Title released for Harry Potter VII

If you go to J.K. Rowling’s website, there’s a puzzle that leads to the title of the next Harry Potter book.

Use the following instructions (from the AP):

If you go to jkrowling.com, click on the eraser and you will be taken to a room – you’ll see a window, a door and a mirror.

In the mirror, you’ll see a hallway. Click on the farthest doorknob and look for the Christmas tree. They click on the center of the door next to the mirror and a wreath appears. Then click on the top of the mirror and you’ll see a garland.

Look for a cobweb next to the door. Click on it, and it will disappear. Now, look at the chimes in the window. Click on the second chime to the right, and hold it down. The chime will turn into the key, which opens the door. Click on the wrapped gift behind the door, then click on it again and figure out the title yourself by playing a game of hangman.

Of course I’ll list the new title – just click the “more” link

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The NBA is a joke

Never mind that the salary cap has ruined the league. Never mind that the “I” mindset of the current players makes the game basically unwatchable. Today the last vestige of anything resembling a competitive sports league was removed by David Stern.

Saturday night Isaiah Thomas ordered one of his players, Mardy Collins, to give a hard foul to a Denver Nuggets player. The resulting play caused one of the ugliest brawls in NBA history. Not as ugly as the brawl in Detroit a couple of years ago, but that was in a class of its own. The reason behind Thomas’ thugery – because George Karl, head coach of the Nuggets, kept his starters in the game even though they were ahead by a large margin. I though this was sports and the coach had every right to play who he wanted to. But nasty boy, Isaiah Thomas and all the testosterone that fuels the NBA was insulted. Insulted enough to start this brawl.

So with plenty of proof of what Thomas did (video, players admitting it) David Stern blamed the players, but refused to blame Thomas. Stern said there was no definitive proof that Thomas ordered the foul. Let’s for a minute play moron, and believe this. Thomas is the leader of a team that lost composure and led to an embarrassing brawl – by virtue of his position, he is culpable for the actions of his players. By letting Thomas off the hook, Stern basically condones this type of play, and moves the NBA closer to the WWE than the NFL.

David Stern: I have stopped watching your product. If it were only because I believe that the current structure of the salary cap enforces the opposite of parity, I probably wouldn’t say anything. But it appears that you’ve allowed this league to become a mismanaged mess.

If you don’t have the stomach to enforce law and order – then maybe it’s time you find someone that does. Otherwise you force more people away from your sport shaking their head in disgust.

An eMusic Christmas: Viva Noel and Aimee Mann

I love Christmas music. Every year I get a few Christmas CDs to add to my collection. While I do love the classics, I tend to seek out non-traditional Christmas music. Here are a couple non-traditional efforts that I recommend. (And all are available on eMusic)

Viva Noel: A Q Division Christmas

– Various Artists
Viva Noel: A Q Division ChristmasQ-Division is one of my favorite underground labels. Jen Trynin is probably the biggest of their label roster, and she never quite made it to the big time. All off beat and interesting – there are a couple of classics like Aimee Mann doing “The Christmas Song”. But the best songs are the originals and my favorite is “Little Christmas” by Jules Verdone; a sad tale of a lonely Christmas that is smarter and cooler than any blue Christmas. Best of all, this CD has been out of print and was near impossible to find until the digital age – now available on eMusic


One More Drifter in the Snow
– Aimee Mann

One More Drifter in the SnowWith my love of off beat Christmas song, this was a must. The classics are done traditionally untraditional. Her version of I’ll Be Home for Christmas sounds like the song you’ve grown up with, but with a little slide guitar, and a sly beat that makes it hers. Then there are the cool songs such as You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch and a new version of the Jon Brion/Michael Penn tune Christmastime done all by her lonesome as opposed to the original duet with her husband Penn. This CD is another must have for the holidays.


A few more recommendations:

‘Tis The Season For Los Straitjackets

-Los Straitjackets

'Tis The Season For Los Straitjackets






A Winter’s Night

– Various Artists (featuring Ron Sexsmith, Barenaked Ladies, Neil Finn, Sarah McLachlan and other Nettwerk artists)
A Winter's Night






What is the Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle

eviltoys.jpgUpdate: Apparently it’s Evel Knievel not Evil Knievel. Who knew? Also digged for a Derry Daring photo. Of course I misspelled that on the original post. What can I say; I WAS TEN!

Only the best toy ever. I never had a big wheel. I would give away my G.I. Joe. All for any Evil Knievel toy.

Grace asked what the Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle was. It was a motorcycle toy that you cranked up and sent Evel rolling across the floor (asphalt, concrete, carpet – whatever). My sister had the girl version – Derry Daring (wouldn’t you loved to have come up with toy names in the seventies?) It was the most popular toy at the time – ask any guy from the age of 37 to 40 and they’ll know the toy (Grace – ask your husband).

And if you don’t know who Evel Knievel is, you’re too young.

Apparently they’re still being made:

Evel Knievel SUPER Stunt Cycle Set with Gyro Launcher Evil Kenevel Kenevil Dare Devil stuntman motorcycle

Derry Daring