December 11, 2017

The Arabs understandably did everything they could to protect their monopoly. Coffee beans were treated before being shipped to ensure they were sterile and could not be used to seed new coffee plants; foreigners were excluded from coffee-producing areas. First to break the Arab monopoly were the Dutch, who displaced the Portuguese as the dominant European nation in the East Indies during the seventeenth century, gaining control of the spice trade in the process and briefly becoming the world’s leading commercial power. 

-Tom Standage, A History of the World in 6 Glasses

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December 1, 2017

On this day in 1903, the first Western film, The Great Train Robbery, premiered. Tot think 114 years ago films were primitive pieces of silence that emphasized body language to the max, and to track the progress of advancement is spectacular. It’s eye-opening. It’s fascinating.

Today’s Quote of the Day will be silent to honor such a milestone. I recommend watching TGTR and then going to Google to watch the Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer. I like to think that’s a perfect beginning and “current end-point” to track just how far we’ve come and how much further we are going.

November 27, 2017

When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.

-Jimi Hendrix

Jimi, today would have been your 75th birthday. Why did you and your genius leave this world so early on? I cannot help but think all the amazing things you would have done in this world. Not that I’m not thankful for the current gifts you have provided while you were a mortal like the rest of us, because I very much am. But one still wonders, you know?

Happy Birthday Jimi!

 

November 11, 2017

To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…

– American President Woodrow Wilson

Today, and everyday for that matter, we salute those who have bravely fought for our country. Today should not be about politics or debates. Today should be about honor and respect. If you see a vet, young or old, black or white, man or woman, take a few seconds out of your day to say, “Thank you for your service” because if it weren’t for them, who knows where we would be right now.

 

November 9, 2017

Because you don’t live near a bakery doesn’t mean you have to go without cheesecake.

-Hedy Lamarr

 

True dat.

She was every nerd’s pin-up girl back in the day. She was beautiful and super intelligent. For those of you who don’t know, Hedy was an Austrian actress and inventor. She starred in movies such as Algiers (1938). Not only that, she aided the Allies in stopping the Nazis by co-inventing a “secret communications system”, what we know today as Spread Spectrum Technology. What’s that you ask? Pretty much (ok, very much) the technical backbone for cellphones and every wireless piece of tech you have within arm’s reach.

Happy Birthday Hedy (Hedwig) Lamarr!

 

P.S – Does anybody know if JK Rowling named Harry’s owl Hedwig after Hedy?

November 3, 2017

In 1793, Olympe de Gouges was accused of being a Girondist, a group not being favored by the radical Jacobins that ruled during the Reign of Terror. Why? Well, she wrote a progressive declaration in 1791: The Declaration of the Rights of Women and the Female Citizen.

Sound familiar? She based it off The Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen, which was written in 1789.

The most famous quote from de Gouges’ Declaration is the call to action: “Man, are you capable of being fair? A woman is asking: at least you will allow her that right. Tell me? What gave you the sovereign right to oppress my sex?” Basically, she’s asks why can’t humans get along like other animals species? Does it have to be hard?Somehow, more than 200 years later, we are still trying to figure out the answer.

October 9, 2017

It’s like, how did Columbus discover America when the Indians were already here? What kind of shit is that, but white people’s shit?

-Miles Davis, Miles: The Autobiography

Good point Miles. With that logic, it should be called “Invaders Day”. Think I’m crazy? Listen to the SoundCloud clip below from the former 105.3 JB in the Morning Show.

October 5, 2017

Death will destroy my body, but my creatures will keep on living ever after, in the years to come.

-Enzo Ferrari

98 years ago, Enzo Ferrari drove his first race in Parma, Italy. Though he lost, coming in 4th place, his desire for speed and beautiful cars never ceased. This one event is the butterfly effect that leads to the selling of the first Ferrari sports cars in 1947.

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September 12, 2017

We are going through emotional and historic events…We have drawn a line under World War II and we have started keeping the time of a new age.

-Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze

Twenty-seven years ago today, German occupation rights were relinquished, allowing East and West Germany to slowly reunite. Though the WWII Allies gave up overseeing Germany years prior, this day was the formal declaration to relinquish the remaining rights.

September 11, 2017

The attacks of September 11th were intended to break our spirit. Instead we have emerged stronger and more unified. We feel renewed devotion to the principles of political, economic and religious freedom, the rule of law and respect for human life. We are more determined than ever to live our lives in freedom.

-Rudolph W. Giuliani

It’s strange to know how much has changed since that moment sixteen years ago. Would those who were there recognize this 2017 America? I sure don’t thinking of then and now. Granted, I was a child but still. When you consider everyone who was born after September 11, 2001, your mind is blown by how they don’t know the things we know. The freedoms we knew. The innocence we knew, if you can even call it that.

This Patriot Day, it doesn’t matter what your political affiliations are, how old you are, or even if you like the guy who quoted the saying above. Just stop for a moment today and take a moment of silence for the 2,977 people who lost their lives and for all those who risked their lives saving their fellow Americans.

 

STUDIUM Fall 2017 Edition

My dream has always been to be a published writer. I’m so excited to announce that dream has come true.

This past March, I submitted my undergraduate Honors thesis, “Little Complaint, Much Grievance: The Failure of the French Directory (1795-1799)” to a journal called STUDIUM, which is published by the Faculty of History, Philosophy and Theology – “The Lower Danube” University of Galiti, located in Romaina. I had been rejected by Duke and U of Chicago, never received word back from West Point and the folks at Oxford, though they saw the passion in my writing pretty much said to come back when I have my PhD. Hearing about STUDIUM, I was hesitant for five seconds before jumping right in. I mean, it couldn’t get any worse than Oxford telling me to get a PhD. xD Going on a tangent now. Focus!

Almost two months passed by and I hadn’t received word. I was a little discouraged. It was West Point all over again! Siddiqi, the logical one, advised I inquire about it, so I did. Two days later, I got it: the acceptance letter. I was going to be published. Pretty much floated on cloud nine for a week.

Okay present day: Yes, STUDIUM came out with the Fall 2017 edition of their journal. The best part of all this, besides getting published, is the fact I got published in the same edition as Siddiqi. #TexasTakeOver

“Little Complaint, Much Grievance”

“Little Complaint” focuses on the final four years of the French Revolution before Napoleon establishes the Consulate. The Directory (Le Directoire) is not really a high focus since it’s sandwiched between the violent Reign of Terror and the fascinating Napoleonic Era. I focus on how the Directory was established, how they managed the following sectors: Royalism, Terrorism (different from our current definition), Finance, the Catholic Church, War and Napoleon; and an analysis on why they failed.

I spent all of my senior year working on this project. It was the most fun project I have ever embarked on and I love that I can now share my hard work and passion with the world. I would like to thank my family for supporting me, Siddiqi for recommending the journal to me/being my editor, Dr. Austin for being my thesis advisor (and an awesome one at that!), Dr. Lowe the thesis prep adviser for the Fall 2015 semester who helped during the panicky moments of deadlines and research topic mayhem, and Oana-Maria Mitu, the Editor in Chief of STUDIUM, as well as the staff for accepting my submission.

Little Complaint Comic Book Cover
From my undergrad thesis comic book. Yes, there was a paper AND a comic book. 🙂

Please read my article, Siddiqi’s article and all the other published writers’ articles here: http://www.studium.ugal.ro/index.html