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How far back in time could you go and still understand English?

March 18th, 2016 Comments off

If you had a time machine, how far back could you go and still understand English?

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Bureaucracy in Cleopatra’s Egypt

May 9th, 2015 Comments off

Egypt’s system of government during the time of Cleopatra.

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Books I’ve read, 2013-14 edition

July 6th, 2014 Comments off

I’m adding in everything I’ve read in 2012 and 2013 because I never got around to doing my list last year. They aren’t in any particular order. It’s just the order that I remembered them in.

FICTION
The Good News Club by Katherine Stewart
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
Technogenesis by Syne Mitchell
Brave New Worlds (Dystopian Short Stories) edited by John Joseph Adams
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. I’ve read this before, but it had been a while, so I picked up the 60th anniversary edition to re-read.

NON-FICTION
Escape from Camp 14 by Blaine Harden
Republic Lost by Lawrence Lessig
Korea: The Impossible Country by Daniel Tudor
The Great Agnostic: Robert Ingersoll and American Freethought by Susan Jacoby
Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick

PAPERS AND ARTICLES
Holographic description of quantum black hole on a computer
This paper supposedly proves that our universe is a holographic projection. This is a work in progress and isn’t yet widely accepted. Then again, it’s at the cutting edge of science, so we’ll have to keep observing and understand that this is very much a work in progress.

Why Scholars Doubt the Traditional Authors of the Gospels
While this isn’t technically a paper, if you cut and paste it into a word processor, it clocks in at 13 pages. It’s a well-researched and informative post.

Nazi racial ideology was religious, creationist and opposed to Darwinism
One of the most interesting things I’ve read on the issue.

Bible Prophecy Fulfilled
This is a three part series discussing the lies over the prophecies in the book of Matthew. It tears apart the outright lies and the verses taken out of context to fit Matthew’s telling of his gospel.

The rise of African SIM registration: The emerging dynamics of regulatory change

The Propaganda of Accession of the Roman Emperor Galba

AUDIO BOOKS
Lectures of Col. R.G. Ingersoll, Volumes 1 and 2
About 31 hours of audio recordings. I listened to every one of them and thoroughly enjoyed it. They just took a long time.

Forged: Writing in the Name of God–Why the Bible’s Authors Are Not Who We Think They Are by Bart Ehrman
I’d really like to get a copy of the book. The audio book was good, but, whenever I wanted to delve into part of it or think about it a little longer, I had to rewind often. An actual copy of the book would have been better.

Five Stupid Things About the Fourth of July

July 4th, 2014 Comments off

Patriotism! Parades! God, country, and the flag! That’s what Independence Day here in the good ol’ United States of America is all about! Oh, and there may be some dim awareness of significant historical events for some, as well.

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This is a real hero

November 29th, 2013 Comments off

Sir Nicholas Winton who organised the rescue and passage to Britain of about 669 mostly Jewish Czechoslovakian children destined for the Nazi death camps before World War II in an operation known as the Czech Kindertransport. This video is the BBC Programme “That’s Life” aired in 1988.

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Winton kept quiet about his humanitarian exploits for many years, until his wife Grete found a detailed scrapbook in their attic in 1988. It contained lists of the children, including their parents’ names, and the names and addresses of the families that took them in. By sending letters to these addresses, 80 of “Winton’s children” were found in Britain. The world found out about his work in 1988 during an episode of the BBC television programme That’s Life! when he was invited as a member of the audience.

He’s 104 now. It’s men like Winton who change the world.

He even had a minor planet named after him.

The minor planet 19384 Winton was named in his honour by Czech astronomers Jana Tichá and Miloš Tichý.

Also, I can confirm that my tear ducts still work.

Go read his Wikipedia page and The Power of Good. He really is phenomenal.

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