July 17th, 2005


Assorted Sundries

Saw "March of the Penguins" tonight. It was quite good -- visually very appealing, informative, and interesting.

Harry Potter came out today. I'm not particularly excited about it -- the series peaked with "Prisoner of Azkaban", and anyway it's become very predictable, which is kind of deadly for a series that depends on mystery and suspense. I think this is why people usually don't mix heroic fantasy (which in terms of structure, this very much is, though it's not quite an epic) with mystery -- all heroes have pretty much identical stories, with only the details differing. Hero tales have a very hard time being at all suspenseful, as a result. So, for example, if you think about it you already know who's going to die in this one -- the character who has to die, and it's completely obvious who that is. I'm not going to say it because that one person who hasn't figured it out will doubtless kill me, but you all know who I mean. Anyway, it'll probably be a couple of weeks to a month before I get around to reading it.

I've always said that a major problem with the public schools is that they're too easy -- and apparently, a majority of high schoolers agree with me, according to a survey by the Governors' Association. Almost two thirds, apparently, said they'd do better if classes were more challenging. Here's an article about it: http://nytimes.com/2005/07/16/education/16STUDENTS.html. I'll post more when I get the chance on my other blog -- probably tomorrow or Monday.
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