THE BATTLE OF PLATAEA: (Greece and Persia) 

Following the crucial Greek victory at the naval Battle of Salamis in September 480 BCE, Xerxes’ planned invasion of Greece met a serious setback but his massive army was still intact, and if the Greeks were to survive as independent city-states they would have to fight and win on land; the battlefield would be near the small town of Plataea in Boeotia in 479 BCE. 

The Greek hoplite, as at Marathon eleven years before, once again proved more than a match for the Persian invader, and a victory was won which would not only guarantee freedom from foreign rule, but also permit an astonishingly rich period of artistic and cultural endeavour which would lay the cultural foundations of all future Western civilizations.

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Info by Mark Cartwright on Ancient History Encyclopedia  

The great thing about currently being obsessed with Criminal Minds is that it’s something I can talk to normal people about. The bad thing is that I can’t watch it with normal people because they look at me funny when they realize how emotionally invested I am in the characters.


Sundiata Keita….The Lion King
The Movie the Lion King was actually about Our Great King Sundiata Keita the actual Lion King

Sundiata Keita was the founder of the Mali Empire and celebrated as a hero of the Mandinka people in the semi-historical Epic of Sundiata, which is primarily known through oral tradition, transmitted by generations of Mandinka griots (djeli or jeliw). The famous Malian ruler Mansa Musa was his grandnephew.

“By unifying the military force of 12 states, Sundiata becomes an emperor known as the Lion King of Mali, who controls tribes from the Niger River west to the Atlantic Ocean. Walt Disney Studios reprised the story of Sunditata in 1994 as an animated film, The Lion King, with animals substituting for the humans of Mali legend.”

-Ellen Snodgrass Encyclopedia of the Literature of Empire


The actual characters line by linehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnv-r2fN3CY

In honor of the gritty, dystopian Little Women supposedly in production, here are some of the gritty, dystopian reboots I’d like to see:

Anne of Green Gables
Winnie The Pooh
The Secret Garden
Richard Scarry’s Busy, Busy Town
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
The Bobbsey Twins
The Babysitters’ Club
Encyclopedia Brown
Beezus and Ramona
Sweet Valley High
Charlotte’s Web
Mr. Popper’s Penguins

I would list anything by Roald Dahl or Doctor Seuss, but they’re already gritty and dystopian.


I’ll be at Port Washington Public Library at 12:10 p.m.

I’ll be talking books, libraries, and whatever else happens to fall out of my mouth. Come on by!

Incidentally, in The Book of Speculation, not only do I *flood* a library, but I shamelessly destroy an encyclopedia. So, you know, I’m sure that a Public Library is going to have absolutely nothing to discuss with me. Nothing at all.


My wee little book tour grows!

*Note: If you click on that link the event is “Sandwiched In.” This delights me to no end.


AP to Upload More Than 550,000 Historical Videos to YouTube

The Associated Press today announced that it will be uploading more than 550,000 historical video clips to YouTube, giving the public access to more than 1 million minutes of digitized film footage of notable events.

This project is being done in partnership with British Movietone, one of the world’s largest archives of historical newsreel footage. The goal is to create a sort of “view-on-demand visual encyclopedia.”

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(credit to imgur user TarthDyranus for the list)


What the hell is a mortgage? - http://www.realtor.com/advice/mortgage-basics-what-is-a-mortgage

Getting an apartment - http://bakrua.tumblr.com/post/51467081259/stuff-nobody-tells-you-about-getting-an-apartment 

First apartment essentials checklist - http://www.squawkfox.com/2008/09/04/printable-first-apartment-essentials-checklist

How to care for cacti and succulents - http://www.cactuslands.com/plants.htm

The care and keeping of plants - http://jakehbugg.tumblr.com/post/75327615905/difficults-plant-care-masterpost-nothing 


How to save money - http://americasaves.org/for-savers/make-a-plan-how-to-save-money/54-ways-to-save-money 

How to do your own taxes - http://www.wikihow.com/Do-Your-Own-Taxes

What to do when you can’t pay your bills - http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/trouble-paying-bills-debts-tips-32215.html 

How to coupon - http://www.southernsavers.com/learn

See if you’re paying too much for your cell phone bill - http://www.kiplinger.com/article/spending/T050-C000-S002-is-your-cell-phone-bill-too-high.html 


How to take care of yourself when you’re sick - http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_articles.asp?id=736 

Things to bring to a doctor’s appointment - http://www.nextavenue.org/10-things-you-should-bring-every-doctors-appointment

How to get free therapy - http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2012/12/04/what-to-do-when-you-cant-afford-therapy

What to expect from your first gynecologist appointment - https://www.ubykotex.com/get-the-facts/article?id=50355 

How to make a doctors appointment - http://www.pamf.org/youngadults/health/manage/makingappointments.html

How to pick a health insurance plan - http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/2012/09/understanding-health-insurance/index.htm 

A list of stress relievers - http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/stress-relievers/art-20047257?reDate=23062015 

How to prevent hangovers - http://cocktails.about.com/od/healthsafety/a/hngovr_101a_3.htm 

How to remove a splinter - http://thesecretyumiverse.wonderhowto.com/how-to/9-diy-ways-painlessly-remove-splinters-from-your-skin-0139135


What to do if you get pulled over by a cop - http://www.businessinsider.com/rights-when-the-cops-pull-you-over-2014-1 

A list of hotlines for emergencies - https://www.dosomething.org/about/hotline-list 

Things to keep in your car in case of an emergency - http://www.thesimpledollar.com/fifteen-things-to-have-in-your-car-this-winter

How to do the Heimlich maneuver - http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000047.htm 


Time management - http://www.kent.ac.uk/careers/sk/time.htm 

Create a resume - https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/719/01

Find the right career - http://www.helpguide.org/articles/work-career/finding-the-right-career.htm 

How to choose a college major - http://lifehacker.com/how-to-choose-a-college-major-when-youre-stuck-1678175742 

How to interview for a job - http://www.quintcareers.com/job_interview_tips.html 

How to stop procrastinating - http://www.unstuck.com/how-we-procrastinate.html 

How to write cover letters -  http://www.bakura.co.uk/post/43697345979/how-to-like-write-cover-letters-and-resumes-and 


Ultimate packing list - http://meta.filesmelt.com/downloader.php?file=1289662734572.jpg 

Traveling for cheap - http://travelpaintrepeat.com/post/59743516609/how-i-afford-travel 

Travel accessories - http://www.flight001.com

The best way to pack a suitcase - http://www.realsimple.com/work-life/travel/best-way-pack-suitcase 

How to read a map - http://www.wikihow.com/Read-a-Map 

How to make a travel budget - http://www.independenttraveler.com/travel-budget-calculator


Read the news - http://www.feedespy.com/ also http://www.theskimm.com

Leave your childhood traumas behind - http://www.helpguide.org/articles/ptsd-trauma/emotional-and-psychological-trauma.htm 

How to quit smoking -  http://www.helpguide.org/articles/addiction/how-to-quit-smoking.htm 

How to stop biting your nails - http://www.webmd.com/beauty/nails/stop-nail-biting-tips 

How to stop micromanaging - http://business.time.com/2013/08/16/stop-micromanagement-madness

How to stop avoiding asking for help - http://teenshealth.org/teen/your_mind/problems/help_obstacles.html 

How to stop swearing constantly - http://www.cusscontrol.com/tips1.html

How to stop being a pushover - http://www.artofmanliness.com/2013/02/12/how-to-be-assertive

Learn another language - https://www.duolingo.com

How to improve your self-esteem - http://au.reachout.com/steps-to-improve-self-esteem 

100 tips for life - http://abercrombier.tumblr.com/post/56624382395/1-there-are-plenty-of-ways-to-enter-a-pool-the



TWO thousand years ago, Mount Vesuvius – a stratovolcano located close to the Gulf of Naples – erupted with tremendous force and little warning. Within only 24 hours, the Roman city of Pompeii was buried under a rain of hot ash and falling debris. Lying undiscovered for over 1,600 years, the city’s rediscovery remains one of the greatest archaeological finds of all time.

Pompeii: In the Shadow of the Volcano, which opened last month at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) in Toronto, Canada, examines everyday life in Pompeii through six distinct sections on those who called the ancient city home. 

In this exclusive interview, James Blake Wiener of Ancient History Encyclopedia (AHE) speaks to Curator Paul Denis about the exhibition as well as the ways in which our lives mirror those from the distant past.

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**All images featured in this interview have been attributed to their respective owners. Images lent to the Ancient History Encyclopedia by the Royal Ontario Museum have been done so as a courtesy for the purposes of this interview. Unauthorized reproduction is strictly prohibited

Check out a book!

If you were to visit the library, you’d be there to check out books.  What would be the subject matter, and who would write it?  What type of books would hold your interest?  Fiction?  Non-Fiction?  Encyclopedias of different artisan professions?  Magazines?  Geneology records?

Would you prefer it to be an audio recording that was made possible by Goblin Engineering or in bound text? 

Get to know me tag BS

Somebody tagged me in this but I couldn’t find the post so here it is

Average hours of sleep: 5-6

Last thing I googled: Hungarian 7.62x39 ammunition identification codes 

Birthday: October 17th

Favorite Colors: Swedish M90 / Midnight blue

One place that makes me happy: Knob Creek semi annual machine gun shoot 

Last book I read: either Manufacturing Processes or the Encyclopedia of Modern Small Arms

Last band I saw live: Metallica

Favorite food: Steak

Last movie I watched in theaters: Jurassic World

Dream job: Small Arms R&D

Tag people  I want to get to know better:
idc if you want this, say I tagged you

I can’t believe people expect me to patiently sit and explain basic entry level feminism to men in a polite and ego-comforting way because they asked some dumbass question and can’t use google. I’m not your encyclopedia and I am not required to educate the billions of men who come at me with bullshit questions and don’t even fucking care about my answer.

Tagged by rowen4-is-me4ner

  • Name: Nate
  • Height: like 5′10″ I think. I’m fuckin short
  • Favourite bands/artists: Paramore and The Nearly Deads
  • Meaning of URL: There isn’t one tbh
  • Last thing I googled: Birmingham Grand Central
  • Birthday: 2nd August
  • Gender: Male
  • Sexual orientation: Figuring it out. I guess, now at least, I go by straight demisexual
  • One place that makes me happy: The parks in London
  • What I’m wearing right now: t-shirt and underwear cos I’m lazy
  • Last book I read: The DC Comics Encyclopedia
  • Last thing I said to a family member: “Why are you making biscuits at 11:30pm you twat?”
  • Favourite beverage: Pepsi with Cherry
  • Favourite food: Pizza. Or Bacon cheeseburger
  • Last movie I watched: Some random horror movie monzzymoore made me watch
  • Dream Vacation: Northern Italy. Somewhere with beautiful landscapes but still in or near cities too
  • Dream Wedding: Don’t really think about getting married so idk
  • Dream Pets: Molly the dog cos she’s the best
  • Dream Job: Space Pirate
  • Random Fact: I have a bunch of half written stories and unfinished character designs that won’t be finished cos I’m lazy and motivation can be a bitch

Try to tag 10 people i want to get to know better:

ruinandcreationspassage, claqueseussangie-is-keeping-it-real, gazbonaz, monzzymoore, comets-and-dandelions, apoeticmindset, wild-penguin, sleepyc0re, shortsidestory

Welsh Vervain Harvest Spell

Use: To gather vervain. Perform during the rising of Sirius, at an hour when the sun and moon are both beneath the horizon.

  1. Before uprooting the plant, offer a libation of honey.
  2. Using only your left hand, pull up the entire plant and hold it aloft.
  3. Still using only your left hand, separate the leaves, flowers, and roots and allow them to dry separately in the shade–as each has its own magical uses.

(via The Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells by Judika Illes)