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#1 Dec 30 2011 at 11:25 AM Rating: Excellent
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This is pretty awesome (especially to a history nerd like me)

A few years ago they discovered a way to play back some French recordings from the 1860s in the form of "phonautograms". They weren't actually created with the intention of being played back but were made to visually record what different accents looked like..
But they actually were able to recreate the sounds and they were able to clean them up to where you can hear the voices of people from 1860:

http://www.firstsounds.org/sounds/scott.php

..so NOW they've recently figured out how to play a slew of other recordings from the 1880s. Now these were meant to be played back but apparently they have hundreds of discs and cylinders that they can convert now. The problem in the past was trying to play them without damaging them.

http://bio16p.lbl.gov/


I still can't decide if this is as cool as the Edison films from the 1800s
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/edhtml/edmvchrn.html
but if not it's up there.

Edited, Dec 30th 2011 12:27pm by Kelvyquayo
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#2 Dec 30 2011 at 5:49 PM Rating: Good
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Very cool. If it is not a hoax, like the Mayan ruins in Georgia.
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#3 Dec 30 2011 at 7:03 PM Rating: Excellent
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Jonwin wrote:
Very cool. If it is not a hoax, like the Mayan ruins in Georgia.


That wasn't so much a hoax as it was someone attempting to bypass all the traditional peer reviewed methods of publishing because the story was full of more holes than swiss cheese. And all the actual paleontologists going WHOA WHOA WHOA as a result.

I've been to Brasstown Bald enough, and hiked through the areas where the ruins are, that I actually could have believed it. I've had what can only be described as a spiritual experience on top of that mountain (although I think it had more to do with the lack of oxygen than anything else.) I am disappoint.
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catwho wrote:
Jonwin wrote:
Very cool. If it is not a hoax, like the Mayan ruins in Georgia.


That wasn't so much a hoax as it was someone attempting to bypass all the traditional peer reviewed methods of publishing because the story was full of more holes than swiss cheese. And all the actual paleontologists going WHOA WHOA WHOA as a result.

I've been to Brasstown Bald enough, and hiked through the areas where the ruins are, that I actually could have believed it. I've had what can only be described as a spiritual experience on top of that mountain (although I think it had more to do with the lack of oxygen than anything else.) I am disappoint.


I think it probably can be described as something else.
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#5 Dec 31 2011 at 11:14 AM Rating: Good
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Maybe they were all wrong and there are Georgian ruins in Central America..Smiley: eek
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#6 Jan 03 2012 at 7:57 AM Rating: Decent
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catwho wrote:
Jonwin wrote:
Very cool. If it is not a hoax, like the Mayan ruins in Georgia.


That wasn't so much a hoax as it was someone attempting to bypass all the traditional peer reviewed methods of publishing because the story was full of more holes than swiss cheese. And all the actual paleontologists going WHOA WHOA WHOA as a result.

I've been to Brasstown Bald enough, and hiked through the areas where the ruins are, that I actually could have believed it. I've had what can only be described as a spiritual experience on top of that mountain (although I think it had more to do with the lack of oxygen than anything else.) I am disappoint.


I think it probably can be described as something else.


Like a hoax?
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#7 Jan 03 2012 at 9:39 AM Rating: Decent
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Not a hoax; simply misidentified. Thousand-year-old ruins are still thousand-year-old ruins, regardless of who made them. the Mayans weren't the only indigenous peoples stacking blocks over here.
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#8 Jan 05 2012 at 2:25 AM Rating: Decent
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I always thought about what it might be like 6,000 years from now what people (if there are still people) might do to attempt to open and read files on our current technology.

Like:

"What is this?"

"They called that a 'USB drive'."

"Why, there's nothing but a few terabytes of **** on here..."
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Hmm Brasstown Bald is only two hours from here. I might have to check it out sometime (for the giggles of course).

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Hmm Brasstown Bald is only two hours from here. I might have to check it out sometime (for the giggles of course).



Wait until the spring thaw in a few months. They don't bother to snowplow that road and the park is closed during winter.

It's actually great in the summer - the mountain never gets higher than 80F even on the hottest GA days. We have picnics up there all the time. The 1/2 mile hike is "moderate" in difficulty; it would be considered moderately strenuous except it's fully paved and has plenty of rest benches on the way up. There's a nice museum with a breathtaking view from the observation tower. Parking fee is like $5 (it's a federal park so the Georgia ParkPass won't work.)
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I can't understand anyone who skips the cutscenes of a Final Fantasy game. That's like going to Texas and not getting barbecue.

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I might check it out when I go visit family in GA this summer. Probably a little drive from ATL but I think my Mom would love that and if it's cooler then my WI *** is all over that.
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From ATL: Take I-85 N then just drive up 441 til you see the signs for Helen, during spring or summer. (Don't drive through Helen in late September through Thanksgiving. They do the whole Oktoberfest thing and it's 1 mile an hour through town. Use Google to plot an alternate route through Dahlonega or something. I learned this the hard way.) After Helen, just follow the signs to 81 Spur.



Edited, Jan 5th 2012 3:10pm by catwho
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I can't understand anyone who skips the cutscenes of a Final Fantasy game. That's like going to Texas and not getting barbecue.

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