jage2 writes "Researchers say they have located the world's oldest stash of marijuana in a tomb in a remote part of China. The cache of cannabis is about 2,700 years old and was clearly 'cultivated for psychoactive purposes,' rather than as fibre for clothing, or as food, says a research paper in the Journal of Experimental Botany. The 789 grams of dried cannabis was buried alongside a light-haired, blue-eyed Caucasian man, likely a shaman of the Gushi culture, near Turpan in northwestern China."
A UK bookmaker has lowered the odds on proving that god exists to just 4-1 to coincide with the switching on of the Large Hadron Collider. The chance that physicists might discover the elusive sub-atomic object called the "God particle" has forced the odds lower. Initially the odds that proof would be found of God's existence were 20-1, and they lengthened to 33-1 when the multi-billion pound atom smasher was shut down temporarily because of a magnetic failure. A spokesman for Paddy Power said, "The atheists' planned advertising campaign seems to have renewed the debate in pubs and around office water-coolers as to whether there is a God and we've seen some of that being transferred into bets. However we advise anyone still not sure of God's existence to maybe hedge their bets for now, just in case." He added that confirmation of God's existence would have to be verified by scientists and given by an independent authority before any payouts were made. Everyone getting a payout is encouraged to tithe at least ten percent.
your post reminds me of my good old days . I was only 5 when I started with a vic-20 in 1983, 8 when I got a commodore 64, I used to spend hours punching in the BASIC from "Compute's Gazette" magazine. Then the "covox voicemaster" came out and I could write BASIC to have my computer move a sprite on screen with voice recognition. Then the Amiga exploded into my life in the early 90's let me do simple 3d graphics,fractal landscapes and animation , then I got an imac running bryce around 1999, soon switched to Alias Maya and a modern PC and started a graphics company. I have yet to make any money though.... I credit my whole life to typing in the BASIC programs in the back of magazines into my C64 after school.... sigh