July 23rd, 2008


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Wow, I've been incredibly lazy. And it doesn't help matters that I've got work almost every day this week. Hey, a paycheck that reaches $200 would be a fantastic change. Still haven't gotten the hospital bill yet, so that's good ... for now.

Still working on the Portus report, but it's about 90% done. I've been absent from the internets because of 1) costuming stuff 2) work 3) trying to have a social life. Went to see Wanted with Lisa last night after work. The movie wasn't terrible, but it wasn't spectacular either. Action was good, concept was ... strange but original. It's not that hard to enjoy a movie with Jolie in it, but she felt very much like a "Hi, I'm here in the background. They paid me way too much money to have me do so very little! Aren't I lucky?" character.

Still haven't seen Dark Knight, and if I don't soon all of my friends will inadvertently spoil me. That will be my next movie, though. Still have to see Wall-E and I can't WAIT FOR X-FILES. Any of you that've known me since high school know how I was a giant X-Files fan until this little book series about wizards came along. Well, seeing previews for the new movie gets me giddy all over again.

I just might be able to make it to Terminus more than 1 day. Hopefully for a good chunk of Friday and Saturday, as well as possibly Sunday and MAYBE Monday. Can't guarantee it.

And, instead of explaining this in new terms, I'm just going to C&P what I wrote on my Facebook note about the John Williams Tribute Night Under the Stars Event on August 1st. Put behind a cut, for those that aren't interested.

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And now, I think I'll go take a nap. Yay for that luxury!

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Well, well, well. Lookit what I found ...

July 12, 2008
Harry Potter and the Christian Missionaries -- Portus 2008

The Portus 2008 conference is a Harry Potter-themed academic/fandom event going on the Hilton Anatole Hotel this weekend. Also in the hotel is a conference for Gospel for Asia, a Christian missionary organization that targets, duh, Asia.

So what do you get when you take 700 Potterheads, many in full costume, and about 1,000 dedicated missionaries (some of whom have their doubts about these Potter stories)? Well, the Anatole is a biiiig hotel. And the two groups are at opposite ends of the place. But there have been some interactions. Mostly cordial, I'm told, But some not so much.

On the one hand, I've been told that some of the missionary types are refusing to get o the elevators with obvious Potterheads -- or closing the elevator doors on 'em. OTOH, there's a group of Potterheads dressed as the villainous Voldemort and his Death Eaters -- black robes, goth-ish makeup. A giant fake snake. And they went over to where the missionaries had set up a church to do photos and be in-your-face. And in character, I guess.

But these were minority reports. I've also heard about interested casual conversations between the two cultural worlds.

Find more Portus coverage here.

Wow, I've never heard of the media bunging up a story so bad in my life! *internet sarcasm*

Really, this just made my day. Found it here: http://religionblog.dallasnews.com/archives/arts-and-media/

*snort* Oh, you bible thumpers. You bring me endless entertainment.

Edit: Oh ho ho! I found another gem!! http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/unfairpark/2008/07/if_this_is_what_day_one_of_har.php

Wow, those Texans sure know how to write a blog.

Whoa, I'm on a roll! Here's a photo gallery! http://dallasobserver.com/slideshow/view/97880/4