I’m quite proud of our new in-depth podcast series on how the Syrian civil war started. I think it’s the best work I’ve done so far. We’re 13 episodes in already and only up to March 2011. But we started back in 632 CE with the death of the prophet Muhammad and explained the Sunni-Shia split, then went on to explain some of the history of the Middle East, including the end of the Ottoman empire, the French mandate, the creation of Syria, Iran and Saudi Arabia, the creation of the Ba’ath Party, the rise of Hafez Al-Assad, the Lebanon Civil War, the OPEC crisis, the duplicity of Henry Kissinger, and the transition of power to Bashar Al-Assad – because unless you have an appreciation for these events, there’s no way you can really grasp what’s happening over there right now. Start at episode one by clicking the image below or going to our iTunes page.
I’ve wasted hours of the last couple of weeks trying to work out how to print 3×5 index cards from Word via my Canon MP250. I finally worked it out today and here’s how I did it.
- First of all, it’s worth knowing that the Canon Mp250 will NOT print 3×5 cards. So stop trying.
- It WILL, however print 4×6 index cards – so go down to your nearest office supplies place and buy some of those.
- Open Word and create a new document. Or just use this template I created for you.
- If you’re on a Mac, go to FILE>PAGE SETUP and select 4×6
- Copy and paste your content into this document.
- Place cards in printer vertically (ie with smallest edge at the top)
- aaaaand print!
These days I’m using index cards to memorise a bunch of things, including the opening monologue for my documentary about Jesus, the entire text of The Raven by Poe, and a bunch of random facts I want to remember. I’ve tried using Evernote as flash cards over the years, but it just doesn’t work for me. I can carry around flash cards made from index cards in my pocket or briefcase and just test myself whenever I have a few minutes. Sometimes you just can’t beat the old school methods.
The US State Dept has finally released its official history of the CIA’s overthrow of the Iranian government in 1953. They managed to avoid mentioning it in 1989 when they first published their book on that period. And it only took them 25 years to rectify the situation. I look forward to reading it.
150 people died in the Kabul truck bomb last week. It gets a tiny fraction of the coverage of Manchester or London Bridge. Not to mention Facebook outrage.