May 30th, 2011


Long before this life of mine

Buck Rogers Chapter 7, ``Primitive Urge'', opens with the discovery that Rogers, Deering, and Prince Tallen are not dead.

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Trivia: In the negotiations for peace to end the Crimean War the Russian diplomats asked to retain Bolgrad, as a center of the Bulgarian colony in Bessarabia, on the Danube. The only maps provided to the congress showed a different, less important, Bolgrad, not on the Danube, and the allies believed this to be the Bolgrad left to Russia. After Russia seized the Danubian Bolgrad the crisis built to a new congress devoted to the question of which Bolgrad was meant to be given Russia. Source: The Struggle For Mastery In Europe, 1848 - 1918, AJP Taylor. (And, while, shame on them for trying to trick, this has to rank up there with the Webster-Ashburton Treaty thing, assuming my source on that map mystery was reliable.)

Currently Reading: The Clockwork Universe: Isaac Newton, The Royal Society, and the Birth of the Modern World, Edward Dolnick.