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甲骨文里面的气象预测

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《甲骨文合集》里面有一块编号19780的牛胛骨是这么写的:

丙辰卜,丁巳其阴乎?允阴。

这一句释文的白话大概可以是这样:在第53天问卜:明天是阴天吗?果然,第54天是阴天。



当被问到明天会不会是阴天,问卜者会把问题,也就是:

"丙辰卜,丁巳其阴乎"

刻在牛肩胛骨上,把胛骨拿去火烤,然后再分析火烤后骨上出现的裂纹,以此推算出明天的天气。

两千年的商朝人就是这样作天气预测的。现代人固然会用复杂的偏微分方程来描述并预测天气,但是用其数学模型计算的结果也未必准确。这是因为大气动力学是混沌数学的一种。

God can take away what He has given us, and He can give us what He has taken away

Usually God and Satan don’t talk to each other, but in Chapter 1 of Job, they actually had a dialogue on a rich man named Job.

God: Do you know Mr. Job? I tell you what, this guy is a good man, and he really loves me and won’t do anything evil. (1:8)

Satan: Serious ah? I don’t believe you. If you take away all his monies and properties, he will surely hate you. (1:9-11)

God: Well, you can try and see. You can kill everything under his name, his sheep, his camels, his children… But make sure you don’t kill him. (1:12)

At the end of the conversation, Satan varnished without saying anything and proceeded with the experiment suggested. God predicted Job’s response correctly after all his flocks and children were killed, for he didn’t get angry at all. Instead, he uttered his famous words: “Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither; the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord (1:21)”.

In Chapter 2 of Job. God initiated a conver…

Destruction of Greek Civilization by Fundamentalist Christians

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Fundamentalist Abrahamism is notorious for its intolerance for other civilizations and cultures. A recent example is the detonation of the Buddhas of Bamyan by the Taliban government in 2001. Their leader, a fundamentalist idiot named Mullah Mohammed Omar believes that such statues are unislamic and must be destroyed.

About 1700 years ago, the fundamentalist Christians behaved just the same like the Talibans. The evil things they did to the Greek religion and culture is chronicled in "Demolish Them...", a book written by Vlasis Rassias.



Just to give you a taste of their montrous act, read this: In the year 415 in Alexandria, Egypt, a beautiful mathematician named Hypatia was kidnaped by a mob ordered by the bishop Cyrillus. Hypatia was stripped naked by the Christian monks and dragged her to the Caesareum Church, where she was hacked into pieces. Hypatia's body pieces were then paraded by the Christian mob through the streets of Alexandria, and were finally burned together…

On the Birthdate of the Little Nyonya

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Little Nyonya (小娘惹) is one of the very fine Chinese language drama produced by MediaCorp Singapore in the past few decades. Its average audience measurement of about 1 million over the one month it was broadcast is a direct evidence of the quality and popularity of the drama.

Because it was suppose to be a serious drama, some people are taking this drama very seriously.

One of the "loophole" mentioned in Wikipedia concerns Yamamoto Yueniang (山本月娘)'s birthdate. It is claimed that: "Yueniang's age was also subjected to some inconsistencies. When Juxiang sought an old man's help in writing her daughter's time of birth, the man wrote "甲子年八月十五出生” which indicates a date in 1924. Yueniang was said to be 70 years old in present day, but she would be 84 years old if she was born in 1924.[5] Too, she stated that 1942 is the time where the Japanese occupied Singapore and she was eight (meaning she was born in 1934)."

This claim, however, as pointed out by…