Category: history

  • Wells and Stalin

    Massively fascinating: a 1934 interview between H. G. Wells and Josef Stalin. You can see there were some heady debates about deep-seated philosophical issues and attitudes to society going on at the time: Stalin: Yes, you are right when you say that the old social system is breaking down; but it is not breaking down […]

  • The Founding Fathers in a new light

    History diversion: Today I learned… the “Founding Fathers” of America might not have been so pure in their motives after all: As Ethan Allen: His Life and Times, a new and frustrating biography by Willard Sterne Randall, shows, Allen is hard to write about. He poses a challenge not so much because he is different from more […]

  • Crush

    Who’s your first crush? (via) I told Kirsty I’d tell these stories one day, so here they are. The first My first – proper – crush was ‘A’, and she didn’t look at me at all; I adored her for all the wrong, infantile reasons. We would have conversations which I would take away, manipulate […]

  • retrospective

    Going on the point I made just before, I went back and looked at what I had written oh so long ago, back when this used to be the dke project, all the way back on friendlygrocer :) The first thing I picked up on was that my designs overall have probably been slipping :) […]

  • Map of Middle Eastern Imperialism

    A timeline of the Middle East over 5000 years: How much fuss over what is basically the edge of a desert? (via)

  • The One I Never Told

    Honesty exists in the moment. Afterwards, whoever writes the most convincing story determines ‘history’. The word even has ‘story’ in it.

  • Three Months a Workin’

    Friday will mark 3 months of me being a working man, and today marks 3 months having moved out of home. Not sure how I feel about these things, but – wait for it – I’m gonna let you know. (gee, did you see that coming? not me, coz, totally…) *ahem* Let’s structure this. And […]

  • 61 Months

    In Which I Summarise My Time in Melbourne