If you wanted a good primer on photo trickery prior to the existence of Photoshop, check out The Atlantic’s brief history of pre-Photoshop fakery. Turns out photographers have been interested in this type of manipulation for almost as long as photographs have existed. The Atlantic post lead me to Four And Six’s archive of photo tampering throughout history. It is neat.
Stalin was one of the first to cut out his exes and enemies.
A couple weeks ago, I posted about a Reddit post titled “Could I destroy the entire Roman Empire during the reign of Augustus if I traveled back in time with a modern U.S. Marine infantry battalion or MEU?” about the very same subject. It’s a compelling read. And now it’s being turned into a movie. Awesome.
This is just the best thing I’ve read today. I would read this book.
Within an hour, the 2,200 Marines have regrouped, stunned. They are not the only moderns transported to Rome. With them are about 150 Air Force maintenance and repair specialists. There are about 60 Afghan Army soldiers, mostly the MEU’s interpreters and liaisons. There are also 15 U.S. civilian contractors and one man, Frank Delacroix, who has spoken to no one but Colonel Nelson.