One of my not-so-secret obsessions is Harry Potter. I’ve long been a fan of both the books and movies and I was very excited last year when I became a beta-tester for Pottermore, the online web site (it’s not quite a game) that takes place in the Harry Potter universe. I read up on all the Pottermore cheats and walkthroughs and set out to adventure in the world of the first book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
It’s a fun site, but the adventure is fairly linear and simple. It follows the narrative structure of the book pretty closely, so there are no real surprises. You kind of know everything that is going to happen before it does. But you do get to do all the cool stuff from the story, like obtaining your very own wand and being sorted into your House at Hogwarts as part of the sorting hat ceremony.
There are ways to interact with other wizards. You can earn house points and compete with other players in wizard’s duels. I think Pottermore will get a lot better when they release more of the stories, and perhaps allow you to deviate from the original plot a bit more. It’s supposed to come out of beta testing this month and perhaps more players will also make it a bit more fun.
The Web and Twitter are filled with memorial messages for Whitney Houston, who died on Saturday in her hotel room. The official coroner’s report is not yet out but the word is that she died from a combination of prescription drugs (Xanax) and alcohol. It can be a devastating combination.
Even more devastating is the loss of Whitney, one of the most impressive singers we’ve ever had. Her voice was angelic and powerful and she carried herself on-stage with a commanding presence. Off-stage was another story. She had a troubled life and turned to drugs and alcohol, which only made her problems worse. In the end, it led to her undoing.
So many singers and musicians, it seems, come to an early end at the hands of drugs and alcohol. It makes you wonder if the price that fame extracts is too high. Whitney was signed to a recording contract very early in her life and her success was meteoric. She knew nothing other than fame and fortune and through a combination of stress and bad influences, she went down a dark and lonely path, culminating in a sad and untimely death.
I saw the news this weekend while I was surfing the Web for some ideas on family vacation destinations for the upcoming holiday in April. One of the places I was thinking of taking the kids was to Beverly Hills. They’ve always wanted to see the Walk of Fame. I even briefly considered staying at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, which is where Whitney met her unfortunate demise, but it’s too pricey for non-celebrities like me. We may very well go to LA to see Whitney’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Been busy playing a lot of Facebook games lately. I know this is really a huge waste of time but I’m kind of addicted and am enjoying myself immensely. I never really got into FarmVille or any of the other Zynga games but now I’m really looking forward to the new game called Adventure World. It’s kind of like Indiana Jones and you’ll travel around the world exploring lots of different places and finding treasure and other secrets. I’ve been brushing up on some Adventure World cheats to get a head start once the game is out. Any other games you think I should try? A lot of my friends are playing Diamond Dash and Bejeweled Blitz but I like the story-driven games much more than just the old match-3 style block games. What do you think?
Hello and welcome to my blog, which is really something about nothing. At times I’m fairly random in my thinking with little point or reason. I tend to ramble on a bit and I have a deep affection for cheese and garlic. But that’s not really so much the point, is it? It’s been said before that the windows and doors to the soul are the eyes, but sometimes I think it’s the big toe. But to be honest, I’m not really sure anymore. I do think about this a lot. I ponder. I ponder some more. Then I have a snack. Usually cheese.
My biggest accomplishment of the moment is that I found a great coach diaper bag on sale last week in NYC. I hope it’s genuine. It’s so hard to tell. But it looks good anyway and it holds all the baby gear I really need.