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...which makes sense, since it's his birthmonth.

I have to go pack, so I'll make this quick.

The HP movie = yayz. Like all of the movies so far, there have been good points and bad points; they can't squeeze everything from the book into the movie, so there's bound to be disappointment here and there. I take the movies for what they are, and overall I truly enjoyed it.

I went and pre-ordered my copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows yesterday. It's already bought and paid for, so all I have to do is go pick it up. It was very convenient, since the bookstore had a great deal going on: pre-ordered copies are half-price. If you're in Oxford, you might want to take advantage of that.

I'm going camping in Hampshire this weekend for VOLES, which should be awesome. I'm driving there with Clare, and we're going to share a tent. With all the OULES and CULES running around, I suspect it'll be a lot like Woodstock. Though possibly with more clothes on, since we're in Britain. It may be summer here, but it's not that warm. (Which reminds me of one of Sirius' letters in The Shoebox Project: "...and steal you away to our tropical paradise, if by 'tropical' you mean 'Devonshire' (and I do.)")

I spent some time with my research supervisor yesterday, finalizing all the details of my procedure. I'm very happy with it, and I'll start working at ten o'clock Monday morning. It'll feel good to be productive again. Not that I haven't been enjoying my free time, but there's only so much time you can spend sitting around each day. (Especially when the Internet isn't involved.)

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Date: 2007-07-13 02:46 pm (UTC)
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Waterstone's? See you there, if so!

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Date: 2007-07-18 12:36 pm (UTC)
ext_104199: (Hell of a scary crack in your wall...)
From: [identity profile]
Sadly, I have a trip planned for this weekend. I had to book the tickets ages ago, and even though I knew that the seventh book would come out this weekend, I didn't really have a choice; it was the only time that the trip schedule would work for all the parties involved. And since I'm the only Harry Potter fan in the group, I was the only one who had to make concessions. Bleh.

So I won't be able to see you at Waterstone's, but I wish I could; I've been feeling like I'm the only HP fan left in Oxford.

But I'll be back in town again next week, and I'd love some company after I finish the book to take part in the squeeing, whingeing, ranting, and (no doubt) crying that the book will inspire...

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Date: 2007-07-14 02:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I wish to discuss theories of the 7th book with you, you who knows all... or at least can predict all, because IM DYING HERE!

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Date: 2007-07-18 12:46 pm (UTC)
ext_104199: (Doctor Who- Bigger on the inside)
From: [identity profile]
Oh, Becky! How I miss you! (I'm coming home August 20th, so you'd better be prepared to spend some geeky time with me.)

With my laptop off in the great blue yonder being fixed, I don't have access to any kind of instant messaging. This makes me a sad panda; but I suppose that since you only have to last a few more days until you get your hands on the book itself, my theories don't really matter...

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Date: 2007-07-18 01:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Cassie, geeks every where shall rejoice at the re-kindling of our Geeky relationship! I actually dreamed last night--and I *know* everyone has this dream, but I suppose I did with it being so close to the release date--that you, me, molly and Irene all ended up going to Hogwarts... except we didn't learn magic, and I forgot to pack my underwear.

Talk about nightmares. O.O

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Date: 2007-07-15 02:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Indeed, I thought they did a very good job with this movie. I only wish that in the fight at the end they had done the animation of the statues.

Oh how I would love to go camping again. It's been six months since my last backpacking trip and considering I missed the big one anyway I would really like to get away. And it's a British Camping Trip which must be extremely cool in every sense of the word! Have a great time!

May the deities of controlled variables smile upon your research. I hope the package got there before you got too bored.

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Date: 2007-07-18 12:50 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
Actually, I just got the package yesterday evening; but I'm really enjoying all the goodies inside. You have no idea how bored I would be without Cicero to keep me company. : P

Thank you so much!

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Date: 2007-07-19 01:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm glad you like it. After reading that book it was fun to go back and watch Rome. While Rome seems pretty good from a cultural aspect, some of the events were a bit botched. Creative license allowances in place, it's a great show. I'm working on getting Season 2.

I've read Cicero's On the State and On Law and I hope to read some more of his works. The August Library had some I tried to check out, but since my license is from Florida not Georgia, they wouldn't let me.

Apparently the author of Cicero has a new book out: Augustus. If Cicero motivated me to investigate politics, maybe that book will help with world domination...

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Date: 2007-07-25 10:47 pm (UTC)
ext_104199: (I love reading)
From: [identity profile]
Actually, I think watching Rome has given me an unnatural obsession with Augustus. I know that it's all creative license when it comes to his childhood personality, but the way that he's portrayed (as a cool-headed, almost detached, person in a society almost completely ruled by their passions) makes him intriguing. I can't wait to see what season two has in store; and if you do manage to get your hands on the biography, I'd like to have a go when you finish it.

Didn't some of the greatest conquerors rise to power because of the knowledge they gleaned from past conquerors? I know that Napoleon, at least, did that. They always apply past lessons so stunningly...Except for that whole "Don't invade Russia during the winter" thing...

Using history to aid world domination ftw.

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Date: 2007-07-26 02:45 am (UTC)
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One of my favorite stories/myths/legends of Julius Caesar is that when he was 18 in the Roman Army, he came across a statue of Alexander the Great and just broke down crying because at the same age he was now Alexander had managed to conquer most of the known world. But Augustus makes Julius look like an amateur.

Oh General Winter...That's why we came up with nukes. No need to invade! Speaking of which, I was reading that Russia has a crazy "Putin Youth" camp going on... Twenty years since the fall and now they are trying to get back up again.

I will definitely pick up the Augustus book, right after I finish Saturnalia. I do love the way the book is told. The narration style suits me and of course Rome is just awesome with all it's debauchery and lack of propriety. Of course, video games have corrupted me. Every time they say "Falco" I immediately think of the character from Star Fox...

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Date: 2007-07-26 10:30 am (UTC)
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Oh man, I love that story too; as if he had anything to worry about when it comes to conquest...

I'm really glad that you're enjoying the book. I think, like Rome, it shows their culture very thoroughly; the biography of Cicero mentions the festival of Saturnalia a couple of times, but really didn't go into much detail. But now you can see at as the "average Joe" sees it...Or maybe "average Falco".

Whenever I think of Star Fox, I think of this (

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Date: 2007-07-26 01:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
lol, yes! Star Fox was a great game, and oh the innuendos.

If I recall correctly you said you haven't seen Gladiator yet? Or was it the Patriot? Either way, as soon as you get back our next movie night should include Gladiator, Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz.

Speaking of the end of the summer and Rome, there's less than a year until we Roam around Rome. I know these books keep throwing me different places we should visit, but we should probably start putting a list together. Hmm, I wonder if there are any good ancient Rome-centric anime/manga...

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Date: 2007-07-26 03:51 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
I haven't seen Gladiator or The Patriot yet. This is a sad situation, and must be rectified as soon as possible. Movie night ftw.

The only "ancient civilization" anime that I can recall seeing is the one about Alexander the Great. I don't think there are any that focus on ancient Rome, which is a real shame; but we should both keep our eyes open for something, regardless.

And one of my LJ friends just returned from a trip to Italy, so you might want to check out all the advice being given over here (


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