It’s been a busy week and lots of interesting things have happened. Here are a few highlights:
First, with halloween and then Gwyneth’s birthday back to back, and my mom visiting, and going to some plays, and parties, etc.., i haven’t had time to breath for a bit and at about 11pm last night (Nov. 1), my wife asks, “weren’t you going to do NANOWRIMO?” … oops. Oh well – i’m screwed now. First day is done and i’m already behind. I even had several chapters outlined and everything. I might still do it a bit for fun, but i’m not going to try to get 50,000 words in the month. I’ll focus instead on getting the first few chapters written and fleshed out really well. See if i can’t describe my setting so vividly that it would make Dicken’s proud.
Another thing that’s been eating up a huge portion of my time is my new Android G1 phone. That’s right folks. I couldn’t resist. I ran over to the T-Mobile store on Oct. 22 and ordered myself a new phone. It arrived 2 days later in the mail and i’ve been playing with it ever since. If you’re not sure what the G1 is, you probably don’t really care about cool phones all that much and so no amount of description would really do it justice. You’ll just have to see one in action for yourself. But this is in my opinion the best phone on the planet right now. Totally amazing. I’ve been nothing but happy with it since the moment i turned it on. Oh, and yes – i’ve been spending 1 or 2 or .. 4 hours a day learning the Android SDK and writing programs for it. I’m working on a game right now (you may recall my post from 2-3 weeks back talking about pathfinding algorithms … well, here’s the tie-in)
So, one last thing. And for those of you who haven’t read the Harry Potter novels yet, but might some day … just skip the rest of this blog entry. I’ll even put it in black text on a black div so you can’t see it unless you highlight the text. If you want to know what i’m writing about … read on!
I just finished Harry Potter 6 last night. When the books first came out, i read book 1 and thought that it was ok, but nothing all that great. The movies started coming out and again, pretty good, but nothing to really grab my attention.
Well, don’t freak out all your Harry Potter lovers. My wife finally convinced me to read the whole series. And i must say, once you get into book 5 things start to heat up and get interesting. By the time book 6 ended i was just stunned. Dumbledore dead? Snape really was a bad guy all along? It can’t be. I must be missing something …
So, after sitting there thinking about it for a while, i have a few theories about what really happened, and what’s going to happen. If you’ve already read the book, that’s fine – i don’t want to know what happens next. I’ll start book 7 today and find out for myself soon enough!
My theory: Dumbledore isn’t really dead, and Snape actually is a good guy and killed Dumbledore on Dumbledore’s orders. Let’s see why. All throughout the last chapter (or two even) after Dumbledore died, the phoenix Fawkes kept singing and going on. There’s always been hints of some type of connection between Dumbledore and his bird (the chamber of secrets comes to mind when the bird responded to Harry when he didn’t give up on Dumbledore. Also in movie #5 Dumbledore uses the phoenix to disappear somehow when the ministry attempts to arrest him [even though that's not in the books]). And what happens when Dumbledore is at his funeral? Suddenly there’s a big fire , everyone’s surprised (they obviously didn’t plan for this), and then his body is gone, replaced by a sarcophagus. They hint that the centaurs did it, but i think that it was Dumbledore actually emerging, being reborn if you will, just like a phoenix (maybe he is a phoenix in some way, just like Lupin is a werewolf). Remember that he’s been severely crippled – his hand by that curse, and then drinking that potion to get the next Horcrux. On the balcony when Snape arrives, Dumbledore looks at him and says “Snape … please”. I don’t think he’s begging for his life. He’s pleading with Snape to kill him, knowing that he’ll be stronger afterwards. Snape does as Dumbledore asks, and then of course has no choice but to flee with the death eaters. But on the way out when Harry is chasing him, Snape continues to prevent him from killing anyone going “Harry, NO!” … like he’s still trying to help Harry in what little way he can as he makes his escape. I really REALLY don’t think that Dumbledore would have been so fooled and taken in by Snape. He just wants everyone to think he was. Now he’s alive, nobody knows it, he’s regenerated to full strength, and can hunt for Voldemort without being tied down or hampered in any way. Voldemort thinks his most powerful foe is gone. At some point in the next book Dumbledore will secretly hook up with Harry and help him finish his quest to find and destroy the remaining Horcrux’s. And of course once Voldemort is vanquished, Dumbledore will come back to Hogwarts and everyone will live happily ever after.