The British Museum

I visited the British Museum, just to make sure the Rosetta Stone is still there (it is).

It was as crowded as I expected, and even more so. People crowded around, taking photographs of the black stone behind glass, with its tiny etched writing, none of which would show up on a casual photograph. The digital camera has made people obsessed with taking pictures of everything, but when you're standing in front of the Rosetta Stone, or the Mona Lisa, or Michelangelo's David, what's wrong with just enjoying it? If you want a photograph for later, buy a poster, or look it up online to fine one of the dozens of photographs certain to be better than your hurried photograph taking in poor conditions. I really wish most museums would disallow photography, and allow everyone to better enjoy the experience of visiting the collection.

I also saw many sarcoph: is the plural of sarcophagus, sarcophagi or sarcophaguses?

Ancient Egyptian culture always impresses me with how advanced it was: the detail, the craftsmanship, the subsequent preservation. I thought the same thing when I visited the Tut exhibit at San Francisco's de Young Museum a couple of years ago. Gilded objects, thousands of years old, that sometimes look as though they could've been finished only yesterday.

I also spent time visiting the collections from Arctic North America, Korea, and Japan.

The Japanese figurines on display, especially those carved from ivory, were so detailed, so very cool, so nearly perfect, they look as though they must have been produced by a machine.

In the Korean room there were some carved Buddhas, of course, and an ancient rooftop tile carved with a demon or dragon face, so as to ward off evil spirits, but unfortunately it also seemed to ward off museum visitors, as the Korean room was nearly empty.