Grassroots Art Center. 'The Grassroots Art Center in Lucas, Kansas exhibits and promotes the appreciation of the work of self-taught artists, especially those whose work tends toward environments rather than individual works. Its galleries display the work of local exemplars as well as regional self-taught or "outsider" artists.' This is very good - don't miss the Postrock Limestone Courtyard.
Photographs from the Golden Age of Jazz. 'The William P. Gottlieb Collection, comprising over sixteen hundred photographs of celebrated jazz artists, documents the jazz scene from 1938 to 1948, primarily in New York City and Washington, D.C. '
Urban75's history of May Day, a festival of spring and International Workers' Day. In 1889, the Second International declared May 1st to be International Workers' Day in commemoration of the Haymarket Affair.
Haymarket Affair Digital Collection.
Photography Gallery "Hiroshima" by Hiromi Tsuchida. ' "Hiroshima" is an on-going project by the Japanese photographer Hiromi Tsuchida
A-Bomb WWW Museum.
Les Roms de Roumanie. (The Gypsies of Romania). Photography by Yves Leresche.
The Gypsies. 'I then decided to photograph the Gypsies of Andalusia, a region in southern Spain. Here they are dominant culturally and are not nomadic as many other Gypsy cultures. '
The Roma: Myth and Reality.
The Island of the Eels: Digging deep into old Ely.
The Great Exhibition of 1851.
Decorated book pages.
A sculpture walk in Marylebone.
A sculpture walk in Hyde Park.
The Earth Simulator.
Related :- Japanese supercomputer simulates Earth.
The Chimpanzee Collaboratory.
'At the meeting point of the three continents, Asia, Africa and Europe, Egypt has been the cradle of civilizations since ancient times.'
'The ancient city of Alexandria, one of the glories of antiquity, was at the beginning of the third century B.C. the birthplace of the great plan to build a library: the BIBLIOTHECA ALEXANDRINA. But the library, this vast storehouse of learning, was destroyed by a fire which ravaged Alexandria. The Egyptian Government, in close co-operation with UNESCO, has decided to build a new library in Alexandria to endow this part of the world with an important focal point for culture, education and science. '
Replacing the one that was burnt down 1600 years ago!
Raising Alexandria Library.
Peace pagodas of the world.
Play for Peace.
The Reconciliation Walk to Jerusalem.
500 Year Plan. Rainforest Action Network.
Village cricket goes online.
U.N. envoy expects major development in Myanmar, but demurs on Suu Kyi release.
Myanmar abuzz with talk Suu Kyi will be freed.
' On the surface, beehives and ant nests seem to be model societies, with each individual striving for the common good. But maintaining this social order sometimes calls for brutal tactics.'
'Cosmologists claim Universe has been forming and reforming for eternity.' Well, not all cosmologists.
Strange lake goo puzzles Australian scientists.
Dusk of the planets.
In the inbox today :- two emails trying to sell me 'background searches', and one trying to get me to join a 'network marketing' scheme.
Cranes for Peace.
Tyburn Tree. Public execution in early modern England. Includes some dying speeches and pictures.
Selections from Pepys' diary - Shakespeare and the gallows - Charles I - Mary, Queen of Scots
Patrin. 'Welcome to Patrin, dedicated to Romani (Gypsy) culture and history and to extending awareness of the continuous Roma struggle to achieve and maintain dignity and freedom. Patrin is a learning resource and information centre about Romani culture, social issues, and current events ... '
A brief history of the Roma.
Bitesize Astronomy. Useful stuff, such as why galaxies spiral and the phases of Venus, as well as a textual tour of the solar system.
Immortal Geisha. The history, lifestyle and training of geisha. Includes a gallery of black and white photographs of geisha.
Caged Birds. 'I decided to create this site because the more I was reading about geisha and the history of the pleasure quarters, the more I realized that whilst geisha and courtesans were certainly not the same - they both, in essence, "fed and grew" off each other. Therefore, the history of the Japanese courtesan plays an important part in my research.'
Wonder Woman: The Complete History. 'With her great strength, power of flight, bullet-deflecting bracelets, and star-studded style like no other, she's Wonder Woman--known to her friends as Diana. The unconventional Dr. William Moulton Marston originally created her as "psychological propaganda for the new type of woman who should rule the world," and Wonder Woman has done just that, whether battling evil fascists or ensnaring villains with her magic lasso. Illustrated with fascinating archival comic book art, photographs, and paraphernalia, the new book "Wonder Woman: The Complete History" is a true tribute to a splendid super hero. ' Chapter previews.
Atlas of the DC Universe. DC comics, that is. Via Parallax View.
Wonder-FULL Japan. Aoki Muneshima, Kyoto artist.
Whitehall Farm Roman villa. 'This website is about an exciting archeaology project based at Nether Heyford in Northamptonshire. A team of professional archaeologists, students and volunteers is working to uncover the rich history of a beautiful corner of the English countryside. '
'At the heart of the project is a sophisticated Roman villa and bath house complex which was the centre of an agricultural estate extending over about 10 acres ... '
Possibly useful :- The Boycott Index.
The Great Fire of 1872. (Boston, MA). 'It started with a whisper, became a hiss, and blew up into a roaring blaze that consumed 65 acres and left behind, by the morning of November 12, 1872, a charred crater where much of Boston's financial district had been. ``I saw the fire eating its way straight toward my deposits,'' Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote mournfully ... '
The 1982 Knoxville World's Fair.
Visit to the World's Fair of 2014. By Isaac Asimov, 1964.
Albert Einstein's Long Island Summer. 'In the summer of 1939, Albert Einstein spent his summer on Nassau Point, in Peconic, NY on eastern Long Island. My grandfather, David Rothman, was owner of Rothman's Department Store in nearby Southold. '
'One June day, Einstein came into the store. Of course, my grandfather recognized him at once. He decided, though, to treat him just like any other customer ... '
Albert Einstein Haus, Bern.
The Arts & Crafts Society. 'In the spirit of the societies created during the early 20th century in response to the Arts & Crafts Movement, this site has been created to provide an online "home" for the present-day Arts & Crafts Movement community. '
Founders of the Arts & Crafts Movement 1870-1900.
Gossip about an old house on the upper Thames, by William Morris, 1895.
Shunga netsuke. '99 Netsuke of subtle Shunga ("Spring Picture") suggestiveness in the first catalog devoted to only erotic Netsuke. Twist and hidden meanings lend a surprise, humor and delight seldom seen in the erotica of other cultures. A Shunga Netsuke will brighten up your collection! '
Why do geese fly in a 'V'?
Belated happy birthday to Mark of wood s lot.
How space tourism will work. Thanks, Quiddity.
Media scaremongering on crime; the structure of propaganda parts one and two.
Via the View from Here.
The World Game Institute: 'Below are annual costs of various global programs for solving the major human need and environmental problems facing humanity. Each program is the amount needed to accomplish the goal for all in need in the world. Their combined total cost is approximately 30% of the world's total annual military expenditures. '
Robots train for World Cup.
Baby sex ratios linked to latitude.
' Man-made debris floating across the sea is offering species a lift into new habitats, threatening the ones that already live in places like Antarctica. '
' In 1996 construction workers in China unearthed a burial pit containing 400 statues of Buddha. Had they been thrown away? Hidden? ... '
Rebecca's Pocket celebrates three years.
Send your name to Mars. 'NASA invites you to send your name to Mars on the next Mars Exploration Rover-2003 mission! ' (I sent my name on the last mission, but unfortunately it didn't work out!)
Quite a pleasant day today, zipping around the Sussex coast looking at interesting things and enjoying the countryside in between. Notable places :- Brighton, Chichester.
Keith Waterhouse :- 'Brighton looks like a town that is constantly helping the police with their enquiries'. In the late 18th century, Brighton was the favoured haunt of the Prince Regent (later George IV). He supervised the building of Brighton Pavilion, a sort of Regency Taj Mahal. Fun and games (i.e. traditional British seaside pastimes) are to be had on Brighton Pier. Even more interesting is the story of the West Pier, which was built over 130 years ago and was both seaside promenade and pleasure pier; now sadly, closed and derelict. Here are some photos of Brighton and the South Downs, including one of the West Pier, and one of Ditchling Beacon. Brighton and Hove Albion ('The Seagulls') is the local football team - lots of people were wearing their colours this afternoon - must've had a match on.
Chichester Cathedral - Fishbourne Roman Palace, Chichester - a brief history of Chichester (starting 44 AD).
Sussex, Delaware - Sussex, New Brunswick - Sussex Inlet, New South Wales
The Grand Hotel in Brighton was bombed by the IRA in 1984 as it hosted Conservative Party leaders for their annual party conference. Jo Tuffnell, the daughter of one of the victims, has met Patrick Magee, the Brighton bomber (who was freed as part of the Northern Ireland peace process). Some of these meetings were documented by a very interesting BBC TV programme last year. The programme was shown two months after the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington. Jo Tuffnell continues to work for reconciliation - here's her website.
Jo's Letter: Looking for those bereaved who stand for justice not revenge. 'This letter is from a woman whose father was killed in an IRA bombing in Ireland. She seeks contact with recently bereaved Americans who lost loved ones on Sept. 11. Hers is a remarkable story...pass it on. '
The City of London Churches. Photographic virtual tours. 'The 'Square Mile' that constitutes The City of London is a world financial centre where 300,000 people work and nearly 500 foreign banks have an office. Less well known is that amongst the largely uninspired office blocks are hidden around 50 current or former churches and other places of worship, either complete, converted into offices, or in ruins ... ''
Nobrarequired.com. One woman and breast cancer, and lots of other stuff. Don't miss Dori's online journal.
' Welcome to Casebook: Jack the Ripper, the world's largest public repository of Ripper-related information!' Haven't had time to read through this properly yet but it looks interesting.
Aum Shinri Kyo and the Japanese Police. Hmmm, interesting...
The American Sense of Puritan.
The Transparent Factory. Flash/Shockwave. Volkswagen's innovative Dresden plant includes a glass cylinder, or 'transparent factory', to present VW cars. Read more here.
Alcatraz. 'Out in the middle of the San Francisco Bay, the island of Alcatraz is a world unto itself. Isolation, one of the constants of island life for any inhabitant - soldier, guard, prisoner, bird or plant - is a recurrent theme in the unfolding history of Alcatraz. '
(I'll be going to San Francisco in a few weeks and would like to include Alcatraz on the itinerary).
BoxJam's Doodle. 'Drawings about stuff', or really good cartoons!
Online stories by Ursula K. Le Guin. Via her site.
Salisbury Cathedral. Virtual tour of a wonderful place.
Society of Primitive Technology. Promoting the practice and teaching of indigenous life skills. Potentially useful stuff, such as how to light a fire, with links to sites on topics such as food insects and plant identification.
The Roma Flag.
Polish circus posters.
Graphics of the international labour movement.
The Rumic Page. Rumiko Takahashi, manga artist.
Short history of the Polish Solidarity movement. From the Solidarnosc website.
Popular Mechanics Covers Gallery. Starting in 1902! Via Fresh Signals.
Mid-Tokyo Maps. Flash; fast connection, preferably. Via Reenhead.
The Roma of Central and Eastern Europe. Photography by Rolf Bauerdic.
The Dream. 'A photographic essay among the Chergari Gypsies in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria.' Click here for more photo stories.
Urban Gypsies of London.
Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation. 'UNPO is an international organisation created by nations and peoples around the world, who are not represented as such in the world´s principal international organisations, such as the United Nations. '
'Founded in 1991, UNPO today consists of over 50 members who represent over 100 million persons.'
'UNPO offers an international forum for occupied nations, indigenous peoples, minorities, and even oppressed majorities who currently struggle to regain their lost countries, preserve their cultural identities, protect their basic human and economic rights and safeguard the natural environment. '
History of Perpetual Motion and Free Energy Machines. 'In spite of no evidence of success hundreds of people for centuries have attempted to solve the holy grail of energy production - Perpetual Motion Machines. Many people simply think it must be possible and if they only try hard enough, they will find a solution. Some of this is from Joseph Bulgatz's book: 'Ponzi schemes invaders from mars and other popular delusions' Still to this day I get weekly emails from people who feel they are about to get one working. '
Mars Virtual Spacecraft.
Alice's Adventures under Ground. By Lewis Carroll. 'Transcribed and organized into web format by Jerry Stratton, for FireBlade Coffeehouse. People have been asking me where they can get a copy of Alice's Adventures under Ground themself. It can be a bit hard to find in bookstores, but Amazon.Com does have the Dover version: Purchase Alice's Adventures Underground at Amazon.Com. Note that it's usually called Underground, but the title page clearly shows under as a separate word. '
Short history of Punch magazine, by Punch. "Punch not as good as it used to be? It never was".
Another short history of Punch.
Punch and Prejudice in Victorian Britain.
A selection of Victorian Punch cartoons, with commentary. Prepared for a university course.
Some nice virtual tours :-
The Forbidden City.
The Summer Palace.
The Ming Tombs.
Secret World of the Forbidden City: Splendors from China's Imperial Palace.
Otaku Blogs. 'Hence the site name Otaku Blogs, the purpose of this site is to unite all the people out there who share two common interests: love for all kinds of anime/manga, and the habit of writing in Online Journals. '
' The By the People, For the People: Posters from the WPA, 1936-1943 collection consists of 908 boldly colored and graphically diverse original posters produced from 1936 to 1943 as part of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal. Of the 2,000 WPA posters known to exist, the Library of Congress's collection of more than 900 is the largest. These striking silkscreen, lithograph, and woodcut posters were designed to publicize health and safety programs; cultural programs including art exhibitions, theatrical, and musical performances; travel and tourism; educational programs; and community activities in seventeen states and the District of Columbia. The posters were made possible by one of the first U.S. Government programs to support the arts and were added to the Library's holdings in the 1940s. '
Air raid precautions : Keep cool, don't scream, don't run, prevent disorder, obey all instructions.
"The sun rises in the west" written and produced by Southwest Theatre Unit.
Walt Whitman Image Gallery. A large collection of portraits from the 1840's to the 1890's. From the Walt Whitman Archive.
Delusions of Adequacy. A fun online mag.
Liberte-Egalite-Fraternite.net. Anti-Le Pen, anti-far right site.
Noel Mamere, the failed Green candidate in France, is urging a vote for Chirac on his website.
Nasdaq to merge with London Stock Exchange? It might make sense for Nasdaq, which has lost value because of the dotcom slump (now worth less than the Tokyo Stock Exchange). Not sure it makes so much sense for London though - it might boost the value of stocks in the short term, but there's no such thing as free money.