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Posted on Sep 25, 2008 in Stuff We Like

The Dog Days of History

You never know when history is going to come up and bite you.  Recently I changed my forum avatar to a cute and cuddly thing called a "mine dog" (a Russian dog which carried explosives underneath enemy tanks in World War II) to celebrate my friend Dana Lombardy’s game called Streets of Stalingrad.  This picture is on the left and it is one of the cardboard counters used in the game… Then, to my surprise another friend of mine was working on the same theme with some of his LEGO creations, making a LEGO "mine dog" which he proudly has displayed on Flickr.  You MUST check it out! And, in marginally related news dealing with "history" in a different sense, does anyone remember the game Dog Daze?  It is ancient history but I spent many an hour of my youth playing...

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Posted on Sep 17, 2008 in Stuff We Like

Smoking Gun in a Brushfire? Welcome to The War in South Ossetia

It has been more than a month since the brief but bitter war between Georgia and Russia over the disputed Caucasian territory of South Ossetia. Now, after all the fighting, all the diplomacy, and all the name recognition (and name calling), both sides are in a continuing struggle to prove definitively who fired the first shot.

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