new Stellastarr* song

Two new movies that intrigue me: 9 Songs and The Aristocrats.

I got my mitts on a song from Stellastarr*'s upcoming album, due in August. Really, it's the only thing that is making life worth living. It's a fabulous little ditty called "Lost In Time." Listen away.

As I was laying in bed this morning listening to my ipod, I hit a stroke of genius. Sum 41 has totally ripped off Coldplay. "Pieces" has the same exact chord progression as Coldplay's "The Scientist." You are probably thinking you don't give a shit, but when I realized it, you'd think I had just discovered the meaning of life. I don't what is more pathetic: a band ripping off Coldplay, or the fact that Sum 41 is on rotation on my ipod. See for yourself:
Sum 41's "Pieces"
Coldplay's "The Scientist"

I've taken on two new projects. One is watching the entire series of Six Feet Under. I don't know why I never did before, but I am hooked. Right now I am in the middle of season 2.

The other thing is taking the GMAT. Yes, folks, I am thinking about getting my MBA. I know this may seem completely out of the blue and out of character for me, but it is something I am seriously considering. Anyway, I am quite cocky about the GMAT, thinking that I would ace the math part no problem. After taking a practice test, I was put in my place. I haven't done this stuff in a while, but I think it is like riding a bike. I just need to practice a little, and it will all come back to me. I miss it anyway- you should have heard my shrieks of delight when I got to use the pythagorean theorem. Standard deviations! Formula for the area of a trapezoid! It's like Christmas.

I've been acquring lots of music lately, big shocker, and a lot of it has been complete rubbish. Sufjan Stevens? Snore. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah? Hackneyed. New Super Furry Animals? Uninspired. The only promising things are Royksopp's The Understanding, if you like electronic stuff. And I recently discovered Shudder to Think, and have been collecting their discography. I hate when I realize there are awesome bands out there that I never even heard of when they were in their prime. Also good- Ash's first album, Trailer.

Oh my god, this looks like the most pretentious piece of garbage ever, starring the most annoying people ever: Elizabethtown. It looks for like Garden State 2: Back in the Garbage Bag. Cameron Crowe needs to get over himself before he turns into Wes Anderson.

Would you expect me to end this without Harry Potter pictures? Here are some new ones from the Goblet of Fire movie:

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Holy cheekbones!

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Cho Chang in costume. Whatever. I want to eat that owl!

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I can only guess that this is in the common room after they talk to Sirius' disembodied head in the fireplace. Why is Hermione wearing pink? Wtf?

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I've absorbed a ridiculous amount of pop culture lately. Here are my recommendations for those who take my opinion to heart:

Blechhhh:
Wedding Crashers
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
The Day After Tomorrow

The Real World: Austin
The new season of Reno 911!
Stella
The Bravery

I want to make sweet love to:
The Island
The Andy Milonakis show on MTV
Six Feet Under, Season One
Fat Actress
Anchorman

Natasha Bedingfield
Murderball
The Comeback on HBO
Season One of Degrassi Junior High on DVD

Check this out, these guys make pretty intriguing music for films (including Rules of Attraction).
http://www.tomandandy.com/

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Hilarious. Funny because it almost could be true.

Disgruntled Harry Potter Fan Releases "Corrected" Version of Book
A disgruntled Harry Potter fan has released a "corrected" version of J.K Rowling's latest installment in the series, The Half-Blood Prince, prompting a storm of curiosity and support from many fans who disliked the direction of the story in the book. It has also, not surprisingly, prompted a storm of legal activity from Rowling's publishers.

"Whenever an author puts a work out into the universe, it is no longer their exclusive property anymore," said Mary Sue Pembroke, who is credited as the author of the modified book. "Harry Potter belongs to all of us, not just Rowling. She took some liberties with the story in this latest book that really weren't faithful to the logic of the narrative. My version is, I think it fair to say, much more faithful to the true Harry Potter mythos."

Rowling's book sold a record 9 million copies in Britain and the United States in the first 24 hours after its release. Despite the book's remarkable popularity, however, many fans were disappointed when the narrative did not follow their favorite predictions, in particular regarding romantic relationships between key characters.

"Rowling seems to think the relationships she's described in Half-Blood Prince were clearly telegraphed in previous books," sniffed Pembroke. "All I can say is, if that's what she thinks, she clearly doesn't understand Harry Potter like I do."

This is not the first time a fan has created a story based on an author's setting; so-called fanfiction is a popular pursuit across the internet. This is, however, the first time a fan story has captured a sizeable portion of the author's audience: over 800,000 fans have downloaded the book, many openly hostile to J.K. Rowling's narrative decisions in the most recent book.

"Rowling actually said in a recent interview that she felt the romantic arc of her characters was "obvious," fumed Pembroke. "Excuse me, but I don't need her to tell me about who should pair up with whom."

Pembroke's version involves a new romance for Harry with an exchange student from America whose physical description is remarkably close to the picture on her website. The new character, who rapidly rises to the top of her class, has a mysterious scar on her forehead similar to Harry's famous lightning bolt. She is also an "animagus" who can assume the form of a talking winged unicorn.

"If you read the earlier books deeply, if you understand the mythology and the deeper messages like I do, you'd realize that the narrative really leads up to Harry finding this remarkable soul-mate," said Pembroke with a dreamy expression on her face.

Scholastic Publishing has obtained an injunction against Pembroke and has threatened a lawsuit, but has been unable to take the site offline due to a number of overseas mirror sites.

"What we are seeing here is simply the most visible facet of the fanfiction phenomenon," said Rudy Stoltz, professor of comparative literature at Duke University. "The notion of copyright is relatively recent; throughout much of Western literary history, authors have felt free to reinterpret existing material, leading to the creation of some very sophisticated literary cycles. However, this is the first instance I'm aware of in which an author's creation has been hijacked before its completion, so to speak."

"Once a narrative is written down is may be tumbled about anywhere among those who may or may not understand them, and know not to whom they should reply, to whom not," added S. O'Crates, from the University of Phaedrus. "However that is if the narratives have no author to protect them; then they cannot protect or defend themselves. That is not the case for Rowling: we have an author here, still writing, willing and able to answer questions in interviews, whose interpretation of her own work is simply being disputed."

"The only way for an author to keep a piece of writing completely their own is to never have it published," insisted Pembroke. "J.K. Rowling, you asked for this."

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Incredifuckinggenius.
http://ihatecapripants.blogspot.com/

Yet another thing that makes me want to move to Austin:
www.austinist.com

Yet another thing that makes me not want to:
it's about 98 degrees here now, and I can't take it. Do I really want to move someplace hotter?

I know I said I would leave my comments about Harry Potter but I've had some separation from the book, so I kind of forgot what I was going to say.

I've entered into what I like to call the black hole of my job. For the next seven weeks, I will be living and breathing my job. Now we are getting ready for the year, then we have two weeks of intense training, then the frosh move in, then they have a week of orientation. This is the big deal. The point of it all. What people in my field work for. It's like if we were a Broadway show, this would be opening night. If I was in a gang, this would be the big showdown. Pick your favorite analogy.

Which means I have reached the one year anniversary of being at my job! This is a big deal because sad to say, this is the longest I have held a job since leaving college. (Counting grad school, where I had temporary internships that were supposed to last a short time). So this is kind of a big deal. Does that mean I am grown up?

Anyone read Good in Bed? I guess you could call it chick lit, but so far, so good. I need some light reading. I also just finished Electroboy. Interesting, realistic portrayal of mental illness. But boy, what an ego on that guy.

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A famous palindrome:
My girlfriend has a freaking weird name: Eman Driewgnikaerfasahdneirflrigym.

Lack of updates due to the fact that I, once again, am moving. So I am busy packing up. This is the sixth time I am moving in five years, not to mention about the 12th time in 9 years. But folks, this time it is not of my choice. I live where I work, and it is their choice. Nonetheless, I am moving about one block away to a brand-spankin' new place, but every time I have to box stuff up, it kills a little part of me inside. I already have fifteen cartons, and that is just my cds and books. I hate life.

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How fucking insensitive is this New York Post Cover?

Just because she is not some anorexic cokehead does not mean Jude Law would dare touch her.

I'm home tonight so I will post later with my thoughts on the major issues of our society——what I think about Harry Potter, etc.

I want a pygmy puff

New Potter Book Breaks Sales Records

Jul 17, 4:35 PM (ET)

By HILLEL ITALIE
NEW YORK (AP) – The new Harry Potter book sold an astonishing 6.9 million copies in its first 24 hours, smashing the record held by the previous Potter release. "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" averaged better than 250,000 sales per hour, more than the vast majority of books sell in a lifetime.

"This is a cause for celebration, not just for Scholastic, but for book lovers everywhere," said Lisa Holton, president of Scholastic Children's Books, Rowling's U.S. publisher.

Sales for the sixth installment of J.K. Rowling's fantasy series easily outpaced those for Potter V, "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," which came out in 2003 and sold 5 million copies in the first 24 hours. Acknowledging that some stores quickly ran out of books two years ago, Scholastic has already increased the print run for "Half-Blood Prince" from 10.8 million copies to 13.5 million.

The Scholastic numbers are for the United States only. Sales figures from Britain are expected Monday.

Anticipated from the moment fans finished Potter V, the new book has been available virtually everywhere, from price clubs and supermarkets to the Scholastic Web site. Holton said Sunday that a big factor in the new sales record was a six-fold increase in the number of Potter bookstore parties, from 800 to 5,000, with both superstores and independent retailers dramatically increasing their participation.

Even allowing for deep discounts on the $29.99 release, "Half-Blood Prince" still easily generated more than $100 million in revenue. It's not only the richest opening in publishing history, but tops the combined estimated take for the weekend's top two movies, "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and "The Wedding Crashers."

"When a book beats out movies, we're in great shape," Holton said.

Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Exhibitor Relations, said he did not believe that Potter pulled kids away from "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," which starred Johnny Depp as the reclusive candy king Willy Wonka.

"With a $55 million opening, it's hard to say anything had a negative affect on the movie's performance," Dergarabedian said Sunday. "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" was the biggest debut ever for Depp, topping the $46.6 million opening weekend of his 2003 hit "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl."

Meanwhile, Barnes & Noble Inc. (BKS) estimated 1.3 million U.S. sales for the book in its first 48 hours, around 400,000 higher than for the first 48 hours of Potter V. Rival superstore chain Borders Group Inc. (BGP) reported a record 850,000 Potter sales worldwide in the first day, 100,000 greater than for the debut of "Order of the Phoenix."

Although the book only went on sale midnight Saturday, some have already decided to pass their copies on to others. Used editions, for as little as $15.94, were available through eBay, Amazon.com and Alibris.com, which has been offering $5, plus postage, for used copies.

Unlike most blockbusters, "Harry and the Half-Blood Prince" is also a hit with critics, getting raves from The New York Times, the Seattle Times, The Associated Press and others. Many found it Rowling's deepest, most accomplished work, with a tragic conclusion that left even reviewers in tears.

A dissenting opinion came from the San Francisco Chronicle, where David Kipen observed of the 600-plus page novel: "A major character dies by the end of the latest Harry Potter book; readers who bore easily may feel a bit done in themselves.

"It's not that 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' is dull, exactly. … No, the main problem is that J.K. Rowling has now written six of these bricks. Even if they were getting better, they're certainly not getting any fresher."

Potter seven is 'two years' away'

JK Rowling has told fans the last instalment of the Harry Potter books could be out in about two years' time.
The author said she planned to start writing it at the end of the year – no sooner as her daughter is still young.

But she did say she was doing some work on the seventh book at the moment, and repeated that the final chapter is already finished and locked away!

JK was talking at a press conference in Edinburgh where all the reporters were children aged between eight and 16.

After the press conference, fourteen-year-old competition winner Owen Jones, from Cardiff, then quizzed JK in the only main interview she will give during the Half-Blood Prince's release. The best-selling author told Owen she was dreading finishing the seven-part series, as writing Harry Potter had been such a big part of her life for so long.

"I am dreading it in some ways," she told him. "I do love writing the books and it is going to be a shock, a profound shock to me.

"Even though I have known it is coming for the past fifteen years, I have known that the series would end, I think it will still be a shock."

Mystery

But she did have some good news for Potter fans who can't imagine waiting another two years to find out what happens to Harry and his friends. She said that, more than ever before, the end of the sixth book will leave big clues as to what's to come in book seven.

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"I think I give very clear pointers as to what Harry will do next," she said. "There is plenty to guess at… at least one thing I think people will probably deduce, there is a mystery left at the end, but I think they might already know the answer if they think about it."

Did anyone else feel a wee bit….let down? I felt like something was missing.

So, unlike a lot of you, I have tons of free time on my hands and I have been reading nonstop and have finished reading the Half-Blood Prince. I'm going to wait a while to discuss my thoughts…..