Month: August 2012

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Everyone knows that predicting the future is incredibly easy, whereas explaining the past is incredibly difficult. For example, in 1933 everyone in the entire world could foresee that Hitler’s rise to power would lead directly to the Final Solution, whereas today, it’s impossible to prove that the Holocaust even happened. Similarly, today everyone in the […]

Today in Crazyland

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On August 26, 2012

Any interesting news in the wingnuttery world today? First to Maryland: A homophobic Maryland lawmaker has admitted to being drunk when he accidentally crashed his boat into a boat full of children. M

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Thomas Meyer’s Beowulf

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In General
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On August 25, 2012
Via Eileen Joy and the outstanding number of medievalists I know on Facebook, I see that Thomas Meyer‘s translation of Beowulf is now available. For free. It possesses a striking cover: And though I haven’t had a chance to read it yet—this translation, I mean, because I’ve obviously read Beowulf before—the excerpt from the publisher […]

Dance of the Vampires

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In Robert Farley
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On August 25, 2012
This is a fun little account of the origins of one of my favorite Tom Clancy sequences; the attack on the USS Nimitz in Red Storm Rising: The level of granularity required to produce a credible account of modern naval warfare is daunting. The fighting usually occurs at great distances, the combatants beyond visual range […]
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