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17th February
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Snow Crystals. 'Welcome to! This site is all about snow crystals and snowflakes, and how these remarkably complex and beautiful structures appear, quite literally, out of thin air. The many facets of snow crystals are described here, along with our attempts to understand their formation.' Natural and 'designer' snowflakes; snowflake FAQs; and lots of images.

Art of Bliss.

Nuba Survival. 'Nuba Survival's primary objective is to focus on the predicament of the Nuba people of Sudan. ' The website is also focused on Nuba cultural heritage and photographic documentation of the Nuba people.

Hans Christian Andersen: Fairy Tales and Stories. Illustrated tales.

The Mjoes Orm. Norway's Nessie.
Norwegian Sea Serpents.
These two links from Erik Knatterud's homepage.

Desire and Devotion. Art from India, Nepal and Tibet in the John and Berthe Ford Collection. (Much of it tantric).

Mediterranean blue-fin tuna face extinction.

16th February
Today went well, so I decided to post a few links in case it's not possible tomorrow.

Virtual Ta Phrom. A virtual tour of a Khmer temple. 'Ta Phrom is a temple in the jungles of Cambodia. It was built in the thirteenth century by Jajavarma VII. While other monuments in the Angkor region have been cleared of the encroaching jungle, Ta Phrom has been left as it was found by French explorers who rediscovered it in the nineteenth century. I spent two days there in 1993, mostly alone, roaming and photographing in splendid isolation. '

A story of a shaman.

Lysistrata by Aristophanes.
Make Love, Not War. The background to Aristophanes' Lysistrata.
Guide to Lysistrata. 'The plot is about as simple as it gets: Athenian women, fed up with the Peloponnesian War, barricade themselves in the Acropolis and go on a sex strike to force their husbands to vote for peace with Sparta.'

Just Go East. A couple's year-long trip across Asia, Australasia and the Americas. Interesting places and people.

Floppy the Robot. 'Complete plans to build a robot from a 3 1/2" floppy drive without taking it apart. The floppy drive has all of the motors and electronics you need to get started and compete in a robot contest.'

Galileo Europa 4 Images. 'On December 19, 1996, the Galileo spacecraft flew by Europa at a distance of 692 km. This home page will be an archive of images taken by Galileo during the E4 (Europa 4) encounter. ' There are images of Jupiter and Io, too.

Verse from rec.arts.poems.

Pixelscapes. Web art.

Archimedes' Laboratory. Geometric puzzles.

Sydney Eccentrics. A State Library of New South Wales exhibition.
'Sydney Eccentrics provided an insight into these individuals, revealing their own words and inspiration through original diaries and letters, artworks and possessions. Individuals include Billy Blue, the legendary Bee Miles, bohemians, Domain orators and recent figures such as Madam Lash.'
William Francis King (the Flying Pieman) - Rosaleen Norton - Vincent Patrick Taylor (Captain Penfold) - Billy Blue (the Old Commodore) - William James Chidley - Dulcie Deamer - Ernest Ridding LLM GKN (links added and amended 16/1/02).

Eccentrics and England as investigated by the Annals of Improbable Research.

Zen Eccentrics. 'These are the legendary Zen or Taoist monks who live their lives outside the rules of mainstream buddhist conventions and have achieved a high level of enlightened perception. Their historical authenticity is uncertain as there is little extant biographical information about these figures. ' Images and stories.

Gallery of Eccentrics. New Orleans characters. Part of the Eccentric New Orleans site.

Going down. 'Tuvalu, a nation of nine islands - specks in the South Pacific - is in danger of vanishing, a victim of global warming. As their homeland is battered by ferocious cyclones and slowly submerges under the encroaching sea, what will become of the islanders?'

Contemporary Images of Tuvalu. 'The following contemporary images of Tuvalu have managed to capture many beautiful and modern images that represent Tuvalu in a way that it has never been represented internationally before. These pictures portray and capture the essential essence of this most unique of Polynesian nations in a series of fascinating portraits. This will be the first in a series of Web sites devoted to contemporary images of Tuvalu. '

Taku'u Island, near Bougainville, is also sinking and the people are trying to find solutions; take a look at the island association's website.

Award-winning photos from the World Press Photo contest.
World Press Photo of the Year 2001. 'The Body of an Afghan Refugee Boy Is Prepared for Burial, Pakistan, June.'

'Archaeologists have come up with an intriguing new theory on the origins of jewellery. '
'They think that at some time in the past, our ancestors started decorating themselves with primitive jewellery and beads in order to give themselves a sense of identity. The idea has been discussed at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Boston. '

'Scientists have presented new ideas for the future exploration of planets that circle far-away stars. ' One issue might be the language of the travellers diverging from that of the rest of the human race.

' The "magic number" of people needed to create a viable population for multi-generational space travel has been calculated by researchers. It is about the size of a small village - 160. But with some social engineering it might even be possible to halve this to 80.'

' A Venezuelan family says it's suing a fortune-teller who said their father had run off with another woman when he was in fact dead.'
The Skeptic's Dictionary on divination.

' Archaeologists have discovered an ancient warrior's gold death-mask, swords and opulent jewelry in more than 170 graves near the birthplace of Alexander the Great.'

Bermuda postpones 500th anniversary because date is wrong.

Heinz to launch orange ketchup.

'A lioness in Kenya has adopted a baby antelope for the second time.'
'The first relationship ended after two weeks when a male member of her pride pounced on the baby oryx.'

15th February
Updates might be sparse this weekend as I will be at work!

The Apothecary's Drawer 'is the 'play page' of writer and science journalist Ray Girvan. Here you'll find the Web equivalent of stuffed alligators, brass astrolabes and jars of leeches: an eclectic choice of links to scientific and artistic sites worldwide (along with a little original material). ' (He has a good weblog too!)

Entomological Gallery. Some lovely drawings of butterflies, moths and beetles.

New species clarifies bird-dinosaur link.
China's Feathered Dinosaurs.

Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival. 'Come to the heart of the Yorkshire Dales and see over 100 life-size scarecrows in one of the most exciting annual festivals celebrating a traditional country skill. '

Fun days out in Britain. 'You may think that strange customs and bizarre events are few and far between in modern-day Britain - not so - according to the new book Eccentric Britain, the calendar is riddled with little-known events that are unique to this country. '

The Blackfeet Nation. '"Oki", and welcome to the premier source on the web for information about the Great Blackfeet Nation of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in northern Montana. We are located near the Canadian Border and only 13 miles from Glacier National Park. Browse our site for information regarding the rich culture and colorful history of the Pikuni people. '

Lost America. 'This is where you'll find a collection of night photography of the abandoned roadside west. Remember, none of this work is manipulated in the darkroom or the computer. It was all done in camera.'

Medicine and Madison Avenue. 'This website explores the complex relationships between modern medicine and modern advertising, or "Madison Avenue," as the latter is colloquially termed. The Medicine and Madison Avenue Project presents images and database information for approximately 600 health-related advertisements printed in newspapers and magazines. These ads illustrate the variety and evolution of marketing images from the 1910s through the 1950s. ' (Thankyou very much, Mitch!)

Crop Circle Connector. A large site with an international circle database.

Doctor Who's online adventures, courtesy of the BBC.

The Quotable History of Street Crime.

Quotes of the Day.

British Goblins: Welsh folk-lore, fairy mythology, legends and traditions. Via dust from a distant sun.

Old British Letters - a dip into the past. Historic letters from the 18th and 19th centuries. Via Eclogues.

' The tricks behind one of the most spectacular feats of memory in the natural world have been revealed. '
'The Clark's nutcracker (Nucifraga columbiana) hides between 20,000 and 25,000 pine seeds in up to 5000 different caches to provide for itself and its new chicks through the cold winter and spring of the Rocky mountains. Remarkably, the birds can recall the locations up to nine months later.'

' Scientists are experimenting with robots that will eventually be able to reproduce, writes Dylan Evans.'
A parrot that _really can_ talk???
' 'Cod semen' cosmetics get a boost.'
Protecting Earth from alien germs.
Octogenarian claims he invented hyperlinks.

Jazz lives.

300 colour-coded love letters. Via GoodShit.

Moon's heart melted, say lunar Love numbers.

14th February

The Owl and the Pussycat.

' What was Shakespeare's most popular work during his own lifetime? Hamlet? MacBeth? Romeo and Juliet (not the gangland version surely)? No. No. Of course not. It was his gushing, lewd, romantic poem Venus and Adonis. This poem was probably written in 1592 and was entered in the Stationers Register (the copyright protection of the period) on April 18th, 1593. The first edition was printed by one of the finest early printers, Richard Fields, and was probably set from the author's manuscript. The copy is one of the cleanest of all Shakespeare's works, owing perhaps to the craftsmanship of Fields and the anxiety of an author publishing his first literary work. '
This online version of the poem is broken into twenty illustrated pages.

Venus and Adonis at the White Hart Inn, St. Albans. I'm sceptical about the author's conclusions regarding Shakespeare's identity, but the mural is nice.

Rama's Quest for Sita. 'Rama, prince of Ayodhya, won the hand of the beautiful Sita, but through the plotting of his wicked stepmother was exiled with his wife for 14 years. In the forest Sita was carried off by the demon Ravana. Rama was befriended by the monkeys who ranged the world looking for her. Once her abductor had been discovered, Rama and his allies then attacked Lanka, killed Ravana, and rescued Sita. '

The Ramayana. The story of Rama; many images.

Valentine's Afternoon.

The comic Valentine of mid-Victorian England. Via Coudal.

Love is a battlefield. Ecologists claim to find evidence of a 'sexual arms race' in nature.

Amnesty International - the true cost of diamonds. ''To many people, diamonds symbolise love, happiness or wealth. But for many, they mean conflict, misery and poverty. In African countries such as Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo and Sierra Leone, the profits from unregulated diamond trade are used to obtain weapons and fund armed conflicts. '

' One in nine people surveyed by this week admitted to sending themselves cards on that loneliest day of the year. '

Watts Towers. These 99-foot tall towers in Los Angeles are the work of folk artist Simon Rodia.

Origami Mathematics.

Rare Birds of the World. 'This site is an encyclopedia of all birds considered at risk of extinction by BirdLife International and IUCN.'

Tindale's Tribal Map. 'Tindale's map of Aboriginal group boundaries at the time of European contact, published in 1974. Tindale worked on this map for fifty years. When he began that project during the 1920s the popular view was that Aboriginal groups roamed across the landscape, with no fixed territories. This map is therefore a crucial document in Australian cultural history; graphic evidence that no part of Australia was terra nullius, empty land.'

Slither the serpentine robot. A robot which mimics the movement of snakes; built for a high school project.

Subvertise. Satirical adverts.

Taxi Art. 'Taxi Art is your own unique piece of artwork created by using the live GPS data from our taxis as they move about London.'

Suburban Myths debunked.

Persian Paradise. All about Persian gardens.

'New research suggests chameleons colonised the globe by surfing across the seas.'

Economists predict Winter Olympics medal table.

Telephone hate line set up for Winter Olympic haters in Austria.

Big cat sighting in Yorkshire.

' A fish and chip shop owner has cut 25kg of potatoes into heart shapes for Valentine's Day.'

Astro pic of the day: The Great Nebula in Orion.

' Greek police have arrested a 76-year-old man for deserting from his civil war unit in 1949.'

Real-life Mowgli found in Romanian forest.

Robot mine hunter does job quietly.

A bill which would have outlawed teaching evolution in schools in Washington State has failed.

Phone firm adds insult to bill, apologises.

Modern Ruins: Photographic Essays. Via ghost rocket.

Trickster's Way. 'Welcome to Trickster's Way -- an online journal dedicated to trickster research. It is a peer-reviewed publication which seeks to extend the scholarship about the trickster figure to its interdisciplinary and intellectual limits. Trickster, of course, will resist such cultural ambitions, but this journal and the essays it publishes will try to respect the delicate balance between fixing trickster and killing trickster. ' Via wood s lot.

Makura no Soshi. An interesting online journal with a 'pillow book' theme. Thanks, JP.

Pillow Book. Another online journal. (Thanks again for the reminder, JP).

13th February
The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon. 'Sei Shonagon's "pillow book" is the sole surviving Heian-period work of what was probably a widespread practice among literate men and women of keeping a journal by their pillows in which to record stray thoughts and impressions. Such informal collections of notes constituted a genre of prose fiction in Heian times that continued to evolve into the Japanese literary form called zuihitsu, a kind of free-association, "following the brush." '
This page is part of the Tale of Murasaki site.

' The Cabinet of Curiosities is the personal (often eccentric) arrangement of a person's collection of objects. The horizontal alligator, the recessed cupboards, stuffed animals and deep drawers with mermaids and shrunken heads are characteristic of the genre.The Cabinet was at its strongest in the seventeenth century and was gradually undermined by professional standards of curatorship.'

The Pitts Rivers Museum in Oxford is a bit like a 'cabinet of curiosities' on a huge scale. It's quite likely that many of the artefacts were acquired by means which were ethically somewhat dubious, but it really is an amazing place.
The museum houses :- 'Pacific island objects, including a magnificent Tahitian mourner's costume, collected during Captain Cook's Second Voyage in 1773-74; Hawaiian feather cloaks in brilliant shades of red and yellow; a wide range of handwoven textiles and looms; a collection of ceremonial brasses and ivories from the Kingdom of Benin; a fine group of early masks worn by actors in Japanese Noh dramas; more masks from Africa, Melanesia and North America; sculpture from all over the world in wood, pottery, metal and stone; boats, ranging from full-sized sailing craft to model canoes; baskets in all possible shapes and sizes; pottery from Africa and the Americas, including many pre-Columbian pieces; costumes from North America including Inuit fur parkas, Plains skin shirts decorated with porcupine quills, painted coats from the Northeastern Woodlands and a range of decorated moccasins; magic objects including amulets and charms; jewellery and body decoration; locks and keys; tools and weapons; musical instruments.'

Collage Gallery. The international forum for fine art collage.

Celebrity Smooch! 'Who's your favorite star by far? Click a photo, kiss and tell! Each kiss counts as a donation to a charity - up to $10,000 each and $25,000 for the most smoochable by Valentine's Day. '
(Well, it's for a few good causes, so what the heck).

The Antlion Pit. 'The Antlion Pit is a collection of resources related to the fascinating antlion, or "doodlebug." Inside you will find exclusive videos of antlion feeding behavior and metamorphosis, as well as information on how and where to find antlions. You can also explore areas not normally associated with entomology, such as the roles antlions and other creatures play in human culture and imagination. '

Insects rule the world. 'Over one million different species of insects are known in the world. Entomologists estimate that there might be 10 million to an extraordinary 100 million insect species! The number of insects far surpasses the numbers of all other kinds of living things. '

Millions of butterflies killed by freak storm.
The Butterfly WebSite.

More on the Japanese explorer who has just finished retracing early humanity's 'great journey'.

UN sounds dugong alert. 'Scientists say the sea mammal which inspired the ancient belief in mermaids is under serious threat.'
Dugong art.

Water Spirit Legends. A good collection of legends, principally from northern Europe. Part of Folklore and Mythology Electronic Texts, which is well worth a browse.

Galway's Medieval Mermaids. Interesting article, and a picture of a medieval stone fragment.

Save the Manatee.

Akumono points me to RobotStreetGang, an interesting and fun web zine. Thanks!

Atlas pinpoints countries where investment flows despite abuses.

' From the results of an annual Alaskan betting contest to sightings of migratory birds, ecologists are using a wealth of unusual data to predict the impact of climate change. '

Strange cloud puzzles Mars scientists. Awesome picture.
Warming world 'means longer days'.
' Chinese archaeologists have found almost 100 tombs from between the 14th and 17th centuries.'

' A Russian family has won what is being seen as a ground-breaking court victory against the country's railways after their holiday was spoiled by disruption caused during the visit by North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il last year. '

' Increasingly, the government is demanding that bookstores reveal what books their customers have purchased. Bookstore owners and privacy advocates say that's scarier than a Stephen King novel.' Via Booknotes.