My admiration and fascination for the exhibition was, however, tempered by an incredible omission. Firstly, let me explain that the famous gold-and-lapis face mask of Tutankhamen is used on every - and I mean EVERY - promotional image for this exhibition. Brochures, banners, posters, billboards, official websites: they all feature the face mask front and center. The front steps of the goddamn Franklin Institute even depicted it. The entire exhibition was designed to mimic the experience of entering a tomb, with the main burial chamber as its highlight. And yet, upon entering the "burial chamber," as you have no doubt guessed, the archetypal Tutankhamen artifact was nowhere to be seen.
No, wait, it was worse that that, because you could see it -- there was a stone platform in the middle of the room where the sarcophagus should have been, and on the face of the platform, an image of the sarcophagus and face mask were projected. Using a projector. Insult to injury.
I asked a security guard if she was aware that the sarcophagus appeared to have been replaced with a freaking light display, and she wearily directed me to some museum staff (the poor guards must get a lot of complaints in that room), who informed me that the mask never travels and is safe in Cairo.
And I'm totally fine with that -- except, GEE, MAYBE THE EXHIBITION SHOULDN'T HAVE USE THAT IMAGE ON ALL THE ADVERTISING, THEN. I mean, at the very least, they should put a sign at the entrance informing people that the mask doesn't travel so that you don't spend your time at the exhibition rampantly anticipating what turns out to be a slideshow.
- Mystery of medicine and music: Accidental death of a genius. Beethoven killed by a doctor! This could have been a metaphor for my life. Except, you know, obviously I'm not Beethoven.
- The Chaser's War on Everything security breach at APEC. If you haven't heard about this yet (it's been sitting in my "to blog" pile for ages; sorry that it's old news), you should hear about it. Especially since one of the guys who got arrested is a friend of mine from college, which automatically makes me cooler.
- WhizBiz Pty Ltd - Letting women pee standing up. I always said that, if there's any truth at all to penis envy, it lies with the whole peeing-standing-up thing. My mate John sent me this link. I know transsexuals have been using these things for years.