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Data warehousing/ETL developer, specialising in Teradata but now mostly working with DataStage. Had a brief foray as a Ruby on Rails developer. Also making iPhone games in my spare time (Objective-C is a terrible language).


Nov
17
awarded  Custodian
Nov
17
reviewed Approve suggested edit on What was the name of Delhi during the period of Akbar ruling in parts of India?
Nov
14
awarded  Custodian
Nov
14
reviewed Leave Open Which country was the first to separate (Christian) Church from state?
Nov
8
revised Why did Zhang Xueliang and Yang Hucheng receive different punishments for their role in the Xi'an Incident?
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Nov
2
comment What kind of heavy horses did the Manchu use?
And while we're on the topic of Chinese classic novels, there's a mention of chained cavalry in Shui Hu Zhuan, a Yuan dynasty novel based on legends about a bunch of bandits during the Song. Huyan Zhuo, a Song general, leads chained cavalry to attack the bandits, who eventually defeat him with the help of Xu Ning, a master in wielding lances with hooks. I would not be surprised if some of the tactical elements or weapons mentioned did have a basis in history, even if the storyline itself is intended to be pure fiction with a slight smattering of historical backdrop.
Nov
2
comment What kind of heavy horses did the Manchu use?
@Russell Whether there are plenty of lies or not in Chinese history, the cited examples are poor ones. They hail from San Guo Yan Yi, which as a historical novel is expected to be full of fantastical things. The history San Guo Zhi has a far more sober assessment of these men and their feats. I'd also like to see citations for the claim that pre-Ming Chinese history is unreliable. I've only seen this said of history about eras prior to Qin.
Oct
20
revised To what extent was China unified?
Typo
Oct
20
revised Why China was able to unify and not Europe
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Oct
20
answered Why China was able to unify and not Europe
Oct
20
comment To what extent was China unified?
Haven't read it and haven't heard of it. I hope this is the book you're referring to, since it has awesome pictures. books.google.com.au/…
Oct
20
revised To what extent was China unified?
Added sources, plus detail on commandery and central armies
Oct
19
answered To what extent was China unified?
Oct
19
comment To what extent was China unified?
Any period in particular that you're interested in?
Oct
16
revised Has the resignation of a political leader in a Westminster style parliament ever forced an election call?
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Oct
16
comment Has the resignation of a political leader in a Westminster style parliament ever forced an election call?
Yes, Harold Holt, who disappeared on a swim (and had a swimming pool named after him). There have also been two more who died in office and two who lost their seats at election, one of whom subsequently regained his seat.
Oct
16
answered Has the resignation of a political leader in a Westminster style parliament ever forced an election call?
Oct
12
awarded  Custodian
Oct
12
reviewed Leave Open How many Samurai killed themselves?
Oct
11
awarded  Yearling