Tuesday, September 16, 2008
This is a video trailer for a special the History Channel did on the Dark Ages:
Now. here is a game from the BBC, where you can take the part of a Viking and see if you are able to successfully conduct a raid as a Viking.
here was my final score of 494 points... I failed btw
Secondly, you can make your own Dark Ages character.
This is the link:
here is mine:
Sunday, September 14, 2008
is about a documentary came out last year which discusses the history of how Arab's are often pigeon holed and stereotyped as certain character types in Hollywood films. I found it interesting the phrase "the three B's" in which how most Arabs are seen in film. Read the article to find out that those three B's are!
Secondly, I have a link to an NPR audio track in which you can either read or listen to which discusses how modern music, like Heavy Metal is bringing about change in Islam today.
Here is the link:
Friday, September 12, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Monday, September 8, 2008
This is the site I mentioned in class today about how you can look at a statue of the Buddha and decipher what the pose is implying. This is interactive and allows you to change the Buddha's posture and understand the meaning behind each.
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Caesar salad's actually named after Caesar Cardini, an Italian chef. He lived in San Diego, but had a restaurant in Tijuana, Mexico. One night in 1924, he had a lot of people come to his restaurant. His cupboards were almost empty, so he just threw everything he had into a bowl. Thus, the Caesar salad was born! So next time someone tries to convince you that it's named after Julius Caesar, you just laugh and wow them with your plethora of World History knowledge!
- Allison, peer teacher, per. 5
Bonus fact: Caesar salads were first eaten with no silverware! Just your hands!
(Check out this website for a recipe for Caesar salad! Yum!)
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
"In most depictions, Cleopatra is put forward as a great beauty and her successive conquests of the world's most powerful men is taken to be proof of her aesthetic and sexual appeal. Whether or not she would have been considered beautiful by current standards is unknown, but clearly she was appealing by the standards of her time. The philosopher Blaise Pascal contends that Cleopatra's classically beautiful profile changed world history: "Cleopatra's nose, had it been shorter, the whole face of the world would have been changed."
Here is some evidence against this great beauty myth:
Friday, August 29, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
As I was driving back from Orange County last year, my wife and I took a different freeway, I-5 and I passed this shopping outlet called "The Citadel". I had seen it years before but it has gone through some major renovations. As I drove past on the freeway it reminded me of the "8 Charactestics of Civilization"... remember #1) Cities, and walled cities at that. Well, this mall sure looks like Ninveh, the capital city of the Assyrian Empire (expect of course the ad for Super Loto!)
Here is a link to the history of this interesting mall and I've attached the photos I took while driving past.
Here is some new and very interesting research about a possibility that the Maya were not the ONLY pre-Colombian societies to have a writing system. I hope that you can see that the field of history is an ALIVE subject... one which is always being questioned and re-written.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
I thought our lesson on "Water Raising Devices" went quite well, and I hope that you are start to "think about history". (That's a quote from a video I will show you on Tuesday)
oh, here is the link from Wikipedia about the Archimedes Screw. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archimedes%27_screw. It has some interesting graphics if you are interested.