A very interesting piece of information was revealed on last Sunday’s episode of Derek Mooney’s “Secrets of the Irish Landscape” *. It seems that there was something of a global deluge around 2350 BC. Soil records from Ireland around this time show that farming activity stopped and tree ring records show abysmal growth for around 20 years. It is also reflected in written accounts from China and other disparate locations around the world.
The interesting bit, however, is that a Catholic bishop attempted to date the origin of the world by adding up ages of people in the Bible. In doing this, he determined that the Flood was around 2349 BC! So, the story of Noah’s Ark was rooted in fact. Who’d have thought?
This could also be used as an argument against the case that Climate Change is caused by human activity.
*This link will not work after Sunday June 2 (and may not work at all if you are outside of Ireland, but I’m not sure).
Also, I’d just like to note that Animaniacs has returned to the RTÃ‰ 2 schedule and, in doing so, has proven that I’m not going insane. The copyright notice on RTÃ‰’s showings is indeed different from that on the DVD. As for why on Earth they would change it, I don’t know.
Well, wasn’t I pleased to see Half-Life 2 and its episodes show up in Beta form on my “Linux Games” list? From now on, I need never boot up Windows again! Well, okay, that’s an exaggeration, I’ll still need it for coding games and playing Portal 2 for the moment, but anyway! Portal 2 definitely can’t be far off now!
I’m not sure if this means that the HL2 games are now on a newer engine version, and if so whether that means more or fewer bugs. I’m not going to test it straight away.
Also, for those who have not yet checked them out, I have decided to post my YouTube videos on nuclear physics right here:
They cover protons, neutrons and the nuclei of the first three isotopes of hydrogen.
I just found out that Portal 1 seems to have been moved to SteamPipe, and therefore received a GNU/Linux port. This means that Aperture Ireland is closer to having a more efficient install mechanism and the Content Porter is closer to having a more viable replacement. Just a small bit of good news!
EDIT (Two days later): I see L4D2 seems to have made the transition now as well. Portal 2 can’t be far off so!