Posted on February 13, 2013 by Tom Verenna
Italian archeologists have unearthed the remains of a Greek temple-like structure dating back to 6th century B.C. They also found details on how to build it. Written in detailed codes, the collection of how-to instructions was found among the remains.
It says “Product is not covered under warranty.” Damn you, IKEA!
Much like the instruction booklets of the Swedish home furnishings company, IKEA, various sections of the elaborate structure were inscribed with coded symbols showing how the pieces slotted together. Shown here is one of the coded slabs. “So far we have uncovered 100 inscribed fragments, all related to the roof assembly system. The inscriptions also reveal that the palace was built by Greek artisans coming from the Spartan colony of Taranto in Puglia,” Massimo Osanna, director of the archaeology school at Basilicata University, told Discovery News.
Check out more photos and information here: Ancient Building Comes with Assembly Instructions : Discovery News.
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Posted on February 8, 2013 by Tom Verenna
Yesterday a funny thing happened on Facebook between myself and Jim Linville. Posted below with permission:
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Posted on January 7, 2013 by Tom Verenna
Presumably (we hope), he rolls around in it ‘Scrooge McDuck’ style.
(Just kidding, Bart)
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Posted on December 22, 2012 by Tom Verenna
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Posted on October 24, 2012 by Tom Verenna
This amused me:
As they say, “when in Rome, do as the Romans do” — which apparently involves partaking in psychoactive drugs, if a new study is to be believed, reports the Los Angeles Times.
Researchers at Italy’s Institute of Atmospheric Pollution Research recently published a report that tested levels of psychoactive drugs in the air of eight major Italian cities: Palermo, Rome, Bologna, Florence, Turin, Milan, Verona and Naples. They found that residents are probably taking in measurable levels of cocaine and marijuana just by breathing the air.
Of the eight, Turin was the city with the highest total drug concentration; Palermo had the least. Some cities favored certain drugs disproportionately to others; in Florence, marijuana was the drug of choice. That may not come as a surprise, given the number of college students regularly adrift within that city.
So…what does that mean?
So does this mean that you could actually get high from breathing in Italian air? Well, no. The levels aren’t quite that … ahem … high. But levels were significant enough to reveal patterns about overall usage habits of citizens. Authorities hope that the information will help to improve police enforcement of drug laws, as well as map out better drug treatment resources.
via Can you get high just from breathing the air in Rome? | MNN – Mother Nature Network.
I would read the whole thing. Makes you wonder about some of the cities in the US.
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Posted on October 20, 2012 by Tom Verenna
Great comic from Non Sequitur:
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Posted on October 17, 2012 by Tom Verenna
Quite relevant to today’s political crises:
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Posted on October 11, 2012 by Tom Verenna
You may think typos exist as the result of overworked editors who are just too sleepy after ours of indexing to notice subtle mistakes–but if you think this, you’re absolutely
right wrong. In fact, typos exist to foil the attempts of your usual not-too-bright forgers and plagiarists, as Mark Goodacre demonstrates:
This is an oddity that was difficult to fathom. Why was the fragment’s author missing out this direct-object marker, especially if he was dependent on Coptic Thomas which includes it?
I must admit that I never thought to look at the page-by-page PDFs, looking instead only at the web version. But yesterday, Mike Grondin himself made a telling observation on the Gospel of Thomas e-list. While the level of accuracy in Mike’s excellent website is very high, there is one place in the PDFs where he has a typographical error, and the error corresponds precisely to the same oddity in the Jesus’ Wife fragment…
So plagiarists beware! Steal from an academic work to make tons of money on eBay and you may find you were too ignorant to catch mistakes like this that will undo your whole authenticity claim (I’m looking at you, Lead Codices forgers).
See the published article by Andrew Bernhard, who is responsible for the typo-catching, here (.PDF format).
James McGrath has a humorous take on this as well that you’ll want to read.
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