Wikipedia’s Photo of the Day

This gave me the chills. — These ruins in Lebanon were the most magnificent court in the Roman Empire. The now-barren Baalbek valley used to be called Heliopolis — the city of the Sun. Do you realize the importance of a name like that for sun-worshipers?

Great Court of Baalbek

Baalbek in Lebanon is famous for its exquisitely detailed yet monumentally scaled temple ruins of the Roman period, when, then known as Heliopolis, it was one of the largest sanctuaries in the Empire. It can be counted among the wonders of the ancient world, containing some of the largest and best preserved Roman ruins. Seen here is the Great Court of the temple complex.

Words I like

-Honorific (sounds fantastic, no?) (an extra word to honor somebody, like His Excellency the Ambassador, Sir William Faulkner)

-Antediluvien (ancient, lit. Ante- Before, Deluv- the Flood (of Noah))

-Zealot (Jewish resistance fighters against Roman rule, ironically the name of the Palestine terrorist group Hamas means Zeal in Arabic. Arab terrorists named after Jewish freedom fighters.)

-Grace, the true goal of any religion

-Histrionic, contrived emotional acting

Amazing Socrates quote

"Only those who have lived an evil life hope that death is the end of everything for them. This is perfectly reasonable, for it is in their interests that it should be so. However, I am convinced that the souls of the wicked wander desolately through the lower world of Tartarus. Only those who have lived good lives will be admitted to the Real World." – Socrates (peace be upon him)

from Paul Strathern, Socrates in 90 Minutes, p. 53

Allahu akbar

The barricades at Liberty Park, the original site of the OWS protests, have been removed. It’s been almost two months since the eviction on Nov. 15, and the city responded to a complaint by the NY Civil Liberties Union that the barricades violated the requirement that such public spaces provide access to the public.

If it was India, or Saudi Arabia, or Bahrain, such a public space would be destroyed, and our movement subject to arbitrary restrictions. But I am grateful to God that we live in a nation of laws, because this is the triumph of the American judicial system. If the police or Mayor Bloomberg had their way, we would forever be barricaded outside the park; but when George Washington refused the crown offered by Congress, he replied “The law shall be king.”

I’m headed downtown right now to do a victory jig.

Update: What I look like after a victory jig.