Archive for June 2011

A New Harry Potter Trailer And An Epic Case of Untapped Potential   4 comments

Every time I see a new trailer for the last Harry Potter movie I get SO EXCITED!!! The trailer below is a hodge podge of scenes from the movie, behind the scenes action, and cast and crew interviews. It’s shaping up to be a ripper of a movie. I think I might have to watch the 7th movie again before I go see this one.

When I was a child, my mum read the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings series to my brother and me. It was some of my favorite bed time stories to hear! I decided to read the books again before the L.O.T.R. movies came out. I made sure I’d read each book before I saw each movie. I’d heard that the movies stuck perfectly with the plot in the books, and I wanted to see if it was true. It was true, and it made me very happy (and also feel like one of those nerds who reads the book before the movie and then feels all superior and stuff).

But with these Harry Potter books, it’s a different story. I guess I was too old to get excited about a silly wizarding book for kids, so I didn’t read any of the Potter series. But I went to the movies and LOVED them! They are so…enjoyable. I really want to have magic powers. Badly. After about the 5th movie, I started picking up the Potter books at 2nd hand book stores. It’s 2011 now, and I’ve only read three of the books. Don’t get me wrong, they’re amazingly good reads for people of all ages, and I don’t understand why I took this long to get into them. I guess I’m in no rush to read the whole series yet – I’d rather soak up the amazing audio and visual special effects at the movie theater first, then fill in the gaps of the story with the books later. I’m also really enjoying the anticipation of waiting for the movie to hit theaters.

What about you? Did you rush to buy each new Harry Potter book as it hit the shelves? Did you pre-order any of the books? Or are you a normal late-adapter like me – happy to wait for a cheaper paperback?

As a final thought, let’s review the use of the time turner device from Harry Potter and the Prisoner or Azkaban…

An epic case of untapped potential


Aussie Slang Word Of The Day   Leave a comment

Word: To “chuck a wobbly”

Pronunciation: As it sounds

Meaning: I don’t know anyone who hasn’t chucked a wobbly at some point in their life. Children are very fond of wobbly chucking, as are the more fragile-natured among us. There is no age limit for chucking a wobbly. Chucking a wobbly means to throw a fit or have a tantrum about some trifling matter, hopefully in front of one or more people. The more people, the better.

Typically, wobblys are at their best when caught on video and uploaded to the Interwebs. Wobbly chucking is often motivated by a one-sided unfair or unjust situation that the wobbler can’t do anything about. It’s like that time when my dad video taped me and my brother having a pillow fight in the back yard. Circa 1993, I was (and actually still am) older than my brother, I was about a foot taller, in a different weight-class, and stronger than he (that all changed ca. 2000). I’m also highly competitive, so when dad persuaded me and my bro to go at it for a few rounds with the pillows, I thought it was a terrific idea! 2 minutes and some flying goose down later, I was strutting around like Oscar De La Hoya and my poor little brother was crying, mouthing off to dad, and giving the camera his best one finger salute. It was family video, wobbly-chucking GOLD! I really need to get that VHS dubbed to DVD, stat.

Here’s one of my favorite funny commercials that really epitomizes chucking a wobbly in all of it’s public glory:


Tiny Vegetables   Leave a comment

I’ve been waiting patiently for my tomatoes to grow this year, but they have failed pretty miserably. Only 3 of the plants have sprouted, and of those plants, just one has produced a solitary tomato. I’ve been watching it patiently ripen over the past couple of weeks – it’s gone from bean to green, to a mix of greenish red, and finally to red. Here it is in all it’s tiny little glory! I put it next to a sewing bobbin and some oregano for reference.

Tiny tomato and friends

I was going to chop it up and add it to the lasagna I’m making for dinner tonight, but I’ve realized I will never be able to tell what it tastes like if I do that. So instead, I’m going to chop it up and add it to some guacamole I’m planning on making to eat while I make the lasagna. OM NOM!


Posted June 19, 2011 by Elfawin in Random

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Ninja Bread Men, Chuck Norris   Leave a comment

Over the weekend I received a brilliant birthday present in the mail (from my brother I think) – some Ninja Bread cookie cutters! Naturally, I whipped up a batch straight away. Here’s the resulting cookies…

Don't they look delicious?

…I’d tell you what they tasted like, but I couldn’t find them after I opened the oven door. I still don’t know where they are, and I baked them 2 days ago. So weird.

If you want to get your hands on some of these action-packed badboys, —> click here <—

Today (Monday) I came home to find another belated birthday present on my doorstep. This time, from my dear friend Kates. Kates sent me a Chuck Norris Pillow! YESSSS! I’ve included two photos here – one of the pillow in all its glory. The other is a close up profile of Chuck’s mustache, so you can really get a good sense of the 3D awesomeness that now inhabits my couch. This darling pillow was made by the talented Liz Potter of Bolsa Bonita – check out her stuff, it’s brilliant!

Chuck Norris' tears cure cancer. Too bad Chuck Norris never cries.

Chuck Norris stared at the sun...the sun went blind.


Dangerous Remote Controls And Other Neighborhood Issues   1 comment


The films for the 2011 Knoxville 24 Hour Film Festival are up at Knox ivi! The screening and awards show was on June 4th at the Bijou Theater in downtown Knoxville. The caliber of films was definitely up from last year, and the competition was fierce. So many of the films were hilarious and unique, while still managing to incorporate all the necessary requirements (a remote control, the line of dialogue: “I’ll never forget the first time I went to jail,” and a shot of the Sunsphere).

I was hoping to embed the video of team Reply All’s “The Job” for your viewing pleasure, but Knox IVI’s website is giving me TECHNICAL ISSUES! GRRRRR! So here is a link instead: “The Job” is the 4th video from the left. Hopefully I’ll be able to embed the actual video soon!

For their outstanding work, Elizabeth Gibson and Dale Fisher won the award for Best Screenplay, and Luke Dye won Best Editing. Great job guys! I’m already looking forward to next year’s competition!


Posted June 7, 2011 by Elfawin in Random

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