I found an interesting article that breaks down the Periodic Table to explain why gold has always been civilization's go-to for real money.http://www.lifeslittlemysteries.com/914-gold-best-element-money.html
I think my favorite Winston Churchill quote from the LifeHack post below is "History will be kind to be for I intend to write it.", which says a couple things to me:Given that history is written by the victors, Churchill saw no option but victory.No one can so accurately tell your own story as you … Continue reading History will be kind to be for I intend to write it.
Thinking about International Talk Like a Pirate Day reminded me of seeing the Niña and Pinta when they came through my area a couple years ago. They are faithful replicas of Columbus's originals. Below is a video of the ships when they visited Dubuque, Iowa:The diminutive stature of these two ships destroyed my perception of Columbus' crossing … Continue reading Columbus might not have been a pirate, but..
Being a geek and working with other like-minded individuals, sometimes we have some pretty great discussions on ancient history, technologies, and such. Today we were bouncing between the the lethality of Comanche and Mongolian bow skills and how ancient (and not so ancient) cultures had technology that was far more advanced than we often give … Continue reading Napoleon’s Fax Machine
As usual, the comments make the post:Queen makes Prince William Knight of the Thistle: The Duke of Cambridge has been given the highest honour in Scotland after being installed as a Knight of the Thistle at a service in Edinburgh.I suppose in my naivety I don't understand the average Brit republican's disdain for pomp and ceremony such … Continue reading For the sake of tradition
An interesting piece of cartographical history:Finding America: University Discovers Lost Early Map of New World: German university researchers have rediscovered a 500-year-old map that had been mistakenly bound in a volume on geometry several hundred years ago. The map, by cartograther Martin Waldseemüller, is one of the first to include the term "America" in reference to the New … Continue reading Finding America: University Discovers Lost Early Map of New World
An informative article from the Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs:The Clan System:The clan system as we know it today was created over the course of a few years in the first quarter of the 19th century.The clan system as we know it today was created over the course of a few years in the first quarter … Continue reading The Clan System