The Nutlog

The Nutlog Archive

28th February
The Pepys Project. 'Welcome to the pepys project. The purpose of this is to collect URL's for web logs, diaries, and journals from around the world, indexed by geographical area and then country. ' Via the Daily Vexation.

Friends of Williamson's Tunnels. 'Welcome to the fascinating world of the Williamson tunnels - a strange underground kingdom which has lain beneath the city of Liverpool in north-west England since the early 1800s.' Includes a history of the tunnels, and a virtual tour.

The Civil War Sun Picture Tax. 'The Civil War popularized photography to a new degree. Demand for cheap portraits grew enormous as men marched off to war, wishing to leave portraits behind or to take one with them. Many studios also did a brisk trade supplying images of the scenes and heroes of the war.'
'This mass popularity did not escape the notice of the Treasury Department. Charged with raising as much money as possible for the war, its fledgling Office of Internal Revenue levied a stamp tax in August 1864 on what it quaintly referred to as "sun pictures" ...'
'This collection is the most definitive in its field and is the result of over ten years of passionate collecting and research, compiling information from philatelists, photographic historians and the I.R.S. Archives in order to better understand both studio and taxation practices of the time. While many items were discovered at flea markets, I have also acquired pieces from important philatelic collections as they have come to auction.'

What kind of Buddha image is that? Original pictures of different types of Buddha images.

The Catawba People. A fascinating site, and a sad history.

Out of line. 'Nikrouz Kianouri is an artist in Germany. His own website is not completely done yet, but here's a glimpse of what's inside. Enjoy.'

A Brief History of Mechanical Calculators. 'The purpose of this document is to briefly describe the most common non-electronic calculating devices within an historical context, and to create a source of reference to other pages in the Internet related with this topic. The journey starts 2500 years ago with the Abacus, and ends 30 years ago with the introduction of the first electronic calculators.'

Io: Jupiter's Volcanic Moon.

Translations of poems by Rumi.

' The Doomsday Clock - a barometer of nuclear danger for the past 55 years - has been moved two minutes closer to the midnight hour symbolising nuclear conflict. '

' The Sex Pistols are to re-release their punk anthem God Save The Queen to mark the Golden Jubilee. '

Michael Palin remembers Spike Milligan. 'On the TV show to celebrate his 80th birthday, the presenter was talking about him and you suddenly heard this voice from behind the set - "shut up and get on with it". It was Spike. Even at the age of 80, he was sending things up, and refusing to lie down and be conformist. '

Eddie Izzard: Even 'The Simpsons' relied on Spike's invention of strange comedy.

The Last Days of Bamian's Buddhas. 'Villagers detail how the Taliban forced them to risk their lives in destroying the ancient statues.'

Are these Africa's finest books of the 20th century? Via dust from a distant sun.

3,500 year old platform dug up in Yorkshire.
' Archeological finds reveal that 5,000 years ago, ancient Chinese in Shanghai regarded the spotted deer as the symbol of power, wealth and dignity. '

' A Turkish man has been charged with spreading rebel propaganda after putting a Kurdish-language love poem on his wedding invitation.'

A graffiti-writing ghost? Seems fairly benevolent, though.
(Maureen draws my attention to the following amusing mistake in the article :-
"The year of his death, he said (psychic guy they brought in, that is), was 1613. Carved into the lintel of the Gowers' cottage is the date 1610.They contacted a local archivist who couldn't find a nearby monastic settlement. But their home could well have lain on an ancient pilgrim route from the abbey at nearby Valle Crucis. The early years of the 7th century were also a period of intense hatred between Protestants and Catholics."
Presumably the reference to the 7th century is a typo, and the article should actually be referring to the 17th century. Funny :). Thanks Maureen! ).

Hormone swings affect men too, suggests research.

' Jupiter's magnetic field extends hundreds of times further out into space than previously thought, creating auroras that make the Earth's northern lights seem feeble in comparison.'

Tyrannosaurus couldn't run.

' An Italian footballer has made history by avoiding military service after getting himself classified as an artist.'
' A motorist in North Yorkshire has been told her faulty car-locking system is being caused by aircraft.'

Closed disinformation agency can't convince staff it's closed.

27th February
Building the Washington Metro. 'This site tells the story of the Washington Metro, a 103-mile rapid transit system serving Washington, D.C., and the surrounding areas of Maryland and Virginia. Planning for Metro began in the 1950s, construction began in 1969, and the first segment opened for operation in 1976. Metro is one of the largest public-works projects ever built, and it is the second-busiest rail transit system in the United States.'

Big Things (of Australia).
'What you will find here are photos of all of those tacky tourist attractions that are basically BIG! '
'We go to great extremes to search and locate such landmarks. '

Tonda Traditional Japanese Bunraku Puppets. 'The early history of the Tonda Puppets is documented by few written sources. According to the story passed down through the years, an itinerant puppet troupe from Awa, in present-day Tokushima Prefecture on the island of Shikoku, came to Tonda to perform during the winter about the year 1835. Bad weather prevented the troupe from performing for several weeks as they remained snowbound in the village. By the time they could move on they were broke, so they left behind a large number of puppets and stage equipment with the local people as collateral for a loan to pay their travel expenses back to Shikoku. After years passed and no one returned to reclaim the puppets, the people of Tonda began to try their hand at operating the puppets themselves. When another itinerant puppet troupe came to the area a few years later, the people of Tonda had the visitors teach them the principles of puppet manipulation and the conventions of the theatre. This was the beginning of the Tonda Puppet theatre. '

South Africa Photo Essay. 'South Africa, torn apart in every possible way by apartheid, is trying to come to terms with its past. Here, a photographer with the International Committee of the Red Cross, Fred Clarke, talks about some of the images he photographed while visiting the country for the ICRC's People on War project. '

Higlands Art of New Guinea. 'Unlike the coastal regions of New Guinea--particularly among the Asmat, Sepik River, and Papuan Gulf cultures--where the strength and spectacle of the culture is represented in the architecture and abundant carved images, Highlands artworks are less conspicuous and more transitory. The greatest range of Highlands art is traditionally realized in body art. When masks, costumes and figures are made, they are generally constructed of ephemeral material such as bark, gourd, fiber, mud, paint, and vegetable matter, and are produced for a specific ritual event, after which they are discarded. Yet they possess a intelligible and evocative power that embodies the world of the spirits no less poignantly than coastal art. '

A ray of dark. A picture, with an explanation of the phenomenon.
A sun pillar is just as interesting.

Harriet Beecher Stowe to Calvin Stowe.
Jack London to Anna Strunsky.

Welcome to the Game of Rebirth. 'This game is adapted from the book "Rebirth: The Tibetan Game of Liberation" by Mark Tatz & Jody Kent. In it they present a traditional Buddhist game intended to teach a metaphysical system about reincarnation and its place in the universe. This is a greatly simplified version of the game, without a lot of explanation of the meaning of each place. The book has between a paragraph and two pages on each of the stages, I've cut this down to a few lines - I am neither a Tibetan nor a Buddhist, and do not try to explain things I don't necessarily understand or believe. On the other hand, I am a fellow traveller and the game is offered in the hope that by playing it you may be introduced to its believes. '

Sign the Child Labour petition. Do some good. Via Nonharmful.

RIP Spike Milligan.
Cardboard & String Spike Milligan Page.

' Scientists in the UK have been given the go-ahead to create human embryo clones under strictly controlled conditions. '

Screening frees baby from mother's Alzheimer's gene.

Pollution blamed for cancer ravaging Quebec's whales.

Bio-warfare tests were carried out on London Underground travellers in the 1960's.

Man sues psychic who promised to cure leukaemia.
Lotus blossoms after 500 years.
Jaguar spotted in Arizona.
' A triple gold medallist who was kicked out of the Winter Olympics for failing a drugs test claims he is being told what to do by aliens. '
Via Fortean Times.

Flexwindow. 'Have you ever wished updating your web site were as easy as, say, sending an e-mail? With FlexWindow it is. Simply define content areas on your site. Then write an e-mail with the content you want to appear in that "FlexWindow". '
Thanks, JP.

Language Museum. 'Samples of 1200 languages in the world.' Via Nonharmful.

26th February
Sam Cooke, Mississippi musician.

Updates might be relatively sparse for the rest of the week... busy, busy bee.

Peaceful Tomorrows.

To save half a million children is a privilege. Recalling the aid effort in the Biafra conflict.
'To break the law in the glare of world publicity and keep one's virtue is ticklish; to keep it up for a year and a half is downright impertinent. Yet 34 years ago, a mixed group of priests, missionaries, pilots, navigators, riggers, fitters, loadmasters, volunteers, idealists and general weirdos did exactly that.'

How to Listen.

The View from Here has moved; take a look, all good stuff there... e.g. historical maps of computer networks and guns that shoot around corners.

Floral Radiographs: The Secret Garden. 'Flowers speak for us in many ways. On happy occasions we send flowers to express our joy and on sad occasions to express our sorrow. Almost everyone is fond of flowers, but they may never see the secret beauty that lies hidden within the blossoms. When we close our eyes, we cannot see the beautiful flowers around us. Even with our eyes wide open, we see only that portion of the flower that is nearest us, the same portion that would be recorded by a camera. '

Ghost Towns in Canada. 'This site is dedicated to all those communities which, whether due to lousy planning, impossible dreams or rotten luck, just didn't make it. '

The Legend of Waltham Abbey. 'Waltham Abbey is in the county of Essex, roughly 16 miles north of London. The nearest rail station is in the town of Waltham Cross, accessible from Liverpool Street Station in London.'

Echoes of Incense. 'The route of the eighty-eight temples of Shikoku is the classic Japanese Buddhist pilgrimage. Its 1300 kilometers test the body and spirit and open the mind to an experience of its true nature. For over a thousand years, only Japanese followed the path to the remote places of the Japanese island of Shikoku. In the winter and spring of 1993, I walked this path. Afterwards, I wrote Echoes of Incense to record what I experienced in words and pictures. The book was translated into Japanese by Tomoko Shimotomai. For the past five years, it has been sold in America by Gateways Books in Santa Cruz, California and in Japan by several of the pilgrimage temples and the bookstore at Koyasan. Since it will soon be out of print, I decided to make it available on the WWW.'

The Dhammapada. 'The Dhammapada consists of 423 verses in Pali uttered by the Buddha on some 305 occasions for the benefit of a wide range of human beings. These sayings were selected and compiled into one book as being worthy of special note on account of their beauty and relevance for moulding the lives of future generations of Buddhists. They are divided into 26 chapters and the stanzas are arranged according to subject matter. '

William Blake's Dante Illustrations. The illustrated Divine Comedy.

The Encyclopedia Mythica, a web guide to mythology, is back. Via Rebecca's Pocket.

Texts and images relating to Athene.

Snake Robots.

Jake's Origami Garden. Jake's Origami Gallery. Animals, dinosaurs, fantasy, figures, insects, masks, sea life. Excellent.

One page detective stories.

Georgine Morelli - Southwest Watercolours. 'Painting when I'm happy gives me pleasure, and painting when I'm sad gives me relief. Which feeling would I choose if I could pick only one? I honestly don't know at this moment, but I do know that both are very special gifts. '

Heloise to Peter Abelard.

Around the World with Wes and Masami. 'Travel around the world with Wes and Masami Heiser. Updates are regularly posted to this multiyear travelogue. Journal entries contain experiences, photographs, lodging guides, facts for the visitor, and maps with our travel route. We also record our preparations, schedule, and expenses.'

Insects on the Web. 'This site aims to help you really see insects for the miniature marvels they represent and to understand how intertwined our cultures have become with these alien creatures. '

The Elephant's Memory 'is a pictorial language consisting of more than a hundred and a fifty combinable graphic elements (pictograms and ideograms). It invites people from various cultural backgrounds to communicate and explore a new means of expression.'
Via Metafilter.

Planetary Picture List. 'These pages collect together references to many pictures of the solar system that can be found on the Net. I have removed some duplicates, but probably some remain. '

Kamilaroi/Gamilaraay Web Dictionary. 'The Kamilaroi/ Gamilaraay language belongs to the Kamilaroi people and to Kamilaroi country, northern New South Wales, Australia.'

UFO Stories. Tales of encounters with aliens.

Cute!

Chilling Effects Clearinghouse. 'Do you know your online rights? Have you received a letter asking you to remove information from a Web site or stop engaging in an activity? Are you concerned about liability for information that someone else posted to your online forum? If so, this site is for you. '
'These pages will help you understand the protections intellectual property laws and the First Amendment give to your online activities. We are excited about the new opportunities the Internet offers individuals to express their views, parody politicians, celebrate their favorite movie stars, or criticize businesses. But we've noticed that not everyone feels the same. Anecdotal evidence suggests that some individuals and corporations are using intellectual property and other laws to silence online users. Certainly intellectual property rights should be respected -- and we hope this site will aid you in doing so -- but they shouldn't be misused to impede legitimate activity. '
Via Follow Me Here.

U.S. drops pledge on nukes. (Feb. 22, 2002) 'The Bush administration is no longer standing by a 24-year-old U.S. pledge not to use nuclear weapons against non-nuclear states, a senior administration official said yesterday. ' Via Follow Me Here.

FurryMUCK and maps of FurryMUCK.

Children's Literature, Chiefly from the Nineteenth Century. 'The Historical Children's Literature Collection at Thomas Cooper Library is primarily a teaching collection. Much more than most collections in the Department of Rare Books, the Children's Literature Collection supports classroom teaching, giving both undergraduates and graduate students the opportunity for hands-on experience of primary source materials. The collection covers children's literature up through about World War I, charting the growth and transformation of books for children during the golden age of the genre in the nineteenth century.' Via Blue Ruin.

A Little Book about 'A Christmas Carol'. Via Eclogues.

Beetle Sculpture. Via Bifurcated Rivets.

' Small video cameras attached to seals are giving researchers an insight into the underwater world of the Antarctic. '

' Mega-tsunamis have happened with greater frequency than modern science would like to believe, and no coastline in the world is safe, says Canadian geologist-geographer Edward Bryant.'

' A newly detected disk around the sun could narrow down the search of other star systems that might harbor planets, according to scientists. '

25th February
The Australian sunrise.

Clearing at Dawn by Li Po.

It's Kerouac week over at In a Dark Time.

An enjoyable diary of a stone circles field trip.

Weegee's World Home Page. Classic New York City photography.

Stanislaw Lem on the Web. 'According to The New York Times Review of Books the Polish writer Stanislaw Lem is both a polymath and a virtuoso storyteller and stylist. Put them together and they add up to a genius... Stanislaw Lem was born in Lvov, Poland in 1921. His short stories were first published in a magazine specializing in modern prose and science-fiction. Subsequent books gained him world-wide acclaim and Solaris, His Master's Voice and The Cyberiad belong to the most famous science-fiction works of the twentieth century.'
Don't miss the gallery of covers.

Kuniyoshi's Women. 'Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797 -1861) was a late Edo period artist who created works replete with a sense of bright, powerful, somehow strange pleasure. He was known for his search for unusual, novel print subjects and techniques. Kuniyoshi liked the new, the unusual, and he broke new ground in the realm of comic pictures. He created a number of satirical works, unswayed by the pressures of the censorship bureau. He was famous for his warrior prints, and his works constantly amaze their viewers with their sense of dynamic, extremely exaggerated compositions. When he created beauty prints, his women invariably have a bright demeanor and are set comfortably in the landscape. His devotion to his work was comparable to that of Hokusai. Kuniyoshi had a fertile imagination, creating one new idea after the other, and as such, was one of the energetic sources of the late Edo period world of ukiyo-e.'

Battersea Power Station Home Page. 'This site is dedicated to a very special building among the fans of the pop group Pink Floyd. Battersea Power Station appeared on the cover of their album Animals (1977). Designed by the famous British architect Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, with a sumptuous Art Deco control room, Italian marble turbine hall, polished parquet floors, wrought iron staircases and the four characteristic white smokestacks it provided London with electricity between 1937 and 1980.'

Raven's Bread. A newsletter for hermits.

The Wisdom of the Desert by James O. Hannay, Westport, Ireland, 1904. A truly interesting study of the lives of the desert hermits.

' Why would anyone want to live in a hollow trunk? Blake Morrison finds out how hermits come and go in Isabel Colegate's A Pelican in the Wilderness: Hermits, Solitaries and Recluses.

Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia. An archive of images of racial stereotypes and prejudices.
From the About page :-
'Dr. John Thorp, an anthropologist and head of FSU's Department of Social Sciences, explains the social and historical significance of these racist artifacts.'
' "The dehumanizing caricatures of African Americans, which are embodied in the various items in this collection, are an important part of American cultural history. At the beginning of the 19th century, these images were consciously promoted to defend slavery. During the later part of the 19th and into the 20th centuries, they served to justify the ongoing oppression of African-Americans. Their continuing reproduction underscores the bigotry and prejudice that must be overcome if we are going to become a truly multicultural democracy.'
' "These images force a person to take a stand for or against the equality of all human beings." '
Via the Apothecary's Drawer Places, History and Mythology page.

Mayan Math. 'The Mayans devised a counting system that was able to represent very large numbers by using only 3 symbols, a dot, a bar, and a symbol for zero, or completion, usually a shell. '

Jazz timeline.

Cat of the Day.

' The addictive nature of web browsing can leave you with an attention span of nine seconds, the same as a goldfish.'

' Hundreds, if not thousands, of women are murdered by their families each year in the name of family "honor." It's difficult to get precise numbers on the phenomenon of honor killing; the murders frequently go unreported, the perpetrators unpunished, and the concept of family honor justifies the act in the eyes of some societies. '

Chocolate beer!

A current controversy: is Europe about to freeze?

'One of the odd possibilities that could emerge from global warming is that much of Europe, robbed of the ocean current patterns that help keep it warm, could rather abruptly enter a deep freeze and have a climate that more closely resembles Alaska than the modest temperatures it now enjoys.' Source :- Oregon State University.

Rock-eating microbes survive in deep ocean off Peru.

Weapons of Teeny Boo-boos. 'Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld called today for swift congressional approval of the president's $396 billion defense budget. "We need every last dollar to replenish our stock of Weapons of Teeny Boo-boos and begin research on a generation of even gentler arms," Rumsfeld told a crowd of admirers at his weekly Pentagon news conference. '

24th February
Time for Planetarium ...

Scanned postcards of UK places circa 1930. 'The postcards are contained in an album which belonged to a Mrs. G. Olive CROW. She at lived 64, Dane Road, Seaford for many years. A lot of the cards were sent to her daughter Biddy ( real name Mary ) who died aged approx ten years in the 1930's.'

Pictures of murals in Los Angeles. 'L.A. is a world center of muralism. I'm trying to take pictures of as many of them as I can, so that the widest possible audience can see what they're like. Seeing a picture can't really replace seeing the mural in person, so I encourage people to find the murals themselves. '

Historical Android Projects. 'Waseda University (Tokyo, Japan) has been building humanoid robots for 30 years. '

Netsuke Exhibition. 'Japanese artists cleverly invented the miniature sculptures known as netsuke to serve a very practical function. Traditional Japanese garments - robes called kosode and kimono - had no pockets. Men who wore them needed a place to keep personal belongings such as pipes, tobacco, money, seals, or medicines.'

' In the remotest section of Staten Island, on a high hill with nothing but tangled weeds, snarled vines, migrating birds and hissing insects there lies the remains of one man's dreams to bring verdant fields and cash crops to the highest hills in the Northeast south of Maine.'

Italian Churches. 'Welcome to our Gallery! Our first special exhibit shows church interiors and ceilings in Rome and other parts of central and northern Italy.'

Climbing Kilimanjaro. Travelogue.

American Civil War love letters. 'When he wasn't marching, fighting, or setting up camp, the Civil War soldier might take a few moments to write to his loved ones at home. These letters often contain accounts of battles, life in camp, and general news. But many soldiers, as they marched off to face the enemy, had left behind a wife or sweetheart, and to them they would compose sweet, poignant, and occasionally funny letters that give life and personality to the participants in this great national conflict.'

How Volcanoes Work.

Plants of the Machiguenga. An ethnobotanical study of eastern Peru. 'In November, 1995, Dr. Ethan Russo, a neurologist, spent two months in Eastern Peru's rainforest looking for plants to treat headaches. You'll find photos of the plants he gathered here, along with botanical and medicinal information about them. You'll also find photos of birds, people and the rich forests of Peru. '

'Monkeyman creates scare in Khanpur.' Monkey man's back!

'Never-ending' ski slope planned for Wales.

Roman temple discovered in Egypt.
' Chinese archaeologists have unearthed a chime stone, believed to be the largest of its kind ever found in the country, in northwest China. '

National Slacker Day may be too much effort.