Is Google Going To Take Out Second Life?

September 29th, 2007 | researchmaterial

Whoa:

Google is thought to be set to trial an online virtual universe based on its popular satellite imagery software that would rival Second Life.

Arizona State University students are to be given the opportunity to test a new product “that will be publicly launched later this year”.

An announcement by the university, which already has significant ties with Google, said that the project was being developed by a ?major internet company? and contained hints that it would include features related to 3D-modelling and video gaming ? two possible components of a new virtual world.


The Devil’s Bible

September 29th, 2007 | researchmaterial

I’d never heard of this before:

Codex Gigas, also known as the Devil’s Bible ? a medieval manuscript said to have been written 800 years ago with the devil’s help ? has returned to Prague after an absence of 359 years.

The priceless piece, considered the biggest medieval book, was taken from the Prague Castle by Swedish troops at the end of the Thirty Years’ War in 1648. It is in Prague on loan from Sweden’s Royal Library in Stockholm. It was put on display under high security at the Czech National Library.

According to myth, a Benedictine monk promised to write the book overnight to atone for his sins. When he realized the task was impossible, he asked the devil for help.

The manuscript was likely written by one monk from the Benedictine monastery in Podlazice located some 100 kilometers (65 miles) east of Prague sometime at the beginning of the 13th century, said Zdenek Uhlir, a specialist on medieval manuscripts at the National Library.

It contains “a sum of the Benedictine order’s knowledge” of the time, including the Old and New Testament, “The War of the Jews” by the first-century historian Josephus Flavius, a list of saints, or a guideline how to determine the date of Easter, Uhlir said.

“I would estimate it took him between 10 and 12 years to write,” he said about the piece, which weighs 75 kilograms (165 pounds).


I Love The Red Bull People

September 28th, 2007 | brainjuice

Raining too relentlessly to leave the house: fail condition. No Red Bull for daddy. But wait! Open the door, find four pallets of Red Bull left on the porch by The Red Bull Company: Victory Condition!