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HBP 4-day prediction (mirror)

Click through to read the prediction (to avoid spoilers for nutters who haven't read the books).

I've gone back and updated the titles of all the predictions so far so that there's at least some hint as to what the prediction refers to without clicking through. I also made them consistent while I was at it.

Oh, and by the way, today's my birthday. Happy birthday to me!

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HBP 5-day prediction (ships)

This isn't so much a prediction as a declaration of partisan affiliation (it's also not remotely a spoiler, so no need to click through), but anyway: Ron/Hermione, Harry/Ginny.


HBP 6-day prediction (blood)

Update: You now have to click through to see the prediction, to avoid spoilers for those who are crazy enough not to have read the books...

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HBP 7-day prediction (rat)

In preparation for next Friday's big event, I'm going to blog a prediction a day...

Update: You now have to click through to see the prediction, to avoid spoilers for those who are crazy enough not to have read the books...

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A day for good news


So the release date for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is officially July 16th. People who know me will realize that I consider this a momentous event. I'm so addicted to these books it's not funny. I think that if I were a crack addict shaking from withdrawal, and there were two tables in front of me - a dose of the drug on the left-hand table, and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince on the right - I'd dive to the right without hesitation, and thereafter be so engrossed in the book that I'd completely forget about the drug, not to mention food and drink and sleep (until I finished the book of course). Since my birthday is July 11th, I'm getting a nice birthday present this year. Now to plan my reading regimen for June and July to make sure the first five are maximally fresh in my mind for that date, and investigate the possibility of getting to a midnight opening somewhere...

Another excellent piece of news is that Poland has once again stood up for the democratic process in the European Union and refused to let software patent advocates push their version of legislation through under the radar. Take that, patent pushers - once again, You Forgot Poland! (Yes, I'm the 47,948,368th person to make that joke, but it's still funny)

Finally, a bit of technical good news of interest to probably very few people, but it's been announced that generics in Whidbey will be CLS-compliant. This should make life for IKVM a little more interesting... it becomes far more necessary to have some level of generics support, but perhaps the new CLS restrictions will make the implementation easier. No information yet (that I can find) on whether MS gave any consideration to interoperability with Java generics - I strongly suspect that they didn't. Jeroen may need to pull off another miracle to get the mapping right. I have no doubt he's up to the task.

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