My First Book is Officially Released-22 January, 2014

I just want to take the opportunity to announce that my first foray into publishing was released on Tuesday, 22 January, 2014.  It is a survival/forest quick reference book titled The Simple Survival Smart Book.  I started working on the idea several years ago and finally finished it recently while I was stuck in the house after surgery and had no other excuses for not working on it.  It is available on Amazon as both a paperback and Kindle version.  So everyone get on over there, buy it, an make me rich.  Don’t forget to write a customer review about how awesome it is while you are at it.

Bookbub: Has anyone tried it out?

This post is Non-History but still relevant to the Blog.  I tend to do quite a bit of internet searching in the course of writing and just general news reading.  Because I do a lot of book reviews on her I tend to spend a lot of time on publisher webpages and bookselling websites. This post mainly concerns a new service I have recently become aware of.  Bookbub is a site that purports to only send you recommendations for books that you want to read at deep, deep discounts.  The site is a startup based out of Cambridge, MA and seems to be trying to be Groupon for books.  They must … More after the Jump…

Contributor Request

What I would like to do is ask if any of the regulars or even other visitors to the site feel up to making the occasional contribution?  I won’t promise to take on everybody who wants to contribute but I will fairly consider everyone. I am looking for two to three people to start with who would write 1 piece a month or so. I would make you authors on the site and you would have the ability to write and publish your own stuff.  If you are interested contact me at the following link: Patrick Shrier

More after the Jump…Contributor Request

Back from Vacation, posting to resume shortly

I just returned from vacation in Croatia and will be back to posting updates soon.  I also got some pretty good material and photos while on the trip to be used in some upcoming posts.  I got a very good fix of Roman history this trip as Illyria and Dalmatia were both conquered during the Republic and stayed Roman for almost 8 centuries.

Database Migration & Unavoidable Errors

I migrated my database today to a new server that has more storage.  I have noticed since then that most posts have replaced the occasional space with this character Â.  I have fixed the most recent of my posts but to honest, I will be damned if I have the time or energy to go over all 332 posts I have made over the past 3 years and remove them.  Call me lazy or whatever you want.  I will remove these crazy characters from posts as I go along but I will probably tire of the exercise long before I finish.  I just wanted to give a heads up and explanation.

Politics is going elsewhere

I have decided to take my political musings and move them elsewhere. I don’t want my personal politics to drive any readers away so I am going to try and focus this blog on history and reviews of books I have read.  The only vaguely political thing I will keep up are my monthly updates in the area of world conflict and geopolitics. All my political stuff will in the future be hosted at my new political and everything else site @: www.thepointyend.us  Join me there for lively debate.

Deutsche Telekom’s hacker tracker

Deutsche Telekom has website they recently put up that has a live “radar” like view of where the most hacker attacks in the world are coming from.  It is at their Overview of current cyber attacks.  If anybody thinks that the internet is a safe place they should look at this site, which logs roughly 450,000+ attacks per day just on the honey pot systems Telekom has set up to monitor cyber attacks.  Below is a screen shot of the site The ubiquity of cyber attacks should convince anyone that the US creation of Cyber Command a few years ago was a good idea.  The modern dependence on both computers and the … More after the Jump…

Apologies Again

I just want to apologize for the lack of recent posts.  I have had semester finals recently and have understandably  I think, concentrated on those  to the detriment of MHUS.  I hope to rectify that soon.  To my loyal readers, thanks for your forbearance and perseverance; I hope to get back to more substantial posts shortly..

Contributor Request

What I would like to do is ask if any of the regulars or even other visitors to the site feel up to making the occasional contribution? I won’t promise to take on everybody who wants to contribute but I will fairly consider everyone. I am looking for two to three people to start with who would write 1 piece a month or so. I would make you authors on the site and you would have the ability to write and publish your own stuff.  If you are interested contact me at the following link: Patrick Shrier

More after the Jump…Contributor Request

Updated Comment System

I have updated the comment system to use Disqus instead of the native WP comment sytsem.  I am in the process o migrating everything to the new platform so it may be a few days before all the old comments show up.

A side note is that I will have more pure history posts coming in the next few weeks as I try to refocus the blog back towards history and somewhat away from political topics.  I am going to strive to give my regular readers more of what drew you to the site in the first place.

The Tyranny of the Good Intentioned

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.” ― C.S. Lewis

 

I could not say it any better myself.  Lord, deliver us from those that think they know better than we do.