Today’s person is a nutcase. I came across him while reading the book, King Leopold’s Ghost, by Adam Hochschild (which I highly recommend). He was born John Rowlands in Denbigh, Wales in the year 1841 (ahh, a good year). Sadly, neither his mom, Elizabeth Parry, nor anyone else in his family wanted to take care of him. As a result, he was sent to St. … Continue reading Dr. Livingstone, I Presume?
Okay, war and war-related stuff usually isn’t my thing, but this snazzy invention is a pretty cool solution to the problem of fortifications. I was watching the movie Kingdom of Heaven yesterday (really bad movie- I recommend NOT watching it. Orlando Bloom really cannot carry a movie by himself), and the only redeeming thing about the movie was the interesting Medieval battle scenes. Historical inaccuracies … Continue reading You Know What’s Cool? Siege Machines.
I have visited a very large number of U.S. National Parks, and have lots of opinions about them: Denali (in Alaska) was cool, but it was rainy and cloudy in the dead of summer. Glacier (in Montana) was gorgeous, but the roads are enough to scare anyone. The Olympics (in Washington) were…pretty much exactly like the rest of Washington- but the hot springs were great! … Continue reading From Ponce de Leon to Dr. Mudd: A Mini-Vacation
People wear a lot of strange things for fashion. While I’d like to think looking really weird for “fashion” is merely a construct of 20th and 21st century haute fashion, that of course couldn’t be further from the truth. While some weird things were caused merely by a shortage of technology (or maybe forethought?), like how shoes up until recently were the same for both … Continue reading Oh My, Don’t Your Hips Look…Wide
I always feel like one of the most fun things to do on a rainy day is to curl up on the couch with some hot cocoa. On the other hand, sitting on a sofa sipping cocoa (or tea, or whatever you’re into) and staring at the ceiling/wall gets boring for some people. For them, I suggest a nice book or movie. And since this … Continue reading Rainy Day? Watch a Movie…One of these Movies
Even Roman Emperors cannot avoid bad names…today’s unfortunately named person of the day is the Marcus Clodius Pupienus Maximus, or just plain Emperor Pupienus. According to Wikipedia, contemporary texts tend to refer to him incorrectly as “Maximus”, instead of his family name of Pupienus. Really? I can’t imagine why. Despite a name good enough to grace the pages of history books, poor Pupienus somehow managed … Continue reading Unfortunately Named Person of the Day: Emperor Pupienus
Don’t get me wrong- I adore Disney and Disney movies, but thinking back on Pocahontas,the Disney film, I can’t help but come to the conclusion that the character of Pocahontas as portrayed in the movie would be a really useless member of society. For instance, the first time we see her in the movie, she is shirking her corn harvesting duties to frolic in the … Continue reading Pocahontas would not be a Productive Member of Society