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Ben Higgins
post Mar 13 2014, 08:26 AM
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QUOTE (Josh Adams @ Mar 12 2014, 10:00 PM) *
I don't care what anyone says, History is as interesting as it gets.

I've been wanting to read on Charlemagne for some time actually, is it worth the exploration? He seems so badass because he was Napoleon before Napoleon existed -- with the whole 'pan-European' stuff.

Obviously when I say he's badass I don't mean I approve of all the killing tongue.gif

...just in case nobody got that.


I agree, anyone who isn't into history at all is seriously missing out !

I'd say it's all worth looking into, you can always decide to explore further or not. But yeah he totally seemed like the rock star of his day. I can't say I agree with his slaughtering of non Christian Saxons but hey, we can't blame the ancestors for not knowing any better about the gods in the sky can we ? wink.gif


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post Mar 13 2014, 09:23 AM
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QUOTE (Josh Adams @ Mar 12 2014, 10:00 PM) *
I don't care what anyone says, History is as interesting as it gets.

I've been wanting to read on Charlemagne for some time actually, is it worth the exploration? He seems so badass because he was Napoleon before Napoleon existed -- with the whole 'pan-European' stuff.

Obviously when I say he's badass I don't mean I approve of all the killing tongue.gif

...just in case nobody got that.


He was considered as being the grandfather of Europe smile.gif He was a great military leader and strategist! Hello from another history fan and ex-national history olympic in the 7th grade biggrin.gif


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post Mar 13 2014, 10:07 AM
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I'm a bit scatterbrained to say the least, so I end up doing all other things INSTEAD of playing guitar. Well, maybe not so all the time, but I'll play guitar for 2 minutes, then think: "hey, I'd rather watch TV", then watch TV for 2 minutes, then go make myself something to eat instead, then go on the internet for 2 minutes. Way too many distractions for me. Which is why I'm trying to create a practice space in the attic.

That said, I like to go for bicycle rides on my racing bicycle, watch various shows, play FIFA or Final Fantasy (or other games for that matter), talk to my cat, walk aimlessly around my house, walk aimlessly around in the forest, take pictures with my DSLR camera (something I haven't done in waaay too long), build stuff from Lego (yeah, I'm a kid like that at times), play piano...

Can't come up with much more I think.


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post Mar 13 2014, 11:36 AM
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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Mar 13 2014, 08:23 AM) *
He was considered as being the grandfather of Europe smile.gif He was a great military leader and strategist! Hello from another history fan and ex-national history olympic in the 7th grade biggrin.gif


And I think (?) he was the first person to assume the title of Holy Roman Emperor ?

I think it's fascinating to trace the evolution of tribal dynasties. The Franks.. their territory evolving into The Kingdom of the Franks.. France. smile.gif

His seat was at Aachen cathedral.. maybe our very own Gitarrero has been there ?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aachen_Cathed...atine_chapel.29



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post Mar 13 2014, 11:46 AM
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Outside of family,I really only do 2 things- surf and guitar.We sold up in the city 12 years ago and moved down to the coast which has allowed us to have a more relaxed lifestyle.I do love to read but have to curb this desire as I end up doing nothing else.
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post Mar 13 2014, 10:40 PM
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I've been a graphic artist for the past 25 years and have been an Art Director for the past 8. For 2 years I ran my own business but the stress and hours were too much for me, so one of my clients offered me a dream job (for my field) so I comfortably tucked myself into that organization. I use to do a lot of freelance after work on nights and weekends but gave that up years ago.

In my spare time, guitar and studying the paranormal (from ghosts to Near Death Experiences, to Out of Body Experiences to UFOs) has been my passion. Until recently I was a moderator for the past 6 years on one of the webs largest conspiracy sites. I gave that up because of the stress. There are some mean and crazy people on the internet. Having been a moderator on that site is another reason I am so reluctant to post videos of myself on this forum. I quit just last month, so I'm hoping that anxiety will fade with a little time. I had people attempt to look me up to learn more about me personally, in an attempt to either manipulate or just mess with me - I don't know. There was also someone that somehow figured out who I was via Facebook, and then attempted to "friend" my son on there - for what reason, I do not know. But being a moderator on a forum such as that, you walk around with a target on your back. I've been accused of being everything from a government shill to a member of the Mossad, to even someone saying I was their "handler". I'm just a boring married guy trying to get his kids through college - so after 6 years of that mess, I just deleted my account there - and have felt a 500 pound wight come off my chest.

Damn that sounds like it was a really interesting job. A lot more interesting than what I do.(I could kill my high school counselor.)
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post Mar 14 2014, 02:58 AM
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QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ Mar 13 2014, 02:36 AM) *
And I think (?) he was the first person to assume the title of Holy Roman Emperor ?


He was crowned xmas day, 800 AD at St. Peters by Pope Leo III but, the Byzantine empire (Constantinople) - at least half of Christendom at that time - took exception and never recognized Charles as the emperor (they stopped recognizing the pope in Rome too). Eventually Constantinople fell to the Ottoman Turks at the end of May in 1453 and the holy Roman empire lived on. Still lives on to this day in a way.


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post Mar 14 2014, 07:36 AM
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In my spare time I have enjoyed being a stunt man in three James Bond movies, artist for Warner brothers, helping the creation of films like Toy story, Hang gliding, parachuting,wing jumping,surfing with white sharks,stud,tennis coach, life guard,stand up comic,escort for beautiful actresses,Olympic skier, concert organiser, rock star,nice guy and general bullshitter.


so basically, you're not married and keep yourself pretty dang busy! cool.gif I wish I could find time to destroy a few cars! biggrin.gif

QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ Mar 13 2014, 12:26 AM) *
I agree, anyone who isn't into history at all is seriously missing out !

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er, MISSED out. Let's keep a proper perspective on things mate biggrin.gif Personally, I enjoy having a flush toilet and ... toilet paper! haha!


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post Mar 14 2014, 08:29 AM
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QUOTE (SirJamsalot @ Mar 13 2014, 11:36 PM) *
Play Bass!
Music is what I do on the side, everything else involves commuting to work and dreaming about taking a vacation so i can write music!



so basically, you're not married and keep yourself pretty dang busy! cool.gif I wish I could find time to destroy a few cars! biggrin.gif



er, MISSED out. Let's keep a proper perspective on things mate biggrin.gif Personally, I enjoy having a flush toilet and ... toilet paper! haha!

What's up SirJamsalot? It's good to see someone else from the Bay. Your right. Commuting sucks. smile.gif

QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Mar 13 2014, 01:23 AM) *
He was considered as being the grandfather of Europe smile.gif He was a great military leader and strategist! Hello from another history fan and ex-national history olympic in the 7th grade biggrin.gif

If you like history; read up on the Siege of Malta in 1565. I read a book about it, and I couldn't put it down. I even visited Malta, and rented an apartment in Valletta next to St. Elmo. It is such a dramatic story; I'm surprised it has never been turned into a movie. smile.gif
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post Mar 14 2014, 09:06 AM
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QUOTE (Palacios @ Mar 14 2014, 07:29 AM) *
What's up SirJamsalot? It's good to see someone else from the Bay. Your right. Commuting sucks. smile.gif


If you like history; read up on the Siege of Malta in 1565. I read a book about it, and I couldn't put it down. I even visited Malta, and rented an apartment in Valletta next to St. Elmo. It is such a dramatic story; I'm surprised it has never been turned into a movie. smile.gif


Thank you man! smile.gif I will definitely give it a go smile.gif I have been more into Japanese history in the last two years as it went along with my martial arts training. It clearly offers a better view into things, so I thought it would only be natural to understand things this way.


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post Mar 14 2014, 08:24 PM
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QUOTE (klasaine @ Mar 14 2014, 02:58 AM) *
He was crowned xmas day, 800 AD at St. Peters by Pope Leo III but, the Byzantine empire (Constantinople) - at least half of Christendom at that time - took exception and never recognized Charles as the emperor (they stopped recognizing the pope in Rome too). Eventually Constantinople fell to the Ottoman Turks at the end of May in 1453 and the holy Roman empire lived on. Still lives on to this day in a way.


That's not exactly acurate. Even tough Charlemagne was crowned Holy Roman Emperor, he never claimed to be the Byzantine ruler (he only wanted some of their remaining Italian territories), and he was formally recognized as the western emperor by Michael I Rangabe in 812, after they had made peace. After the death of Charlemagne, his Empire was divided between his sons, and the Holy Roman Empire ceased to exist until, following his great predecessor's footsteps, Otto I had himself crowned as Holy Roman Emperor in 962. Also the Great Schism (the parting of the eastern and western christian churches) didn't take place until about two centuries later.

Well, as you can see I also love history. In my freetime, I also enjoy correcting grammar mistakes. I do so from pure philantrophy, as I have never ever accepted any consideration for doing so. tongue.gif

Besides being an f-hole on the Internet, I like to pretend that I have friends, and hang out with people who somehow tolerate my presence.

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post Mar 15 2014, 05:05 AM
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If I'm not playing guitar… I like traveling, fishing (this one is new), cooking (mostly grilling), playing "soccer" (not too much these days), golf (I suck at it), jogging in my local forest "preserve", going to sporting events, camping, hiking, swimming/coral snorkeling … you get the picture. I get couped up in the winter then do a bunch of outdoor stuff in the summer.

I'm also a printer by trade. I enjoy the job and have been in this profession for 20 years. I operate a Heidelberg 6 color large format press during the day, while daydreaming about being a rockstar. smile.gif


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post Mar 15 2014, 05:22 AM
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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Mar 14 2014, 01:06 AM) *
Thank you man! smile.gif I will definitely give it a go smile.gif I have been more into Japanese history in the last two years as it went along with my martial arts training. It clearly offers a better view into things, so I thought it would only be natural to understand things this way.

You seem like a pretty Zen like individual. You'll probably appreciate this. I visited the opening of the Himalayan Buddhist Mandalas exhibit at the Asian Art Museum in SF today. It was very fascinating; dare I say even spiritual. There was some sort of energy emanating from these Mandalas that were well over 500 years old. I took some photos, but they really don't do them any justice. Here is a link for the museum exhibit.
http://www.asianart.org/exhibitions_index/enter-the-mandala
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post Mar 15 2014, 11:09 AM
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QUOTE (Palacios @ Mar 15 2014, 04:22 AM) *
You seem like a pretty Zen like individual. You'll probably appreciate this. I visited the opening of the Himalayan Buddhist Mandalas exhibit at the Asian Art Museum in SF today. It was very fascinating; dare I say even spiritual. There was some sort of energy emanating from these Mandalas that were well over 500 years old. I took some photos, but they really don't do them any justice. Here is a link for the museum exhibit.
http://www.asianart.org/exhibitions_index/enter-the-mandala
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Bullseye smile.gif You got me mate biggrin.gif Thanks for sharing these! Please tell me, what does the black Buddha symbolize? There are only 'white' ones and that one..


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post Mar 15 2014, 02:41 PM
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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Mar 15 2014, 03:09 AM) *
Bullseye smile.gif You got me mate biggrin.gif Thanks for sharing these! Please tell me, what does the black Buddha symbolize? There are only 'white' ones and that one..

I figured you'd probably enjoy these. Hopefully the exhibit will travel to Europe so our European friends can enjoy this amazing exhibit. There is a lot of symbolism with the mandalas. They are all placed in a certain direction, and your supposed to view them clockwise. Each direction also has a certain color buddha. I believe the original colors were faded over time; so what was once a blue buddha, appears black now. You'll see some colors on the ground around the stupa; which signifies that color buddha. I took a picture of the information placard so I could better understand what I was looking at. It will probably help explain it better than I ever could. Keep in mind the Black buddha is in the East.
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The symbolism goes even deeper. The small buddhas in the mandalas form the shape of the stupa in the center. Behind each buddha is a verse of wisdom that uses the "poison" to cure the poison. Unfortunately the black buddha is being restored; so they weren't able to display the original. The stupa has a lot of symbolism as well tying all the mandalas together. I'm gonna be there at the museum again today. I'll see if I can get a more substantive answer on the black buddha. smile.gif
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Wow!
Thanks a lot man biggrin.gif Really interesting stuff that I had no clue about smile.gif I am just starting to learn about chakras and the way in which the human body's energy is functioning!


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Lately I've been running a lot and trying to get into cross country and track shape again. After a year off its finally gotten to me that I'm becoming athletically lazy. laugh.gif


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Cool exhibit.

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QUOTE (TreyDeschamp @ Mar 15 2014, 02:53 PM) *
I'm a gamer as well as a guitarist.

Lately I've been running a lot and trying to get into cross country and track shape again. After a year off its finally gotten to me that I'm becoming athletically lazy. laugh.gif

Hey trey. Wanna play some battlefield4? If you got a xbox one my gamer tag is mammoth702. If anyone has it hit me up. biggrin.gif

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QUOTE (TreyDeschamp @ Mar 15 2014, 02:53 PM) *
I'm a gamer as well as a guitarist.

Lately I've been running a lot and trying to get into cross country and track shape again. After a year off its finally gotten to me that I'm becoming athletically lazy. laugh.gif


Heh! There's no excuse for not exercising wink.gif The only people which are excused are the ones that would hurt themselves doing it, otherwise, it's called laziness biggrin.gif Get back in shape young man! Your body will thank you and guitar playing will be better as well!


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