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Offline rkelly17

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Re: Is Bluray the final physical media?
« Reply #15 on: December 10, 2014, 09:50:12 AM »
Cuneiform has got to be worse than Egyptian hieroglyphics.  Thinking about it, I suspect it must be some form of phonetic shorthand similar to Pittman.

Not sure what the nature of the alphabet is--I learned to read Hebrew many years ago, but that was as far as I got. I do know that most of the ancient Mesopotamian stuff found has been business and accounting: "Sam owes 200 measures of wheat to Joe."

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Re: Is Bluray the final physical media?
« Reply #16 on: December 10, 2014, 09:01:25 PM »
Yes, clear from something in Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance:

"i can write a washing bill in Babylonic Cuneiform
"And tell you every detail of Caractacus's uniform.
"But still, in matters vegetable, animal and mineral,
"I am the very model of a modern major general."

Wonder if they used something else for other communications and monuments.
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Re: Is Bluray the final physical media?
« Reply #17 on: December 11, 2014, 12:13:29 PM »
Wonder if they used something else for other communications and monuments.

There are various epics (e.g., the Gilgamesh Epic) and monuments (those that haven't been destroyed recently) in cunieform, but I think that, as in most cultures, the mundane far outnumbers the heroic.

If you haven't come across it, you ought to find and read "Motel of the Mysteries," a spoof of archeology which records a future excavation of a shrine to the god Mo-Tel near the ancient site Tul-Sa.

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Re: Is Bluray the final physical media?
« Reply #18 on: December 11, 2014, 02:25:24 PM »
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If you haven't come across it, you ought to find and read "Motel of the Mysteries," a spoof of archeology which records a future excavation of a shrine to the god Mo-Tel near the ancient site Tul-Sa.


Parodies are always fun.  I think I've read something like it.  it was one of those far future things where the archaeologists were asking themselves "I wonder what they did here?", but I think the location was a howling desert that had to be Las Vegas.  I don't recall the title but it was quite serious, in a way.

There was a certain parallel to the Anasazi culture.
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Re: Is Bluray the final physical media?
« Reply #19 on: December 12, 2014, 07:33:18 AM »
It is quite amazing what we scholars can make up from very little actual data.  ;D

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Re: Is Bluray the final physical media?
« Reply #20 on: December 12, 2014, 09:32:10 PM »
Most people would say that a doctorate is knowing more and more about less and less until you finally know everything about nothing.  Having worked with a building or so full of doctoral and post-doctoral people, nothing could be farther from the truth, but they do get into some pretty arcane things.

One course I took in synthetic geometry wound up in a topological derivation of general relativity without one line of higher algebraic text.  it was a fascinating exercise.  It's easy once you get to tensors.
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