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You're a Gryffinclaw!: You are a determined and
intelligent person who is used to getting your
own way all the time. You are very passionate
about your beliefs and will defend them until
your last breath. Often Griffenclaws work as
lawyers or activists because they have feel so
strongly about a certain subject. You feel that
knowledge is to be used in a practical way and
you often have a very low tolerance for people
you consider of low intelligence. Although you
aren't a social butterfly, you don't have
trouble making fiends, people are usually drawn
to you. Your weakness is that sometimes you can
be insensitive, you're too busy being witty
that you don't realize that you're hurting
peoples' feelings, often your friends. With the
wit of a Ravenclaw and the passion of a
Gryffindor you can face all your battles in
life head on!

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take a look at me now

great, I am obsessed with these blog chain things now.

7 things I plan to do before I die:

1. Live in Madrid.
2. Publish a book.
3. Develop a cult following.
4. Wear a size 00 to see what it feels like.
5. Help create an underground revolution.
6. See my gay friends marry legally.
7. Perform with an improv troupe.

7 things I can do:
1. Hold a good pity party.
2. Play the bass guitar (kind of).
3. Knit.
4. Read quickly.
5. Find other people's mistakes.
6. Explain anything I'm thinking and feeling, as long as it's written rather than spoken.
7. Rebel.

7 things I cannot do:
1. Sleep straight through the night.
2. Play sports or ride a bike.
3. Sing.
4. Live with my parents.
5. Have children.
6. Compromise my principles.
7. Understand why people are such morons.

7 things that attract me to another person:
1. Humor
2. Cynicism
3. Appreciation for pop culture.
4. Original taste in music.
5. Intelligence (book and street smarts)
6. progressive political views
7. arm hair (don't ask)

7 things I say most often:
1. WHAT?
2. I'm going to kill myself.
3. I'm bored with the conversation.
4. Whatevs.
5. Don't even get me started.
6. Look at this picture of a hot celebrity.
7. That was a really interesting story.

Now your turn! Post yours in the comments, or on your blog and leave a link here. I am sure I will see my usual readers, but Kevin, Brian, Mario, Justin…I know you lurk here, so I want to hear from you too.


Brenda reinvents the irritating art of chain letters in blog form:

If your blog is listed below, here's what you have to do:

1. Go into your archives.
2. Find your 23rd post.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the sentence in your blog along with these instructions.
5. Tag five other people to do the same thing.

My sentence is:

It's still my cell, but I am trying to make someone think that I changed my number.

I believe I was explaining why I had a the computerized voicemail on my cell phone. That was back when I actually used a cell phone. I believe someone kept calling me (perhaps of the male persuasion) that I so maturely wanted a way to not talk to him anymore, so I pretended it wasn't my number anymore. Shit, I should write for Cosmo.

I don't even think I know 5 people who have blogs, but here are my 5:


PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania (AP) — Stan Berenstain, who with his wife created the popular children's books about the Berenstain Bears, has died.

He was 82 and lived in Bucks County. He died in Pennsylvania on Saturday, said Audra Boltion, a spokeswoman for HarperCollins Children's Books in New York.

In more than 200 books, the Berenstain Bears, written and illustrated by Stan and Jan Berenstain, helped children for 40 years cope with trips to the dentist, eating junk food and cleaning their messy rooms.

The first Berenstain Bears book, "The Great Honey Hunt," was published in 1962. The couple developed the series with children's author Theodor Geisel — better known as Dr. Seuss, then head of children's publishing at Random House — with the goal of teaching children to read while entertaining them.

Despite changes in society in the last four decades, little has changed in "Bears Country."

"Kids still tell fibs and they mess up their rooms and they still throw tantrums in the supermarket," Stan Berenstain told The Associated Press in 2002. "Nobody gets shot. No violence. There are problems, but they're the kind of typical family problems everyone goes through."

Stan and Jan Berenstain began drawing together when they met at Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Art in 1941.

The two married soon after he got out of World War II-era Army service and began submitting cartoons to magazines. They became contributors to The Saturday Evening Post, McCalls and Collier's.

They got into the book business when an editor at a New York publishing house who enjoyed their magazine cartoons asked if they would like to do a book, according to their Web site.

Their sons Leo and Michael joined them, and many of the recent books are credited collectively to "The Berenstains."

The characters are the subject of their own public television program, DVDs and a Christmas musical.

Is it just me?

Pitchfork has a pretty accurate review of the new Darkness.

Unfortunately for Hawkins, there's still a very real possibility of him experiencing this Hell on Earth, despite the Darkness' surprising one-year slingshot from obscurity to worldwide fame. Even with millions of albums sold, the cynical legions still question the seriousness of the Darkness' intentions, often confusing the sense of humor apparent in the band's songs and videos with insincerity and winking satire. But all the discussion of falsettos and leotards misses the obvious: If the Darkness were anything less than completely honest devotees of the large-scale rock they're determined to resurrect, their music wouldn't be so successful or so unconditionally welcomed by the Pyromania tour-shirt-wearers that pack their live shows.

And it shits all over Panic!At the Disco, deservedly so.

It's sad that this is what emo has become. The genre's always had some irritating characteristics, but this newest batch of heartbroken heartthrobs has managed to build their careers solely out of those characteristics. The whining, the emotionally exposed lyrics, and the passionate choruses are there, but there's no sincerity, creativity, or originality.