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July 11[edit]

Ancient inscriptions in masonry[edit]

In many walls or steps that were built out of repurposed stone post-antiquity, one can see inscriptions of an emperor’s dedication of a temple or some such. Of course you can only see that bit if the correct facet faces out. Are there deep-imaging methods which could read an inscription that’s faced the other way, similar to how we can find old paintings behind newer ones? If so, are there any antiquarians doing such work? Temerarius (talk) 02:30, 11 July 2018 (UTC)

Short answer: no. What you're referring to would be a combination of Remote sensing (though our article is rather unevenly written) and 3D scanning. The closest thing we have to that is ground-penetrating radar, but current technology is not anywhere close - just check out the pics in that article. What you get with current technologies are "discontinuities" - oddities in the read-out - that an expert uses to interpret what's going on. Maybe it's a feature, maybe it's rock. Current usage is to use it over an extended area to get a "feel" for what might be artificial. Current 3D scanning requires line of sight. Matt Deres (talk) 21:36, 11 July 2018 (UTC)
You can't image it with so many gamma rays that even inscriptions are enough to cause statistically significant transmission increase? Sagittarian Milky Way (talk) 22:57, 11 July 2018 (UTC)
Long answer: any of the many technologies for tomographic imaging may be applicable, limited by access, costs and equipment power. For example, inscriptions on fragments of the Antikythera mechanism have been found by 3-D radiographic scanning, and muon tomography by the Scanpyramids project suggests a previously unknown "Big Void" in the Great Pyramid of Giza. DroneB (talk) 23:38, 11 July 2018 (UTC)
Not seeing the reverse faces, but Laser scan uncovers Stonehenge secrets may be of interest. Alansplodge (talk) 08:35, 14 July 2018 (UTC)
Ultrasonic imaging may be of use to see the reverse side of a stone. Graeme Bartlett (talk) 00:38, 15 July 2018 (UTC)

July 12[edit]

Historical Business Listings[edit]

Is there a place online that will let me look up historical or defunct businesses? Americanfreedom (talk) 02:41, 12 July 2018 (UTC)

I'm doubtful that there is any place that has a good list of historical or defunct businesses in Somalia. Sorry. Nil Einne (talk) 04:37, 12 July 2018 (UTC)
Grace's Guide is a good site for old companies in the UK, and I've found it useful for my family history research. I'd imagine from your username you're looking for something similar in the USA. The most promising site I've found after a quick bit of googling is the Library of Congress' Business Reference Services. --Nicknack009 (talk) 08:10, 12 July 2018 (UTC)
Perhaps you could consider consulting an old copy of the Yellow pages. There is an Electronic Yellow Pages but I don't know if it would list defunct businesses. Bus stop (talk) 16:05, 12 July 2018 (UTC)
Sorry I guess I meant to specify businesses in the United States. Americanfreedom (talk) 17:17, 12 July 2018 (UTC)
Not a simple task, but this might be a good place to start:

July 14[edit]

Hi I would like novel recommendations about fiction stories about transgendered parents[edit]

I've read three novels about transgendered parents 2 teen novels and 1 adult novel: And She Was by Jessica Verdi, Happy Families by Tanita S. Davis and Moving Forward Sideways Like a Crab by Shani Mootoo. Can anyone recommend any similar books about transgendered parents teen or adult? Thank you. (talk) 23:20, 14 July 2018 (UTC)

I don't have a specific answer for you, but while we wait for someone more informed (or better at searching than I am), there are some Wikipedia articles you might want to peruse for stuff that seems likely to fit your criteria. First up is List of transgender and transsexual fictional characters, which seems to be the most targeted list we have. There is also List of LGBT characters in modern written fiction and List of graphic art works with LGBT characters, though that covers a lot more types of people than just trans- ones. The LGBTQ+ component is specified, at least. Hopefully, that gets you started. Matt Deres (talk) 02:59, 15 July 2018 (UTC)

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