Thisby Thestoop and the Black Mountain

It’s fair to say that I read a good number of books children’s books. Having kids of my own, I like to pilfer their shelves from time to time. In our house, we like to stock “the classics” as a sort of quality guarantee. Since children’s books became a genre there have been writers who have tried to cash in on the children’s market as a way to make a quick buck with little effort. Reading “the classics” means that you get the best books from every era without having to wade through the formulaic twaddle, most of which has mercifully been forgotten over the years.
It’s a different story with modern children’s books. Picking up a new children’s book means taking a chance on wasting your time, and the modern children’s book publishing machine loves tried and true formulas. After the success of Harry Potter we got books about schools for magical/mythological/specially talented kids who are sorted into groups based on their personalities. After The Hunger Games took off, we’ve have had m…

Circles and Squares

Doug Wilson has an apt post today.
As the same sex marriage issue is now before the Supreme Court, just a few observations. It is important that we get this straight, because the next case before them concerns the right of circles to be square, and if a bad precedent is set on this same sex marriage case, the next case is going to play havoc with a lot of our engineering. A handful of circles have wanted to have four corners for a long time now, and in these enlightened times, who are we to continue to bruise their feeling by denying them four corners? The ruling elites will brook no compromise, and the offer of some states to give circles at least two civilly-recognized corners has been rejected flat out. And of course, we don't have time to go into the circles that want six or more corners.

Well, you know, one grants, in the abstract, that we are not really giving circles four corners, but are rather changing the definition of what it means to be circular. But no matter, we press on. It helps if you shut your eyes.

But once we have changed the definitions, good building and bridges will continue to stand, and bad ones will fall...
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