Revival of the Ancient Nemean Games in Greece 2012

Hysplex Foot Race Starting Mechanism in Nemea,...
Hysplex Foot Race Starting Mechanism in Nemea, Greece (Photo credit: IntelFreePress)

Ancient Nemean Games in Greece

An experience of a lifetime, and one I got to experience with my family. Proof is in the video at 2:42 where I line up at the hysplex, dressed in toga (and nothing underneath) and get ready for the 100 meter dash. This is all thanks to my wife, an archaeologist who dug inside the crypt of Zeus at Ancient Nemea under the supervision of U.C. Berkeley professor emeritus Stephen Miller.

I will add more media to this post, but for now, here is an article with photo slideshow that I did describing the advent of the hysplex.

Computer Born of Greek Democracy

According to archaeologists, the birth of the world’s first computer was much closer to the dawn of democracy than to the digital age.

Below is a link to a story I wrote for Intel Free Press looking at some of what’s known about the Antikythera Mechanism, discovered by sponge divers in 1900. It dates to the around 100 BCE, according to scientists studying it over the centuries.

The story was inspired by my archaeologists wife, and features a quote from her UC Berkeley friend and scientist Leonidas Petrakis, a former director at the Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory, who recently wrote an article about the device for National Herald, a weekly publication for Greek-American news and culture.

The World’s First Computer May Be Older Than You Think

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