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Monthly Archives: April 2013

Ancient Robots

I came across a really interesting musing while reading the introduction to Robot Visions, written by my favorite author, Isaac Asimov. I’d like to share it with you all, since it is in regards to three of my favorite topics: 1) ancient stuff, 2) human nature, and 3) robots. Here it is: “Nevertheless, the concept … Continue reading »

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Abandoned Communist Headquarters in Bulgaria

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Egyptian Cinderella

Amazingly enough, I discovered this story initially from the underside of a Snapple cap the other day: Cover of the book by Amy Friedman and illustrated by Jillian Gilliland. The original Cinderella story was Egyptian, about a Greek servant girl named Rhodopis (Greek: Ροδώπις, meaning “rosy-cheeked”). Here’s the summary, ala Wikipedia: Rhodopis (the “rosy-cheeked”), a Greek slave, works in … Continue reading »

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Felix dies natalis Roma!

Happy Birthday Rome! Today, April 21st, is the traditional date given for the founding of Rome. As Following Hadrian website reports, “Romans celebrated the founding of their city every April 21st in the festival of Parilia.” Read more at Following Hadrian  

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Modern Archaeology: Abandoned Theme Parks

Nara Dreamland in Japan: Photos by Chris Luckhardt, who visited the abandoned park on a foggy morning last Spring. Complete collection here   Abandoned Six Flags in New Orleans: Love These Pics website has a collection of photographs from various photographers of the abandoned Six Flags park in New Orleans. The park was abandoned following hurricane … Continue reading »

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Pluto’s Gate to the Underworld Discovered

In southwest Turkey, Italian archaeologists have found what they believe to be Pluto’s Gate, a portal to the underworld in Graeco-Roman mythology and religion.   Digital Reconstruction of the Plutonium The site lies in the ancient Phrygian city of Hierapolis. The Italian team led by archaeologist Francesco D’Andria, professor of classic archaeology at the University of Salento, “found the Plutonium … Continue reading »

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Dozens take part in 12-hour reading of Homer’s ‘The Odyssey’ at CU-Boulder

Look, don’t get me wrong: I love Homer. But 12 hours straight of reading Homer? I don’t know about that… Joe Rubino writes for the Daily Camera that Nick Romeo, a graduate student in the University of Colorado’s classics department, “was among nearly 70 volunteers who read 10-minute portions of the epic [Homer's The Odyssey] as part of a … Continue reading »

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Abandoned buildings and structures

I discovered this amazing subreddit (an online forum) of pictures of abandoned buildings and structures (including an unfinished Russian water park): http://www.reddit.com/r/abandonedporn (And no, it’s not an actual “porn” site. It’s called “Abandoned Porn” because it’s a place where people can fulfill their guilty pleasure of looking at abandoned sites) Just a few pictures from the … Continue reading »

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