Retrospection — Has it really been 12 months?


This is definitely a surreal experience. I can’t believe I forgot about this but, believe it or not nine days ago last year was the very first time I’ve posted in this humble blog of mine. Yes, it’s my blog’s anniversary — or I suppose, blogoversary.

Whoo! Bring out the champagne, people!

Er, make that alcohol-free champagne...

So much has changed in just a span of twelve months — I mean, just twelve measly monthsReally? Last year, I was in a completely different country, living a completely different life with no clue what to do with my life. Albeit, I have no idea what to do with my life now, at least I’m that little bit closer to finding a purpose.

This blog — the internet in general — has been a constant presence in my life, it surprises me now to think that I could simply look back on past posts to remind myself of my thoughts and feelings on certain subjects half a year ago. So much has changed, it’s simply quite unreal.

Of course, I could have never gotten this far without you, my dear readers. You have no idea how much I appreciate your presence, and even though I feel like I’m ‘talking’ to thin air most of the time, I know you guys are there… reading, listening, watching (and not in a creepy way, mind you). So yes, thank you so much, because those little “likes” and comments and subscriptions make my day.

he novelty of this blogging thing has still not faded away; I still smile like a hopeless idiot every time I get an email notifying me that someone new has “followed” this blog. I doubt that feeling will ever fully leave. Please keep reading, and have some ice cream on me! You know I’m having some right now!!

Over and out.

What’s Up With Pottermore?


With all the hype going around this new website, I decided to jump in the bandwagon, so to speak. I’m not really that excited with whatever news Rowling’s got (I’m quite content with the seven books, eight movies and countless admirable people surrounding the franchise), but that’s not me saying I don’t care.

The owls are gathering... Find out why soon

Because I care, really. It’s just my crappy internet connection working against me. The highest it can go is 33 kbps — 50 on a good day, 10 on a bad — so that means I can’t open up YouTube. However, diligently scouring through the many articles on the internet, this is what I got:

  • J.K Rowling’s announcing something on the 23rd of June; the YouTube link is for the countdown
  • It has nothing to do with the upcoming movie
  • No matter how much the fans pray, the announcement has nothing to do with a new set of Potter books, either… *insert sad face*
  • On the brighter side, it could either be…
    1. A virtual encyclopedia — I read somewhere that Rowling was planning to do this years ago. I wonder what’s going to happen to Harry Potter Lexicon if this is true.
    2. A social networking community — this would be my favorite, since I’m an avid social networking geek. I would love to connect with other Harry Potter fans.
    3. Last but not the least, a multi-player online role-playing game.

I’ve had my fair share of RPGs — Hogwarts New Zealand comes to mind at the moment — and I have a strong feeling that this might be answer. I mean, it’s PotterMORE. Potter Multiplayer Online Role-playing Experience. Need I say more?

I can’t take credit for the idea, seeing as it’s not mine. I got that from this link. Still, I think the idea has credit. While I’m still rooting for the social networking community, I’m not saying no to an RPG.

POTTERMORE!!

Over and out.

I Have Tumblr!


This is what happens when you have too much time in your hands: you get yourself a Tumblr account, despite the fact that you already have Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, Formspring, YouTube… the list is endless (figuratively speaking, I hope).

I’ve heard of Tumblr before, but I never really got the energy to make one until recently. It took me days to figure out what Tumblr is in the first place, how to use it and what the heck does reblog mean? I finally got the hang of it, though — eventually. Now, to connect my WP to it… *strokes imaginary beard*

Here’s the link: http://blacksheeponthemoon.tumblr.com/ I fancied myself creative that night. Black sheep on the moon… creative. Riiiiight.

Rediscovering Dan Bergstein’s Funny-ness


It’s been simply ages since I’ve visited the Sparknotes website to catch up on Dan and his latest critiques on the Twilight Saga as he read through them. So, logic prevails when I rediscovered his work, I was all “OMG! OMG! OMG!”

But in my head, of course. No need to alert my brother that I’m insane.

Anyway, I’ve given up halfway through Reading New Moon – or was it Reading Eclipse? because of my crappy internet connection, but I’m back on track, people! No, I’m not following his Twilight related blog posts anymore. I’m more into the Harry Potter ones. He’s currently reading though Chamber of Secrets, which is cool since I want to know his opinion of Ginny (*lamp post, giggle-giggle*).

I, on the other hand, is still in Sorcerer’s Philosopher’s Stone. (To those who know me, I insist on the British titles.)

The links to the posts are thus:

Dan’s pictures are hilarious and his sense of humor, though a tad mean sometimes, is seriously laugh out loud worthy. Read it now and tell me what you think.
Blogging Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone: Part 1

James, Voldemort and Lily casting a spell at Harry (you must read the entry to make sense of this)

Gotta Love Video Conferencing


Ask me what video conferencing is before last night and I will answer you with a blank face. Despite the fact that yes, I am an avid user of the internet, I’m not that interested in connecting with other people other than in Facebook. I used to have Yahoo! Messenger, but then I lost that when my old laptop died on me and since then, I figured with the dial-up connection that I have, there was no use downloading a new one.

But then last night happened. My best friend from England sent me this link to tinychat.com so that we can use our webcams to see each other and, what can I say, I was floored by the results.

It’s been absolutely ages since I’ve caught up with my best friend. Yeah, we talk on Facebook and all that, but it’s really much, much better to be able to see each other, even if it’s just on the computer screen. Which is why, though I’m not a big fan of chatting or anything of the sort, I had fun chatting with my best friend.

It gives me a warm feeling that even though we’re separated by countries and seas and continents, even though we haven’t seen each other in real life since 2007, we can still be friends. Who says a long distance relationship is destined to not work out? With the wonders of technology and internet nowadays, you can do anything.

Harry Potter: The Quest


For all you Harry Potter fans out there, I’ve recently discovered a website wherein you can play games, browse through the picture gallery and watch exclusive videos, earning points all the while. If The Quest community gathered enough points, the goal will be reached a reward will be released! It really is a fun way to while the time away…

Oh, and did I mention that just by registering, you stand a chance to win a trip for two to the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 premiere? Awesome, right?

Visit the site at http://www.harrypotterthequest.com.