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  1. Captain Jean-Luc Picard

    Book: Trafalgar: The Biography of Battle

    The second i put it down i ordered every single book he has ever written. Excellent content, excellent writing: excellent author.
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    Pictures from a visit to Portsmouth, England

    Thanks for the pics, it's been a while since i was there, and Congrats!
  3. Captain Jean-Luc Picard

    Book: Trafalgar: The Biography of Battle

    Sounds great, i'll check it out thank you.
  4. Captain Jean-Luc Picard

    100th anniversary of regaining independence

    Note that the main Warsaw landmark has been edited out of the video at 00.28 (the palace of culture and science, which the current nationalistic political party in power behind the foundation that made this video absolutely hates due to its soviet related history, they actually wanted it destroyed -the foundation is noted as being a propaganda tool of the party in addition to its aim of promoting poland abroad). The official reason for editing out the famous landmark from the video is... copyrights. Which is not true when the buidling is used a part of a panorama rather than by itself. Imagine a similar video of London with Big Ben edited out or of Paris with the Eiffel Tower edited out. They're always pulling some stuff like that. I'm not getting into a political debate, just pointing out that the source of the video and the change made in this video should be kept in mind while watching it.
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    World's oldest intact shipwreck discovered in Black Sea

    https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/oct/23/oldest-intact-shipwreck-thought-to-be-ancient-greek-discovered-at-bottom-of-black-sea Archaeologists have found what they believe to be the world’s oldest intact shipwreck at the bottom of the Black Sea where it appears to have lain undisturbed for more than 2,400 years. The 23-metre (75ft) vessel, thought to be ancient Greek, was discovered with its mast, rudders and rowing benches all present and correct just over a mile below the surface. A lack of oxygen at that depth preserved it, the researchers said. “A ship surviving intact from the classical world, lying in over 2km of water, is something I would never have believed possible,” said Professor Jon Adams, the principal investigator with the Black Sea Maritime Archaeology Project (MAP), the team that made the find. “This will change our understanding of shipbuilding and seafaring in the ancient world.” The ship is believed to have been a trading vessel of a type that researchers say has only previously been seen “on the side of ancient Greek pottery such as the ‘Siren Vase’ in the British Museum”.
  6. Captain Jean-Luc Picard

    World's oldest intact shipwreck discovered in Black Sea

    I don't mind the price too much as i just set price alerts and can wait years till i get that book that costs hundreds for 3 pounds delivery included 😎 . That one seems to be a collection of essays which are always interesting, thanks. Can't go wrong with cambridge uni press, merci. 😋
  7. Captain Jean-Luc Picard

    World's oldest intact shipwreck discovered in Black Sea

    Thanks for taking the time to write your answer, is there a particular book you would recommend on the subject?
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    World's oldest intact shipwreck discovered in Black Sea

    True for most of the antiquity, slaves were used for let's say the "economical" matters not the military ones, in fact oarsman was considered a pretty good job in greece, but later on even the navy started using slaves ( venice, the barbary pirates, the french... ) True.
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    World's oldest intact shipwreck discovered in Black Sea

    Not really no, yes the oars were useful to find shelter in coves, but ships at the time very much sailed on the open sea, precisely using the oars if the winds were not favorable. You wouldn't sail from say lybia to greece by following the coast, and there were islands that both needed trade and offered shelter on the way. Sure a lot of the trade was following the coast but there was plenty of open sea trade.
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    World's oldest intact shipwreck discovered in Black Sea

    Oars were indeed used when there was lack of wind but mostly to go against the wind. The trade was mostly coastal and rivers were rarely used, more accurately the ships that used the rivers were not the same ones that would go at sea. And yes usually the rowing was done by slaves. This applies to most ships in the Mediterranean.
  11. Captain Jean-Luc Picard

    Article on Trireme Commander & Mare Nostrum

    Wargamer article on two upcoming maritime games. http://www.wargamer.com/articles/the-importance-of-being-galleys/
  12. Captain Jean-Luc Picard

    Game: Return Of The Obra Dinn

    By the author of papers please: https://store.steampowered.com/app/653530/Return_of_the_Obra_Dinn/ In 1802, the merchant ship Obra Dinn set out from London for the Orient with over 200 tons of trade goods. Six months later it hadn't met its rendezvous point at the Cape of Good Hope and was declared lost at sea. Early this morning of October 14th, 1807, the Obra Dinn drifted into port at Falmouth with damaged sails and no visible crew. As insurance investigator for the East India Company's London Office, dispatch immediately to Falmouth, find means to board the ship, and prepare an assessment of damages. Return of the Obra Dinn is a first-person mystery adventure based on exploration and logical deduction. https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2018/10/18/return-of-the-obra-dinn-released/
  13. Captain Jean-Luc Picard

    Cheap piracy book available in the UK

    Just got a price a alert for a book i wanted but in the end i'm not gonna get this book because, well, i just buy books faster than i can read them and this one is low priority for me so i will probably never read it in the end, i have a box of 20kg worth of books on its way to me right now already, but if anyone here wants it: Privateering and Piracy in the Colonial Period: Illustrative Documents (Dodo Press) Under 3 pounds delivery included with amazon prime in the UK. 700 pages. Average price 25, peak 95 ( probably a bot ). First come first served, this kind of price doesn't stay around long.
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    New ship found

    https://navva.org/norway/nation/halden-arbeiderblad-sensational-find-of-viking-ships-and-viking-village-in-halden/ Viking ship found using georadar The archaeologists have used a motorized georadar in Jellhaugen. The technology was developed by NIKU in collaboration with various international partners, organized by the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Archeological Forecasting and Virtual Archeology (LBI ArchPro). The Viking ship finds today just below the ground of about. half a meter deep and records the data as a large, clear ship-like structure within a larger circle. It is probably only the traces of the central part of the ship that are now visible through georadar, while severe and severe forces seem to be gone. This can be one of the largest ships found The impression of the ship at Viksletta is itself 20 meters long. For comparison, the Oseberg ship is 21 meters long, the Gokstad ship is 23 meters and the Tuneskipet is 19 meters long. Archaeologists still have to find a safe date, but ships that are part of the funeral finds are well known from the beginning of the Iron Age. 500-1030. All other major ship discoveries from the Oslo fjord area date back to the Viking Age (800-1030). "When we only see the bottom part of the ship, it means that at best we can end up with a ship that is at least as large as other Norwegian Viking ship finds, which is probably one of the most important ship discoveries of this period," Hanisch said. . Norwegian original source: https://www.ostfoldfk.no/nyheter/vikingskipsfunn-i-ostfold.103691.aspx Another article in english: https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/oct/15/viking-ship-burial-discovered-in-norway-just-50cm-underground
  15. Captain Jean-Luc Picard

    233 year anniversary of the Battle of Saintes

    Nice memoire, thanks.
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    Star Citizen

    Is anyone playing the Alpha of Star Citizen o planning to buy it later on? It's basically the next gen space mmo, by the legendary chris roberts, and as of now it has an ever growing funding of close to 150 millions, crowdfunded. It is already recognized as a technical masterpiece in the works, althought there are some reservations about the final product once it will come out and the price of the ships ( initially got the game with campaign included, with a basic aurora XL for 25 dollar at some sale ). The price of anything more than basic stuff is to finance the game ( (5k for a ship made of pixels? wtf!!) Got a carrack with a friend, as well as a terrapin. ( converted from a banu merchantman ). There are plenty of videos around about the game itself, but in case you've seen some here is a video of the separate solo/co-op campaign instead of the MMO. From already playing the game with friends, we are all having a blast even thought it's just the alpha full of bugs, from small groups of fighters, to multi crewing larger ships, via FPS onboard space stations or on the surface, or inside the ships themselves. I definitely recommend it if you can get it for like 25-30 dollars, whether you want to pay hundreds or thousands for more advanced ships instead of earning them in-game is up to you XD Also remember that due to multicrew ships, there will be plenty of spots on other players large ships. I reckon a majority of naval action player wants to sail the back sea of stars as well ( +damage model, fps boarding and whatever 150 millions can buy in features ) Here is my shameless referal code for you to get some in-game bonuses and credits and for me to probably not get a hello kitty vehicle if you are interested in getting the game: STAR-56QS-JJRX As it is possible to be in multiple organisations ( clans ) we can make a naval action org in star citizen? Perhaps bring some SC players to naval action as well?
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    Star Citizen

    Quick update following the CitizenCon event of yesterday, there has been some optimization but you still need about 16G ram and an SSD to run the alpha.
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    Book: Fleet Tactics and Naval Operations 3rd Edition

    It's on my wishlist but yes the price is too high for now, even on bookfinder, since it's still fresh. But i'll get a copy once it drops to where i want.
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    USS Constitution- That Good or Just Lucky?

    Interesting channel.
  20. Tattooing in the Civil War Was a Hedge Against Anonymous Death https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/civil-war-tattoos
  21. Captain Jean-Luc Picard

    What's your Homepage?

    searX search engine. Wikipedia info. just need to configure it to remove all the stupid search engines from it and only keep the ones you want or the default results get appropriately stupid. Google without google spying. A newer and better alternative to startpage. Some OS and browsers might have duckduckgo installed by default but duckduckgo sucks.
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    A Strategy & Tactical Build for the US Space Force (USSF)

    So much this. To be fair thought, the russians do have bear cavalry.
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    A Strategy & Tactical Build for the US Space Force (USSF)

    Couple things here, of which you seem aware by your wording but that i want to insist on: one, the money spent on yet another military project, while the US already spends more on the military than China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, India, France, United Kingdom, and Japan combined, some of those being allies, while this money could be more useful to help maintain or expand the commercial, financial and economic leadership. Historically ( with a big H ) and logically overspending on military over the long term obviously leads to a weakening of other areas including economics and thus to a loss in leadership in other areas. two, the united states "right way" is not and will never and cannot logically be the same as other countries, even europe had disagreements with the US on what is the "right way", plus might is right ( the US ignoring resolutions for example, or fabricating claims ( https://www.nytimes.com/2003/07/06/opinion/what-i-didn-t-find-in-africa.html ) I would add that the problems you mention could be helped by putting some money into them indeed instead of a space force, but yeah, sure, humans, pessimism etc, not to mention that the US has possibly more responsibility than any other country in this situation existence in the first place ( maybe with the exception of the industrial revolution XD ). But let's remember that the same guy that proposes the space force is the one that literally says that climate change is a chinese invention to make US manufacturing non competitive and literally censors any research on climate change. This censorship affects NASA as well. So yeah context is good but trump dosn't want the space force because of a climate change he does not believe in. So yeah, you put some interesting context especially the climate wars or whatever we will call it, but let me add some context to your context XD P.S. : Also i would be very careful about some of those dictatorships not caring about their people, the west is individualistic, as am i who grew up in the west, but there could be a whole debate made about not caring about their country/population on the long term as opposed to indeed not caring about their individuals today. It's just different countries where the "right way" is not the same, at least at the political level. I find north korea very predictable and the US very unpredictable nowadays as well. That's a whole different debate thought. And again the US are the only ones to have actually ever used nukes in war. But whatever. Gotta go out anyway and i'm getting sidetracked XD.
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    A Strategy & Tactical Build for the US Space Force (USSF)

    Political opinions aside, and whatever the political discourse is on both sides, with budget cuts all over the place, some already hitting home like the NHS, some not having hit home yet ( the company i worked for in the UK is struggling to stay afloat and will probably close soon, other companies i knew have already closed or are also expecting to, i barely hear any talk of the already existing effects on the daily reality of companies), the pound going down even before brexit has even been activated... A bunch of skilled workforce ( myself included ) just noping the fuck out of UK to greener pastures to keep earning the same or more due to currency devaluation and uncertainties about the future.. I think it's safe to say that UK won't be able finance a royal space force deserving of such a name even if it wanted to in the nearest future. One day. but not in the near post-brexit future. Not to go into the whole brexit thing, but for UK to spend large amounts of money on this at such a time seems unlikely. Then again, Trident is something like 50 billions in an era of budget cuts, so who knows.
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    A Strategy & Tactical Build for the US Space Force (USSF)

    Sorry, one more thing: If you have ever traveled a fair bit you might have noticed that a lot of people have a profound dislike for the united states. While acknowledging and respecting the ideals of the states, a lot of countries have simply had terrible experiences with the states, or shall we say bloody experiences. In the name of its ideals, the states have a lot of blood on their hands. It is without a doubt a military nation, but also a nation actively using its military. I might be grateful for some things, critical of others, but that doesn't change the facts. If the united states do develop a military space force, i can totally see it being used to shed blood. Of course for good reasons, who doesn't have a good reason to do whatever it is they are doing. This is not a political opinion, just a thought and opinion on the likely eventual use of a space force if it comes to existence. Also the militarization of space will become fun when other countries will follow/imitate the states. You, know the states talk of threats it needs defending against, and creates a unique threat towards other countries which for obvious reasons of national security now need to defend against the threat presented by the united states. One can cite russia, china or whomever as threats, but how will they see such a move? Will they sit back and applaud?