March 28th, 2009
If there's anything I really need to know about, just drop a line here and I'll look into it.
February 20th, 2009
I was kind of hoping this was a joke when I saw it on the list of girl names on babynames.com. Then again, people have put other fictional character names in the database so I shouldn't be shocked
July 14th, 2008
|03:14 pm - Oh, Twilight....|
I'm only on page five and I'm already cringing.
May 1st, 2008
|11:22 pm - Soon to be Ex-Wife: Enter Stage Right|
She's got a Leaky account now. Sitting duck, Y?
April 22nd, 2008
|01:30 pm - *swoon*|
"Well, I split hairs over portus and porta, as was explained in Dr. Sorensen's declaration, suggesting that portus was a more general term meaning entry or port and that bigger category, and that porta might mean door. Though I think you'd find it very difficult to find either of them meaning door in that diction. But the mistakes happen everywhere. There's a kind of carelessness in the recording of information here. So expello is misspelled. But the standard words, words that are really significant in these books, like occlumency, O-C-C-L-U-M-E-N-C-Y, the etymology that's given is occulto. But occludo, occlumency, occludo is the source, occludo. And it makes a difference to the meaning and to the understanding of the word. This isn't a matter of interpretation, it isn't a matter of saying, I'd quite like the idea that it might be occulto. Occulto means something else entirely. Occludo. And mens, though he doesn't provide any definition for the mens part of it, which goes to the mind. And frequently they're just muddled. They're -- if I were a sadist, I would say my favorite etymology is the entry for homoinis revelo, which he is trying to talk about "homo," which is the Latin word for man. The etymology says homoinis. This is nonsense. It's not just wrong; it's nonsense. What's happened there is a complete misunderstanding of how dictionaries, Latin dictionaries, work. "Hom" is a stem; the singular has an ending "O," so "homo," man. The possessive has an ending I-N-I-S, hominis, meaning mans. The etymological entry here says "homoinis." There's no such word. And this kind of thing just proliferates throughout the Lexicon. It's amateur at best. At best." ~Jeri Johnson
Current Mood: Squeeing
February 27th, 2008
I've been bopping around Amazon looking at some HP Companion guides just to see exactly what's going around the market and to look into the books RDR books mentioned specifically in their filing.
First I made an interesting discovery on a book comparing the Chronicles of Narnia, Lord of the Rings, and Harry Potter. I managed to find this image of the copyright page from the amazon images. Of note: "This work is presented for the purpose of commentary and criticism on educating readers concerning great literary themes."
Also of note, the copyright notice of the Bible the author used for his book.
Secondly, I'm currently looking at the Pottersaurus book. It sites the books like the Lexicon does, but that's about where the similarities end.
And because I'm lazy, here's a screencap of the "A" section. Definitely not like the Lexicon.
Here's Benson's book.
Here's the Field book.
This book seemed to fall off the face of the earth... or there are at least only two copies out there...
This one is a biography. Also behold the massive Unofficial disclaimer on the Amazon page. Jo looks so enthusiastic in that picture.
Another book with a lovely Unofficial disclaimer on the cover. The link takes you to a capped sampling of the book, Fact, Fiction, and Folklore in Harry Potter's World
Langford's book? You can get it dirt cheap on Amazon.
Take it as you will. I don't get what their point is.
ETA:Three of these books are no longer in print as pointed out in paragraph 5 in Emily Blumsack's declaration: the Field book, Benson's book, and the book that appeared to be an unofficial biography.
Current Mood: Happy-Dance
February 25th, 2008
There needs to be some sort of extension of Godwin's law about invoking the Civil Rights Movement in regards to resisting any kind of unjust law.
"As the discussion of resisting unjust law continues, the probability of the Civil Rights Movement being invoked reaches 1."
Current Mood: Fantastico
February 17th, 2008
|08:38 pm - Much love|
All this lexicon wank makes me happy the only thing my fandom has to worry about at present is The Hobbit Movie. Either that or somehow I've managed to escape the wanky sector of the Lord of the Rings fandom.
I'm disappointed, but the entertainment factor makes it worth it. Plus, the cluelessness of GVSU's Lanthorn makes me feel for once that I actually learned something from my newsreporting class. Professor Weinstock, I thank you for being so bitchy.
I'll most likely be using this for fannish musings. I'd really hate to have it mixed in with my regular journal over on LiveJournal.
Current Mood: Caffeinated