Saturday, January 6, 2018

Ancient Inscriptions CD-ROM for sale

Ancient Inscriptions Enhanced Edition

As seen here from the Biblical Archeology Society store: 

As can be seen, the Unit Price is $59.95. If you are interested in this excellent product, then please email me or leave a comment. It is brand new and still in its original shrink wrap.

Detailed Description

Here is the sweeping story of humans learning to capture their thoughts in writing, to record their awe before God and monarchs, and to preserve their everyday transactions as well as their fundamental documents. With 297 maps, color images and drawings, accompanied by captions written by Professor P. Kyle McCarter of Johns Hopkins University, Ancient Inscriptions: Voices from the Biblical World, Enhanced Edition is a unique tool for scholars, teachers and laypeople who are fascinated by the ultimate human artifact: the words of our ancient ancestors.

Captions by Professor P. Kyle McCarter of Johns Hopkins University

  • The History and Decipherment of Cuneiform
  • Mesopotamian Inscriptions
  • The History and Decipherment of Egyptian Hieroglyphics
  • Egyptian Inscriptions
  • The Early Development of the Alphabet
  • Israel’s Iron Age Neighbors
  • Hebrew Inscriptions
  • Inscriptions from the Persian, Hellenistic and Roman Periods
  • Inscriptions from Early Synagogues and Churches
  • Stamps, Seals and Bullae Coins
  • Scrolls and Manuscripts

CD-ROM Features:
  • 297 images total
  • Classroom presentation quality
  • Ability to create your own slideshows (optimized for a projector running a 1024 x 768 display)
  • Ability to copy and paste into documents
  • Lengthy captions written and edited by noted scholars

  • Behistun Inscription of Darius the Great
  • Sumerian King List
  • Historical Text from Ebla
  • Amarna Letter from the King of Cyprus to the King of Egypt
  • Gilgamesh Fragment from Megiddo
  • Black Obelisk of Shalmaneser III
  • Cyrus Cylinder
  • Rosetta Stone
  • Narmer Pallette
  • Beth-shan Stela of Seti I
  • Israel Stela of Merneptah
  • Egyptian-Hittite Treaty, Karnak
  • Book of the Dead
  • Gezer Sherd
  • Keret Epic from Ugarit
  • Nora Stone
  • Tel Dan Stela
  • Moabite Stone
  • Samaria Ostracon
  • Two-Line Blessing from Kuntillet ’Ajrud
  • Pomegranate Scepter Head
  • Royal Steward Inscription
  • Inscription of Pontius Pilate from Caesarea
  • Ossuary of Caiaphas
  • Roster of "God-Fearers" from Aphrodisias
  • Nea Church Inscription
  • Sealing Ring of "Hanan son of Hilkiah the Priest"
  • Dated Coin of Herod the Great
  • Nash Papyrus
  • Unorthodox Psalms Scroll from Qumran Cave II
  • Gospel of Thomas from Nag Hammadi

System Requirements:

  • Windows:
    Minimum Win98, Pentium II or later with 64 MB RAM
  • Macintosh:
    Minimum Power Macintosh G3 running OS 10.1.5 or later with 128 MB RAM

Two screen shots:

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Why You're Wrong About Star Wars: The Last Jedi

If you were left bewildered about the latest episode of the Star Wars saga like I was, this may be instructive:

Monday, December 11, 2017

Star Wars posters for sale

I am offering the following Star Wars posters:

Star Wars – The Last Jedi poster is 13” x 19.”
Star Wars – Rogue One: four (4) 14” x 10” posters in an attractive movie-themed folder, all emblazoned with “Exclusive Commemorative Lithograph” in silver.

One of them is Darth Vader in his castle approaching Krennic.

Own these exciting pieces of Star Wars history now!

  • Technical details about The Last Jedi poster: printed on 111# weight paper, Topkote Cover with a dull AQ.
  • The Rogue One posters are also high-quality.

If you're interested please email me or leave a comment with your email.

Friday, October 27, 2017

What you didn’t know about The Force Awakens

The movie began in Tuanul, one of Jakku’s sacred villages, with a meeting with Lor San Tekka. He and alien Ilco Munica, seen being led away by Stormtroopers, were adherents of the once-banned Church of the Force communing in the village. As the First Order was opposed to the Church of the Force as the Empire was, the villagers put up stiff resistance to their invasion. Thus the First Order destroyed the village for supporting that church and for their resistance.

Important data on the First Order’s Starkiller Base was revealed on November 15, 2016:
“Starkiller Base was once a little-known planet rich in energy-focusing kyber crystals, some of which were used for the Death Stars’ superlasers.”
This description matches well with the secretive Jedi planet Ilum, a planet rich in energy-focusing kyber crystals that the Jedi mined for their lightsabers. The Empire also heavily mined Ilum for its kyber crystals, going so far as to expose its core.

Thus, if the Ilum kyber crystals went into the Death Stars, then this would seem to identify this mysterious Starkiller Base planet as Ilum.

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Monday, September 18, 2017

What happened to the iPhone 9?

Apple just announced its iPhone X. It’s the new flagship iPhone that will be released in November, weeks after the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus go on sale on September 23rd. Apple says you’re supposed to pronounce the iPhone X as “iPhone ten,” and it’s designed to mark 10 years of the iPhone. While the iPhone 8 is an iPhone 7S in all but name, the number jump across all the new iPhone models means we’re now officially missing an iPhone 9.

The iPhone X naming helps position the device above the regular iPhone 8 without explicitly labeling it “iPhone 10,” because most people are simply going to call it the iPhone X and not pronounce it as iPhone ten. Apple knows this, and the company only uses the X logo in its promotional materials. Jony Ive says “iPhone ten” in the company’s keynote video, but I’d be surprised if we hear Apple explicitly call it the iPhone ten on a regular basis.

This subtle difference makes it clear it’s a special edition iPhone, and not an iPhone 10 that’s going to make people think they’re not getting the latest iPhone if they go for the iPhone 8. Let’s face it, the iPhone X is the device people will want, but most will go for the iPhone 8 simply because the X is priced so high.

Microsoft did a similar trick for its Windows 10 naming. The software giant skipped Windows 9 and went straight to Windows 10, but Microsoft did this primarily to encourage Windows 7 users to upgrade. Looking at your PC and seeing Windows 7 when there’s a Windows 10 version out makes it seem all that much older, and it’s a marketing trick that helped promote free upgrades. Apple’s subtle trick does mean that next year’s iPhone names are going to get really interesting. Will we see the iPhone 8S, an iPhone 9, or an iPhone XS? Let the guessing games begin.


Thursday, September 7, 2017

5 iPhone Myths You Should Ignore

Though smartphones are a relatively new technology, there is already a handful of myths surrounding their use. Yes, most of them deal with battery life, and for the most part, smartphone myths are completely untrue.

5 Wireless Connections Are Power-Hogs

Once upon a time, connectivity options like Bluetooth did lead to a drop in overall battery life. But newer devices have better Bluetooth standards. As of Bluetooth 4.0, there is a Low Energy module that has lowered Bluetooth power consumption by half or more. On a similar note, an iPhone connected to Wi-Fi will actually use significantly less energy than one connected solely to LTE. The only exception is if your iPhone is actively “searching” for local Wi-Fi networks. So you don’t have to be obsessive about checking your connectivity constantly.

4 Rice Fixes Water Damage

Dropping a device into water is a nightmare scenario for many people, so it makes sense that users will search for quick fixes. Putting your phone in uncooked rice is one method that’s almost universally recommended. But does it work? Unfortunately, the evidence points to no. In fact, it could actually make your situation worse by speeding up corrosion due to the starches and residue in the uncooked grain. Your best bet is to take your device in for repairs, or worst case, just let it air dry on a shelf or table.

3 You Should Drain a Battery Before Charging It

This is another myth that, at one point in time, may have had some basis in truth. But modern-day lithium-ion batteries don’t need to be drained before being recharged. In fact, it’s probably better to charge your phone from whatever point it’s at rather than wait until it’s dead. If you wait until the battery is completely drained, you run the risk of stressing the battery, and going through the battery’s charge cycles quicker. Just charge your phone when it needs to be charged and you should be okay.

2 You Should Close Out of Your Apps

Many iPhone users make a habit of closing out active apps in iOS’s app switcher to save battery life — but, in reality, it’s not doing them any good. In fact, closing an app actually decreases your battery life, since iOS will need to use up resources and memory to reopen the app later. In many cases, it can use more battery than if the app had just been opened the whole time. On a similar note, closing out apps doesn’t actually speed up your device significantly, as an iPhone manages its RAM usage efficiently already.

1 Charging Overnight Is Dangerous

This is related to other “overcharging myths,” and is similarly untrue. Leaving your phone charging all night is completely safe, as long as you follow some easy tips. It won’t kill your battery’s overall lifespan. More than that, most modern smartphones have tech to reduce energy draw once they’re fully charged. Something that’s more important to keep in mind is your device’s temperature when it’s charging. So keep it cool on your bedside table instead smothered under your pillow or blanket.


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Separated at birth?

Both characters are from the Star Wars universe: The Son on the left and the Grand Inquisitor on the right. Both were also dark-side Force users, and both also died by Jedi lightsabers.

Son: First appeared in the Clone Wars.

Grand Inquisitor: First appeared in Star Wars Rebels.

<<<Speculation Below>>>
The Son was not a Sith but was simply a dark-side Force user. Anakin Skywalker killed him with a single impalement of his lightsaber after the Son's Father began to die. When the Father died, his body vanished. Not so with the Son's, but neither with the Daughter's either for that matter. Then the area began to collapse with falling debris as soon as the Father vanished, and Anakin was not able to confirm the Son's death too due to suddenly reappearing on his ship. (It's always good to double-check a bad guy's death!) Thus, my speculation is that the Son survived much like Darth Maul survived being cut in half, and returned much later in Episode VII to be the villainous, zombie-like Snoke, also not a Sith  but merely a dark-side Force user. The more you look at the two, the more they look alike!

Update: This speculation was fun, but I think this is another case of "separated at birth." While they do look similar and have similar backgrounds, the Son hailed from Mortis in Wild Space, a region "south" of the "southern" Outer Rim, whereas Snoke hailed from the "western" Unknown Regions of the galaxy. It's too different. So we'll have to see what the Star Wars gurus have up their sleeves for Snoke's mysterious origin. [9/18/2017]