lo and behold, i was right:

my dad and i used to sit and play that game and give it commands that it wouldn't let you do -- i.e. when that werewolf would show up, tell it to "puke up garlic" and the computer would be like "i do not understand that command. werewolf eats you. game over."

i also used to play "life and death" with thea, but that was many years later and much higher tech. i just remember we could never quite make it through the appendectomy, so we'd get punchy and start doing ridiculous things, like putting blood in the IV drip, and cutting someone's subcutaneous fat open and then scrubbing it with a sponge for no reason. i was never very good at video games, but i had my fun.
phamos: (12th level)
in my few free moments, i'm reading douglas coupland's "jpod". around page 100, he starts making very wink-wink meta references to early '90s gen-x culture, and he has one of his characters claim to have watched all of melrose place on dvd.

melrose place isn't out on dvd. music rights and whatnot. word is, the first season will be out this fall in england, but there's no date set for the US.

...i officially am in possession of more useless pop culture knowledge than douglas coupland. joy.

i also finished reading david foster wallace's book of essays, "consider the lobster", last week. the longest essay in the book is about power structures inherent in codes of english usage. the first page of the essay is a long, eye-squint-typefaced list of various misusages that make wallace bristle. now, it's not like i follow all the conventions of english usage when writing in this journal. note the lack of capital letters, that comma hanging outside the quotation marks up there. but i generally know when i'm doing something wrong, and there are certain constructions that set me on edge. i always notice and wince when people say "mischevious" or "lasvicious", but that's mostly because i got those words wrong until about the end of middle school, and it's my own inner shame that upsets me. but the one thing that always drives me crazy, and segev can attest to this, is when, at the end of any given airplane flight, the stewardess says "we hope you enjoy your stay in [insert city here] or wherever your final destination may take you." destinations can't take you anywhere! destinations are entirely static. they are an end result. it drives me crazy. every now and then, the stewardess will get it right and say "wherever your final destination may be", and i'll feel the urge to clap. i rank the enjoyability of any given flight almost entirely on the basis of those last few words to come over the speakers, regardless (not "irregardless") of turbulence, leg room, arm-rest hoggage, crappy snack food, or any other air travel deficiencies. it's completely insane, i know, but "wherever your final destination may take you" literally makes the hairs stand up on the back of my neck. (and i actually MEAN "literally", another one of wallace's pet peeves. he gives a pass to "hopefully", though, which i know drives a lot of people up the wall. not literally up the wall. whatever.)
phamos: (dahl)
remember how a couple of weeks ago i mentioned my confusion over the saying "BFD" and the roald dahl book "the BFG"?

well, in a similar vein, i'm now reading about iraq and having to constantly remind myself that "RPG" stands for "rocket-propelled grenade", NOT "role-playing game". the insurgents are not wielding 12-sided dice.

yay! books!

Mar. 8th, 2005 08:38 pm
phamos: (mario)
we get harry potter on july 16th and the new neil gaiman, anansi boys, on september 20th.

for [profile] narnee

Jan. 25th, 2005 12:00 pm
phamos: (amalthea)
flight of dragons is a wonderful animated movie from the '80s, loosely based on a book that tries to explain the science of dragon flight. the movie revolves around 4 wizard brothers in a magical realm, where magic is dying out because of the development of science. they bring a modern-day man back in time to help defeat the one evil brother, but some magic goes wrong and the modern-day man (peter) ends up in the body of a dragon (gorbash). and then, the quest begins! it's really quite good. it's one of a trilogy of fantasy movies that meant a lot to me as a child. the other two movies were the dark crystal and the last unicorn. all three of them still make me cry.

oh! apparently it's also loosely based on this book.


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