Lifelong San Diegan, UCSD graduate, history major, Spanish minor. Thank you, Roger DeLaix, Armin Rappaport, Guillermo Céspedes, Ramón Eduardo Ruiz, Jaime Alazraki, Diego Catalán and many others for all I learned in your classes! Also Dr. John Sutherland at SDSU and Joseph H. Silverman at UCSC.
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History (just about all areas), science fiction & fantasy, languages (esp. Greek & Latin), old movies & TV shows, astronomy & cosmology, old issues of National Geographic, Scientific American, Astounding/Analog, Asimov's Science Fiction, Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction
Byzantine emperor Justinian I dedicated the great cathedral of Hagia Sophia in Constantinople in 537 AD, five years after the previous structure was destroyed in the Nika riots. It still stands today and I hope to visit it in the future.
"The supreme tragedy of Russia is that it has never been able to escape an autocratic form of government—whether in czarist or Soviet times, or even today; and in all three eras the government has maintained its power through intimidation, brutalit..."
"Many theories exist that purport to explain the July 1937 disappearance and final fate of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan, which remains one of the great and most sensational mysteries of the Twentieth Century. In “Lost Star” Randall Brink makes a..."
"If a single phrase can be used to describe Central Asia during the 13th and 14th Centuries, that phrase would be “war without end.”
At the beginning of that period, the Mongols under Genghis Khan (Temujin) boiled out of their homeland, and in a d..."