Galerías Pacífico

Galerías Pacífico is a shopping centre in Buenos Aires, located at the intersection of Florida Street and Córdoba Avenue. The Beaux Arts building was designed by the architects Emilio Agrelo and Roland Le Vacher in 1889 to accommodate a shop called the Argentine Bon Marché, modelled on the Le Bon Marché in Paris. In 1896 part of the building was transformed into the first home for the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes and in 1908 the British-owned Buenos Aires and Pacific railway company acquired part of the building for offices; the company's name derived from the fact that its intention was to operate a train service linking Buenos Aires and Valparaíso in Chile, thereby giving access to the Pacific Ocean. From that time onwards the building became known as Edificio Pacífico. Harrods Buenos Aires Catalogue of Monuments Galerías Pacífico Pics Media related to Galerías Pacífico at Wikimedia Commons

Birth of America

Birth of America is a wargame by SEP BOA, a development team at AGEOD. In Birth of America, the player controls one of the major contenders of the French and Indian War or the American War of Independence, trying to achieve military and political victory; the scope of the game covers all of North America, from Florida to Quebec and New England to Mississippi, from 1755 to 1783. The game map is divided into more than 700 provinces, with a great diversity of terrain and civilization levels. There are two nations fighting each other in all of the game's ten scenarios. Game turns correspond to one month of historical time. Scenarios vary from a few months to 9 years. Players control the military action of their nation; this includes such activities as drafting forces, building forts and depots and blockades, raiding enemy settlements and battles, both on land and at sea. Birth of America has the French and Indian War and the American Revolution; the object of the game is to attack and capture objectives, strategic towns, manage strategies in order to win battles thus gaining edge.

Real political events, such as the battle of Bunker Hill and the signing of the Declaration of Independence, will influence the outcome of morale throughout the game. The game received "average" reviews according to the review aggregation website Metacritic. Over four months before the game was released for retail in Europe, PC Gamer UK gave it a review and commented that it "captures the unique character of American Revolutionary warfare without drowning wannabe Washingtons and Howes in detail." GameSpot lamented that "it doesn't do quite enough to broaden the genre's appeal to newcomers."The editors of Computer Games Magazine presented Birth of America with their 2006 "Best Wargame" award. Birth of America at MobyGames


Saurabi is a modern Korean compound which means "a father who fights". It was first used in 1962 in a drama, broadcast on Korean television. In an interview by The Dong-a Ilbo newspaper, the writer stated. In 1983, Kim Yong Woon, who specialized in mathematical history, said in his book Kankokujin to Nihonjin: It is said, "saul" to fight in Korean, says, "abi" a man; when "man who fights" is expressed in Korean, it becomes "saulabi". It is thought that there seem to be some connection between "samurai" of Japan and "saulabi" of Korea However, the sound change from "Saurabi" to "Samurai" is considered to be linguistically unnatural, comparison between a modern Korean word and a modern Japanese word and deducing that there must have been some ancient connection because the modern word sounds alike does not make any sense in the field of comparative linguistics. Since the word saulabi can not be found in surviving ancient Korean texts nor can be seen in Japanese texts, the argument that the word saulabi transformed into samurai seems, at least on a scientific level unlikely.

Unless new evidence is uncovered either showing clear signs of transition or something providing definitive proof that the word originated in ancient Korea, this will be more of a pseudoscientific language comparison. The term ssaurabi earned recognition among South Koreans in 1990s because the Korean editions of the Samurai Shodown series were released under the name of Ssaurabi Tuhon; some Korean martial art organizations claim that the ssaurabi were warriors of Baekje, a kingdom in southwestern Korea, that the Japanese samurai originated from the ssaurabi. The 2002 South Korean film Saulabi, directed by Moon Jong-geum, dealt with this theory; this argument is odd in many ways because the original argument stated that the origin of the word samurai could have been saulabi and never mentioned anything about there being a similar class in ancient Korea. Speaking, there is no literal evidence for the existence of the ssaurabi in Baekje. Linguistically, it is hard to explain the similarity between ssaurabi and samurai with regular correspondences between Korean and Japanese.

Anachronism becomes clearer. Since this verb appears as sahoda in Middle Korean documents, ssaurabi would be sahorabi in Middle Korean although no usage is known. Another problem is that the word samurai contrary to popular belief had nothing to do with fighting or being a warrior; as explained in etymology of samurai, the word meant "those who serve in close attendance to nobility" and was pronounced "saburau". Therefore, the argument that the word samurai is derived from saulabi is unlikely. Pseudoscientific language comparison