March 21, 2007

Okay, sit down, because there’s something I have to tell you. Something I’ve been keeping from you for months. But I can’t stand the guilt anymore, so here goes:

Since September I have been taking a class in ancient Egyptian. (This is, of course, part of what motivated me to go to Egypt.)

Oh, how many were the days I longed to post scans of my homework assignments! To share with you my joy as my hieroglyphic writing improved! To laugh with you at the silly things those ancient Egyptians thought!

But, alas, I don’t have a scanner, and every time I tried to use somebody else’s I got a different kind of unusable file.

However, now I have photographs, and I’m going to inflict them on you.

Fear not; you won’t be subjected to all 1,282 of them.

But for the next little bit this blog is going to be very, very boring for people who have no interest in ideographic and/or phonographic writing systems.

I suggested to E.S. last night that I could change the name of my blog to The Search for Hieroglyphs on Egyptian Temples and Monuments From the Old Kingdom Through the Ptolemaic Period: A Gay Odyssey of Neurosis, but he said he thought the increased traffic would overwhelm my server.

By the way, once the class started, it became almost immediately clear to me that the personal ad I left in hieroglyphs a few years ago makes absolutely no sense at all.

Tomorrow: Thutmose III and Amun-Ra at the Temple of Karnak.

Be prepared.

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11 Responses to Okay, sit down, because there’s something I have to tell you

  1. Teddy says:

    So when you tried out your ancient Egyptian on the contemporary Egyptians did they appreciate the effort or scorn you for being less than perfect?

    Also, did your classes include any sessions on words and phrases that might not be considered appropriate in polite society?

  2. Jeff says:

    Damn. I thought you wrote “interest in pornographic writing systems”, and of COURSE I have interest in that. Phonographic? eh, we’ll see…

    And now that my mind has gone down that path I’ll have to spend the next couple of days desiging the perfect pornographic phonographic writing system.

  3. Logan says:

    This is the most attractive post I’ve ever seen. Bring it on, baby.

  4. will says:

    Considering all the intensely personal details you’ve shared on this site, I’m amazed that THIS was the thing you chose to keep secret.

  5. workerbee says:

    i stand humbled. if true.

  6. John says:

    >Tomorrow: Thutmose III and Amun-Ra at the Temple of Karnak.

  7. campbell says:

    Only you, Faustus, only you….!

  8. eric says:

    I think you should combine your obvious love of hieroglyphs and porn and be the first to device pornoglyphs. The market in Chelsea and the Castro alone should fund all of your whims for life.

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  10. David says:

    Oh. Dear.

  11. azhan says:

    oh i started to miss egypt now


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