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  • Follow-up on this post: In case you were wondering about what I decided to read after I’m all Pottered out (I’m in the middle of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, I’ve decided on The Metamorphoses, specifically the paperback Penguin Classics edition. It’s got a pretty cover. Also, it was pretty cheap with my discount from Borders.

  • Also, apropos of nothing (did I even use this phrase right?), I’ve decided that the Harry Potter world version of myself would carry a wand of bamboo. The core would be a phoenix feather or the hair of a Valkyrie — can’t decide which is cooler (read: less geeky).
  • One more thing: strawberry ice cream with fudge sauce and slivered almonds mixed in is, in fact, more delicious than you would think.

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you tell me: reading

I’m in the middle of re-reading all the Harry Potter books. I’ve been on “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” since Sunday, and I expect to finish Wednesday (I have some writing to do). After I’m done sobbing at the end of HP7, I’ll need something else to read. I don’t know what the something else is yet, but I’ve got a copy of my high school’s reading list. The list is actually two, one a selection of literary classics and the other a shorter list of contemporary work. The list is something of a monster, but worth doing. Like seeing the Grand Canyon in person, or skydiving.

The classics list is organized in chronological order, either by the author’s date of birth or the work itself. I won’t start with the King James version of the Old Testament, preferring to skip ahead a bit to classical Greece and Rome. Which still leaves a bunch of stuff to choose from, which is where you come in.

“What should Jasmine read next?”

  1. Homer, The Iliad
  2. Virgil, The Aeneid
  3. Aristophanes, the plays: The Birds, The Clouds, Lysistrata, and The Frogs
  4. Ovid, The Metamorphoses

I swear to god I’m not trying to sound high-falutin’ or pretentious, but I think this might be more worth my time than, say, The Manny. Which I will probably get around to reading eventually, but if I did, I’d prefer to keep the shame of that to myself. I’ve read Homer’s The Odyssey and portions of The Metamorphoses years ago when translating in ninth grade Latin, but I could do with a refresher.

Please feel free to weigh in, leaving your preferences in the Comments field. I’ll have my decision made by Friday.

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Fashionista fun with Harry Potter

Nothing to say about these awesome (though non-existent) Harry Potter t-shirts but… “BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!” Obviously a takeoff of the infamous House of Holland ‘Groupies’ collection, though I’m sure if somebody posted these HP designs to Threadless (as suggested by a commenter to the story), they’d be way cheaper.

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what i bought today

Not a lot today, but one big-ish ticket item…

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: first impressions

  • I saw Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix last night. It was awesome, especially the Auror/Death Eater showdown at the end.

  • I’m going to see Harry and the Potters perform at the Harold Washington Library next week. The only person I can think of who would go with me and geek out is Nadine who, sadly, lives in Philadelphia.
  • New York magazine speculates on casting for HP6, which begins filming this fall for a fall ’08 release.
  • Why does Robert Pattinson (Cedric Diggory in HP4) look kinda cracked out in this picture? Isn’t he supposed to be hot?
  • Is it just me, or is Emma Watson as Hermione addicted to striped sweaters? Seriously, her non-uniform wardrobe could use some spicing up. I know heels may not be practical for scampering around the forbidden forest, but she’s a girl dammit!
  • I loved Luna’s radish earrings.
  • The Weasley twins? Still adorable. Nadine and I still want to make out with them, depraved baby cougars that we are. I know, I know: James and Oliver Phelps are 21, but Nadine and I are so not 21 that I feel skeevy admitting my crushage (and outing Nadine’s as well). Are we cougars?
  • Could Daniel Radcliffe do something with those eyebrows? I know he must wax or something but they still occupy, like, 50% of his face.

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another piece about that damn iPod nano . . . I guess

Is this me trying to start a backlash against the iPod nano barely 24 hours after its auspicious debut yesterday? Nah. I guess I’m just bitter as I bought a pink iPod mini less than two weeks ago. Granted I got it at a discount but there go my dreams of an iTalk for the mini. How the hell else am I going to record audio for the “O.C.” podcast that I’m working on with my friend Nick?

Whatever. I am so still Steve Jobs’s ‘ho, a Mac devotée for life, bitches. Which is why, despite the Nano with its skinny ass is displacing the mini in the market (if not in my heart), I feel compelled to hype the limited edition Harry Potter iPod. It’s like any other 20GB white click-wheel iPod except that it has (wait for it) the Hogwarts crest engraved on the back! Where otherwise you might spy something like “Joanie loves Chachi” or “I paid $399 & all I got was this hunk o’ metal”, there is the emblem that identifies you to the rest of the iPod nation as a dork among the geeks. Oh, and it comes with all six Harry Potter audiobooks so when all is said and done you’ll be $548 poorer but I think we all know that it would be totally worth it.

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