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Old January 12th, 2017, 01:28 AM   #21

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"Seinfeld Reference" about Civil War Buffs.
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Hello Dave, and Welcome!

To find a niche as a History Buff, is more than making a business plan, it's about loving and thriving upon it. The experience is more intense and rewarding if you immerse yourself, and visualize it, as if you're time traveling into the history pages. But, you can still be a buff, following a business plan, as a cognitive authority on the subjects.

It's much like what would happen if I should take an interest in developing an intense experience with trigonometry. I create a five year plan, and might become a master of the equations, yet approach it robotically, without love for the knowledge.
It's all about focus and immersion! If I focus on a particular time period, it allows me to be immersed in that period and everything about it. So if I am studying the Greeks, I study not just history, but philosophy, mathematics, and so forth. When I get the urge to jump to some other time period I say "nope, wait, not yet."

It's really an awesome way to absorb history. Again, got it from a post I read about homeschooling. If you do this with kids, you let them explore every aspect of the period they are studying.. draw pictures, maps, make timelines, whatever. As for me I am repairing a bad education.

So far my favorite experience has been diving into Rome, and in particular the experience of listening to Mike Duncan's History of Rome podcast, and then reading Robert Harris's Trilogy , which is written from the perspective of Cicero's slave, Tiro. (Sort of an attempt to piece together what Tiro's own writings might have been like.)

My plan was borne out of frustrating with trying to self-educate on history but finding myself either studying in too wide sweeps (single volumes on the "history of the world") or studying little bits of history but jumping all over the place... Ancient Egypt one moment and WWII the next.



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Old January 12th, 2017, 05:55 AM   #24

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Old January 12th, 2017, 08:19 AM   #25

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"Seinfeld Reference" about Civil War Buffs.
Ha, yes. Around 0:32. Found transcript:

JERRY: Yeah, he's a real smart guy too. He's a Civil War buff.

GEORGE: I'd love to be a Civil War buff. ... What do you have to do to be a buff

JERRY: So Biff wants to be a buff? ... Well sleeping less than 18 hours a day
would be a start.
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"Civil War Buff" as an employment reference -- goes the way of the other options.

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Old January 12th, 2017, 10:31 AM   #28

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Old January 12th, 2017, 10:32 AM   #29

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"Civil War Buff" as an employment reference -- goes the way of the other options.
That's the scene I thought I remembered, but I guess the dialogue is different.

GEORGE: I like history. Civil War. Maybe I could be a professor, or something.
ELAINE: Well, to teach something you really have to know a lot about it. I think you need a degree.
JERRY: Yeah. That's true.
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Old January 12th, 2017, 10:47 AM   #30

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There. Well, accurate at least. I don't know how cool it is.
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