Seasons. (London) 'Explore the seasonal rhythms of The Natural History Museum's Wildlife Garden.'
' 'Seasons' is a unique, daily photographic record showing the changing moods of the Museum's Wildlife Garden over one year, starting from 14 February 2000. '
Charles Booth and poverty mapping in late nineteenth century London. 'Charles Booth was an austere-looking businessman who transformed existing methods of social survey and poverty mapping towards the end of the nineteenth century. He is probably best known for his famous poverty map, which showed the social condition of every street in London in 1889. However, he undertook and supervised many other ground-breaking surveys over a thirty-year period from the 1880s onwards. '
Charles Booth's map of 1889 London poverty.
(I'd like to see a 2002 map of London poverty - my suspicion is that it wouldn't be that different).
On-line Picasso Project. Life, works, museums, books. Huge.
Tour of Picasso's life.
The Sadako Peace Project, presented by the World Peace Project for Children.
'The Sadako Song is based on the true story of Sadako Sasaki and her quest to fold one thousand paper cranes. Read Sadako's Story to learn more about her ... '
Cranes for Peace 'began as a project to collect paper cranes to be sent to Hiroshima for the 50th anniversary of the bombing. Ever since the story of Sadako Sasaki, a young girl who was 2 at the time of the bombing and 10 years later died of leukemia, became widely known, people from around the world have sent origami cranes to the Children of the A-Bomb statue in the Hiroshima Peace Park as a symbol and wish for peace. Sadako attempted to fold 1000 cranes believing she would get well by doing so. '
Berlin Wall. A great site of history and images. From the Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin.
This virtual tour of Oxford includes a virtual pub crawl!
Widen Your World. 'A Restful Haven for Walt Disney World's Deceased, Deferred and Deflowered.'
Postcards of the Mexican Revolution.
Tokyo. A guide to recent architecture.
Urban Foxes. An online novel about foxes in Manchester.
Classic B movie posters. Such as ... Josephine Baker as Prinsesse Tam-Tam! (1935) Flash Gordon! (1936) Captain Marvel! (1941)
Antarctic Philately. 'Welcome to the Antarctic Philately Home Page. This site is dedicated to the stamps, postal history and heroic explorers of the polar regions and their surrounding islands. Extensive work has gone into the creation of this site and updates are frequent. The intention here is to provide noteworthy data, not limited strictly to philately, but also useful reference material for students researching the history of exploration in the polar latitudes.'
Virtual tour of the CIA.
Secret android projects.
Games that Thai children play.
Smith College Postcard Collection, ca. 1900-1995. 'An artificial collection of over 800 unique postcards depicting Smith College campus buildings, interiors, and events as well as views of the greater Northampton area. ' (That's Northampton, Massachusetts).
The Art of War and Peace.
New York 1964 World's Fair.
' The Sedlec Ossuary (a.k.a. Kostnice) is a small christian chapel decorated with human bones. It's located in Sedlec wich is a suburb in the outskirts of the czech town Kutna Hora. In 1996 I visited the place and fell madly in love with it. '
Tamagotchi in retrospective.
Empress of pop - Ayumi Hamasaki.
Best and worst Roman mosaics.
Soviet bloc postcards.
Crime Time. UK crime fiction zine.
A Lego church.
The history of beer and cider.
' I have been keeping records of the beer that I have drunk since March 1988. They are stored online and the totals are added up at approximately the end of each month.' (Via Fresh Signals).
Build your own pub. (Via Fresh Signals).
Happy birthday to Eliot of Follow Me Here, and to Caroline of Prolific.
Classic Bollywood LP covers. (Warning - pop-ups). Via the Museum of Online Museums.
Alternative Los Angeles tours and desert road trips.
Circuit board art.
Texas sand sculptures. Via eclectica.
The Name-O-Meter. Tracking the popularity of baby names by decade. Entering a name and it comes up with a graph. This is a US site, but I played around with it by entering the names of my relatives, from various generations. The distribution of first names in the UK and the US proved to be (to me) surprisingly similar, for every generation since 1900. Via Fresh Signals.
Virtual walk in the East End of London. Via Kookymojo.
Gloomy the naughty adult bear.
Brief history of spirit photography.
Underground Paris. Tour the catacombs. (I think I found this on the Presurfer).
' A collage of photographs of 3,500 people has been turned into what is being described as the biggest digital photo image ever created. '
'The snapshots have been put together in a mosaic which, when viewed from a distance, looks like an image of just 15 people. '
' Two tourists engrossed in their guidebooks and heading for the birthplace of Jesus Christ unwittingly wandered into the centre of a war zone on Tuesday. '
Huge hydrogen stores found below Earth's crust. Discovery suggests near limitless supply of clean fuel. Via Unknown News.
RIP Thor Heyedahl.
The Kon-Tiki Museum. Via Tinka.
' A Japanese supercomputer has recorded the fastest "floating point" calculation speed of any computer on the planet. The feat is reported in the latest edition of the Linpack report, a ranking of supercomputer performance.'
Interview with Sahar Saba of the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan.
' The five planets visible to the naked eye will line up in the sky at the end of April. ' From tonight!
' A paperboy has launched a groundbreaking legal challenge in an attempt to make his employers give him paid holiday. '
Laura jumps on the bandwagon.
Cabaret Mechanical Theatre. A museum of automata (mechanical sculpture). Virtual exhibitions. Good site!
Photographs of Tibet by Tibetans. 'portfolio of 20 haunting black and white photographs primarily made by Sonam Gyatso Thartse Ken Rinpoche (1930-1988), abbot of Ngor Monastery in Tibet in the early 50's, before the Chinese Occupation of Tibet. Other images were taken by his brother Lama Kunga Rinpoche (1935- ) presently teaching in Berkeley, California and his cousin Jetsun Sakya Kushola, one of the highest woman Lamas in Tibet, presently teaching in Vancouver, B.C. '
Guernica: Testimony of War. 'It is modern art's most powerful antiwar statement... created by the twentieth century's most well-known and least understood artist. But the mural called Guernica is not at all what Pablo Picasso has in mind when he agrees to paint the centerpiece for the Spanish Pavilion of the 1937 World's Fair.'
A Century Apart: Images of Spirit and Struggle, Jacob Riis and five contemporary photographers. 'The Museum of the City of New York presents a seminal exhibition, making an important contribution to the current dialogue on urban life in A Century Apart: Images of Struggle & Spirit, Jacob Riis and Five Contemporary Photographers. This exhibition showcases the work of Danish-born Jacob Riis, America's first photojournalist, who visually captured the condition of the city's homeless and poor at the end of the nineteenth century ... '
More Riis photos.
Superman art collection.
Letters to China. 'In the summer of 1922, a dashing, young Hopkins doctor and his new bride sailed westward to the beautiful, new Peking Union Medical College. Their long-ago letters reveal a vanished world.'
Glastonbury Abbey. The oldest above-ground Christian church in the world?
Britannia.com on Glastonbury.
Subway Life. Drawings of people sitting in subway trains around the world - great! Needs Flash and preferably a fast connection. Via synthesis.
Gigposters.com. Gig posters, flyers and handbills from around the world. Via Quiddity.
Quiddity has posted some damn good links lately - go look!
Ned watches 'One Day in September', a film documentary about the tragic events of the 1972 Munich Olympics. Good film, that.
Were the Smiths really -that- influential? Wow. Via the null device.
500 online quizzes. Via Pop Culture Junk Mail, Wherever You Are and Bifurcated Rivets.
' A letter written about 2,000 years ago and never delivered has provided evidence of China's oldest post office at a historic site near the famous Dunhuang Mogao Grottos along the ancient Silk Road. ' Via GoodShit.
Mozambican sculptors turn weapons into art. Old news but good news.
Primate ancestor lived with dinos.
Great bustard to return to Britain?
Mummy trove found in Peru. 'Archaeologists have discovered a collection of thousands of mummies in a shanty town close to the Peruvian capital, Lima. '
' A United Nations conference has agreed new measures to prevent so-called bio-piracy, the use of wild plants by international companies to develop products such as medicines without rewarding the countries from which they are taken. '
' For the first time in 18 years, a California Condor egg laid in the wilderness has also hatched there. The success is the culmination of $40 million of investment and considerable social engineering.'
Fear over camelpox as bioweapon.
Guardian - 'European commission demands to deregulate services spell disaster for the developing world.'
'In the fevered imaginations of anti-globalisation protesters, the World Trade Organisation agreement known as Gats is a corporate boot sale of essential services, from water to electricity to the media. It is, they say, an attack on democracy that will lock the world into privatisation and deregulation of essential services ad infinitum. '
'Now, as revealed in this paper, we have got the leaked documents of the European commission's secret WTO negotiating positions to prove it. Let no one wonder any longer why WTO negotiators have to meet behind six-foot fences to avoid protesters ... '
Via American Samizdat.
US children getting majority of antibiotics from McDonald's meat.
More on ABB.
The Huxley File. The life and work of the Victorian biologist and evolutionist T.H. Huxley, 'Darwin's bulldog'. Letters and commentaries, both Victorian and 20th century, and illustrations.
Wilberforce and Huxley: A Legendary Encounter.
Wonderwoman. Wood, plaster, enamel and gilt paint, beads, steel wool. Worth looking at!
MAD magazine covers.
TokyoScape. A scrapbook of visual snippets showing serendipitous scenes of Tokyo.
Photo tour of Cuba. 'This collection of the works of different photographers presents a wide spectrum of views of Cuba.' I really like these!
Via this interesting site on the Jewish community of Cuba.
The Quaker Tapestry, Kendal, Cumbria. 'More than just a tapestry... ...a delightful visual chronicle of Quaker life through the centuries.'
Long Island Rail Road History.
' Britain's Ministry of Defence has confirmed it has made public information describing in detail the make-up of a nuclear bomb. '
Just a few links :-
The website of ABB, an engineering firm. The website includes a search facility.
According to this page, Donald Rumsfeld was a director of ABB from 2000-2001. Also mentioned here (on NATO's website) and here (US Trade Deficit Review Commission).
A page about Shinpo nuclear power plant, North Korea. The plant was based on a design by ABB.
DOE approves US involvement in the construction of reactors in North Korea. ABB is mentioned as designing two nuclear power plants in North Korea, third paragraph down.
Investing in North Korea: as easy as ABB? From the Asia Times.
' A kid from Minnesota has patented a way of swinging on a child's swing. The US Patent Office issued patent 6,368,227 on 9 April to Steven Olson of St Paul, Minnesota for a "method of swinging on a swing". '
Flood disaster threatens Himalayas. 'More than 40 lakes in the Himalayas could burst their banks at any time and flood communities up to 100 kilometres downstream, according to a new UN study. Very few of the people at risk would get any advance warning.'
' Australian scientists say they have created a "thinking cap" that will stimulate creative powers. '
Forming planets caught in the act.
Fukuyama rethinks End of History.
Jellies: Living Art.
Jellies: Art, science and Om.
The Railway Children: Calcutta diary. Hmm, this is a good idea... UK commuters be aware! More on MAD Day here.
How the Other Half Lives (1890). Studies among the tenements of nineteenth-century New York.
Northern Lights. 'The Aurora fascinates. But since it also may frighten, it has been regarded as supernatural. A challenge to scientists, many of its secrets have yet to be probed ... '
The Rylstone Ladies & WI District Calendar Appeal. What a good job they did with their wonderful calendar.
The Women's Institute does good work and, contrary to its somewhat conservative, respectable image, is actually rather progressive - look at what it's doing for the World Summit on Sustainable Development.
History of the Women's Institute. 'The Women's Institute movement has revolutionised the life of the women, particularly in rural areas, and has become not only a national force, but through its contacts and affiliations, an important means of linking women in all parts of the world.'
A Visual Sourcebook of Chinese Civilization. Huge! Covers an enormous range of topics and every period, from ancient tombs to twentieth century graphic arts (including commercial and political art).
When you've tired of that, explore the Louvre - history, collections, and a virtual tour of various galleries (Mediterranean, Egyptian, Asian, paintings, sculptures etc.), as well as architectural views of the Louvre. Also in French.
Poems on the London Underground.
Congrats to abuddhas memes - three years!
The current Ironic Times is good. (thanks jp!
Three good ones from Bifurcated Rivets :-
The Industrious Women of Pottsylvania.
Excerpts from the Queen Mum's Board of Remembrance.
3,600 mile ant supercolony discovered.
Pesticide 'causes frogs to change sex'.
Cracks in Three Gorges dam.
'Cave-dwelling' crocodile found.
Face on Mars!
' Forests will be less effective at slowing climate change than scientists thought, because they will mop up less carbon dioxide than expected. That verdict follows a four-year experiment to see how much CO2 trees will absorb from the atmosphere when pollution has raised levels of the gas.'