Dependent Origination

The Mauritius Command

Posted on: April 14, 2011

这个是aubrey/maturin系列的第四本,讲jack当上了commodore, 统领几艘船一起,从法国人手里夺回Mauritius小岛以及附近的港口。里面讲了很多几艘船协同海战的策略啊,如果对打仗特别有兴趣的同学肯定是很好看的。但是我发现其实我的注意力一开始打仗,打得短还好,打得超过五页,就开始drifting了。不好意思,不是因为这些军事上的maneuver才喜欢这些书的, 虽然战斗们据说是几乎完全按照历史(就是参加作战的ship的despatches, logs, captains’ memoirs)来写的。对军事和历史着迷的同学肯定意义非凡的啦。

看完几天之后看到一个朋友分享的链接, 在quora上面一个人回答why angry birds are so angry的答案。简单的说, early settlers of the Mauritius island, Dutch sailors in late 1600’s and early 1700’s brought pigs to the island, to feed themselves supposedly. However, the pigs pilfered the eggs of dodo, a bird whose only habitat ever was the Mauritius island. The introduction of pigs directly caused the extinction of the species of dodo, which is a big, tame bird who cannot fly. So of course they have to use a catapults to attack the pigs.

现在你知道小鸟为什么要愤怒了吧!:) Mauritius looks like a paradise from google images. Should be a vacation candidate.


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