The Dementor Game

So I came up with a silly game. It goes like this:

  1. Get quotes from Harry Potterbooks/movies about the Dementors
  2. Replace Dementors with Clients/Lawyers/Marketers/Telemarketers
  3. Replace Azkaban with the client’s office, if needed
  4. Hilarity ensues

Examples:
Clients are among the foulest creatures that walk this earth. They infest the darkest, filthiest places, they glory in decay and despair, they drain peace, hope, and happiness out of the air around them. Even Muggles feel their presence, though they can’t see them. Get too near a client and every good feeling, every happy memory will be sucked out of you. If it can, the client will feed on you long enough to reduce you to something like itself — soul-less and evil. You’ll be left with nothing but the worst experiences of your life.”

“A word of caution: clients are vicious creatures. They will not distinguish between the one they hunt and the one who gets in their way. Therefore I must warn each and every one of you to give them no reason to harm you. It is not in the nature of a client to be forgiving.”

“Then, around the corner, gliding noiselessly, came Clients, ten or more of them, visible because they were of a denser darkness than their surroundings, with their black cloaks and their scabbed and rotting hands. Could they sense fear in the vicinity?”

“I didn’t think of Voldemort,” said Harry honestly. “I — I remembered those clients.”
“I see,” said Lupin thoughtfully. “Well, well … I’m impressed. That suggests what you fear most of all is — fear. Very wise, Harry.”

“A Client’s breath sounds rattling and like it’s trying to suck more than air out of a room.”

“A Client’s last and worst weapon is called the Client’s Kiss. The Client puts back its hood and clamps its jaws on the mouth of the victim and sucks out his soul, leaving him an empty shell, alive but completely, irretrievably gone.”

Bored? Change your bookmarks!

Safari Top Sites
At least once a month, I change which blogs I am reading. I think this is a good practice for several reasons:

  1. As a blogger myself, it keeps me inspired and if I am always reading the same opinions, it’s easy to fall into the “preaching to the crowd” syndrome.
  2. It keeps me from falling into drudgery and routine
  3. There are precious few blogs (like BoingBoing and PSFK) that continually surprise with truly original content.

While I am a heavy user of Delicious, my daily fixes are stored on my Safari Top Sites page (click the screenshot above for a better view of my current choices). This is an easily updatable page and because it’s so visual, changing my daily reading material out is simple and obvious. I think this is key. If this were simply a list of links, changing them out would be less clear drudgery might continue. But Apple is smart. The icons on the Top Sites page update daily to display new content that you can see before going to the page.

So what are my current picks? The top row is the only constant. My personal stuff. Facebook, Davezilla.com, this blog, my music on Soundcloud, my LinkedIn profile and my business page on Facebook.
ROW TWO: Pinterest, PSFK, Code Poet, The Awesomer, Reddit, FP (private site)
ROW THREE: GigaOm, RibbonFarm, ModulateThis!, Create Digital Music, Synthtopia, Smashing Magazine
ROW FOUR: Ffffound!, Ape on the Moon, Drawn, ThunderChunky, Vector Tuts+ and DesignM.ag

I try to keep a mix of informative, artsy, newsy, funny and unusual. I suppose I should add some fiction in there sometime. What are you reading these days?