Does Harry Potter Die In Book Seven?

As many people know, my wife and I are big fans of the Harry Potter series. We’ve both been re-reading (and re-listening to) the series in preparation for the upcoming book and movie. Right now, I’ve got Harry Potter on the brain, so when the Random Page bookmarklet brought me to a neat Newspaper Clippipng Generator this morning, the first thing that popped into my head to write was an article from the Daily Prophet:

Daily Prophet Newspaper Clipping

My wife is convinced that Harry Potter will die on his birthday, so I took that idea and ran with it. I don’t have any reference material with me right now, (the books are at home,) and I’m too lazy to go searching on teh intarwebs, so some of the names are probably misspelled and/or flat out wrong. I couldn’t remember the name of the “current” minister of magic, so I wrote around that with a lame joke about Fudge.

Let me just say I have no inside knowledge about book seven. I am not connected in any way to J.K. Rowling. I have no idea what is going to happen. I’m just some goofy fan of the books. The clipping you see above is really just me rambling. It’s barely edited, and incomplete. If I get ambitious, I might try re-writing it and making a complete article. I have a couple of other funny (to me) ideas that didn’t fit into the space allowed in the clipping.

Ok – so I suspect that I’m going to get more than a few hits to this post. Welcome one and all. Feel free to post a comment. (Let’s put that spam filter through its paces.) What do you think is going to happen in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows?

State of Flux

I’m toying with the idea of moving this blog to a new home. Namely (instead of using the sub-domain.) Over the last few days, I’ve come to realize that I have no interest in updating (or even maintaining) the design/content of my old site.

The only substantial change I’ve made recently was adding a rule to my .htaccess file to redirect to this site. Prior to that, I updated the homepage (and did a design refresh) in 2002, added the blog page (syndicating in 2003. I also added an eBay directory last year for self-hosting auction images. (But I never linked that to the rest of the site.)

My old website has languished for 4 or 5 years. It’s time that changed. There’s nothing on the site content-wise that I can’t easily port into WP as a Page. So I think that is what I’m eventually going to do. For now, I’ve added a couple more rules to my .htaccess file, which is most likely how you got here if you just tried to visit

(Tangent – I should clean up my category list now that I have control over it. Do I really need a “Testing GLUE” category now that this site is no longer on GLUE?)

I’m a bad, bad man

A buddy of mine started messing with me via email yesterday. I won’t go into the whole story right now, but I did get him back this morning:

Dave, you really shouldn’t mess with the guy who is hosting your website. You never know what might happen.

I’d apologize, but you did have it coming. And it is funny in a juvenile sort of way.

Don’t worry – your site will be back to normal in a couple of days.

That was fun

DreamHost recent made some cool changes to how they manage thier MySQL severs. I just sucessfully migrated 2 databases off of my old mysql server onto a new one, and in the process split one of the databases into 3 (which is what I wanted to do all along, but setting up seperate host names for each was kind of a pain) Now I can manage all of the databases I .. uhm … “use” … from one phpMyAdmin instance.

I even managed to switch which database my bad jokes page and my personal glue site (neither of which gets much traffic) are pointed to with no perceiveable interruption.

now – if I could only get off my ass enough to put the other sites that these databases are designed for together….

Random goodness on teh intarwebs

I was doing a search for knitting patterns. My wife knits, so I am sometimes on the lookout for cool interesting things to share with her. I found a pattern for knee socks a couple of weeks ago that I sent her the link to because I know she was thinking about doing some to improve her hogwarts student costume.

Anyway – I did come across something on a knitting blog (well i think it’s a knitting blog – looks like its pretty new) that caught my attention since it’s not directly related to knitting. The cure for information overload: check it out for yourself 🙂

Edited on Apr 1st 2006, 22:42 by Hooloovoo


terpsichoros posted a link to a 2 question enneagram test. I just took it and I think it was pretty close. Here are my results:

The Observer

you chose BZ – your Enneagram type is FIVE.

“I need to understand the world”

Observers have a need for knowledge and are introverted, curious, analytical, and insightful.

How to Get Along with Me

* Be independent, not clingy.
* Speak in a straightforward and brief manner.
* I need time alone to process my feelings and thoughts.
* Remember that If I seem aloof, distant, or arrogant, it may be that I am feeling uncomfortable.
* Make me feel welcome, but not too intensely, or I might doubt your sincerity.
* If I become irritated when I have to repeat things, it may be because it was such an effort to get my thoughts out in the first place.
* don’t come on like a bulldozer.
* Help me to avoid my pet peeves: big parties, other people’s loud music, overdone emotions, and intrusions on my privacy.

What I Like About Being a Five

* standing back and viewing life objectively
* coming to a thorough understanding; perceiving causes and effects
* my sense of integrity: doing what I think is right and not being influenced by social pressure
* not being caught up in material possessions and status
* being calm in a crisis

What’s Hard About Being a Five

* being slow to put my knowledge and insights out in the world
* feeling bad when I act defensive or like a know-it-all
* being pressured to be with people when I don’t want to be
* watching others with better social skills, but less intelligence or technical skill, do better professionally

Fives as Children Often

* spend a lot of time alone reading, making collections, and so on
* have a few special friends rather than many
* are very bright and curious and do well in school
* have independent minds and often question their parents and teachers
* watch events from a detached point of view, gathering information
* assume a poker face in order not to look afraid
* are sensitive; avoid interpersonal conflict
* feel intruded upon and controlled and/or ignored and neglected

Fives as Parents

* are often kind, perceptive, and devoted
* are sometimes authoritarian and demanding
* may expect more intellectual achievement than is developmentally appropriate
* may be intolerant of their children expressing strong emotions

(Not) MySpace

I just created a profile. Mostly so that people I know (or knew at one point) can find me if they wish.

I was just looking through some of the profiles of people that I know with accounts to get started adding them to my friends list.

A buddy of mine at work has an account. I sent an “add friend” request and noticed a picture on his page that I wanted to comment on. I got the following error when I tried to do so:

[Quote] Error: You must be someone’s friend to make comments about them. [Quote]

Oh yeah? Since when?

The error message just struck me as amusing. How different would the world be if that was true in real life?