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MrRooibos
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I mainly enjoy writing about history (mostly 1800-1945) and geo-politics. I also write reviews of books, movies, and video games. Though still relatively new to Infobarrel, I hope to rapidly get to 100 articles and, with any luck, to win a contest along the way.
The three articles I am the most proud of are
http://www.infobarrel.com/Biking_in_the_City
http://www.infobarrel.com/The_British_Army_Defeated_by_Insects_The_Battle_of_the_Bees
http://www.infobarrel.com/Understanding_the_Zombie_Apocalypse_Will_Humanity_Survive
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Entertainment
by MrRooibos
3 years ago
Sex in The Wife of Bath and The Southern Passion

In 14th century England, women were subordinate to men not only by the institutionalized lack of possibilities in their lives but also by their sexually oppressive Christian faith. Chaucer's "The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale" and The Southern Passion break from this norm by presenting women's sexuality in a positive light; in both texts sex is vindicated.

Entertainment
by MrRooibos
3 years ago
Prometheus: Discussion of a Must See Movie

It is not hard to admit that Ridley Scott's science fiction film Prometheus, released in 2012, was a disappointment, especially for fans of the Alien franchise. This is a shame, since it caused most viewers to mistakenly discard much of the subtlety as plot holes.

Health
by MrRooibos
3 years ago
Caring for Alzheimer's (Part 2)

It is not simply up to the average person to recognise the effects of Alzheimer's in family members; testing and diagnosis have become much more advanced and prevalent in recent years. To make a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease, the physician in question uses a series of questions and tests (MMSE or Mini Mental State Examination) which can help assess the disease's progression and severity. The clock drawing test is another simple tool to screen for Alzheimer's as it provides insight into cognitive ability. Another interesting new predictive test for early stages of Alzheimer's involves the fact that early stage sufferers demonstrate a significant difference between left and right nostrils in ability to smell peanut butter.

History
by MrRooibos
3 years ago
David Icke vs Alex Jones

David Icke and Alex Jones are both professional conspiracy theorists, and though their theories are similar in many respects, their methods and motivations are completely different. While Icke is generally calm, collected, and not incessantly prolific, Jones is constantly broadcasting himself consumed by blind rage; while Icke lives modestly, Jones has amassed a fortune from his work.

Health
by MrRooibos
3 years ago
Caring for Alzheimer's (Part 1)

Alzheimer's disease has become the focus of more and more attention in recent years; after all, it touches almost every family either directly or indirectly. Generally, people over 65 years of age have a higher chance of getting Alzheimer's although people of 30 years of age or younger can still get it, depending on family history. In the population at large one in 20 people between 70 and 74 are affected, and almost 1 in 3 people over 90 are affected since the risk of developing the disease increases with age.

History
by MrRooibos
3 years ago
Niccolo Machiavelli vs Edward Bernays

The ideas of Edward Bernays and Niccolò Machiavelli are fundamental to our ideology concerning our leaders and ourselves. At their core, Bernays' and Machiavelli's ideas can be separated into two main categories: ruler (the leader) and ruled (the masses). Though these two thinkers' ideas are similar, they also differ in certain key areas; in particular, Bernays focuses on the nature of the ruled while Machiavelli focuses on the nature of the ruler.

History
by MrRooibos
3 years ago
The Greek Lion: Achilles' Defeat of Hector in The Iliad

In Homer's epic poem The Iliad, the godly hero Achilles is key to Greek victory in the Trojan War. Yet ever since a heated dispute with Agamemnon, the Achaean King, Achilles has taken to the sidelines, refusing to fight the Trojans. When Hector, the Trojan prince and champion, kills Achilles' closest friend, Patroclus, the blind poet uses an epic simile to compare Achilles to a lion tracking a deer hunter who took its cub.

History
by MrRooibos
3 years ago
The Theory of Conspiracy

The three philosophers Pete Mandik, David Coady, and Charles Pigden have all written papers that provide differing views regarding how society should deal with conspiracy theories. In his essay "Shit Happens", Mandik promotes the idea that conspiracy theories should never be accepted. In Coady's essay, simply entitled "Conspiracy Theories", the author counters that they are worth investigating but not too assiduously. Lastly, Pigden argues, in his essay "Conspiracy Theories and the Conventional Wisdom", that conspiracy theories cannot be rejected out of hand; rather they must all be rejected or accepted based on context and evidence.

Entertainment
by MrRooibos
3 years ago
Existentialism in D.H. Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover (Part 2)

Following the First World War, a sense of existential crisis gripped the Western mindset. The Lost Generation wrote of the difficulty of finding meaning amidst the apparent futility of life. In his 1928 novel "Lady Chatterley's Lover", D. H. Lawrence rejects this nihilistic attitude.

Entertainment
by MrRooibos
3 years ago
Misogyny in Hemingway's The Snows of Kilimanjaro

Ernest Hemingway's notion of personal authenticity is central to many of his works. Essentially, men who are capable of facing death with dignity and courage are those who have lead an authentic life. By presenting Helen as an accessory to Harry's less than dignified death in "The Snows of Kilimanjaro" Hemingway creates a misogynistic portrayal of women as destroyers of men's personal authenticity.

Entertainment
by MrRooibos
3 years ago
Working Out: 5 Pro Tips for Dominating the Gym

Going to the gym is not for everyone. In fact, only a small portion of the population can face it down. Do you wonder why you don't go to the gym? Are you tired of not being overly confident? Would you be unable to lift a car off a small child? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then this article is right for you. Follow these five simple tips and pretty soon you'll be so jacked that it'll be an affront to God.

Entertainment
by MrRooibos
3 years ago
Existentialism in D.H. Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover (Part 1)

Following the First World War, a sense of existential crisis gripped the Western mindset. The Lost Generation wrote of the difficulty of finding meaning amidst the apparent futility of life. In his 1928 novel "Lady Chatterley's Lover", D. H. Lawrence rejects this nihilistic attitude.

Entertainment
by MrRooibos
3 years ago
Why We Love Destiny: A Video Game Review

The much anticipated video game Destiny has finally arrived on the market for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. Destiny is at its heart a science-fantasy first person shooter in an open world setting, but also incorporates some significant MMO aspects. Developers Bungie have termed the game a shared-world shooter, because though the game universe will be persistent and alive, featuring events not planned by the developer, the players cannot, for example, see or interact with all other players. Instead, on the fly matchmaking is used to create dynamism without an immediately obvious community presence.

Entertainment
by MrRooibos
3 years ago
Why We Love Murdered Soul Suspect: A Video Game Review

Murdered: Soul Suspect is an action-stealth game developed by Airtight Games, published by Square Enix, and released in North American on June 3rd for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. The game focuses on Detective Ronan O'Connor, a law man who must solve the case of his own murder as a spirit wandering in limbo, or "Dusk", before he can join his deceased wife.

Entertainment
by MrRooibos
3 years ago
The Art of Deception

The Art of Deception is a Randall Evans documentary that explains the various methods used by people to produce "puppet" documentaries that push a specific agenda and that are so convincing that their audiences do not question the falsehoods. Well known works like Al Gore's the Inconvenient Truth and Jason Russell's Kony 2012 come under attack for seeking to enrich their producers by startling audiences with trumped up claims.

Entertainment
by MrRooibos
3 years ago
Understanding E.T.A. Hoffmann's The Sandman

E. T. A. Hoffman first published his fantastical short story The Sandman in 1817 in a book of stories entitled Die Nachtstücke, in English, The Night Pieces. The short story focuses on a young man named Nathaniel who, after being reminded of a childhood trauma involving the Sandman, gradually loses his mind. The narrative is remarkable for its use of fantastical elements, including vivid hallucinations as well as a mute girl, Olympia, who turns out to be an automaton.

Entertainment
by MrRooibos
3 years ago
The Scuf One Controller for Xbox One

Founded in 2010, Scuf Gaming set out to change the one size fits all mentality of the video game controller. The Scuf Playstation 3 controller and particularly the Scuf Xbox 360 controller were met with great enthusiasm and rave reviews. The company can even brag that 85% of pro-gamers use one of their controllers. A new generation of consoles of course means a new generation of controllers, and so the Scuf One for Xbox One has arrived on the market.

History
by MrRooibos
3 years ago
Understanding Vitruvius

Marcus Vitruvius Pollio, better known simply as Vitruvius, was a Roman military engineer, architect and author who lived during the first century BC. He is best known for his multi-volume treatise on architecture entitled De Architectura, also known as The Ten Books on Architecture, which he dedicated to Emperor Augustus.

Entertainment
by MrRooibos
3 years ago
Why We Love Titanfall: A Video Game Review

Titanfall is a revolutionary first-person shooter developed by Respawn Entertainment and published by Electronic Arts exclusively to Windows, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. At its E3 2013 reveal Titanfall won more than 60 awards as well as a record breaking six E3 Critics Awards.

Entertainment
by MrRooibos
3 years ago
The Grand Budapest Hotel: A Movie Review

In the 2014 comedy film The Grand Budapest Hotel, written and directed by Wes Anderson, Ralph Fiennes stars as Gustave H, the legendary concierge of the hotel, who must prove his innocence after being framed of murder.

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