04 Dec

Keep it Real

I’m sure you’ve all been eagerly waiting for me to post on this blog…all two of you who read it. (Thanks Mom and Dad!) Life has been busy.  My class load is crazy and I’m trying to find a little time to take care of myself too.  (Lap swimming everyday!) Plus, I’m obviously still geeking-out at all the amazing things out there right now.  Hello Stranger Things…I’m talking to you.  Can we say “all nighter” when season 2 came out?  Ahhhhhh. Are you team Jonathan or team Steve?  I’d have to say I’m still team Johathan, but I LOVE Daddy Steve.  Just not with Nancy.

And Thor with short hair or long?  What do you think?  And did Loki seem to be hotter in “Ragnarok” than in the previous films or is it just me? And can I just say that we’re having a serious Star Wars marathon over here to get ready for “The Last Jedi”.  Woot-woot!

While I love all of these glorious sci-fi and fantasy things and they are great escapes for a bit, they aren’t real. We all know that.  We live in the real world, and we have to learn to be a part of the real world with school and work and friends and everything.  We have responsibilities and joys in this life.  I recently had a friend who’s little brother hated this life so much, that he started seeking escapes in more ways that just light-hearted, fun entertainment.  He started really destroying his life through drug use.  He became more secluded and depressed and volatile. Trying bigger, and harder, and worse things.  My heart is aching for their family.  They have a long road ahead of them.  But they can make it through together.  I plead with you all to know the signs of teenage drug use.  Get the help you need.  It is available and out there.  Keep your great escapes safe.

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10 Apr

A Long Time Ago….

…in a galaxy known as Florida….Orlando to be exact.  Okay, okay.  This has nothing to do with Star Wars.  (But I do love me some Star Wars!  #hanandleiaforever #anxtyani #mygirlamidala #notjarjar #whoisrey) Anywho, I digress.  What I wanted to tell you was that I finally got to go to Orlando about a month ago and as much as I adore Disney (they literally are king, right?) I LOVED The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios/Islands of Adventure.  Oh my heck, I’m the biggest HP nerd alive (you may have been able to figure this out already…) and it was just absolutely magical strolling down the street in Diagon Alley (yes I bought an Olivander’s original…holly 11 3/4, totally interactive) and meandering through Hogsmeade with a butterbeer in my hand.  The little details and the ambiance are just to die for.  So magical.  I wish I could go to Hogwarts.  I especially wish I could meet Newt…swoon.  (They are SERIOUSLY lacking in the Fantastic Beasts department at the park though.  They really need to step up their game there.) The fire-blowing dragon above Gringotts was amazing, and the Escape from Gringotts ride was a blast.  I loved riding the Hogwarts Express. Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey was so fun.  I didn’t even mind waiting in the crazy line because the whole line wound through Hogwarts…have I mentioned I want to go to school there?  My little sister rode Flight of the Hippogriff like 50 times (most of them by herself while my dad watched – he can’t do rides – and the rest of us went on the wild stuff), I liked it. Super fast and smooth, but WAY too short.  I bought a few awesome souvenirs…namely my wand, but also a quill and ink, and an adorable pigmypuff.   I really wanted a cloak and the whole shebang, but who has that kind of moolah?!?  Anyway, it was magical and perfect….until the end of our trip.

Oh boy guys, the end of our trip was crazy.  We all started getting itchy.  We had no clue what it could be.  We stayed in a nice hotel and didn’t go to the beach (I wish we could have though), so we couldn’t figure it out.  We went home, and a few days later, we were still totally itchy.  I seriously thought my brother must have bought some itching powder from Zonko’s or Weesly’s Wizarding Weezes.  But no, we had bed bugs.  Yup.  We’re not 100% sure where they hitched a ride home with us, but we’re pretty sure it was the hotel.  Those little suckers (see what I did there?) are MISERABLE.  Mom sanitized and washed and scrubbed everything like a bazillion times, but just to be safe, Dad insisted we call the exterminator.  It took a few weeks for everything to settle down, but we’re all happy and healthy again.  And I’m ready to go back for more.

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14 Feb

“Google It”

Yes, you heard me. Google it. Ok, I guess I should tell you what to google. *dramatically plays Beethoven’s fifth symphony on electric guitar* The bootstrap paradox.

In one of many monologues performed by Peter Capoopy-I mean Capaldi in Doctor Who, he poses a strange situation: there once was a man – a time traveler, naturally – who loved Beethoven so much that he used his time machine to visit the great composer himself. Once he was in the correct place and time, he asked around for this master of music, but could not find him anywhere. Nobody had ever heard of him at all. The time traveller panicked. What would the world do without the great Beethoven’s music?! But alas! This clever man brought his sheet music for Beethoven to sign. So, he published the music and BECAME Beethoven. The world went on without a second glance, which poses a question: who composed Beethoven’s fifth?

Beethoven himself was never really a man in the first place, so how could it be him who composed? But on the other hand, how could the time traveller, who was born in his own separate time frame and couldn’t have really composed it at all? Beethoven could have written it, but it all cycles back to the time traveller, and back to Beethoven, on and on forever until your head falls off from confusion. Where was the beginning of this whole thing?

I think it is safe to say that there is really no “beginning.” If you think about it as a pillar that goes up and up until it reaches above the clouds, changing from Beethoven and traveller on and on, then it ultimately has to have some ending to it. This doesn’t work because there is no beginning or end, it simply repeats itself in a cycle in order for the time stream continuom to stay alive and well. However, if you think of the bootstrap paradox as a circle, running from composer to traveller forever and ever, this is a more accurate representation. Sadly enough, there really is no answer to the Doctor’s Earth shattering question of who composed “Beethoven’s fifth.”

My question is, why bring this whole thing up now? Why not when Eleven and young Amy work together to save Amy/Rory/Eleven/whoever else needed saving from Pandora’s Box? There were multiple tiny paradox’s within that single episode, just to name one example. The answer, my friend, is simple:

Google it.

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10 Feb

Fantastic Beasts

Short rant today, sorry.

J.K. Rowling is basically my hero and role model, along with a few other amazing humans, but man, she’s just dabom.com! Especially considering her newest masterpiece, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. That movie touched my heart and was probs one of the best parts of 2016, let’s be honest. The storyline was simple enough, but maybe that’s just me because I did some reading on the movie on pottermore.com beforehand. The whole wizarding world is so much bigger than we think. America is getting busier in the muggle, or nomaj world, along with the magical world. World War Two is taking place at the same time that the century’s darkest wizard is rising: Grindelwald. I think that the whole thing will obscurials is much deeper than anyone really realizes after seeing the movie. We know from the seventh Harry Potter book that Dumbledore’s little sister, Ariana, is beaten up by some stupid muggle boys at the age of seven, and that it makes her unstable. Or, to put it in Dumbledore’s words, her magic became inward and explosive. Sound familar??

We also know that Grindelwald and Dumbledore were #goals back in the day. They were always together and making a plan to wipe out muggles “for the greater good.” Yeah…Dumbledore may be a muggle lover now, but he wasn’t all that great as a teen. Grindelwald, Albus, and Aberforth (Ablus’ younger brother) got in a fight one day, which ended up in a duel that killed Ariana. So, we know that Ariana, the OBSCURIAL, was known by Grindelwald himself!! Which means he must have known how to manipulate poor Credence in FB through research with Ariana.

So there you have it. (told you this one was going to be short)

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10 Feb

TenRose

Hello, sweety. Lots of spoilers for those of you who haven’t watched Doctor Who. You’ve been warned.

Nothing says true love like a showing a girl the year 5,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 and watching her home planet explode right? That’s right: calling all Whovians! In the second show of Doctor Who – the more current one, not in black and white – we start out with a normal 19 year old girl living in England who has the same boring life everyone else does. Her name is Rose Tyler. Now THAT’S a protagonist waiting to happen. She works at a clothes company, and one day at work, mannequins start coming to life. Nobody notices because it’s only the dolls downstairs where Rose works, but it sure does freak her out! What else to go with it than a crazy man who carries around a plastic “screwdriver” and says things like, “Bananas are good! I invented them a century too early…” Long story short, Rose teams up with the madman who calls himself “the Doctor” and adventures begin from there! They travel to both future and past in his time machine called the TARDIS saving planets, starting paradoxes, and much, much more.

Then the Doctor changed. Not normal change, mind you, he literally had a different face and personality with the same memories. Turns out, this guy is better than the last one! The hair, the suit, the smile, the accent, AAAAHHHH HE’S AMAZING!! Rose agrees with me, too. She actually fell in love with him, even though he was what, 1,000 years old at the time? Give or take a few centuries. The Doctor’s feelings for Rose were mutual. I don’t think I’ve ever seen more heartbreaking episodes of Doctor Who than when he’s about to die and is still too afraid to tell Rose he loves her. So many feels, man. Even when dangling from a rope and about to meet the devil himself, the Doctor can still only say, “Tell Rose, well, tell her………..nah. She knows.” Talk about frustrating!

Rose and the Tenth Doctor’s (or as I like to call them, “TenRose”) last adventure together just tore my heart out, smashed it to pieces, then sewed it together clumsily. In an epic battle against their two greatest foes, the Daleks and Cybermen, TenRose had a plan to suck the aliens back to the wibbly-wobbly-timey-wimey place they came from: The Void. An empty vacuum of nothingness. No up, down, light, dark, happiness, sadness, nothing. Any life that travels through time or across parallel dimensions goes through The Void. Basically, the Doctor’s plan was to talk all that “Void Stuff” they were covered in and suck it all back in. Unfortunately, Rose and the Doctor have both travelled through there, so they would be sucked in too. Never fear! This is not the end of the Doctor. He would risk sending Rose safely to a parallel dimension to which he could never see her again, and he would painfully make it through life without his love. Rose, however, had different plans. She would stay with the Doctor and stay safe thanks to cool alien technology. He reluctantly let her do this, which was a mistake. She stupidly allowed herself to be sucked into The Void and was saved last minute, allowing her to live forever in her parallel dimension.

TenRose became spilt apart and now everyone hates Stephen Moffat even more :((((((

Even when the Doctor burned up a sun just to say goodbye, he couldn’t bring himself to confess his love. “Rose Tyler, I…” vanish at unnecessary times. There, finished his sentence.

Two companions later, Ten is cruising through life a little less playfully and with a fake smile on his face. His new partner in crime is Donna Noble, and she’s so great. I love the little bundle of sass that she is. Rose enters her story, along with all of Ten’s gang. When successfully defeating an even bigger threat – King of the Daleks, Davros – with all of his friends, he dropped all of them off at their homes. In the crisis of the whole “Davros” threat made the Doctor to grow a new, well, him. So there’s now Ten and TenTwo, the latter having a human life span. The last person to drop off (besides Donna, which is a whole other tear fest) is Rose. They travel to her parallel dimension and are just about to wave goodbye, when the problem of where to keep TenTwo arrives. He ends up staying with Rose in an epic make-out scene, and their love continues to this day.

In a way, it isn’t as satisfying for TenTwo to be with Rose. Yes, I’m happy that she at last found her love, but TenTwo wasn’t the same guy as Ten. She knew Ten for years, whereas TenTwo and Rose only had one adventure together. Quite a bittersweet moment.

Well, that’s about it. Gotta love love. Especially love with aliens.

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09 Feb

Snape: Behind the Grease…I mean scenes

If you’ve read the “about me” section of this blog, you know that one interesting topic has already risen from the ashes: Severus Snape. As you know, Harry Potter is one of my strong suits and if you don’t know anything about this Snape dude, well, you’re about to learn. Down to the basics: Severus Snape was our least favorite potions master at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. At times, you wanted HIM to die more than Voldemort himself!! He was biased to every Slytherin to walk the planet, he graded unfairly to all his students, and, let’s be honest, the whole “I’m in love with my enemy’s dead mom” thing can get a little out of hand. But was any of that really his fault?

According to J.K. Rowling, Snape’s past wasn’t all that great. His father was abusive, he didn’t have any friends, he was hated by everyone in his schooling, and he dabbled in the dark arts because of it. In his teenage years, James Potter, Harry’s dad, and his Marauders were the BIGGEST jerks. James was just as arrogant as Snape always said he was, proving so when he literally levitated Snape from his feet and mocked poor “Snivilus” when he was powerless. Not to mention the time he almost killed Snape by setting Remus Lupin in his werewolf form after him in a thirst for blood. Sure, he ended up saving Snape in the end, but Snape himself acknowledged that it was only to save his own neck! The biggest reason for Snape to hate James was his love for Lily. Both had an eye for the girl, and Lily was friends with Snape for a while before his Slytherin side really acted up. (I’m not prejudiced against Slytherins, by the way, but they do have the highest ratings of dark witches and wizards so…) Then, unfortunately, the friendless young man lost the girl to, surprise surprise, the sport playing wonder-boy. No wonder Snape went rouge.

In adult years, Snape’s life didn’t get much better. He turned to what he thought was the only help he could get: Voldemort. Funny how people yearn for what they know is not good for them. One of his final acts as a Death Eater was eavesdropping on a job interview between Albus Dumbledore and Sybill Trelawney. Trelawney’s grandmother was talented in the arts of divination (fortune telling) and claimed to have the gift herself. Dumbledore was not impressed until she spouted out what happened to be the first of two prophecies she had ever said. It was about The Chosen One who was the only one with power to vanquish the Dark Lord. Snape overheard this snippet of their conversation and immediately turned to his master to tell the news. Too late he realized that he led Voldemort to the only person he could ever love: Lily Potter. In telling the Dark Lord of this prophecy, he concluded that the “Chosen One” was Lily and James’ only son, Harry James Potter. Voldemort set out to kill the boy, and we all know what happened next. Snape went back to Dumbledore and begged for his forgiveness and for the protection of the Potters, and in return, he promised to kill Dumbledore when the time was right. The Potters had an early and sad ending to life, not including young Harry, who went to Hogwarts himself and gained the same hate for Snape as his father did.

Who could blame Harry, either?

Snape kept true to his promise, being a very convincing spy for Voldemort, gaining his complete trust, as Dumbledore predicted, by actually killing Dumbledore himself. Snape was a double agent, doubted by both sides of his true allegiance and being as slippery as ever, the greasy old git. To the end, he fought, and his death was untimely and cruel. (sorry, sweety. spoilers)

So, was Snape ever really a good guy? Depends on who you ask. He had true intentions, no doubt, and a good heart. He just didn’t treat those he loved with the kindness they deserved. Yes, he had a right to be biased against Harry, but really? Finding pleasure in his pain?! Not cool, man. So, yes. Snape was an ok guy. He just didn’t show it very well. But that’s just my sight on things.

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05 Feb

Hail, Nerds of the Blogosphere!

Welsome to DragonfireHotglass.com.

I have long had an obsession with all things sci-fi/fantasy but haven’t really ever been that “techy”. I know, I know…its kind of a huge oxymoron.

But there’s no time like the present, right?!

So stay tuned for some awesome awesomeness coming up soon.

Check back often for updates and stay classy nerd-world.

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