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Some of you may already know this, but I thought I'd throw it out there anyway. J.K. Rowling has released the title of her seventh and final Harry Potter book. And the name is...
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows!

An interesting name, kind of a letdown considering how generic it sounds. But I'm sure the book itself will blow me away. I finished the sixth book in five hours sixteen minutes (yeah I timed it, so what?) without skipping a sentence.
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Okay, so I know I forgot to tell you what I got as gifts for the holidays. And I feel bad about that. So here's my loot:

1. PSP FM Radio
2. PSP Speaker System
3. Box of rare mint chocolates only available in Chicago.
4. Debit card with $75
5. 1 GB USB Flash Drive

All in all, a very good haul. (yes I know that rhymed) I was supposed to get other goodies too, but my parents didn't have time to buy them. I will probably get them the day after my family gets back from Colorado. I expect a few other things, include a set of wireless headphones, on that day.
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Hello everyone, I'm writing to you from the computer center of my Colorado hotel. I am having a really great time here walking around the town; sometimes I even watch my mom and sister go skiing. Tonight and for the next few nights, I will be going up to the top of the mountain to do lots of fun activities!
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Hello everyone, I'm writing to you from the computer center of my Colorado hotel. I am having a really great time here walking around the town; sometimes I even watch my mom and sister go skiing. Tonight and for the next few nights, I will be going up to the top of the mountain to do lots of fun activities!
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So yeah, it's been a while. It's not that I haven't been here, it's just that my time has been short for such activities as blog posting, as important to me as it is. I am going to Vail, Colorado, with my family during my holiday break which starts December 13th (Wednesday). My dad and I are just going to walk around the ski resort while my mom and sister actually ski. When we get home we are going to celebrate our unspecified religious holiday and my sister and I will receive MAD presents!

If I don't post again before I leave for break, I hope everyone has a Happy Holiday and a Happy New Year!

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So I got my computer back a few weeks ago, and I forgot to mention that. It's working fine, and I'm able to play BF2142 with excellent graphics and no latency on wireless offline multiplayer games.
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So a few weeks ago, my friend and I bought a game called Battlefield 2142, from EA Games. It's based, obviously, around the Battlefield game engine seen in Battlefield 1942 and Battlefield 2. The game is a first-person shooter and takes place in the year...wait for it...2142! There are two teams in the game: the Pan Asian Coalition and the European Union. Each team has variations on four different units, including recon, assault, support, and engineer. I really like the game because it is fast-paced, includes multiple different styles of gameplay, and has excellent graphics. Not to sound too much like an EA advertisement, but BUY THIS GAME!
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Wow, it's been a while since I last posted. A lot of stuff has happened. First off, the new school year started, and I am taking lots of good classes, including an advanced math class. Work is not that hard for some reason, maybe it's because I actually pay attention in school. Anyways, on a less enthusiastic note, my computer broke over the previous weekend. I am going to bring it to a computer repair service today, and hopefully I will get it back sometime next week.
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So, today Pluto became a "dwarf planet." Every textbook, solar system toy, and map of the Milky Way is now officially obsolete. A lot of people are dissapointed, still others are relieved, and I am simply shocked. Shocked that I was able to be alive for one of the most defining moments in space history.

But its really just our version of space history, isn't it? I mean it's not like, if there is sentient life out there, those beings would actually follow our system of solar judgement. If Martians, Plutonians, and species from other solar systems actually exist, I doubt they would find our version of what a planet is to be acceptable. Of course, the Plutonians would be dismayed and outraged.

But putting aside the idea of a war with Pluto, we can safely assume that this will be one of space history's most remembered moments. And anyone reading this blog is lucky enough to have lived to witness it.

|~~RFTRTM -- Random Fact that Relates to Me~~|
Pluto's atmospheric temperature remains at a constant -400 degrees Farenheit.
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On Saturday, my family and I will be going to Los Angeles, CA to watch TV show tapings and tour famous film studios. Personally, I saved up money to pay for my ticket to the Warner Bros Deluxe Studio Tour, a five-hour, $150 tour that goes far behind the scenes of moviemaking. Not only do I get to see prop and costume warehouses and possibly meet stars, but the included lunch gives me the oppurtunity to dine with famous people! Because my family's tour--which starts at the same time--is the regular VIP tour, and it only lasts 2 1/2 hours, they will just have to find something else to do for the other 2 1/2 hours while I enjoy an in-depth technical tour of filmmaking.

For the link to find out more about the tours, click here.

|~~RFTRTM -- Random Fact that Relates to Me~~|
The museum at the end of the Warner Bros tours currently has a special section for Harry Potter! That will be cool to see.
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In terms of gaming, I don't really have much going right now. I just bought Knights of the Old Republic (I shall refer to it as KOTOR from now on) and I really like it, but not so much that it would take up a good portion of my day. (then again, neither does this...) I am considering getting into World of Warcraft--I'll call it WOW, since that is most people's first reaction. It looks like a really good game because of the advanced graphics and amazing depth to the story lines. Some of my friends play it right now and they are completely hooked. Anyways, later this year I will be getting into MMORPG's a lot more when Star Wars Galaxies: The Complete Online Adventures is released (I talk about that in a previous post...too lazy to find which one it is).

|~~RFTRTM -- Random Fact that Relates to Me~~|
World of Warcraft is the number one Massive Multiplayer Online RolePlaying Game on the Internet. (as if MMORPG's can be found elsewhere!)
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It's game update time! Since I posted about their original versions, Battlefront and Civilization have released new versions. Star Wars Battlefront II and Civilization IV have both replaced their previous versions as best-selling games in their categories (first-person shooter and turn-based strategy, respectively). Battlefront II adds the abiltity to fight in space and as a Jedi. Civilization IV sports a new game interface and an all-new look for every civilization, including new leaders, different terrain and unit images, and a completely revamped in-game information database.

|~~RFTRTM -- Random Fact that Relates to Me~~|
Battlefront II was given the title of all-time greatest Star Wars game, toppling Knights of the Old Republic which
previously held the title.
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If you're interested in learning about the latest technology news, here are some good podcasts I've discovered:

http://www.twit.tv/ - This Week in Tech (TWiT) - Hosted by Leo Laporte
http://www.poweruser.tv/ - Poweruser.tv - Hosted by Kristin Hatcher
http://www.dl.tv/ - Digital Life TV - Hosted by Patrick Norton
http://www.whatsnewnow.com/ - What's New Now - Hosted by Jim Louderback


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Where does the name of Microsoft's music player, the Zune, come from? Some people believe that Microsoft combined the names of
the Zire, Palm's PDA, and iTunes, a popular music client.
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Haven't really posted in a while, but here it goes. For starters, I have long since quit Magic and Runescape. I am still an avid Star Wars fanatic; that part of my life is staying the same. Speaking of Star Wars and how amazing it is, I have just stumbled upon this:

http://www.gamespot.com/news/6154452.html


It is the link to a story posted on Gamespot about LucasArts' ingenius decision to make their award-winning game Star Wars Galaxies and all of its expansion packs into one collection, called Star Wars Galaxies: The Complete Online Adventures. The game is priced at only $30, which is half of what the game (minus any expansion packs) cost just a few months ago. The package also includes a bonus DVD with interesting content relating to the game.

Oh, and one other thing. I am going to post a Random Fact that Relates to Me with every post I upload, just to be creative.

|~~RFTRTM -- Random Fact that Relates to Me~~|
Did you know that there is actually an Internet connection speed called OC-768? It provides transmission speeds of around 40 gigabits per second. Wow, that's
fast!
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