Monday, April 11, 2011

That's Auel, Folks

The last volume in Jean Auel's "Earth's Children" series is here and apparently it is a dreary stinker. I'm judging by the hundreds of disappointed reviews by people who have already read the book and posted their feelings online.

I haven't read it yet and likely won't since I stopped at the third book and never cared for Jondalar.

This excerpt from a review by Tea With the Squash God:

"However, I also respect the contract with the readers, and if you’ve put the gun on the mantle in book three, you are required to fire it by book six. Saying, 'Hey, look, remember that gun from book three?' does not count as firing it. Visions and prophecies are not like remainders in long division — merely mentioning them does not count as resolving them."

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Fed Up

Here's an interesting site which discusses the Federal Reserve.

Right off the bat, they make an observation that I've often pondered: Why don't our high schools teach 1) Fiscal responsibility and the history of things like the Federal Reserve and 2) Logical argument and the detection of fallacious types of argument?