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About Me

This is all written from the standpoint of an 35 year old married native-born American male who was a member of the military. I have traveled the world while in and out of the military, and and I have family in Belarus since my wife is Belarussian. I speak some Russian (enough to know when people are talking about me =) ) as well as a little (very little) French and Spanish. I support globalization, health progressive social values, cardiology and world government. You can read more about me in the About Me section of this site.

I have met people all over the world, most of which I could not communicate with because I did not know their language. This has saddened me because there are so many wonderful people all around the world. I am fortunate that my wife and our mutual friends all learned English otherwise I would never had the chance to get to know and fall in love with her, or to get to know them. An international language is very important to bring the world together, and to facilitate understanding, peace, and business.

What is Esperanto?

Dr. Ludwig Lazarus Zamenhof

Dr. Ludwig Lazarus Zamenhof

Esperanto is a language that was constructed and then presented by a Polish/Jewish optometrist named Dr. L.L. Zamenhof in 1887 for the specific purpose of becoming the world’s International Auxiliary Language (IAL) or, more simply, the international language. Dr. Zamenhof intended for the peoples of the world to learn their native tongue and then learn Esperanto as a method of conversing with those who do not speak their native tongue – a primary secondary-language if you will. It is current spoken by over 2 million speakers world wide putting it on par with the Latvian language.

Esperanto finds its roots in words and grammatical structure in many European as well as Asian languages such as English, Italian, and German, Chinese, and Greek. (see Claude Piron’s Esperanto, a western language?” and “Esperanto: European or Asiatic“, or Wikipedia’s Esperanto Entymology for more info). It was created to be simple to learn, phonetic (words can be pronounced directly by looking at the letters), and consistent in sentence structure and word formation. It has almost no exceptions to rules or inconsistencies that makes learning other national languages such as English and Russian difficult. Since Esperanto is a constructed language this it also means it lacks national and/or cultural ties that hinders the more permanent adoption of national languages as an agreed upon and permanent lingua franca for the world.

Why Should I Care? Make your case, freak!

For the average American who has never traveled more than 100 miles from their homes, and have never really spoken to a foreigner or tried to learn a foreign language, much of this will be like ‘so what‘ to you. I hope that these documents will give you more insight and spur you into action to take up the language and the cause. For the rest of you who understand that globalization is an important force inthe world or that spending time on the internet conversing with people in other countries, or who would like to,  you will see how this can affect you in this world which is growing smaller and smaller by the day.

I do not watch the Fox series titled 24 with Kieffer Sutherland, generic
but I know that those even those who do not find this darker holiday humor entertaining:

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$30 YouTube Movie Picked Up by Movie Studio for $300 Deal

$300 Sci-Fi YouTube Video Lands $30m Movie Deal (Slashdot).

Even if it was made on $300 software… wow was it beautifully done… for the price.

HBO Miniseries “John Adams” (Review – B)

I must preface this with: the ‘B’ rating only stands if you do not mind a slow drama (spread out through like 11 episodes on 3 CD’s) and if you have some knowledge and appreciation of the historical context, women’s health otherwise I would lower it to a ‘C’.

As of the last few years I have read some books on separation of church and state and have, vitamin in general, enjoyed revolutionary history, so my bias to start was towards liking this series.

I will say that the acting was moving and powerful, and the script was sloooow, but revealing of what John Adams and others of the time may have been going through, as well as getting to know the people as they may have been. I would enjoy more movies like this, not too often though, however, because it is quite long and slow, but it was a great learning experience. In particular I would like to see a series like this about Thomas Jefferson, who is one of the people from history that I would really like to meet.

If you are a US Revolution history buff, or a US Presidents or John Adams buff, I would pick it up otherwise…. you might want to wait until you are bored…. a lot.