Review of Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes

In Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes, Tamim Ansary describes a historical narrative of the world from Islamic eyes, from the time of Mohammed to the fall of the Ottoman Empire and its effects on the modern day Middle Eastern socio-political landscape. If you’re reading this review, there’s a good chance your narrative… Read more Review of Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes

Beer, Wine, Spirits, Coffee, Tea, and Coca Cola: A History of the World in 6 Glasses

Egyptian slaves were paid in mead. The wine trade spread Greek (and later Roman) culture throughout the known world. Spirits drove the Age of Exploration, including the slave trade into the New World. Coffee fueled the Age of Reason and revolutionary thought. The tea trade shaped British policy at its height. Coca Cola is arguably the symbol… Read more Beer, Wine, Spirits, Coffee, Tea, and Coca Cola: A History of the World in 6 Glasses

Smartphone Thoughts: HTC Hero, Palm Pre, Blackberry Tour, Samsung Moment

(Updated on Oct 17th, 2009) The last personal cell phone story on this blog was written over three years ago. We (the wife and I) still have those cell phones, believe it or not, something which is about to change. For the past few months–ever since we moved to Land O’Butter, Florida, really–I’ve been wanting… Read more Smartphone Thoughts: HTC Hero, Palm Pre, Blackberry Tour, Samsung Moment