Here is Tom Lehrer, one of the funny voices I heard a lot while I was growing up (my parents were big fans), singing A Christmas Carol, a still-apt poke at the true meaning of the season: money.
I included a cover of this song for our annual Christmas mixtape ... sung by Daniel Radcliffe, no less. (And, it's probably worth noting, the rest of the cast of How To Succeed in Business WIthout Really Trying; the tune appeared this year on the annual Broadway Cares fundraiser for AIDS relief.)
Radcliffe is actually a fan of Lehrer, and has demonstrated this notably in a Graham Norton episode on the BBC in which he raced through Lehrer's The Elements. The YouTube clip has been seen well over two million times ... with the Harry Potter fans probably squeaking by the Lehrer fan base, I would imagine!
The Harry Potter books are different, even though they're individual parts of a saga. If you were to sort them thematically or symbolically, how would you do it? This minimal-design approach by Brock Weaver is more than just eye-catching.
We have tickets for later today for the final instalment of the Harry Potter film series. To get Nick excited this morning, I'm pulling out this, one of a series of videos made with Lego that tie into the Harry Potter books, particularly The Deathly Hallows.
This is the scene where the multiple Harry Potters prepare an escape.
The Battle of Hogwarts is the name of the grand finale that plays out in the last of the Harry Potter books, and it looks like the film adaptation will try hard to live up to readers' imaginations. The tag line - It All Ends Here - combined with a apocalyptic, painting-like scene of destruction, is clever.
Here's the trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. (Movie event of a generation? Did the Harry Potter series really have to pull out that kind of hyperbole?)
Dot Dot Dot is Morse code for the letter 'S,' the full message Guglielmo Marconi claimed to have received atop Signal Hill in St. John's in 1901. It ushered in the age of telecommunications. My maternal grandfather worked as a telegraph operator for Canadian Marconi on Signal Hill for many years.
As well, I have a habit of overusing the ellipsis when I write ... as frequent readers might notice.