Starving Afghans seek out food. 'Hundreds of Afghans from the remote region of Abdullah Gan — where some hungry villagers have resorted to eating bread made from grass — are streaming out of mountain villages to collect desperately needed food, an aid agency said Thursday. '
Chapter One of 'Loose Lips', a novel. Via Rebecca's Pocket.
Greek Mythology from the Iliad to the fall of the last tyrant.
Hubble Heritage Gallery Images. Fine selection of astro pics.
Haida, Spirits of the Sea. The Queen Charlotte Islands of British Columbia and the Haida people's relationship to the ocean. Great page, but graphics-intensive.
Human Clock. 'This website consists of about 2500 picutres, each representing a single minute of the day in some shape or fashion. ' Well worth a look. Via Pop Culture Junk Mail.
Krysstal. An educational site.
Nom de Guerre. 'The Definitive (most likely!) List of Pseudonyms Used by Entertainment Personalities, Athletes, Writers and Historical Figures, with a Few Other Individuals Thrown In For Idol Curiosity :-)'
Calendar of Religious Festivals. From Baha'i to Zoroastrian.
The Skeptic's Annotated Bible.
' Evidence of an astronomical "smoking gun" has been discovered that supports the idea that cosmic rays from a nearby supernova triggered at least one of the six mass extinctions on Earth. '
'A new analysis of the deepest views of the cosmos ever taken by an optical telescope suggests that stars burst into existence dramatically and suddenly. '
' It¹s not love, affection or even blatant self-interest that binds human societies together - it's anger, according to Swiss researchers. They made the unsettling discovery while trying to fathom what makes people cooperate.' In-groups, out-groups, scapegoats. Most unsettling...
Medieval mosque found under New Delhi rubbish tip.
'Professor Cindy Hazan, of Cornell University, interviewed 5,000 men and women across 37 cultures and found that just about all of us seem biologically predisposed to be 'in love' for precisely 18 to 30 months. '
First Flash virus.
Massimo Pigliucci on science and religion. 'The relationship between science and religion (S&R), and even the one between skepticism and religion, is warming up. At least, that is the feeling one gets from a cursory look at recent happenings, from the publication of books and articles in popular magazines about science "finding" God, to the frantic activities of the Templeton Foundation "for the furthering of religion." Two scientists--Paul Davies, and most recently Freeman Dyson--received the one-million dollar Templeton Prize for "progress in religion," the single largest cash prize in history. S&R is not just warm, it's hot! '
Interesting article, though of course there is such a thing as religion without God, just as there are people who believe in God without organised religion.
Starving Afghan villagers eat grass. Via Booknotes.
In pictures : Afghans face starvation.
Oxfam donation form. (Donations in pounds sterling).
International Rescue Committee donation form. (Donations in US dollars).
The Hunger Site. Free clicks for charity.
Nina Simone. Via Mad Orange Fools.
New Year's Eve.
New Year's Day.
Invent your own language. Features a top ten of invented languages.
The Voynich Manuscript 'has been dubbed "The Most Mysterious Manuscript in the World"....'
'Wilfrid Voynich judged it [the Voynich Manuscript] to date from the late 13th century, on the evidence of the calligraphy, the drawings, the vellum, and the pigments. It is some 200 pages long, written in an unknown script of which there is no known other instance in the world. It is abundantly illustrated with awkward coloured drawings. Drawings of unidentified plants; of what seems to be herbal recipes; of tiny naked women frolicking in bathtubs connected by intricate plumbing looking more like anatomical parts than hydraulic contraptions; of mysterious charts in which some have seem astronomical objects seen through a telescope, some live cells seen through a microscope; of charts into which you may see a strange calendar of zodiacal signs, populated by tiny naked people in rubbish bins.'
Images of pages from the Voynich Manuscript.
'Astronomers have caught a remarkable image of a brown dwarf circling a nearby star. ' (BBC)
'Astronomers have taken the first picture of a planet-like object orbiting a star outside our solar system. ' (New Scientist)
' Astronomers investigating an unusual four star solar system have found one of the stars in the earliest stages of planetary formation yet seen. The discovery enables them to fix the timescale over which planets can form.'
The Pluto Home Page. The planet that is.
Pluto in colour.
'Scientists have found a mistake in the standard account of the future fate of the solar system and now believe that the Earth will not be destroyed when the Sun runs out of fuel.' Via Cowlix.
' A message that will be broadcast into space later in 2002 has been released to scientists worldwide, to test that it can be decoded easily. '
'Scientists to study giant asteroids by steering them into Earth.' (SatireWire)
Robotics Internet Resources Page.
Martin Cohen's website. Haiku, photography and some serious maths.
' An obscure painting by a Swedish artist has solved the mystery of how the world's first iron bridge was constructed across the Severn Gorge in Shropshire more than 200 years ago.'
Related :- Independent guide to Ironbridge.
Oldest artefacts ever found in Bangladesh unearthed. 'Archaeologists have discovered 2450-year old artefacts -- the most ancient so far found in the country -- while conducting an excavation at a village in Narsingdi. '
Online newspapers from around the world.
Photographic Views of Meiji: A Portrait of Old Japan. Via gmtPlus9.
Country-specific euro coin designs. Via Pop Culture Junk Mail and Coudal.
The Dungeons and Dragons alignment quiz. (I'm Neutral Good, supposedly).
London Independent Photography Millennium Project. A photo for every day of 1999.
The Humanist Library.
World political leaders 1945-2002.
32 world religion photos.
The mathematics of monkeys and Shakespeare.
The acts of the democracies. 'How have the governments of the democratic West treated other peoples and countries around the world since World War II ?'
LacusCurtius: Into the Roman World. A major site about Roman culture; 154 pages, including a commented photo album of Roman towns and monuments.
Fearlessness in difficult times. Via wood s lot.
' A lioness in central Kenya has baffled wildlife experts by adopting a baby oryx, a kind of small antelope normally preyed upon by big cats. '
Space rock hurtles past Earth.
Giggle : A zine of fun and information.
Planetarium. 'A girl with complete foresight but no recollection of the past receives a love-letter from beyond the end of her future. Guided by her friend the mathemagician, she begins a journey through the events which his calculations have predicted and her intuition has foreseen, towards the source of the curious letter. '
(Started this today; it's really good. People who like fiendish puzzles and eccentric tales might like it too. I just hope I can get somewhere in 12 weeks!)
The Lowest Protocol. A page about writing systems.
'The World Wide Web is built over a big pile of technological strata called protocols; from time to time, a new stratum is added on top of the pile to provide some kind of new or improved functionality. '
'If you dig deep down the pile, under HTML, under IP, under TCP, under anything else, you'll find the lowest protocol: the thousands-years-old writing systems.'
Statisticians accuse the Belgian euro coin has been accused of being biased towards landing heads, but other statisticians believe a larger sample is needed.
' New Scientist carried out its own experiments with the Belgian Euro in its Brussels office. Heads came up five per cent less often than tails. This looks like the opposite of the Polish result but in fact - in terms of statistical significance - it is the same one.'
Scientists 'create artificial eyeball'.
'He was the genius behind the Beach Boys, driven to the brink of madness by drugs and depression. Now, after 30 years of dark exile, Brian Wilson is ready to perform again.
Color Matters. 'Explore : The concept of color can be approached from several disciplines: physiology, psychology, philosophy, and art. This web site provides some starting points for an exploration of color. '
Fantastic Zoology. A graphical interpretation of J.L. Borges' 'Book of Imaginary Beings'.
The Periodic Table of Haiku.
You Are Here. Beautiful images of the New York subway.
Skeptical Skoundrels. Humorous sceptic site.
The Dogon Blacksmiths of Mali.
RoboCup 2002. The World Cup for robots.
Your Personalised Shakespeare Insult.
Five Points. 'Archaeologists and historians rediscover a famous nineteenth-century New York neighborhood.' Via GoodShit.
World Art Treasures. 'The principal purpose of World Art Treasures is to promulgate the discovery and love of art. Thanks to the 100,000 slides belonging to the Jacques-Edouard Berger Foundation, all of them devoted to art, and including the main civilizations, such as Egypt, China, Japan, India, Europe, its purpose is to offer a different approach to art through Internet.'
What is a blue moon? Find out here.
Japanese temple geometry.
'Any sufficiently advanced extraterrestrial intelligence is indistinguishable from God', claims Michael Shermer in Scientific American. My question - is intelligence itself a property of the way the human mind is wired?
Annotated Webliography of Humanism.
A Jogini's Journey. 'The jogini system, a socially approved form of prostitution in Andhra pradesh, has been responsible for centuries of exploitation of women. Only a handful of women have succeeded in breaking free...'
From the Skeptic's Dictionary :- ' Devadasi is a religious practice in parts of southern India, including Andhra Pradesh, whereby parents marry a daughter to a deity or a temple. The marriage usually occurs before the girl reaches puberty and requires the girl to become a prostitute for upper-caste community members. Such girls are known as jogini.'
Inmate Locator. 'In the interest of public safety, several State Department of Corrections makes available to law enforcement agencies and the general public, information and photographs of inmates who are incarcerated. ' There's also a prison life page... Interesting site.
'Peace but no love as Northern Ireland divide grows ever wider.'
CAIN (Conflict Archive on the Internet). 'This site contains information and source material on 'the Troubles' in Northern Ireland from 1968 to the present.'
The Geek Hierarchy is quite funny. Via Boing Boing.
' Spreading Marmite is an art form. It has to be done thinly. In fact, not just thinly, but t-h-i-n-l-y. This isn't raspberry jam or peanut butter. This is a spread that can make grown men weep. This is Marmite.'
Corporations behaving badly. Via Follow Me Here.
New state of matter made. Physicists have created a patterned liquid.
Dolly the sheep has arthritis. Bad news for cloning?
'Lost worlds of science fiction.' Via Arts & Letters Daily.
' Archaeologists have found two ancient Buddhist temples and over 500 smaller grottoes in a small area of northwestern China.'
' Budgies have fluorescent plumage which sends out a strong sexual signal to would-be partners, researchers have found. '
Account of an exorcism in Tuscany. Via Fortean Times.
Top cryptozoological stories of 2001. Via Fortean Times.
Russian man builds house from bottles.
Belgian euro coins more likely to land heads up. 'Polish mathematicians Tomasz Gliszczynski and Waclaw Zawadowski and their students at the Podlaska Academy in Siedlce spun one Belgian euro coin 250 times, Germany's Die Welt daily reported Thursday. King Albert's head landed facing up 140 times.'
The Face of the Moon. An exhibit of rare books and maps.
Send your name to Mars.
Circlemakers. People who make crop circles.
Archaeologists ponder possible Midas throne relic.
' Afghanistan's new government will restore the Bamiyan Buddhas, an emblem of culture destroyed by the Taliban regime, Minister of Culture and Information Raheen Makhdoom said on Sunday.'
' A secret group of developed nations conspired to limit the effectiveness of the UN's first conference on the environment, held in Stockholm in 1972. The existence of this cabal, known as the Brussels group, is revealed in 30-year-old British government records that were kept secret until this week. '
The Iliad as techie odyssey. This looks really interesting.
Good news for genealogists. The 1901 UK census is now available online.
Skeptic News. The 'what's new' page for skeptics.
Lair of the Mythos Haiku. Cthulhu poetry.
Museum of Ephemeral Cultural Artefacts. Robots, wall art and pinball machines.
Random fables from Aesop. Part of the Aesop's Fables online collection.
The Secret of the Black Aurora. From Astro Pic of the Day.
Harry Potter books, works by Shakespeare and records burned despite 800 protesters.
Happy New Year.
Design your own O'Reilly book cover. Via Random Abstract (which has its 2-year anniversary coming up!).
How to keep your New Year's resolution.
Shrewsbury Abbey. Home of St. Winifred and Brother Cadfael.
FreeDonation.com. Free clicks support a range of good causes.
Stop the Hunger is a 'free clicks' site which fights hunger in the US.
Me and my monkey in thirty-two locations. Pilfered from gmtPlus9.
New Year's Day - History, Traditions and Customs.
Via Follow Me Here.
Space Weather. Science news and information about the Sun-Earth environment.
Images of Sun, stars and solar-terrestrial effects.
The Tolkien Network.
Is bin Laden the Lord of the Rings?