Saturday, December 30, 2006

Saying Yes to Mess - Celebrate Life

Article from the NYT.

OKCupid shows me on the sloppy end of the spectrum. I have more to say about that but my notes are buried in one of the piles of clothes and books and papers around here.

More from the test and dating site: One of the tests tells me I am:

Justinian the Great
You are 48% ruthless and 80% wise.

You are the Emperor Justinian I (ruled 527-565). The legend of your wisdom will echo throughout history, but you can kick a little ass when necessary too. The Empire will flourish under your reign. 900 years from now when the Turks take Constantinople, they'll leave your portrait mosaic on the wall of St. Sophia out of respect. Furthermore, your face is destined to appear on the cover of every Byzantine art history book from now until the end of time.

Link: The Which Byzantine Ruler Are You? Test written by Constantine-XI on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test

I have just finished reading Umberto Eco's Baudolino which is very good but long.
The story begins in 1204, as the Byzantium capital of Constantinople is sacked and Baudolino, the adoptive son of Frederick, recounts his life to Byzantine historian Niketas, whom he has just saved from the barbaric Latins. Unfolding amid religious conspiracy theories and mysticism, the narrative, which builds slowly, follows the life of Baudolino, an Italian peasant boy who fabricates stories he realizes people want to believe in. While studying in Paris, Baudolino meets several friends from all over the world, who together divulge their intimate dreams and share their desire to discover distant places. Two decades later, Baudolino calls together his friends to embark on what will be a lifelong journey to find Prester John, the Christian priest of the East, whose fabled reputation Baudolino has helped create.... While the pilgrims are aware, to a certain extent, of Baudolino's truth-stretching, they all come to believe in their search, as does Baudolino himself.

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