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Judge waves gavel, says Avada Kedavra to Harry Potter Lexicon

Steven Vander Ark’s Harry Potter lexicon has vanished and may never be seen again. The handy guide was not spirited away with the wave of a wand: it was, instead, banned with the bang of a gavel. In a ruling issued this morning, Judge Robert Patterson affirmed that Ark and his publisher had failed to demonstrate that the reference text fell within the scope of fair use.

Ark’s lexicon began as a web site (now down) and quickly gained popularity. Rowling herself was once a fan of the web site and has previously lavished it with praise, gave it an award in 2004, and even admitted to using it herself while she was writing some of the later books in the series. The trouble began, however, when Ark decided to turn the web site into a book which publisher RDR Books intended to sell for $24.95 per copy. When Rowling learned of Ark’s plans to publish, she launched a lawsuit against the author and successfully obtained an injunction against publication last year.

Judge waves gavel, says Avada Kedavra to Harry Potter Lexicon.

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Posted by on September 9, 2008 in Uncategorized

 

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UN threatens to act against Britain for failure to protect heritage sites | Art and design | The Guardian

The UN is threatening to put the Tower of London on its list of world heritage sites in danger after its experts accused the UK of damaging globally significant sites such as Stonehenge, the old town of Edinburgh and the Georgian centre of Bath, the Guardian has learned.

Unesco, the UN’s cultural agency, has told ministers in London and Edinburgh that it wants urgent action to protect seven world heritage sites which it claims are in danger from building developments, and said in some cases the UK is ignoring its legal obligations to protect them.

Their complaints range from decisions to approve new tower blocks in central London, such as the 66-storey “shard of glass” at London Bridge, to the failure to relocate the A344 beside Stonehenge despite promising action for 22 years, to a proposed wind farm which threatens neolithic sites on Orkney.

UN threatens to act against Britain for failure to protect heritage sites | Art and design | The Guardian.

Oh for crying out loud, after curing the world’s major problems, the UN turns its attentions to heritage sites. Its almost funny.

 
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Posted by on September 8, 2008 in Uncategorized

 

MSNBC Drops Olbermann, Matthews as News Anchors

MSNBC is removing Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews as the anchors of live political events, bowing to growing criticism that they are too opinionated to be seen as neutral in the heat of the presidential campaign.

MSNBC Drops Olbermann, Matthews as News Anchors.

 
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Posted by on September 8, 2008 in Uncategorized

 

Washington Times – Obama “my Muslim faith”

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Sen. Barack Obama’s foes seized Sunday upon a brief slip of the tongue, when the Democratic presidential nominee was outlining his Christianity but accidentally said, “my Muslim faith.”

Washington Times – Obama’s verbal slip fuels his critics.

Oh boy, let the games begin!

 
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Posted by on September 8, 2008 in Uncategorized

 

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Posted by on September 6, 2008 in Uncategorized

 

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Solomon’s seal on Islamic jug – RTN Costa Blancas Free Newspaper – Round Town News

During archaeological investigations at the site of the Roman Theatre in Cartagena over more than a decade many important finds were made, including pottery from the period when there was a small Islamic settlement there. These pieces include fragments of a beautiful jug decorated with patterns painted in manganese. Also featured on the jug is a “Seal of Solomon.” This is another name for the Star of David. A plant with drooping white flowers is known by the same name and it is said that scars that form as the stems of the plant decay resemble the pattern of ancient seals.

Solomon’s seal on Islamic jug – RTN Costa Blancas Free Newspaper – Round Town News

 
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Posted by on September 6, 2008 in Religion and Spirituality

 

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ABC News: Is Oprah Biased? Host Won’t Interview Palin

“She’s being two-faced,” said Dr. Cindy Grossman-Green, a pediatrician and Oprah fan from outside Philadelphia. “She initially had Obama on her show, but now that she’s decided [to support him], she won’t have any other political candidates on.”

Grossman-Green is referring to the two times Obama appeared on Winfrey’s show prior to announcing his plans to run for the presidency, once in January 2005 and, more recently, in October 2006.

ABC News: Is Oprah Biased? Host Won’t Interview Palin.

 
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Posted by on September 5, 2008 in Uncategorized

 

Soldier forced to sleep in car after hotel refuses him a room – Times Online

A hotel that refused an injured soldier a room, forcing him to spend the night in his car, was backed into issuing a grovelling apology yesterday after receiving a barrage of abusive phone calls.

The Metro Hotel, in Woking, Surrey, called the police as its phone lines were flooded with angry and threatening calls from the public.

The attack on the switchboards came after it emerged that Corporal Tomos Stringer, 24, had been told that it was company policy not to accept members of the Armed Forces.

A soldier since the age of 16 and veteran of multiple tours in Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan, Corporal Stringer had travelled to Surrey to help with funeral preparations for a friend killed in action.

Soldier forced to sleep in car after hotel refuses him a room – Times Online.

 
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Posted by on September 4, 2008 in Uncategorized

 

What on Earth – Halloween Forks

Magnificently crafted for use with salads, main dishes or anything else you’re serving up, these matching right-and-left forks are perfect for serving up scares on Halloween and when ordinary cutlery just won’t do

What on Earth – A Collection Of Fun Wear & Delightful Diversions

 
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Posted by on September 4, 2008 in Uncategorized

 

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Making Canned Halloween Monstrosities

The above items were made for only a couple dollars each! It’s easy if you have a few things around the house and a dollar store nearby. You just need a little imagination and an eye for mixing and matching.

Who needs off-the-shelf seasonal Halloween decorations when you can make your own in an afternoon for a fraction of the price and get ten times the quality – not to mention something wholly unique?

I Make Projects – Making Canned Halloween Monstrosities

 
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Posted by on September 4, 2008 in Uncategorized

 

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