Growing up as an Nth generation American, none of my ancestral heritage was passed down to me. My dad's family sort of knew they came from Wales and had some Cherokee blood in there somewhere. My mom's family thought the might be Scottish. Getting past the Blevins and Blackwood names, I know even less of … Continue reading St. Andrew’s Day
I'm not a sailing man (that would be my brother), but it's sort of sad to read the account of the sinking of the Bounty:'Bounty Loves Hurricanes': A Legendary Ship's Final Hours Battling Sandy: As Hurricane Sandy approached the East Coast in late October, Captain Robin Walbridge wanted to save his ship, the legendary Bounty. He … Continue reading The sinking of the Bounty
Some time back I became interested in my Scottish roots and discovered that my maternal ancestors, the Blackwoods, were historically associated with Clan Douglas. I understand that normally, Scottish clan association is paternal, but given that my paternal ancestry is Welsh, I was curious if I could actually claim clanship through my mother's line, so … Continue reading My connection to Clan Douglas
Posted on Slashdot today is the article below that I intend to shanghai for a slightly different purpose:Birthplace of Indoeuropean Languages Found: phantomfive writes "Language geeks might be interested in a recent study that suggests Turkey as the birthplace of the Indo-European language family. The Indo-European family is the largest, and includes languages as diverse … Continue reading The Trojan connection?
Thoughts on myths from a true academian:How and why do myths arise?:Myth: A Very Short IntroductionBy Robert A. SegalIt is trite to say that one’s pet subject is interdisciplinary. These days what subject isn’t? The prostate? But myth really is interdisciplinary. For there is no study of myth as myth, the way, by contrast, there … Continue reading How and why do myths arise?
I've read in several British and Scottish news outlets lately that historic regimental names are at risk of being done away with. From the BBC:MoD to 'protect' regiment names: The Ministry of Defence says it is seeking to preserve the regimental cap badges of Scotland's historic army regiments.I am very much an advocate for worthy … Continue reading Military tradition under fire
A great article on undoing some of the architectural "progress" inflicted on the old San Francisco Mint building:Steampunking An Old Building To Make It More Efficient: Steampunk, a genre of literature that takes place in a steam-engine powered world often containing futuristic VIctorian innovations, has inspired movies, music, and an entire lifestyle (need some clothes? Check out … Continue reading Re-Minting the San Francisco Mint