The City of Rome rented out the Circus Maximus for a Rolling Stones concert for €8,000. Needless to say, there was trash. Luckily, the event organizers were responsible for that.
No, no alien deus ex machina solutions.
The Spheres of Diquis really are mysterious. The only way most ancient civilizations had to shape stone was with another stone and then with polishing grit. We’re actually back to using that method, but the grit is in a high pressure water flow – much easier on the hands.
So the real mystery isn’t “how on earth did people make this??” That we pretty much understand. The real mystery is “why?” Spheres are obviously perfect shapes, enormously satisfying (once they’re finished!). Maybe they were astronomical? Maybe they were just expressions of power? Maybe they were aniconic representations of gods? No one knows – and probably no one will ever satisfy enough scholars that the problem will be declared solved. Still - a great example of how much there is to learn!
Here’s the Wikipedia entry, which is pretty good – despite a final section on ancient alien style myths.
I’m a little embarrassed – I should have done this earlier.
I switched last fall to using Apple TV instead of cable. Today, I finally got around to calling Time-Warner to have the TV service shut off, but to keep the internet and phone. I also mentioned the promotional price Verizon is offering for similar service right now. TW came back with a price $15 lower than that . . . and 70% lower than what I was paying. Wow – I’ve been throwing money down that well long enough!
I’m sure the promotional price won’t last more than a year – but I resolve to check up on it, this time.
And how do we explain this spreading contagion of laughable illogic among America’s best-educated and most thoughtful? I’m afraid we need look no further than Upton Sinclair’s well-worn observation that “it is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.”
via Prof. Reynolds.
I hate it when I haven’t done anything worse than go away for 5 months and things break. Nothing is streaming over my speakers. So I have to take all the components apart and re-connect them? Argh!
I understand (sorta) how after I search for certain products advertisements for those same products show up on OTHER websites.
But once I BUY the damned shoes, why should Zappos ads still show up?
Most of Sherlock Holmes (everything 1922 and before) is now in the public domain! The stipulations are weirder that I would think. For instance, character development between 1923 and 1927 (the last Conan Doyle stories) is off-limits for un-paid adaptations. So you can’t make any movies or publish any novels in which Watson has been married twice without paying the estate. Go read Eugene Volokh’s explanation.
One of the least pleasant things about being abroad is being without Amazon Prime. So before I left Rome I went to my shopping cart and started hitting CHECKOUT. Luckily, I moderated my desires so that I only got about 5 boxes delivered while I was funeraling in Chattanooga. But my own kind of specialized life would be less possible without Mr. Bezos and his Prime shipping.
Upstate New York doesn’t get much more beautiful than this.
I walked down to the marina and back this afternoon. First, view back into the outlet of the Cayuga-Seneca Canal (the city Marina is just inside and to the left). Second, view out with the breakwater on the right.
I’m lucky – I’m a Ph.d. who ended up (lightening strike!) in a place I enjoy a lot of the time. Now if I could just get more than a single week off in March . . . .
Though the next few days look to be lovely, there has been a LOT of rain in Upstate New York lately. Even when it’s not raining the ground is pretty squishy – good thing reunion was last week! I’ve made a mental note to try to round up some folks to go to Taughannock Falls sometime in June. After a few disappointing, downright trickly summers the big waterfall should be running well
So Sunday night I slept too little – I went to bed at midnight and woke up at 3, never to get back to sleep. Last night I went to bed at 10:30 (and it was work to stay up that late) and got out of bed at 8:05 (I’d gotten up in the night to go to the bathroom once). Both mornings I’ve been equally groggy and useless. UGH.
And gosh is there a lot of construction!!