SciFriday is back tonight!

Can't wait to see what happens on Stargate, its spin-off and Battlestar Galactica. I'm lucky enough to have a DVR so I can wait an hour into the programs and then happily skip commercials. Finally!, a computer attached to my satellite receiver lets me skip commercials fast. I have dreamt about that since the days of my first VCR while trying to stop fast forward at the right instant. It still isn't totally automatic. It would be better if commercials weren't recorded at all. And now I wish I could also erase the tiny ads that they run in the corner while the program is airing.

Harry Potter the Dropout

I don't want to give away the plot of the latest Harry Potter adventure to those who have not yet read it. And it doesn't suffer from the usual first few chapters of exposition on the history of what came before in the series. Author J. K. Rowling just jumps right into the adventure without so much as a "by-yout-leave". She seems to basically be telling the reader that if you want to know what's going on better go read the other books. But as a story it is just fill-in-the-blanks and do a little character development.