July 23rd, 2007


Non-spoilery thoughts on JK Rowling / Harry Potter.

I liked some of it, and found some of the rest kinda weak and spotty.  Needed another 2-3 months of work.

Started well... and then it began to drag. There was a big ending, but that was practically a given. Also, the Epilogue was more like an appendix... meaning, of course, a useless organ prone to inflammation that should probably be surgically removed.

Snape sections turned out exactly like I expected. Really, considering the big buildup, there wasn't enough Snape in this book for my taste. The Malfoy sections were very weak (...no, not just a little weak.) and, in points, unbelievable. At least two of the horcrux sections were quite spotty and cobbled together.

Oh, and I hate it how JK Rowling always has her characters sit around and do nothing when there are obviously some things they could do.  While it may make sense for Harry to be inattentive to trying to solve obvious mysteries if he's studying all the time, can anyone give me any reasonable excuse for the sheer amount of sitting around that the main characters do when they aren't at school?

Sometimes it reads like:

"Harry, Ron, and Hermione puzzled about the clue of the day before, but they got into an argument about how fast paint peeled that completely distracted their attention. After six weeks staring at a neighbor's barn, watching little flecks of the paint , Harry noticed that the leaves had fallen and it was starting to snow. Harry put on an extra sweater."

Hashy Rotter and the Chili of Doom.

A recall of canned meat products made at a Georgia plant due to botulism fears could involve tens of millions of cans that pose an urgent public health threat, U.S. officials said on Monday.

A complete list of the recalled items is available here, and includes canned chilis, corned beef hash, beef stews, and sausage gravies branded under several different labels, including Austex, Best Yet, Big Y, Black Rock, Bryan, Bunker Hill, Castleberry's, Castle Drive, Firefighters, Food Club, Goldstar, Great Value, Kroger, Lowes Foods, Mejer, Morton House, Paramount, Piggly Wiggly, Prudence, Southern Home, Steak 'n Shake, Thrifty Maid, Triple Bar, and Value Time.

It also includes a variety of "Natural Balance" canned dog foods. 

This botulism outbreak is brought to you by Castleberry's! 
"Our dishes are so great because we're really picky about what goes in."

Poll #1026766 What's most disturbing?

What is the most disturbing thing to you about this article?

The fact that botulism can contaminate our food supply so significantly.
The fact that dogfood and canned chili are often made in the same factory.