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#91
Laid Back Lounge / Re: eclipse
Last post by Icarus - April 09, 2024, 01:06:39 AM
Billy is practicing Appalachian creativity with that colander.  :thumbsup:
#92
Laid Back Lounge / Re: eclipse
Last post by billy rubin - April 08, 2024, 11:55:53 PM
no

if you hold a colander under an eclipse, it acts like a multihole pinhole camera and projects lots of little eclipse images on a flat surface. my wife wanted to see it.

you can do the same thing by poking a hole in a piece of cardboard.
#93
Laid Back Lounge / Re: eclipse
Last post by Dark Lightning - April 08, 2024, 10:08:39 PM
Cool! Only a scoop out of an edge here; I didn't even bother to look. Are you looking to convert to Pastafarianism, with that colander as an accoutrement?  :D
#94
Laid Back Lounge / Re: eclipse
Last post by billy rubin - April 08, 2024, 09:58:02 PM
luckily i was prepared

#95
Laid Back Lounge / eclipse
Last post by billy rubin - April 08, 2024, 09:56:11 PM
went right over my head





#96
Current Events / Re: oldest book in the world f...
Last post by billy rubin - April 08, 2024, 04:28:40 PM
yes.

the next step is to see whether there is any way to test that hypothesis.
#97
Current Events / Re: oldest book in the world f...
Last post by zorkan - April 08, 2024, 04:22:45 PM
A simple and natural answer is available.
Tigris and Euphrates flooded annually by meltwater from Anatolia.
Nile flooded from monsoon rains in Ethiopian Highlands.
Crops had to be carefully cultivated and harvested to avoid being destroyed by the waters.
Religious and superstitious folk put it all down to divine retribution.
#98
Current Events / Re: oldest book in the world f...
Last post by billy rubin - April 08, 2024, 03:22:59 PM
yep.

either the story is made up and everybody copied it from somebody else

or its true and everybody knew about it
#99
Current Events / Re: oldest book in the world f...
Last post by zorkan - April 08, 2024, 11:40:58 AM
Epic of Gilgamesh tells what is possibly the earliest flood story and a quest for eternal life, eventually finding its way into holy scripture.

"The flood story is included in the Epic of Gilgamesh, which is one of three Mesopotamian Flood Myths. Many scholars believe that the flood myth was added to Tablet XI in the "standard version" of the Gilgamesh Epic by an editor who used the flood story from the Epic of Atra-Hasis1. In the Gilgamesh Epic, the story of the flood is related as part of the tale of Gilgamesh's quest for immortality".

You won't hear a reference like that in church.
#100
Laid Back Lounge / Re: what is the worst job you ...
Last post by Asmodean - April 08, 2024, 11:36:20 AM
Hmm... Spindoctor... Yeah... No, I'd do it. One could derive professional pride from a particularly well-spun narrative. :smilenod: