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30th September
Calendars through the Ages.
Western-Chinese Calendar Converter.
Mayan Calendar Tools.

Maya Art Pages.

Olmec Writing. Good pictures.

Ohalo II : A submerged camp of the first fishermen in the Sea of Galilee. 'The Ohalo II fisher-hunter-gatherers submerged camp is 19,400 years-old. Due to excellent conditions of preservation under the water, unusual finds have been discovered. These include the remains of the oldest brush huts ever found in the world. On the floors and in the hearths, hundreds of thousand of charred seeds/fruits were discovered. In addition, a wide variety of animal bones (of which fish are the most common) and flint tools were found...'

29th September
I'm going on hiatus for a while. Be back when I'm back...
Update - the hiatus (or holiday, as normal people call it), has been postponed for a week. I may take about a week or so off.

28th September
Anonymomma's World is a new discovery, which I think I'll come back and visit. Home of the original Internet baglady. Ironic, really funny, probably one of the best sites I've found in a while. :)

Buried Village, Rotorua, New Zealand. Via Goodshit.

Dictionary of Slang in the UK. Thanks to Becky for this link.

The Complete Review. A literary saloon and site of review.

Dinosaur eggs discovered.
Acceptable face of robotics.

Is it rational to be ethical?
Yes, it is.
Need evidence? Read about the Prisoners' Dilemma experiment. The most successful strategy is conditional altruism.
Play Prisoners' Dilemma.

Roman water wheels unearthed in London. Via Ancient World Web.

In a Dark Time. Via Wood's Lot.

Guardian Weblog Special : Afghanistan.
Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan.
UN launches Afghan aid appeal.
Aid begins to reach Afghan refugees.

27th September
I hadn't seen Feeling Listless before. A weblog with lots of good Brit stuff.

Asteroid's mystery 'blue ponds'.
Bubbling seas can sink ships.
Prehistoric graves continue to astonish archaeologists in Ohio.

Monster Raving Loony Party three day conference begins this week.
The world's greatest alternative political party has its website here.

Prince William complains about Prince Edward film crew.
Library book returned 38 years overdue.

UN's GBP400m refugee appeal.
The Warlog.
Muslim feminist looks at Taliban. Very, very good article.
An Iranian-American writes on being Iranian and American. Insightful, even to people who are neither.
Debka is an interesting Israeli site about 'political analysis, espionage, terrorism, security'.
Killing the Buddha - 'Any enemy will do.'

The Bertrand Russell Society.

My noble correspondents have been at work again :-
EatEthnic : September. September is National Papaya Month, and much more.
Transcendental Capsaicinophilic Society. Devoted to the worship of chiles.
Gourmet lollipops.
The World's First Japanese Pizza Page.
Urban Legends Reference Page : Rumours of War. What's true, what's rubbish with regard to the terrorist attacks. (If you found this page looking for stuff about Nostradamus, you want to read this).

26th September
Pome of the Day. Via dumbmonkey.

Japan on Foot. 'Two women walk Japan to help shelter for women and children.'
One of their adventures - 'Shivery tales of the spirit on hot summer nights'.

The Sikhism Home Page.

Latest claims of Martian life are erroneous says USGS scientist.
Mars Daily.
Space Daily.

The Alliance of World Weary Webloggers Standing Honourably and Intelligently Together now has its own page.

Take a virtual tour of a Cold War bunker in Essex. You can hire it, too.

Arcadia is an interesting personal site, which pointed me to the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative and the Electronic Text Corpus of Sumerian Literature.

Red Licorice Laces.

'Stupendous' comet pictures revealed.

' Fossils of reptiles that survived the greatest extinction in the Earth's history suggest that the catastrophe had a far greater impact on ocean life than on land-dwellers. '
'The theory that an asteroid or comet slammed into the planet, wiping out most living things, may have to be revised following the discovery. '

The Onion is very good this week.
God angrily clarifies 'Don't Kill' rule.

RoboCup, or robotic soccer. Via CamWorld.

Your name in Chinese characters. Via Lukelog.

A rather good illuminated manuscripts site, with many links to other illuminated manuscripts sites.

Connected Japan. Via Bifurcated Rivets.

Love Poems of Rumi.

An Aussie in America.
Australian Poetry & Bush Verse.
Stories of the Dreaming.
Animals as represented in mythology and folklore.
(Thx to ppc for the 4 links above).

25th September
Alliance of World Weary Webloggers Standing Honourably and Intelligently Together.

French schoolkids get lessons in Cockney.

Work's been intensely busy this week, so I haven't had chance to do much surfing. However, my noble correspondents, who know the sort of things I like, have made up for it by sending me the following :-
The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Mesoamerica. This one is really good.
The Aztec Calendar.
Floating Gardens of Mexico.
Australian jingles from the 60's to the 90's.
Australian bush verse.
Blood types - an anime glossary.
IslamiCity. A portal to the Muslim world.
An extensive multimedia site on Osama bin Laden.
Corporate propaganda vs. freedom and liberty. Dull title, but an interesting article - it's carried by the Daily Revolution.

23rd September
Hooray for Bollywood World.

Scrambled Pancakes, a daily comic strip.

The Labyrinth of the Griddle. Sketches of pancakes. Via Bleu Blog.

Peter Preston - 'Armchair generals vs. 'Prada-Meinhof gang'.' Preston is the former editor of the Guardian, which has been criticised from some quarters for its coverage of the World Situation. As an experienced war correspondent, he defends his former paper with wit and skill.
David Aaronovitch - 'Help! There's been an outbreak of Pinterism.' Another perspective. Via Nimrods.
Ziauddin Sardar - 'My fatwa on the fanatics.' Sardar writes for New Scientist, and co-wrote Muhammad for Beginners.

The Official Mahatma Gandhi Website. Via Booknotes.

MexicoFile, the newsletter for Mexicophiles.

22nd September
Man jailed over 'possessed' jewellery claims.
Spacecraft heads for comet fly-by.
The Federation of American Scientists.
The Blog Twinning Project.

21st September
If only! Via Goodshit.

The Mooning Gnome is a fab name for a weblog.


Squirrels 'genetically altered' by forest.
Woman finds dead frog in custard pudding.
Saint's blood liquefies - good omen for the world.

Google search for "the great British eccentrics". The fourth one down is interesting.

Olive and Eric.

The Moscow Times is yet another news source.

Times - 'Secret plans for 10-year war.' 'America and Britain are producing secret plans to launch a ten-year "war on terrorism" Operation Noble Eagle involving a completely new military and diplomatic strategy to eliminate terrorist networks and cells around the world. '
'Despite the mass build-up of American forces in the Gulf and the Indian Ocean, there will be no "D-Day invasion" of Afghanistan and no repeat of the US-led Operation Desert Storm against Iraq in 1991, defence sources say. '

Numbers of WTC casualties by nationality. The number of non-US casualties actually exceeds the American losses.

20th September
An Alberta Beekeeper's Diary.
The Bumblebee Pages.
Insect Zoo Webcam from Iowa.
The Amazing Beecam from a beehive.
Insect drawings. I remember these from school biology.

Fossils of the early land-based ancestors of whales have been unearthed in Pakistan.

World Cultures. A detailed, attractive and erudite collection of resources on civilisations from all over the world.

Krystl the albino hedgehog is exceedingly cute.

Keep abreast of developments with Ethel the Blog.
I like Dumbmonkey's world flags.

'An Afghan refugee girl looks on outside from the family tent in Manjil Abad village 30 miles (50 kilometers) southwest of Tehran, Iran... '

Gentle voices.

19th September
In search of Papaya. A Russian teenager's journey through central Colombia.

Nice picture of Betelgeuse.

Betelgeusean poetry?
'Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse,
Bright red star in Orion,
Soon I'm told, you'll explode.
You're worth keeping my eye one.'

History of chewing betel and miang, in Thailand.
History of chewing gum.

Alien big cats in Northumberland?

The Bath Postal Museum. That's Bath in England.

Mad Pride.

Bad Astronomy. Via Bifurcated Rivets.
Also via Bifurcated Rivets, Pawn Pusher, a rather amusing chess site. Be sure to look at the knavish scumbag tricks.

Words of comfort. Via Goodshit.

An Iranian filmmaker on Afghanistan. 'If you read my article in full, It will take about an hour of your time. In this hour, 14 more people will have died in Afghanistan of war and hunger and 60 others will have become refugees in other countries. This article is intended to describe the reasons for this mortality and emigration. '

The Iranian online mag looks very good.

What does Osama bin Laden want? Nothing we have
'But Bin Laden and his followers are alarming because they don't want anything from us. They don't want our sympathy. They want no material thing we can offer them. They don't want to participate in the community of nations. (They don't really believe in the nation-state.) They are motivated by religion, not politics. They answer to no one but their god, so they certainly won't answer to us.'
In other words, unlike more traditional rebel movements, bin Laden is not necessarily a creation of Western policy failures; neither are social or economic issues a consideration for him (so giving or withholding aid may not influence him); nor is he a nationalist, fighting against colonialism. Another point of view, interesting because it is not West-centric. Thanks, Fred.

Nostradamus has been prominent in some quarters following the World Trade Centre disaster. The Guardian has an article on 'Nostradamus foresaw the calamity, and other stupid urban myths'.

New Scientist - 'Weeks before enduring psychological impact is revealed.' Watch out for guilt, depression, anxiety and blind rage - among individuals, and maybe in the public sphere, across the political spectrum.

Blair strides world stage. Blair seems to be trying to strike a balance between loyalty to the Americans and an effective response to terrorism, being a calming, balanced influence on Washington, and being a diplomatic bridge between Washington, Europe and the Arab states.

18th September
Giant puffball mushrooms.

Afghanistan Online is a good background site. It has an interesting history of Afghanistan.

Evil is never justifiable.

17th September
Playing chess against Bobby Fischer online.

Robot slugkiller ready to roll.

Afghan Daily is a news source I value.
Dave Winer of Scripting News is compiling a directory of Central Asian news sources.

Please stop the unjust hatred. Via Scripting News.
International casualties. Via Scripting News.
People around the world mourning. Thanks, Fred.
Revenge motive studied in Arizona Sikh's slaying.

16th September
Peanut butter and honey dog biscuits. It's the little things that matter most.

Slapstick : The Silent Comedy Quicktime Cavalcade.

15th September
All the Greatest Cities of the World.

PopMatters, a magazine of pop culture.

Lie of the day. Via Plasticbag.

Mir Tamim Ansary on Afghanistan. Via Booknotes.

Artificial ants solve network problems.

14th September
Hi, world.

Find a loved one emergency information. An official site.

World New York.

In other news...
Oldest hominid fossils in southern Africa found.
Researchers find source of 1356 earthquake.

13th September
I work in London's financial district. The atmosphere has been very strange for the last two days, as people come to terms with the events in the US, the wider implications, the effect on day-to-day work, and in some cases the loss of friends or colleagues. I believe that things will start to return to normal fairly soon; this is probably the best way of dealing with it - by not letting it get worse, and starting to recover.
If you found this site through a search engine looking for information, you may find some of the links below useful.

More information about the terrorist attacks in the US :-
New York hotlines, helpful sites.
Emergency and relief information.
I'm OK Message Centre
I want to report that someone is safe / I want to find out if someone is safe.

Another very good set of links compiled by Kottke. Scripting News has thoughtful coverage. As usual, the Guardian is exemplary.

The tragedy in cartoons. Via Mr. Barrett.

Solidarity with the Americans.
'Please take the time to add your name to the list of people who condemn the September 11th terrorist attacks on the US.'

I feel extremely bad for Jish. This is appalling. Think before you speak, please.

'But you know what? We're meant to be outraged. We need an outlet for our anger, and the media are more than happy to serve us up the villains we're looking for. ' Incidentally, Iran, Libya and Cuba have all condemned the attacks. Via Bleu Blog.
Anti-Islamic violence breaks out.

A letter to our American friends. - Haroon Siddiqui.
Iran condemns attacks.
Cuba condemns attacks.

12th September
If you found this page searching for information about the terrorist actions in the US, please go here for the New York Bombing Registry, and other useful links.
DaveNet : To peace-loving people everywhere.
Traumwind : My thoughts are with you.
Booknotes : Now what?
Barbelith Underground Forum.

Churches in the City of London. Another reason why I like London.

Maya Calendar and Cosmology.
Western-Chinese Calendar Converter.

11th September
Silver Ladder Studios. 'Original art, music, poetry/lyrics, humor, photography, dream journals, opinion, and a healthy dose of insanity.'

Lots of linkage about the World Trade Centre crash at Booknotes. (I can't add to this; the terrorist attack and its probable consequences are truly terrible).

All about large numbers.
Googol and Googolplex.
Hindu Cosmology is heavily into big numbers.
A Mayan Date Calculator.

Latest gripe - people who take mobile phone calls in toilet cubicles. Tip for dealing - Flush loudly.

Ice lolly jokes fall victim to globalisation.

Another funny headline - 'Coral reefs 'much rarer than thought'.' Well, I've always believed that too...

Monkey on the loose in New Hampshire.
The Guardian's guide to chess websites.

Toothless pre-Neanderthal got help from friends. Via Bleu Blog.

10th September
The Popol Vuh, the central book of Mayan mythology, in English translation. Thanks to Becky for the link.

Ancient cave temple discovered in India.

Universe 'could condense into jelly'.
Man sprouts a dozen new teeth at age 95?

Link this page. Spread a meme. Go on.

Amusing old headline of the day - 'Research shows planet formation may be more common than thought.'

Guardian - 'US pulls the plug on Muslim websites.'

9th September
The Story of Mary Morgan. A sad tale of Mary Morgan, who was hanged in 1805 in Wales, aged 17, for the murder of her infant child. I may or may not be related to her.

The Tombstone Traveller's Guide. A guide to cemeteries in several countries, as well as roadside and other memorials. I've been to Highgate in London, Waverley in Sydney, and Pere LaChaise in Paris.

'Secret' email at risk from impostors.

More mythical Monkey God fun - the Journey to the West themepark in Guangzhou. This might be worth a visit.
As may the Cave of Wonders in Nanning.
The Story of King Monkey.

Graffiti Shonan. 'An exhibition of eternity'. Japanese urban art. Via GMT+9.

'Flatland : A Romance of Many Dimensions' is available to read online. Thanks to Luke for pointing this out.

Photographic angelic enjoyment at Sattva. is Also check out Stone Angels.

The Museum of Online Museums. 'Here, you will find links from our archives to online collections and exhibits covering a vast array of interests and obsessions: Start with a review of classic art and architecture, and graduate to the study of mundane (and sometimes bizarre) objects elevated to art by their numbers, juxtaposition, or passion of the collector. '
From Coudal.

8th September
The Wicker Man : The Game. Via Lukelog.

20 Strange and Wonderful Books. Good list, this. I've actually read some of these. Check out :-
'The Penguin Dictionary of Curious and Interesting Numbers'.
'Titus Groan' by Mervyn Peake.
'The Green Child' by Herbert Read. A dictator of an unnamed South American country fakes his assassination and returns to the English village where he grew up. He is intrigued to discover that the village stream now flows uphill. He follows the stream to a mill where he discovers a woman with green skin, tied to a chair. Excellently weird stuff. This was Read's only novel, but he was also famous as an art critic, poet and anarchist. Brief bio here.
I haven't read 'Flatland' (about life in a universe with two spatial dimensions), Jorge Luis Borges' 'Labyrinths', or William Morris' 'The Well at the World's End', but I'd quite like to.

How to make peanut butter biscuits.
How to make peanut butter noodles.
Peanut butter pineapple deluxe.

Olaf Stapledon, an influential early 20th century writer. Science fiction, but good science fiction.
'Last and First Men'. Future human and posthuman history.
'Sirius'. A dog is born with human intelligence. Sirius is brought up with with the scientist's daughter (who was born at the same time), and has a difficult and sad relationship with human society as a whole.

7th September
NYCASD. A photographer in Amsterdam and a reporter in New York explore the differences and similarities between the two cities, and the lifestyles of their inhabitants. A most attractive site, and a praiseworthy project. Via email.

Million children attempt to create earthquake.

Hungarians say they found traces of life on Mars.

Mr. Eclipse. Eclipse photography and much more. All good.

O'Really? But where are the cute animals on the cover? Via Linkmachinego.

British sewers lined with gold?
Octopus arms have minds of their own, sort of.

Judges rule refugees held illegally. From the Guardian - 'Holding asylum seekers in a detention centre while their applications are being assessed, if they are not suspected of a crime, is unlawful and breaches their human rights, the high court ruled this morning.'
Guardian special report on refugees.
Human Rights Watch : Refugees.

This made me laugh out loud. Genius.

Happy birthday to Jean-Denis!
Also belated happy returns to Al of View from the Heart.

6th September
The Tudor Times. A newspaper-style site about life in 16th century England.
Shakespearean Sonnet of the Day.

Bookshops around the world. Truly massive. Good for English-language bookshops. I found most of my favourites in here, though there are a few gaps in the UK coverage. Good North American and Japanese sections though. I linked the Sydney section when I was travelling recently, but that's all good too, despite the glaring omission of Gould's. Via Bifurcated Rivets.

Build your own solar system. Via Bleu Blog.


Search for world's funniest joke.
Laughlab claims to be 'the largest scientific study ever into humour'.

Differences between British and American Harry Potter. Seems to be a work in progress.

Spooky! 800 crops up again.

5th September
Prince Charles mobbed by lingerie women.

639-year organ concert begins.
Web site gives scientists outlet for explaining the unexplainable.
English is the most difficult European language to read, supposedly.
Story of a slave is liberated by hi-tech scanner.

World of Nushu. More on the secret women's language of China. Via my referrer logs, oddly enough.

Robotory, a robotic weblog I would like to recommend.

The Green Man. A familiar figure in churches in Britain and other part of Europe, as well as temples in some parts of Asia. Lots of pictures.
The Green Man and Father Christmas.

The various versions of the Wicker Man. Great film, but apparently no connection with Burning Man. Or so they say.

The Nutlog aspires (if that's the right word) to be wabi-sabi.

Haiku Tennis looks like fun.

Bomb explodes near Belfast school.
Violence returns to disputed Belfast school. Bad stuff.

4th September
Does anyone know what the significance 800 miles has in Journey to the West, or Monkey, the Chinese classic? It doesn't sound like it's meant to be literal since the same number keeps popping up. "This river is 800 miles wide!" "This mountain range is 800 miles wide!" and so on. It sounds from context simply like "It's really wide"... Is this a figure of speech?
The Monkey.

Volcano World. Via Bleu Blog.

The Fantastic in Art and Fiction. Gorgeously weird imagery. Via Wood's Lot.

The Hunger Site is back. Spread the word.

Iron Age boats discovered near pagan site in Lincolnshire.

Solar system simulator. Via Swallowing Tacks.
People who like this may also enjoy Brendan's fab solar system Java toy.

Marmite catching up, but vegemite still leading 7 to 5 (when I last checked).

The making of the Rotten Egg Nebula.

Bio-piracy stalks Borneo tribes' treasure trove. 'Widespread attention to Sarawak's bintangor tree, a derivative of which has been used to prepare an anti-HIV /AIDS treatment undergoing U.S. clinical trials, has prompted non-governmental organizations to sound the alarm.' 'Mark Bujang of the Borneo Resources Institute says the East Malaysian state's natives are in danger of having their indigenous savvy ripped off by so-called ``bio-pirates.'' '
' ``It's not easy for the people to understand all this. The concept of bio-piracy is very vague to them,'' he said.'

3rd September
Jane Palmer's site. Jane is a British science fiction novelist I discovered in a secondhand bookshop in Guildford a couple of years back, and a wonderful writer - funny and surreal. Excerpts and covers from some of her books are here. The Drune is her most recent published work.

More subterranean fascination from Luke :-
Online tours of the London Underground.
The Fabulous Ruins of Detroit.
Friends of Williamson's Tunnels 'a strange underground kingdom which has lain beneath the city of Liverpool in north-west England since the early 1800s'.
More abandoned stations in Sydney, Boston, Washington and NYC. Not forgetting Forgotten NY.
Luke has all the best stuff.

Ah, here we are... haunted places in Singapore. Mention of the haunted MRT here.
And here we are again... Haunted Places International. Mention of a haunted Singapore MRT station is made here; scroll to the bottom of the page for many ghost-related links.

Life After Tyranny. Praiseworthy accounts of travels in eastern Europe, North Korea and Argentina.

Diary of a Nobody. For real! Read a chapter a day, I urge you.

Robot Art.

Maecenas : Images of Ancient Greece and Rome. Wonderful pictures; thanks Fred.
DNA analysis tracks Silk Road forebears, suggesting 'Out of Africa' theory is correct.
Scientists call for online library.

Deaf man wrongly jailed for two years.

Europeanism 1, Jingoism 0. The Guardian's optimistic take on the England-Germany football match.

Hindu nationalists promote cow's urine as health cure.
Anyone for dung-flavoured beer?
Alter DNA or robots will take over, warns Hawking.
New sea species found.
Did sexism kill the thylacine?

2nd September
Jen takes up the theme of abandoned underground/ subway/metro stations, following yesterday's link about disused London tube stations :-
Abandoned NY subway stations.
More disused stations, lots of links.
Without wanting to sound too trainspotter-ish, this particular aspect of social history interests me greatly; so do the urban legends surrounding it, and it's something I link to occasionally. Take a look also at these (I've linked some of them before) :-
Abandoned Paris metro stations.
The Legend of the Tokyo Subway.
The Moscow Metro : Underground Dream.
Unofficial Pyongyang metro site; this is really fascinating.
Metro Planet is a guide to underground systems worldwide.
TubeHell and Straphangers are good sites for commuters in London and NYC, respectively.
I've heard rumours of supposedly haunted MRT stations in Singapore; I've been unable to find out much about this online. If anyone knows about these legends, please drop me a line.
Another favourite London thing : at Tower Hill Station, part of the old Roman wall is uncovered opposite the westbound District Line platform. It's worth a look.

Tens of thousands log on for Pig Brother. I'm backing Widdecombe.
Owners concerned over mourning pig.

Pigs on Parade in Seattle.
PIGS, a sanctuary for miniature and exotic porcines.

Martin Sharp, Australian pop artist of 'Oz' magazine fame, likes Luna Park and 'Eternity'. Thanks to R. Pye for this link.
More about Arthur Stace and Eternity.

1st September
Interesting things to see in London :-
The Museum of London is huge, and claims to be the largest museum devoted to one city in the world. You can easily spend half a day there.
The Thames Flood Barrier in Docklands is the largest movable flood barrier in the world, and is impressive visually as well from from an engineering point of view.
One end of the Thames Path is at the Thames Flood Barrier; the other end is at the source of the river, far to the west of London.
Battersea Park, with Japanese Peace Pagoda and children's zoo.
Southwark Cathedral, which sits just south of the Thames, facing St Paul's and the City. Southwark Cathedral is much nicer and more peaceful, in my opinion. On London Bridge, it's possible to see both cathedrals in the same skyline. Is there anywhere else in the world where this is possible? Tell me.
The largest Hindu temple outside India, in Neasden.
The Friday and weekend book markets on the South Bank of the Thames, near Waterloo Station.
Murder One, a very good specialist crime, science fiction and romance bookshop.
Lots of restaurants in Chinatown; Wong Kei is renowned for its quality food and interesting concept of service. I've recently started going to Lahore Kebab in the East End, which is an excellent Pakistani restaurant; lots of good meat dishes.
The Tube has an interesting history.