My muse has fled for the day (or, “Ask a Moron”)

I’ve got lots of posts in mind, just can’t get any of them done. What I really want are comments from folks. They tend to get me thinking about what I want to say and how to say it.

10 thoughts on “My muse has fled for the day (or, “Ask a Moron”)”

  1. Xbrad,
    I saw a good story today that I thought you might like to comment on. I looked around and did not find a contact. I ended up tipping Ace, I didn’t think he would use it, but he did. And busted on me with the Jake the snake comment WTF?
    Just a thought. Or did I miss ti somewhere?

  2. Well, I guess I could put a contact up. I just kinda thought you’d pop it in the comments. I check those more than my email.

  3. I thought about that but It did not apply to anything that you had up and I didn’t want to totally hijack a thread.
    That is cool I will just barge right in!

  4. Dude, two comments ain’t a thread. If I get one with 100 comments, that would be another issue. We ain’t there yet.

    New page up with contact info though.

  5. I’d’ve thought you’d have your hands full just responding to and refuting the MSM. Though maybe now that the media has dropped Iraq off the face of the Earth, it’s not quite as fertile a field.

    How about this: I like military history. Specifically, WW1 and WW2 (how can you know anything about anything if you don’t know about WW1 and WW2?). What I don’t like about the military histories of WW1 and WW2 are the descriptions of the tactics and strategeries. Most books that I’ve read do a poor job, or can’t convey, the importance of geography to the movements of millions of men and tons of equipment. And the tactics, the movements, tend to run together and lose any significance on the page, unless you read a clause, look at the map, read the next clause, etc.

    Why is the Fulda Gap so important? Why did Germany insist on violating the neutrality of the Low Countries, bringing the weight of world opinion against them, when they shared a border with France? Why were Alsace and Lorraine so damned important? What exactly were the sequence of movements, in order, of the Battle of the Meuse in WW1?

    You can do a lot better with graphics than a book can. Show the geography, Show the movements. In order. Etc.

    How’s that for ideas?

  6. I figure there’s a ton of blogs out there that are taking on the MSM. For the most part, they don’t know any of the stuff I’m talking about either.

    I can cover some of those topics, but I don’t think I can get to them in the depth that you are looking for. For one thing, I really don’t have near the knowledge base for WWI that I do for WWII and after. I just never got into it. Too many French names, I guess.

    Graphics are a problem as well. I can’t do jack. I don’t even have photoshop. When I went looking for maps, I was stunned at the poor selection. I’ll have to work on that.

    I kinda hope to explain to folks that know someone in the army, but not a lot about the army, just what is going on in simple, plain English.

    The Alsace and Lorraine? Hell, I’m from there and never figgered out what they were fighting over!

  7. …as for topics, i don’t know how your Muse has been selecting what you write about, but it’s working!

    you write well, and in scrolling back i see that every single topic has been one that i was either already interested in, or your writing drew me in far enough to spark the interest and keep me going thru the whole post.

    so if the Muse takes a break, let it happen. one of those other topics will ripen eventually, and it will pop its head up.

    for the geography suggestion above, i agree with misterpeasea that it would be interesting. but if the history piece of it seems to you to be beyond your scope, then take just the terrain part of the suggestion and run with it. maybe do an article that puts you in the TC hatch looking downrange and how you read the ground to find the dips and folds for cover and concealment while maneuvering towards the objective.

  8. Many thanks for your kind words RetRsvMike . Great minds think alike… and I know I’ve seen you over at Lex’s many a time.

    I like your suggestion in the last paragraph, but will have to think about how to explain it. It’s weird, I was terrible at it for a long time, but one day, something clicked and it made sense. It is hard to explain the “feel” you get for it, but I can at least explain the concept of IV lines on a topo map.


    describe the feeling of when the map started talking to you. when it became not just ink on paper, but when you could feeeeeel the dip in the ground that would conceal your move. how Table VIII was like maneuvering on a pool table, but Force on Force was about tucking yourself into a fold and running a seam.

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