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I'm currently studying Aikido and Taiji. I'm informally studying jo and bokken.


Dec
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Dec
15
comment What happened to the wealth of the Rothschild banking family?
Any question that can be answered by wikipedia is trivial.
Dec
15
reviewed Leave Open When did the California Driving Test stop testing for parallel parking?
Dec
15
reviewed Close What was the American response to the Sino-Soviet border conflict?
Dec
15
reviewed Leave Closed Morse code is a ternary human-optimised code, is there a binary, non-machine optimised code?
Dec
15
reviewed Reopen Was it controversial when Parliament restricted the suffrage to the Forty Shilling Freeholders in 1430?
Dec
12
revised In the USSR, did they ever stop 'officially' believing in the future Communist utopia?
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Dec
12
comment Before the use of Anno Domini dating (BCE/CE), how were years numbered?
@MichaelLauzon, your comment is rude, and ignores the fact that How to Ask specifically mentions that hypotheticals are off topic for this forum. Please be welcome to participate, but please be civil, understand and respect the conventions of the forum.
Dec
12
comment Before the use of Anno Domini dating (BCE/CE), how were years numbered?
Depends on who you ask. Different cultures have different dating systems. For example, both Jews and Muslims maintain a calendar which is not related to CE; many cultures maintain a calendar which "begins" with the foundation of their government or the reign of the current dynasty.
Dec
12
revised What happened to all the notable Roman families?
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Dec
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revised What happened to all the notable Roman families?
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Dec
12
answered What happened to all the notable Roman families?
Dec
12
comment What happened to all the notable Roman families?
First, is there any evidence that the gens have vanished, or is this just your recollection? Second, are there other family names that have survived, or is it simply natural that a family name would vanish after a thousand generations/intermarriages and the dissolution of the political unit in which they had meaning? Third, the gens were institutions within Roman society/government; once that society and that government vanished, what would be the point of perpetrating the gens?
Dec
12
reviewed Close What was the typical range of travel of a Pennsylvanian resident for everyday life in the late 18th early 19th Century Pennsylvania?
Dec
11
reviewed Approve How did lay people understand logic in the Greco-Roman world?
Dec
11
comment In the past were there gifts on the days leading up to Christmas instead of them all being on the one day?
When I was a child, I had an advent calendar like you describe; I was permitted to open one pocket/day and received a small gift in each pocket. I doubt this was a "custom", I think it is something my Mother did because she purchased an advent calendar that would support the practice. So in a literal sense, the answer to your question is "Yes", such a custom did exist in one instance. Is that useful history? no.
Dec
10
comment Which cultures considered dual-gender sacred
This is a list question, and a bad list question. I'm afraid that I must respectfully disagree that "manifestation of two or more genders by an individual" is clear or commonly accepted. While there are questions of the form, "Which cultures do X?", they really don't fit SE format well; there is no way to objectively judge the answers, and they tend to generate lots of comments & argument and very little learning.
Dec
9
comment Yearly population growth rate throughout history
I'm not sure what you're asking for, why existing data is insufficient or what research you have already done
Dec
9
revised WWII: Did the entire war depend on breaking the ENIGMA cipher?
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Dec
9
comment What was the death toll of Plague of Justinian?
As I understanding it, survival rates are correlated with nutrition & general health, and the current hypothesis is that everyone who survives today inherited a partial immunity to 'Y Pestis'; those without the immunity have no descendants. That said, your point stands; our estimates of mortality rates must have a wide variation, because our confidence in the records is low.