Gamers Will Sustain History

I don't know what to vote for, but history isn't kept alive in books. It's kept alive in the popular culture--movies, music, art and now games.

Computer gaming is still in an infancy stage that requires a lot of imagination and suspension of disbelief. The games being played today will seem like the games of twenty years ago--and so on and so forth. As the sophistication level of gaming increases, so will the integration of history.

The Chasseurs Writing Project

There are four writing projects that I am planning on completing this year. I would like to get them planned out and written well before the end of the year, but things do come up. However, I don't see any reason why they can't be finished up and ready to go for next Christmas.

I don't have any set order for completing them, although I am hoping to get The Easter Wolf up and running by Easter in order to give people an alternative history of the celebration of Easter from an American marketing perspective. Living in Germany has made me aware of the fact that not everyone celebrates the same holiday the same way. It's a much bigger deal here than it is in the United States. I have found a great vehicle for a new telling of the behind the scenes machinations of Easter that I thought was worthy of getting out there.

The oldest projects are the ones that center around Norman Rogers and his self-deluding trip through the popular culture. The two best stories I have are set in different times. I have a lot of source material for these projects.

The Chasseurs is at the full writing stage. There isn't much research left to do. I have enough source material to complete the project. All I need now is time. Because these portals exist as blogs, I have to keep adding material in order to maintain interest. Which is no problem--I have the chance to do this. But, really, these sites should be fully-realized websites, and not blogs. For now, Scribd is the preferred method of publication. I would expect that this will change in the future, although I would think that this would be because Scribd doesn't give me the flexibility to fully self-publish material as of yet.

Consider this the January update for these projects. More to follow.

Hegel's Man Crush on Napoleon

Did Hegel Have a Man Crush on Napoleon?

If it wasn't for all of this school work, I would have had some great posts this month.

Big, big sigh...

Steampunk and the Napoleonic Era

As nice as it would be to include some early elements of steampunk (which I adore as a Humanities discipline, and which should get enormous amounts of academic respect) in this project, I don't think I can get away with too much. I would certainly like to show the accoutrements of the dogs in a way that suggests steampunk. Why not?

It's not like it wouldn't have some practical historical application:
Meanwhile, the US inventor Robert Fulton, who would build the first commercial steamship in 1807, gets financial backing from Napoleon to develop the Nautilus, a submersible warship or submarine. Powered by a mechanical crank, it is intended to be used to attach explosive devices to the hulls of enemy ships. Although Fulton's submarine succeeds in tests in 1801, it can't keep up with normal ships. When Napoleon decides the French navy cannot make any practical use of the Nautilus, Fulton tries the British, who also reject it despite another successful test demonstration.
Good enough for me. Steampunk is a go.

Waterloo Re-enactment

Re-enactment of Waterloo
I knew there was something out there like this [warning--audio will play at this website].

Now, is this cooler than a Civil War re-enactment? No, but it probably comes with less baggage and with a slightly more uncomfortable uniform to wear.

What's On When explains what happens at this event:
The infamous defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo in 1815 is re-enacted every year, bringing together volunteer regiments from all over Europe in full period gear, complete with weapons. Over 1000 people take part.
The event opens with a series of peaceful demonstrations of the life of a Napoleonic-era soldier. The first day ends with a spectacular sound-and-lights show over the battlefield. A village of Napoleonic bivouacs are set up on and around the battlefield and visitors can observe daily life in the camps, check out weaponry and equipment, assist with the cooking or watch the changing of the guard and patrols.
The final day is dedicated to the re-enactments of the battles of Plancenoit and Hougoumont, which make up what is known jointly as the Battle of Waterloo. After the last battle, troops retreat towards the Hameau du Lion in a great procession.
Other re-enactments include the arrival of ambulance crews in vintage vehicles to tend to wounded soldiers with tools and implements of the time. There's also a market selling all kinds of Napoleonic objects as well as a historical path for children.
The event takes place in June over the course of three days and features a pretty comprehensive overview of the battle and the history of the event.
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