Saturday, August 12, 2006

Saturday Trivia

DVD Review - Curse of King Tut's Tomb
An enjoyable review of a TV movie: "After a horrible opening narration which flubs its Egyptology to suit the needs of the film, we're introduced to Danny Freemont (Casper Van Diem), an Indiana Jones styled archeologist who has made it his life's work to find the ancient emerald tablet of the late King Tutankhamen which is rumored to give great power to anyone who should be so lucky as to possess it…. power enough to rule the world! . . . . Not even the ultra-coolness of Malcolm McDowell, who has a supporting role here as Mr. Cairnes, can save this turkey".

Nefertiti - new novel out next year
Thanks to Sarah Gonul for pointing out the above web page. An animated splash page introduces a forthcoming novel about Nefertiti and Akhenaten by Michelle Moran. To bypass the animation, go to the second URL for details about the book, due in 2007.

Nuclear industry learns from ancient Egyptians
The UK Atomic Energy Authority are taking a leaf out of the ancient Egyptian's book: "Computer technology is notorious for being superceded rather quickly. Over the millennia that the waste will need to be stored, it is reasonable to assume that the software and hardware used to store any supporting documentation will be out of date.In the light of this, the UKAEA decided to ditch all the high tech solutions and go for something that has a genuinely proven track record: Papyrus. Or, the closest thing we've got that doesn't involve actual reeds: so-called permanent paper. After all, if it worked for the Ancient Egyptians, it should work for us."

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