Category Archives: History

Ephesus Museum, Turkey

  For obvious reasons the finest artifacts have been removed from Ephesus and placed in a museum in a nearby city. The bust above is of Marcus Aurelius (Roman Emperor from 161 to 180 CE). [Gallery] The image below shows a Satyr pursuing a nymph or maiden. There were two statues of Asclepius (the god of healing). Unfortunately neither one is intact. [Notice […]

Ephesus Ruins, Turkey

The Ancient City of Ephesus dates to about 900 BCE. It was Hellenized by Alexander the Great and ultimately became the regional Roman Capital in 129 BCE. The ruins today are only 10% restored. The first photo shows the Greek-Style Theater (with up to 25,000 seats!) and the wide avenue leading down to the port (which has silted in). [Gallery]   Here I am […]

Termessos Ruins, Turkey

Termessos was our first encounter with the ancient world of Turkey. Originally built by the Pisidians sometime before 500 BCE, the city is situated on a mountain pass more than 1000 meters above the coastal plain. Our guide told us they were raiders who periodically preyed upon the people below. In 333 BCE Alexander the Great surrounded Termessos but could not […]

Hagia Sophia, Istanbul Turkey

Hagia Sophia is one of the most historic buildings in the world! I’ve always wanted to see it up close and now I have. It is a strange syncretism of Islam superimposed on top of Orthodox Christianity. Finished in 537 CE, it was the largest building in the world for a thousand years.  This Gallery contains HDR and Fisheye photos.

Turkey Panoramas

Recently back from a spectacular trip to Turkey. I have about 5000 photos to process and just got through the first batch (iPhone panoramas). Note that the linked images are large and you may have to expand them. Enjoy!   Not really a panorama, but fisheye view of Hagia Sophia!

Binge Watching Great Movies about Real Conspiracies that Affect Us All

I was on a short business trip recently and had a chance to view three new movies about real conspiracies that affect us all. This prompted me to go back and re-watch some documentaries from the recent past. Talk about dark night of the soul! Here are my brief reviews in no particular order… Spotlight I was […]

Deception, Obfuscation & Misdirection

Most are familiar with the concept of FUD—short for Fear, Uncertainty & Doubt. It summarizes a strategy often used in marketing and political propaganda. Its effects are pernicious, divisive and lead to exploitation. Examples abound. Fear is a strong motivator! To resist FUD one must understand how it is practiced using the principle tools Deception, Obfuscation and Misdirection. It is nearly […]

Amelia Island & Fort Clinch State Park

Quick week-end CME trip to Amelia Island, several good bird photos… Also had time to visit Fort Clinch State Park…

Epitaph of Edward Carter, Died 1742, Boston

Farewell Vain World I have Enough of [thee] and now I’m Careless what thou Say’st of me. What Fault thou See’st in me Take Care to Shun. There’s worke within thy Self That Should be Done. Thy Smiles I Court not, nor thy Frowns I fear. My Cares are past, my head lies quiet here. […]

Idiot America by Charles Pierce

Idiot America How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free Charles Pierce (2009) This short confection of a book has a serious message… When “cranks” become mainstream and large segments of the population take them seriously, our entire society is at risk! He’s not against people with unconventional ideas, in fact he […]