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Are You My Mummy?

What a fantastic exhibit I've just seen! In fact, it's the largest exhibition of mummies (both naturally and intentionally preserved) and related artifacts ever assembled. There were ancient mummies and important artifacts from Asia, Oceania, South America, Europe, and ancient Egypt dating as far back as 6,500 years, presented with the latest insights gained from CT scans and other tests. If you find yourself anywhere near one of the cities hosting the Mummies of the World exhibit, don't miss it. It did my historian's heart good.

Here's a preview:

In other news, here are a couple of indie science fiction film recs:

* Lunopolis (2009)
Two documentary filmmakers accidentally uncover the greatest moon secret the world has never known and the powerful organization determined to keep it that way. A very clever premise, well realized!

* Zenith (2010)
More ambitious and less successful than Lunopolis, this is a retro-futuristic steampunk thriller about two men in two time periods whose search for the same grand conspiracy leads them to question their own humanity. It's not as sophisticated as I suspect its creators thought it was, but this is still very much worth a watch for its convincing take on a dystopian future.

Happy birthday to tuesday_darling, and happy early birthday to juliakarr, denisedyoung, mguibord, and gypsyjr. May you each enjoy a wonderful day and a fantastic year to come!

You darkness, that I come from,
I love you more than all the fires
that fence in the world,
for the fire makes
a circle of light for everyone,
and then no one outside learns of you.

But the darkness pulls in everything;
shapes and fires, animals and myself,
how easily it gathers them!—
powers and people—
and it is possible a great energy
is moving near me.
I have faith in nights.

- Rainer Maria Rilke, "On Darkness"



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Dec. 1st, 2011 07:33 pm (UTC)
Is there a list of what cities the exhibit is going to? I couldn't find a list on the site.
Dec. 1st, 2011 07:45 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, I don't see one, either. How strange! I know it had been to Philadelphia and Milwaukee before it came to Charlotte, but this isn't its final stop. There is a place on the bottom of one of the pages to sign up for the email newsletter. Maybe that newsletter would tell more?
Dec. 1st, 2011 08:39 pm (UTC)
It's worth a shot *subscribes*
Dec. 1st, 2011 07:37 pm (UTC)
"On Darkness" is one of my very favorite poems.
Dec. 1st, 2011 07:46 pm (UTC)
You, too? I love it! It seems very winter-esque to me at the moment.
Dec. 1st, 2011 07:42 pm (UTC)

*ahem* I had to. :D

This is actually extremely relevant to one of my writing projects. Thank you! I suspect I won't be able to go see it, but this is still very nifty.
Dec. 1st, 2011 07:48 pm (UTC)

Oh, I'm so glad it's of use and interest to you. I hope you get to see it in person, too, but if not, at least there are the videos. (There are quite a few of them on the home website.) It's one of the best organized/realized exhibits I've seen.

BTW, if any of the printed materials would be helpful, let me know. I plan to go back once more in the new year, when my family is here visiting.

Edited at 2011-12-01 07:49 pm (UTC)
Dec. 1st, 2011 08:07 pm (UTC)
Yay dystopias!
Dec. 3rd, 2011 01:34 am (UTC)
Yay indeed! (Love your icon!)
Dec. 2nd, 2011 12:39 pm (UTC)
This sounds amazing!! Can't wait to see it!! Thank you for sharing.
Dec. 3rd, 2011 01:34 am (UTC)
I can't wait for you to see it, either! :) My pleasure.
Dec. 2nd, 2011 08:26 pm (UTC)
This looks fascinating! I hope Denver gets it. Thanks for posting about this exhibit.
Dec. 3rd, 2011 01:35 am (UTC)
My pleasure! I do hope you get a chance to see it. *fingers crossed*
Abbie [wordpress.com]
Dec. 9th, 2011 04:41 pm (UTC)
Wow!! I really want to see that exhibit!!
Dec. 11th, 2011 12:18 pm (UTC)
It was amazing!
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