The Flugtag Comes to Louisville


Since the 21st century began, I have been a fan of the Red Bull Flugtag, and look forward to reading and seeing pictures about it every year.  For those not familiar with the event, Flugtag is German for “Flying Day,” and it is used to promote Red Bull, the energy drink that claims to give you wings.  Participating teams build contraptions that are supposed to fly or glide, and launch them off a pier; most of the time they fall thirty feet into the water underneath, but everyone has a good time watching.

I just learned that the next Flugtag is tomorrow, and it will be held in Louisville, where the contestants will fly or fall into the Ohio River.  Louisville is 85 miles west of where I live, and since my home town doesn’t have a body of water big enough, this is probably the closest the event will ever come to me.

Check out the teams participating in the link below.  Of course Kentucky is well represented this time.  My favorites are the Flying Colonels, who plan to fly in a giant KFC bucket, and the Cardinals (of course the University of Louisville had to get in on this!).

Red Bull Flugtag Louisville

Published in: on August 26, 2016 at 8:17 pm  Leave a Comment  

Podcast Errata


Whoops, I found an error that got recorded!  In Episode 1, I gave the impression that modern man already knew about the splendid Cro-Magnon paintings in the caves of France, before the discovery of Java Man in 1891.  Well, last week, I learned I was wrong.  The Lascaux Cave, which contains the best examples of caveman art, was only discovered in 1940, and among the other French caves containing art that I looked up, the first to be discovered turned up in 1901, ten years after Java Man was found.  Therefore, I have edited the first part of Episode 1, by removing the misleading sentence, and uploaded a corrected MP3 file.

Unfortunately on the host site, at, the episodes are no longer in chronological order.  Episode 1 is now listed as having been uploaded yesterday, though it was originally uploaded on July 15.  I wonder if I can get technical support to help with this?

Published in: on August 22, 2016 at 7:42 am  Comments (1)  

Episode 3, Mandalas

The fourth episode in my podcast series went up this morning.  For those who haven’t been following this project from the start, I began with an introductory recording, which I called Episode 0; hence Episode 3 is the fourth episode recorded so far.

This episode is about the first Southeast Asian nations larger than a city-state, which appeared roughly two thousand years ago.  Special attention is given to Funan, the major state that arose in Cambodia.  Then we look at medium-sized states like Dvaravati, Haripunjaya, Pan Pan, Langkasuka, and Tambralinga, which the Mons and Malays founded in present-day Thailand and northern Malaya.

Published in: on August 16, 2016 at 10:35 pm  Leave a Comment  

Episode 2, The Main Players Arrive


The next episode in my new podcast series went up today.  This time the main topic is migrations.  The Southeast Asians you are familiar with came originally from China, in at least five waves:  the Austronesians or Malays, the Mon-Khmers, the Vietnamese, the Tibeto-Burmans and the Thais.  In this episode we follow the course of the Malay and Mon-Khmer migrations.  Then when the Mons make contact with India, we see Indian civilization introduced to nearly all of Southeast Asia, setting the stage for the rise of the first Southeast Asian states.  Check it out at this link:

Published in: on August 1, 2016 at 9:03 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Xenophile Historian Newsletter, #27


The Xenophile Historian Newsletter, #27
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Greetings once again to all my loyal readers!  Charles Kimball is here again, to give you the latest news on my world history website, and more. 

This time the main announcement is that I am trying a new online venture — podcasting.  I was prompted to do this by my discovery last fall, that history-related podcasts were appearing all over the World Wide Web.  There are no longer just a few individuals in the business, like Dan Carlin.  Most of the podcasts I listened to were enjoyable, especially if I learned something, but with those that weren’t so good, my reaction was, “I can do better than that!”  In June one of the podcasters I listened to went on Facebook and asked for comments, and when I told him about the episode where I thought I could have done better, he agreed!

After that, I considered making my own history podcast, But I didn’t want to start by doing a topic that someone else had already covered.  Thus, I considered what areas of history I am strong at, and one of them is Southeast Asian history.  A quick Google search told me that no one is doing a podcast on that yet, so that became my subject.  I read up on how to make a podcast, bought a good microphone, chose a host for the MP3 files, wrote my first script, and off I went.  There were some technical issues when I uploaded the first episode on June 29, and they were resolved on July 1, so I consider July 1 the official launch date for the podcast.  That episode was just an introduction, and the second episode began the actual historical narrative; I uploaded it on July 15.

Thus, the History of Southeast Asia Podcast is fully underway.  My goal is to upload two episodes a month, each around 30 minutes in length.  Let’s see how long I can keep it going; if I make it to the mid-twentieth century, this will become the official podcast about the Vietnam War, among other things.  Next, I want to get some advertisers, and otherwise find ways to make money doing this, because I am still out of work at this time.  Here is the URL that goes directly to my host.  Check it out.

You can also subscribe to it on iTunes:

And I made a page on Facebook to promote the podcast:


Now, what is happening back on the main website?  Another chapter in my South Pacific history series has been completed and uploaded, as you might expect if you have read my previous newsletters.  In composing Chapter 4, the main issue was that since we only have 102 years to cover to get to the present (1914-2016), should it all be done in one chapter?  At first I thought so, but then it occurred to me that the part dealing with World War I & II in the South Pacific can stand by itself, and I am keeping you from seeing it if I wait until the postwar material is done before uploading everything.  Thus, the narrative now has Chapter 4 for the period between 1914 and 1945, and a future Chapter 5 will go from 1945 to the present.  Here is how the chapter is organized:

Chapter 4: The Great Pacific War

1914 to 1945

Part I

World War I: The Prologue
The Pacific Islands in the Interwar Period
The Interwar Years: Australia
The Cactus War and the Emu War
New Zealand: Between Liberal and Labour
"Under A Jarvis Moon"
The Flight of Amelia Earhart

Part II

The Pacific War Begins
From Pearl Harbor to the Coral Sea
The Battle of Midway: The Tide Turns
The New Guinea Campaign, Part 1
The New Guinea Campaign, Part 2
Climbing the Solomon Islands, and Part 3 of the New Guinea Campaign
The Pacific Drive
The Last Carrier vs. Carrier Battle
The End of the War is in Sight


As for existing pages on the site, I only have one update to report, but it’s a big one.  In May I went back to the Russian history series.  This time I did a major rewrite Chapter 2, the Medieval Russia chapter.  The motivation is the same that prompted me to compose Chapter 1 in 2013; I felt the need to give equal time for non-Russians living in places that would be considered part of Russia in later eras.  For medieval times, that will include the Mongols, Germans, and Lithuanians.  I ended up adding so much new content, including pictures, that I split Chapter 2.  The new Chapter 2, called “Kievan Russia,” covers the years from 862 to 1300, while the material for the years 1300-1682 became a new Chapter 3, called “Muscovite Russia.”  Of course the chapters that were previously numbered 3-5 were renumbered 4-6.  Chapters 2 and 3 are now organized thusly:

Chapter 2: Kievan Russia

862 to 1300

The Kievan Principality
A Christian Russia
The Decline of Kiev
The Mongol Conquest
The Baltic Crusades Begin
Alexander Nevsky
The Golden Horde
Chapter 3: Muscovite Russia

1300 to 1682

The Rise of Lithuania
The Rise of Muscovy
The Golden Horde Breaks Up
Ivan the Great
Ivan the Terrible
North to the Orient
The Time of Troubles
The Conquest of Siberia
Russia Under the Early Romanovs


That’s it already.  Concerning what’s next, just two things come to mind.  First, I will finish the South Pacific history series; doing that by the end of this year is a worthy goal.  Second, I will build on the new History of Southeast Asia podcast; how far can I go with this?  Thank you for reading and listening, and have a great life until we touch base again!  ‘Bye for now.


If you missed older issues of this newsletter and want to see them, they can be downloaded in a zip file from .  And the links below go to topics I mentioned in previous issues, that are still valid.  Please visit them, if you haven’t already:

The Xenohistorian Weblog, this site’s official blog.

My world history textbook, "A Biblical Interpretation of World History."

My business website:

And my page on Tsu.


Take Care and God Bless,

Charles Scott Kimball


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Published in: on July 24, 2016 at 9:05 am  Leave a Comment  

Now I Have a Facebook Page


While my podcast has gotten a favorable reception so far, it occurred to me that not everyone who might want to listen knows about it, because they aren’t friends of mine of Facebook.  Therefore, today I created my first Facebook page, to promote the podcast.  So if you want to keep up to date on new episodes as I upload them, you can do it by liking the page.

Published in: on July 18, 2016 at 7:01 pm  Leave a Comment  

Episode 1, The First Southeast Asians



All right!  The second episode in my podcast series, and the first one in the actual narrative, went up today.  This one covers what we know about Southeast Asia in prehistoric times.  We look at Java Man, Solo Man, Wadjak Man, Meganthropus, Gigantopithecus, Homo floresiensis, the Negritos, and the amazing Ban Chiang village in northeast Thailand.  Go directly to it by following this link:

Thanks in advance for listening!

Published in: on July 15, 2016 at 10:40 pm  Leave a Comment  

My Podcast is Now on iTunes


For those who want to subscribe via iTunes, check out this link:

Published in: on July 8, 2016 at 7:08 am  Leave a Comment  

Episode 0 Is Up Now


When I last made a blog posting, I mentioned that I would like to launch a podcast on the history of Southeast Asia.  Since then I have chosen some appropriate music and artwork to go with it, made sure Audacity is up and running on my computer, bought a good microphone, and chose Blubrry for my host.  Then I found I needed a script to sound as good as the other podcasters, and though the first episode was initially uploaded on Wednesday, I ran into technical problems, which took until today to straighten out.  Now the podcast is fit to be introduced to the world.  To check it out, follow this link:

Over the course of this month, I plan to set up the links and RSS feed, and looking for advertisers.  If the real world doesn’t get in the way too much, I’ll upload another episode in about two weeks.  Everything and everybody has to start somewhere, and hopefully you’ll like what’s up so far.  For this episode, I introduce myself and describe Southeast Asia’s geography.  Next time the actual narrative will begin, with a review of what we now know about the region during prehistoric times.

Published in: on July 1, 2016 at 9:32 pm  Comments (2)  

I Think I Will Become a Podcaster


On November 30, 2015, I posted a message on how we have entered a golden age for podcasting, and listed the history podcasts I was listening to at the time.  Of course some podcasts are better than others.  I heartily recommend the good ones, while it’s not a good sign if my reaction after listening to one of the inferior ones is, “I can do better than that!”

Along that line, I considered doing one of my own, but a lot of the good subjects are already taken.  There are good podcasts on the Romans, the Chinese, the Egyptians, the Russians, military history, explorers, pirates, and so forth.  There’s no reason why somebody else can’t try to do his own version of those subjects, but if I did that, I’m sure the comments from those who listened to both myself and the other podcaster would put me in competition with the latter.

Well, today I believe I found my niche in the history podcast business:  Southeast Asia.

Over on Facebook, the folks in a private group I belong to were talking about the latest archaeological discovery in Cambodia – the discovery of the city that was Cambodia’s capital before Angkor Wat was built – and somebody asked if there is a podcast on it yet.  A Google search told me that the answer was no.  Even with the Vietnam War, as important as that was for the United States, only individual episodes, not a full-fledged series, have been done so far.

So there you have it.  Over the next month I plan to read up on how to do this from podcasters who have done it already, and buy an appropriate microphone and whatever software is needed.  Finally, I’ll look for a sponsor to make this worth the effort.  If I go ahead with this project, will my regular readers listen?

Published in: on June 12, 2016 at 8:29 pm  Comments (2)  

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