Oops I Did It Again

For the third time in the twelve year history of this blog, I’ve moved the site URL to a new one. Originally this blog started under www.abaltazar.org, then switched to www.rubyninja.org, now www.antoniobaltazar.com/blog/ is the permanent home of this blog. The primary reason for this new switch is because I’m consolidating my webapps into fewer […]

Book Review – El Cid: The Making of a Legend

This book takes a factual based approach to the legend of Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar, El Cid. It analyses the chronicles contemporary during the life of El Cid, many of which were fully included the book The World of El Cid, however unlike The World of El Cid, in this book we get an in-depth […]

New Portfolio Site!

So I was laid off my job last month, this gave me a good reason to finally redo what was a fairly ugly looking portfolio site. This time around instead of creating the entire static site from scratch (after all CSS and JavaScript are not quite my forté) I opted to use a pre-existing open […]

Book Review – A Feast for Crows

A Feast for Crows has been my least favorite book in A Song of Ice and Fire thus far. I recall being almost 700 pages into this novel and I literally said to myself “Nothing majored has happened to move the story forward..”. Even worse, their wasn’t much content regarding some of the main characters […]

Book Review – The World of El Cid

It seems the more I read chronicle like writings, the more I tend to enjoy them. The World of El Cid: Chronicles of the Spanish Reconquest is a book that consists of four different chronicles by different original authors that depict the deeds of the different Kings of Leon and Castile, and now legendary knight, […]

Book Review – Morgoth’s Ring

Of all the books in The Complete History of Middle-earth series, Morgoth’s Ring has been so far by favorite book thus far. The primary reason being is that their is an incredible large amount of new texts here that we really haven’t seen in the first 9 books. The texts included in this book were […]

Book Review – The Order of Santiago

The Order of Santiago: The History of the Catholic Military Order Sworn to Defend the Iberian Peninsula is a book that describes this medieval crusader Order from its initial necessity to its current present form. The first part of this book is a mere primer of the crusades. I think it does an excellent job […]

Book Review – Sauron Defeated

Sauron Defeated is the 9th book in The Complete History of Middle-earth volume series and last book concerning The Lord of the Rings. This book is divided into three sections. The first section covers the writings regarding the ending of the epic tale of the Lord of the Rings. Here we get to read a […]

Triss Merigold Prime 1 Studio Statue

After just three months of it’s initial release, I finally got my third Witcher 3 statue from Prime 1 Studio. Unlike the Geralt and Eredin statues, the Triss Merigold statue is very simplistic (though not in a bad way). The Eredin statue took me well over 30 minutes to put it together, and even the […]

Angry final season Game of Thrones fans can Fuck Off

We’re on the eve of the grand finally of HBO’s Game of Thrones TV show, and unless you’ve been living under a rock these last two months, it is has been all over the place. Making the TV show and in my opinion more importantly, the entire universe of A Song of Ice and Fire, […]