So when he arrived at 10:45 I asked what pressing need had kept him from his bed. He had a sudden burning need to learn cuneiform and research ancient Sumerian kings. I am not making this up. I asked him if he expected that there would be a Babylonian renaissance. He said I didn't understand what things were really important in life, and said that Sumerian was necessary for a really rounded education.
Okay, I am elaborating on our conversation a little, because it was late and I was sleepy, but... cuneiform?