Harry Potter: Isn’t 007 the most powerfully magical number?

Years after Hogwarts, Harry Potter is the top Auror in the Ministry of Magic. The Death Eaters are gone. But what happens when an international Dark wizard ring rises out of the shadows, and Auror Potter must join forces with his muggle opposite number in MI6? If anyone’s interested in exploring this question, I offer the following titles to help get you started…

  • For Your Mad-Eyes Only
  • A View To Avada Kedavra
  • From Azkaban With Love
  • License To Curse
  • On Dumbledore’s Secret Service*
  • The Auror Who Loved Me
  • Thunderbroom
  • The Man With The Golden Wand
  • Dragons Are Forever
  • Octopeevesy
  • GoldenSnitch
  • The Wizarding World Is Not Enough
  • You Only Die Seven Times
  • Quidditch Royale
Potter. Harry Potter.

Potter. Harry Potter.

*Actually, On Hermione’s Secret Service is funnier because it sounds very close to the original title.


Halloween Scientists

I think I’ll dress up as a scientist for Halloween. But which one?

My first reflex was to go as Pavlov. I may or may not go as Schrödinger, but I feel a pull towards Newton. Einstein would be a relatively good costume! My friend has naturally selected Darwin, and another friend has a burning desire to go as Bunsen. Going as Niels would be a Bohr. I heard a number of people are going as Avogadro, and a there’ll be lot of Henry Ford costumes that are exactly the same. There’s a pair of identical twins going as Watson and Crick. I’m sure a Franklin costume would be electrifying, but if you want to do something revolutionary, go with Copernicus. Or for something really shocking, try Tesla! Edison would also be a bright idea, but my mother suggested Freud instead. Too bad Mama will not let me go as Galileo.

Maybe I’ll go around as Johannes Kepler, or perhaps Alexander Graham Bell is called for. A tiny part of me wants to go as Planck though. Someone needs to explain to me how to dress as Feynman. If I could just make a Turing costume I could dress up as anything. I tried a Rontgen costume but you could see right through it. I wish I were hot enough for a Celsius costume or sexy enough for Kinsey. Maybe the cure is to go as Alexander Fleming. Heisenberg might work, but I’m uncertain. You know, a Carl Sagan costume would be pretty far out, or I could see myself dressed as Edwin Hubble. If you don’t mind making a big project out of it, you could make a J. Robert Oppenheimer costume. I heard Ernst Mach would work, but someone beat me to it. Maybe I’ll just go out with a bang as Alfred Nobel. Wait, I know — Eureka! Archimedes!

C++ Lulz

Inspired by this site, which was posted on Facebook by a friend of mine. Do not try actually running this.

goto school;
if (rich) {
    private int ernational_school;
} else {
    public char ter_school;

if (sat_score == 2400 && rich) {
    goto yale;
    bool aboola;        

long day;
double shift;
try {
    volatile short temper;
    throw fit;
} catch (hell) {
    goto pieces;
    return badge;
switch (career){
    case solved:
        private int vestigator;
        auto mechanic;