AuthorSamuel Runge

Genghis Khan the geonoicidal warlord that keeps on giving part 1: Littering makes Genghis Khan cry!……..then it makes him mad…….

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Remember kids this: leads to this: ………*Ahem*: “Bows!” “Arrows!” “Swords!” “Saddles!” “Horses!” “Go Genghis!” “By your Kuriltai‚Äôs poclamation, I am Genghis Khan” Genghis Khan, he’s our hero Gonna take the population down to zero He’s our nightmares magnified And he’s committing...

Final fantasy XV ending first thoughts (without spoilers)

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Recently finished Final Fantasy XV. On the whole a good game and there’s plenty yet for me to in it but I have finished the principal story and am somewhat disapointed with it. I was expecting a greater variety of locations, especially for the key missions. Venice, sorry I mean Altissia is lovely but not fully utilized (and the leviathan fight is awful both as battle and spectacle) you...

Lessons for innovators: Venetian style

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How Venice was supposed to compete with a series of emerging nation states bordering the Atlantic for Atlantic trade is I confess as a non-innovator somewhat beyond me particularly as the dominant early Atlantic colonial power of Spain controlled the only sea lane leaving the mediterranean but I’m sure other non Atlantic bordering European countries became maritime and colonial powers in...

Immortals: Style never dies.

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Back in 2011 I saw a movie (with freinds……yes I once had them) that came out that year called the Immortals. It was one of those films inspired very loosely by greek mythology that came out in the years following 300 (seriusly it seemed to be almost a cinematic subgenre for about 5 years) and the following are (for the most part) my thoughts immediately after viewing...

Pro-Lepidus

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I dub this rant/series of related musings my pro-lepidus, it’s my third best pro piece……the one everyone forgets……. So……..Marcus Aemilius Lepidus the triumvir I’ve thought for quite a while now that he gets a bad rap as he’s usually portrayed as the guy who’s just thier to make up the numbers (I mean otherwise you get I diumvirate and...

Apocalypse Ham

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I’m pretty sure the following summarizes an appropriate and restrained response to the prospect of Christmas and/or boxing day lunch:
Merry belated Christmas.
PS. Ham causes the apocalypse is perhaps the most accurate and certainly the funniest summation of the plot of ponyo I can think of.

Adrianople, Amalasuntha and never letting the facts get in the way of the truth.

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On the 9th of August 378AD (at least according to wiki) the East Roman emperor Valens lead an army of around 20,000 (estimates range both higher and lower according to wiki) to a crushing defeat at the hands of a Gothic force, the emperor himself dying during the battle’s course or in it’s immediate aftermath at the hands of said foe, the first ever emperor to die in battle against a...

newsflash: states aren’t people

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Read an article a while back that referred to states having “natural life cycles” yes all political institutions have a beginning, middle and end and I’m sure there’s an average length of time for a state to exist but then when dealing with any finite duration there is always a begining, middle and end but this talk of life cycles or natural cycles usually implies some...

The (new) king of Clowns.

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People have been going on about Trump being a new Hitler. Really it’s not a very good comparison, some people have gone with Mussolini which is probably a better one. However there is a much more modern figure that fits the mould much better. Trump is Silvio Berlusconi……..the joke of Europe………just let that sink in for a bit……….bunga...

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