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10 Years of Thankfulness

Today is Thanksgiving, and tomorrow is our ten-year reunion. And while I’m not usually the sappy type to list things for which I am thankful, I have to say that over the last ten years, I have a lot to be thankful for. When added up, the past decade has been an immense time for me — learning, seeing, growing, doing — and it has made me the man I am today. So in spite of my less-than-brilliant life situation (eg, broke, single, unemployed), I still have to give thanks.

In the last ten years, I:

  • Moved to Philadelphia
  • Survived my first term at college
  • Made the Dean’s List
  • Learned to play rugby
  • Became good at video games
  • Mastered basic Calculus
  • Visited London
  • Learned to Salsa dance
  • Moved back to Maplewood
  • Got my first [indoor, professional] job
  • Voted in my first Presidential election
  • Became a disgruntled working stiff
  • Got fired
  • Joined a Shakespeare troupe
  • Built websites
  • Attempted Modern Dance
  • Learned to Swing Dance
  • Attempted Ballet
  • Visited Minneapolis
  • Joined a Fraternity
  • Forgot how to Salsa dance
  • Mastered the finer points of Shakespeare
  • Mastered the finer points of Christopher Marlowe
  • Visited London
  • Worked as a graphic designer
  • Read all the Harry Potter books
  • Visited New Orleans
  • Performed modern dance and ballet
  • Finished a degree in Mechanical Engineering
  • Moved back to Maplewood
  • Worked an unpaid internship
  • Moved to England
  • Visited London frequently
  • Learned the basics of British culture
  • Voted absentee ballot in a Presidential Election
  • Visited Paris
  • Learned to use Chopsticks
  • Mastered the finer points of British culture
  • Picked up a British accent
  • Waited on line for the midnight release of a Harry Potter book
  • Earned a Master’s Degree in Graphic Communication
  • Moved back to Maplewood
  • Freelanced as a graphic designer
  • Lost a British accent
  • Started a design blog
  • Started a podcast
  • Got a full-time job
  • Moved to Brooklyn
  • Became a disgruntled working stiff
  • Quit a full-time job
  • Returned to Freelancing
  • Trained for a marathon
  • Waited on line for the midnight release of a Harry Potter book
  • Ran a marathon
  • Returned to playing rugby
  • Moved to Jersey City
  • Started a blog about business cards
  • And the rest is just details.

    Thanks to everyone who made the last 10 years necessary.

    Nerd of the Week

    At least one of them…

    This took forever to come out, but it was filmed on 20 July 2007, while we were queueing for the Dealthy Hallows.

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    09 2007

    Deathly Hallows: Reviewed

    In case you were craving it, here is my five-cent review of the book:

    First act: awesome. Brilliant action scenes, great setting of the stage in terms of tone, conflict, etc. Love the utter state of chaos that is created. Also love how Hermione apparently became the world’s best wizard seemingly overnight. Ron and Harry seem to have come into their own as well.

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    07 2007

    Deathly Hallows Release

    It’s been a long time in anticipation, but tonight the 7th and final Harry Potter book is released at midnight. Harry Potter and the Dealthy Hallows has stirred up the fandom to a degree I haven’t seen since Epsiode One of Star Wars back in 1999. And Laura and I were out in Union Square to see the crowds.

    I love how everyone dressed up by default. No one has to ask, it doesn’t have to be halloween, it just happens. Hats, scarves, glasses, brooms, ties, and all the other crafts and garb of the HP world can be seen on fans from babies to the ederly. Some people really go all-out. I mean, whoa.

    We also headed down to Mercer St., to the Scholastic store, where the entire block was closed off for a kind of street fair of Harry Potter craziness. This one was mainly for the kids, but a spectacle to behold just the same.

    I can’t imagine what the onlookers must think, that is, if they’ve never heard of Harry Potter or seen what people can do when they are truly passionate about something.

    strange days indeed

    strange days indeed

    strange days indeed

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    07 2007

    Deathly Hallows: Predictions

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

    Last time around, when Half-Blood Prince was released, I made some predictions on this site. Turns out that a great deal of what I predicted came to pass, but of course there were a few things that didn’t. This time around, I truly have no idea what plot points will be explored and how it will end, but I want to point your attention to some characters who we’ve seen, or even known quite well, who I feel will be pivotal in the final book.

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    07 2007

    Gay Apparel

    At Scott Richardson’s pad for the First Annual Cheesy Holiday Sweater Cocktail Party. Not much else to say about it. Oh wait, actually I’ve got about two hours worth of shit to say over on twentyhood.com where we podcasted a bit of a marathon episode with a number of random co-hosts.

    Here’s a few photos to get you through those long winter nights.

    strange days indeed

    strange days indeed

    strange days indeed

    strange days indeed

    strange days indeed

    strange days indeed

    strange days indeed

    strange days indeed

    strange days indeed

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    12 2006

    Pottercast Videos

    I’m always one to accept a geeky online sort of challenge thing, so I am taking up Melissa’s offer and blogging about Pottercast here on Divingtank.com. A bit out of order, I suppose, since this is generally my photoblog, but hey, let’s see what happens.

    Leaky this week debuted their Video Gallery, which I have to say looks pretty cool. I am at work, of course, so I won’t have the chance to thoroughly comb through it, but I’m sure I will waste many an hour at some future point.

    OK, HP geeks, come and find me!

    (I will repost this message on twentyhood as well.)

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    09 2006

    Pottercast NYC

    A hectic lunch hour, on the hottest day of the year, but eventful. Ran down to Union Square to the Barnes and NOble to hear the Pottercast/Mugglecast joint podcast. Timed to coincide with JK Rowling’s appearances at Radio City Music Hall, the podcast was the culminating event in a series of on-the-road podcasts and conventions.

    In retrospect, it wasn’t a very good idea to arrive late for the start of the podcast. Next time, if I am limited to my lunch hour (don’t get me started), I’ll time it to coincide with the end of the ‘cast, so that way I could have had the chance to chat for a bit with some of the players and geeks. However, I suspect there will be a next time.

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    08 2006

    Terra Trophy

    Harry Potter 6 is officially out there for public consumption, and consumed it will be.

    Farnham may have been relatively small-scale compared to Oxford St or 5th Ave. release events – not to mention JKR and her coronation-like festivities at Edinburgh Castle, but the phenomena of Harry Potter is no less potent.

    I didn’t buy the book for £10.99 nor will I buy it for £8.99 from Woolworth’s, this weekend only, but instead I am waiting for the week when I will, hopefully, be able to find it available for download as audiobooks, my preferred media for consumption of literature. (Jay, stop rolling your eyes).

    I have to admit that is saddens me slightly that my capacity to anticipate has been destroyed by George Lucas and his three successive let-downs. Remember when Episode I came out – I could barely sleep. Then came the Lord of the Rings and Matrix sequels and of course all the Harry Potter books and movies. I think the last book/movie/video game I actually got excited for was the film version of Prisoner of Azkaban back in June 04, but even then I didn’t catch the midnight show. I have never been a patient man so I think that I am becoming more cynical in my age instead of more patient.

    I have to admit that I am pretty excited for the Goblet of Fire film, which will prolly drop sometime around Thanksgiving 05.

    And before you all finish the book, here are my official predictions about what will be unveiled in “The Half-Blood Prince”

    _ There will be very conspicuous security measures put into place at the Dursley house. The Dursley’s speak very little to Harry.

    _ Harry passes all his OWLs, even potions, and is therefore well on his way to becoming an Auror. Hermione gets top marks in almost everything but Harry and Ron seem to outperform her in Defense Against the Dark Arts.

    _ Bill Weasley quits his job working for Gringot’s and takes up a post within the Ministry to be closer to his father. Arthur Weasley gets a promotion, upon the recommendation of Kingsley Shacklebolt and Dumbledore. Percy Weasley gets reshuffled to some exceptionally boring department, but still doesn’t formally apologise.

    _ Aurors are given “License to Kill” from the Ministry regarding escaped Death Eaters and Dementors. There is a Martial-like state in the Wizarding world, very tense.

    _ Sirius Black is officially pardoned by the Ministry as those events are brought to light. Better late than never.

    _ Draco Malfoy grows some balls and steps up as Junior Death Eater, now that his father has been thrown in jail. Very Anakin Skywalker.

    _ We find out that James and Lily Potter worked on some sort of Wizarding R&D. They knew a lot of very powerful and very unconventional magic. James never told Lily he was an animagus, but she figured it out.

    _ Hagrid continues to do “secret missions” for the Order.

    _ There is no new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher. Instead, someone from the existing faculty is given the role. I think Dumbledore himself will take the position.

    _ Harry is allowed back on the Quidditch team, but chooses not to play because he wants to dedicated more time to studying and doing well, especially working towards becoming an Auror. He says he’d play again if he is needed to win the Cup or if something should happen to Ginny.

    _ Prof. Snape or Harry will save one another’s life. Maybe even both. Their relationship will change as Harry realises they have more in common than he first thought and Snape realises how important Harry truly is.

    _ Ginny Weasley becomes really hot and Ron becomes very protective, as he is now the senior Weasley in the school. Similarly, Neville grows up quite a lot and is now regarded as somewhat popular in school.

    _ Ron and Hermione show distinct signs of affection, but only in private. Perhaps an awkward kiss which neither of them ever speaks of again. I can forsee Harry given bonehead comments like “What’s going on with you two?”

    _ Prof. Macgonnagal dies somewhat unexpectedly. Perhaps killed while assuming cat form and chasing Peter Pettigrew in rat form. Her death is a significant bad omen. She is replaces by some rookie teacher who is talented, but clueless all the same.

    _ Prof. Lupin earns public acclaim for bringing in a handful of Death Eaters and his lifetime of public scorn is somewhat remedied. Unfortunately, he becomes a target for Voldermort.

    _ Harry and Voldermort cross wands again, but Dumbledore again intervenes and all three escape, barely alive. The link between Harry and Lord V. is made more clear. Dumbledore knows that he is too old to continue fighting Voldermort, and that even he is no match for Lord V. He makes it his life’s work to teach Harry everything he knows.

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    07 2005

    Erin’s Birthday and Halloween nothingness

    Erin’s 22nd Birthday party, and so forth. Just another night, really.

    After this party, there were a series of loud bangs and distant cheering that continued well past midnight. Odd.

    I keep having the same dream: I’m Harry Potter and I’m in the woods, and there are just all sorts of these odd wrinkly-faced, plastic costume-wearing, brightly-coloured, bad guys who need to get the shit kicked out of them one way or another. And this time around, Malfoy was there too. Man, I need to get out more.

    Flipendo!

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    10 2004