Actually, I always try to be an anonymous poster. I don't know who this "gwolf" is and why my messages always appear in his name. I think my browser has a cookie addiction.
Let me go look for my nerd card so I can turn it in
I am unsure on the precise meaning of your question. However, many independent cultures shared this image — Just as the Greeks had the underworld ruled by Hades (Zeus' older brother) and under the custody of Kerberos, the Summerians had Ereshkigal (Inanna's older sister)... But the Egyptians had the underworld ruled by Osiris (son of Geb and Nut, gods of the Earth and Sky respectively). OK, but we are still talking about the East Mediterranean and Crescent region — Aztecs had the Mictlán (the underworld) ruled by Mictlantecuhtli and Mictlanteccíhuatl (literally, the lord and the lady of the underworld, and contrasting with Ometecuhtli and Omecihuatl, the lord and lady of either the life or the duality — "ome" means "two" in Nahuatl).
Not only that — Just as the Summerians had their myths of heros/gods descending into the underworld and emerging afterwards, and the relation of it with the agricultural cycle, as Earth seems to die during winter (the story of Inanna with Dumuzi, as well as Gilgamesh's quest to defeat death), Greeks have Hades' kidnapping of Persephone and Heracles' quest to traverse the Underworld without dying... But you also have somewhat the same with the Aztecs (although winter here in Mexico is not as "dead" as it is further North), where Quetzalcóatl and Xolotl enter the Mictlán to steal the old gods' bones in order to create the many races of living beings... Again, forming the life-death-life cycle and linking us living beings with the past.
Anyway, more than provenance of any given culture, these myths talk to us about the fear of death and the hope for an underworld — And the possibility of avoiding death. And, of course, a parallel between our own life and the agricultural cycle.
Canaanites are known to come from Sumerian-Accadian roots (just as Hebrews, later turned Jews). You can look, as an example, as their cosmology. Summerian goddess Inanna (and the whole pantheon around her, being she not the only but a very important goddess — And yes, I know the word pantheon _is_ Greek) is replicated in Canaan. Some Canaanite tribes were known to also worship trees as gods (and that's why the names for many trees in Hebrew include the particle "El" — Ilan, alon, ela, etc.), and that's why the old testament specifically forbids making altars to (the only, Israelite) God "under big trees and in high places".
As for Philistines, there might be some link to Greeks: After all, the main Philistine god was "the lord of the flies" (Baal Zvuv — One of the names of the devil, "Belcebu" stems from it). From the composed name, "Baal" means basically "the lord, and Zvuv has an ethimological closeness to "Zeus". The theology is, however, quite different.
The guy who complained loudly about his department introducing the requisite to use a password, and stop having account separation based on trust.
I am surprised it took so many comments for somebody to mention Org Mode.
I am currently about to finish a book written 100% inside Org-mode. With great, easy to read (and write) markup. Equally epxortable to LaTeX and to HTML (for generating PDF, regular Web pages, ePub, etc.)
Please, somebody mod PybusJ's comment up.
In fact, I started using LyX back in... 1997 or so?
Not only it is used and looks like a WYSIWYG editor, but actually frees your mind from actually caring how it will render on a page of a given size. Just write what you mean (they call it WYSIWYM — M for Mean), and when previewed/printed it will be beautiful. Why? Because it is LaTeX doing it.
Hey! My friend passed the Operating Systems class by disecting XINU, a lesser-know educational Unix-like system. And if he had XINU to learn from, maybe... He took the course on Operating Syscientology instead?
Because, in the late 1940s, it was basically the only industrial power not deeply into reconstructing their torn economy and infrastructure. Not because any other country recognized the moral supremacy of the USA's national definitions, not because the USA grants anybody guarantees to dissent.
The United Nations is juridically akin to the various embassies. It is international territory, not USA territory. It might be phisically located in Manhattan, New York, but is not because New York is (or ever was) the hippest place to talk freely about the evil bad guys.
Where do you want them deported to? What is their country of origin?
(tip: It would seem "In Soviet Russia..." would make use of it, but no, they had their own. Quite different.)
You are right, and you only missed a small but important point: As you said, everything of value (in Slashdot) is text. It may look old fashioned. Right. But it looks the way most of us, the UI-retrograds that make up most of the Slashdot demographics, prefer. I'd be happy to know the amount of
"Biggest selling point"... Right — Probably that's right for us users. But not necessarily for what generates the revenue for Slashdot.
Slashdot's biggest selling point is the amount of eyeballs that, looking for that conversation, end up looking at their advertisements. And, of course, the site admins/redesigners will do their best to have as many eyeballs per ad as possible.
To see that the kind of discussion (and the depth of it, and the arguments raised, and all that yada-yada) are *so* similar to what I read for GNU's 20th anniversary. Or for the 15th anniversary. New kids learn our beloved traditions and repeat our same flames as if they were chanting ancient mantrams.
Now, get off my lawn!
I am deeply hurt by your baseless argument and demand a full-out war to be fought to solve this dispute.
Between Armenia and Zimbabwe.
Using an, umm, extension to the world-famous FUFME of yesterdecade.
(Oh, are you a newcomer? Well, their site is long gone, but you can start by reading http://www.dooyoo.co.uk/internet-sites/fufme-com/377859/ to see what it was all about)