Category Archives: History
I was reminded me of an observation I had recently, that the colonial offspring of Great Britain are like poorly raised children. You have Canada, the good natured quiet child, who grew up to be a productive member of society, … Continue reading
The Knights Templar were an unusual order in that they were not merely knights but monks as well. Founded by Hugh de Paynes in 1118 as a charitable order, the Knights took up residence in the Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem, … Continue reading
While doing some research this morning, I came across this fascinating story about Russian poet and Novelist, Boris Pasternak, and his best known work, Doctor Zhivago: After his own novel was denied publication by the journal Novy Mir, Pasternak arranged … Continue reading
So apparently tomorrow is the rapture. Except that of course it’s not. The world is no more likely to end tomorrow than it was on any of the few hundred previous times it was predicted. The thing that pisses me … Continue reading
At the new York review of Books, a lament for the disappearing library: All across the United States, large and small cities are closing public libraries or curtailing their hours of operations. Detroit, I read a few days ago, may … Continue reading
I’d never heard of the Rajneeshee Commune. Turns out, there’s a reason for that: In a nearly unbelievable chapter of Oregon history, a guru from India gathered 2,000 followers to live on a remote eastern Oregon ranch. The dream collapsed … Continue reading
Cyrano De Bergerac was the first man to visit the moon. When he arrived, he found a young Chinese woman named Chang’e who was witty, intelligent and fond of wine. They had a brief but passionate affair. Cyrano eventually tired … Continue reading
Today is the 50th anniversary of the flight of Ham the astrochimp.
So we have health Care Reform! Yippee! I have the same advice for President Obama that I did when he was elected: Congrats! Now don’t fuck this up. As to the substance of the bill… Meh. It ain’t what I, … Continue reading
The house in which Jerry Siegel created Superman is in poor shape. Watch this video and see how you can help save an antional historic landmark and a piece of American mythology.