Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows COVER ART!

This is big. This is bigger than big. Next to the chapter headings, the Cover art reveals the most about the book. And this reveals a lot. So far, we know when DH is going to be released (July 21st), and how many pages its going to be (784). And now its Cover art time!

Scholastic's interacvtive Cover art page

Also, keep in mind, this is only the front. On the Scholastic page, its the full cover. And I'll give a link so that you all can see the British cover and the Adult cover. They both have crucial depictions, the British one bringing up the most questions for me. Anyways...I'm really excited! I'm getting more and more theories as I'm typing now, and most of them really don't make sense. AH! I'm so excited!

I would love to hear your speculations, so go ahead and leave comments about the cover art. I'm off to get ready for track.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Very Busy!

So in the past week, I had finished my RIHLA, turned it in, got it back and got a 699/700, went to church prom, had a track meet, performed my One-Act, and much much more! I've got pictures!
Aren't me and Mariah so cute? I think I look rediculous in some pictures, but thats what I am. Rediculous. Anywho, crazy week, not even halfway done. I've got One-Acts tonight, AP test tomorrow, and Districts and Othellofest on Friday. Then I'll be done...hopefully. *sigh* I really need Spring Break. Its been fun, but I haven't been sleeping properly.

Track Result:
1. 2nd place in open 100 meter dash
2. 2nd place in open 200 meter dash
3. 13' 51/2" farthest long jump. Could be better...it was cold.

I think I did good. But keep in mind it was rainy and freezing! burrr!

Gotta run. I have to finish typing up my concert credit thingy for Orchestra and rehearse my Othellofest scene. BTW, I'm Othello...yeah. Seriously.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

I'm Jealous of 2000 People Right Now!


The first screening of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix went on last week. 2000 people in the Chicago area got to view the movie in its rough state, and in the latest PotterCast, John and Sue interview a person who as one of the lucky 2000 people. He talks about the movie highs and lows, and...I was in complete awe the whole time I was listening it.

SPOILER WARNING:
Don't go any further if you don't want to know anything about the movie! If you do...please...continue forward.

Okay, so the first thing he mentions is about Dudley's gang. Apparently, they're decked out in the hih-hop style seen on most teenage gangsters. And its quite funny. Another point that was mentioned was that the look of the dementors has changed. I didn't quite get the description that was given, but they no longer have long billowing cloaks. Thats as much as I can safely give you. Something that I think all of us have been wanting to know is whether Umbridge is up to par. And she is, supposedly. She's got the "hem hem" down perfectly and really does a good job. Other good performances are from Luna and Bellatrix. They both do a great job being over-the-top and kind of crazy, Luna being more loopy, and I'm really excited about that. Other good things were the Occlumency lessons, the end battle, and the photo with the Old Order.

Some of the bad things, well, the bad THING, was Snape's Worst Memory. It wasn't long enough and there wasn't any apparent sign of Lily. It only shows Snape on the grass, the Mauraders coming over to taunt him, and then him hanging upside down. This really disappoints me because I was really hoping for the movie makers to do justice for the Mauraders. They're my favorite characters, and its quite sad.

Anyways, I think thats all I'm going to give you. Enjoy your week for me, as I'm still quite stressed. But hearing about this really brightened my day.

Monday, March 12, 2007

RIHLA exhausted. Get it?

Haha, My title made a funny.

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This is how tired I am. Friday is the RIHLA due date, and I've got a math test on Wednesday and Thursday and its a week until my first track meet and my One-Act Festival. The Church Prom is also this Friday...ahhh! So much to do, so little time! I'm stressing like crazy, yet the only time I feel at peace is when I'm exerting the most energy: at track. I love what running does to me. It makes me feel good. Just to know that I can do it without dying and to actually feel myself improve. I love it.

I also love the picture. Mind you, I'm not a person to load up on the caffeine when I need to do a lot of stuff. I just do the normal thing...grin and bear it. I see the end and put in as much effort as much as possible to not only make it to the end but to feel I did my best to get to the end.

"Nobody said it was easy...no one ever said it would be this hard"
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Scientist by Coldplay from A Rush of Blood to the Head

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

I Get To Prank Death


The little stars are the characters I play.
note: This is the old script

So...the one-act. I feel this needs an update. Right now, we have revised the script so that the blasphemous ending isn't as blasphemous. They do this whole thing at the end that resembles all of the Scooby-Doo episodes. 2 people run onstage and accuse "God" of not being "God". They "unmask" him and he turns out to be Richard Nixon. Then they go through this stupid and almost accurate story that is always heard in the episodes of Scooby-Doo, and its quite funny. But its still not exactly clean.

As the title states, I do get to prank death. In place of the segments of the "Time-Travelling Jerks" that he had, Nate(the director) changed them to "A Day in the Life of Death" segments. The first is of a mortal and death playing chess, and the mortal "checkmate"s him. And then I get to prank him. So its quite entertaining. I'm not completely disappointed with the one-act anymore, and its coming along fine. It probably won't make any sense, and I'll be very happy when I'm done with it. I'm missing a lot of crucial workouts in track.

School Update:
  • My RIHLA is due on the 16th if I want it to count for 3rd quarter. I've got most done...most. Its not complete yet, but I'll be glad to be done with it.
  • I've also been told that I am ranked 72nd out of 702 sophmores! So I'm in the 10-11th percentile of my class. I'm very happy with it, but I know that I could do better, and I plan to. a 3.8 GPA is good...but a 3.9 or 4.0 is even better, and I'm by no means going to be completely satisfied with a 3.8 when I know that I can do better. Blame my determination on track. I'm never satisfied until I know that it was my all-out best.
Have a good Tuesday night and Wednesday!

Monday, March 5, 2007

I've survived!

I'm still alive folks. It was hard, but I made it through the first week of RIHLA work and track. I'm not sore much anymore, except for the weird pain in the ball of my right foot, and the occasional shin splint. But I'm feeling good and not fatigued...yet. RIHLA work is intense what with my crazy schedule, but I think I'll manage. I have a feeling I'll be okay by the end of it.

Yesterday in Biology, we started the evolution unit. Mr. Miller had us write down what we know of evolution and our concerns, thoughts, and questions. It was anonymous, so we could write anything without being judged. I wrote my actual opinion on it, and I was glad to hear that I wasn't the only one that believes in "intelligent design" and thinks that some aspect of evolution is absurd. It really made me happy to know that I'm not the only one with a religious foundation in the world.

But my elation didn't last 12 hours. After school, my friend confirmed that she is, in fact, an athiest. This really bothered me because I wanted to know why she was an athiest, but I didn't know how to word the question right so that it didn't sound like I was mad at her. I was a bit mad at her. It makes me mad when teens try and make big decisions because honestly we don't know how to do it. We let our peers influence us and do whatever is the most popular. After that moment, I really felt alone, even though there must have been at least 6 people in my biology class with religious backgrounds. It still wasn't enough.

Today, it looks like its going to be another nice day. I'll enjoy track, unlike on saturday, when it snowed while I ran. Yay for good weather.