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(News Daily)   Pound pastrami, can kraut, six bagels--bring home for Emma   (newsdaily.com) divider line 29
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2013-07-13 09:22:18 AM  
Nice headline +1 subby.
 
2013-07-13 02:18:41 PM  
Beate Leibowitz, ora pro me!
 
2013-07-13 02:20:02 PM  
I'm glad China is finally getting in to the archaeology game. I wouldn't be surprised if some of their artifacts predate a lot of things found in Mesopotamia.

I would also like then to make a Total War: China.
 
2013-07-13 02:20:29 PM  
One of my favorite books. They make noise about a movie, but it never seems to get off the runway.
 
2013-07-13 02:22:38 PM  
Emily had a gold tooth
 
2013-07-13 02:23:20 PM  
Translation:

Sharp Edge
Use Extreme Caution
 
2013-07-13 02:23:46 PM  
+1, dude. Been a while since I saw a good literary reference in a headline.
/You old booklegger, you.
 
2013-07-13 02:26:27 PM  
Rosebud
Henri
With mustard
 
2013-07-13 02:30:43 PM  

Thrag: Rosebud
Henri
With mustard


Ah, back when they were still capable of being funny!
 
2013-07-13 02:31:26 PM  
Headline is opaque to me, it looks like a shopping list.

The chinese character on the ax head, on the other hand,  appears to be a series of random scratches that i would have made with a pen knife into a wooden desk in my heady days of youth.

Oh wait: FTA

The six characters are arranged in a line, and three of them resemble the modern Chinese character for human beings. Each shape has two to five strokes.

"If five to six of them are strung together like a sentence, they are no longer symbols but words," said Cao Jinyan, a scholar on ancient writing at Hangzhou-based Zhejiang University. He said the markings should be considered hieroglyphics.


Ahh, yes. Another wonderful archaeology article where they don't show us the picture of the artifact in question.
 
2013-07-13 02:33:21 PM  

crozzo: One of my favorite books. They make noise about a movie, but it never seems to get off the runway.


Can you imagine how many ways they could screw it up though?
 
2013-07-13 02:39:33 PM  

Fool_Marquis: Headline is opaque to me, it looks like a shopping list.


I didn't get it, either, but then I'd rather learn than complain.
 
2013-07-13 02:41:59 PM  
Subby gets beatified for that header.
 
2013-07-13 02:42:46 PM  
When I was working in China, I was talking about some political difference China had with the US with a local coworker. Then he was like, "You Americans, your culture is only 200 years old, Us Chinese have 3000 years."

My impassioned response was [shrugging shoulders] "Meh."
 
2013-07-13 02:44:46 PM  
Awesome. One of my favorite books. Too bad the author didn't do much else.
 
2013-07-13 02:56:51 PM  
Just wait until they find the With Transistor Controlled System of Units 6-D.
 
2013-07-13 03:01:50 PM  
It looks Greek to me.
 
2013-07-13 03:12:16 PM  
Awesome reference subby! Didn't get it till I clicked the link and it dawned on me that it was the note from Canticle for Leibowitz. It was required reading at the Jesuit school I went to, excellete book!
 
2013-07-13 03:18:35 PM  

Fool_Marquis: The six characters are arranged in a line, and three of them resemble the modern Chinese character for human beings. Each shape has two to five strokes.

"If five to six of them are strung together like a sentence, they are no longer symbols but words," said Cao Jinyan, a scholar on ancient writing at Hangzhou-based Zhejiang University. He said the markings should be considered hieroglyphics.


I just love archaeologists.  Only science in the world that expects its practitioners to speculate wildly as a matter of course.
 
2013-07-13 03:27:41 PM  
For those who don't get the reference, look into Walter Miller, Jr.'s book  A Canticle for Leibowitz. It's really an excellent book, and it's aged a hell of a lot better than most other early-Cold-War post-apocalyptic sci-fi. In fact, it's earned the coveted  semiotix Seal of Approval, which I bestow here:

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...and which I will get around to making one of these days.
 
2013-07-13 03:32:34 PM  
I'm guessing that any set of random scratchings resemble some Chinese glyph.
 
2013-07-13 04:09:52 PM  

crozzo: One of my favorite books. They make noise about a movie, but it never seems to get off the runway.


It's one of the rare books that  could be filmed that I hope never is. I mean, there's no reason it couldn't be very well done, but then again there's no reason it necessarily  would be well done, and even if it were I don't think it could improve on the book.

But then I would have been one of the people burning those books, or at best one of the monks who wanted to preserve them by NEVER EVER EVER opening the barrels they were stored in, so what do I know.
 
2013-07-13 05:16:32 PM  
Brilliant headline, Subby. From my favorite book ever, which I don't happen to own at the moment because every time I buy it, I loan it to somebody and I never see it again.
 
2013-07-13 07:26:34 PM  
Another person with a +1 for subby. You get the Asaherus the Wandering Jew Award.
 
2013-07-13 10:20:06 PM  
Excellent headline and brimed03 snagged my comment.
 
2013-07-13 10:23:11 PM  
Sounds kosher
 
2013-07-14 07:14:57 AM  
Made in China
 
2013-07-14 10:12:32 AM  
Mrs. Emma;
 
2013-07-14 12:27:14 PM  

jasonvatch: Nice headline +1 subby.


This
 
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