May 27th, 2014

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This was a big weekend for finishing books.

First was Osprey Warrior #: French Musketeer 1622 - 1775, a really good account of the near-mythical unit of the French military of that period. Apparently these troops WERE used by the French monarchs to carry out cloak and dagger-style deeds, just as in The Three Musketeers, which makes it all the more juicy to read. Pretty solid book.

Next was Osprey Fortress #80: British Forts in the Age of Arthur, which opens with a short discussion of the controversy about whether or not there was ever a King Arthur, and then proceeds to detail the fortifications that existed in that time period. I found it interesting.

Then there was Osprey Campaign #206: Spartacus and the Slave War 73- 71 BC: A Gladiator Rebels Against Rome. Having listened to The History of Rome podcast series, I recalled some of the discussion about this event/period, and the book expands nicely on it. Pretty solid.

I then followed it with Osprey Warrior #162: Roman Republican Legionary 298 – 105 BC, which predates the preceding, but in light of my having listened to that educational podcast on this topic, it also expanded on some of what the presenter had to say, and therefore was pretty good.

Lastly, there was Osprey Weapon #30: The Longbow, which went into the weapon's details, and also how it was used tactically, as well as where it was used. Maybe the best of a rather good lot, this weekend. Nice.
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Memorial Day itself started in restful fashion, though I did do some chores. Then we went out.

We went to visit hendel and his family, who'd invited us for dinner and hanging out. The food was good, the conversation was good, and then he put on something on the TV:

The Knights of Badassdom, followed by the first episode of The Middleman. The former was fun, especially in light of our relationship to Dungeonmaster. The latter was mildly amusing, but not nearly as much fun as Eureka or Warehouse 13 which both seemed to work much the same material.

Anyway, it was good to share those sorts of things.

Evening over, it was back home.

Oh, and the turkey chicks are doing fine now in an outside cage. Thank goodness.