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The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
Wandering mind
Two cool things:

Deep Fanfic Thoughts, link provided by dioschorium at fanficrants. Jack Handey style thoughts on fanfic.

Lavender Brown, by logansrogue. I"ve never been big on seeking out Lavender pictures or Parvati pictures, but this is simply a beautiful portrait.

One irritating thing:

What's with "band-aid" solutions to problems? Or lack of even that? Let's say, for the sake of argument, that McGonagall has a piece of magical equipment in her room, which students can use to produce legible scrolls for their essays by feeding in their illegible chicken scratchings. It's called an annotarium. For the annotarium to work, it needs a thing called capsa reparare. Now, the annotarium is a really advanced little magical critter, and it tells McGonagall one day that the capsa needs to be replaced. She goes up to Dumbledore and says, "I need a new capsa, or my annotarium will stop working." Real!Dumbledore says, "The warning usually starts coming up two months before the annotarium stops working. I'll order one; it should come in by then."

But no, not in the real world. In the real world, a month later, McGonagall would go back and say, "Er, Albus... The annotarium is still giving me that message, and a little orange flame has started up on the warning torch." And Dumbledore would say, "Yes, but it still has a good month during which it will work." This is true enough, as it turns out. So McGonagall waits for the flame to turn bright red, at which point the annotarium stops working altogether and she goes to Dumbledore again and says, "Headmaster, that capsa reparare we talked about finally quit. Could we have Filch install a new one?"

And RealWorld!Dumbledore would say, "Huh... I don't know what that means. I don't think we have any capsa reparares around. We should probably order some. I'll put you right at the top of the list when we get them in." And the kids, whose teachers have all come to expect them to use the annotarium, have to go use the one in Trelawney's tower instead, just temporarily.

A few months later, when McGonagall asks about it again, RealWorld!Dumbledore says, "Oh, yes... I remember you asking about that! I thought we'd worked out a solution. Is something wrong with Sybill's annotarium now?"

McGonagall's head explodes.
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mincot From: mincot Date: December 31st, 2004 09:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hola! Did you get my E-mail? The Hat Archive is up and running, and we'd LOVE to have your stuff aboard .... give me a shout or click on the HAt logo onthe board ...
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 31st, 2004 09:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aye, yes. It's sitting in my g-mail account waiting for me to respond. Do you just want HTML files of stories I already have HTML files for, or do I need to re-do them in a new format? (If the latter, I'll probably dawdle a bit. ;))
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 31st, 2004 09:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
No, wait. It's sitting at the AOL address. I think. Which means I better respond, or it will disappear.
mincot From: mincot Date: December 31st, 2004 10:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
You can upload your HTML files; you don't need a new format. THe simpler the HTML file the better, though!

Happy New YEar!
kizmet_42 From: kizmet_42 Date: December 31st, 2004 09:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
That was really weird. Really weird. Really.

Steve Wright would love these.
barbara_the_w From: barbara_the_w Date: January 1st, 2005 03:08 am (UTC) (Link)
I didn't know you worked where I do.... :D
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 1st, 2005 07:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, sadly the behavior doesn't identify any workplace. It's too widely spread. Which is quite frankly disturbing.
erised1810 From: erised1810 Date: January 1st, 2005 07:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
I didnt' udnerstanda bit aboutthe irritating thing. there was too much latin i dind't understand o i compleely missd the connection/in-joke.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 1st, 2005 07:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
It doesn't matter what the thing is. The point was that a piece of equipment needs simple maintenance and gives ample warning that it's about to go down, but when it actually goes down, the response is, "Wow! How'd that happen? Don't know if we can fix that just now..."
erised1810 From: erised1810 Date: January 1st, 2005 09:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
see ihardly even gothtat point first. it w perhaps too cryptic for me or it's because i'm to groggy.
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