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Some Quick Updates

November 21, 2016 — Leave a comment

Due to an ever increasing schedule in conjunction with the upcoming holiday season my personal blogging has taken to stagnating the past several days. I intend to continue to post interesting links and materials I come across in the meantime. And with that let the updates commence:

Literature/History: I have recently reached the over halfway point in the Tom Holland book Dynasty about the early Roman Empire and line of Caesars. Its definitely well written and I like the smatterings of culture that give the facts a certain liveliness. The book reads more like a retelling of a story as opposed to the textbook nature of many history books that lack the human elements. I finished reading Band of Brothers by Stephen Ambrose as well. He too like Holland has taken historical information and shaped it into an addictive narrative bringing out the different players humanity while explaining the finite details of the past. I definitely feel such good books ought to be required reading in schools today rather than the drivel they have forced upon them now.

 

Movies: Saw the movie Loving  about the interracial couple who successfully removed the miscegenation laws from across the US. The movie was well acted and definitely would not be surprised to see it in the awards for the year. Only issue I had was the lack of litigation shown in the film which they kind of gloss over.

 

Games: I haven’t yet but plan to get Ultimate General Civil War. Was holding out to see some others test the waters before investing in an early access title.

We can’t make you do anything, but we can make you wish you had. – Army saying

Stephen E. Ambrose, Band of Brothers

Recently finished re-watching Band of Brothers and The Pacific mini series. What I enjoy about these series versus Hollywood propaganda war films is the realism and the open ended message being conveyed. They focus more on the unit and individual soldiering experience rather than try to hammer home their geo-political stances of “all conflict is futile” and “there are no causes worth fighting/dying for.” Due to over-saturation I have not read much about the World War II era in quite some time, but I plan to do so soon. I acquired many fascinating books in particularly concerning Nazi Germany and of course Hitler. I should be clear up front that I in no way agree with the social darwinistic aspects of the movement nor do I agree with many of the later military strategies being employed. But anytime you have elements of fervent nationalism it is interesting to study. After all, how can you defiantly state someone like Hitler is evil unless you read Mein Kampf for yourself? Remember that all things outside of religion aren’t so black and white.