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Week of Geek: Another Quick Shout-Out for The Twilight Zone

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I’ve said it before, Geeklings.  I’ll keep saying it, ad nauseum.  Watch The Twilight Zone.

We’ve got DVDs of the classic series at our libraries, including a recently acquired collection of episodes on Blu Ray.

But, another word of caution…you might not want to watch this after dark.  Just sayin’.

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Quidditch At The Library Update

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Yes she can Oliver, yes she can. And she just did.

Due to the likelihood of the heavens opening up above our heads and chucking lightning bolts at anything that moves the Quidditch Match today has been cancelled. The new date for the tournament will be announced in the near future.

HOWEVER all is not lost. There are still prizes to be won and a major photo-op to be had. The Daily Prophet has been all a-buzz (or a hoot in this case) as to just who will be Apparating into Kleinburg at 2:00 pm and it seems that the Dark Lord himself will be passing through the area.

Yes you read that right. Voldemort is coming.

Today was not the day to leave my wand at home.

So grab those cameras, double check your wands, shake out those House scarves because it’s not every day you get the chance to take a Selfie with He Who Must Not Be Named.

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Quidditich At The Library!

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See there’s this game called Quidditch. Some people call it the Sport Of Wizards. Others call it a Way of Life.

Now me? I’m what you call a Quaffle Hound. I see a hoop, I guard that hoop, and heaven help the sorry sod who tries to score a point on my watch. Yep, I’m a Keeper. (wink)

But this isn’t about me now. It’s about you. All of you. Ever wonder what it’d be like to try your hand at chasing Quaffles across a pitch? What about dodging bludgers at a high velocity with only one hand to keep you and your team mates in glory and not sprawled face first in the turf? How about that illusive little golden pest called the Snitch? Ever tried to catch one? Ever wanted to?

Well, now’s your chance!

The Quidditch Tourney is going down tomorrow afternoon. Now it’s more of a scrum than a full-on International Universal Quidditch Match for a single important reason. Broken bones and cracked skulls will be avoided at all costs. So not crazy antics or head-on collisions.

Here are the particulars that you need to know before I go any further.

Location: Kleinburg Library

Date: Tuesday August 11th, 2015

Time: 3:00-3:30

Where: To be played in the field behind the library

B.Y.O.B: This event is a BYOB (BRING YOUR OWN BROOM) If you forget then expect to fly on a pool noodle. You have been warned.

go slytherin love oliver baston oliver wood quidditch 296037 Photo***IMPORTNAT NOTICE*** Now it calls for some serious rain and thunderstorms tomorrow. Bring a change of clothes, shoes, towels just to be on the safe side. If lightning is in the sky then we will have to postpone the match for another day.

Now, there’s something else that you need to know. There will be a random draw for a very Potter specific prize. But that’s not all. Whoever comes decked out in their Hogwarts House colours and really impresses the flying robes off the Ref (aka Me) they have a chance to win a different prize. I wonder what it could be? Also if you come early you’ll have the chance to see the younger crowd scuff their brooms for the first time in Kiddie Quidditch and hollers of support are always a welcomed bonus.

****THIS JUST IN: I’ve just received an owl that tomorrow’s event will be entertaining a very special guest. Someone from the Wizarding World will be Apparating into the library between 2:00 and 2:30. A representative from the Daily Prophet has informed me that the Muggle device known as Camera should be utilized to the utmost advantage. Translation: Major Photo Opportunity.

So tape up those broom handles, lace up the cleats, don your team colours and get your House Pride on because tomorrow we’re getting our Quidditch on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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The Vault: Jurassic Lark (High Heels Edition)

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So you may have heard that this summer’s biggest blockbuster isn’t about a bunch of dudes (and dudettes) in spandex and capes.  PhotoNor is it the wacky hijinks of a bunch of Twinkie shaped minions in coveralls. The title of King of the Summer Silver Screen goes to none other than…JURASSIC PARK….no…wait…THE LOST WORLD….nope…how about JURASSIC PARK III….that’s not it….JURASSIC (the movie that’s not really a remake but is actually a remake that is being called something else because no one wants to admit that it’s a 96% carbon copy of the first film only with genetically modified dinos that are nowhere near as ground-breaking or believable as the originals because CGI made all the good dinos, like original filmmaking, extinct) WORLD!

Yeah, that’ll fool ‘em into believing the plotline is something totally new!

Prepare yourselves as two kids go check out a ground-breaking amusement park that is filled with living attractions that died out millions of years ago. Thanks to the magic of science and genetic engineering the world can now pay an insane amount of money to stare at and pet living breathing dinosaurs! Despite the disastrous outcome of the first Jurassic park, the new and improved highly secure park facility guarantees a completely safe and hands-on once in a lifetime experience to all those who venture to walk with dinosaurs. After all, what could go wrong when scientists with god complexes start messing about with gene splicing?

Answer: Everything.

Gear up for the adventure of the summer. Only this time Sam Neill’s Dr. Alan Grant isn’t there to Kenobi his way through the minefield of gigantic teeth with two kids in tow and mission control is bereft of the pop-culture witticisms of Jeff Goldblume’s Dr. Ian Malcolm because his sage sarcasm would have had the power to prevent history from repeating itself. All-round prehistoric She-Rah plant guru Dr. Ellie Sattler must have been too busy kicking raptors in the face and digging through car-sized mounds of dino droppings when the chaos went down because she was nowhere to be seen. Instead of guts and khakis running and gunning through the snapping gauntlet of dino maws Jurassic World sent in Runs With Raptors and the world’s most indestructible pair of High Heels to save the day!

No, hang on a tick, they actually didn’t. Rexy did. Rexy always wins the spotlight because that is how a T-Rex gets the job done.

If you liked the new reboot, great. It’s fun! Dino-on-Dino smack-downs never get old and who doesn’t love watching people scream in terror when dinosaurs descend?

But do yourselves a favour. Read the Book. Watch the Original Jurassic Park that started it all. Enjoy the sequels for what they are. Be amazed and inspired by the dinosaurs that quite literally stomped their way across the screen. Make sure to watch as much behind-the-scenes features as you can in order to see just how Spielberg and his intrepid crew of talent brought these amazing creatures to life through the use of movie magic, puppetry, CGI, a whole lot of set building, and incredible life-sized/life-like robotic dinosaurs that were so mind-blowing that they still are considered the standard by which any other dino/monster/giant lizard films are compared to. And that was 20 years ago.

Some things are just built to last.

You don’t CGI T-Rex onto a set. You build the set around T-Rex!

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Space Is The Place

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image PhotoLadies and Gentlemen we are living in a golden age of outer planetary solar system exploration! We are literally going where no man (or woman) has ever gone before by reaching out into the far reaches of the galaxy and looking into others. We are discovering new planets almost on a weekly, even daily, basis and getting up close and personal with the ones that rotate in our solar system. 46 years ago NASA landed men on the moon. Now humanity is driving a scientific dune buggy across the red surface of Mars as we speak and last week Pluto took a selfie.

Think about it.

This is just the tip of the space iceberg. There’s an entire universe filled with galaxies that are populated by more stars than there are grains of sand and those stars have planets that rotated around them where some of which more than likely will contain some sort of life form.

So let me put it to you plainly.

Suddenly Star Trek feels like a futuristic documentary and pretty soon a new race of Jedi will be making their presence known to us. Or at least that’s the wishful theory.

Putting pop-culture references aside there is something huge on the horizon that has just made itself known to us. And by us I mean the human race as a collective whole. Out there, 1,400 light years from Earth in the constellation Cygnus, space telescope Kepler has discovered a planet that is remarkably similar to our own. It’s called Kepler-452b, dubbed Earth 2.0, and the possibilities are endless.

Kepler 452b artist impressionThe planet itself is classed as a Super Earth, being bigger than Earth by 60 percent, and takes roughly 385 days to make one complete trek around its star. It orbits around the same class of star as our Sun, one that is 1.5 billion years older, so getting a better understanding of Kepler-452b could give scientists and astronomers insight as to what might be in store for the future of our own planet. Whether or not this newfound “big cousin” could hold life will be up for debate for a long time but further study will be called for in order to figure out what kind of surface the planet has, what atmosphere embodies it, if there is water on its surface and a long laundry list of questions that will need answering.

So, what do you think? Is this beyond amazing?
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