Rethinking English, part 1

It is well known that English is a mess, mostly because of it’s diversified history, and the diverse people who have overrun England, coupled with the diverse peoples that the English have overrun.

The mess creates problems for kids growing up English and trying to learn the language, as well as people coming from other language and writing backgrounds. There is just so much that is inconsistent and does not make sense.

Some random examples:

1. 1 cow, 2 cows, 1 bull, 2 bulls, 1 ox, 2 oxen
2. 1 ram, 2 rams, 1 ewe, 2 ewes, 1 sheep, 2 sheep.
3. 1 shark, 2 sharks, 1 fish, 2 fish.
4. 1 rat, 2 rats, 1 mouse, 2 mice, 1 house, 2 houses.
5. 1 elephant, 2 elephants, 1 hippopotamus, 2 hippopotami.
6. same word, two meanings, e.g. stick, box, cleave.
7. same word, different tense depending on pronunciation: read.
8. same word, different meanings depending on pronunciation: minute.
9. concatenation vs. possession: it’s Jack’s.
10. same letters, different pronunciations: I thought it was tough, though.
11. silent letters: gnome, knife, herb. (but not as bad as French.)

I could go on but you get the point. But before we even get to vocabulary and grammar, we need to deal with the alphabet.

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The curious alignments of ancient monuments, part 1

While playing around and researching things, I came across a curious alignment of two sites. The first is the pyramids at Giza, the second is Göbekli Tepe in Turkey. Currently Göbekli Tepe is the oldest megalithic site discovered, and its discovery forced historians  to rewrite the history books and rethink their timeline for civilization. The site dates back to around 9000 BCE, which is long before the copper, bronze or iron ages, which would have provided some tools needed for building the monuments.

Here’s an overview of the area, with a line joining the two sites. This was done on Google Maps with satellite view. See disclaimer below re accuracy etc.

Overview showing pyramids and Göbekli Tepe

Here’s a close-up of the spot I picked at Göbekli Tepe. The site is still mostly underground, I just picked a spot that “seemed” important because of the layout. I suspect a better spot may be further left and yet to be discovered. You’ll see why in a moment.

Close-up of Göbekli Tepe


And now for the grand reveal (oh how I hate that Americanism)… the close up of the pyramids. I terminated the line at the centre of the smallest of the three pyramids.

Pyramids at Giza

An voila, the line goes right through the centre of the Great Pyramid. Which means that the three pyramids are effectively pointing straight towards Göbekli Tepe.

This is either an amazing coincidence, a fluke of how Google Maps joins points, or deliberate planning. In truth the line is slightly off-centre over the Great Pyramid, which is why I suggested that possibly a better spot at Göbekli Tepe will be slightly to the left.

DNA analysis of Egyptian mummies has revealed a strong middle-eastern/Turkish and even European influence, while more modern Egyptians have more African bloodlines. So it is possible that people living in the area of Göbekli Tepe migrated down to Egypt, and left clues as to where they came from.

I would like other people to repeat this exercise for confirmation. Also any issues with how Maps (or Google Earth) draws lines are welcome.


Somewhat overboard (PKB part 9)

Continues from Part 8

It’s been a while since I’ve posted any progress here. Despite that, things have not been standing still. Was actually rather shocked to see that it’s co-incidentally a whole year since my last post on the topic.

Much has happened. Following on some of the feedback received, I have done the following, this list is probably not in the timeline order, or importance order:

Now I need to insert “read more” here instead of after the first point below because those WordPress people broke WordPress again.!!!!!

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Facebook continues to get sillier

I notice that Facebook is now measuring “responsiveness” from companies… i.e. how long a company takes to respond to a message posted on that company’s Facebook page.

Which in principle I suppose is not a bad thing… but guess what their benchmark is? I quote:

“Turn on the icon by responding to 90% of messages with an average response time of 5 minutes.”

Do they seriously expect every company with a Facebook page to dedicate four or five (3 shifts plus weekends…) people to monitor their Facebook page 24/7? What on earth where they thinking? Continue reading