by Fred Abler
The Egyptians were some pretty interesting people. The blue water-lilly of the Nile (blue lotus) can be used to induce sleep, and its psychoactive properties are also well known.
The blue lotus appears throughout Egyptian iconography, suggesting a religious use. Therefore, It seems likely Egyptian lotus-eaters had strong virtual experiences of ‘death’ which explains their obsession with death and funerary practices.
Obsessed by the afterlife, the bridge between this life and the next for Egyptians was architecture itself. And canonical architectural history theory is that primitive benches (called mastabahs) were eventually stacked to from Ziggurats, or stepped pyramids.
Eventually, these stepped ‘stairways to heaven’ then became smoothly inclined pyramids crowned by gold or copper-covered capstones – that likely shone in the sun for miles during the day, and perhaps… electro-magically, even radiated an ethereal glow at night.
The Great Pyramid of Giza is flat topped. It’s capstone has been missing since the time of Christ. The capstone is a solid mini-pyramid 30’ on each side, and could hardly have gone missing. The riddle of the flat-topped pyramid, has vexed Egyptologists for centuries.
Sir W. Siemens, a serious British inventor, climbed to the top of the pyramid with his Arab guides, determined to solve the riddle. But at the flat top, things truly got shocking. One of his guides called out to his attention that when he held his fingers out, he would hear a very loud ringing.
Seimens verified this by raising his own finger and felt a prickling sensation, and also received a shock when he tried to drink from a wine bottle. Seimens then wrapped a full wine bottle in a newspaper (to create an early form of capacitor) and then held it aloft where it was charged with electricity.
Sparks spit from the bottle, and Seimen’s Arab guides were terrified, thinking he was some kind of Harry Bottler, and grabbed his companion. It was a bad move. Seimens pointed the jar-electric at the fellow.. and transmitted a shock so strong, that it knocked him to the ground.
Since this shocking discovery, many theories abound as to true purpose of these largely “functional” buildings. They range from the merely possible (The pyramids were power antennae analogous to Tesla’s WydenCliff tower) to the wildly improbable – Pyramids are some kind of ‘Fifth Element’ gateway for ancient aliens.
You could waste many happy hours on the interwebs trying to solve the Great Pyramid at Giza’s Capstone Controversy, or some might even say ‘Consipracy’. Or you could do something.. a bit more interesting.
The Giza Archives debuted early this morning, and now you can experience the pyramids and plateau of ancient Giza in first-person-immersive. No blue-lotus, passport , or primative leyden jars required!
The Giza Archives is a clever joint project of Dassault Systemes and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA). This “strategic partnership” enables the real-time virtual reconstruction of the Giza plateau based on the MFA’s comprehensive historic archives.
Apparently the Museum’s photographic archives were getting a bit dusty and hard-to-love, so it made sense to bring them back from the dead, with interactive 3D. Seems even Museums need to remain relevant. So we go from Old archives, to real-time 3D.
Fig 1. Dassault Systems and Boston MFA experiment in a brave new world of ‘Experiental Marketing’ of history. A 2D video of the web-based 3D Immersive experience of the Giza plateau, circa 3000 B.C. that debuted this morning on the web.
To be one of the first virtual archeologists and 3D’Egyptologists on site this morning, click on the temporal spin-field here… Warning, FireFox Browser running in 32 bit mode is required!
In Short – Everything really old, is new again – thanks to 3D experiential marketing!
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