Monday, July 23, 2007

Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

I've been away for a little while because:

A) I moved. Packing and moving and unpacking take a very long time. And then, when you have a house, you have to do stuff to make it better. This leaves little free time. Maybe that's why old people rarely do anything fun; they're stuck at home on evenings and weekends redoing the kitchen and hammering stuff into fences.

B) Harry Potter. I'm avoiding the internet because it's likely that some asshole will post a major spoiler for the last book, in some place that I'll see it even if I avoid everything to do with Harry Potter. I'm hoping that Rowling learned her lesson from the 6th book and made each plot twist hard to summarize in one line, e.g. "X kills Y on pg. Z". It should be more like "X is actually Y's great grandfather because Y used time travel magic to have a one night stand with X's ancestor, but that made X uncomfortable given he was boinking Y's sister, so he magically goes back in time to magically sterilize Y, which creates a paradox that leaves X neither alive nor dead but sorta squishy and pale, and very uncomfortable." This would be very hard to communicate in any form that could be read inadvertently.

Anyway, I'll be back when the house is done and the book is read.


madamerouge said...

Apparently this one was printed on 100% post-consumer recycled fibre... one of the biggest such publishing runs in history.

Salem said...

"they're stuck at home on evenings and weekends redoing the kitchen and hammering stuff into fences"

Sorry, but, it's true.

Phronk said...

Madame: Yeah I noticed that on the cover! Pretty awesome. I've heard it was only in Canada last time...hopefully now it's all copies worldwide. Otherwise that's a shitload of trees that are no longer with us.

Salem: FUCK!

Shora said...

I started the book Saturday, couldn't put it down til I finished it late Sunday night, so thankfully nobody ruined it for me like they did with book 6. Awesome book.

(Does hammering stuff into fences preclude writing in depth Dani post?)

Jennifer said...

Welcome to being an old person.

Phronk said...

Wow Shora, you read that whole thick book in one day? I don't think I could do that even if I read 24 hours straight. Congrats. :)

(And yes, hammering does preclude the Dani post, which I've built up way too much and I don't even want to write any more :)

Jen: Nooo! I won't do it. I'll hire people to hammer fences for me. And have kids for me. And do all that other old-person stuff.

sarah said...

Hahaha. Based on that plot, YOU should have written the final Harry Potter. You should know you can't 'avoid' the internet... it follows you EVERYWHERE.

Jennifer said...

I hope being a perpetual student pays well if you want to hire people for your dirty work. :P

Jason said...

I love the SNL title for the book: Harry Potter and the End of Trees.

I was looking forward to the Dani post!