Thursday, 28 July 2011

Beyond the reach of any magic

Lumos Maxima! A bored muggle needed sufficient light to pore over the final Harry Potter book not once but twice, thrice or Voldy knows how many times. Yes, we can say the name now. These are lines I remember from The Deathly Hallows for reasons bubbling with toads and whiskers in my cauldron recently:

1. All's fair in love and war and this is a bit of both.
- Ron Weasley

2. Mudblood and proud of it!
- Hermione Granger

3. Of course it is happening in your head, but why on earth should that mean it is not real?
- Albus Dumbledore to Harry

4. I think the answer is: a circle that has no beginning.
- Luna Lovegood

5. We teachers are rather good in magic you know.
- Minerva McGonagall

6. We did it, we bashed them, wee Potter's the one, And Voldy's gone moldy, so now let's have fun!
- Peeves

7. It is a curious thing, Harry, but perhaps those who are best suited to power are those who have never sought it. Those who, like you, have leadership thrust upon them, and take up the mantle because they must, and find to their own surprise that they wear it well.
- Albus Dumbledore

8. Not my daughter, you bitch.
- Molly Weasley to Bellatrix Lestrange

9. Do not pity the dead, Harry, pity the living. Above all, pity those who live without love.
- Albus Dumbledore

10. Wit beyond measure is man's greatest treasure
- Engraved on Rowena Ravenclaw's diadem
11. (referring to Draco Malfoy's son) Make sure you beat him in every test, Rosie. Thank God you inherited your mother's brains.
- Ron Weasley to his daughter Rosie

12. That which Voldemort does not value, he takes no trouble to understand. Of house-elves and children's tales, of love, loyalty, and innocence, Voldemort knows and understands nothing. Nothing. That they all have a power beyond his own, a power beyond the reach of any magic, is a truth he has never grasped.
- Albus Dumbledore

13. (to Ron and Hermione kissing) Oi! There's a war going on here!
- Harry Potter

Megan and Janet host Thursday Thirteen

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Business banter

B for Business banter: brilliant bullion

A trio of brains march into the boardroom
where the boss begins a blab
on budgets, profits, and pricey ads

Business is beautiful!
in other words it's a call
which has become a win-lose negotiation
for impoverished academics
to man business communication.

Turning to the only female among the three
"You're a brilliant lecturer, flatters he,
except when you're emotional."
"Oh shut up boss," retorts she,
  "I already know I'm brilliant 
except when emotional
is so equivocal
and I get too brilliant perhaps
to not grasp
that your observation
is my personal economic depression."

That is her mind racing
  A no is an answer
the boss is not taking
Clack her Vivienne Westwoods falter.

 A few blocks down SWT Business Institute
an investment fair constitutes
brokers who share expert analysis
on bonds and securities,
and the wonder of compound interest.

a bullion glows on a brochure for gold investment
lady lecturer points at it and casually comments
"shoots up when there's a war, right?"
"Exactly," was the quick reply.

She doesn't discount the possibility
After all war is business certainly
She sits on decent stocks
Ka-boom she rocks
Her university pay still sucks.

This post is linked with ABC Wednesday.

Monday, 25 July 2011

High upon this love

Music Monday: High upon this love, Dionne Warwick, The Bold and the Beautiful
Monday Mayhem follows

The closest I could get to a TV show is The Bold and the Beautiful. In the early 2000s I tempered vicious gradschool Stats with the entertainment  B&B offered.  Eric Marienthal renders a prominent saxophone feature and Dionne Warwick does the vocals. I love the combination.

This post is linked with:

XmasDolly of XmasDolly, Lori of Shewbridges of Central Florida, Larry of Cakeblast, and Callie of JAmerican Spice

Denise @ Run DMT hosts Music Monday Blog Hop

Monday Mayhem: Hot Mayhem

1. Were you a fan of Amy Winehouse? Were you surprised about her? No and no

2. What have you always wanted to try doing during a heat wave? Have you done it? What's holding you back? Heatwaves are an almost daily experience where I live. I'm probably too used to being dehumidified to think of exotic ways of dealing with the usual cold edibles, light clothing or freezing AC's.

3. "Judd" from Sunday Stealing is having a party. Are you going? What are you planning to bring with you? Another party... I'll be happy to hear how fun it has been :)

4. Do you think other countries deserve a set of twins (kind of like the "French Twins")? Which country would you designate a twin country? I'm not sure I understand this. I only have Siamese Twins in mind.

5. Would you ever trade your lifestyle for the lifestyle of someone rich and famous? Why or why not? The perk vs the price: nah... my unpublished creativity trove is enough.

6. What's the stupidest thing you heard last week? That somebody camped out my door while I was partying somewhere, tsk tsk tsk....

Harriet hosts Monday Mayhem

Sunday, 24 July 2011

V's viagra

Today we ripped off a blogger named Reyna Elena from the blog of Reyna Elena Dot Com. She states that she was tagged thanks to Moderately Confused Pinay. But, it was probably stolen there as well. So, of course, that will be as far as we go. Tracing back our theft's thieves might take some time. Take the time to comment on other player's posts. It's a great way to make new friends! Link back to us at Sunday Stealing!

Cheers to all of us thieves!

1. Tell us about something that made you laugh last night.
V's viagra

2. What were you doing at 8 PM last night?
Greeting a girl friend a happy birthday

3. What were you doing 30 minutes ago?
Packing up my lappy

4. What happened to you in 2006? (Feel free to republish an old post from '06.)
The best thing: divorce

5. What was the last thing you said out loud?
Defend your answer, people.

6. How many beverages did you have today?
Two cups of coffee

7. What color is your hairbrush?

8. What was the last thing you paid for?

9. Where were you last night?
In my bed

10. What color is your front door?

11. Where do you keep your change?
In a coin purse

12. What’s the weather like today?
A bit cloudy down here

13. What’s the best ice-cream flavor?
(Coldstone's) choco peanut butter

14. What excites you?
Potential asset

15. Do you want to cut your hair?
Not really

16. Are you over the age of 35?

17. Do you talk a lot?
I chillax a lot

18. Do you watch Franklin and Bash?

19. Do you know anyone named Steven?
A former Italian-American colleague

20. Do you make up your own words?
Trained to do exactly that but if I don't I make every effort to indicate so

21. Are you a jealous person?
There are moments.... I am usually over them in less than two minutes.

22. What does the last text message you received say?
Please answer your phone.

23. Where’s the next place you’re going to?
The wash supposedly

24. Who’s the rudest person in your life?
Nobody. Rude people do not last long with me. I either walk away or kick them out.

25. Are you crushing on anyone that you shouldn't be?

Judd Corizan hosts Sunday Stealing

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Shiny floor

Two entries are integrated in this post: Sinaw nga Salog for the Bisdak Pictures of Life and Shiny Floor for Nostalgia which you have to scroll down for; thanks.

There's a brief introduction about Pictures of Life (Hulagway sa Kinabuhi) on my sidebar just above the Bisdak links. An English version of this post is available right below for friends and visitors who do not read Bisaya. This is a bi-lingual exercise for me.

Ga-inilis mig salog sa balay. Giuna ang sala. Pag shopping nako, isa ni sa mga estilo sa tiles nga akong napansin. Sinaw sa? Dako ra ni so di ni mao akong gipalit, pero gipikchuran nako kay nalingaw ko'g tan-aw samtang ga imagine sa mga choices para sa salog sa kusina.

We are changing the floors at home. First up is the living room. This is one design on display that caught my attention when I went shopping for tiles. Shiny, isn't it?  It is obviously wide. The living room is small so this is not what I bought, but I took a photo of it because I enjoyed imagining choices of tiles for the kitchen floor, which is next on the plan.

More entries in the Bisdak Bloggers home.


Nostalgia 1: Shiny Floor

Wooden floor. Red cement floor; if that is how it was called. Those Philippine floors we trod on in the 70s. Remember the coconut husk? (read: lampaso). In school we learned to shine our classroom floor using this many-splendored nut. That was thirty, more or less, years ago; and unless you were brought up somewhere else or went to schools where servants did the scrubbing for students, you could relate with this blab one way or another.

At home I watched my son use his high back swivel chair as a makeshift car and get a big cousin to push him to and fro on the living room floor. This kid's idea of fun is as frolicsome as that coconut branch I rode on down muddy slopes during rainy afternoons. Ok,I did not exactly experience such ingenious ride, but developing media provided similar stories and a few illustrations. Back in the day, the lampaso was the secret to our shiny floors, wasn't it? Has anyone seen a lampaso recently? Or has it become a thing of the past? I'd like to run my fingers across one, one more time before it finally goes extinct and the memory of those shiny floors that were once witness to how young our feet were fade off our minds. 

Rose hosts Nostalgia. Click here to see what others are reminiscing about.

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Antique design

A for Antique design

A full century is the debate
Some in the arts attempt to halve it
To this alternative asset-loving arm
An antique design is quite a charm.

This post is linked with ABC Wednesday.