JKR’s Dumbledore revelations

Link: Dumbledore is gay, ‘Harry Potter’ author reveals – CNN.com.

Via Dave’s Fiction Warehouse, CNN reports:

"Dumbledore is gay," the author [JKR] responded to gasps and applause.

She then explained that Dumbledore was smitten with rival Gellert Grindelwald, whom he defeated long ago in a battle between good and bad wizards. "Falling in love can blind us to an extent," Rowling said of Dumbledore’s feelings, adding that Dumbledore was "horribly, terribly let down."  "

Dave is unimpressed by this revelation, and opines that if anyone was gay in the Harry Potter books, he would select Snape. I disagree — Snape has a love, and it is a woman. I don’t see any other person that could be an object of his affection in that way. Draco Malfoy, maybe — he is certainly a very conflicted character compared with most, and his being gay would be one explanation for his ambivalence in most of the books in which he features, particularly the last two. 

I’ve checked out JKR’s official site (always a good idea when anything ascribed to her is reported) and there is nothing there (other than a confirmation that she is indeed currently touring the USA), so one has to take CNN’s word for it.  For Dave, however, JKR is not doing the right thing: "Show, don’t tell. Maybe D. could have had a collection of Barbara Streisand records or something. By just telling, Rowling is subtly insulting her readers."

The Fortune Cookie Genome

Link: Public Rambling: The Fortune Cookie Genome.

This is an interesting little scenario about the genetic future from Pedro Belatro, a bioinformatician.

"Today is the day I get the sequencing results back. It is going be interesting to have finally a glimpse of my very own genome. At the same time I am afraid of the potential disease associations they might find in there. In any case I rather know it with time to do something about it. Thats it … I exhale and open the main door to the building walking up the desk.

– Hi. I have an appointment with my genetic adviser.
– Oh yes, go up to the 3rd floor, they are expecting you.

I walk up a DNA shaped stairway and walk into the office of one of the attending specialists. He was the one convincing me of how useful it would be to purchase the GenomeSurvey(TM) package." …..

read on at the link.