Wednesday, 29 May 2013

The Daily Teaser — 29-5-2013: The Fall Of Byzantium

Well, well, well: sounds like technology moves on.

I’m listening to Radio 4’s Today programme, again: and have to admit, it’s as fascinating as ever.

Including the piece that’s just gone past me.

About film projectionists.   Seemingly, Britain now officially has no 35mm film projectors in operation: Britain’s cinemas are now all digital.

Normally, I’d be asking if that’s a good or bad thing.   To be frank, though … ?   It’s really just a thing.

But I bet that — given a few years — there’s going to be a few retro-art-houses that’ll specialise in good old fashioned film … !

Right … Let’s move on … 


Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi putting in her answers.

Along with quietly admitting she’s had a rough week*, she ALSO managed to bag six out of six.

Let’s see how she — and you — do with today’s positively Byzantine questions, shall we?   Here they are, along with the ‘How To’, License and video

Q1) 29th May, 1453, saw the fall of Byzantium, after a 53 day siege.   It had been besieged by forces from which Empire … ?
Q2) Byzantium is now known as which city … ?
Q3) In which modern country is it in?
Q4) Byzantium was also known as Constantinopolis, in honour of its founder: which Emperor was he … ?
Q5) Byzantium was one of the capitals of which empire?
Q6) And finally … Which church still refers to the city as Constantinople … ?
And here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 28th May, 1936, saw Alan Turing release the paper that defined the computer: it’s commonly known as ‘On Computable …’ what …?
A1) Numbers.
Q2) How did Turing refer to computers: as universal, global or ubiquitous machines … ?
A2) A Universal machine.
Q3) During World War 2, Turing worked at the Government Code and Cypher School, in Bletchley Park.   In which English county is Bletchley Park … ?
A3) Buckinghamshire.
Q4) Bletchley Park is also the home of Britain’s National Museum Of Computing.   The Museum opened in which year … ?
A4) 2007.
Q5) Modern computers are all said to be Turing what: total, complete, or entire … ?
A5) Complete.
Q6) And finally … Turing eventually committed suicide by eating a poisoned  what …?
A6) Apple.
I’ll leave you with this thought …
“I shall not return to Constantinople until I have conquered Egypt!”
Ahmed Djemal.
And — while I realise Byzantine church music isn’t everyone’s thing — with this … 

Enjoy the day … !

*        I can imagine, Debbi, I can imagine!   There’s an upside, though, Debbi: the only way, from here, is up!

1 comment:

Debbi said...

Got that right, Paul! :) Finished the edits. So close to being done.

1. the Ottoman Empire
2. Istanbul
3. Turkey
4. Constantine the Great
5. The Byzantine Empire
6. the Eastern Orthodox Church