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  1. My collection is pretty broken right now, mainly due to downsizing and moving to BD. I'm not the collector I used to be, so essentially all of my DVD's and manga have been getting pushed onto eBay for sale. In fact, almost my entire collection is in my "crap to put on eBay" cupboard - along with some of the ex's stuff that she never reclaimed. The current collection that is for sure staying is in the "media drawer."
  2. I give you all, the second best 4K Bluray Player on the market. The Oppo UDP-203: Is purdy. I need to not take photos in this room at night though, the lighting sucks.
  3. Y'all...these were mighty spoopy! Great job to all the contestants. I'll have an announcement of the winners probably this weekend. Rock on!
  4. Following on the heels of the Russian Red October revolution in 1917, the Allies lamented at the loss of a crucial ally in the war against the Central Powers. Understanding that Germany was now only fighting a war on one front, the Allies began to mobilize and mount a series of battles from 1918 through 1920 that many have forgotten. The soldiers deployed into this battle would not be celebrating Armistice Day. Instead they would be on the frontlines of a very different war. When Russia fell to the Bolshevik’s on 7 November 1917, the U.S. had been supplying war materiel to the White Army in the east as a means to resist the Reds. In addition, Czech fighters that had been fighting against the Reds within Russia and on the Eastern front were now cut off from the remainder of the Allies. It was not until 6 July 1918 that the Allies approached President Wilson requesting aid for an intervention in Siberia. Against the better judgment of the War Department, Wilson allocated between 10,000 and 13,000 troops for deployment in the frozen tundra. Of the U.S. forces that were deployed to Russia, 8,000 landed in Vladivostok as the Allied Expeditionary Force, Siberia (AEFS) under the command of MG William S. Graves on 15-16 August 1918. These forces consisted of the 27th and 31st Infantry Regiments — “Wolfhounds” and “Polar Bears”, respectively — which had been stationed in the Philippines. The remainder of Graves’ forces were pooled largely from California, a far cry in climate from the desolate and unforgiving cold that awaited them in Siberia. The remaining 3,000 to 5,000 were the newly formed 339th Infantry Regiment — “Detroit’s Own Polar Bears” — posted to Arkhangelsk (Archangel) (American North Russia Expeditionary Force, ANREF), arriving on 20 August under the command of LTC George E. Stewart. While Graves’ forces were tasked with securing American assets in the western theater and the eastern terminus of the Trans-Siberian Railroad, Stewart was also tasked with assisting retreating Czech forces and aiding the White Army in the northwest. By the time the Americans arrived the Red Army was well entrenched with plentiful supplies to hold off the Allies while simultaneously defeating the White resistance forces. This, coupled with a lack of supplies that were suitable for the climate, put the Allies and the AEFS at a stark disadvantage. In addition, confusion within the Allied ranks and suspicion of other “presumed” Allies led to issues in communication. In the eastern theater, Japanese forces outnumbered other allied forces 10:1, making the western powers wary of Japanese intentions for a supposed rescue and evacuation operation. The Japanese maintained forces in Siberia through 1922, making the United States concerned about the potential of Japanese expansion. By 1919, forward momentum of the AEFS had dwindled, and morale was extremely low. American Soldiers had begun to write letters home to newspapers and representatives asking to return home like their peers in France. The order to withdraw was finally given in April, and forces began pulling out in large numbers off the northern coast of the Archangel oblast by July. In August, ANREF was totally disbanded and withdrawn from the northern coast. The last forces in the eastern theater operating within the AEFS would not withdraw until almost a year later in 1920. Around 300 American soldiers died on the frozen tundra of Russia, with over 500 casualties reported in the Siberia expedition. The lack of any meaningful gains in both interventions led to U.S. involvement in Russia being largely forgotten in the west. The White Army was completely defeated in 1920, and all opposition to the Red forces ended at that time. The last American survivor of the Allied Intervention died in 2003, marking the end of this chapter in history.
  5. Exactly, and if I wasn't being clear about this before - this is what I'm trying to say as well. The nature of legislative query has been taking a bigger interest these days in business transactions and practice than before. Why? Well, because business has been getting more explicitly intertwined with government affairs. The only thing that I'll say that I hope does not happen, is that every small "odd" transaction that occurs gets examined. We don't need federal oversight for that kind of thing. If you can tie it into your GDP or political inquisition, fine - but don't MAKE something out of an anthill - which this runs the risk of setting precedent for.
  6. By my clock, we have T-minus 4 hours to go in this folks. Get those last minute entries in if you haven't already. There's some competition in here this month. Yow.
  7. That's not what anyone is saying. Anywhere. At all. At least not on these forums Yes, and as a private entity, that is their right as well. You have a TOS/TOT that you agree to in order to play on their servers. Thus why it's prickly. Is Blizzard a private company? If so, are they guaranteed the right to freedom of expression as well? But, therein lies a demon as well - if you kabash their right to free expression are you also endorsing the limiting of free expression of other entities as well? Again, it's an issue of what constitutes a company as being "private" and "public." We know what that means economically, but where is the line that is drawn that a company stops being private and enters as a public forum. Such a description has not previously been defined.
  8. Ehhh...I dunno if I'd say it's entirely Blizzard's fault. At least not at the implementation level. Congress really shouldn't be involved here, so I'd ultimately place the fault at the level of the government. Again...they're good at making laws...and laws...and more laws. Blizzard in that case is just the instigator. Still, it's interesting to see where this goes. I do recall being told that apparently it's possible to remove all Chinese players from the game by typing in "Tiananmen Square 1989" or something into the chat box. The automatically get kicked by their ISP. That tidbit - if true - is amusing.
  9. I agree that it can't just change, but this point here is not exclusive to "just Japan" nor is it exclusive to "just Anime" or "just Gaming." You are working in a market that has known value depreciation and poor pay. So you're doing it out of passion. Okay...that's fine. Then you're placing the passion of your job over the importance of your pay. I enjoy toying with audio all day, but no one is going to be paying me a reasonable amount of money to do that. I'm sorry, but the animators have a choice: stay in and do work of passion even though it doesn't pay anything or; make a business decision and go with another route until conditions in the field improve. It's almost as if they're saying "I wanna work at Amazon, because Amazon is cool - even though they get garbage pay and treat their employees bad." Then they turn around "omg, this job is terrible, but I'll do it anyway."
  10. What are you talking about? They only just started to animate the series...there's only even 3 episodes at an hour a piece.
  11. An MP and a contractor? Oh boy. We'll have them on the next flight to Djibouti or Kandahar, not someplace upscale like Dubai. lol
  12. I hadn't heard anything about them retaining dues. So this is a first for me. That being said, does Blizzard have a terms of use, or a policy that the user agrees to prior to continuing to play? Did the player violate that policy? If so, it's a moot point. You can spend money at a venue and break the rules, be kicked out, and not receive a refund. That's just regular business. Certainly not a job for Congress.
  13. Disclaimer As a historian, I am tasked with the duty of reporting facts. But sometimes stories come along that just hit you in a certain way, it may not be logical, but they just give you a certain vibe. The incident at Dyatlov Pass is one of those stories for me. Fewer tales have given me the creeps quite like this. I found it appropriate to post this story for October, however, it's taking a lot out of me to do so. I've been relying on some fellow members to help me stay light hearted in this posting. Hopefully we complete this tale with some kind of cohesion. The Story Deep in the northern Ural mountains in Russia lies a mountain known as Kholat Syakhl. The name literally translates to the phrase "Dead Mountain." For nine members of the Ural Polytechnical Institute in Ekaterinburg, Sverdlovsk in February of 1959, that would prove to be absolutely true. Taking place during an era of Cold War tension, the team embarked on a skiing expedition across the Northern Ural's. The objective for many of the people was to acquired Level III skiing certifications, with the final destination being Otorten Mountain. Their journey, however, was destined to end approximately six miles north of their intended destination mountain at Kholat Syakhl, a level III difficulty mountain. The leader of the group, who was working on his Level III certification was twenty-three year old Igor Dyatlov. Prior to his disembarkation with his group in January of 1959, he had informed family and friends that he would telegram when they had returned to the populated village at Vizhai. Estimations suggested that this would be on 12 February to as late as 17 February. He departed on 27 January with a group of ten, but one of the members had to turn back due to health complications. The nine remaining members continued on their way towards Otorten. Records were made by the group from 31 January, and weather, tracking, and other data was made available to coordinate the events that happened on 1 February. It seemed as though the group had intended to make their way opposite the pass, but poor weather conditions forced them to camp on the slopes of Kholat Syakhl - west of their intended destination for the night. The group opted to camp in the open, rather than in a forested area further downhill. This choice was supposedly made to compensate for the altitude gained. However, had the group moved further downhill, they would have been better sheltered from the elements. By 20 February, family and friends had launched a search party for the missing expedition. It was not until 26 February that their campsite was located, however. Remains were found within a day to a few weeks, but the last remains were not uncovered until 4 May. An Unknown and Compelling Force "The tent was half torn down and covered with snow. It was empty, and all the group's belongings and shoes had been left behind." Eight or nine sets of tracks that indicated that people had run either in stockings or a single shoe were seen flowing away from the campsite down the mountain. However, at certain points it seemed that the tracks were deliberately covered. All of the tracks made a run towards the woods. Under a tree, there were remains of what appeared to be a small campfire. Two bodies were found, both in their underwear. Branches were broken relatively high up in the tree suggesting that the duo were looking for something. Three other bodies were located between the camp and this tree, all in such a way that suggested they were returning to the camp. The last four were found in a nearby ravine, all dressed slightly better than the previous group. Of the members of the group, the following causes of death were determined: six by Hypothermia, two from severe chest injury, and one from a fatal skull injury. One of the individuals with a chest injury also had their eyes removed. Another had their eyes, tongue and nose removed. The chest injuries were of such a magnitude that they could only be compared to a car crash, but no other adjacent injuries were visible. One of the hikers was wearing clothing that was determined to be radioactive. It had been initially speculated that native peoples in the region may have killed the members of the expedition, but two factors contribute to this theory being dismissed: no other footprints were found at the site, and the force required to impale the individuals was not of human capacity. In May of 1959, the documents of the case were classified, and the official cause of the incident marked as "death by an unknown compelling force." The case was reopened in 2019 by the Russian government, with the only "acceptable" causes being an avalanche, snow storm, or hurricane force winds. Various theories circulate still on the cause of the strange events that unfolded early in February of 1959, ranging from an Avalanche, to Infrasound, to Military Testing, and even pseudoscientific explanations. Nevertheless, Dyatlov Pass remains one of the unsolved mysteries in the immense space known as Russia.
  14. Yes, because more laws solve everything. This whole thing is becoming a double edged sword. So you have a company, a private entity that is providing a public service - where do you draw the line and call it public space even if it's private property? Google: guilty. Facebook: guilty. Blizzard: really seems guilty. So, the net issue is: do you pass a law and say that you can't say and enforce certain things on your own private property? Or do you risk showing that you endorse an agenda to some weird group of individuals that think non-action is consent/agreement by allowing freedom of speech? Slippery slope. Personally I think there are more important things to worry about in Congress, but...well...I'm not allowed to say more than that.
  15. If I understand Canada's structure properly, there's likely far fewer historian/heraldic slots in it. The U.S. has the largest Civilian Corps I believe - simply because of the reach. Even so, Canada's armed forces probably have an MOS that'd take other duties as assigned, including maybe historical duties. Military can be weird. Anyway, feel free to holler if you have a need for some history pointers. I'm...mostly decent about getting back to people in a reasonable amount of time.
  16. It may be different in other countries, but in the U.S., there are historians at the various levels of military command: battalion, brigade, division, command, army, branch, etc. You'd cycle these terms depending on the branch too. Below the division level, you generally see uniformed personnel having the historian as part of their MOS. I get a lot of enjoyment in the work. Ideally I'd be somewhere else in the military chain, but it isn't possible unfortunately. I do love it all the same though, was born to do this.
  17. @Cassandra - I generally use the tags for new members the first few times or if I'm trying to get a members attention in larger threads, to each their own. Those do sound like unique course titles and names, hopefully the content is good. I know that my first year was a real butt kicker. That was mainly because I was taking the classes without knowing the format not the style that was required within my program. Joke was on me though, when I got my job all that went out the window too. As for me, that occupation has many different meanings. Undergrad programs (schools in general) are not very friendly for military history. So, my two BAs were in History and Art History. My MA is in American Military History (ca.1945-1993). So that's one use. The main use though is that well...it's my occupation. I work within the U.S. Army as a command historian. That means history et al, and other duties as assigned. We make up less than 1% of all history positions globally, which I don't know if that's flattering or depressing. I mean to the latter. Again, welcome aboard.
  18. MPs gonna MP though. Stacking patrol cars 3 deep for a 5 mph speeder, that's the MP way. It sounds like someone was performing work without a burn notice in the building. I wonder who doesn't work for that contractor anymore...
  19. Welcome, @Cassandra. History major, huh? You'll forgive me, but I'm going to skip most of everything and ask, what history are you studying? It's always great to see more people involved with the profession as a professional, rather than armchair warriors (there's a lot more of them now than ever before). Glad to have you! If you have any questions, feel free to ask. I, or someone else (especially if it's anime-esqe) will surely have an answer.
  20. Exciting day. Went back to work after a five day weekend...and there was apparently a fire SOMEWHERE in the building - we got evacuated and stood around for an hour before being told to move to the second office. Derp.
  21. Oh, I hope I didn't leave that impression. I work with competent folks, it's just that work naturally piles up in my line of work. Just the natural state of affairs, a never ending cycle of things to do with not enough time to do them all. But then again, that's just life.
  22. Yeah, the threads are getting locked up on what I believe is a JS feature in mobile. I alerted Seshi to the issue, but it's impacting more IPS sites than just AF - so a fix will have to get pushed for that by them later. I meant to get some of these ported over to MH today, but that didn't happen...will plan on doing that tomorrow and this weekend in the event that people are looking for the stuff but can't access for some reason. Here's a screenshot in the meantime of the post -
  23. That's exactly what I mean. They have the power to change the cycle, but just don't. I'd make a Korea joke, but I'm not sure anyone would get it. Bottom line is, there's a precedent for things to change, those who don't invoke that change are damned and deserve to stay in the stagnation of their own plight.
  24. Biographies of the emperor's of Rome were few and far between. Most of them found themselves in the employ of the court, thus making the rules of their masters much more extravagant than they really were. By about 90 CE, Rome had acquired someone who would become the authority on the rules and rankings of the "Twelve Great Caesar's." That man is known as Suetonius, and for many of the emperors he wrote on, he serves as the only contemporary historian that is able to link with the emperors in this age. Rome was a complicated issue in addition to being the primordial center of the world. He writes ad nauseum on the decline of the emperors, marking one in particular as the peak of the downfall: Nero Claudius. Apart from Suetonius' writing, historical documents that were dated to Nero's time alive show his ruthlessness. He was particularly brutal towards the Christians and other non-conforming Roman citizens. The historian Tacitus writes: "Besides being put to death, they were made to serve as objects for amusement; they were clad in the hides of beasts and torn to death by dogs; others were crucified, others set on fire to serve to illuminate the night when daylight failed." Suetonius further wrote: "many abuses were severely punished and repressed, and judgement was passed upon the Christians." Indeed, Rome was anything but holy in it's first and second incarnation. However, Nero's exploits are far from limited to the ruthlessness against Christians. He was "no less cruel to members of his family than he was to strangers", conspirators were subject to being hung by chains, where their children were exiled from Rome and poisoned or forced to starve to death. A classic example of authoritarian dictatorship, Nero was Rome minded - rarely leaving his palace. Only twice did he tour the empire, and these were generally limited to the visiting of Alexandria. Showmanship was a major component of Nero Claudius' rule as well, with near constant extravagant festivals and games. He was fascinated with architecture, but often times made demands that were beyond the means of his skilled craftsmen. Nero was also fascinated with horses and chariots, often appearing in public with a chariot of his own. He was known to race chariots as well, having participated in several races in his youth. Prior to his ascending to the role of emperor, it was not immediately clear the path that he would take. Upon his father's death, Nero had held a rather illustrious funeral. It was supposed that Nero would continue his father's missions, but soon thereafter, Nero began to embark down a path of extravagance over empirical growth. The Roman Empire did not grow or expand beyond its boundaries during Nero's reign, and outlying territories came under excessive economic burden to fund his desires in the capitol. Cited as being a womanizer, a pedophile, a ruthless dictator, and many other choice colorful terms, Suetonius reports that Nero's erratic lifestyle and personality could only be rivaled by Caligula. Nero's death at the age of thirty-two signified the end of the reign of the Caesar's. Rome rejoiced at his death as it signified the end of the oppressive rule that had spanned more than a century. It also signified the birth of a new age, with Galba ascending the throne after Nero's death. Parades, parties, and other festivals were thrown to celebrate both Nero's death and Galba's ascension. So goes the short, and "PG" version of Nero Claudius' tale. Further Reading Suetonius. The Twelve Caesars. 105 CE. Bettenson, Henry; Maunder, Chris. ed. Documents of the Christian Church. Fourth Edition. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. 2011.
  25. Pacing of the anime always outruns the game - 100% of the time. I haven't decided if I like the order of games precluding anime for this very reason. I think the opposite order usually results in a better "warm and fuzzy" feeling for most people. As for the anime, I watched bits and pieces of the first episode, but I haven't gotten more invested in it yet. Subs are really difficult for me, simply because of things I've mentioned before. That being said, it doesn't sound like Type Moon is opposed to a North American adaptation, so I'm optimistic.

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