Monthly Archives: July 2008

A peculiar epitaph

Over on his blog, Paolo Coelho posts snippets of writing, usually involving a lesson or life advice. There’s a nice one up today about doing the most with the time you have on this planet.

On his tombstone, he had the following epitaph engraved:

“A life which ends with death, is a life not well spent.”

I like the piece because it does not necessarily preach about what one should do to ensure future generations remember them, it just gives an example of one character. Coelho will live on through his writing — The Alchemist in particular — much as Shakespeare has. It’s also important to note that Abin-Alsar, the character in the blog posting, does not achieve world fame or glory, but rather makes life better for the people of his town. A local but beloved immortality.

The Gulf and world heritage

Nabatean tombs at Al Hijr, Saudi Arabia

The latest additions to UNESCO’s World Heritage List include a healthy number of sites in the Gulf and wider Middle East.

Saudi Arabia makes its debut on the list, with the Al Hijr archaeological site (also known as Madain Saleh) deemed worthy. The complex of about 100 tombs is an important Nabatean ruin (the Nabateans built Petra in Jordan, perhaps best known as the location of the Grail in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade).

The Socotra Archipelago in Yemen was one of the natural sites added to the list. It is a location of great biodiversity and home to many unique plants.

Other new inscriptions on the list include Armenian monastic sites in Iran, which the UN agency said represented “the last regional remains of this culture that are still in a satisfactory state of integrity and authenticity”.

UNESCO also inscribed the Bahá’i Holy Places in Israel as being of cultural significance. These include houses as well as tombs and modern buildings.

Star Trek MMO

CVG reports that Cryptic may unveil a Star Trek MMO on July 27. Which is nice in its own right, but which I’m only commenting on as that’s my birthday. My brain is on holiday so I’m not going to figure it out, but it may actually be unveiled on July 28. Either way, there’s a countdown on the Cryptic website.


I’m back in Ireland for two weeks, so the blog will be a bit quiet as I rush around trying to see everybody.

In the meantime: dance, Mario, dance.