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Monday, June 20th, 2005
12:44 am - hp survey taken from fake_ass_girl
~Basics~
When did you first discover Harry Potter? My mother was reading the book to my little brother one night, and I was overhearing… and fell interested.
Book first or movie first? Books
Were you hooked instantly, or did it take awhile? Hooked instantly.
Did you instantly fall in love w/ any specific character? Snape.. and then Tom Riddle by Book 2

Favorite...
Professor: I can be bias and say Sinistra, but I'll say it's Snape
RP: Meep's Professor Frank Smyth and Shaddi's Professor Victor Coles

Marauder: Sirius
RP: I hear Charlie plays a wicked James, and Clay seems to have a good grasp on Peter

Gryffindor: Harry Potter
RP: Greg's and Shelly's Harry, Shaddi's Jack Sloper

Slytherin: Draco Malfoy
RP: ohboy, okay… Sarah's Draco for sure, Clay's Montague, Tori's Daphne, and Dani's Blaise


Hufflepuff: Zach
RP: Shaddi's Wayne Hopkins

Ravenclaw: Roger Davies
RP: Ginger's Terry and Shaddi's Roger Davies

Character overall: SINISTRA Tom Riddle
RP: I.. cannot even start, but one that deserves a mention is Charlie's Rita Skeeter.

How long did it take you to read...
Book 1: two weeks
Book 2: one week
Book 3: one week
Book 4: one-two weeks
Book 5: less than two days

If you were in Harry Potter...
What house would you be in? Ravenclaw most likely, but my other half would be Slytherin.. I'm just.. ambitious like that
What would your pet be? Owl like everyone else
What would your wand be? A wand
Who would you date? Roger Davies!
What would your fav. subject be? Astronomy!

Other
How did you feel about youknowwho dying? Numb.. like… "did that.. what just happened?" I was like Harry "We can still save him!"
What are your views on the Dark Lord? My poor sexy evil doer
Weasleys or Malfoys? Malfoys

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Friday, June 17th, 2005
8:08 pm - boredbored
Sorry to Ginger for leaving and never returning. I needed to restart my laptop, but before doing so it shut off and I couldn't find the wire/battery to keep it on. :(

I'll complete the survey letter.

half of 1000Collapse )

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Saturday, May 21st, 2005
10:23 pm
survey done by Charlie, Madison, and AnthonyCollapse )

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Thursday, February 10th, 2005
10:13 pm - from Tori
NOTICE OF REVOCATION OF INDEPENDENCE

by John Cleese

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To the citizens of the United States of America, in the light of your failure to elect a competent President of the USA and thus to govern yourselves, we hereby give notice of the revocation of your independence, effective today.

Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will resume monarchical duties over all states, commonwealths and other territories. Except Utah. Her majesty doesn't fancy Utah.

Your new prime minister (The Right Honourable Tony Blair, MP for the 97.85% of you who have until now been unaware that there is a world outside your borders) will appoint a minister for America without the need for further elections.

Congress and the Senate will be disbanded. A questionnaire will be circulated next year to determine whether any of you noticed.

To aid in the transition to a British Crown Dependency, the following rules are introduced with immediate effect:

1. You should look up "revocation" in the Oxford English Dictionary. Then look up "aluminium." Check the pronunciation guide. You will be amazed at just how wrongly you have been pronouncing it. The letter 'U' will be
reinstated in words such as 'favour' and 'neighbour', skipping the letter U' is nothing more than laziness on your part. Likewise, you will learn to spell 'doughnut' without skipping half the letters. You will end your love affair with the letter 'Z' (pronounced 'zed' not 'zee') and the suffix "ize" will be replaced by the suffix "ise." You will learn that the suffix 'burgh' is pronounced 'burra' e.g. Edinburgh. You are welcome to respell Pittsburgh as 'Pittsberg' if you can't cope with correct pronunciation.

Generally, you should raise your vocabulary to acceptable levels. Look up "vocabulary."

Using the same twenty seven words interspersed with filler noises such as "like" and "you know" is an unacceptable and inefficient form of communication. Look up "interspersed." There will be no more 'bleeps' in the Jerry Springer show. If you're not old enough to cope with bad language then you shouldn't have chat shows. When you learn to develop your vocabulary then you won't have to use bad language as often.

2. There is no such thing as "US English." We will let Microsoft know on your behalf. The Microsoft spell-checker will be adjusted to take account of the reinstated letter 'u' and the elimination of "-ize."

3. You should learn to distinguish the English and Australian accents. It really isn't that hard. English accents are not limited to cockney, upper-class twit or Mancunian (Daphne in Frasier). You will also have to learn how to understand regional accents - Scottish dramas such as "Taggart" will no longer be broadcast with subtitles. While we're talking about regions, you must learn that there is no such place as Devonshire in England. The name of the county is "Devon." If you persist in calling it Devonshire, all American States will become "shires" e.g. Texasshire,
Floridashire, Louisianashire.

4. Hollywood will be required occasionally to cast English actors as the good guys. Hollywood will be required to cast English actors to play English characters. British sit-coms such as "Men Behaving Badly" or "Red Dwarf" will not be re-cast and watered down for a wishy-washy American audience who can 't cope with the humour of occasional political incorrectness.

5. You should relearn your original national anthem, "God Save The Queen", but only after fully carrying out task 1. We would not want you to get confused and give up half way through.

6. You should stop playing American "football." There is only one kind of football. What you refer to as American "football" is not a very good game. The 2.15% of you who are aware that there is a world outside your borders may have noticed that no one else plays "American" football. You will no longer be allowed to play it, and should instead play proper football. Initially, it would be best if you played with the girls. It is a difficult game. Those of you brave enough will, in time, be allowed to play rugby (which is similar to American "football", but does not involve stopping for a rest every twenty seconds or wearing full kevlar body armour like nancies). We are hoping to get together at least a US Rugby sevens side by 2005.

You should stop playing baseball. It is not reasonable to host an event called the 'World Series' for a game which is not played outside of America. Since only 2.15% of you are aware that there is a world beyond your borders, your error is understandable. Instead of baseball, you will be allowed to play a girls' game called "rounders," which is baseball without fancy team strip, oversized gloves, collector cards or hotdogs.

7. You will no longer be allowed to own or carry guns. You will no longer be allowed to own or carry anything more dangerous in public than a vegetable peeler. Because we don't believe you are sensible enough to handle potentially dangerous items, you will require a permit if you wish to carry a vegetable peeler in public.

8. July 4th is no longer a public holiday. November 2nd will be a new national holiday, but only in England. It will be called "Indecisive Day."

9. All American cars are hereby banned. They are crap and it is for your own good. When we show you German cars, you will understand what we mean. All road intersections will be replaced with roundabouts. You will start driving
on the left with immediate effect. At the same time, you will go metric with immediate effect and without the benefit of conversion tables. Roundabouts and metrication will help you understand the British sense of humour.

10. You will learn to make real chips. Those things you call French fries are not real chips. Fries aren't even French, they are Belgian though 97.85% of you (including the guy who discovered fries while in Europe) are not aware of a country called Belgium. Those things you insist on calling potato chips are properly called "crisps." Real chips are thick cut and fried in animal fat. The traditional accompaniment to chips is beer which should be served warm and flat. Waitresses will be trained to be more aggressive with customers.

11. As a sign of penance 5 grams of sea salt per cup will be added to all tea made within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, this quantity to be doubled for tea made within the city of Boston itself.

12. The cold tasteless stuff you insist on calling beer is not actually beer at all, it is lager. From November 1st only proper British Bitter will be referred to as "beer," and European brews of known and accepted provenance will be referred to as "Lager." The substances formerly known as "American Beer" will henceforth be referred to as "Near-Frozen Knat's Urine," with the exception of the product of the American Budweiser company whose product
will be referred to as "Weak Near-Frozen Knat's Urine." This will allow true Budweiser (as manufactured for the last 1000 years in Pilsen, Czech Republic) to be sold without risk of confusion.

13. From November 10th the UK will harmonise petrol (or "Gasoline," as you will be permitted to keep calling it until April 1st 2005) prices with the former USA. The UK will harmonise its prices to those of the former USA and
the Former USA will, in return, adopt UK petrol prices (roughly $6/US gallon get used to it).

14. You will learn to resolve personal issues without using guns, lawyers or therapists. The fact that you need so many lawyers and therapists shows that you're not adult enough to be independent. Guns should only be handled by
adults. If you're not adult enough to sort things out without suing someone or speaking to a therapist then you're not grown up enough to handle a gun.

15. Please tell us who killed JFK. It's been driving us crazy.

16. Tax collectors from Her Majesty's Government will be with you shortly to ensure the acquisition of all revenues due (backdated to 1776).


Thank you for your co-operation.

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Tuesday, January 25th, 2005
9:11 pm - the height of the astronomy tower has had more page-time than Sinistra
Lets Take Away Professor Sinistra's Only Interesting Scene She's Ever Been a Part of in the Entire Harry Potter Series


So I'm hearing that Molly Weasley is being cut out of the film, along with Percy Weasley (wasn't he quite relevant to the book? sigh). Not only that, but what may be the worst part is – Professor Sinistra is most likely going to be cut off too *cries* (YES, she DOES have a scene, a vital one dancing about with Moody, remember? Crazy Leg Moody?) However, I'm hearing rumors that… Professor Snape dances with Professor McGonagall. What I would give to see that! .. Even if I'm still peeved about the whole lets exclude Sinistra's only interesting scene in the entire bloody series.

Professor Sinistra's, who hasn't been given the honor of a first name (too much to ask maybe?), first scene was her assisting with carrying in Justin when he was petrified. TWINKLE! A star is born! In CoS, however, when it came to bringing the second year in from the big scary snake, Professor Sinistra was not at the scene. Who was? Sprout. The next time we see Sinistra is at the dance floor at the Great Hall, dancing to Wicked Sisters with Mad-Eye Moody who we later find out is some evil psycho. And then, we don't see the enigmatic Astronomy Professor anymore. We hear about her, through Harry's quest to find out what the heck is up with Jupiter's moons. Damn Europa's ice.

The Astronomy Professor has been rumored to be the woman who "dresses all in black" who "sat next to Professor Snape" at the Great Hall Teacher table. It could also be Vector, or the Muggle Studies, Ancient Runes Professor>> the lost nameless, genderless souls. Oh, the humanity…

There was an inquiry on the spouses of Professors, JK pointed out that it was a rather good question and some of the Professor DID have spouses. However, she would not continue further as to not give anything away. Could the woman dressed all in black be a widow? Is Professor Sinistra a widow? And if so, does that make her a rather depressed one? Like the woman from Great Expectations who never took off her wedding gown? Do I, Vanessa, have in my hands… another Havisham?

RPing Sinistra


I can only hope not. Yes, I could see her as a widow, perhaps.. it would certainly give it more meaning as to why MY Sinistra isn't one to look for companionship, however I do not see her as a severely depressed woman who dresses in black (she enjoys fine robes with tints of green!). She may be reclusive and perhaps a bit rude to those close to her age, a huge sports fanatic who adores quidditch players, and maybe an alcoholic (its funny that speaking with other Sinistra Players—we all seem to have her gravitate around alcohol) buuut! Sinistra isn't an attention-seeking miserable old woman who dresses all in black.

Delightful Speculations

A Forum was held dedicated to the enigma! Many say the woman in the movie wearing all black was Sinistra (*cries*). They bring up a good point that she is mentioned in every book (even if she isn't given the proper exposure). My favorite thread is "One thing that I've always thought Harry would be doing was complaining about getting up at midnight that night. Or complaining about not getting to bed untill 1:30 PM or so. He doesn't seem to stay up that late normally, so it would probably take a toll on him. I wonder, is there a potion that they take that has the same affect as Coffee? YES, MY DEAR FRIEND!

FRAPPACHINOS!

Second Favorite: I also reckon we see a shot of her in one of the films (can't recall which one) - an attractive, young dark-haired woman, dressed in black, sitting at the professor's table. Why yes, young man, she is most definitely a young attractive dark-haired woman – and she knows it. So very well. Shall I bluntly point at her arrogance? Can one honestly imagine her being modest? I certainly cannot. Not that its really a bad thing. She certainly has a way to go to catch up with Professor Lockhart.

And Trelawney.

I shall now end this lovely little Sinistra ramble with a few words from the woman herself!

Sinistra:

current mood: crazy

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Friday, January 21st, 2005
11:42 pm - Wallowing in the Self-Inflicted Ennui
Chapter I: Battling Le Ennui, first entry


Today came too soon, mused a disgruntled Vanessa. She knew very well the applications were due soon, however as always, she has succumbed to the lovely sirens of distractions and neglected her priorities… a word that hasn't fully registered with her for awhile.

Waking up to the sound of a snow blower outside her balcony, she laid wide awake in her bed. Finally sitting up with a low growl, she peeled the many layers of blankets off (her parents have yet to fix her window sills where the cold winds of Chicago stream through). Madam Trelawney told her that her parents were going to hold this off for another season, but to not worry, she wasn't going to die from the cold. Staggering forward toward the TV and lamp, she turned off all electricity.. her little sister always failed to turn them off before running to the yellow school bus. Little minion of Satan… Agent Mulder offered to do an investigation, but was dismissed by Vanessa, who was far too tired to fully understand his purpose.

After dunking her head into water over her bathroom sink, she took part in excercising for a short while where she blasted her music loud and thought about fanfiction writing and Admiral Daala from her Star Wars Books, and thinking: huh, a lot of my role-playing characters are like her and Mara Jade. Han Solo told her that Mikhail sort of reminded him of Lando -- she giggled and agreed as Mikhail growled (and preened). Vanessa jogged for a while, and finally decided to wash the dishes – a relaxing activity that took her mind off the real important issues in her life like.. finishing those college applications. Not only was it a humble activity of cleansing, but it appeased her parents and saved her from another day of inquiries: How are you applications going? Why aren't they done? Results always varied from shrinking into her chair to exploding like a volcano – or nebula as Professor Sinistra pointed out to her one day.

She finally planted herself in front of the computer, looked at her e-mail (received nothing important), looked at threads, and finally turned her attention to the college sites with a huge sigh and filled out the applications, and noticed.. other than having her school submit in her transcripts, she was done. Completely done. Hermione would be proud of her, but she was still upset that she technically hadn't finished yet. Has Vanessa hit the "submit" button yet Hermione asked Agent Scully, who snorted and said "Nope."

Later in the evening, she found herself sitting in front of her computer again and typing away to her many rpg threads, mostly pertaining to her Anthony Goldstein who she adores completely. The intelligent, quiet, polite Anthony who… has a crush on a Hufflepuff girl! In turn, making his best friend Padma Patil *gasp* jealous? It made Vanessa squeak and dance for about five minutes until she settled down, and had Anthony confessed his feelings to Laura, oblivious to the feelings of his best mate.

Alas, as the clocked ticked (and tocked if it bothered to work), Vanessa found herself with little to do. Sitting in front of the glowing blue screen, she has once again allowed herself to fall under the evil clutches they call ennui.

"College Applications can wait," she muttered as she searched her music files for the one they call Chris Issack.

current mood: bored

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