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generally doing everything related to c#, including sharepoint, biztalk, infopath, vsto (excel, word), asp.net, winforms, wpf, wcf, sql, xml/xsd/xslt, serialization.

enjoying playing around with monodevelop because i have a macbook pro, but not very seriously. xcode is actually a pretty nice break from c#, while monodevelop sometimes feels like work (sometimes).

currently designing a new kind of a simplistic reporting engine (in slo-mo). maybe it will be the ssrs-killer i've been dreaming about...


May
20
comment Which arm was the shield held in?
looking at the wall plans of Babylon helps one figure out where the shield would be as well. the steps up the walls were made so as to cause the attackers' shields to face away from the wall, making them vulnerable to the defenders' missile attacks. coincidentally, this also reveals that the predominant shield arm of that era was the left arm.
May
20
comment How were shields fastened to soldiers' backs?
your pic fits right in with some of the battle descriptions in the norse sagas (e.g. saga of burnt njal) where a hero often fights two-handed with a spear but is able to manipulate his shield. If the shield was affixed by a strap running around the far shoulder (as your picture depicts), a simple twist of the shoulder or torso would help the fighter deflect a potentially fatal blow and launch a two-handed counterstrike. very illuminating picture!
Sep
26
comment Was democracy present in India before British colonization?
@E1Suave: yeah, I just realized that point too. Ugh!
Sep
25
comment Who is the most ancient Indo-European who is known by name?
There is now, LOL