Nathan C. Tresch

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I’m a 39 year old autodidact, and very proud to be. I'm looking for work right now, but that's normal given my proclivity for accepting contracts. I write, I eat, and I enjoy life with all of the gusto I can. I love language and languages. I occasionally slip and use serial commas, and when I do I often leave them as a flag flying in the face of my enemy, Language Prescriptivism. I’m a native English speaker and I’ve studied both Latin and several Romance Languages that are derived from it. I’ve studied law, language, history, sociology, logic, debate, math and various sciences, because those subjects all fascinate me to no end.

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Apr
30
comment What was the Julian Calendar aligned to?
@LennartRegebro Maybe, but, since the asker is asking WHY the solstice was affixed to Dec 25th in the original question, "he intended to align the winter solstice to a traditional date of 25 December.", and the solstice actually falls on the 21st, your contending that the day is important because the solstice falls on that day doesn't hold up. The celebration pre-dates the time when the solstice was affixed to that day, and it's one of the earliest I can find which does.
Apr
29
comment What was the Julian Calendar aligned to?
@LennartRegebro I changed my answer to reflect your contention and my inability to provide good sources.
Jun
19
comment How was the modern geographic boundary between Europe and Asia decided?
@Anixx Fair enough, I've modified the text of the answer.
Jun
13
comment How was the modern geographic boundary between Europe and Asia decided?
@AndrewTurvey, true, that. No country has ever gone to war to enforce this boundary is more accurate, and what I really meant.
May
24
comment What was the motivation for the Gregorian Calendar?
+1, very well sourced.
May
24
comment How was the modern geographic boundary between Europe and Asia decided?
+1, this is other way of saying what I was trying to say: The lines are only a convention.
May
24
comment How was the modern geographic boundary between Europe and Asia decided?
@ihtkwot, whatever the consensus of the most recognized cartographers of an era say is the boundary, that's where the boundary between continents is. This isn't a point of contention among countries in general, and so no country has ever formally made a decision that I know of. The practice has always been to just go with whatever the cartographers say. The wiki article says that the line is there because most cartographers in the countries that the wikipedia editors are from say it's there.
May
11
comment When did navies stop giving out a drink ration to their sailors?
Edited to include the above information.
Apr
29
comment When did navies stop giving out a drink ration to their sailors?
@MichaelF yeah that is exactly what I remember reading.
Apr
29
comment When did navies stop giving out a drink ration to their sailors?
@mgb I have only anecdotal information that it was to help keep discipline: I remember reading that somewhere. The source will come back to me eventually and I can go look at it then, and give a citation if it's an authoritative source. Eidetic memory accompanied by delayed recall of details is irritating sometimes.