PRISONERS OF THE PELOPONNESIAN WAR
By Debra Hamel


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SOCRATES AT WAR:
THE MILITARY HEROICS OF AN ICONIC INTELLECTUAL
By Debra Hamel


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ANCIENT GREEKS IN DRAG:
THE LIBERATION OF THEBES AND OTHER ACTS OF HEROIC TRANSVESTISM
By Debra Hamel


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READING HERODOTUS:
A GUIDED TOUR THROUGH THE WILD BOARS, DANCING SUITORS, AND CRAZY TYRANTS OF THE HISTORY
By Debra Hamel


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THE MUTILATION OF THE HERMS:
UNPACKING AN ANCIENT MYSTERY

By Debra Hamel


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TRYING NEAIRA:
THE TRUE STORY OF A COURTESAN'S SCANDALOUS LIFE IN ANCIENT GREECE

By Debra Hamel


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Big news! Starting right...NOW my eBook The Mutilation of the Herms will be on sale on Amazon (US and UK) at up to 67% off the usual price. But it's a Kindle Countdown Deal, which means that the clock is ticking. After a time the price will increase, then increase again until it's back to usual. Starting sale price is $0.99.

The clock is in fact visibly ticking: if you head over to Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk now you'll see a digital clock counting down to the book's next price increase. It's very cool, actually, lends a kind of Jack Bauer-y vibe to the whole thing. 

So if you've any interest at all in ancient Athens, Greece, the Peloponnesian War, statues with penises, women's history, Alcibiades, the Sicilian Expedition, or the senseless destruction of religiously significant property, now's the time to satisfy your curiosity.

Steps in, but worn out

I left my steps until far too late in the day tonight. Still, I managed to finish. Now I'm sitting at my computer waiting until I have enough energy to climb the stairs.

 

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Fitbit stats: October

I've been using a Fitbit to track my walking for years now. If you're unfamiliar with Fitbit, it's a small, wearable device that tracks your walks, stairs climbed, activity level, and even sleep patterns. All the data is backed up onto a web site, so you can see your stats going back as long as you've had the device. Here's my public profile. And here are my steps walked in October:

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As you can see, I consistently met my goal of 13,000 steps per day. 

I don't pay a lot of attention to stairs climbed, so they jump around wildly:

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The most flights climbed in October was 26. (Fitbit tells me that I've climbed 25 flights of stairs a total of 36 times.) Climbing 24 flights, Fitbit says, is the equivalent of climbing the La Dante Pyramid in Guatemala.

Update: DIY charging station

I decided to paint my charging station. Here's the finished product.

Update: DIY charging station

DIY charging station

I've been yearning for a charging station of late to make some order out of the chaos of cords and plugs in my kitchen. After looking around on the web for ideas I decided to try making one myself. There were a few limitations. I have minimal skill, for one thing, and minimal tools. Importantly, I didn't want to go into the scary part of the basement to get my jig saw, so everything would have to be done pretty much with a power drill. Plus, I didn't want to spend too much money.

The result isn't too bad. Certainly serviceable. Here's a breakdown of the cost:

  • wooden craft box: $5.99
  • velcro cord straps: $2.98
  • 6-outlet surge protector: $13.47
  • spade bit for making 1.5" holes: $6.47
  • stuff from around the house (felt feet; plastic doohickeys): $0.00

TOTAL COST: $28.90

Of course, if I hadn't needed to buy a surge protector, it would have been cheaper yet.

And here's what I did. 

1. I bought a wooden craft box (with lid) at Michael's craft store. It's a bit wider and taller than your average shoe box, but not by much. I would have preferred a longer box, to accomodate a larger surge protector, but this was the best I found.

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2. I wanted to put the cover on upside down, both to make an edged platform and to make it look like something more than just a box. Because of this, I needed to insert something into the lid that would hold it in place when put atop the box. I initially tried using some metal shelf supports, then settled on the aforementioned plastic doohickeys. I drilled at each of the corners and pushed them in.

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3. Then, I drilled a big hole in the side toward the rear, and a bunch in the top. Afterwards, lots of sanding to make things look reasonably decent. 

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4. Then it was time to pack in the cords and put on the top, feeding the wires through the holes in the lid. I also printed out labels to attach to the end of the cords to make their identification easier. Not shown here, I added felt feet to the bottom of the station to raise it off the counter a little bit in case there's ever any spillage.

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Here's the charging station in situ!

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About the blogger: Debra is the mother of two preternaturally attractive girls and the author of a number of books about ancient Greece, including Reading Herodotus: A Guided Tour through the Wild Boars, Dancing Suitors, and Crazy Tyrants of The History. She writes and blogs from her subterranean lair in North Haven, CT. Read more.


  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
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