Daily Archives: March 23, 2008

War in Iraq: History Repeats Itself

Or at least, as Mark Twain said, “… it rhymes.”When George Bush invaded Iraq, I was immediately reminded of Julian the Apostate. I’ve read about Julian the Apostate, and I can tell you, George Bush is not Julian the Apostate. But, Julian died during his ill fated campaign in the region, so that is why I was reminded.(If you want read a cool book have a look at Julian: A Novel, by Gore Vidal.)Anyway, Julian was not the only ancient figure to invade Iraq with dire consequences, as Manchester Historian Gareth Sampson describes. According to Samson, Continue reading War in Iraq: History Repeats Itself

Easter Eve and Easter Tidbits

i-dc0afde3fb898dffd60ec049c5c7f8b1-bunny.jpgI always like to spend the evening before Easter surrounded by atheists, as a sort of preparation for the holiest day on the Christian calendar. Easter is the day that Jesus Christ (“Christ” as in Christ-ian … get it?) is said to have risen from the dead. You have to be suspicious of a holiday that on one hand moves from one part of the season to the next in an unpredictable way, yet still always manages to land on a Sunday. How do they do that?Anyway, last night was the advertised gathering of Blog-symps in the Twin Cities, at The Local, a tavern in Downtown Minneapolis. Tangled Up in Blue Guy primarily organized it and with PZ Myers publicizing it, it had to be well attended. Continue reading Easter Eve and Easter Tidbits

Open Access Beer

Generally, inhabitants of Bohemia (western region of the Czech Republic) are known to drink more beer than people from Moravia (eastern region of the country). This difference was confirmed for my sample of researchers: researchers from Bohemia drank significantly more beer per capita per year (median 200.0 litres) than those from Moravia

What’s it all about? You need to see this study of Open Access Beer by Coturnix at A Blog Around the Clock. Seriously.