Web advertising on a busy site must rake in a few pennies - I see RapidShare is now claiming 1PB of storage and 80Gbps bandwidth.
I suppose I see what they mean, but still, it caught me a bit by surprise to see, on the back of the bubble bath container last night, "suitable for vegetarians".. does this mean some bubble baths do contain, say, lard? (Cheaper than milk, one supposes)
Oh, if only this "Vista Transformation Pack" really did what it claimed.. that'd easily be worth firing up a Microsoft OS for. ^_^
I'm thoroughly enjoying the soundtrack to Brave Story, an anime feature released this year. It's largely orchestral, but with the score composed by Juno Reactor - it sounds surprisingly traditional, though, dipping into the positively classical with tracks like Juno Waltz, then steering into Gaelic melodies like A Wish For Each Other.
Ah, it's Christmas. ^_^ Here it is, along with an unrelated bonus of interest to anyone who enjoys Infected Mushroom or psytrance in general: Skazi: Animal, an outfit, like IM, also from Israel.
Here's a TV show I thought worth passing on - The Lost Gospel of Judas (46 min, 40MB). It's an interesting look into the early days of Christianity, wherein some thirty gospels existed, prior to an apparent culling by church leaders down to the four known today, on the basis of being the simplest to communicate. In this case, it's believed the Gnostics were responsible. The restoration of the manuscript is quite an achievement, as it had spent sixteen years sat unprotected in a Long Island bank deposit box. The sight of it, pre-restoration, may give bibiophiles palpitations - yet, with quite extreme care, they were indeed able to piece most of it back together, into a form where it could then be translated from Coptic.
Judas Iscariot is the apostle who betrayed Jesus Christ to the Romans, resulting in the crucifixion. The name Judas, which means 'Jew', has become so closely associated with treachery that it has fanned the flames of antisemitism for almost 2,000 years.
In 180AD, an early church father denounced as heretical a book that he referred to as 'The Gospel of Judas'. This claimed that Judas, far from betraying Jesus, was his closest collaborator. The document disappeared, apparently without trace, in the 2nd century. But an ancient papyrus manuscript has been discovered in the Nile Valley. Traded on the antiquities black market for 25 years, it could be the lost Gospel of Judas.
Now a team of experts sets out to restore the disintegrating manuscript and determine whether it is real or fake. This could be the most important discovery in Biblical archaeology in 60 years. Using Carbon14 dating techniques, the book is found to have been written at precisely the right time – around 300AD. The experts can decipher 85% of the text, which gives an unorthodox, mystical and joyful perspective on Jesus' relationship with Judas, who is his closest follower.
This Gospel belonged to a group of mystical early Christians called Gnostics, who believed that every human being contained the divine spark. In this version, Jesus says that the divine spark needs to be set free from the 'body which surrounds me'. The kiss which identifies Jesus to the Romans, which the orthodox version of the Bible interprets as betrayal, is portrayed in this version as an act of sacrifice. There is no crucifixion scene.
The Gnostic Christans were marginalised and eventually disappeared, but the text contained in the Gospel of Judas shows that there is another interpretation of the role of Judas Iscariot. And if the Gnostic version had survived, perhaps the world could have avoided the thread of antisemitism that has run through most incarnations of the Christian church since then.