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Ancient Babylonian astronomers calculated Jupiter’s position from the area under a time-velocity graph

There is more exciting scientific news this week that corroborates Sitchin writings. Last week we heard new evidence of the existence in our solar system of another large planet, which might be Nibiru. This week Mathieu Ossendrijver published an article in Science magazine about a cuneiform tablet detailing the position of Jupiter based on geometrical calculations by the Babylonians in 350-50 BCE. Europeans were able to do this in the 1400’s.

Mathieu Ossendrijver
Science 29 Jan 2016:
Vol. 351, Issue 6272, pp. 482-484
DOI: 10.1126/science.aad808

Abstract:
“The idea of computing a body’s displacement as an area in time-velocity space is usually traced back to 14th-century Europe. I show that in four ancient Babylonian cuneiform tablets, Jupiter’s displacement along the ecliptic is computed as the area of a trapezoidal figure obtained by drawing its daily displacement against time.This interpretation is prompted by a newly discovered tablet on which the same computation is presented in an equivalent arithmetical formulation.The tablets date from 350 to 50 BCE.The trapezoid procedures offer the first evidence for the use of geometrical methods in Babylonian mathematical astronomy, which was thus far viewed as operating exclusively with arithmetical concepts.”
For more information, see the full article in Science: http://science.sciencemag.org/content/sci/351/6272/482.full.pdf
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Go Watch Black Sails Right Now

Do not dismiss the Starz television series “Black Sails” just because it has Michael Bay’s name attached to it. It’s actually a good show with a surprisingly more realistic take on piracy during the 18th century. The show opens with this: “In 1715, West Indies, the pirates of New Providence Island threaten maritime trade in the region. The laws of every civilized nation declare them hostis humani generis; enemies of all mankind. In response, the pirates adhere to a doctrine of their own….war against the world.”

Black Sails serves as a prequel to the classic novel Treasure Island, and features characters like Captain Flint, Billy Bones and the famous Long John Silver. In addition to Treasure Island characters the cast features fictionalized versions of real historical figures like the pirates Anne Bonny, Charles Vane, Jack Rackham, and the recently added Blackbeard. The female characters of the show are varied and well written. Alongside the tomboyish Anne Bonny is the feminine and shrewd prostitute, Max. My favorite character has to be Eleanor Guthrie, the posh trade boss of Nassau (the Caribbean island where much of the show is set).

In addition to an interesting cast of characters (played by solidly talented actors), the show almost has a Game of Thrones vibe to it thanks to the grittiness, sex and violence that is depicted in pirate lifestyle. The first two seasons have already aired, and season three has kicked off with two thrilling episodes. If you want to watch a pirate show with a tone unlike Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean, Black Sails comes highly recommended.

Roman Intaglio of Daedalus and Icarus, 1st Century AD

A Roman 1st-century master created this gem showing the legendary master inventor Daedalus and his son Icarus. Escaping persecution by King Minos of Crete, Daedalus made wings of birds’ feathers attached together with wax. Before making their flight he warned his son not to fly too close to the sun, but Icarus could not resist going ever higher until the sun melted the wax and Icarus fell into the sea, where he was drowned. We see the making of the wings: Daedalus is seated at a table putting the finishing touches to his work. Icarus stands before him with one wing already attached to his back.

Sudanese kaskara

Some writers since the Victorian era have wrongly stated that the Sudanese kaskara, famously used by members of the Mahdi’s army such as ‘whirling dervishes’ in the last two decades of the 19th century, descended from European 'Crusader’ swords. In fact the kaskara is a sword type found in the Sudan for centuries and originated from indigenous Arabic sword types. North Africa and the Middle East saw extensive use of cross-hilted straight swords, as well as the more famous curved types (which also had cross-hilts incidentally). This extravagant example in the British Museum dates to the mid-18th century and shows that the sword type remained exactly the same until the early-20th century. http://www.britishmuseum.org/explore/online_tours/africa/sudan_islamic_and_modern/sword.aspx

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Secret Skulls Found in a Victorian Painting of a 16th-Century Magician

Pictures – 1. Henry Gillard Glindoni, “John Dee performing an experiment before Queen Elizabeth I” (late 19th century) (courtesy National Gallery, London/Wellcome Library, London) – 2. X-ray of Henry Gillard Glindoni, “John Dee performing an experiment before Queen Elizabeth I” (late 19th century), showing skulls in a ring around John Dee (courtesy Royal College of Physicians) – 3. Detail of skulls revealed in an X-ray of Henry Gillard Glindoni’s “John Dee performing an experiment before Queen Elizabeth I”.

A ring of human skulls originally circled 16th-century magician John Dee in a painting by the English artist Henry Gillard Glindoni. New X-ray imaging has revealed the macabre secret, which a patron likely asked Glindoni to hide in his late-19th-century re-creation of Dee’s performance for Queen Elizabeth I. The discovery was made in research for Scholar, Courtier, Magician: The Lost Library of John Dee, opened this week at the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) in London. In our previous coverage of the exhibition, curator Katie Birkwood explained that in Tudor England, “the distinctions between magic and natural philosophy — as the subject we now think of science would have been termed then — were not nearly so clear-cut” as they are today. The alteration of the painting, from a vivid black magic ritual to a scene more suggestive of a scientific demonstration, likewise represents the tension in Dee’s identity between being a man of science and one of the occult. As in Joseph Wright of Derby’s “The Alchemist Discovering Phosphorus” (1771), where the bright light of the chemical reaction of phosphorus is framed as a supernatural act, the division between the two is blurred in Glindoni’s painting [more]

anonymous asked:

Dating post H.Y.D.R.A. Bucky Barnes would include?

Dating post HYDRA Bucky Barnes would involve…

  • Not caring that he has a metal arm
  • Cuddling him after he has a nightmare
  • Steve being the one who introduced you to him
  • Picking you up and spinning you around when he remembers something
  • Showing him around 21st century New York 
  • Being the only one who he lets call him James
  • Him being very protective of you as he doesn’t want to lose you 
  • Reassuring him that what happened with HYDRA wasn’t his fault
  • Trying to make him feel at home
  • Watching old movies with him when he’s feeling sad

daysofblacksnow asked:

Hello! How do you think our civilization can create something like The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World? Something that will become legendary for our descendants? Maybe you've compiled your own list of Wonders of the Modern World?

We are creating new wonders everyday, they are just not made of stone. The Seven Wonders were a result of their moment in history: the influence of rulers and religion, slave workers, and the technology available. Architecture now has a different role in society and culture. Still, works like the Panama Canal, the Burj Khalifa, the Sydney Opera House and the Hoover Dam are built works from the last century that show what we as a civilization can accomplish and are probably worthy of being called wonders.

Image by Jong Soo(Peter) Lee

In 15 July 1989, in front of 200.000 spectators and on TV international live, Pink Floyd performed in the wonderful frame of Saint Mark’s Square, Venice.
They gave to the fans an incredible performance which entered the history of rock music, just ruined by the following polemics related to the inefficiency of local administration.
A little more than a year from the 25 anniversary of such event, the Cultural Association Floydseum launch a fascinating challenge to anyone who had the fortune of being at the Show of the Century.
Have you been at the concert of Pink Floyd in Venice 15th July 1989?
Did you take photographs or shoot videos before, during and after the concert?

Contact Floydseum at segreteria@floydseum.org; send us your material together with your authorization of using freely your material. You will become protagonist of a great event for the next year, which the Association is working on!
At the moment, we cannot unveil anything, but do not waste your time! Send us your material and you will not regret it!

No man ever wore better than Frederick the Great that fine coat called Culture
—  The Life of Voltaire by Beatrice Evelyn Hall