I am currently taking a class on the Languages
and Writing Systems of Anatolia, focusing on the ancient Hittites and some of their neighbors and
successors in the region. One of our readings was Alfonso Archi, “When Did the Hittites Begin to Write in
Hittite?” in Pax Hethitica: Studies
on the Hittites and their Neighbours in Honour of Itamar Singer. On p. 39 I read:
The words of the Tabarna, the Great King, are of iron. They are not to
be thrust aside, not to be thrust aside, not to be broken. He who changes (them) his head will be cut off
German scientists invent working teleporter, of sorts
An object at one end of the system is milled down layer-by-layer, creating a scan per layer which is then transmitted through an encrypted communication to a 3D printer. The printer then replicates the original object layer by layer, effectively teleporting an object from one place to another.
This morning in Church it was my turn to read the lesson from the Hebrew scriptures, about Joseph being sold to the Ishmaelites for 20 pieces of Silver (Genesis 37). I also read the assigned part
of Psalm 105, where this story also comes up.
||He sent a man before them, *
Joseph, who was sold as a slave.
||They bruised his feet in fetters; *
his neck they put in an iron collar.
I saw the phrase “iron collar” and my mind immediately went “Anachronism!”. Continue reading