Jakob Walter – Badass Extraordinare

You think Bear Grylls is a tough guy? Wait til’ you hear about Jakob Walter.

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“When I arrived at Smolensk, it was raining rather heavily, and my sled could be pulled only with great effort.  When I came toward the city, the crowd was so dense that for hours I could not penetrate into the column, for the guard and the artillery with the help of the gendarmes knocked everyone out of the way, right and left.  With effort I finally pressed through, holding my horse by the head, and accompanied by sword blows I passed over the bridge.  In front of the city gate I and my regiment, now disorganized, moved to the right toward the city wall beside the Dnieper River.  Here we settled down and had to camp for two days.  As had been reported to us beforehand, we were to engage in battle with the enemy here and also to get bread and flour from the warehouses.  Neither of the two reports, however, proved to be true. The distress mounted higher and higher, and horses were shot and eaten.  Because I could not get even a piece of meat and my hunger became too violent, I took along the pot I carried, stationed myself beside a horse that was being shot, and caught up the blood from its breast.  I set this blood on the fire, let it coagulate, and ate the lumps without salt.

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Studying Warlords – Hannibal Barca Part 2

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Crossing the Alps

No one had expected Hannibal and the Carthaginian army to cross the alps. It wasn’t thought of as a viable option and no army had done it before. Few, if any people, even considered the possibility that it might actually be done. Because it is so rare for us humans to think outside of  of our belief systems in terms of our brain and its neural pathways, I find this to be incredibly fascinating. The coolest thing about it is that to this day, no one knows exactly how Hannibal managed to pull off this logistical feat – we only know that he did in fact manage to do it.

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Best Motivational Speech I’ve Ever Seen

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Studying Warlords – Hannibal Barca Part 1

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“I will either find a way, or make one.”

Background

Hannibal Barca is regarded as one of the greatest generals and military strategists in the history of mankind due to the astounding logistical feat of crossing the alps with 45000 men and 70 elephants. He ranked himself as second best in the history of war, placing only Alexander the Great and/or Pyrrhus above him, depending on what sources we get our information from. In either case it says something about his self-esteem.

Hannibal was the eldest son of the great warlord Hamilkar Barca who was responsible for uniting and transforming the Carthaginian Empire into the only  viable threat to the Roman Empire. From an early age Hannibal was instilled with hatred for Rome and is said to have sworn an oath to destroy Rome.

For fifteen years Hannibal and his army roamed around Italy and conquered much of it without any reinforcements from Carthage and remained undefeated by the Romans despite being consistently outnumbered. This was unprecedented in history as the Romans were superior in combat to everyone else.

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30 Days Without Multitasking or Music

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Background

This is an experiment I did a few months back.

For the last year or so I’ve been interested in reducing unnecessary stimulation and distractions. I’ve been curious to test out what I can and can’t go without. Which are the things that I authentically enjoy doing and which are the things that I think I enjoy (but really don’t) doing.

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Studying Warlords – Caesar Part 4

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Studying Warlords – Caesar Part 3

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Without training, they lacked knowledge. Without knowledge, they lacked confidence. Without confidence, they lacked victory.

― Julius Caesar

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Studying Warlords – Caesar Part 2

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