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March 27, 2007

Time travellin' Tudors and Sexy Joe Stalin

The last episode of Rome has aired and how I miss it, so I cast around to see what I could see and reluctantly took a look at the Showtime series "The Tudors". Let me begin by asking isn't absolute monarch enough? Does he have to be rock-star absolute monarch? I fully understand the "sexy edge" it is supposed to confer (rock-star vampires) and a modern sensiblity is not going to find late medieval power politics sexy per se. But Henry the VIII is a king even the most history hating have heard of and are minimally aware of the six wives the divorces etc. Strutting around in an open collar and thigh high boots with maidens in flowing prom hair (bangs!) is so far from the mark that I had to scramble for the clicker. He is an attractive young man in a ferrety sort of way and as a fictional character on the sidelines of the Tudor court he would be very compelling. Where are the hats? Where are the squishy toed platypus slippers? Looking sexy in the real clothes of the period takes skill, possibly more skill than this actor possesses.

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March 23, 2007

Dance floor consideration

I received this as an email to the Social Daunce Irregulars. While it didn't seem appropriate to forward it to the full announcement list, I think it might do some good as a reminder to consider others out on the floor:

The Victorian Grand Ball on November 25 was enjoyable, and what a turnout! My enjoyment was dampened, however when my ankle and foot were stomped on in the polka of the 3rd set.

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March 04, 2007

New Calendar System

In order to provide a richer and more useful calendar of dance and history events, I have deployed a new calendar system called "Event Keeper".

This calendar is located at

Posted by Walter at 07:27 PM

March 03, 2007

Building Models of Civil War Ironclads

Steve Lund, a good friend of mine, has recently finished a book on how to build models of Civil War ironclads. These aren't just sit-on-the-shelf models, but rather radio controlled ironclads which steam up and down your local pond blazing away at agitated ducks or other model boats with their clever little electrical cannons.

To make this book more readily available, Steve has asked me to put it up on the web where all the world may see it, build ferocious model Monitors, and annoy waterfowl from Dunnydoo to Dorking.

View the book

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Posted by Walter at 01:39 PM | Comments (2)