Sunday, 24 October 2010

History Books Review on New and Noteworthy in History on iTunes


I have just looked and to my amazement History Books Review is on the new and noteworthy page for history podcasts on iTunes.  Blimey.

Leo the Wise by Lars Brownworth - Kindle Mini Book



Its a mini-book so this is a mini-review.  Leo the Wise was the founder of the Macedonian dynasty of the Byzantine Empire. 

Sunday, 17 October 2010

The Fractal Geometery of Nature by Benoit Mandelbrot


I was saddened to hear of the death of the great Benoit Mandelbrot today.  Although this is a history blog, I am a scientist. 

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

History Books Review now on iTunes

I have just received notification from Apple that my podcast is approved for the podcast section of the iTunes store.

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Sunday, 10 October 2010

Another update....

I am not going to make a habit of posting updates on what I am up to, but I thought a bit of explanation of what is going on might be of interest to my small but perfectly formed band of followers.  First off, I am writing new stuff for this blog faster than I ever have before.  I have 5 (count them!) episodes written and recorded and ready to publish.  I have several more scripts written and ready to go.  I am hanging back on them because I am in the process of transferring the old ones to a new host.  I have been using Dropbox which is a great, and free, short term expedient.  But it didn't support all the things I wanted so I have switched over to LibSyn.  It is taking me a while to transfer the old ones to the new host.  There is a limit to how much you can upload in a given month so I can't do it all in one go.


The other thing that is holding me back is that I have just submitted the podcast to iTunes, and I am waiting anxiously to see whether or not they are approved.  I have a cunning plan for how I am going to promote the podcast if Apple doesn't like what I am doing, but in the mean time I will be holding back on the new stuff.

Thanks for reading and/or listening and I hope I will catch up with myself and be getting some new stuff out soon.

Friday, 1 October 2010

Alexander Severus: Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Chapter 6 Part 5


If you want to follow this series it starts with the reign of the first Roman emperor Augustus.  The previous episode is about the most eccentric emperor of  Rome, Elagabalus.

With the body of his cousin bobbing down the Tiber in disgrace, Alexander was instantly acclaimed the emperor and acquired the huge list of titles that the role had accumulated in the years since Augustus.