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bio website canageek.wordpress.com
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A Canadian geek, finishing off a chemistry degree. I typically hang around TeX.SX as I like the community and learn things by reading the questions. I'm also active on RPG.SX and History.SX.


Jan
17
comment Were soldiers in the World Wars paid?
Ah, Officers would be commissioned, not conscripted and the question is about conscripted men.
Dec
11
comment What is the basis of Russian criticism of Antony Beevor's work?
Anixx: Your examples are all from Berlin and dealing with rape: Are his sources more reliable in Stalingrad or when dealing with the more military sections of the book?
Aug
10
comment Which cultures did *not* produce alcohol?
@choster I vote that you give Alaska to Canada, then we can just call them Norther Native Canadians with no confusion or bias.
Aug
10
comment Which cultures did *not* produce alcohol?
@SevenSidedDie Huh, interesting. Do you have a cite for that? I'd like to read about it, because I was always told Eskimo meant "People who talked with forked tougns" or somesuch. Last time I heard Eskimo used in Canada was in kindergarten.
Aug
3
comment Which cultures did *not* produce alcohol?
Just a note; Eskimo is a rather racist term. The correct term is Inuit. It would probably be a good idea to correct this.
Jul
28
comment When did European building interiors partitioned into rooms become commonplace?
Cool question, I'd love to see floorplans for these old buildings. Also, cool to see you over here in history SevenSidedDie!
Jul
26
comment In Golf history, why is Musselburgh considered the first course, when St. Andrews was where golf was first played?
Really? I've always heard of St. Andrews as the first golf course.
Jul
19
comment Were there many instances when an “overaged” commander was at odds with a much younger second in command?
Seems overly broad to me.
Jul
8
comment Is there any proof that Robin Hood existed?
Also; At least one of these Robin Hoods was a horse thief, and another a rapist. CBC Radio did a show on various versions of Robin Hood and historical fact. Probably on the show Ideas.
Jun
21
comment How does the amount of equipment carried by various historical infantries compare?
Very useful, thank you. However, I'm going to see if I leave the question open for a few days if I can get citations for the historical amount of gear.
Jun
14
comment In WW2, which midget submarine program was the most successful?
"and had the most midget submarines also." I'm getting 188 Japanese minisubs from your numbers vs 809 German. The German numbers seem high, since there were only 700 Type VII U-Boats in the German fleet, which Wikipedia mentions were the 'Workhorse' submarine.
Jun
10
comment What goods did Germany trade during the Weimar Republic, and with whom?
I do know that Aly and Tooze are both very respected in this feild, though they have some rather sever disagreements; As I recall, Tooze had an appendix that was basically "This is why Ally is wrong", so between them you should be able to find a fairly unbiased picture. I do encorage you to read both books if you are interested in the topic.
Jun
2
comment What goods did Germany trade during the Weimar Republic, and with whom?
I'll look into it, but two excellent books on the topic, down to exact donnages are Götz Aly, Hitler’s beneficiaries: Plunder, Racial War, and the Nazi Welfare State (New York: Metropolitan Books, 2007) and Adam Tooze, The Wages of Destruction: The Making and Breaking of the Nazi Economy (London: Allen Lane, 2006) Both focus on the period after Hitler takes power, but describe the Weimar Republic in detail for comparison. Also: No, the above quote is very wrong, will write more tomorrow.
May
31
comment Number of bullets used in WW2
@quant_dev Sure, but you'd get an upper bound at least, then you can use that to sanity check any other estimate.
Apr
5
comment Number of bullets used in WW2
You could probably tackle it by figuring out how many bullets a day various combatants produced, then assume pretty much all of them where fired, since if they were not then the combatants would have not wasted resources making more.
Mar
6
comment Was Theodoric the Great killed by Justinian?
Boethius was a good friend of his that he had do a lot of work for him, as shown in Variae.
Feb
1
comment What effect did tanks have on warfare strategies upon their introduction?
@TomAu It was phrased much more ambiguously originally. The new wording is more clear, I agree.
Jan
2
comment WWI trench tactics using shields?
Bonus points for mentioning the shield-shovel, and taking the time to look it up.
Jan
2
comment What are the counterarguments to calling German nazism a right-wing movement?
As the FAQ says: "You should only ask practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face. Chatty, open-ended questions diminish the usefulness of our site and push other questions off the front page."
Dec
18
comment Which war games did Napoleon practice with his generals?
Dammit, I've seen discussion of this before and can't remember where. This information is out there. I'd try looking through some of the history of roleplaying and wargames articles that are around.