Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Book groups, authors, and helping translate ancient writings

Book Discussion Group meets tomorrow (Wednesday) at 10 am.  If you haven't tried it yet, now's your chance!  Bring in your favorite recent read to share.

Friday, at 10 am, hear the Stallings discuss Death in a Red Desert about murder in New Mexico.  The book will also be available for purchase and signing.

In a separate vein, Oxford University requests your help in decoding papyri (many papyruses).  You don't need to speak or read ancient Greek.  The website offers a tutorial on how to participate.

Simply put, you look at the ink in the scanned image and compare them to the alphabet on the side of the screen.  Then, using the mouse, select one letter and then select the letter it looks like in the onscreen keyboard.  This is called "crowd-sourcing"--anyone can contribute.  The power comes from many different eyes checking and verifying the information.  If you are snowed in this winter, why not lend a hand across time and space?

Do you participate in any other crowd-sourcing or distributed computing?   For example, my friend runs BOINC on his computer to help SETI@home.  Thanks for any suggestions!

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