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Katana

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Since: 08-15-04
From: Philadelphia, P.A.

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Posted on 09-13-11 10:03 PM Link | Quote
Speaking of geeking out over history...I've always loved it, but it felt like I always learned it so sporadically. Like, it was always US History OR World History in the curriculum before me. Which would cause me to have major learning meltdowns, because I can't seem to focus on one or the other. My mind is always wondering how the world is effected by things in the US, and vice versa. But for once, I scored the opportunity to have both. Two separate classes, mind you, but both histories, revolving around the same time period, and I'm a happy girl.

Now, I'll go back to allowing y'all to be the cool ones with what you guys do with your historical obsessions. XD I just read and enjoy the ever so sarcastic instructor that I have. (He's seriously awesome.)
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Posted on 09-14-11 10:37 AM Link | Quote
Sarcastic history instructors are the best! The first one I had in college is what made me choose history as my major in the first place.

I figure, if every high school student had that kind of teacher, they would learn a lot more history.
Rogue
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Since: 08-17-04

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Posted on 09-14-11 01:37 PM Link | Quote
I had a hot, Thomas Jane-look alike for a history professor when I first transferred into university. Yup, got an A+.

Not joking, I went into a dream-like trance when he started reading poetry, in class, by Suleiman the Magnificent to his favorite harem girl and later wife.

I mean check this out:

"Throne of my lonely niche, my wealth, my love, my moonlight.
My most sincere friend, my confidant, my very existence, my Sultan, my one and only love.
The most beautiful among the beautiful...
My springtime, my merry faced love, my daytime, my sweetheart, laughing leaf...
My plants, my sweet, my rose, the one only who does not distress me in this world...
My Constantinople, my Caraman, the earth of my Anatolia
My Badakhshan, my Baghdad and Khorasan
My woman of the beautiful hair, my love of the slanted brow, my love of eyes full of mischief...
I'll sing your praises always
I, lover of the tormented heart, Muhibbi of the eyes full of tears, I am happy."


I really missed that guy. Wanted to take more classes with him (especially since he had a class JUST on the WWII and I was dying to take it), but he started just doing independent study, occasionally teaching Beginning History. I ran into him once in the hallway a year and half after taking his class, not only did he say "Oh hey!", he smiled warmly and winked. Eeeeee!!!

OK, in all seriousness, the guy's lectures were interesting and I absorbed them like a sponge. History geeks are just freaking sexy.

EDIT: And his Southern accent was pretty damn hard to NOT find incredibly charming.


(Last edited by Rogue on 09-14-11 01:40 PM)
Katana

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Since: 08-15-04
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Posted on 09-14-11 03:30 PM Link | Quote
Originally posted by Rogue
History geeks are just freaking sexy.


Amen.

And yah...I'm with you on that one, actually, Elara. I've gotten what I need with the arts, certifications and AA degrees and whatnot that get me enough work to be stable now. But the ONLY thing that's in the way of my just jumping on a plane out to Cali for film school is the possiblility of my wanting to be a history major and just go to law school from there.

History is SERIOUSLY addictive. I love it so much more now than before.
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Posted on 09-15-11 12:47 AM Link | Quote
World Cultures classes are amazing.

I feel like history gets a little more interesting to me as the years go by. I still don't think it's anything I will ever really like in school (can that be said for all courses though? lol), but ancient history and things like that always intrigue me a lot and I definitely don't mind tuning into the History channel or other things like it.

Should we divide a line here between history and politics, politics = the current/present history, that I don't care about at all? Haha... hate to say it but that's me. So yeah, it's mostly the really old stuff, that's often kind of hard to grasp because it's sometimes like you're reading into fantasy or something.

I still can't comprehend how pyramids were built. What the funk.
Rogue
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Posted on 09-19-11 09:41 PM Link | Quote
It's Talk Like a Pirate Day. I haven't celebrated since 2006, but I'm always an enthusiast of their piratical history.

So here's a doc off the History Channel. I know we're not all fans, but it's something.




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Elara

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Posted on 09-20-11 01:58 AM Link | Quote
Actually, I am totally fine with programs like that since they talk about historical facts. People tuning in because they like the PotC movies end up learning what really happened, and that is good.
Rogue
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Posted on 10-05-11 02:22 PM Link | Quote
Went to see the newly opened Terra Cotta Warriors of Xi'an exhibit at the Bowers this weekend ($25 a ticket, but it was the first Sunday of the month so admission was free).



There were only four of the warriors this time around. Three years ago, when they were sent from China, there were maybe 10.
Elara

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Posted on 10-05-11 07:56 PM Link | Quote
They are still really awesome. I wish I had some pictures of the Titanic and King Tut exhibits... curse my not having a camera back then!!

I do have this shitty camera phone pics of a 5th century Athenian Owl though....






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Rogue
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Posted on 10-05-11 10:53 PM Link | Quote
I wish they allowed photography when I saw the piece of the Titanic at the Science Center too.

When I was at the Arizona Capitol Museum in Phoenix I snuck a touch of the piece of the USS Arizona on display. God, I'm a nerd.

Elara

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Posted on 10-12-11 12:25 AM Link | Quote
I think they allowed non-flash when it was at the Queen Mary... but we didn't have the piece of the ship (it was too big).
Rogue
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Posted on 10-12-11 04:24 AM Link | Quote
I suddenly realized none of us bothered to make a "Fuck Columbus Day" comment.

To be honest, though, I'm glad we didn't. It's over-played right now, especially since I'm fairly certain it's common enough knowledge what really happened.

All the same, though, fuck Columbus Day for the lack of postal service yesterday. I'm expecting a T-shirt in the mail.
Elara

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Posted on 10-12-11 11:35 AM Link | Quote
Yes, fuck Columbus Day! I had checks to deposit, and I couldn't because the banks were closed to celebrate a fucking murderer.
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Posted on 10-12-11 03:25 PM Link | Quote
Originally posted by Elara
Yes, fuck Columbus Day! I had checks to deposit, and I couldn't because the banks were closed to celebrate a fucking murderer.

I was suspended from school for a week for finding out the truth about the most lied-about "hero" of America and giving a speech about it for "Night of the Notables". I appalled quite a few people in the sixth grade. You can understand why I refused to perform speeches again after that, until my senior project.

Yeah, I hate this country most of the time.
Rogue
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Posted on 10-12-11 04:52 PM Link | Quote
Really?

I find myself loving America more and more, unconditionally. It's sort of like being in love with someone and discovering more of their faults and it just makes them more human and you feel more intimate with them in your acceptance of their checkered past and all.

I mean, my second major was American studies. Believe you me, tons and tons of reading that would convince anyone to hate America and white people. BUT it's absolutely fascinating stuff showing a diverse, colorful history despite how short it would be considered in comparison to other countries' ages.

It's sort of like that quote often attributed to Marilyn Monroe: "I'm selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best."

Now, that's not to say I don't get pissed off about things like the economy and stupid laws people are passing in different states... But you gotta take the bad years with the good. I miss American optimism.

All the same, go you on tearing into Columbus.


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Posted on 10-17-11 11:16 PM Link | Quote
I don't hate this country because of Columbus, I hate it because it's deemed appropriate to suspend a sixth grader for legitimately researching a notable person accurately.
Rogue
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Posted on 10-18-11 12:09 AM Link | Quote
And I was once suspended for wearing the wrong color socks. The education system needs work.
Rogue
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Posted on 06-06-12 05:15 AM Link | Quote
Bump, because talking history is awesome.

I went to vote today and while waiting outside our polling place for my parents and Brandon to get done voting, I pulled out my eclipse glasses and continued watching the Venus transit.

While I was out there one of the poll workers came out and we started chatting as I let him and a few other people use my glasses to look at Venus too. He and I started talking about French astronomer Guillaume Le Gentil, who spent 8 years traveling the world for a good place he could watch the Venus transit of 1769. His journey was fraught with peril. After building his own little observatory, the day of the transit it was dark and overcast and he didn't get to see it. When he returned home, he discovered he was assumed dead, he'd lost his job, all of his possessions had been divvied up by his family, his wife had re-married, and he pretty much lost everything.

The poll worker who was telling me all of this, then laughed as he handed me the eclipse glasses back, thanking me for him not having to undergo all of that bullshit to see Venus' silhouette.


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Elara

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Since: 08-15-04
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Posted on 06-06-12 07:18 AM Link | Quote
What is most awesome about that is that a random poll worker knew all that. Yay, history!!
Rogue
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Posted on 06-07-12 05:36 PM Link | Quote
Originally posted by Elara
What is most awesome about that is that a random poll worker knew all that. Yay, history!!

I know, right? Makes me proud.

So Terminal Island was named one of the country's most endangered historical places. No surprise since used to be a Japanese fishing village before World War II, but I figured all of that was plowed under when they locked all of those people up at Manzanar (which I've had the mixed pleasure of getting to visit).





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