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Open Thread for August 10

By Chelsea DaggerAugust 10, 2010
This picture, submitted by the lovely Drum_Minor, captures our greatest love in life: BAKED GOODS. WITH ICING. AND SPRINKLES. Excuse us while we sprint to the bakery (it's only 29 blocks away) and drop mad cash on thirty dozen cupcakes. SUGAR COMA, HERE... More  →
Open Thread for August 10

Blogging My Trip to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

By ContributorAugust 9, 2010
We're SO excited that you're giving us the inside scoop, FeatherySnidget! Everything sounds absolutely amazing!—Sparkitors The phrase "the happiest place on earth” is usually reserved for Disneyland, a private island, or a comfy chair with a laptop—or at least it was, until this... More  →
Blogging My Trip to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

The MaxVZ Chronicles: How To Solve Every Problem Ever

By ContributorAugust 9, 2010
We think of MaxVZ's brain as a pit full of plastic black balls. Like most ball pits, it's tons of fun, unless you wade into the quicksand corner, or slip and suffocate under three feet of plastic. —Sparkitors Before I start, shout-outs to crazyfightingninja... More  →
The MaxVZ Chronicles: How To Solve Every Problem Ever

A Day in the Life of an Army Brat

By ContributorAugust 9, 2010
NuttyDavey, your schedule is one of the toughest we've ever seen; if you can handle this, you can handle anything! —Sparkitors My day starts early and ends late, and I’ve made it my personal crusade to do it all! My school has eight class... More  →
A Day in the Life of an Army Brat

How to Make Your New Classmates Think You're Dangerous

By Kathryn_WilliamsAugust 9, 2010
Whether you're starting at a new school or trying to preempt another year's worth of unfortunate swirlie situations, there are benefits to convincing your peers and teachers that you are Bad News. Benefits like your own table at lunch and human footstools.... More  →
How to Make Your New Classmates Think You're Dangerous

QUIZINATOR: Draco Is 'Bout To Get SLAPPED

By Chelsea DaggerAugust 9, 2010
After finishing The Half-Blood Prince (for the 19th time), we feel a lot like Harry did at the end of the book: grief-stricken, heartbroken, and ready to RUMBLE. We want nothing more than to hunt down Draco, Voldemort, and Snape, punch all of them soundly... More  →
QUIZINATOR: Draco Is 'Bout To Get SLAPPED

Auntie SparkNotes: Father Knows FAIL

By kat_rosenfieldAugust 9, 2010
Now we're fixated on the word "lurk." Lurk lurk lurklurklurk. —Sparkitors Dear Auntie, So I'm having this issue with my dad. He's a single father who's been through a lot in the divorce. And he's really sensitive, always wondering if he's parenting right. Anyway, he was driving my... More  →
Auntie SparkNotes: Father Knows FAIL

The Camera Doesn't Love You

By ContributorAugust 9, 2010
If we tried to write with our sisters, someone would end up dead. We're in awe of you, apples1237 and Lady_Sunshine3! —Sparkitors We are, as some of you know, sisters. We couldn’t be more different, but we do have one thing in... More  →
The Camera Doesn't Love You

A Day at Sailing Camp

By ContributorAugust 9, 2010
If we ever do a Sparkitor sail around the world, we're hiring Katherine S. (and her instructors) as our crew. —Sparkitors Starting in early July, I began sailing camp because I ADORE sailing. What I didn't know is that there is more to this... More  →
A Day at Sailing Camp

What Kind of Emotional Roller Coaster Will You Ride Today?

By Lucy HutchinsonAugust 9, 2010
We like to think of summer as the Season of Roller Coasters. Sadly, it doesn't last forever. And when you go back to school, there will be a whole bunch of new, less fun roller coasters waiting for you. We've catalogued a few of them... More  →
What Kind of Emotional Roller Coaster Will You Ride Today?