Brewster Kahle of the Internet Archive suggested a new technology developed by Los Alamos labs, and commercialized by the Norsam company, as a solution for long term digital storage. Norsam promised to micro-etch 350,000 pages of information onto a 3-inch nickel disk with an estimated lifespan of 2,000 -10,000 years.Fascinating, not least because of the cultural assumptions built into its creation!
Long Now board member Doug Carlston suggested that for the parallel common text of this modern Rosetta Stone we should use the book of Genesis, since it was most likely already translated into all languages already. We hatched a plan to produce a 3-inch non-corroding disk which contained at least 1,000 translations of Genesis and other linguistic information about each language.
One side of the disk contains a graphic teaser. The design shows headlines in the eight major languages of the world today spiraling inward in ever-decreasing size till it becomes so small you have trouble reading it, yet the text goes on getting smaller. The sentences announce:“Languages of the World: This is an archive of over 1,500 human languages assembled in the year 02008 C.E. Magnify 1,000 times to find over 13,000 pages of language documentation.”
Among the 13,500 scanned pages are 1,500 different language versions of Genesis 1-3, a universal list of the words common for each language,
pronunciation guides and so on.
This year, Google discontinued a lot of services: Browser Sync, Hello, Send to SMS and Send to Phone extension.So, how safe are free services? The provider can drop or change them at any time. Don't rely on them! Use a free online file conversion tool, if you need to convert a few files in a hurry, but not if you convert files regularly. Use a free video sharing tool, to share video freely (Blip.tv seems the best at hosting, but YouTube draws more of an audience) but if reliability matters to you, do make sure you have a backup plan!
I was editing an article yesterday on the Acts of Philip, a 4th-5th century apocryphal work about the Apostle Philip. As I read it, I came across a line where the author says that Philip "converses with a penitent leopard." It made me giggle, because obviously the author meant to say that Philip was talking with a penitent leper. Of course, the spell checker wouldn’t catch this, because both "leopard" and "leper" are valid words.The punch-line, however, is that the penitent leopard is indeed in the Acts. The said leopard was sorry she had attacked a goat (Acts Phil. 96–101). Thank goodness Kevin is a really professional editor and checked, otherwise the article would have puzzled Acts of Philip specialists ;-)
Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith; if service, in his serving; or he who teaches, in his teaching; or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness. [NASB]Don't get me wrong, I'm not knocking the NASB, just suggesting it is not the best translation choice for an audio Bible. So if you want a Bible for your ears, an easy to listen to audio Bible give PodBible a try... and while you are at it how about becoming a fan of PodBible: every one's audio Bible on Facebook!
God has also given each of us different gifts to use. If we can prophesy, we should do it according to the amount of faith we have. If we can serve others, we should serve. If we can teach, we should teach. If we can encourage others, we should encourage them. If we can give, we should be generous. If we are leaders, we should do our best. If we are good to others, we should do it cheerfully. [CEV]
There is evidently an informal, and unacknowledged hierarchy of probability at work here. The Gedaliah from David's time is merely "said to be" - so biblical texts telling earlier events are less likely to be accurate. The semi-royal is also dubious - claims to distinction render a character less plausible. (Actually on this Gedaliah I am not sure whether Duane is dubious of his existence or merely that he was Zephaniah's grandad, but somehow his royal connection renders him a doubtful character ;)
- 2 Kings: 25:22-26: Gedalyahu son of Ahikam, exilic governor of Judah under Nebuchadnezzar. He didn't last long.
- I Chronicles 25:3: Gedalyahu, a prophetic musician said to be from the time of David
- Ezra 10:18: Gedalyahu, a postexilic priest married to a foreign
woman. He had to send her away and provide a guilt offering. Can't have
any of that marriage to a foreign woman stuff, at least not at that
- Jeremiah 38:1-6: Gedalyahu son of Pashhur, an official of King
Zedekiah, who along with other officials, thought someone should kill
Jeremiah because he was demoralizing the troops. Can't have any of that
demoralizing of troops stuff going on. Oh, no, I forgot Jeremiah was a
good guy, a prophet of God. A eunuch Cushite finally rescued Jeremiah
but not before Jeremiah did some quality time in a royal cistern.
- Zephaniah 1:1: Gedalyahu son of Amariah, grandson of King Hezekiah
and grandfather of Zephaniah, or so it says Zephaniah. Being in a royal
line is always a good thing.
The emperor Domitian had a coin made to celebrate his son's divinisation showing the boy sitting on a globe - presumably representing the earth, with 7 stars around him.Of course, the image is typical of a tradition of picturing gods seated on globes, see for example the coin representing Victory seated on a globe (from the page on coins from the time of Nero from the Classics Dept. at Monmouth College).
The Romans like other ancients believed the Earth to be flat.
Why was a globe used?
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