The Nutlog

The Nutlog Archive

5th March
Resume for Craig Jensen. Best of luck, Craig.

The First Contact between Rome and China.
From the Silk Road Chronicles.

Linkmachinego celebrates two years.

Achill 247. 'Achill Island, Ireland, has long been an inspiration for artists and writers, from Paul Henry and Robert Henri to Heinrich Böll and Graham Greene. Achill Island and the west of Ireland have played a key role in Irish literature and the attempts to articulate an Irish cultural identity, from the works of J.M. Synge to Ernie O'Malley.'
There is also a daily poem.

' Depot Harbour near Parry Sound is one of the most fascinating ghost towns on Georgian Bay. Its ambitious creator, lumber tycoon J.R. Booth, has been accused of practicing somewhat less than straightforward business dealings... '

' This is the diary kept by my grandfather on his visit to Japan from August 6 to September 10, 1923, an idyllic travelogue culminating in the cataclysmic Tokyo Earthquake and Fire. Aside from a few commas, this transcript is verbatim. Blanks ("______") are in the original.'

The Red Cross has an Agent Orange Victims' Fund. 'Supporting Agent Orange victims is a humanitarian action, expressing the conscience and responsibility of everyone !'

' In this puzzle, you will see photographs of an object. You have to guess what the object is. Here is the first picture. What's the object? Click on the answer you think is correct.'

Patan Museum. 'The Patan Museum displays the traditional sacred art of Nepal in an illustrious architectural setting. Its home is an old residential court of Patan Darbar, one of the royal palaces of the former Malla kings of the Kathmandu Valley. Its gilded door and window face one of the most beautiful squares in the world.'

Still Life: Choosing and Arranging. 'For Still life: Choosing and Arranging, the participant is presented with two empty shelves on the computer screen. On the lower shelf, one sees a stream of various objects. Any of these objects can be selected from the flow and moved to the upper shelf. The chosen objects can then be arranged into a still-life that satisfies the participant. Over the next couple months, the work will evolve, with frequent image additions to the lower shelf.'
Thanks, JP.

Saints, Spirits and Strangers: Masks from Malawi. 'The Maravi peoples, who comprise three main mask-producing groups (Chewa, Nyanja, and Manganja), have been settled in the region of Malawi since at least 1550. Masks were made by the mens' secret society, called Nyau, to which all men belonged. Nyau is thought to have existed for several centuries among the Chewa, the senior branch of the Maravi, before spreading to the southernmost Maravi, the Mang'anja, after 1875. The majority of the masks on exhibition were collected in the Chewa heartland between the 1950s and early 1980s, but made considerably earlier. '

London Underground historical photographs. From the London Underground Railway Society.

Stag beetles. How to look after them. Fun page.

Salamander. The robotronic sludge crawler project.

Georges Rousse. 'Georges Rousse's installations are impossible and perplexing visual conundrums. Armed only with simple building materials and the laws of perspective, Rousse creates strange optical puzzles which defy the eye to work out what is going on. '

FotoFest 2002. 'FOTOFEST 2002 presents an ambitious 2-part program of new technology / mixed media and classical photography, reaching across 130 years of photo-related art. Through the juxtaposition of black and white classical photography with the work of artists who are transforming silver gelatin print into digitized imagery, mixing photography with other media and using the fluid medium of the Internet, we hope to challenge people to examine the relationships between past and future in art.'

Haynes Family Photographs 1866-1969. 'The Haynes Family Photographs are comprised of photographs taken by F. Jay Haynes (FJH), Jack Ellis Haynes (JEH), and others during the period 1866-1969. The photographs are portraits, candid snapshots, Haynes Inc. (HInc), Haynes Picture Shops (HPS), and Haynes Studios Inc. (HSInc) photographs, and other images covering a very diverse subject matter. The vast majority of the photographs are concerned with friends and family of the of the Haynes (FJH and JEH) and Yellowstone National Park (YNP). Additionally, there are also "Cabinet and Boudoir" photographs taken by FJH as the official photographer of the Northern Pacific Railroad (NPRR) and many photographs, numbered and unnumbered, in Haynes family photo albums. '
Via MorfaBlog.

No Apologies for Existing. Good idea. Thanks, Bifurcated Rivets.
Pavement Mosaic by Miro.
Via Ikastikos.

' Scientists at Oxford University said on Friday they had extracted DNA from a dodo, the famous flightless bird hunted to extinction on its native Indian Ocean island of Mauritius in the 17th century. '

Antler find could help solve Stonehenge mystery.

The oldest living plant?

'German archaeologists claim to have found a Bronze Age star chart.'
'The bowl is thought to be around 3,600 years old and depicts the sun, the moon, a star formation and a ship.'

4th March
Hungry and Homeless. (In the UK). 'My name is Steve. I am 26 years old. I was hungry and homeless. With the help of Ofar Quarson Industries and I registered this site to raise awareness of the homeless problem faced by so many people today. This in turn lead to offers of work and somewhere to stay on a temporary basis. '

Living on the edge. (In Detroit). A homeless family makes do in a church warming shelter.

Ah, quality British cuisine...

Prehistoric Fiction.
'A literary genre. '
'A novel set in prehistoric times, or in which the principal characters are members of a prehistoric society.'

Tokyo sketchbook.
Tokyo photo gallery.

Poems -
A Persian tale.

Piltdown Man. 'This is the home page for Piltdown man, a paleontological "man who never was". In April of 1996 there was an extended discussion in the news group about the Piltdown man hoax. During the discussion I checked the web and discovered that Piltdown man did not have a home page. I resolved to eliminate this deficiency in the scholarly resources of the world wide web; here, for your delectation, is Piltdown man's home page. Corrections and suggestions for improvement are welcome. '

Changing Tide Creations. 'One of Canada's premier up and coming First Nations carvers, Troy Roberts offers more than a selection of breathtaking northwest coast Canadian native artwork. '

Death in Ghana. 'The white wooden Mercedes-Benz is listing. Eight pallbearers wobbling under the custom-made coffin -- with the hulking body of Sowah "Holala" Nortey filling nearly every square inch -- struggle down a rocky slope that descends into this city's public cemetery.'
From African Lives.

Jupiter's Great Red Spot Image Display. A most attractive spot it is, too.

Daily Dharma. Via Rebecca's Pocket.

The number of the week is 300.

Country diary: The cranes in Spain. 'Iberia's largest natural lake may have been reduced by a ferocious winter drought to a salt-white pan devoid of moisture, but it is still one of the best places in all Europe to witness the migration of common cranes. '

Mythography. 'Explore mythology and art with information about the classic stories of heroes and gods...from the myths of ancient Greece and Rome, to the legends of the Celts. Mythography also presents resources and reference materials about mythology - including recommended books, and lexicons that explain Greek, Roman, and Celtic terms and words. '

UFO Attack. 'It's a simple game for bored minds, extremely easy unless your hiding the fact your playing a game on the Co.'s desktop or your boss is walking by your station :-P Have fun!!! '
Drawing Pad.

Mars probe finds evidence of water.

' A sudden drop in temperatures 5,000 years ago ushered in the modern climate and may have encouraged the development of complex civilisations around the world.'

Archaeological site yields relics from long-forgotten culture. From Kansas.

Robo-roach to eat up the dirt. Via Robotory.

Mariah Carey pays for confused fans to stay in hotel.

'Deep linking is good linking'. 'Links that go directly to a site's interior pages enhance usability because, unlike generic links, they specifically relate to users' goals. Websites should encourage deep linking and follow three guidelines to support its users... '
Maintaining a links-based weblog, this is an important issue. I can see good points on both sides; to some extent it depends on the kind of site being linked to. When linking to a personal site, deep linking might not be good manners (depending on the site); but this is not the case when linking to an article on a major news site. It is a worldwide _web_ after all. I'd be very interested to know the thoughts of other people on this.

3rd March
Building a Roundhouse. Volunteers build an Iron Age-style roundhouse in Cornwall. Photos. From the Bodrifty Iron Age Settlement page.

The hole truth about roundhouses.

Digging for prehistoric smallholdings at a disused airfield. 'A disused RAF bomber base, with one of the longest runways in the country, currently covers a large area near the village of Throckmorton. Though still in commission, large parts of the base are now occupied only by grassland. The recent national foot and mouth outbreak brought new action to the base, however: as a disposal site for the carcasses of slaughter cattle and sheep.'
'Before the government started burying cremated animals here, though, they had a geophysics survey done of the site. Enough prospective archaeological features were discovered to make the authorities relocate their disposal area. So what is the archaeology all about? It looks like a dense Iron Age or Bronze Age settlement, judging by the geophysics results. What was happening here in prehistoric times and how big was the settlement? ...'
An archaeological dig rises from the ashes of foot and mouth.

The Pepys Project really is good, not least because so many interesting personal pages have been posted there. I've been lucky enough to discover these web places through it :- the Bright Field, Juno in the Jungle,, Khaosan Road.

Time for Planetarium ...

Afghanistan 1969-1974. 'Searching the internet at the beginning of the year 2001 for "Kabul & museum" or for "Bamiyan" displays alarming news. This is why I'd like to put my old photographs of Afghanistan of the years 1969, 1970, and 1974 into the WWW to preserve a vivid memory of the treasures collected in the museum in Darulaman and of an Afghanistan as it used to be years ago.' (Also in German).

Platform for Art. 'Since 1908, London Underground has been commissioning publicity posters from artists and designers. Many or those posters are still on display at the London Transport Museum. '
'Now London Underground also has Platform for Art, a public art programme seeking to provide a welcoming, interesting and stimulating environment for London Underground passengers. '

Big Things. From Canada. 'This website is dedicated to those fantastic and awe inspiring monuments built by communities to draw tourist dollars into their community. I am talking about the world's largest oilcan, the world's largest Easter egg, the world's largest (fill in the blank). '

Random Acts of Kindness Tour. Travelling around North America, performing act of kindness.

A Cup of E.T.
A day in a life.
It's only words.

The Legs of the Kangaroo.

Old postcards of Ripon, in Yorkshire.

Ukiyoe in Sweet Briar College Collection. Image slideshow.

Taiwan Glove Puppet Theatre.

Mollusc of the Moment.

Opisthobranchs of Ross Island & McMurdo Sound, Antarctica. Great photo gallery of Antarctic sea slugs!

Robonaut. 'Robonaut is a humanoid robot designed by the Robot Systems Technology Branch at NASA's Johnson Space Center. The Robonaut project seeks to develop and demonstrate a robotic system that can function as an EVA astronaut equivalent. '

' One of the strangest birds in the world, the kakapo, is breeding its way back from the brink of extinction. '
The Fabulous Kakapo Parrot. 'The ancient, flightless Kakapo is the world's rarest and strangest parrot. It the only flightless and nocturnal parrot, as well as being the heaviest in the world, weighing up to 3.5 kilograms (8 lbs). '

African Bushmen Creation Myth.

Bushmen silenced and barred from ancestral lands. 'The Botswana government last week denied the Gana and Gwi Bushmen still in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve their only means of communication with the outside world, and turned back Bushmen bringing them essential supplies of food and water. '

2nd March
Ghost Dog Gallery. 'We are an online art gallery that specialize in affordable American folk art, outsider art, primitive art, visionary art and whatever else catches our eye. '

Big Moonshine. Did you notice how bright the Moon was a few days ago? This document explains the phenomenon.

The Inconstant Moon. Multimedia tours of the lunar surface. 'The Moon is the most easily observable astronomical object, and also the most rewarding. For the beginner, it is a breathtaking spectacle through even a modest optical instrument, and as the knowledge and resources of the astronomer increase, it will continue to provide fascinating new challenges and insights. Inconstant Moon is intended as both an introduction to lunar astronomy for the beginner, and an ongoing reference point for the more experienced observer. '

Postcards from Ireland circa 1910. 'In 1908, my Grandparents William Beecham and Margaret (Mahoney) Beecham traveled from their home in Palmyra, Nebraska USA for a visit to his birthplace near Clogheen, Co. Tipperary and her parents birthplace, Mitchelstown, Co. Cork. They acquired these postcards during that trip. '

Voice from a Thai Girl.

St. James's Cemetery, Liverpool. 'During the last few years I have become very interested in the history of my home town of Liverpool. In my day to day research I kept coming back to what is now known as St.James's Gardens. Located at the rear of the Anglican Cathedral, it occupies ten acres of ground which were once the final resting place of nearly 58,000 souls.'
'From an American sea captain, stabbed to death, to children who died within hours of their birth. From a midget artist who painted England's nobility, to a simple serving girl. They all found their way into this quiet, final resting place, in Liverpool.'
'I will try to show why this small corner of Liverpool fascinates me so much, and what stories are hidden in the past.'

Kanatiyosh's Art Gallery. 'I enjoy working with traditional mediums and art forms. I also work with contemporary mediums using Haudenosaunee symbols such as the Celestial Sky, clan animals, etc. Much of my artwork reflects the Natural World. My favorite subject matter to paint, quill, and bead plants and animals. Some of my artwork on birch bark depicting Sky Woman and another piece on the game of javelins appears the children's book, "The Iroquois." '

Japanese ceramists designated as 'living national treasures', with images of their work. 'The designation of certain potters as Important Intangible Cultural Properties, more commonly known as Living National Treasures, began in 1955. In the beginning it honored potters who were greatly responsible for revitalizing traditions. This first batch of potters were truly deserving of the designation. Their respective styles and the success of those working in those styles today owe almost everything to these grand potters; Arakawa, Kaneshige, and Miwa to name a few. Of course, there were potters who never received the award or a few who politely refused -- Kawai Kanjiro, Rosanjin, and Kato Tokuro come to mind.'

Trenches on the Web. Maps of World War 1 trenches and battles.

A Light at the End of the Tunnel.

The seven 'official' wonders of the ancient world and some more which really ought to have been considered.

Fortean Picture Library.

Back in the Bloghouse.

Arctic melting will open new sea passages.

1st March
This Week in Antarctica. A weblog from the Australian Antarctic Division's research stations!

Everyday images of Iran win prestigious prize. 'Shirana Shahbazi's humanising and powerful images of Iran won her the prestigious Citigroup private bank photography prize in London last night and £15,000 prize money.'
A selection of the photographers' work.

Can you identify the mystery object?

Papier-mache art by Ellen Carlier.

Baseball Cards 1887-1914.

Digital Dendrobates. 'This page is dedicated to one of the most beautiful coloured and most poisonous creatures of the world: poison frogs, also known as Dendrobatidae. '

The Changing Seasons of Country Life Farm. Photography. Via Synergy.

Watercolor Dreams Gallery. Watercolours by Lillianne Dent-Bowerstock. Florals, seascapes, lighthouses, landscapes, birds and butterflies.

St. David's Cathedral. 'In the medieval kingdom of Dyfed, we find the largest church in Wales and the shrine of St. David situated in the smallest city in the British Isles. Wales did not adopt St. David as its patron saint until the 18th century. The reputed date of his death March 1st was chosen as the day of a national festival, but very little is known about him for certain except that he lived in the sixth century and probably died in 589. Information concerning his life comes from Latin "The Life of St. David" written in the late 11th century by Rhygyfarch but supplemented by Geraldus Cambrensis around 1200.'

Senegal Fights Aids. '"A beacon of hope" - that's how the United Nations describes Senegal's battle against HIV/AIDS and it certainly has been an all too rare success story for Africa. Senegal has managed to keep its infection rate down to 1 per cent, thanks to the government's determination to tackle the problem of AIDS head on, unlike many other countries on the continent where political and religious leaders have been deeply ambivalent about acknowledging the extent of the problem. In a media visit, coordinated by the United Nations' Development Programme,'s Ofeibea Quist-Arcton and other journalists were given the opportunity to find out just how Senegal's authorities and ordinary people have set about fighting the disease. She took pictures and wrote a special series of articles - click on the links below to read them. '

Experiencing the Shikoku Pilgrimage.

Tashi Kabum. A cave temple in Nepal.

Language map of Arnhem Land.

Secular Seasons. Freethought holidays and celebrations.

Prometheus, the Titan of Forethought. Illustrations.
The Muses. Illustrations.
From the Theoi Project.

The Chrysler Building. 'New York's most glorious skyscraper, its art deco eagles poised for flight, is a timeless work of Jazz Age poetry in steel.' Via Arts & Letters Daily.

Card Counters. A logic puzzle.

A London tale. Via Blue Ruin.

Eyewitness: Bloodshed in Gujarat.

From the 'old news' department :-
London was target of four nuclear rockets in 1959.
Nixon was ready to go nuclear in Vietnam.
' Radioactive fallout from nuclear weapons tests caused at least 15,000 fatal cancers in America in the past half century, according to reports of a government study. '
Kissinger told China 'you can claim Taiwan'.

Russians make tsarist sleuth a popular hero.

' Scientists investigating the effect of the meditative state on Buddhist monk's brains have found that portions of the organ previously active become quiet, whilst pacified areas become stimulated. '

Dodo flew to its grave.

Baby tortoise found wandering 1,200 miles from home.