Interesting show on Nova last night about a project to build a ship based on
engravings and models from ancient Egyptian tombs and temples. Barefoot
guys working enormous Douglas Fir beams with adzes is quite a sight,
presumably the Egyptian version of OSHA is fairly mellow. Those with
philosophical objections to PBS can skip it.
"A magnificent trading vessel embarks on a royal expedition to a mysterious,
treasure-laden land called Punt. Is this journey, intricately depicted on
the wall of one of Egypt's most impressive temples, mere myth—or was it a
reality? NOVA travels to the legendary temple, built some 3,500 years ago
for the celebrated female pharaoh Hatshepsut, in search of answers to this
tantalizing archeological mystery. Did Punt exist and, if so, where was it?
Did the ancient Egyptians, who built elaborate barges to sail down the Nile,
also have the expertise to embark on a long sea voyage? NOVA follows a team
of archeologists and boat builders as they reconstruct the mighty vessel
shown on the mysterious carving and then finally launch it on the Red Sea on
a unique voyage of discovery."
It's always fun to contemplate how life, as we know it, is circling
the drain, but we can still find a few million dollars and a few
thousand man hours to waste on a ship mankind figured out four
thousand years ago. Apparently, it didn't contribute to solving any
of our current problems then, but let's try it again. That's some
real forward thinking.
I would guess (and feel pretty confident about it!) that I know.
I have a neighbor that chains his dog to a tree about 23 hours a day.
The dog cares NOTHING about anything that doesn't immediately affect/
benefit his life at that exact moment.
Eat, sleep, crap, and lick his naughty bits for fun.
All give him immediate satisfaction, and seem to make his day a lot
He cares nothing for anything that doesn't immediately concern him.
The parallels just seem too obvious to me to think I am wrong.
Knowing something is wrong is different than knowing what is right -
particularly when you're planning for the future. Betterment of the
species, right? Stronger species - that requires culling, which we
already do, but in a more socially accepted way. I'm not talking
about abortion, either, and I'm looking at this in a strict, rationale
way, but cutting out the 'deadwood' is what nature does already, so
shouldn't we be saving resources and allocating them where they make
the most sense? Then you run into morals, sentiments, religious
beliefs, and that just muddies the water and makes a lot of viewpoints
make some sense with no clear direction to go. So how does anyone
know what is better for the species? We're making the choices, but
our choices and priorities, our skills, everything changes over time.
What makes our current choices more than subjective, marginally
effective moves towards an indeterminate goal?
What? You've given up the first three for art? Neat trick! And I
love your characterization of the parts of the natural anatomy as
"naughty bits". No doubt you've made it high on the reigning
Truth be told, if I could lick my balls, I'd be even more personally
pre-occupied than I already am. ;)
The best documentaries on television--bar none--on aired on the PBS show
Frontline. Nova is the best science show you're going to find. New Yankee
Workshop (now sadly ended) and This Old House are worth the cost of a
donation all by themselves. PBS has been responsible for some of the best
television produced in America, even the goofs from the commercial networks
will admit that if you get a couple of beers into them. Loser organization?
Not even close.
Some excellent programs [Nature (with George Page, RIP), Nova, Roy
Underhill ;] and some good ones [TOH, NYW] came out of PBSs otherwise
lackluster, politically-correct, extremely liberal programming.
Those (5% good) programs could have stood on their own, bringing in
any necessary funding. The others (95% bad) can't, and that's why PBS
It's loser admin, not org.
Experience is a good teacher, but she send in terrific bills.
-- Minna Thomas Antrim
Yeah, good point, we might as well shut down all the museums too, and for
sure scrap the arts--who needs music or literature or history to actually
live? Of course that means the fancy woodworking some folks are into would
go as well, lah-de-dah inlays and dovetails and what not are just a big
waste of time and money when we have machines that can punch out
particle-board furniture by the truckload.
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