This weblog will be exactly two years' old tomorrow. Here's a selection of some of my favourite links from over the last two years :-
December : GeoNative.
November : Eric Conveys an Emotion.
October : 54 Word Stories.
September : Hi, World.
August : Sydney Harbour.
July : SciFaiku.
June : Hello Kitty vs. Squirrel Rappy.
May : West African Kingdoms.
April : Footsteps of Man.
March : The Bestiary.
February : Great Ape Project.
January : The Subway Page.
December : Earth Lights.
November : Fantasy World Order.
October : YETI@Home.
September : Robots Factory.
August : Images of the Sun taken by the Transition Region and Coronal Explorer.
July : Gothic Gardening.
June : The Moonlit Road.
May : Buddha Mind.
April : Tokyo Adventure.
March : Bunny People of Planet Pynk.
February : Moon Phase Calendar.
January : Zen Stories to Tell Your Neighbours.
The Skeptic's Dictionary.
' The giant planet Jupiter will be at its brightest this New Year, shining so brightly in the northern hemisphere's skies that it could even be mistaken for an aircraft. '
Take the What Should Your New Year's Resolution Be? Quiz.
I really enjoyed 'The Dispossessed' by Ursula K. Le Guin.
A review by Victoria Strauss :- 'The Dispossessed -- which has not been out of print since its original publication in 1974 -- is perhaps Le Guin's most famous work, and arguably her most intellectually challenging. It's a book of opposites: a utopian novel that doesn't flinch from exposing the flaws of its model society, a feminist-themed narrative with a male protagonist, a social commentary that presents communal cooperation as the truest human ideal, yet focuses on the inevitable separateness of the creative individual within such a structure...'
Earth and Moon Viewer. 'You can view either a map of the Earth showing the day and night regions at this moment, or view the Earth from the Sun, the Moon, the night side of the Earth, above any location on the planet specified by latitude, longitude and altitude, from a satellite in Earth orbit, or above various cities around the globe. ' Or you could view the Moon.
The Iliad. "The true hero, the true subject, the center of the Iliad, is force. Force as man's instrument, force as man's master, force before which human flesh shrinks back. The human soul, in this poem, is shown always in its relation to force: swept away, blinded by the force it thinks it can direct, bent under the pressure of the force to which it is subjected. Those who had dreamed that force, thanks to progress, now belonged to the past, have seen the poem as a historic document; those who can see that force, today as in the past, is at the center of all human history, find in the Iliad its most beautiful, its purest mirror."
Then play the Iliad Game.
'The tree Yggdrasill held together the 3 levels of the Norse universe. It is on these three levels that the nine realms (or worlds) existed...' Virtual tour of the worlds of Norse mythology.
Tibetan Game of Liberation and Rebirth.
Some interesting mental health-related tests :-
Personality Disorder Test.
Wakefield Depression Questionnaire.
Agent Orange hotspots located.
'Ornithologists in Pakistan fear that populations of birds whose migration route takes them over Afghanistan may have been devastated by the weeks of bombing there. '
Educator's Guide to Kitchen Comets. How to make a comet nucleus.
Library of Ethiopian Texts.
The fabulous and nonsensical haiku generator.
quitting bile blacks ale
intersected yeoman greets
Joyrides, 'a photo gallery celebrating the joy and beauty of amusement park rides, especially roller coasters!'
Clive's UndergrounD Line Guides 'are a series of pages describing the London Underground system and the independent railways of the London area - the Docklands Light Railway and the Croydon Tramlink (neither is a part of London Transport, though the DLR used to be). Each line is covered on a single page. '
ohnoitisnt. ohyesitis. Via The Web Today.
The J.R.R. Tolkien Information Page. Via GoodShit.
Myths and Legends.
' The seasonal movement of water between north and south polar regions regularly stretches and compresses the Earth, say US researchers.'
'A long-forgotten town that once lay at the gateway to Roman Britain has been rediscovered by archaeologists.'
'Scientists anxious to track the movements of a rare bird say atomic analysis of its feathers may reveal its migration route. '
Harry Potter book burning planned. Sad :(.
Venusian Volcanic Features.
Sumerian Language Page.
Sumerian Text Archive.
Wharram Percy : The Lost Medieval Village.
Chess Variants Pages.
A most interesting personality test.
Tomorrow I'm seeing an old schoolfriend!
Managed to see 'Lord of the Rings'. It was really good; a real sense of menace, genuinely scary in parts. The balrog was great. But where was Tom Bombadil?? What about the Gimli/Galadriel angle?? Minor quibbles though. It is Good Stuff. It'll be interesting to see what they make of the ents.
'If the hijackers had been able to imagine themselves into the thoughts and feelings of the passengers, they would have been unable to proceed. It is hard to be cruel once you permit yourself to enter the mind of your victim...' Via Linkmachinego.
Indigenous people are not good merchandise. Via wood s lot.
Sydney Morning Herald galleries : The fires fire and wide | Sydney under smoke.
Alchemy. 'Over 90 megabytes online of information on alchemy in all its facets. Divided into over 1300 sections and providing tens of thousands of pages of text, over 2000 images, over 200 complete alchemical texts, extensive bibliographical material on the printed books and manuscripts, numerous articles, introductory and general reference material on alchemy. '
European Minority Languages. Classifications; good links.
The Lost Highway. 'A look into the roads of yesteryear as seen today.' Via Meme Pool.
Archaeologists find Celts in unlikely spot : central Turkey. (NYTimes requires free registration).
Christmas links. Via Cloud 9.
Lord of the Rings greatest ever event in history: official.
Find your name in pi. Via Bifurcated Rivets.
Astro Pic of the Day - the Incredible Expanding Crab.
' Christmas observations of a peculiar "twisting" star have provided a crucial insight into why the Sun's 11-year sunspot cycle is so unpredictable, according to European astronomers working at the Anglo-Australian Telescope in New South Wales.'
'A jogger pauses to take a drink in front of the Sydney Harbour Bridge as bushfire smoke engulfs the city of Sydney December 27, 2001. ' Photo.
The Language Construction Kit. 'This set of webpages (what's a set of webpages? a webchapter?) is intended for anyone who wants to create artificial languages-- for a fantasy or an alien world, as a hobby, as an interlanguage. '
Hypercube Photo of the Day.
Reinhart's Islamic Studies blog.
The Roman Empire online.
WhoWhatWhen 'is a database of people and events from 1000 A.D. to the present. Create graphic timelines of periods in history and of the lives of individuals.'
A timeline of philosophers.
In Search of Giant Squid.
From ghosts to Jesus, apparition tradition continues in Atlantic Canada. Via Fortean Times.
Volcanic power plant started in Kamchatka.
Bethlehem's inns host only sadness.
Monasteries of the Yorkshire Dales and Moors.
Primary Zen texts. Via GoodShit.
'The newly opened sacristy at Saint Catherine's monastery is one of the world's most enchanting small museums.' (The monastery is on Mount Sinai).
' A US astronomer claims he has found the first mention of the star of Bethlehem outside the Bible. The reference is in a 4th-century manuscript written by a Roman astrologer and Christian convert called Firmicus Maternus.'
'Michael Molnar, formerly of Rutgers University in New Jersey, is the originator of the idea that the star of Bethlehem was not a spectacular astronomical event such as a supernova or a comet but an obscure astrological one. '
Headline Haikus. All your news in seventeen syllables. (Or are they really senryu?)
The Bright Comet Chronicles. 'The following material provides brief accounts of all those comets seen between 1800 and 1997 which attained an observed maximum brightness of +2 or greater, together with a few additional objects of special interest.'
NASA's Planetary Photojournal.
Science news of the year.
Are you living in a computer simulation? Via Follow Me Here.
A site of related interest is Strange New World, an interactive philosophical simulation. (Spotted on Bifurcated Rivets recently).
Interactive Christmas tree, snowperson and advent calendar. Flash required.
Loki - bad, or merely misunderstood? 'My intention with this essay is to try and analyze the character of Loki as he is described in the Eddas: Snorri Sturlasson's Edda and The Poetic Edda. I will show that Loki is not as evil and mischievous as is his reputation...'
As previously noted, Morfa has good taste in links (and is a nice chap to boot), but I want to understand the commentary too. :) To this end, I looked up this page of Welsh phrases. Nadolig Llawen.
Free Online Language Translation Service.
The history of the tango.
Get well soon, Loren.
Man hires bunker to escape Christmas. I bet he'd join the Christmas Resistance.
'Man could have settled in Britain up to 200,000 years earlier than previously thought, according to new studies.'
Ferrets make a comeback in Arizona.
Morfa is a Welsh-language weblog with excellent taste in links.
Ilovelanguages.com. 'Formerly known as The Human-Languages Page, iLoveLanguages is still your biggest and best guide to language-related Web sites. '
Tongue-twisters in 87 languages.
More on the mystery squid.
Man and Mollusc.
Longdendale - the Haunted Valley. Ghost stories, mysterious lights and legends from Derbyshire's Peak District.
Translations of Noh plays.
How Christmas Works.
Urban Legends : Christmas.
Axmouth : A medieval painted chuch in Devon. Wall paintings.
Resources for Tolkienian Linguistics.
The Piers Plowman Electronic Archive. 'The long-range goal of the Piers Plowman Electronic Archive is the creation of a multi-level, hyper-textually linked electronic archive of the textual tradition of all three versions of the fourteenth-century allegorical dream vision Piers Plowman. '
'Lucian Freud's portrait of the Queen has divided both the press and art critics. ' I quite like it...
One reason I like BBC Online's news coverage is that it often links out to sites on the web which are related to each news story - for example, Lucian Freud on the Internet.
' NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory has revealed the aftermath of a titanic explosion that wracked the elliptical galaxy known as NGC 4636. This eruption could be the latest episode in a cycle of violence triggered by gas falling into a central massive black hole. ' (NASA/Marshall Space Flight Centre).
Bushwacker is interesting today. Go read.
Language Miniatures. 'Mini-essays about human language in its endless kaleidoscope of aspects, such as the social, the mental, the historical, the structural. '
Planet Mars in Popular Culture.
Gallery of Unfortunate Christmas Cards.
The Ten Oxherding Pictures.
ZenSpace. Zen resource page.
Astro Pic of the Day - Partial Eclipse, Cloudy Day.
Helen Highwater on patriotism.
Earthquake Links & Websites. Via GoodShit.
Dear Santa... Part of the US Postal Service's Unforgettable Letters site. Via GoodShit.
Free anti-virus tools. Via Rebecca's Pocket.
World's funniest joke revealed after Internet vote.
Mummies discovered under McDonald's restaurant.
UN declares world peace. 'In a move which startled international advisors and which may lead to further conflict in several hotly-contended regions, Kofi Annan, United Nations Secretary General and this year's winner of the Nobel Prize, declared world peace yesterday afternoon. '
Hubble captures Ghost Head nebula. Nice picture.
' An enormous squid that grows 23 feet long and lives as deep as three miles under the ocean, has baffled scientists with what they call its strange looks and weird behavior.' Picture.
Oceans could be common in our solar system and others.
Decoding E.T. : In search of a cosmic Rosetta Stone.