Sunday, March 8, 2015

Europe 2005: Pompeii (cont)

The Romans were skilled arch
builders. This arch forms part
of the coliseum.

Fountain at the public bath

A better view of Roman construction.
Concrete over brick allowed the
Romans great flexibility with the forms
of their buildings, and was an
extremely strong structural technology.

The ampitheatre of Pompeii.

Europe 2005: Pompeii (cont)

Mosaic in a bathroom

Roman houses were often
built around central
courtyards. This one has a
small tree growing within it.

Famous fresco mural of Venus,
in a Roman public bath.

Europe 2005: Pompeii (cont)

A container for food or water
(Wikipedia: Pompeii)

Streets full of children

Large classes walking the streets

Roman houses were brightly colored.
The Romans used painted concrete
over stone to build, and they liked
gaudy colors and vivid patterns.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Europe 2005: Pompeii

Outside the Porta Nocera

I went to Pompeii on my first full day in Italy. The train ride was pleasant. European trains are typically very nice. They get used a lot, so they get maintained.

A public fountain

It was my second time in Pompeii, the first being more than twenty years before. Hadn't changed much, except there were more signs than I remembered.

Looking out through the Porta Nocera

And crowds. There were hordes of schoolchildren there. It was easier to picture it as a busy urban center with all the people walking the streets.

I spent a long afternoon wandering around Pompeii, taking pictures and thinking about how well our own cities would hold up after 2000 years of neglect.

Looking down the tunnel into the coliseum

Gauntlet Wizard's Spells

A graphic to show the keyboard combinations for the wizard's spells in Gauntlet.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Constitution of the United States: Ninth Amendment

Ninth Amendment

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

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