The Nutlog

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25th April
A Walk around Winchester Cathedral. 'The county town of Winchester in Hampshire contains one of the world's great cathedrals. In a few hours gentle walking we will explore this historic building, its surroundings, and 900 years of history. '

Southern Nature: Scientific Views of the Colonial American South. 'The fascination with natural knowledge in eighteenth century America was fueled by factors as diverse as colonial and economic expansion, the increased availability of outlets for publication, and an "enlightened" desire to systematize all forms of knowledge. Not to be overlooked, however, is the emergence of learned societies -- including the American Philosophical Society -- that fostered networks for intellectual exchange and patronage and that provided a context for creating a new scientific culture ... '

' The Wanted Artists Group was established in 1998 to create collaborative works of art which were conceived as an answer to the bizarre signs and posters created by the Japanese police in an effort to capture members of the religion Aum Shinrikyo (Aum is generally referred to as a cult, but perhaps we can call it a new religion). Three members of this group are still wanted in Japan to stand trial for their suspected connection with poison gas attacks on the Tokyo subway in March of 1995. '

Calligraphy by Doshu Kanayama.

Kansas War Letters.

The Mapuche: Images from the Past. 'The story of the Mapuche people starts in the ancient prehistory of the Chilean and Patagonian regions. It was in these fertile valleys that the Araucanian culture first began to develop, but due to a lack of written history we know very little of these beginnings. In the 18th century many explorers and naturalists were entering southern Chile in hope of documenting and studying the last remote vestiges of the Aracuanian nation, the Mapuche tribes. Today the Mapuche are reclaiming their rights to their land, but their ancient way of life has all but vanished. These photos are a testament to the culture, beliefs, and way of life of the Mapuche in the last few centuries before their assimilation with the Chilean people ... '

Apparently, there is a 'Way Out' London Underground map, which shows you where the nearest exits are when you reach a station.
As this page explains (scroll down a bit), early maps of the Underground were geographically accurate, but were superseded by Harry Beck's classic geometric design of 1931.
The Great Bear. An alternative map of the Underground. On a larger scale.
London Underground service frequencies. Unfortunately out of date!
London Underground tube station maps.

London with Grace.

Elizabeth Cook, court artist. Cameras aren't allowed in trials in British courts; Elizabeth Cook attends trials and draws the participants from memory later (as drawing inside the court isn't allowed, either). A fine selection of her work. Check out Jeffrey Archer, Posh Spice, Pinochet and Gary Glitter.

Adbusters: Fight for Infodiversity. Who owns the media?

Virtual Tour of the Ear.

A mystery novel in progress.

Funny Steve Bell cartoon on Henry Kissinger.

Steve Bell's Guardian cartoons.

Swish Cottage is to walk across London, just like last year. On yer!

Vatican Secret Archives!!! Via leuschke.

A Visual Interpretation of the Table of Elements. Via Rebecca's Pocket.

Electron Microscope Image Gallery. Via Portage.

Lost in Translation. 'What happens when an English phrase is translated (by computer) back and forth between 5 different languages? The authors of the Systran translation software probably never intended this application of their program ... '

' A mouse-like fossil found in north-eastern China has been identified as the earliest known member of the family of mammals whose descendents include humans. '
Beauty secrets of dung-eating bird.
UK starlings in surprise slump.
Potential carcinogen revealed in french fries.
Beer helps prevent cancer. Cheers to Bifurcated Rivets.
A very expensive doll.
Nubian palace found.
Two-headed toad. Picture!
Giant pop-up book.
Fear and learning in America. Via Virulent Memes.

24th April
Remembering Black Loyalists, Black Communities in Nova Scotia. 'Between 1783 and 1785, more than 3000 Black persons came to Nova Scotia as a direct result of the American Revolution. They came from slavery and war to take control of their lives, making choices within the limits they faced ... '

Margate Shell Grotto. 'The origins of this grotto, rediscovered in 1835, seem very obscure. It is undoubtediy man-made, but without any clue as to its age. The murals suggest eighteenth to nineteenth century, but could equally be much older. The grotto consists of an entrance down a fiight of steps, into a curving passage, which leads into a circular chamber called the Rotunda. This chamber is narrowed to a passage by a great circular pillar in its centre. At the further end of this chamber a passage leads off to The Dome, with arches opening out in three directions ... '
From Show Caves of the World.

Hirota's Home Automation Page.

The Pentagon.

' The Kingdom of Araucania and Patagonia founded in 1860 by the Mapuche Indians in territory now occupied by the Republics of Chile and Argentina. Orelie-Antoine de Tounens, a French lawyer living in Araucania, was elected by the Mapuche to be the first King of Araucania and Patagonia. In 1862, King Orelie-Antoine was kidnapped by Chilean soldiers and deported to France. He mounted three expeditions to reclaim his throne and rally the Mapuche against the Republic of Chile, which was invading and colonizing Mapuche lands. In 1878, King Orelie-Antoine died in Tourtoirac, France. '
The memory of King Orelie-Antoine.
The Mapuche nation.
Scenes from Perquenco, capital of the kingdom.

History of Rutland, England's smallest county.
Rutland Water. The largest man-made lake in Western Europe. 'Hidden below the water's surface is the ancient village of Nether Hambleton which hasn't been seen since 1976. ' Nether Hambleton, the Atlantis of Middle England.
Rutland villages.
Birds of Rutland Water picture gallery.
Rutland Weekend Television. Eric Idle's spoof.

One Big Shake and The Country Was In Ruins: The Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923.
The Ooishi Hyoroku Monogatari Picture Scroll.
From here.

Demolition of the West End (of Boston). 'The 1960 demolition of Boston's West End put the wrecking ball to the working poor. Flush with funds under the Orwellian US Housing Act and inebriated by developers' dreams for the rich, Boston drove 7,000 people out of a neighborhood they loved in order to create the luxury housing of Charles River Park. The city called it urban renewal. West Enders saw it as human removal. '
Sacco and Vanzetti. 'Henry James said of history that it ``is never, in any rich sense, the immediate crudity of what `happens,' but the much finer complexity of what we read into it and think of in connection with it.'' The execution of two Italian anarchists in Boston on August 23, 1927, was destined to be remembered less for the event itself than for what it said about the climate of those times and the character of this city. '

Virtual Tour: Antarctica.

Buckminster Fuller's Projection Map. 'The most accurate flat map of the Earth.'
'The Dymaxion Map is the only flat map of the entire surface of the earth that reveals our planet as it really is an island in one ocean without any visible distortion of the relative shapes and sizes of the land areas, and without splitting any continents. '
Another interesting, alternative view of the world! For some reason, it reminds me of Terry Pratchett's Discworld. Thanks, David.

Calculate your ecological footprint. 6.2 Earths, aieee!

Hope Wavers. A weblog and journal from Dubai.

Summer Place.
The Physiognomist's Own Book: an introduction to physiognomy drawn from the writings of Lavater.
Via Eclogues.

Violent Neanderthals.
Angry young men prone to premature heart disease.

23rd April
Llama trekking on the Sussex Downs!

A Virtual Tour of the Sun.

Anno Domini. Artists' portrayals of Jesus over the past two millennia.

National Civil Rights Museum.

Stories from Napranum and Thursday Island. 'I learnt to make a spear at the age of seven or eight . I used to sit with my Grandpa and he taught me. The old man had a tremendous patience and with love and care, he would sit with me and pass on these skills. My grandpa said "When I'm gone, you become me at all times." '

The Tale of Genji Pavilion.

The Bowes Museum Silver Swan.
'The Silver Swan is perhaps the best known and best loved object in The Bowes Museum. It is musical automaton in the form of a life-size model of a swan, comprising a clockwork mechanism covered in silver plumage above a music box. It rests on a stream made of twisted glass rods interspersed with silver fish. When the mechanism is wound up, the glass rods rotate, the music begins, and the swan twists its head to the left and right and appears to preen its back. It then appears to see a fish in the water below and bends down to catch it, it then swallows the fish as the music stops and resumes its upright position ... '
'The swan is first recorded in the 18th century in the 'museum' owned by the London jeweller and showman James Cox. This was in fact a collection of clockwork automata, exhibited for money, and the swan is described in a parliamentary act of 1773 enabling Cox to dispose of his pieces by lottery: "
From the Bowes Museum, County Durham. The museum has a toy gallery and a musical instruments section, too.


22nd April
Londinium, Edge of Empire. 'Two thousand years ago London didn't exist. It was created by the Romans in the first century AD, when they settled in the area now occupied by the City. The settlement started as a simple bridge over the River Thames, but within 100 years it had become a bustling city with a population of 30,000. '
'A long way from Rome, Londinium has tended to be regarded as something of a frontier town, an unsophisticated outpost perched precariously on the very edge of the Roman empire. In the past decade, though, a huge amount of redevelopment has taken place in the City, providing an unparalleled opportunity for archaeologists to find out more about the old Roman city beneath the modern streets and buildings. What they've discovered suggests that far Londinium was in fact one of the most sophisticated and advanced cities in the entire empire. '
Roman London.
Maps of Roman London.

Douze Lunes on the French election result.

38 proofs of Pythagoras' Theorem. Via AntiQuark.

Lewis Carroll Puzzles and Games. 'Carroll, as a mathematician, was clearly fascinated by games and puzzles. He invented several games, and he also wrote many games and puzzles for amusement and "possible edification" of children. Here are a few of my favorites ... '
From the Lewis Carroll E-text Collection.
The Nursery Alice. 'Containing twenty coloured enlargements from Tenniel's illustrations.'

Duke Ellington's Washington: Virtual Tour of Shaw. 'The Shaw/Uptown area in Washington, DC is the neighborhood where Duke Ellington grew up and started his musical career. More than 20 years before the Harlem Renaissance, this strong African American community nurtured many great talents, and its buildings became physical representations of the community's great achievements. A stroll down the U Street corridor yields a rich cultural history that is still very evident today. Theaters, schools, and businesses of all kinds are thriving once again in a plan of urban renewal that can be used as a model for similar neighborhoods in other cities ... '
From Duke Ellington's Washington.

Japan from the Driver's Seat. Essays and pictures (lots of them), even some Japanese pulp fiction.
From the about page :- 'The site is a mix of the interesting and the bland, just as life itself is. The site's main focus lies in its photo albums. Practically all of the photos on this site were shot from the driver's seat of my truck, hence the site's name. You will find few if any shots of more traditional Japanese things such as temples. Ninja, pokemon, and manga fail to make an appearance here as well. These things are covered quite well in a multitude of other sites. What you will find is workaday Japan, everyday Japan. Japan, minus the touristy stuff. Japan for plain folks. Enjoy. '

Chile. A wonderful photo-diary with an interactive map.
From the Ancient Chile, page, where it is described as :- 'After an absence of twenty years, I returned to the country of my birth to find a nation healing from the wounds of its past, and a landscape that was folkloric and beautiful. '

The Great Detective Stories by Willard Huntington Wright, 1927.
From Gaslight, 'an Internet discussion list which reviews one story a week from the genres of mystery, adventure and The Weird, written between 1800 and 1919. '

The coracle and a coracle-making course.

British funding gives HIV-positive mothers hope of saving their babies. (South Africa).
Judge rejects Kalahari bushmen's land claim. (Botswana). Survival International is campaigning for the bushmen.
Bush energy policy critic ousted as head of climate change panel.
Tibetans tell of China's assault on hermitage.

Secrets of the Monet hunter. 'If you've got an Impressionist masterpiece tucked away, then this man would like to hear from you. In fact he's probably got your phone number.'

France stunned by Le Pen success.
Liberation's front cover :- NON.
Le Monde.

Crosspoint. French anti-racist resources.
Internet Centre Anti-Racism Europe.
Stop the Hate.

Suicide: Read This First. Please.

21st April
Afghanistan Online. Afghan culture, history, politics, women, stamps, job opportunities, languages ... and Kabul Museum.
Postcards from Hell. Hot-spots photojournalism. 'Raffeale would surely like this site to continue to thrive as it did when he was alive and passionately nurtured it. So we're keeping it online as it was left by him before his last departure for Ramallah. '
Via Booknotes.

The Virtual Autopsy, from Leicester University. Case histories of deceased patients; your task is to determine the cause of death. Interesting anatomical puzzles.

Utopia Britannica. British utopian experiments 1325 - 1945.
One hundred years of anarchy. The Whiteway colony in the Cotswolds, founded 1898.
The Company of Quakers. Founded 1692.
The Northern Impressionists.

The Vanished Gallery.
'Desaparecidos is the Spanish word for "The Disappeared." For thousands of Argentine families, this word has become a symbol of a long harrowing nightmare. ' 'In a coup on March 24, 1976, a military junta seized power in Argentina and went on a campaign to wipe out left-wing terrorism with terror far worse than the one they were combating. Between 1976 and 1983 - under military rule - thousands of people, most of them dissidents and innocent civilians unconnected with terrorism, were arrested and then vanished without a trace ... '
'These pages are a humble attempt to bring the voices of the desaparecidos and their loved ones to the world ... '
The Disappeared memorial. Visit the Wall of Memory to see the faces of the disappeared.

Kaikai Kiki Home Page. The official homepage of artist and curator Takashi Murakami. (Japanese)
Interesting interview with Takashi Murakami. 'Japanese intellectuals often comment that Japan used to have a discriminatory system, but none now. But, in my view, otaku is discriminated against in the contemporary Japanese society ... ' Art.

Urban Avengers. A site dedicated to black superheroes.
Museum of Black Superheroes.

Amish.Net 'is America's first website devoted to Amish Country information, products and tourism services. Here you'll learn about the Amish people and history, the Amish culture, and its best-known icon, the horse-drawn Amish buggy. Browse online stores featuring handcrafted Amish quilts, Amish furniture, dolls and other crafts ... '
Amish dolls. Note :- no faces.
Large Amish dolls.
Amish quilts.

Japan Toys Museum.

NASA Historical Archive for Manned Missions. History, mission descriptions and images.

The history of the BBC, by the BBC.
An unofficial history of the BBC.