amedia: (Science (Alton))
One of my colleagues posted this on Facebook, and my geeky little heart went pitter-pat: HOW COOL IS THIS OMG!!!!!
amedia: (Meet the Spartans)
One reviewer called this a "joyless slog" and that was perfectly apt. It was long, dark (I mean, physically dark most of the time), and boring. The 3-D was ho-hum. I didn't think it would bear much resemblance to the original myth, which is good, because it bore virtually none, but I did think it would be a fun adventure romp, and it wasn't. The best thing about it was that we saw it with friends and got to dish together about how bad it was afterward.

We got five previews: The A-Team, Iron Man 2, Furry Vengeance, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and The Losers.
amedia: (UFO - Fishnet)
Both TODS and I had seen this movie many years ago (separately, before we met). We wanted to see the new one, but also wanted to rewatch the old one since neither of us remembered it very distinctly.Read more... )
amedia: (Ancient Geek)
This is an excerpt from a longer email a friend just sent me:

Noli catenam frangere. Homo Gallicus catenam fregit, et patria sua in tres partes brevi post divisa est. (Do not break the chain. A Gallic man broke the chain, and his homeland was divided into three parts shortly afterwards.)
amedia: (WTF?)
OK, it isn't nice, at all, to hear about this kind of thing happening ANYWHERE. But it's a relief that the latest publicized case didn't happen in media fandom!
amedia: (Ancient Geek)
And no, I didn't make this one up - I would have spelled Catullus right (or made more words wrong) and used spectat instead of videt. Nonetheless, it's really funny!
Clicky for piccy! )
amedia: (SPQR Blues Goddess)
We saw clips from this when we went to the Pompeii exhibit (part of the Big Christmas Road Trip), and decided we wanted to see the whole thing.

Pros: Gorgeous sets with lots of nice details, especially the interiors and the gardens. We spotted some replicas of items we had seen in the museum; a famous relief depicting a Dionysian procession is prominently displayed early on. The women's hair seems appropriately elaborate. Impressive crowd scenes. Surprisingly good special effects for 1913.

Cons: Silly plot that disregards petty details like, oh, Roman culture or Egyptian religion. ([ profile] meritahut's SPQR Blues has spoiled us - we expect WAY more accuracy!) Presumably this is the fault of the original novel. Also, the costumes don't look right - I honestly don't think Roman men wore gauze paisley shawls during any period of the Republic or the Empire, nor, I suspect, did they wear their hair Prince Valiant-style.
amedia: (dragon fractal)
Fourth in the "Lightning Thief" series. For some reason I enjoyed this one even more than the others, although I can't put my finger on the reason.


Jun. 16th, 2008 09:15 pm
amedia: (SPQR Blues Goddess)
An awesome interview with Klio of SPQR Blues may be found here!
amedia: (Ancient Geek)
These were the sequels to the Lightning Thief, and I liked them even better. They had the advantage that they didn't have to spend the first half of the book setting up the situation and could just jump right into the adventure. Great stuff.
amedia: (SPQR Blues Goddess)
This is the sequel to The Lightning Thief, and I enjoyed it even more! It had the advantage of not needing to spend the first few chapters setting up the premise of the series, and plunged right into an exciting adventure.
amedia: (Ancient Geek)
I enjoyed this book a lot and I'm looking forward to the two sequels. It was recommended by a friend, whose daughter loves the series, and I can see why. It was fairly light and fun, mostly educational (it has a lot to do with Greek mythology), and very affirming of kids with ADHD and dyslexia. minor spoilers and quibbles )

OTOH, these quibbles out of the way, I hugely enjoyed a lot of the clever stuff that the author did with bringing the ancient Greek pantheon into modern times. The plot had some clever twists and turns. The hero was very likeable and Hermione Annabeth is a good strong female character of the type kids' books need to have more of.


Dec. 26th, 2007 05:26 pm
amedia: (Let's Book)
I've really enjoyed reading both [ profile] maubast and [ profile] supercheesegirl's accounts of what books they're reading, so I thought I might start doing the same, though it probably won't be in as much cool detail.

I just finished The Rebel Angels by Robertson Davies, which I found very hard to get through because it was way, way too much like work. Also the author thinks he's very very clever and works hard to show it, often by having his characters spout Great Wisdom, which gets tiresome after a while. It all took place at a university and there was a lot of inter-faculty politics and bits of Latin and Greek and gnosticism and I probably wouldn't have even finished slogging through it except I had borrowed it from a friend and didn't want to return it unread. I had read the sequel, What's Bred in the Bone, which was far more entertaining (my mom lent it to me), and I thought I would enjoy this one. Alas.

Now I'm reading Harry Potter et l'ecole des sorciers to get practice because we're spending a week in Paris next month and I want to be ready! *very excited*

Next up: The Lightning Thief.
amedia: (Ancient Geek)
Got this from [ profile] maubast - it's *fascinating*! The oldest existing copy of the Iliad is being digitized - v-e-r-y c-a-r-e-f-u-l-l-y:
amedia: (Ancient Geek)

Ever since that multi-spectral imaging for deciphering palimpsests came out, we've been saying, "wouldn't it be great if they found..." "oh, you don't suppose they might turn up..."

They found a LOST COMMENTARY on ARISTOTLE!!!!!!!!
amedia: (Ancient Geek)
My brother sent me this. I love my brother. :-)

From "jean's blog" at

If ancient Rome had the Internet...
Read more... )
amedia: (SPQR Blues Goddess)
I read this in French class ages ago and it has haunted me ever since. I was babbling at the very patient [ profile] meritahut about it at REVELcon - thanks to the wonders of Teh Intarweb I finally tracked it down!
Read more... )


Apr. 19th, 2007 10:20 pm
amedia: (SPQR Blues Goddess)
In honor of [ profile] meritahut and her amazing fabulous comic strip set in Ancient Rome, SPQR Blues.

The caption says "Delight of Gods and Men."

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