Library Post (But Which One?)

On the fourteenth of October, we the TALONS program went on a trip (in our favorite school bus. . .) to the Vancouver public library downtown. While it also counted as a cultural event to get to know the grade nines, my personal goal was to collect materials on the illustrious Sun Tzu.

My first point I would like to put out there is that it was a success. Multiple times! I managed to secure a wonderful book from the Vancouver public library, and I was so in the zone that that weekend I went to my local library and found another book that was even more useful! Two books for the effort of one, that real literary skill right there. In a week I had all the information I could ever use.

Now, after the initial (second hand) information has been gathered, it is time to work on some firsthand gathering (i.e. the interview). I have some ideas about whom to interview. I was thinking for an initial sweep of the local universities history departments, seeing as he was pretty influential and no one is still alive to remember him personally. If you have other ideas, feel free to let me know about them in the comments. I will read them when I have the time. Until next time,


Eminent 2015 Intro Post

Well, it is that time of year again. The time of year when the grade nines start to sweat and most of the grade tens completely freak out (fragment for effect). Yes, it is eminent time, and the talons world is roiling. Comparatively, this post is coming out kind of late, and the library trip has already happened. This incident was not as bad, and it would have been posted sooner, if it wasn’t for the fact that I had surgery on my feet which put me out for a week. Nevertheless, here I am, and here is my introductory post!

As I said before, this post is coming out late, so I already know who I am doing for the post: Sun Tzu, the guy who supposedly wrote the book on Chinese battle tactics and warfare. I am saying “supposedly” because my current research has proven that he may not have written the book for which he is so famous, The Art of War. My evidence so far is that all the chapter’s start with the phrase: “Sun Tzu said. . .”

There are even some theories that Sun Tzu himself did not exist, that it was a pen name for: One of his students, a famous general that is often quoted in the book, a god, and Confucius the philosopher. All of these theories have been put forward, each with their own evidence (some more convincing than others), but none have been officially proven. That has led me to having a possible theme of my learning center to be a “who am I?” theme. Feel free to comment if you agree or disagree with this idea, I just thought it sounded cool.

Well that’s all I have for now, let me know if you have any questions or comments, and i will try to get back to you as soon as I can. Until next time, Christopher