Way back when the blog was in the 40 to 80 readers per day range, I posted a very short entry called "Sun Tzu says – Make It Look Easy." That entry has been the gift that keeps on giving - I get emails, comments, references from other people interested in The Art of War. I've turned some of the notable comments into their own top level blog posts, like in "Two Good Replies from Readers – on The Equal-Odds Rule and Sun Tzu/Warfare" where I got some absolutely brilliant commentary.
And it doesn't end! People love the book, and that small entry keeps generating discussion. Now, Sami Baqai was kind enough to send me a link to a really excellent documentary on Sun Tzu and analyzing some American military conflicts from that perspective. It covers elements of the Vietnam war including spies, morale, logistics, and choosing the time of battle. It includes the Allies' deception and maneuvers and desperate fighting to land at Normandy, fight out of the hedge rows, and invade Continental Europe to smash the Axis. And it looks at the fall of the Confederacy and the Battle of Gettysburg.
Awesome documentary, really informative, high production quality, made by the history channel. I was going to watch just 5-10 minutes of it to see if I should add it to my "to watch" list yesterday, but it was so good I just watched the whole thing. Highly recommended - thanks for the link Sami.
Here's the first part:
On Chasing a New Dream
I recently started seeing the images above from CFNC.org (College Foundation of North Carolina) on billboards in North Carolina. "College works" is the slogan across all of the billboards. It seems the discussion about college is changing.
In the past most of CFNC's adds have focus on letting students know that college is more accessible than they think. They have always advertised the importance of college as well, but I think these billboards point at a subtle but important shift. The discussion around college seems to be changing and apparently CFNC's ad department agrees.
The question these billboards are trying to address is does college work? If I want a good job do I need to go to college? Will going to college help me earn more money? Will going to college make my life better?