August 1st, 2004

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Poem for Sunday

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boxer_ferret, my source of all good things Russell, linked from russell_daily to this RealMedia video interview from a Chicago ABC station when TOFOG was in the city. 30 minutes!

This has never happened to me before, because I believe that nearly all people have the potential to be bisexual or at least to experiment, so it is rare for me to react negatively to seeing a primarily straight character in slash or a primarily gay character in het fic, though there are pairings I won't read because of OTP issues (Aragorn/Eowyn, Aubrey/Pullings). However, I have concluded that I urgently need Remus Lupin het warnings. Seeing him with a woman feels inexplicably to me like trying to force heterosexuality upon someone who isn't, even though that's quite silly as canon is terribly subtle upon the issue of his sexuality. I wonder how angry I will be at Rowling if she actually has Lupin marry Hestia Jones or something. What's odd is that if she announced that Sirius and Bellatrix were once lovers, it wouldn't bug me the same way, despite Sirius' apparent lack of interest in girls as an adolescent in GOF.

From rohandove: oh, please do this one! Part of being on Livejournal.com is inevitably gaining a number of LJ buddies. Unfortunately, as time wears on, it's easy to forget where all of them came from. Post this in your journal and have your friends respond with how they recall first meeting you.

A joyous Lammas, Lughnasadh and August 1st to all. I believe we are going to the Harry Potter "magic" science exhibit in Harrisburg.
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Dinosaurs and Cows

Spent the afternoon in Harrisburg at the Whitaker Center's Harsco Science Center, which we got into for free with our Maryland Science Center membership cards (note to anyone with kids who travels a lot: it is so worth joining your local zoo and science museum, as many of them exchange free admissions and we will be going to three museums in New England for free in the next two weeks as well as this one). Although they had advertised an exhibit on The Magic of Muggles on their web site, they weren't set up yet to Make Your Own Every Flavor Gummi Worms and most of the rest of the Harry Potter tie-in stuff was just notes on brochures -- using light tricks to make things appear to vanish, using chemicals to make impressive smoking potions, etc. Still, they have a good exhibit on dinosaur families and a lot of hands-on exhibits on health and basic physics, so we all had a good time.


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I did manage to get some pictures of Maximus -- will post them tomorrow. This week is going to be insane with pre-trip chores that have to get done, even with the kids staying there for a couple of days!