July 17th, 2009

Haring Family

Unusual Names and a Life of Crime

A study in Social Science Quarterly profiled on the Today show suggests that giving kids unusual names can lead them to bad behavior and eventual jail time. The study explains that unusual names lead to low self-esteem, which lead to delinquency, saying "having an unusual first name leads to unfavorable reactions in others, which then leads to unfavorable evaluations of the self."

I guess it's too late to save me and my kids... or Barack Obama.
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Recent Reading: Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris

As mentioned elsewhere, I'm loving the HBO TV Series "True Blood" and was intrigued to read the books it's based on. So I got the first one from my library and read it the other day. I'd been warned that the books are not very well written, but I wanted to see how they compared to the show. Well, this is definitely a case where the adaptation is considerably better than the original.
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In sum, I don't think it was a very good book and I'd be unlikely to have read it if not for the show. Still, there were things I liked about it and I enjoyed comparing it to True Blood and have already requested the sequel from the library.