Friday, June 27, 2003

Dr. Hurd explained the problem with the recent affirmative action ruling very concisely:

"Those who cheer the recent Supreme Court decision partially upholding affirmative action call it a victory for 'racial equality.'

Why is racial equality the goal? The goal, for any business or university, should be excellence. Excellence can only come, in the end, from the productive individual. Of course irrational prejudgments such as racism get in the way of individual excellence. But so too do quotas and diversity for the sake of diversity. They distract from the real goal in any rational organization: getting the job done well.

Only when individual equality replaces the goal of racial equality will excellence come to dominate our culture."

Thursday, June 26, 2003

Dammit dammit dammit. Blogger was "updating" for a while, so I wasn't able to actually post anything. I'm sorry! Don't ditch me, all of you unloyal readers! It's as though everyone somehow knows when I haven't updated, and they don't visit. It's starting to get creepy. But more from me later; I expect you all to return. Pretty please?

Monday, June 23, 2003

In Barnes and Noble today, there was a little girl picking up her copy of Harry Potter with her grandmother. While the employee searched for her copy, the girl actually jumped up and down and said "I'm so excited! I'm getting to read Harry Potter first." Man, those books really must be Satanic.

It's just nice when you see a book come out that makes reading cool for all the little kids. I remember being a huge fan of the Goosebumps books when I was little. My friends and I would always compete to see who could get the new releases first, and we'd always be glued to them. Then we even discussed them. I'll admit, maybe we were just nerds, but despite how bad (in retrospect) the books really were, it was a positive thing. Harry Potter strikes me as being the Goosebumps of today, only better. Rock on, little nerds.