clauclauclaudia: (Lion in Winter - hush dear - mother's fi)
Okay, *this* Woot shirt hasn't lived long enough for people to notice, so I'm spamming about it. (The last one I posted about is still available--that was a guess on my part--but this one is definitely gone by midnight central time tonight.) I don't even have mine yet, though I got the shipping notice this morning. And, I mean, Valkyrie!

Click to embiggen:

Click to buy:
clauclauclaudia: (geek - life)
Okay, somehow my recent journal entries are all ads in one sense or another. I promise to work on that. My next post should be about fanfic instead. ;-) So you can look forward to that or run for cover, as appropriate.

Zo. Apologies for those who were genuinely concerned about yesterday's entry. It's a humorous ad for a podiobook author I love, whose excellent book is now seeing actual print partly on the basis of his self-promotion abilities. It's perfectly safe to click. J.C. Hutchins is a sweetie of a geek, and would never hack anyone's journal. Kilroy 2.0, on the other hand....

Oh, it's also an ad for the radio plays at the Somerville Theatre. Don't forget that part!

Today's ad is for Conceptis Puzzles, which is going to switch to being a paid site in the next 24 to 48 hours. Which means that now is your last chance to register as a free user and play the whole range of new logic puzzles that appeared this week, and really see whether it's a site worth paying for. (I think it is. But as I have warned before, this site is addictive.)

(There will still be sample puzzles available after it goes paid, but to see the whole weekly variety at once, this is easier.)
clauclauclaudia: (R&G - actors - the opposite of people)
If you get snow emergency notices from the City of Somerville, you know Tom Champion's voice. But you probably haven >>> [ WARNING ::: DATABASE ERROR ::: CONTENT OVERRIDE ::: SOURCE: EXTERNAL ] <<<

> source terminal location: UNKNOWN

> source terminal identity: UNAVAILABLE

> source login information: ENCRYPTED

> message begins

the post you are now reading is designed to dull your senses to THE TRUTH. do not live the life of the worker bee, the cog, the well-oiled piston in the MACHINE OF DECEIT!

there is a grand CONSPIRACY afoot. you have been taught to believe that you are UNIQUE, one of a kind. THIS IS NOT TRUE. long ago, a cabal of scientists created technologies to ensure that ANYONE'S MIND AND BODY can be duplicated.

human cloning isn't NEAR. it's already HERE. discover the truth at

you are being DECEIVED. break free from the cogs, flee the hive, become A PROPHET OF THE TRUTH!

kilroy2. was here ... kilroy2.0 is everywhere


't heard him like this before. Thanks, [ profile] cthulhia!
clauclauclaudia: (dancing Doctor)
... okay, I don't think I ever make commercial posts, but I love this t-shirt, and so do so many geeks when they spot me in it.

Isn't that awesome? It's a Woot shirt, which means that it's on sale only until such time as it's not in the top 20 sellers on the site and then it gets axed.

I don't know how likely it is for it to get axed this time around because they didn't give us a Friday update on the rankings like they used to/usually do. It's had a good long run, 20 weeks. But I believe it's mathematically possible this will be its last weekend on sale. If it is, your last chance to buy is Monday before midnight Central time.

But buy now and maybe it'll have another week of life. :) Just click the awesome picture.
clauclauclaudia: (south park long)
I'm going to Worldcon, [ profile] anticipation_09! If you're there too, or you're just in Montreal anyway sometime through Monday, and you want to get in touch, do! See below.

No guarantees I'll ever leave the hotel, but if I do, anything I should make a point of seeing/doing? I've been to Montreal before, so I suppose I mostly mean restaurants or anything new in the last 5-10 years.

Details on contacting me. )
Ok, offline until Montreal...
clauclauclaudia: (Serenity - Jayne - grenades)
... is the theme of the sci-fi movie marathon I'm in right now. And we just watched Alien Raiders, a really excellent low-budget sci fi suspense/thriller. Perhaps because they shot it during the writer's strike, they got some really excellent cast involved, including Carlos Bernard, Mathew St. Patrick, Rockmond Dunbar, and an actress who I haven't noticed before but who I liked a lot--she reminded me pleasantly of Maggie Gyllenhaal--named Courtney Ford.

I've got a Donnie Darko vibe about this movie, in that I saw it in a theater before anybody knew about it and it enormously exceeded my expectations. It's just really well done suspense, that knows when to show gore and when merely to suggest it, and that is written, paced, edited really well. We had the director, Ben Rock, for Q&A afterwards, which was enjoyable, though he didn't reveal any deep dark secrets. He comes out of The Blair Witch Project and related projects, but I promise, the shaky-cam is minimal, used in a couple expository bits, that's it. It was shot entirely in a supermarket and surrounds, and it uses its resources really really well. Big thumbs up for the foley and editing. Big thumbs up in general, and [ profile] rmd concurs.

It's direct to DVD, coming out this Tuesday, and I highly recommend.

[Thanks for birthday wishes, folks. The winter blues get me enough that maybe I should have a birthday-observed at a sunnier time of year!]

[[I have a movies tag and a films tag? Must fix.]]

[[[This is my one entry that garners spam. Screening comments from non-friends now.]]]
clauclauclaudia: (coulton - wolves)
Oh yes, another one of these....

Step 1: Put your music player on shuffle.
cut for those who've had enough of this stuff... )

Added more lines for the songs that are still mysteries.
clauclauclaudia: (HP - dumbledore potterpuff)
Thank you [ profile] starkeymonster for telling me this first when the news was hot off the presses. Now, of course, it's 12 hours later almost exactly. I bibbled in IM rather than here, initially.

What? Oh, have you not heard? Hagrid never married. Whoops, I mean: Dumbledore is gay. )

Also: She was surprised that no one had ever asked her what Dumbledore’s wand was made of. If ever asked this question she would have simply said "It’s made of Elder" and left it at that. Well, yes. That's why I wouldn't have asked.... Oh, wait, she means before book 7 came out. When eight-year-old Mia asked an Aberforth question, Jo asked her age and said that just for her the answer would be "that the goats were easy to keep clean and that they had curly horns," as the audience roared with laughter. Really, the second (HPANA) link has all the stuff of greatest fannish interest, as you'd expect.
Yet more quotes. )

I'm amused. As [ profile] saylee said in IM, "It does confirm my theory that JKR does better gay subtext than straight romance." Ayep. The vibe from just that one description of the picture of the young Dumbledore and Grindelwald was quite clear, and, I must agree, more convincing than any of the overt, straight romantic relationships we were shown.

Yes, not the gay subtext many would have liked to have seen. It does cause a bit of a problem of double vision--confirming one gay identity puts the nail in the coffin of others that were not confirmed. But I have great faith that fanfic-writing fandom can not only only accept JKR's interviews when it wants to, but also accept them with one hand and ignore them with the other. Carry on!
clauclauclaudia: (Default)
I'm still in [ profile] veiledintention, a post-book-6 game where we can always use Death Eaters or characters of Marauder age or older or just more players in general.

But now I'm in a post-book-7 game too, [ profile] aww_rpg. Is there anyone on my friends list who cares about Harry Potter spoilers but hasn't read Deathly Hallows yet? Heck, I'll cut the post anyway. )
clauclauclaudia: (gaming me)
Time for the World Blogger Championship of Online Poker yet again. Proving I'm me:

Poker Tournament

I have registered to play in the PokerStars World Blogger Championship of Online Poker!

This Online Poker Tournament is a No Limit Texas Holdem event exclusive to Bloggers.

Registration code: 7593104

clauclauclaudia: (Default)
and when she does, it's just a meme. I know, I suck. says I'm a Cool Nerd King.  What are you?  Click here!

Still, how cool is that?

Though really, the test ought to take the gender information it collects and differentiate between nerd kings and nerd queens.

... I have just illustrated my own nerdiness, not that it was in doubt.

There is one question I only knew the answer to because I looked it up after watching a friend take her test yesterday. But given that I did that out of geeky curiosity, I don't think it counts as cheating.
clauclauclaudia: (HP - I trust Snape)
[ profile] ravenna_c_tan and I sat down and wrote our last-minute guesses (in the hour before Deathly Hallows went on sale) on some plot points we expected would be addressed in the book. She posted hers here (and yes, the comments are spoilery). Here are mine. We sort of shorthanded the questions to each other so may not have answered exactly the same questions. ;-)

questions )
clauclauclaudia: (HP - Severus Snape wonders how the fanfi)
cut for the vast majority of my friends who don't care about Harry Potter fanfic )
Edited to add "Just Another Soldier in the War", which my imperfect filing system led me to lose.
clauclauclaudia: (Default)
Backdated, testing icons, nothing to see here.
clauclauclaudia: (Princess Bride - messing up the story)
please see [ profile] wrog's ideas about book 7, so far superior to my own.
clauclauclaudia: (HP - I trust Snape)
I'm sure some people's friends lists are afire with the news, but amazingly few people have said anything on my f-list and besides, I wanna talk about it!

So. Harry Potter book 7's publication date has been announced: July 21, 2007. A mere fortnight after the rumored 7/7/7, but this way it comes out more than a week after movie 5 rather than several days before. I assume the movie side of things is just being inflexible. Oh well.

(But ya see, 21/7/7 = 3x7/7/7, which is equally nifty in its own way. See the 3, and the three sevens? Okay, I'll put the prime factoring subprocess back in de box for now. Don't be scared.)

I don't want to quote J.K. Rowling about what will or won't happen in the book. Go ahead and do that in comments if you like--I just don't follow her interviews closely, nor do I care to. I just read the books. And the fic. And play the RPGs*. ;-)

And I just want to talk about what I want to see, and what I think I'll see.

Want: )

Predict: )

* Oh yeah, my RPG is still looking for a Bellatrix and other characters, though I know there are applications pending for some characters. Come play! Personally, I want to see more Death Eaters and more older characters, but the more the merrier! *bats eyes*
clauclauclaudia: (HP - I trust Snape)
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows".

That's nicely evocative.

I saw another article that said it was Deathly Hollows, but I know which one is likeliest to be a misreading of the other. Anyway, you can go to J.K. Rowling's site and see for yourself.

EDIT: Deathly, not Deadly. Purely a typo on my part. *facepalm*
clauclauclaudia: (R&G - Delve!)
Everything below the cut is a query about how offensive some song lyrics are. Click or no, it's up to you.

showtunes are evil )
EDIT: Want context? Check my initial comment.

A friend found this modern re-enactment of the third song on youtube. It's notable for being an actual family of men, and for a slavish devotion to the original blocking and camera angles. Also, Cheryl explained the story context for it better than I did.

... this leads me to hunt youtube versions of the other songs: It Depends on What You Pay, A Difficult Transition
clauclauclaudia: (HP - I trust Snape)
... that is, if a Harry Potter LiveJournal roleplaying game sounds at all appealing. I'm Severus Snape. :)

I haven't really gotten rolling in an online RPG before. It's somewhere between collaborative fanfic and improvisational acting, and I'm enjoying it even more than I thought I might.

The setting is, about 2.5 years after the end of book 6. The golden trio defeated Voldemort; everyone but him and Narcissa Malfoy who was alive at the end of book 6 is still alive and available as a player character (yeah, I know, unrealistic, isn't it? but it's to allow as much participation as people want, so I excuse it); Lucius Malfoy is setting himself up as the new Dark Lord; Snape was exonerated. It's 1999 and Harry and his cohort are 19-ish.

The game started just over a month ago, and we've just hit a point where the plot is about to seriously start.

We very much need Death Eaters. Come be villainous! Our Bellatrix has been kidnapped by so-called Real Life, so we very much want a new Bella. But any new player is a good thing.

blah blah blah )


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