CLFLN rocked Mugglenet’s OWLs! Of the 13 people who got Outstandings on all 12 tests our household has 5 of them!

The photo of us in front of Diagon Alley is from left to right Sissy (Hufflepuff), Deydre (Hufflepuff), Denise (Gryffindor), and Rose (Ravenclaw). Not pictured is Risa (also a ‘Puff).

Time for a celebratory Butterbeer!


ABE STANWAY: Zen and the Art of Writing Commit Log (by IgniteNYC)



The Second season of Buffy has a magnificent story arc which ends with one of the most heartbreaking moments of television. Buffy and Angel’s epic love story is rent asunder when Angel loses his soul.

Just when the audience and Buffy have come to accept that there is no Angel only Angelus, Willow puts Angel’s soul back. Could Buffy have stalled for time? Maybe if Xander hadn’t been an asshole and lied to her. Maybe Darla could have been thrown into the hell vortex. Maybe there could have been a spell to seal it. In any other show there would have been a loop hole. But in Buffy there wasn’t. And I love that.

Buffy is a feminist icon, Joss Whedon wrote her that way. One of the things you hear a lot as an argument for why women can’t be soldiers or leaders is that they’re hard wired to be emotional to the point of irrationality (seriously, look up the etymology of the word hysteria). 

Buffy is faced with having to do one of the worst things ever, murder someone she loves for the good of humanity. And she does it. Not because she’s The Slayer. Not because she was chosen. Because she’s Buffy.

Buffy: If I’m not the Slayer, what do I do? What do I have to offer?

Angel: I saw you before you were the slayer … And I loved you. Because I could see your heart. You held it before you for everyone to see and I worried that it would be bruised and torn. I wanted more than anything to keep it safe and warm it with my own.

Buffy: That’s beautiful, but taken literally incredibly gross.

Angel: I was just thinking that too.

(Helpless S3 ep 12)