The Washington Post has a story about a dispute between the Post Master General and the Committee that decides what goes on stamps. He overruled the committee and approved the set of Potter stamps much to their dismay.
Harry Potter is not American
Harry Potter hasn’t stood the test of time
Harry Potter stamps are a blatant money-grab
While I’m very glad to hear there’s a committee of distinguished Americans giving good thought to who should go on stamps, I think in this case I’m siding with Harry. No he’s not American but I would argue he belongs to the world. Yes he’s been around less than 20 years, but I feel pretty safe promising that he will endure.
The issue of using pop culture to sell is a fair point and I wouldn’t want to see Beiber or Miley or One Direction on a stamp. So I understand why the committee is so upset. But when a guy is so fair-minded, so just, so brave and so full of love as to use the Expelliarmus spell in the face of the greatest evil the world has ever know…HE NEEDS A STAMP.
Currently I’m using the Johnny Cash stamp and it makes me happy every time I put it on a stamp and I hope it makes every person who receives a letter from me happy. Now that’s a good stamp!
“There is no movie in the existence of the world better than that movie.”
Direct quote from the 13 year old girl walking out of the theater in front of me.
I loved it. Very true to the book, a perfect PART II in all the ways Empire Strikes Back taught us to expect: a lot darker, more complicated and a cliff-hanger ending that feels like all hope has dimmed to a tiny flicker of light.
Jennifer Lawrence could easily win her 2nd Oscar in a row, Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Woody Harrelson should vie for Supporting Actor and Jena Malone is perfect as Johanna Mason. I love that the makers of the film understand how vital it is the Peeta remain our moral center. His quiet plea in the first book, “If I am going to die, I still want to be me” is the ongoing conflict, theme and entire point of the trilogy. Well done.
Also, I’m obsessed with that scarf-thing Katniss is wearing in that picture. If anyone sees if pop up on Etsy, please let me know. And, as you all know I am DEEPLY team-Gale, and he finally got a little lovin. So I’m a happy girl, not quite 13-year-old happy, but close.
As many of you know, I have been traveling with Jason and Mr. Knightly and working on a large scale architecture project. This project is now woefully behind schedule and it takes most of the hours of my every day to think of ways to get it back on schedule. (It’s supposed to be completed on May 23rd)
So my brain power is all used up. I really can’t imagine being able to come up with valuable/funny/heartwarming posts each day.
HOWEVER, I miss you all like crazy. Talking about all the stuff we all love is total joy to me. So if you wouldn’t mind, send me your thoughts and questions and ideas and I’ll write blog responses. Then we can still be us, okay?
Randomly from my twitter (@tbtljen)
From @loutopia: What tv shows are you watching?
Bob’s Burgers is the best show on tv right now. It’s the funniest, smartest, and loveliest show and I can’t say when I’ve been more all around entertained. Please trust me you guys. Give it one episode. It’s smart like 30 Rock, warm like Parks n Rec and hilarious and twisted like Arrested Development. It’s that good!
Sandra Bullock and George Clooney are astronauts in the middle of a repair to their shuttle as the movie opens. As one thing after another went wrong, I got a little sick to my stomach and kept clenching my fists (and teeth). It’s really intense and very serious. This is not a lighthearted movie or a romance, but rather a 90 minute experience in fear and the war within us as humans to either give up or endure. You don’t need to be lost in space to know what it feels like to want to quit when your heart is broken or all seems lost or life gets really hard. Gravity is all about that.
I liked it, but it was a little too much. I guess I needed a little more conversation and maybe even some humor and not so much spinning around in space while trying to grab hold of space shuttle handle bars.
Sandra Bullock is really good and gets to play a part that avoids all her usual movie cliches; just allowing her to be a person in jeopardy who isn’t very sure she’s going to make it, or even if she wants to. For all the special effects, she’s actually very quiet allowing her body and face to do much of the acting. (I actually could have used some of the Speed dialogue, just to break up the tension.)
I’m tired of Project Runway contestants taking time to call home for a pick-me-up when they haven’t even started on the jacket!
Also, contestants: do you watch this show? If you are gossiping in the sewing room, the person will overhear you. And don’t predict that you will win, and if you actively hate another contestant, the producers WILL pair you with that person on team challenges. C’mon!
So going into tonight, my Top 3 are:
Bradon – lovely person, great designer
Kate – best comeback on reality TV I’ve ever seen. She seems determined not to behave like she did last season (team player, doesn’t backstab and seems to have learned that you can wish others well, while still being competitive.)
Helen – I don’t like her arrogance, but I can’t deny she’s on a roll
I think Justin may be my all time favorite person on this show, but he’s been pretty uneven in the competition. And I picked Dom right from the start, but she seems to have lost her edge.
As this show winds down, I can’t wait for Top Chef: New Orleans (starts on Wednesday)
It’s called the “Himalayan” by Camper (which I guess is the designer). I just saw a full page ad:
a bouncy space boot with a prehistoric feel.
I’m assuming that I don’t understand it because I don’t camp in the Himalayans? I know I know fashion is subjective. But I feel safe in saying that a tennis shoe help together with rope and velcro and then set atop a truss system might have trouble finding its wearer…
From Jennifer S.
Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium is a wonderful movie. I loved it so much the first time I saw it, I bought the DVD as soon as it was released. And guess what – I re-watched it yesterday. It’s just so fantastic. Everything about it really touches my heart.
Walter White should feel lucky he has access to this movie. He certainly doesn’t deserve it. And I would be thrilled to own two copies of it.
I don’t know if I was supposed to soften toward Walter, watching him grump around his little cabin in New Hampshire, but all I could think of was how all of this is his fault and it infuriates me that he’s sticking to his narrative in which somehow he’s the hero. When Saul Goodman calls you on your bullshit…
We know he’s going for the ricin, the question is who it’s for. It seems obvious that he would take out Todd and Uncle Jack. But Walter’s ridiculous ego, sense of entitlement/victimhood probably means it’s for his ex-girlfriend at Gray Matter. God I hate this guy.
I want Jesse to be put out of his misery.
I want Skylar to go to jail.
I want Holly to be raised by Marie.
And when it comes to Mr. White? I stand with Walter Jr. “why don’t you just die!”
To end on a better and happier note:
I think this friendship is one of the loveliest things in Hollywood
And finally, what if Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium is a great movie? I wonder if there was a Netflix spike on requesting it? Have to admit that now I’m curious.
Patrick Stewart was married recently and guess who officiated?
Sir Ian McKellan!
This spins me off into so many multi-verses of my wedding…
*Jack Donaghy (or Ron Swanson)
I’m going for:
a) someone who knows how to handle pressure, since I assume I’m a nightmare control-freak bride
b) someone with gravitas, since I like a pretty serious vow ceremony
c) someone who has an innate sense of theatrics, since I’m a bit of a drama queen
Yeah, Gandalf is a perfect choice.
(2:00 mark is all I’m saying)