Playboy Magazine – Every Issue From 1953 to 2010 On Hard Disk

In a day and age when printed newspapers and magazines seem to becoming extinct, up pops Playboy Magazine with a novel idea. It has placed every one of its issues dating from 1953 to 2010 on a hard disk. The 250 GB hard disk contains all 650 playmates and sells for just $300. As an added benefit, the hard disk has about 200 GB of free space for storage of your other prized possessions.

In a recent article it states that:

The drive is being released by Playboy and Bondi Digital Publishing, a company that makes the archives of print magazines available in digital formats.

Playboy isn’t the first magazine to release its archive on a portable hard drive. Bondi, which was founded in 2004, has released digital archives of the New Yorker and Rolling Stone magazines.

And last year, a National Geographic hard drive was released with 120 years (from 1888 through 2008) worth of issues for about $200 — $100 less than Playboy’s asking price for 56 years worth of issues.

The move falls in line with products released as Playboy has seen a decline in sales of its monthly print magazine.

I didn’t even know Playboy magazine was still in print. This seems like a last gasp effort to generate some revenue from those who collect old issues of Playboy.

Comments welcome.

Source – LA Times

National Geographic – Is Noah’s Ark Really On Turkey’s Mount Ararat? You Decide

In what is being claimed by a group of Turkish and Chinese explorers, the Ark that was built by Noah before the great flood, may have been located on Mount Ararat. This is not the first time that such a claim has been made that the Ark is in fact on top of the mountain located in Turkey. In the National Geographic article it also stated that:

“It’s not 100 percent that it is Noah’s ark, but we think it is 99.9 percent that this is it,” Yeung Wing-cheung, a filmmaker accompanying the explorers, told The Daily Mail.

On their website National Geographic has posted a video of what the explorers claim are sections of wood which may belong to the Ark. There is also a claim that carbon dating indicates that the wood is about 4,800 years old. This is where Bible scholars struggle to determine the reliability of carbon dating. The article also states that:

Skepticism of the new Noah’s ark claim extends to at least one scholar who interprets the Bible literally.

Biologist Todd Wood is director of the Center for Origins Research at Bryan College in Tennessee, which pursues biology in a creationist framework.

As a creationist, Wood believes God created Earth and its various life-forms out of nothing roughly 6,000 years ago.

“If you accept a young chronology for the Earth … then radiocarbon dating has to be reinterpreted,” because the method often yields dates much older than 6,000 years, Wood said.

Radiocarbon dating estimates the ages of organic objects by measuring the radioisotope carbon 14, which is known to decay at a set rate over time. The method is generally thought to reach its limit with objects about 60,000 years old. Earth is generally thought to be about four and a half billion years old.

Across the board, radiocarbon dates need to be recalibrated, Wood believes, to reflect shorter time frames.

This is what is going to make the true identity of the Ark almost impossible since some believe that carbon dating is unreliable. Another theory is that the wooden structure that was located could of been the remains of a monastery build to honor where earlier Christians believed the Ark to be.

This is going to be almost impossible to prove whether what has been found is the real Ark Noah built or not.

Comments welcome.

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