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Nov. 24th, 2011 12:34 am
teabiting: (dumbledore omgwtf)
When I was fifteen, I read the first Harry Potter book.

When I was twenty-five, I read the last.

Ten years ago today I saw the first movie, and tonight, I watched the last.

When I think about it, this series has, one way or another, been a feature in more than half my life. I don't even think I would be the same person without it. It's not so much the magic or the fantasy, it's the belief in the human spirit, the belief in good triumphing over evil. The belief that being true to yourself will bring you right in the end... The belief that following your heart no matter how difficult is what being human is, and no one can deprive you of that.

I've learned a lot since I was fifteen, but one thing from the first book to the last movie has held true: the world is magic, we have but to discover it.
Here's what everyone was waiting for, following the film, Supersize Me (which, to anyone who might have had their head in the sand for the last while, is a film that Morgan Spurlock made on eating McDonalds three times a day (like, Big Macs, fries, the whole bit) -- of course, he gained weight, had heart palpitations, and his well-trained doctor intoned a few times that he might die):
"Super Size Me" angered Henderson, N.C. resident Merab Morgan so much she decided to prove it wrong. Like Spurlock, she decided to eat nothing but McDonald's food for 90 days. Unlike Spurlock, she limited herself to 1,400 calories a day.

The results? By day 67 she had lost 33 pounds, reports the Raleigh News & Observer. Morgan is 5 feet, 9 inches tall and now weighs about 195 pounds. She hopes to lose between 40 and 60 pounds. Her dress size dropped from a 22 or 24 to a 15. She says she feels great, despite other people worrying about the effects of Sausage Burritos and Filet-O-Fish sandwiches on her cholesterol.

Typically, the health community freaks out:
Before you imitate this diet, beware! You not only have an increased risk of obesity, but also may have a higher chance of developing insulin resistance, which leads to type 2 diabetes, reports HealthDayNews of research from Children's Hospital in Boston, Mass., that was published in the medical journal The Lancet. This is the first long-term study to provide a link between fast food, weight gain and insulin resistance. "These findings suggest that frequent fast food consumption cannot be part of a healthful diet, despite claims to the contrary by the food industry," senior study author Dr. David Ludwig, director of the obesity program at Children's Hospital in Boston, told HealthDayNews.[source]

Also, Steve is addicted to Harry Potter. It makes my heart leap with glee. I am actually giving serious thought to making any office we may have in the future into a Harry Potter shrine. Not like wall-murals or anything, but taking key ideas from the sets (like the portrait of the Pink Lady, and that antiquated look to the tables and chairs, and the faded red wall-paper like stuff (which would be easy to put up and take down with cornstarch!)) and incorporating them into the room. It's quite terrible and fan-girlish, I suppose, but would be oh-so-much fun.

Two links to end:
The Science of Champagne Bubbles... explained.
Beans, beans, the musical fruit... the more you eat the... less cancerous cells might develop?

Harry Potter

Aug. 12th, 2005 11:56 pm
teabiting: (unreal hp marge)
Hahahahaha... when I met Steve, he was all "Ugh. Harry Potter". He didn't understand what I saw in the books or movies, until he bought me Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, and read it after I finished it. That was about two years ago, when I had just discovered He read the first books, then, in order, and we went to the movie together.

Now he tells me when there are new trailers and news about Harry Potter. He, who didn't know what a "Muggle" was and thought a boggart was a particular type of booger. Mwahahahaha... he has been converted!


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