July 30, 2012
For those that don’t know I’m writing a thesis entitled “The First Taranakl War: A Divergent History”. Which examines the hisotriography and popular perceptions of the First Taranaki war, in particular why one version has become so well established in popular culture while the other traditional version has been largely marginalised.
I’ll be taking a trip over to New Plymouth in a few weeks to walk the ground and if any there has anything they want to share on the subject I’d like to know about it.
Please note: First Taranaki War 1860-61. Must stay focused at this stage of ones masters thesis.
July 22, 2012
Yes thats right I’m going to keep banging on about it.
We’re at $490 of the target $1,000 and I’m going to be repetative and boring till we get there. So click on the paper, check out the funding campaign and share it about. If you have $20 to spare it will get you a nice replica Augustus/Agrippa coin (see below). Last I checked people were charging more than that just for the coin.
Go on, you know you want to!
July 21, 2012
This is the updated front image for the Project Agrippa fund raising effort. Feel fee to the share the think, we’re half way there after just a fw days but all the linking has dropped off the page now.
July 19, 2012
Yes its a new post, I’ve been absent for over a year doing other stuff.
So to sumarise:
Completed by honours degree,
started my Masters thesis,
having a baby in October,
starting PhD in Febuary 2013. Such is the plan anyway.
Further to that item my thesis is related to the impact of torsion artillery on ancient warfare. There is a strong focus on practical testing and there will be large catapults built and operated in field condtions. The largest of these will be Agrippa, a 4 mina ballista. (Thats fancy Latin talk for it throws 3.25kg stones.)
Disturbingly a couple of New Zeland based businesses have offered the primary ingredients of metal and wood to build this machine, so now I’m just looking to raise the funds to be able to move things from where they to where they’re needed. Below is a link to the fund raising site for Project Agrippa. Please go there, be amazed (that they let me write stuff without getting it spell checked), throw $20 at it (for which you’ll get a replica Augustus/Agrippa coin) and tell everyone you ever met, hell walk up to complete strangers on the street and tell them! Because its the sharing that gets these things funded.
More updates later when I remember that not everyone is my friend of Facebook.