Archive for July, 2010

I just realized something about myself: I collect skills. If I were a demon from Charmed, I would be the one who collects others’ powers. Just being able to replicate others’ powers at will, without removing them from the original owners, would be good enough for me.


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Getty Villa

Back in May I joined the Caltech Y on a trip to the Getty Villa near Malibu, CA. The Getty Villa is was inspired by the Villa of the Papyri, which was buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. Of course,  I looked up more information about the villa in Wikipedia.

The Villa of the Papyri, located in the ancient town of Herculaneum, belonged to Julius Caesar‘s father-in-law, Lucius Calpurnius Piso Caesoninus, and sat halfway up the slope of Mount Vesuvius. When Mt. Vesuvius erupted in AD 79, the villa, along with the rest of Herculaneum, was buried in ash. The remains of the villa were first excavated in the 18th century.

Since the Villa of the Papyri has not been fully excavated, the Getty Villa is partially based on other ancient Roman houses. True to its origins, the Getty Villa houses ancient Greek, Roman, and Etruscan antiquities.

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