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HELLZ YEAH! Dec. 31st, 2007 @ 01:42 am
JK Rowling drops hints of possible eighth Harry Potter book

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Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has strongly hinted for the first time that she could write an eighth book in the series.

Rowling, 42, admits she has 'weak moments' when she feels she will pen another novel about the boy wizard.

One of her biggest fans – her 14-year-old daughter Jessica – has already put pressure on her to revisit the character.

And her younger children – David, four, and Mackenzie, two – are likely to join the clamour for another novel as they discover the Potter books.

However, if an eighth novel were to be written, Rowling concedes it is unlikely that Harry would be the central character.

She finished the seventh book in the series – Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows – last January.

At the time she thought she was ending a 17-year association with the boy wizard.

But in an interview with Time magazine, which put Rowling at No 3 in its Person Of The Year list, she said: "There have been times since finishing, weak moments, when I've said 'Yeah, all right' to the eighth novel.

"If - and it's a big if - I ever write an eighth book, I doubt that Harry would be the central character. I feel I've already told his story.

"But these are big ifs. Let's give it ten years."

In the meantime, Rowling is working on two writing projects – an adult novel and a "political fairy tale" – and is involved in charity work.

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Weak moments? Admit it, admit it, Jo, you've been bitten by the same bug we've got; you just can't leave the Potter-verse alone!

Well, that explains something... Dec. 29th, 2007 @ 02:53 pm
Most Literate U.S. Cities

It's an interesting survey, but the part that caught my eye was that, even though Cleveland is not high on the "Overall" list, which is a measure of six different factors, it has the highest library resource ranking of all of them.

So... no wonder I was spoiled by the Cleveland library system when I was younger! Here I thought I was getting average treatment there and grumbling when I find Rochester's library system to be "below par" from what I was used to and now I find out that Cleveland has one of the best library systems in the country! *shakes head* 'Tis funny.

Of course, it makes sense; Cleveland has not one, but two different library systems (although they're getting along better than they used to) and over fifty locations spread across the city between the two of them! (and the nice thing about having two different systems is that you can have your library card maxed out for one system and still take books out from the other system)

Hehe... Dec. 16th, 2007 @ 02:00 pm
I like the way this dad thinks.

Dad sells son's 90-dollar video game online for more than 9000

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MONTREAL (AFP) - After catching his 15-year-old smoking pot, a father sold the hard-to-get "Guitar Hero III" video game he bought his son for 90 dollars for Christmas at an online auction, fetching 9,000 dollars.

The sale took place after the father spent two weeks searching for the video game for the Nintendo Wii gameboard.

"So I was so relieved in that I had finally got the Holy Grail of Christmas presents pretty much just in the nick of time. I couldn't wait to spread the jubilance to my son," the father wrote on the eBay website.

"Then, yesterday, I came home from work early and what do I find? My innocent little boy smoking pot in the back yard with two of his delinquent friends."

The man, a school teacher, who kept his identity private, said he sold the coveted video game to punish his son and discourage him from smoking dope.

The sale was a boon for the family's bank account, since the game the father purchased for 90 dollars (US) was finally sold to an Australian who plunked down 9,100 dollars for it.

The naughty son, however, will not go without a present on Christmas.

"I am still considering getting him a game for his Nintendo. Maybe something like Barbie as the Island Princess or Dancing with the Stars ... I know he will just love them," the father said, tongue-in-cheek.

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Dec. 11th, 2007 @ 12:24 am
For the past four-odd weeks, my Mom has been experiencing terrible back pain; theories ranged from muscle fatigue to a slipped disk to a fractured vertebra. Now she's in the hospital; the x-ray of her spine shows that the eight thoracic vertebra is opaque. Right now, the most likely cause is an infection of the bone; the fact that her white cell count is through the roof helps support that theory, but they've done a biopsy to be sure. The other, albeit far less likely possibility is a tumor. I trust that I don't have to explain which is preferable; an infection... a little I.V. antibiotics and she'll be back on her feet in time to boss me around when I come home after New Year's; a tumor... how the hell do you remove a tumor in the spinal column? So, while they're almost certain that it's an infection (the specialist commented that she sees about two of them a week), there's still that chance.

We find out the results of the biopsy in the morning.

As for myself, I am taking two Ambien and knocking myself out for the next ten hours, partially to make up for the premature wakeup I had this past morning (I think it was the fire engine at around 6, after having gone to bed around 2:30) and partially so I don't spend the entire night up waiting anxiously; that's not going to help anyone.

Happy Chanukkah! Dec. 5th, 2007 @ 01:31 am
Have a happy Chanukkah, everyone! (even if you don't celebrate it)
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» ROFL
Hehe... I was chatting with my 52-year-old dad a little while ago.

This past weekend, my sisters were hosting a dozen girls from around the country as part of a Senior conference of Yavne (Jewish high school) girls; this year it was Cleveland's turn to host the more than 200 delegates from around the country.

So, he was half-commenting/half-gripping about the fact that a few of the girls staying at our house said that he was, quote, "Cool."

This makes at least the third time this year that a teenaged girl has called my dad "Cool." I find it tremendously amusing, but the part that really has me laughing is that he complained, "Why couldn't I have been cool thirty-five years ago!?"

My amusement knows only minor bounds at the moment.
» *bluugh...*
*sigh* Sorry that I haven't been around much lately--things have been decidedly on the busy side. We're currently in the midst of the "pre-Thanksgiving rush"; y'know, the time period during which each and every professor decides to give either an exam or a paper, all at once? I'm currently studying for my Roman history exam (Augustus through Hadrian) which I have this afternoon, and I had a CompSci exam last week, and a Sociology exam next week (and I'm getting off lightly--more than a few of my friends have multiple exams a week or even a day).

So, wish me and my friends luck and I'll have some catching up to do later.
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The art masterlist has just been updated. And it was a long overdue update, I might add; over 30 new pieces of art have been added. You can find the list here.
» Wish list meme
gacked from a good portion of the f-list: Post ten wishes, far-fetched or reasonable, and then go and see what your friends have wished for that you can fulfill.

1. A vacation
2. ThinkGeek.com gift certificates
3. An Xbox 360 (hey, I can dream...)
4. The ability to focus in boring lectures
5. A tshirt that says "If all the world's a stage... I wanna be the one in charge of the trapdoor!"
6. The ability to juggle (still can't quite manage three ball cascade for more than a few seconds)
7. A cure for my insomnia
8. A faster/higher metabolism
9. Star Wars RPG (Saga Edition Core Rulebook)
10. The Bush Administration, impeached and tried for war crimes.
» The IRS: Making sure no dollar gets away
IRS to poker winners: Pay Up!

They're not bluffing: Tax collectors will start requiring poker tournaments to report the winners' take.

Casinos and other sponsors of poker tournaments will be required to report winnings of more than $5,000 to the Internal Revenue Service beginning March 4, 2008, the tax agency said Friday.

Sponsors who meet the reporting requirement won't need to withhold federal income tax at the end of a tournament, it said.

If a sponsor does not report winnings, it is responsible for withholding the taxes and sending the money to the IRS, normally 25 percent of the amount subject to reporting.

The IRS said poker tournament winners must provide their taxpayer identification number, usually a Social Security number, to the sponsor. If the winner fails to do so, the sponsor must withhold federal income at a rate of 28 percent.

Casinos and sponsors of tournaments completed before March 4 next year will not be required to report winnings to the IRS or withhold tax.

By law, the winners already must report poker earnings on their federal income tax returns.

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Yeah, just imagine if the IRS missed a few dollars; the Pentagon might not be able to buy their full quotas of $200 hammers and $600 toilet seats. Still, this reminds me of a couple of jokes:

The IRS AuditCollapse )

And Dear IRSCollapse )
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