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I'm the Grumpy Old Ape sometimes answering C++ questions on Stackoverflow.
Usually you will find me in the C++ Lounge of the Stack Overflow chat.

I occasionally retweet something on my Twitter account, and I'm known to even generate my own tweets once in a while.


Mar
17
comment Why does German money from the 1940s not bear Nazi symbols?
Interestingly, this 5Pf coin, coined by the Reichskreditkasse in 1940, does show a swastika.
Mar
17
comment Recommended Reading 19th Century US Settler Daily Life?
The first thing coming to my mind is reading J.F.Cooper.
Feb
27
comment What other countries besides the US participated in keeping African slaves?
Yes, there were slaves in the UK. Germanic tribes, which the Angle-Saxons were, had a form of "debt slavery" (not sure this is the correct English term), after all. But the question is specifically about African slaves. (And when the Romans, who might indeed have brought a few African slaves, were on the British isles, there was no UK yet.)
Feb
27
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Feb
27
comment What was the basis for valuating large territorial purchases by USA?
"One of Russia's problems in owning Alaska was defending it against it being used as a British route to invade Russia... By selling it America they installed one of Britain's adversaries in the way" — mgb
Feb
27
comment Was the idea behind what would become the Holocaust planned by German elites in that time?
The common incentives to hate a minority are greed, the need to detract the people from their real problems, and the possibility to make money from the pogroms. The Jews were blamed for the financial troubles of the time (Great Depression), disowned, their wealth given to Germans, and some industrialists rich got rich by providing the tools for killing them en mass.
Feb
27
comment What was the impetus for some African nations to participate in the slave trade?
@Meike: That started long before the Arab slave traders bought slaves in Africa. As mgb said, this is at least as old a custom as ancient Egypt.
Feb
27
comment What was the impetus for some African nations to participate in the slave trade?
@ihtkwot: Basically all nations at that time were frequently involved into one war or the other.
Feb
27
comment Why did the Western Roman Empire collapse but not the Eastern Roman Empire?
@mzuba: Rome, however, did have problems dealing with the Germanic tribes almost from their first encounter. More than one Germanic tribe (Goths, Vandals, Lombardi...) was able to seriously threaten Roman military authority.
Jan
26
comment Why is Baja California often shown as an island on maps between 1500 and 1700?
Good find! +1 from me.
Jan
23
answered Why is Baja California often shown as an island on maps between 1500 and 1700?
Jan
23
comment Where was human history first purposely recorded?
What about Gilgamesh? Yes, it's not really an exact historic account, but nor are Aboriginal Dream Time stories. Gilgamesh is, IIRC, 4.5k years ago. I'm pretty sure I have heard about historical accounts (mostly pharaohs having won wars, or claim to have, anyway) in Egyptian hieroglyphs, too, from several thousand years ago (though I don't know any offhand and am too lazy to go hunting for dates). Of course, 40k years old myths easily outshine those, but Eurasian (pre-)history is way more broken and scattered than Australian, so these old oral traditions are all lost in the mists of time.
Jan
16
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Jan
7
comment How did the early settlers of Australia settle the continent?
I suppose you have read en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…?