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Is anyone else in the Bay Area going to the Nihonmachi Street Fair? It's in Japantown on the 11th and 12th. I'm not 100% sure we'll go. As I recall, the August festival doesn't have any exhibitions or inside performances, which is my favorite thing about the spring one.


Speaking of Japan: Curry ramune (soda) and wasabi ramune. Oh dear.


Hey, it's 18 days till our 4th wedding anniversary. o_O I wonder what we should do to celebrate...


Harry Potter Book 7 Obituaries. OBVIOUSLY, lots of spoilers. Surprisingly amusing given the subject matter. (EDIT EDIT: COMMENTS NOW INCLUDE SPOILERS ABOUT DEATHS. Duh, I should have anticipated that. So don't read the comments on this post if you are still holding out for no details about the book.)


Yeah, that's all I have. Slow news day or slow me day; I'm not sure which.

Home!

Jul. 30th, 2007 09:18 pm
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I'm home! Yay! Didn't think we'd make it, due to American Eagle's major timeliness issues.

(Psst. More **SPOILERTASTIC** post-HP7 details, from an online chat.)

Heh.

Jul. 27th, 2007 08:07 pm
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Harry Potter--I mean, Daniel Radcliffe--listens to Sigur Ros.

**SPOILERS** here in this interview with Radcliffe, about how he felt once he'd finished reading HP7.

I know, I'll quit posting HP stuff soon.
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More details from J. K. Rowling about what happened after the end of HP7.

HUGE SPOILERS ahoy, obviously.

I'll paste some of the highlights behind a cut.

SPOILERS AHOY'HOY )
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Everything behind this LJ cut and in the comments contains spoilers.

Don't click if you don't want to read tons of specific spoilers for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Major spoilers ahoy! No brilliant commentary, just scattered reactions. )

I'm not surprised that many of the HP fandom are upset about the book, but neither do I care.

I still like [livejournal.com profile] m_cat's take on things. XD (No real or even nearly-real spoilers.)

I'm pretty sure I had other stuff I wanted to say, but I can't think of it now.

I did it

Jul. 22nd, 2007 10:59 am
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Actually, I finished the book halfway through the flight from LAX to XNA. Thank goodness we had the DS Lite to entertain me the rest of the way (after I quit sniffling).

I'm happy with the ending. I have some issues with things that happened along the way, but over all, I'm content.

Unfortunately, I'm also on dialup at my parents', which I am afraid is going to leave me out of the conversation.

No spoilers in comments, please! Keep this one spoiler-free if you would, and I'll write a spoiler post later (lj-cut, of course).
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[livejournal.com profile] mshades is reading all of the Harry Potter novels, but since everyone who wants to read them (pretty much) has already read them, straight-up reviews would be a bit pointless. Therefore, he's reviewing them in various styles, which have included a power ballad lyricist, an unnamed member of the Bush administration, and a person who is incapable of suspension of disbelief. All very entertaining, and all available right here, with spoilers for every book EXCEPT 7:
http://mshades.livejournal.com/tag/2007+reading+list

Though I probably should have asked whether linking to them here was OK.

I blame the degree of phlegm in my brain at the moment, 'kay? The actual brain cells are heavily outnumbered and considering a strategic retreat to the flocculonodular lobe.

HA!

Jul. 16th, 2007 09:25 pm
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Do you guys remember how I fangirled over Dr. Stephen Krashen because of his 20-page endorsement of comic books in The Power of Reading? No? Okay, well, he's one of the luminaries of the language acquisition field, if that helps. I subscribe to his mailing list, which is mostly Dr. Krashen battling the forces of stupid--letters to the editor, comments on messed-up media and government reports about the "success" of the No Child "Left Behind" Act, etc. Today, the post was:


Education Secretary Margaret Spellings announced today
that former Hogwarts headmistress Dolores Umbridge has
been appointed as Under Secretary of Education in the
US Department of Education.

"Dr. Umbridge’s views of education are identical to
those in our department," explained Spellings. "She
understands that the purpose of education is to pass
exams, and she has inspired us to push farther in the
direction we are already going. We have already
ordered thousands of magic quills that use children’s
blood as ink and cut their writing into their hands.
It will be perfect for phonics exercises."

The quills, it has been determined, are manufactured
by Umbridge Enterprises, founded by Umbridge and Peter
Bush, a second cousin of the president.


I love Stephen Krashen.
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The US, UK-kid, and UK-adult covers for the final Harry Potter book.

Harry looks a little TOO mature on the UK-kid version. :p

Anyway, plenty of fodder for you speculators there. Me, I'm just going to wait till it comes out, though I do enjoy reading other people's crazy theories.
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Get your Peter Beagle-approved, autographed new release of "The Last Unicorn" DVD here. Because Beagle has been screwed over, this is the ONLY way to make sure he receives anything from sales of the new DVD. Please don't buy this film anywhere else.

EDIT: I just ordered one, and I had a slight glitch in the order process. I used the contact e-mail address and wrote them to be sure my order was OK, and someone (actually, I believe it was the owner of Conlan Press) answered me back about 29 minutes later. On a Sunday, even. I'm very impressed!


I need to start reading fiction again. So I'm reading Cory Doctorow's Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom in free daily chunks from Daily Lit.


My eyes are SO ITCHY. I'm going to go have to ask for something stronger/different compared to what I'm currently taking (Deconamine + Flonase). I blame the acacia trees. They're pretty, but I'm thinking that I'm allergic. Naturally, acacia trees are one of the main decorative elements at CSUEB. The specific pollen driving me nuts might be something else, but it's more than likely some kind of tree. As several people have said, why do the sex lives of trees have to be so public?


Does it seem odd to anyone else that Harry Potter is about to come to an end? (The series, I mean ... probably ...) It just seems like not that long ago that I thought it would be practically a lifetime before the series concluded. (NB: Youngsters for whom we have always been at war with Oceania there has always been Harry Potter need not reply!)

Speaking of HP--if you pre-order the final Harry Potter book from Borders, the clerk will ask you what you think about Snape. Depending on how you answer, you'll get a "trust SNAPE" or "SNAPE is a very bad man" sticker, or both if you're truly on the fence. I got both and I'm seriously considering putting them both on my car. Side by side, actually--the decorations in the corners line up nicely. I probably won't, since it'll all be resolved in a few short months.


Dear American Library Association, does it REALLY cost you $7 to mail a poster? Maybe it does, but Cambridge University Press, I do NOT think it costs you $6 to mail a fairly thin paperback from New York (not from England, mind)--and then they charge $1.75 for each additional book. Both organizations just lost sales from me; I'll do without the ALA poster rather than pay $21 for a poster, and I'll get the Cambridge book from Amazon. (Cambridge also wanted to charge me CA sales tax.) Cambridge sent me this great-looking end-of-year sale with 30% off all TESOL books, but by the time I calculated shipping and tax, it wasn't worth it at all. Boo.


The real story behind General Tso's Chicken. I am something of a food snob, but there are a lot of fake Chinese Chinese fusion dishes that I really like, and I love a good American-style General Tso's, because I love sweet+spicy together. (I guess that combination occurs more naturally in Sichuan food, like yuxiang qiezi/"fish"(garlic)-flavored eggplant.)

Also, here is an excellent article on easily making onigiri at home. And it answers my question about making yaki-onigiri, which I LOVE even unfilled. I have some fish-free and MSG-free furikake (mostly dried vegetable bits and toasted sesame seeds) I want to try mixed in sometime.


I have another suggestion for people looking for prospective dates and new LJ friends: Check out the page of LJ-using authors at The White List, add your favorite authors, check their userinfo to see who else has friended them, and then check out the userinfo for those people till you find some people who look interesting. Just leave 'em a note saying you saw they are also reading Famous Author's journal, and they look interesting themselves, and so you hope they don't mind if you add them. Yes, this is perfectly polite in the weird world of LJ.

There's Diane Duane, Pat Cadigan, Judith Tarr, Elizabeth Bear, Ellen Kushner, Kij Johnson, Scott McCloud, Pamela Dean, Steven Brust, Suzy McKee Charnas, Tamora Pierce, Roman Dirge, George R. R. Martin (I did NOT know he had an LJ), etc. (NB: For purposes of friends recruitment, you'll want the ones with the little person icon, as in [livejournal.com profile] kijjohnson, because those are real LJs with userinfo, not the ones with the little broadcast RSS icon, like [livejournal.com profile] shetterly.)

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