AHA!

Apr. 30th, 2010 11:10 am
kaitou: (irongunn)
Ok, before I post more about Japan...

Remember when I was trying to figure out why watches have IIII instead of IV?

Well, HA.

Now, I realize it doesn't actually clear anything up, but at least I know that I'm not the only one that sat down and thought about it.
kaitou: (monkeys)
Last Friday my coworkers and I were talking about stupid trivia and that sort of thing. I mentioned how much I love random facts, and one of my coworkers said. "Ok, well let's see if you know this. I've been wondering for awhile. Why do we use IV and IX instead of IIII and VIIII? Is there, like, a rule that says that you can only have three Is in a row or something?"

Well, I didn't know the answer to that. But I thought, surely google knows. I may not be as good at google fu as my mom, but I'm no slouch. But instead of answers I only came up with more questions. I even went to metafilter to ask, but that didn't go very well. In fact, I think if it hadn't fallen off the front page (and therefore everyone's radar) I could have ended up on OTF wank as people argued about whether Hindu-Arabic numbers are superior to Roman numerals, or whether they're all just symbolic representations of concepts and none are easier to use than another.

Anyway, I thought I'd post my meandering results and questions here. You guys are all smart people, and maybe you know, or have a good theory. )

It's all very much like this, played out in real life.
kaitou: (Fong You)
I went with friends to the Dayton Art Institue this weekend to check out the Oktoberfest/ Roman Art Exhibit. The exhibit was very cool, most of it having to do with how many religions and culters were rubbing shoulders in the Roman Empire. The centerpiece of the exhibit was a mosaic floor from the synagogue in Hammam Lif. This was especially interesting as I'd just been reading about early chuches and THEIR mosaic floors in archeology magazine. But my favorite thing was probably the glass. There were some beautiful glass khol vials and little pots that sparkled with color, shot with golden glitter. When I coveted them out loud, my friend - an ex-archeologist who specialized in glass- informed me that that's what happens to glass when you stick it in damp soil for a few thousand years. Alas! And I was hoping I could pick up a recreation in the museum shop. Mmm. If I am ever fabulously wealthy.....

However I was greatly annoyed by the people around me that were annoyed by the fact that all the dates were given as BCE / CE instead if BC/AD. It was all I could do to keep a civil tongue in my mouth when this one guy was going off on what a disgrace it was. At the end of the exhibit was a guest book for the exhibit. I flipped through it, smiling at people who'd signed for their kids, or put down memories of travel to modern Rome... and noticed that there were a lot of complaints about it not being BC/AD. I wasn't able to control myself there, and left a few pointed comments on the intelligence of these people. I know it was stupid, but I couldn't help it. Look peoples, even if the bible is 100% totally true and accurate, that would still mean that Jesus was born in the fall between the years 4-7. So your precious Anno Domini doesn't even actually apply correctly anyway. If it makes you feel better you can call it Christian Era instead of Common/Current Era. There now, everyone can go home happy.
kaitou: (Zen)
I actually wrote this up when I watched the episode last week, but I wanted to try and get all the names and dates straight, so a little bit late, but here's some more ancient cool stuff. I doubt it would surprise anyone who reads this that I am all about the Asian history, and the other night they covered, ancient Chinese tech on Ancient Discoveries. )
kaitou: (Avatar)
As much as I would love this episode to cover Gerard Butler, Leonidas and the 300 Spartans. This episode of Ancient Discoveries handles the Siege of Troy. )
kaitou: (monkeys)
I think the people at Interesting thing of the Day were watching the History channel too. Water clocks are apparently where it's at.

Also a big Happy Birthday to [livejournal.com profile] generalmanda! May you have a wonderful year of pirate joy.

Poodles!

Mar. 20th, 2007 10:13 pm
kaitou: (the path that rocks)
Ok...no poodles. I've just been reading too much Project Rungay . But! I have decided to do my own sort of reality television commentary. Only, I'll be doing the History Channel's Ancient Discoveries, and The Discovery Channel's Mythbusters. It's a good way to collect plot bunnies for future reference. I have a notebook where I keep wikipedia articles and newspaper clippings for odd little bits of information like this...and this. So this is really what would just go in my notebook, but I thought I would share...

Ancient Computers )

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