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Sunday, September 14, 2008

Samantha Brown on the Travel Channel

For three straight hours this morning, Samantha Brown helped me travel to China. We went to Xian, Sichuan, and Beijing. My wife came trotting down the hallway because she heard Samantha promo the Terracotta soldiers, said to be the most significant archaeological find of the 20th century. So I set the Tivo to record.

Why was this important to me? First, I begin teaching China in a few weeks (days actually). Second, the 7th grade Social Studies department (there are 4 of us) are trying to work out details to take our 500 7th graders to the High Museum in Atlanta to see the exhibit of the Terracotta soldiers.

In essence, the curator of the museum in China told Samantha (and me) that the clay soldiers were secretly buried with Emperor Qin Shi Huang to protect him in the afterlife, much like the Pharoahs did in Egypt.

Now for kudos to the Travel Channel. All three episodes are available through iTunes for $1.99 each or $4.99 for all three and any future episodes in the series. TV the way it should be.

A poorly done movie is available too: The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (The Mummy 3). I really liked the first two, but I think it is because Rachel Weisz was in those, and absent from #3. Either she made a good choice to stay out of Mummy 3 or she is the one who really made Mummy 1 & 2 as good as they were.

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At 7:08 PM, Blogger Miguel said...

Ric, I LOVED Mummy 3. While I missed Rachel, I was enthralled by the action and the Yeti.

Easy to please,

At 7:12 PM, Blogger Ric Murry said...

It's not so much that I didn't like it, as much as it just wasn't as good as the first two. My expectations were probably way too high.

I guess the only trilogy I have ever been happy with are the Indiana Jones originals.

I think our students who have watched Mummy 3 would recommend the movie, and it will serve us well if we get to take our trip to the museum.


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