Britain's Small Wars. The history of British military conflicts since 1945. 'India, Palestine, Malaya, Korea, Suez Canal Zone, Kenya, Cyprus, Suez 1956, Borneo, Vietnam, Aden, Radfan, Oman, Dhofar, Northern Ireland, the Falklands War, the Gulf War, Bosnia, Kosovo, Sierra Leone and many more.'
Birthplace of Wal-Mart.
Maps and Codices of the Roman Empire.
Robocup 2002 is coming...
Old British Letters, from 1717 to 1859.
"I send you, as the greatest curiosity I have, the copy of a sketch of Bonaparte done about a week since on board the BELLEROPHON by his secretary Col Lanat - Having had a very good sight of him myself I can pronounce it to be a strong likeness of the outline of his face and head. The day after he arrived here one of our Colonels borrowed the General's boat and I was glad to seize the opportunity of taking Emily to see this wonder of the age. When we arrived near the ship we saw Bonaparte walking backwards and forwards in the cabin in conversation with General Bertrand..."
Literature in Line: Lianhuanhua Picture Stories from China. 'The term lianhuanhua, literally "linked pictures," was coined in Shanghai in the 1920s to describe a form of illustrated story that had been developing in urban China since the introduction of Western printing technology in the late nineteenth century. Lianhuanhua books are usually only about three by five inches in size, with one picture to a page, and serve a market similar to that for cartoons and comics in the West. Although different in format and theme from most Western comic books, lianhuanhua may be described as the Chinese response to new forms of publishing imported from the West. Lianhuanhua books of the Republican period, particularly in the 1930s and 1940s, frequently took their stories from popular dramas, traditional fiction, or contemporary film. Those documenting current runs of successful dramatic productions, as well as those based on movies, were generally rushed to press(sometimes drawn and printed the night of the opening performance for sale the following morning)and were generally sold at prices lower than the cost of a theater ticket ... '
Elephant art. By, not of.
The World. Retirement home, tax haven and cruise liner for the super-rich, all in one.
Bloggers for hire.
The story from a while back about a woman being stuck to an airliner's toilet was untrue! Hats off to Pop Culture Junk Mail.
' A 5,000-year-old meteorite unearthed in northwestern China may explain the legendary death of the man celebrated as the nation's earliest ancestor, the Yellow Emperor, state media said Tuesday. '
'The popular herbal supplement, St John's wort, is an ineffective treatment for depression, a major study has found. '
Recreating the Big Bang.
Scepticism at claims of baby cloning.
' A British mathematician thinks he has found a way to solve a 100-year-old mathematical mystery - and if he is right, he will win a $1 million prize.'
Baby tapir saved by mouth-to-trunk resuscitation.
Covers come off nude Madonna portrait.
A musical 'Lysistrata' tests friendship. NYTimes requires free registration and login.
The Red Hot Jazz Archive. Jazz essays, pre-1930.
A History of Manga.
Panorama: The North American Landscape in Art. Courtesy of the Virtual Museum of Canada.
Inventors Online Museum.
Photography of Russia. 'The history of 20th century Russian and Soviet photography is complex. For most for the last century the professional practice of photography was at the service of the state. For a brief period during the 1920s, Russian photography and the visual arts were part of the international modernist movement. By the early thirties they largely conformed to a style of "social realism" that glorified the values of communism. The Soviet present was difficult and uncertain. Photographs of tractor-hugging farmers in the fields and smiling workers in factories were idealized portraits of a communist future. They were meant to inspire the people to sacrifice for a great society to come ... '
Hiroshima A-Bomb Photo Museum. Many images.
Paris Maps. Vintage maps from 1716-1887.
Dawlish Warren. Old maps from Devon.
City of Shadows. A gothic tour of Victorian London. Focuses on the macabre, naturally; a good collection of photos too.
Historical Sumo Images.
The Erogenator. An ingenious head massager.
The Orgasmatron is based on a similar idea.
London's new bus maps. 'In London's bus-stops, some of the finest information graphics I have ever seen are gradually being introduced.'
'Here are some hastily taken photos to record the before and after of London's bus maps, and the improvements I think are great innovations.'
The Russian Avant-Garde Book 1910-1934. Via wood s lot.
Greetings from America! Stamps from each US state. Via Pop Culture Junk Mail.
Wonder Woman art. Via gmtPlus9.
detail & pattern
Rules of Thumb. Thumbs-up to jp and riley dog.
Amos Oz has some interesting things to say. Via Douze Lunes.
' Holocaust survivors attending a service in a small synagogue Monday at Poklonnaya Gora in western Moscow to commemorate Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day.'
' Humanoid robot "Posy," jointly designed and developed by Silicon Graphics Inc (SGI) Japan and robot designer Tatsuya Matsui, is unveiled in Tokyo Monday.'
Lost Vegas. Via Alt-log.
Queen Mother funeral gallery.
' You liked a bet,
the odd drink too,
And why not?
You were human too.
In all life, you were
Respec! Leader of the
Mineral water contaminated with human faeces?
' A 100-year-old journal of Antarctic prose, poetry and polar songs edited and written by Ernest Shackleton, with contributions by Robert Scott, is being republished. '
' Researchers have identified an Australian poison frog that makes its own toxin rather than getting it from food sources. It is the first documented case of a vertebrate that generates its own poison alkaloids, complex chemicals that are usually associated with plants, the researchers said. '
' Scientists said Thursday they have discovered at least a half-dozen new insect species in Southern California, among them the largest bug ever found in the region. '
The Brains Trust satire site on Peter Sissons and the Queen Mum's funeral.
Italy on the Grand Tour. Getty exhibitions.
Barrel Rolling at Ottery St. Mary.
Old Customs of Berkshire.
Origamic Architecture in Makuhari.
Deserted Lands. Great black and white photos of ghost towns in Oregon and Arizona.
Solar Max. Space weather explained.
I'll be guestblogging over at dust from a distant sun this week.
Bitter Lemons. A thoughtful forum for Palestinians and Israelis. Via Eclogues.
The Band. Via Booknotes.
Some fun pieces of short Japanese animation and weird art. Via Quiddity.
Archaeological dig uncovers ancient race of skeleton people.
' Companies are allowed to market computer ID chips which can be embedded under a person's skin in the US, after the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave the technology its qualified approval. ' Via Follow Me Here.
Group uses gore to shock Asian diners and save sharks.
Depression in women and men could have different genetic origins. Via Rebecca's Pocket.
Mad Elk Disease spreads across North America.
' A pub landlord has taken out an insurance policy against ghosts following fears that the resident poltergeist could hurt customers.'
Cursed diamond will top Queen Mother's coffin.
Chocolate linked to nightmares.
Resort that kindles Korean relationship.
Asian Historical Architecture. 'Here you can view over 4800 photos of 335 sites in thirteen countries, with extensive background information and innovative 'virtual tours'. ' Clickable map.
The Construction of the Empire State Building, 1930-1931. Some great photos. From New York Public Library's Photography Collection.
The Soviet Invasion of Czechoslovakia: August 1968 Materials from the Labadie Collection of Social Protest Material.
'In the morning hours of August 21, 1968, the Soviet army invaded Czechoslovakia along with troops from four other Warsaw Pact countries. The occupation was the beginning of the end for the Czechoslovak reform movement known as the Prague Spring. '
'This web site contains material from the days immediately following the invasion, and they reflect the atmosphere in Czechoslovakia at the time: tense, chaotic, uncertain, full of pathos, fear, and expectation... '
Includes cartoons and posters and pamphlets.
The Workhouse. (In 19th century Britain). 'Workhouse is a word that, for most people, conjures up the harsh and squalid world of Oliver Twist. The workhouse was often a grim and brutal place, but its story is also a fascinating mix of social history, politics, economics and architecture. '
Workhouse memories. Stories about a workhouse which only closed in 1931.
Royal Portraits. (From ancient Egypt).
The Pleiades in the "Salle des Taureaux", Grotte de Lascaux. 'Does a Rock Picture in the Cave of Lascaux Show the Open Star Cluster of the Pleiades at the Magdalenian Era (ca 15.300 BC)?' Apparently the Lascaux cave artists painted more than just animals.
Pulp Fiction Magazine Covers.
It was such a pleasant day today, and I spent it in central London, browsing for books and such. Considered taking a look at the Queen Mum's lying in state, but the queue was really long - six hours' estimated wait at 10 am - so gave it a miss!
My find of the day was Yoshitomo Nara's 'Slash with a Knife' - good stuff. Also obtained a bio of Rosa Luxemburg, which seems quite interesting.
Anyway, then to see the Mothman Prophecies, which was ok. Was good to see the actor who plays Steve the bartender in 'Sex and the City' in it - he's a good actor who deserves some decent parts. It was still early afternoon the day, and it's really quite pleasant to see a film in a nearly-empty cinema - as if you've got the whole screen to yourself. The mothman legend was the subject of a fairly interesting print issue of the Fortean Times recently, unfortunately not available online. See here instead.
Then to the National Portrait Gallery, Trafalgar Square, down the wide open vista of The Mall to pop into the ICA (which sells postcards of work by Yoshitomo Nara in its bookshop!), and through St. James's Park. Then down through Westminster - there was a large crowd of tourists outside Downing Street, as well one or two peace protesters, holding placards.
Spent the rest of the afternoon in a very nice pub, and then back home.