[NOTE: I am not a historian, so don’t believe a word I’m saying. Do not use this as a source!]
Around 100 BC the practice of having professional soldiers was established in the Roman Empire. Earlier, the army consisted of free peasants who served the government of Rome. But now professional soldiers were working directly for the leader of the army. Continue reading
[NOTE: I do not pretend to be an expert in the life and times of Alexander the Great. Do not use this as a source!]
In the first half of the 4th-century BC hostilities between the Greek city-states were common. So much so that it had led to a decrease of their military power and political stability. This made them vulnerable to outsiders. Continue reading
If you have read my first post, then you will know that the primary purpose of this blog is for me to become a writer.
So I find it a bit embarrassing to admit that I’ve almost entirely stopped reading books. One of the benefits of reading is that you get better as a writer. Hence, I need to start reading again. Continue reading
[NOTE: If you are happy, and don’t want to become highly frustrated (with me), do not read this blog post. It’s “special.”]
Cowboy Bebop is the best anime I have ever seen in my life. But there is one thing in the show that irritates me.
And it isn’t that Spike dies at the end. I’m not that petty.
Is today’s school system too generalized? Should we specialize sooner?
The short answer is Yes! Here is a longer one:
Everybody (living in developed countries) has had some mandatory education. Mine lasted for 10 years. Out of every day in one of those years, I spent 190 days in school, every school day lasted for 6 hours. That is 11 400 hours. When I graduated, my time spent in school represented an 8.22 percent of my entire life. That percentage is a rough estimate (because of stuff like sick days). Continue reading
The canoe slashed through the water. The strongest warrior of the tribe paddled towards the island. The Island of Neutrality was said to be far too small to inhabit. Instead, the various tribes that lived scattered around the archipelago utilized it for meetings. It was neutral ground. The warrior would meet two other people from the closest tribes to talk about a peace treaty. “I am far from the greatest diplomat,” the warrior thought, “but the old ones know best. And it brings bad luck to doubt them, at least openly.” It had been explained that the old ones had come to an agreement to send the warrior for the first meeting. This was to prevent the other two tribes from getting any bright ideas. And this insurance policy outweighed the warrior’s limited understanding of the common tongue. Continue reading