Friday Links

I'd be grinning too if I were floating in space

In case you haven’t heard: Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, has died. She was 61.

I liked calculus *before* it got all mainstream.

Why is computer programming so hard for a lot of people? Maybe the people who write books about it aren’t helping

respect mah beardz RESPEK IT

PvP gets a double link this week for delivering two great comics.


SMBC offers its opinion on robotic souls with its customary aplomb. Also, “aplomb” is a fun word.

where mah beards at :(

Not sure if I’ve linked to Buttersafe before, but it’s pretty rad on occasion. Also, nobody says “rad” anymore.

Have an excellent week!

4 responses to “Friday Links

  1. All right, so now I have some sources on Egyptian brain surgery. Turns out its not as advanced as I had thought it was, but it’s still incredibly advanced for this period.

    Here’s pasted directly from my notes. My sources are online articles my IB mentor found on a webiste called PubMed. She sent me the actual files she found too, which is good because I couldn’t get the website to work. I’ll e-mail them to you if you give me your e-mail, in case you want to look at my sources. maybe you’ll find something in the articles that I missed.
    (P.S. I’m not actually sure that’s where she got the articles. The website could hold totally different info).

    • Splint treatment was known to Egyptians as early as 2,730 B.C.
    • Egyptian were also using correct treatments for bone fractures for many years, as well as for dislocated bones. There is a papyrus dating back to 1700 B.C. describing the correct treatment for several types of broken bones (I think)
    • Egyptian mummification techniques is what taught us to perform surgery to the brain using the transsphenoidal technique.
    • The Edwin Smith papyrus describes in great detail many types of spinal and cranial wound, as well as the effects that the wound takes upon whoever received it.
    • In the Ebers papyrus, 12 prescriptions for the treatment of headaches and migraines were presented. Migraine was called “half of the head” and was considered to be a special entity, thus requiring special treatment (5). Rogers presented two cases of intracranial meningiomas found in ancient Egyptian skulls.
    (Pasted from “Neurosurgery in Egypt: Past, present, and future: From pyramids to Radiosurgery, by Sayed El Gindi). In the process of mummification, the brain was drawn from the nostril by using the same approach that is now used for transsphenoidal removal of pituitary adenomas
    • There have been depictions of both neurosurgical operations and amputations found in Ancient Egypt that were made in 1500 B.C.
    • Egyptians used local anesthesia made from marble and vinegar.
    • Skulls with healed head injuries have been found from 6,000 years ago in Egypt.
    • By the time Imotehp was vizier of Egypt, there was a well established medical system (2500 B.C.)

    Orthopaedic and Traumic skeletal lesions in Ancient Egyptians, by Phillip Salib. (Article)

    Neurosurgery in Egypt: Past, present, and future: From pyramids to radiosurgery, By Sayed el Gindi (Article)

  2. Well, I’ll be posting one new list of notes each day, relating to one topic. These will only be things I have from at least one or two reliable sources, preferably three. tomorrow I’ll post something about a site near Yonaguni, Japan.

  3. • Terraced, man made structure
    • Extensive amounts of surveying, sampling, and measuring by professor Masaaki Kimura, Marine seismologist at University of Rykyus show that the structure was hewn out of solid bedrock when the site was still above water. This would indicate that the structure was created around 10,000 years ago, or even earlier. That’s 5,000 years older than the stone structures of Mesopotamia, ‘oldest’ structures in the world.
    • The first anomalous structure is called Iseki point by local divers. At a depth of about 18 meters, in its southern face, a seemingly terraced mountain with very flat faces and perfect right angles have been cut into the rock (Because the odds of this occurring naturally are so low, they’re barely even worth considering). There are 2 huge parallel blocks weighing approximately 30 tons each have been placed in the northwest corner. At the top of the structure is what appears to be a crudely carved image of a turtle.
    • At the base of the monument is a clearly defined stone paved path oriented eastward. If the path is followed for a few hundred meters there is a rounded 2 ton boulder on a carved ledge at the center of a stone platform.
    • Two Kilometers west of Iseki point is the ‘palace.’ An underwater passageway leads into a spacious chamber with megalithic walls and a ceiling. The southern end holds a tall, lintelled doorway. This leads to a rock hewn vertical shaft that emerges outside of the roof. Nearby a flat rock bears a pattern of deep grooves.
    • Two kilometers east of Iseki point is ‘the standing stone god.’ a natural pinnacle of black rock that starts 18 meters underwater and soars out of the sea. At its base there is also a small horizontal tunnel that runs perfectly straight and emerges amidst a scatter of rocks with clean cut edges. The tunnel is large enough to fit a diver in, although it’s a bit of a tight fit.
    • A short ways southeast is what looks like a ceremonial complex carved out of stone. There is a monument in the center which has an image carved into the rock. The image looks like some sort of gigantic anthropoid face with two clearly marked eyes.

    Problems with this as evidence: Again, Seismic activity could have simply sank this structure, or various other works of Nature. Unlikely, but possible.

    Source: Graham Hancock, Underworld

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