Assassin’s Creed Origins Gameplay Episode 1 (4K resolution)

Check out the first episode of my gameplay for Assassin’s Creed Origins in 4K resolution.  Enjoy!

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Pyramids Might Not Be Grain Storages, But Ben Carson May Be Onto Something

Politics is not something I’m deeply interested in nowadays.  I don’t follow any recent politicians’ debate, but we all know these political debates are heating up since president Obama’s term is about to be over.  With all of that being said, CNN’s article “Carson’s theory: Egypt’s pyramids stored grain” caught my eyes and interest, because common sense tells me that nobody, ancient or not, is stupid enough to build a luxurious tomb for a king or pharaoh in pyramid size and visibility.  Even if the pyramid was first built solely for storing a pharaoh’s mummified body, common sense tells me this would be a stupid idea nevertheless.

Pyramids were built so long ago, and so I think theories about the pyramids are at best just theories.  Thus, I can’t really outright think that Ben Carson is completely wrong.  Perhaps, Ben Carson could be wrong on the idea of the pyramids were using as grain storages for the ancient Egyptians, because we don’t truly know what purpose(s) the pyramids were built for.  Perhaps, we could be right all along in teaching schoolchildren in the idea that the pyramids were built for the pharaohs, either for the purpose of storing pharaoh’s mummified bodies or whatever else.  Clearly though, I have looked everywhere on the Internet for the finding of a pharaoh’s mummified body in a pyramid, and the answer is that nobody has ever found a mummified pharaoh or any mummified body in any pyramid, ever.

Could we surmise that the pyramids were built with multiple purposes?  We could surmise that the pyramids were built as monuments for the pharaohs.  Furthermore, we could also surmise the pyramids were built not only as monuments for the pharaohs but these pyramids were ancient Egyptian temples.  We could surmise that the pyramid texts, believing to be ancient Egyptian spells for the dead, were once freshly written on the pyramids’ walls for ancient Egyptian religious purposes.  Still, I don’t think we should jump to the conclusion and think that the pyramids were built as pharaoh monuments and temples, because the pyramid texts alone cannot prove that the theory is 100% correct.  Basically, what can be seen may not always appear to be as it is.

In truth, we can only surmise and form theories on why the ancient Egyptians built pyramids, and turning theories into facts would be jumping to the conclusion at best.  According to the CNN article I’d listed in the first paragraph, Ben Carson believes that the bible told him pyramids were built for storing grains.  In my opinion, he could be way off the mark or he could be right on the target.  Nonetheless, I think Ben Carson is jumping to the conclusion as he is so certain that the pyramids were built to store grains.  I don’t think we can be certain about the true purposes that the ancient Egyptians had for their pyramids, because so many facts are contradicting the theories that we have on the pyramids.  One best example would be we have yet to find a mummified pharaoh in a pyramid.  We could surmise that the mummified pharaohs were robbed from the pyramids, but common sense tells me that the pharaohs must have been very arrogant or plain stupid if they had allowed themselves and their ancestors to be robbed from their tombs so easily.

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The Vanishing Of The Hittites Is Still A Mystery, But We Think We Know Why Their Once Great Civilization Was Doomed!

Hittite Libation Scene

Hittite Libation Scene (Photo credit: voyageAnatolia.blogspot.com)

In the past 3000 years, a forgotten history of the Hittites were buried away.  Buried away to the point of almost all traces of the Hittites were vanished.  Luckily, modern day technology and knowledge had now allowed us to know more about the Hittites through series of archaeology findings.  What were buried now once again had resurfaced to tell an awesome history of the Hittites.  Now we know how the Hittites had conquered so many ancient kingdoms, and they even won the great victory at the battle of Kadesh against the equally powerful Egypt empire at the time.  At the height of their power, the Hittites had designed their great capital to the point of impenetrable (i.e., it was too formidable of a design for the people at this specific time to figure out how to penetrate the defense of the city).  The Hittites built the capital so remotely which they had come up with ingenious design for their time so they could bring water into their capital.  It was a great civilization indeed, but for some strange reasons, at the height of their power, the Hittites suddenly vanished without a trace.  Watch the video right after the break to see why the Hittites’ civilization was broken into pieces.  Nonetheless, just a head up, even the video could not explain what happened to the Hittites after their civilization had broken apart.  Where did the Hittites go?  Did they just vanish without a trace for real?  Enjoy the video…

Afterthought:  I think it’s wonderful that we had found their 30,000 tablets.  If we had not found such amazing treasures, I don’t think we could have been so successfully deciphered what the Hittites had left behind.  Of course, they had left behind a missing part of ancient history.  Perhaps, with understanding the Hittites better, we might too understand some behaviors of few great ancient civilizations that had interacted with the Hittites.  For an example, at the battle of Kadesh, Egyptian pharaoh, Ramesses II, bragged that he himself had routed his attackers, but some historians are believing that was just a mere propaganda from the ancient Egyptians.  According to Wikipedia and here I quote:

Archaeologists have been unable to verify independently any of the events recounted in the Egyptian and Hittite records of the Battle of Kadesh. Knowledge of the battle is derived entirely from the accounts of Hittite and Egyptian records, which disagree with each other (each side claiming victory). Details of the battle are reconstructed with reasonable certainty by reconciling the conflicting accounts through harmonizing these contradictions. Generally speaking, the nature of the available evidence makes it possible to reconstruct the outcome as portrayed by the Hittites, while gleaning believable details from Ramesses’ account wherever possible.  (Source:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Kadesh)

So I guess, it’s great to have some insight into Hittites so we can know more about other civilizations at the time too.  After all, each past civilization that dealt with Hittites had to contend with the influences of the once mighty Hittite empire.  I’m wondering now though, had the Hittites formed another civilization when their former civilization had broken up?  If they had, who had they become?  Which modern trace is the remnant of the Hittite past?

Crazy Idea – Build Our Own Pyramids For Disaster Relief Efforts And Leaving A Footprint Of Today Civilization

All Giza Pyramids in one shot. Русский: Все пи...

All Giza Pyramids in one shot. Русский: Все пирамиды Гизы на изображении. Español: Las Pirámides de Guiza (Egipto). Français : Les Pyramides de Gizeh (Egypte). Català: Les Piràmides de Giza, a Egipte. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There are people who think the pyramids in Egypt were tombs of the pharaohs.  Then, there are others who refute that would be the case.  These people think the pyramids were some types of instruments for whatever purposes they believe the Egyptians had the uses for.  Nonetheless, we cannot deny the fact that monuments similar to Egyptian pyramids had withstood the test of time, so far.  The proofs are that many ancient monuments, partly destroyed or whole, still stand today.  With this in mind, an insane idea creeps into my tiny brain.

You see, the idea is that we should build super durable structures, to house people during the catastrophic events such as the hurricane Katrina, and these structures should withstand the test of time just like the pyramids and similar ancient monuments.  It’s like shooting two birds with one arrow.  The first bird is that this sort of structures can help protect people in cataclysmic events.  The second bird is that this sort of structures will be our monuments for the future (i.e., just like how pyramids are the monuments of the past).  Crazy?