Posted 02 August 2005 - 02:55 AM
What do people think the significance of the number 7 is? Or is it 'just a number'?
Posted 03 August 2005 - 03:14 AM
Posted 03 August 2005 - 05:35 AM
OTOH, there are so many mystical numbers...
Posted 07 August 2005 - 09:17 AM
Posted 24 May 2006 - 01:29 PM
Victor Porter, the museum's vertebrate paleontologist, used dental tools to clean the pieces, then reassembled the skull. He also made casts of the skull that he sent to other paleontologists to confirm it actually was a new species.
Finally, to re-create the 10-foot-long herbivore as scientists believe it looked, he paired the skull with a pachycephalosaurus skeleton from another excavation. Young museum visitors said it looked like a dragon. Porter and Robert T. Bakker, a national dinosaur expert and consultant to The Children's Museum, factored that into its name.
Posted 02 July 2006 - 10:36 PM
Posted 05 July 2006 - 09:43 AM
I rarely read fiction, but HP has won me over.
Posted 26 July 2007 - 05:04 PM
What am I reading? Why, what millions of others worldwide are reading: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows! I've been following it from the first, initially to find out what there was in juvenile fiction that had attracted so much attention, and then I was hooked! I follow the "Potter Phenomenon" and have noticed that with the books' publishing dates, the story has progressed in very nearly real time, which appealed to a series readership. And I am favorably taken by Rowling's "inside references" to Tolkien, Lovecraft, Arthur Clarke and even a bit of Robert Heinlein. She passes her readers on to further challenges and joy of reading. I sincerely hope that she can translate her talent into writing stand-alone work. She has re-introduced reading for pleasure to a generation for whom this WAS an alien concept. Brava!
Posted 26 July 2007 - 06:09 PM
Posted 27 July 2007 - 04:55 AM
Posted 27 July 2007 - 07:39 AM
I haven't read any of these, nor seen the movies. I tend to buck pop culture tidal waves. But in all the media hoopla, and along the lines of Mel's observation, "the story has progressed in very nearly real time, which appealed to a series readership " local news broadcast a sharp observation from a girl, about age 16, as she stood on line for the midnight sales to start. She said she'd started reading the books with the first one, when she was a new reader, that each was a landmark along her road to maturity, and this final installment signals the end of her childhood.
It's one of those rare instances when a trend actually deserves its widespread popularity. I have no qualms about telling people to jump on this bandwagon! In the latest film release, Imelda Staunton's performance as the deliciously evil Professor Umbridge was worth the price of admission.
As I completed Book 7, I felt as though my childhood has also come to an end, even though I haven't technically been a child for a couple of years now. I think anyone who has been following the series with avid fascination would feel the same way, whether that person is 16 or 61. Following the Potter phenomena has brought me closest to the feeling of excitement I used to experience as a child; it's like going trick-or-treating or throwing a slumber party all over again. Yet I never experience the feeling that the writing in the books is below my intelligence, nor do I feel childish reading them.
Posted 27 July 2007 - 09:44 AM
It's one of those rare instances when a trend actually deserves its widespread popularity. I have no qualms about telling people to jump on this bandwagon!
I have not read any of the books, but people whose judgment I trust have, and there does seem to be something more going on than the usual media flavor-of-the-month. Only time will tell, of course.
Posted 27 July 2007 - 02:04 PM
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