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Water Horror, etc.

Happy birthday to vonjunzt! May your day be all you could wish.

Stop, Look, and Listen:
Every day this month, the BBC Magazine will be featuring a classic public information film from the past six decades. Today's is a "must see." It has everything, including the Grim Reaper's twin as "the Spirit of Dark and Lonely Water," backed by eerie narration by Donald Pleasence. Mere description cannot do it justice. Go and check it out:
Sensible children! I have no power over them!
(Thanks to altariel for the lead.)

In other news, an intact tomb with five sarcophagi has been discovered in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt, the first such find since 1922:
"Intact Tomb Found in Valley of the Kings"

And a quote for the day:

A human being in perfection ought always to preserve a calm and peaceful mind, and never to allow passion or a transitory desire to disturb tranquillity. I do not think that the pursuit of knowledge is an exception to this rule. If the study to which you apply yourself has a tendency to weaken your affections, and to destroy your taste for those simple pleasures in which no alloy can possibly mix, then that study is certainly unlawful, that is to say, not befitting the human mind. If this rule were always observed; if no man allowed any pursuit whatsoever to interfere with the tranquillity of his domestic affections, Greece had not been enslaved; Caesar would have spared his country; America would have been discovered more gradually; and the empires of Mexico and Peru had not been destroyed.

from Frankenstein, Mary Shelley


Feb. 11th, 2006 07:59 pm (UTC)
Re: Valley of the Kings
Ooooh, the Tutankhamun exhibit at the The Franklin Institute sounds incredible! I hope you'll post a report when you return. Have a fantastic time. I can imagine it will be all the more meaningful because you've researched the discovery. I didn't realize how "down to the wire" Carter's search was. That story makes his accomplishment all the more breathtaking! It amazes me, with this discovery on the heels of the new Maya find, how much more there is for us to learn, and how much we don't yet know. It's so exciting.