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Weekly Recap #8

Conflict I've been learning about - Azerbaijan vs Armenia. Over the last few weeks, I've been hearing more and more about the war between Azerbaijan and Armenia, and I figured that I had a responsibility to learn about it. After digging for a bit, I quickly became overwhelmed. This part of the world has been the battleground of … Continue reading Weekly Recap #8

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Weekly Recap #7

Technological Development I've been Following - Starlink Sattelite Internet Test. For those who don't know, Starlink is a project being developed by SpaceX, Elon Musk's rocket company. The goal of the endeavour is to grid the planet with thousands of orbiting satellites, which together, can provide very fast internet to any location on the globe (except Antarctica). … Continue reading Weekly Recap #7

Diogenes

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Once there was a man name Diogenes. He lived in ancient Greece, where he was willfully homeless, malnourished, and absolutely scandalous. He masturbated in public, insulted kings and tyrants to their faces, and was known by all the ancient world as a great philosopher. Every time I read his name, I begin to smile, knowing … Continue reading Diogenes

Treasure Hunting for Fame: Heinrich Schliemann and the Legendary City of Troy

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The Trojan Horse, by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, 1760. Dreams in Youth Everyone has heard of the Trojan War, and this is astonishing! For three thousand years this story has fascinated humankind, and as a little boy, I found my own passion for the story. As you might expect from a child, I didn't immediately care … Continue reading Treasure Hunting for Fame: Heinrich Schliemann and the Legendary City of Troy

Chariot Racing, Riots and the Biggest Building in the World.

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One of the greatest testaments to human brilliance is located in the city of Istanbul, Turkey. Completed in 537 A.D., the Hagia Sophia was built to be the greatest church on earth by one of the Roman Empire's most ambitious and controversial Emperors. In a recent post, I told the story of the city of … Continue reading Chariot Racing, Riots and the Biggest Building in the World.

20th Century Machiavelli

Edward Burnays, the 20th Century Machiavelli. Edward Burnays is the man who invented modern public relations. Few people have had a larger impact on society in their lifetimes, but I bet you've never heard of him. In fact, Burnays and his PR firm had a hand in everything from popularizing cigarettes for women, all the way … Continue reading 20th Century Machiavelli