Scientists in Nevada have proven that insulting people actually makes them want to do business with you. If you accuse conservatives of being racist, or liberals of being traitors, they start to like you, says Dr. Maidup of Jusjoshing University in Southern Nemoland County. Generalizing about people who disagree with you, or labelling people […]
(image temporarily offline) “Three Seeds” Image derived from 19th century Japanese prints. Acquiring the seed and a spot to plant it in, that is development. Planting the seed, that is pre-production. When it finally bears fruit, then you have a film. – Ptara Once again, techies have been spreading misinformation on how a film is […]
Above the Line: In a film budget, departments whose key members are traditionally recruited before the film’s financing is in place and before the budget is written. These include development (costs and investment recoupment), story and screenplay, direction, production, cast, and any associated fringes. – Ptara’s guidebook. Michael Wohl may the the world’s foremost expert on […]
(This is Gargamelo’s first post with Ptara.) April 1812, Rio de Janeiro, King’s Palace. The Regent and his two sons – meeting with their state secretary and top ministers – have just received the news that Napoleon’s troops have definitely been expelled from Portugal. That means that there is no longer a valid reason […]
Today Ptara is joined by two world class historians who give their take on what started the war of 1812. They examine the speeches of the British Parliament and the US House of Representatives. From Jefferson’s purchase of Louisiana, up to the repeal of the Orders of Council, the US and Britain had shaky relations.
Eisenhower once said that if you fail to plan, then you plan to fail. Yet, biographers of Napoleon seem to quote Cromwell in saying that those men who go farthest, don’t have a plan. There are so many other secrets put forward. But one seems consistent.
39-year-old History teacher Josh Hoeska had a great idea. His sixteen-year-old students were to hold a tournament to find out who was the greatest examples of courage in American “history.” The two finalists involved events that happened in 2001 and 2005. In other words, their “history” was the Presidency of George Bush Jr. Most […]
February 19th, 1812, a man named Adoniram Judson sailed from Salem harbor in Massachusetts to India, and eventually to Burma. This trip was once called “the most important event of the nineteenth century.” I wouldn’t be surprised if you never heard of Ann and Adoniram Judson. I hadn’t either, until I looked at old […]
When Richard Dawkins recently claimed that Christians were “not really Christian at all”, he wasn’t breaking new ground. Over 200 years ago, Thomas Paine, that oft-quoted American patriot, wrote a pamphlet that said basically the same thing.
Winners were announced on Saturday.