plep Archive

15th August
First Scottish Books. 'The only known copies of the nine earliest books printed in Scotland are the most precious items held by the National Library in its role as custodian of the nations printed heritage.'
'Known as The Chepman & Myllar Prints, they were produced in or about 1508 on Scotlands first printing press, established in Edinburgh (in what is now the Cowgate) by Walter Chepman and Androw Myllar. Chepman, an Edinburgh merchant, provided the money; Myllar, an Edinburgh bookseller who had previously been involved with printing in France, brought with him experience in the book trade.' (National Library of Scotland)

Thomas Bateman's Ten Years' Diggings. 'The antiquarian Thomas Bateman, of Rowsley, Derbyshire, excavated more than 200 barrows in the Derbyshire and Staffordshire Peak District between 1843 and his death in 1861. He published his work in two volumes, Vestiges of the Antiquities of Derbyshire (1848) and Ten Years' Diggings (1861). '
'Appreciation of the results of Bateman's work, which was crude by modern standards, is fundamental to a grasp of the early Medieval archaeology of the Peak District, the territory of the elusive Pecstna of Tribal Hidage. Presented here is Bateman's own account of his excavations of some the 7th century barrow burials of the Peak Dwellers, extracted from Ten Years' Diggings and Vestiges.'

Teralab. 'This site is an attempt to document some of the physics experiments and science projects which I have conducted in my laboratory at home. These experiments include high vacuum, electron optics and electrostatics. There is also a virtual museum of scientific instruments, antique lamps and antique valves.'
'Disclaimer: This site describes science experiments which are dangerous. If you attempt to reproduce any of these experiments, the author accepts no responsibility for the consequences. The author also accepts no responsibility for loss or damage resulting from errors or omissions. Enter at your own risk!'

Earliest Uses of Various Mathematical Symbols.

Walking with Woodlice. UK woodlouse survey.

Ibonia: An Epic of Madagascar. (skip intro)

The Scapegoat Society. (Link corrected 17/8/02) 'The Scapegoat Society was formed in the autumn of 1997 for those concerned with the dynamics of attributing blame to others - the core of scapegoating and demonizing. The Scapegoat Society is a resource both for people who have experienced being a scapegoat, and for people working professionally to resolve scapegoat problems. '

Diaries of Court Ladies of Old Japan. Online translations.

Digging Up Buddha's Foot. Archaeology in Thailand.

A Brief History of Chinatown Manchester.

The Heidelberg Project, Detroit. 'The Heidelberg Project is an outdoor art environment in the heart of Detroit a bridge - a seed - and a beacon for the people of Heidelberg Street, the city of Detroit, and beyond. It is a demonstration of the power of creativity to transform all those whose lives it touches. ' They do interesting things with houses.

Grottos of the American Midwest. 'Anthropologists and folklorists are interested in the things that people make in order to understand the ideas by which they order their world. Throughout the American Midwest are examples of a distinctive folk building tradition. Known locally as grottos, these structures are built of concrete studded with glass, stone, ceramics, and sometimes whole objects. Such constructions are good examples of vernacular architecture.'

The Great Honduras-Salvador Football War. 'This is a true story. The futbol war happened. People died. Others prospered, just like always happens with any war. Even a silly war, like this one ... '
'This style of story-telling is called "fact-ion" because, while the events described are true, and the people involved were/are real people, some of the events themselves may be taken out of the precise time sequence in which they occurred, to facilitate the telling of the story, and improve continuity. To further clarify, Mother Goose is fiction, this story is fact-ion" - and newspapers are supposedly filled with "fact." ... ' 'Soccer may be just a game in other parts of the world, but in Central America it's an endemic form of madness that perennially returns to infect the entire populace for several months. Locally known as "futbol" - there is nothing else in the form of sports that can begin to approach the levels of passion it evokes in the land. It isn't hard to imagine a soccer game serving to start a war in this region, but the fighting that erupted between Honduras and El Salvador in July, 1969, had been building up for a long time before the sporting event that provided the "Futbol War" label ... '

Eclipse 1999 Expedition to Iran. 'In August of 1999 I traveled to Iran to view the total solar eclipse from Esfahan (which you'll also see transliterated from Farsi as "Isfahan"--in this document I use the more common transliteration which is by far the most commonly seen in Iran itself). Esfahan is a beautiful city of about a million near the centre of the country, surrounded by high desert which makes for excellent weather at the time of the eclipse. Here's the eclipse track through Iran ... '

Humanoid Project. 'The Humanoid Project is a project being undertaken at Chalmers University in Gothenburg, Sweden. The long term aim is to build a life-sized humanoid robot which is capable of walking, navigating around obstacles, and operating completely autonomously whilst being controlled verbally. To date a 60cm tall prototype robot named Elvis has been built ... '

Godzilla attacks harmless blogger.

Megafauna at the Museum of Central Australia. 'Alcoota is a very remote and protected location but that doesn't mean you can't experience megafauna fossils first hand. MAGNT's Museum of Central Australia in Alice Springs has a beautiful display of megafauna fossils including reconstructions of the giant bird Dromornis stirtoni and two diprotodontoids.'

IND Chambers St Station: Oculus. 'An artwork entitled Oculus (Eye) is being installed all over the Chambers/WTC station complex. It is being created by Kristin Jones and Andrew Ginzel. It consists of 300 different mosaic eyes, all based upon actual human eyes taken from photographs--not computer generated. The press release states: "Oculus was created to personalize and integrate the stations. Eyes are both subtle and strong--they engage passing individuals, allowing for meditation or inviting dialogue. People make the choice, but either way they're drawn into a dynamic and connected with the environment. Oculus animates the underground world, it humanizes and challenges, even as it reflects NY's wonderful diversity and the diversity of the larger world." The central "eye"-piece is a 20'x40' oval shape and is surrounded by bands of brilliant glass and stone. The large eye was created in a "studio" on the floor of the Winter Garden at the World Financial Center where the tiles were cut and assembled for passers-by to watch. It was then moved into the Chambers St. Station in large sections for final assembly. The mosaic installation also includes a large outline map of New York City.'

The Worshipful Company of Gardeners of London.

14th August
The Orlando Project. 'An Integrated History of Women's Writing in the British Isles.'
Largely of interest due to the 'this week in the Orlando chronology' feature.

Parasite Gallery. 'An extraordinary variety of viruses, bacteria, and parasites stand ready to attack us and feed off our bodies' cells, incidentally producing disease. Using microscopes of varying power, photographers show us a teeming microbial world that we could barely imagine without their help.'

Orkney's Standing Stones. 'First cut from Orkney flagstone and erected before the Egyptians had begun constructing their pyramids, Orkney's stone sentinels have withstood rain and shine for over three thousand years.'

Aerospace Robotics Laboratory. (Stanford University) Interesting projects.

Golestan Palace, Iran. (Warning - music). 'The Golestan Palace complex is all that remains of Tehran`s historical citadel (Arg) which once glittered like a jewel ... '

Persian Paradise. 'Our Mission has three components:
To discuss History of Garden Designs.
To share our dream of building a Persian Paradise Garden in the United States of America.
To facilitate interactions between friends of the garden and to exhibit their works of art. '

The Joy of Sake.

Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching in Modern English. 'A site for people interested in the Tao Te Ching (also called "The Tao", "The Dao" or the "Dao De Jing"), by Lao Tzu (also called Lao Tse), one of the most influential books in history. Written over 2,500 years ago in China, it is the source of famous Chinese sayings such as "Those who know do not speak, those who speak, do not know" and "Even a 1,000 mile journey starts with a single step". '
' Here's a 180 panorama of the entry to the biggest Taoist Temple in the Southern Hemisphere. '

Anno Atomi. Atmospheric atom bomb tests, Nevada, 1957. 'As a small boy, scientists, jet pilots, and Captain Midnight were my heros; airplanes, rocket sleds, atoms and astronomy were some of my amazements. I had a nice collection of model planes and rockets. I loved the rockets aerodynamic shapes and the pictures of their fiery takeoffs. Of course I had no idea of the weapon their full-sized counterpart had been designed to carry nor anything of its power.'
'That is, until 4:30 a.m. on a dark summer morning in 1957. We were returning from a visit with my grandparents in California, riding in my uncle's 1956 Oldsmobile. He had decided to drive at night to avoid the hot desert sun of Death Valley. Unknown to us the Nevada Test Site was just behind us on our left. '

Louisiana Highway 90. 'The Southern Route 66 went from the Atlantic Ocean at Jacksonville, Florida to the lonely town of Van Horn in west Texas. Here's some vintage postcards that commemorate this wonderful road. '

Medical History of America Presidents. 'This website tabulates the illnesses of American Presidents and other notable people. Both laypersons and physicians will find it interesting. '

A Cross Country Walk for Peace. Cross-USA.

St. Peter's Chapel, Bradwell, Essex, England. An Anglo-Saxon chapel, designed by St. Cedd as a cathedral in 654.
'This is the official website for the Chapel of St Peter-on-the-Wall, Bradwell-on-Sea, Essex, a uniquely spiritual place that is the focus for people all over the world. The aim of the website is to make St Peter's accessible to as many people as possible. Here you can learn about the Chapel and its events and then make a visit in person (your own personal pilgrimage). But if you cannot get to St Peter's Chapel just yet we hope the website will give you a flavour of its wonder and its history.'

History of Salt. 'Salt was in general use long before history, as we know it, began to be recorded. Some 2,700 years B.C.-about 4,700 years ago-there was published in China the Peng-Tzao-Kan-Mu, probably the earliest known treatise on pharmacology. A major portion of this writing was devoted to a discussion of more than 40 kinds of salt, including descriptions of two methods of extracting salt and putting it in usable form that are amazingly similar to processes used today. Chinese folklore recounts the discovery of salt. Salt production has been important in China for two millennia or more. And the Chinese, like many other governments over time, realizing that everyone needed to consume salt, made salt taxes a major revenue source. Nomads spreading westward were known to carry salt.'

Beagle 2: The British Led Exploration of Mars. 'The Beagle 2 project is the British led effort to land on Mars as part of the European Space Agency's Mars Express Mission to be launched in June 2003. '

The Royal Collection, 'one of the finest art collections in the world, is held in trust by The Queen as Sovereign for her successors and the Nation. It is on public display at the principal royal residences and is shown in a programme of special exhibitions and through loans to institutions around the world. '
Visiting the Royal Collection can be a bit tricky, though.
Australian and Chinese works in the Royal Collection.

Iranian Oral History Project. 'The Iranian Oral History Project was launched at Harvard's Center for Middle Eastern Studies in the fall of 1981. The project provides scholars studying the contemporary political history of Iran with primary source material consisting of personal accounts of individuals who either played major roles in important political events and decisions from the 1920s to the 1970s or witnessed these events from close range.'
'During the last nineteen years, the project has recorded the memoirs of 134 individuals (see Narrators and Interviews), comprising approximately 900 hours of tape and 18,000 pages of transcript at a cost of over $800,000. The project has been funded by a large number of supporters including the National Endowment for the Humanities ($300,000) and the Ford Foundation ($50,000).'
'The collection embodies the most comprehensive chronicle of eye-witness reports of modern Iran by some of the key figures who defined her history. Microfiche of the collection has been purchased by libraries of major universities in Canada, England, Germany, France, and the United States (see Libraries Holding the Collection). A more complete description of the project can be found in The Reference Guide to the Iranian Oral History Collection (see Publications).'

Clandestine Radio. World guide.

Artists Without Borders. 'brings psychological relief to the victims of war in the form of art and/or entertainment. ' Chechen children's exhibition.
Kosovo children's exhibition.

The Urasenke Konnichian Web Site. A site about the tea school founded by Rikyu in the 16th century.
The Urasenke Lineage.

Journal of Buddhist Ethics.

Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village. 'The United Society of Believers, commonly called Shakers, was founded in 1747, in Manchester, England. They were called in derision, "Shaking Quakers," because of their ecstatic and violent bodily agitation in worship. To this group of separatists came a remarkable young woman named Ann Lee (1736-1784). In 1770, she was imprisoned for her religious views. During this time she experienced a series of visions. From that date on Ann Lee was acknowledged as their leader and known as Mother Ann. '
'In 1774, a decision was made to remove to America. Mother Ann and eight of her followers boarded The Mariah in Liverpool. They landed in New York City on August 6, and immediately set to work and found employment. Several went up river to a place outside Albany then called Niskayuna. They began to clear the land and erect buildings. In 1776, the little band of Believers began Community life together ... '

The Route 66 Collection. Maintained by the California Historic Route 66 Association.
Desert Memories 'was written as a series of monthly articles in the Newberry Springs, CA newspaper The Silver Valley Sentinel. These stories are the result of the many memories spawned by little everyday happenings after I moved back to my childhood home on the family homestead.'

McDonald's / Route 66 Museum. 'On December 12, 1998 a significant bit of San Bernardino history at 14th and "E" Streets was revived to local prominence like the phoenix rising from its ashes. Once again the imposing red sign with white lettering announced 15 cent hamburgers beneath the sawed-off arch that became the icon of American fast food. This was the 50th anniversary of the birth of McDonald's on the site where it all began. The original stand is long gone, but the building on its premises is now home to an unofficial McDonald's museum. '
Railroad stations of Route 66.

The Labour Stamp: The Image of the Worker on Canadian Postage Stamps. 'It is often said that you can learn much about a country's history and culture from its postage stamps. Pierre Berton, for instance, has written that on postage stamps "the great milestones of the past" in Canadian history "have all been recorded in miniature." A closer examination demonstrates that postage stamps have usually presented a selective reading of the public identity and that some narratives are privileged and others are neglected. In a recent study of the politics of commemoration, John R. Gillis has pointed out that public memories and identities are socially constructed and are embedded in complex class, gender, and power relations that determine what is remembered or forgotten. Several groups, including workers, minorities, young people, and women, have been relatively slow to gain admission to the public memory ... '

R. Buckminster Fuller's Dymaxion House. Best viewed over a fast connection.

St Marylebone Parish Workhouse. 'From 1793, Britain's war with France led to a widespread increase in pauperism. Even with its much increased capacity, the new workhouse soon became full, reaching 1,168 inmates by 1797. Reluctantly, the Guardians had to resort to providing out-relief without demanding entry into the workhouse. '

Swedenborgian Church of San Francisco. An interesting building.
'Its creation in 1895 was influenced by an elite group of early California pioneers: the painter William Keith, naturalist John Muir, architect A. Page Brown, draftsman Bernard Maybeck, and most particularly by the Reverend Joseph Worcester, who would be its first minister. The spirit of the church arose from an appreciation of the beauty of nature, and a will to express that beauty as divinity itself. '

13th August
Manx National Heritage. 'Protecting, presenting and promoting the unique cultural and historical heritage of the Isle of Man.'
The Manx language.
The stone crosses.

The Government Art Collection 'is a unique British cultural resource. Works of art from the Collection are displayed in British Government buildings both in the United Kingdom and around the world, playing a significant role in promoting British art and culture across diverse and international environments. Over 4000 works - about a third of the Collection - are now listed on this site.'

The Kepler Mission, 'a special purpose space mission in the NASA Headquarters Discovery Program for detecting terrestrial planets, that is, rocky and Earth-size around other stars.'

Parasite Image Library. 'Welcome to the DPDx Parasite Image Library. From this page you can directly access all images contained in the DPDx Web site. Parasites and parasitic diseases are listed alphabetically and are cross-referenced. '

A Playful World. 'One thing that we have in common is that we were all once kids, and as children each of us delighted in whatever forms of play were common to our environment. '
'This section of the site, known as "A Playful World," documents the games and play of children from different places around the globe. Our goal is to help preserve these joyful aspects of our cultures and encourage people from different parts of our planet to connect with our common heritage. '
Kite flying gallery. (Use the arrow keys to navigate).
Via Streetplay.

Time Slips Project. A storytelling project with people with Alzheimer's.
'Time Slips began in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1998 as a research project. We assembled a team of artists, caregivers, and people with dementia to see if creative storytelling could help open communication with and understanding of people with Alzheimer's disease.'

akaKurdistan. 'This site, a borderless space, provides the opportunity to build a collective memory with a people who have no national archive.'
Kurdistan: In the Shadow of History. 'The exhibition creates a living archive from scattered fragments, pulling together never-before exhibited photographs from private collectors, family collections, and national archives. Juxtaposing unforgettable images with text from diaries, newspaper stories, memoirs, and telegrams, Kurdistan: In the Shadow of History lets history speak for itself through the words of freedom fighters and farmers, missionaries and spies, diplomats and princes. '

Towards the Chinese British Isles, A Round Trip or 3333, Point 3 to Infinity: On Mileage and 'British-Chinese' Art. 'In 1999, the British-based artist Anthony Key made a piece of work called Free Delivery, a map of the British Isles atop a military-style table, carefully punctured by numerous red flags, bearing the names of restaurants and takeaways. From metropolitan centres to the far-flung reaches of a disunited kingdom, conventional historical, architectural and political landmarks are usurped by a proliferation of Bamboo Inns and Golden Dragons, Silver Lakes and Peking Gardens, a flood of fantastically named though often mundanely housed eateries curiously transforming the landscape ... '
'Death Files', Song Yongping. Photographs of the artist's parents.
Via Chinese Contemporary Art. 'is devoted to showcasing the work of the shokunin, or artisans, still working and carrying on the traditions of handcraft production in Japan. '

Roy's Cafe & Motel, Amboy, California. 'The crustiest, dustiest gas stop on all of RT.66 Pure untouched Americana where the heyday of motor travel is preserved in original condition.'

U.S. Highways: From US 1 to (US 830). 'This web site is intended to be a historical resource, dedicated to the preservation and celebration of the US numbered highway system. The American Association of State Highway Officials (AASHO), working in conjunction with the Department of Agriculture's Bureau of Public Roads, laid out the US highway system along primary intercity roads of the day. Preliminary planning of the US highway system began in 1924. A list of proposed route numbers was ready in late 1925. The final list of US highways was agreed upon on November 11, 1926. In the early years, auto- tourist followed the US routes like they had the Auto-Trails. During the Great Depression, the U.S. and state governments put men to work improving and extending the nation's roads and highways ... '
The Right to Drive Right. The driver's handbook for Detroit, Michigan in 1937. 'This book belonged to my grandmother, Mary Blanche Einhouse.'

Baltimore Ghosts. 'Unsung monuments in the monumental city.'
'Most of the dramatic change in Baltimore's appearance during the past decades has to do with its changing architecture, as old buildings are razed and new ones rise in their place. A small but steady amount of popular buildings are saved for their historic charachter, but all too often it seems that many others that carry a great deal of charachter are left to grow shabby and eventually be condemned to be leveled. In thier place rise new faceless modern structures that lack the appeal of the originals. '
'Still, a healthy number of fascinating historic buildings do survive: some are protected by landmark status, the majority sadly are not, as most of them are not often thought of as being truly historic in the ways most protected structures are. It is the hope that a number of these ghosts will live to haunt the landscape for many years to come, regardless of their status: '

12th August
The Megalith Map. 'A resource for finding any stone circle or row in England, Ireland, Scotland or Wales.' Interactive, clickable map with a brief guide to each site!
British Stone Circles. Stephen Dean's site has some nice black and white photos of the circles he has visited.

The Planctus for William Longsword. Manuscripts of a mourning poem for a Frankish ancestor of William the Conqueror; both high- and low- bandwidth sites.
Early Medieval Maps from many cultures, 400 - 1300 AD.

The Blue Marble. 'This spectacular blue marble image is the most detailed true-color image of the entire Earth to date. Using a collection of satellite-based observations, scientists and visualizers stitched together months of observations of the land surface, oceans, sea ice, and clouds into a seamless, true-color mosaic of every square kilometer (.386 square mile) of our planet. These images are freely available to educators, scientists, museums, and the public. Preview images and links to full resolution versions up to 21,600 pixels across are located below.'

The Parasitology Images List. 'Here is a collection of images of medically important parasites. The majority of the images show diagnostic stages of the parasite concerned, in the most commonly encountered clinical specimen. Each has the name and stage of the parasite shown, along with an approximate scale bar for comparison.'

The Domain of Bast. A well researched site about the cat-headed Egyptian goddess.
Images of Bast.

The Peace Card. 'This site is designed to provide an easy way for you to communicate your desire for peace directly to others, especially those in Governments and the Media. '

Taoist Restoration Society. 'TRS is a charitable organization dedicated to helping to preserve and restore China's Taoist heritage through:'
'Rebuilding and restoring ancient Taoist temples and sites'
'Subsidizing older, experienced Taoists in poor or remote areas'
'Supporting research and academic study into Taoism'
'Creating a global Taoist community to support all people with active interest in Taoism'
'Please feel free to visit as often as you like. TRS offers a huge website with a great deal of information regarding Taoism and Taoist practices. '

Honda Humanoid Robot. From the 'concept' page :- 'In 1986, Honda commenced the humanoid robot research and development program. Keys to the development of the robot included "intelligence" and "mobility." Honda began with the basic concept that the robot "should coexist and cooperate with human beings, by doing what a person cannot do and by cultivating a new dimension in mobility to ultimately benefit society." This provided a guideline for developing a new type of robot that would be used in daily life, rather than a robot purpose- built for special operations.'

The Atomic Duty of Pvt. Bill Bires. 'This is a short history of Pvt. Bill Bires' military duty with Co."A" 231st Engineer Combat Battalion from Ft. Lewis, Washington. Co. "A" was assigned temporary duty at the Atomic Test Series, Buster-Jangle in the Nevada desert, in the fall of 1951.'
'Co. "A"'s military duty at the test site was unique. While the rest of the battalion built the tent city known as Camp Desert Rock, Co. "A" was sent further into the desert to construct the displays of military equipment and postitioned them around the Ground Zeros for the atomic tests ... '

Texas Ghost Towns.
St. Mary's Colony, a ghost town which was founded by freed slaves.

Leadville Area Ghost Towns, Colorado. 'Leadville's historic mining district, consisting of over 20 square miles of mining history, is considered by many to be one of the largest ghost town areas in the state. Immediately east of Leadville's downtown district, it consists of hundreds of mining reminents -- headframes, hoist houses, and cabins -- which were settled in various areas with interesting names like Stumptown and Chicken Hill. Many other ghost town areas are accessible only by four-wheel drive -- consult our 4WD recreational map. When exploring ghost town areas, be sure to take only pictures and leave with only memories. All areas are private property and rockhounding and souvenir hunting are strictly prohibited. If posted, please only view from afar.'
Mary Murphy Mine.
History of Leadville.

World Art Erotica. 'A Museum of Vintage Erotic Art and Sensual Literature from around the World.' (Not suitable for work!)
Free tour. Tales of Nasruddin. Early 20th century Iran.
Erotic art, thoughts and writings from Muslim countries - really interesting.