Daily Archive: February 26, 2012

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Mindless Diversions Extra!

(This blog post was originally intended for Mindless Diversions but, upon publishing it there, I immediately had visions of the political and/or religious comments that would follow. As such, I think that the Front...

91

Afghanistan: what might have been.

Burt Likko says we have no legitimate claim to Afghanistan, using the example of Peter the Great, waging war on the old boyars of Russia. I question this business about being Invaders in Afghanistan....

119

Bitter Hospitality

In his powerful biography of Peter I Romanov, Robert Massie puts words in the mouth of the czar: “I will drag you, kicking and screaming if need be, into the modern world.” Peter could...

7

Some boat building pictures.

I got to spend about two hours with James Poulos yesterday; just the two of us, in person. I enjoyed my (all to brief) visit with James very much and hope I’ll have the...

101

Clarifications on a comment culture

In the handful of years this site has been active, we’ve banned four users and a couple dozen IP addresses. Trolls are persistent and take on many identities. It requires some work to ban...

58

My Year of Guns

The first time I shot a gun, I got a black eye for my troubles. My father, who was the consummate outdoorsman, had taken me to a shooting range so that he could properly...

4

Sunday Blognado: Metablognado!

Today I want to do a round-up of my blognado experience. First, allow me to explain the origin of the name.  There was a short-lived TV series called The Middleman.  It was perhaps the geekiest show...

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