Movies Ruin Imagination

After being glued to my laptop for a YEAR, I decided to grab a book from my bookshelf and read. READ. I can’t remember the last time a read a book from cover to cover. I realized that I have a lot of books on my bookshelf that I’ve only read once and have been collecting dust since then. I decided to revisit one of my favourite childhood series – Harry Potter.

I opened the book, read the first sentence and couldn’t help but smile: “Nearly ten years had passed since the Dursleys had woken up to find their nephew on the front step, but Privet Drive had hardly changed at all.” It was the sentence that begin all of the magic! I read on…

This part of the first chapter literally made me laugh out loud because of its irony (in the book, and in real life). Dumbledore was justifying to Professor McGonagall that leaving baby Harry Potter with his aunt and uncle would be best for him, since he wouldn’t have to deal with the wizard world. Dumbledore wrote his aunt and uncle a letter explaining everything. This is what Professor McGonagall had to say to that:

‘A letter?’ repeated Professor McGonagall faintly, sitting back down on the wall. ‘Really, Dumbledore, you think you can explain all of this in a letter? These people will never understand him! He’ll be famous – a legend – I wouldn’t be surprised if today was known as Harry Potter day in future – there will be books written about Harry – every child in our world will know his name!

Every child in their world, AND ours, really does know Harry Potter’s name. You would have to be living under a rock if you haven’t heard it.

However, one thing that bothered me while reading the novel, was the fact that I couldn’t picture the characters in my head like I did the first time I read Harry Potter ten years ago. Privet Drive looked like the movie set in the first Harry Potter movie, Albus Dumbledore was Michael Gambon, Harry Potter was Daniel Radcliffe… and it just didn’t seem right. Books are always better than movies, but I don’t think that will stop me from watching the Harry Potter movies. I just wish there was a way I could read the series like I read it the first time.

I came to the conclusion that movies ruin imagination. And it bothers me.

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Friends: Part II

I’ve been requested to make another entry like my previous Friend’s post. I’m at the beginning of the 7th season. Here are some of my favourite moments so far:

1. One of the many times Joey says, “How you doin?”

2. Phoebe is put on hold
3. Phoebe runs
4. Ross and Unagi
5. Ross gets a teaching position at NYU
6. Monica and Rachel find out about Ross’ fake accent
7. Fake Accent University
8. Monica and Ross get excited about the party people
9. Monica and Ross do “the routine”
10. Monica is engaged!

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My iPod Headphones Fell out Six Times While Writing This…

If you ever talk to someone who owns a Macbook, they will probably ask you something along the lines of, “Why don’t YOU have a Macbook?” *raises their eyebrow and looks down at your face*

Yeah, the Macbook is great, Apple products are ingenious, blah blah blah blah blah. I’m not hating on Apple products. I’ve gone through my share of iPod’s, from the (now discontinued) iPod mini, to 2nd generation iPod video, and now the iPod Touch. But if you ever, ever want to make an Apple lover shut up, all you have to do is punch them say one word:

Headphones. Or earbuds.

So it’s a little ironic that I’m using these headphones as I write this blog entry and to be honest with you, I’m not really sure why I am. These things always fall out of my ears. I can’t help but be a little jealous when I see that dude on the subway with his iPod headphones that stay in his ears. Are my ears deformed or something? I’ve even tried wearing these headphones like I’d wear earplugs, where I’d pull on the top of my ear and insert the earbuds. But no luck. And probably not good for my hearing either, if it’s not already damaged.

But I guess I’m not alone. If you Google, “iPod headphones fall out” you will get about 249,000 results. If you Google, “How to wear iPod earbuds” you will get about 160,000 results and this link will probably come up. If you follow the steps and they work for you, then you are one lucky human being. I just tried it. I also just took a sip of water and my earbuds fell out.

So Steve Jobs, if you’re reading this, and if you’re not too busy rolling around in piles of money or something, can you fix those earbuds of yours? Please and thank you. =)

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Friends

So I’m like, what, ten years behind or something? But I’ve recently been obsessed with Friends. Growing up, my two older brothers would never let me sit down and watch the show with them. Whenever they’d want to watch Friends, they’d kick me out of the room. =( But for some reason, I was allowed to watch The Simpsons, which was probably worse (although my parents probably didn’t say anything because it was a cartoon, lol).

I’m almost done season 3 of Friends, and I thought I’d share some of my favourite moments that I’ve watched so far.

1. The gang (minus Ross) go on a skiing trip. Their car runs out of gas. This is Joey’s solution.

2. Same episode – Ross comes with a tank of gas, but him and Rachel start to argue. This is what happens to Chandler.

3. And I think this clip sums up everyone’s personalities nicely.

Some more clips (YouTube won’t let me embed these):

Joey’s infomercial: The Milkmaster 2000
Phoebe tells Chandler that his co-workers do impressions of him
Phoebe teaches the singer at Central Perk how to sing Smelly Cat
My favourite episode so far – The friends play football

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