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December 12, 2010

Twilight, in a nutshell

“The newspaper headline screams:... | Chris Haley is... THE ENTHUSIAST!
The newspaper headline screams: “Eighteen-Year-Old Slain by Husband after Giving Birth.” As you continue reading, you learn that the young woman was brainwashed by a strange blood-drinking cult who call themselves a “family,” though none of the members were actually related. The young woman’s husband was much older than she and had a history of violence. In fact, you learn that her husband used to stalk her prior to her marriage, watching her secretly from the woods near her home and climbing into an unsecured window at night to watch her sleep without her knowledge. Once the young woman, then seventeen, was initiated into a relationship with the man and his “family,” she was encouraged to marry right after her high school graduation. The young woman reportedly had bruises all over her body after returning from her honeymoon, where she also reportedly became pregnant. Her husband was not happy about the pregnancy and wanted her to have an abortion. She refused, eventually leading to him ripping the child from her womb, then, draining her of her blood until she finally stopped breathing. Sounds torturous and sick, doesn’t it? But in fact, this is the basis of a tween-teen literary phenomenon called the Twilight saga… Twilight and Philosophy, p.178 (chapter by Rebecca Housel)

December 11, 2010

So You Want to Write a Novel?

YouTube - So You Want to Write a Novel

December 10, 2010

Photo Gallery: Students riot in London over 300% fee increase

London tuition fee protest - The Big Picture - Boston.com
Yesterday, in central London, thousands of students and others gathered to protest as Britain's Parliament met to vote on a proposal to raise university tuition fees significantly - nearly tripling them - as part of a continuing set of austerity programs. During the protest, several clashes took place between police and protesters, resulting in numerous injuries and 43 arrests. Late in the demonstration, a group of protesters attacked the car of Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall as the couple were inside, being driven to the London Palladium. The car was slightly damaged, the royal couple unharmed, though a bit shaken by the incident. Parliament did end up narrowly approving the measure, and the fee increases are set to take effect in 2012.

December 07, 2010

New education report shows U.S. schools falling further behind other nations

Not surprising considering how cash-strapped most schools are and how anti-tax our country has been for 20 years. Numbers don't add up for U.S. math students -
China, Finland and Korea generally won the highest scores based on how well students in 34 nations apply their knowledge in reading, science and math. Fifteen-year-old students in the U.S. performed about average in reading and science, and below average in math. Out of 34 countries, the U.S. ranked 14th in reading, 17th in science and 25th in math.

A diagram of nearly all the characters in David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest, with connections and relations shown thereamong.

This is a poster that this man is selling. Click through to see it much larger and appreciate the work he did. Infinite Jest Diagram.