Posts Tagged with "history"

Need History Tutoring?

October 28th, 2012 at 5:16 pm by Mark
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I’ll bet all that Tudoring, especially in the name of Edward VI, really pissed off Queen Mary I…

History of Art

June 21st, 2012 at 5:26 pm by Mark
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Graffiti Lolcat gave this four paws up.

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Vlad the Impaler

April 21st, 2012 at 12:25 pm by Mark
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Vlad III Dracula, Prince of Walachia, was born in Sighișoara, Transylvania in 1431. He was the son of Vlad II Dracul, a member of the Christian Order of the Dragon, sworn to protect The Hungarian Empire from the Ottoman Turks. Despite this, he was given away as a hostage to the Ottoman Empire in order show his father’s loyalty to the Sultan Mehmed II. His first wife jumped from a tower during the Ottoman siege at Poenari, a siege led by his own brother, Radu Bey, aka Radu III The Handsome.

These were among the events that inspired the vengeful, sadistic personality commonly known as Vlad the Impaler, given due to his penchant for impaling the bodies of his defeated enemies on the walls of conquered territories.

Vlad’s reign was so horrific, in fact, that his history inspired Bram Stoker’s Count Dracula, as well as a multitude of other Vampire stories attempting to tie in history with folklore.

Note: Vlad strangled Vladislav II to death in 1456, yet it’s Vlad pictured. It’s still funny.

SOPA & PIPA: A Historical Perspective (NSFW)

January 21st, 2012 at 2:31 am by Mark
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Everyone’s apparently forgotten about Clinton’s 1995 Communications Decency Act, which was an unconstitutionally vague few paragraphs of the larger Clinton Communication Act which left most anything on the Internet open to being listed as “indecent” and requiring an immediate takedown.

Everyone’s also forgotten about Clinton’s attempted 1997 and 1998 Intellectual Property & Copyright Acts, which ended up coming down so hard on online music sharing community, Napster. Further, people forgot the fight against Clinton’s 2000 Digital Millennium Copyright Act and the fisticuffs in Congress that made our politicians look as bad as a meeting at Japanese Parliament.

In the end for SOPA & PIPA, logic prevailed. The bills weren’t shelved due to someone in Congress not being able to get their dose of LOLcats for a day, but rather because it’s all happened before, and they knew this would play out about as well as a re-run of a bad 90’s soap opera.

Still, it made me a bit nostalgic for the Internet culture of the 90’s where, rather than utilizing heavy-handed activism, the Internet lashed out in more creative ways:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfAVT4eSRVQ

Taking sites offline against to rage against the mere possiblity that SOPA & PIPA might pass made about as much sense as the age-old quote, “Fighting for Peace is like F#$*ing for Chastity.”

To some degree, this sort of belligerent activism reminded me of last years Facebook meme, “Change your online avatar to a cartoon character to end child abuse!” It was a completely empty gesture, and besides, given my penchant for Bloom County, Calvin & Hobbes and my own silly comic strip from the early 90’s, it’s completely apparent that I was solely responsible for eradicating child abuse in 1994…

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The Complete History of Russia

August 27th, 2010 at 3:00 pm by Mark
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Arranged to the music of that terrible time waster from years ago…