Yikes. I meant to post this yesterday, when I decided I should just change this to 7 Quick Takes Saturday for my purposes, like my friend Jessa has done with the Sunday Seven. Then I forgot to actually post it. Fail.
An old college acquaintance, Ada, shared an article about why not to read Fifty Shades of Grey on Facebook. I love it. Her reasons are not specifically Catholic, but they are biblically informed, and I agree with her. I don’t read erotica as a rule, but I definitely don’t read popular books that feed people lies about sex. Popular opinion is bad enough. When this is what’s popular, I start losing hope.
I use Instagram, and I just realized that the Instagram blog, which I have been following for a few months, is so much better when viewed at the actual site than through RSS (which is how I read all the other blogs I follow). The editors use the featured images to make an unequally proportioned collage, and when you hover over each photo, the others are darkened, it is highlighted, and it links you to the photo’s home on Instagram.com. Brilliant!
I have started making my way back into the Harry Potter fandom (the mostly online fan community). I’d forgotten the joy and fun spirits all these people have. Not through the fandom but via The Leaky Cauldron on Facebook, I found this video of “all” the spells in all 8 HP movies. It’s not perfect (if Dumbledore’s memory removals counted, why not Slughorn’s or Snape’s, which were equally as important?), but it’s pretty fantastic. For example, just look at the number of spells cast in the first few movies compared to the latter ones, which had fight scenes full of spells. Even for the fight scenes, it’s a different experience to see them without dialogue and the non-magical fighting moments. It’s seventeen and a half minutes, so settle in, but it is seventeen and a half minutes of awesome, so get excited.
Can I please have all the HP merchandise? I want these earrings and this shirt because Ravenclaws are winning, and this shirt to match my Pottermore house. And this one, because it is so perfectly subtle and awesome.
Speaking of Instagram, I’d heard of solutions for printing IG photos as magnets, books, and wall art, but I had not yet seen these basic prints. They’re like thick Polaroids that don’t come straight out of your camera. I especially like that they have the wide blank space at the bottom for writing captions. It’s like Polaroids are back in new high-tech clothing!
At the grocery store earlier this evening, I sniffed out the staffer cooking free samples of sausage. It turned out that she’d used not toothpicks, but mini pretzel rods as serving tools. That is genius! It’s a bonus free sample, and it creates zero trash. Why haven’t I ever seen that before?
I discovered last week that I greatly enjoy tater tots and Sonic cheeseburgers. This may prove to be a bad discovery.
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