Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.


Most of my work examines warfare throughout history, including human prehistory and the classical era; however the majority is mostly concentrated on the modern conflicts of the 20th century. (I tend to focus on aspects such as: the traditional battle-by-battle coverage of conflict, experience of the individual, historical causes of military events, technological change in warfare, military strategy, and challenges of leadership.)

Various interests include:
-speculative biology
-searching for buried treasure
-hot air balloons
-the word pterodactyl
-Franklin’s expedition
-russian prison tattoos
-schlager singing
-pipe organs
-Greta Garbo
-womens issues
-oil painting
-disney villians
-moray eels as pets
-hyenas as pets
-falcons as pets
-1920’s flappers
-marine life
-P. G. Wodehouse
-yellow fever
-geomagnetic reversal
-spontaneous human combustion
-hypatia of alexandra
-the elephant man
-bog bodies
-extinct animals
-passenger pigeons
-arctic explorers
-plague suits
-oak island
-the man in the iron mask
-sherlock holmes
-the dyaltov incident
-the voynich manuscript
-the tunguska event
-carnivorous plants
-vagina dentata
-cellular memory
-radiation poisoning
-atomic bombs
-barrel eye fish
-dire wolf
-island gigantism
-insular dwarfism
-ocean sunfish
-manta rays
-sperm whales
-single payer health care systems
-evil dolphins
-dodo birds
-animals that could kill me
-baba vanga predictions
-feral children
-black death
-mass extinctions
-wilhelm scream
-puffer fish
-dwarf antelopes

I have a functional dachshund named Cosmonaut:

28 responses

  1. I made it half way down your interest list when I decided we were on the same wavelength. I just scanned the rest assuming they would fit in as well. I was a little disappointed “bigfoot” didn’t make the list, but long as “profiteering” didn’t make it, we are good to go. And thanks for following my American Dream Art Project blog.

    October 23, 2013 at 2:07 pm

  2. Thanks for coming by my blog! You sound crazy… 😉 that is only a good thing!!

    October 24, 2013 at 12:59 am

  3. Hi! You have a big resume indeed. Although I too share many of these things. Thanks for dropping by and liking my posts. Please do keep coming.

    October 25, 2013 at 6:01 am

  4. Thanks for dropping by my Blog … welcome anytime. As for your list of interests … I “think” you forgot Darwinism … Stay hungry!

    November 9, 2013 at 1:24 pm

  5. Yodeling! Now that’s an interest.

    November 15, 2013 at 11:10 pm

  6. Phyllis

    Thank you for visiting my blog. Yours is interesting.

    November 15, 2013 at 11:57 pm

  7. you have a sausage dog, that’s all I need to know 😀 Cheers for swingin’ by, I shall be following…

    November 18, 2013 at 5:47 pm

  8. Having just learned of your blog, I shall now sing songs of your atrocities!

    November 23, 2013 at 3:40 pm

  9. JZ

    Thanks for liking my post. Hope to read more from you.

    December 8, 2013 at 3:20 am

  10. Ok so it’s a real shame you have such a slow mind and have nothing to say, LOL! Thanks for following my blog. I’m looking forward to yours. 😀

    December 18, 2013 at 6:01 am

  11. It’s a pleasure to meet you. I wish you all the best in your career.

    December 18, 2013 at 10:58 am

  12. The Invisible Sage

    What a rush! OK… if I didn’t follow your blog, I just know that I would always regret not doing so! Enough said 😉

    December 18, 2013 at 7:55 pm

  13. What is your fascination with atrocities? What (or who) is miepvonsydow? Is that a made up name? I’m probably old and hopelessly in the dark without your help – lost – so, have pity on me please. Be kind to old folks – okay. Thanks. I’m not grumpy – just confused. You know how old folks get (senior moments and all — duh — and like that). 🙂
    ~ Eric

    December 21, 2013 at 3:13 am

  14. Idealism? 🙂 Young at heart, I’d say?

    December 22, 2013 at 12:48 pm

  15. Fascinating work here, I’m subscribed and looking forward to reading more.

    December 22, 2013 at 2:18 pm

  16. rigmover

    Hey thanks for the visit and follow, Hope you enjoy my blog, you have a great blog here.

    December 23, 2013 at 4:54 pm

  17. Congratulations, Miep!

    I have nominated your blog for the Blog of the Year 2013 Award, and for the WordPress Family Award.

    Of course, all nominees like always are free to accept or decline the nomination. In this case, they may also accept one award, the other award, or both awards.

    More about this nomination is at

    December 24, 2013 at 9:41 am

  18. Thanks for the amazing eclectic history blogs. Certainly glad I stumbled across you !!!!

    December 28, 2013 at 4:49 am

  19. Hey!

    Thanks for following our blog Equals Awesome ( We really appreciate your interest and will try our best to maintain the highest standards of awesome in everything we do!



    December 29, 2013 at 9:05 pm

  20. Hi there!
    Thanks for following. I’m a happy camper now you are joining me as I trip around by RV, plane, car and time machine to the past.
    Comments, compliments, critiques and wisecracks are most welcome.
    Sorry I haven’t acknowledged you sooner. I’ve been on the road with a poor signal and arguing with himself over possession of the laptop.
    “See” you again soon.
    Which Way Now 101 aka Carol
    P.S. Yodeling and skunks?

    January 2, 2014 at 7:22 pm

  21. Hi MvS, thanks for introducing yourself by following our site–it’s been a pleasure exploring yours, item by item! If you’re on facebook we also invite you to visit the RAXA Collective page. See you there!

    May 28, 2014 at 12:57 am

  22. Your never-ending list tells me the fun here never ends. Blast off!

    May 29, 2014 at 7:48 pm

  23. Hello Miep, thanks for liking my post on the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Your blog has a lot of thoughtful energy. Best wishes, Phil Stanfield

    May 30, 2014 at 1:47 am

  24. Hi Miep, thanks for following our blog. I hope you enjoy the stories of our journey, both inner and outer.
    Cheers, Alison

    August 28, 2014 at 4:03 pm

  25. revengestar

    THE DOG!

    June 23, 2016 at 6:09 pm

  26. Warfare and the coercive/violent structure that is the State, ay, Miep?…
    One big mindfuck that is. right Cosmonaut? (Ask Cosmo for me.)
    Me: “Right Cosmonaut?!”
    Cosmo: “Woof!”
    Me (pausing… then suddenly:): “Right Cosmonaut?!”
    Cosmo: “Woof!”

    You only have to ask Laika’s angel maybe to get a sense of that.

    November 7, 2016 at 8:51 am

  27. I found your site because I was looking for moon pictures for Permaea; then ‘first images of Earth from space’; then happened on ‘first animal in space’; then Laika of course; then your site somehow probably through a link from there.

    Just in case you were curious.

    November 7, 2016 at 8:55 am

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