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Professor Lupin's favorite solar system? GQ Lupi and its planet

The GQ Lupi system is about 400 light-years away from our solar system, in a region where new stars are being formed. The planet itself is very young and very hot, about 3,100 degrees F.

Interesting facts about the spring equinox. This could have fascinating implications for pagan magical workings which are equinox-dependent.

Experiments on Mouse Brains - Beta catenin makes a mouse brain enlarge and acquire folds in the cerebral cortex similar to those in a human brain.

TV: New episodes of Dog: The Bounty Hunter start tomorrow night at 8pm. Yea!

Oh, crap, I think that's the same time as House, MD. Waaaah! I so dislike the Victoria Gotti show that came on in Dog's usual time slot last week. I really was surprised that Dog was willing to do another season; I figured that having the TV crews shadowing him on his arrests might be annoying, to say the least. On the other hand, I also think Dog Chapman is a man with a message, and he may consider television to be the most effective means of getting it out.

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I got on too late to write with baghdaelf, so I decided to go wand shopping. The shopping cart set-up at Pagan Hearth still says 'Lignum Vitae,' which isn't the rosewood want I wanted, so I looked elsewhere.

I discovered that elsewhere, wands made of rosewood or ebony cost nearly twice as much. :P Still, I was able to find a wand at The Wand Shop that sold for two dollars less than the asking price, and that was the best bargain I could find, so I took it. Even the Wand Shop, though, is heavy on the Potter-themed merchandise.

I have to say, I deplore the influence that Potterdom has had on wandmakers. Many of them are now selling Potteresque wands, which have little compartments inside, containing supposedly magical items, like a hair from a unicorn's mane or some other such nonsense. The reason I bought my wand where I did was because the wands they sold were handmade limited editions, all cut from one piece of wood. I figured those were less likely to be influenced by the Harry Potter craze. They were not advertised as Wizarding World wands, so I have hope. At least there are no crystals on them. I'm a rabid traditionalist when it comes to that.

Still, the Potter influence makes it a bit hard to find the real wands among all of those supposedly made by Ollivander. You think you're going into a nice, pagan shop, and then you see all the little Potterisms in the links.

*sigh* I love the Harry Potter books, but I do wish there was less copycat merchandise floating about.

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