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14th March
The Bass Museum of Brewing. 'Situated in Britain's brewing capital, Burton upon Trent, the Bass Museum brings together a unique collection that presents the history of both Britain's brewing industry and of Burton upon Trent.'
A wonderful museum of beer.

Bronze Age/Iron Age roundhouse at Flag Fen.

Vanishing Nevada. '22 photos from a week exploring Nevada and its Great Basin. Documenting a legacy of dreams, hard life and the stark beauty of Nevada. '

Underground London. 'Central London filled up many years ago. Her roads have been congested ever since the days of the horse and cart, and there is no more room for building. For Victorian engineers determined to improve London life, the only way was down.'
'So they dug: railways, roads and footpaths; sewers, buried rivers, and most recently, bomb shelters. Today, there is a veritable subterranean city beneath the streets of London.'
A map of underground London, showing the Post Office railway, underground rivers, sewers and Roman roads.

The Visual Front. A large collection of posters from the Spanish Civil War.

A short essay on love hotels.

The Temple of the Immortal Spirit. A Taoist temple in cyberspace.

Cuban poster art and an explanatory page.

Jupiter Photo Gallery. 'Earth's Moon and the giant planet Jupiter had a close encounter in the sky on Feb. 22 and 23, 2002. After sunset on Friday, Feb. 22nd, North Americans saw the eye-catching pair less than one Moon-width apart. Then, on Saturday morning, Feb. 23rd, some European sky watchers saw the Moon pass directly in front of Jupiter -- an event astronomers call a "lunar occultation." '

Graphic Design from the 1920s and 1930s in Travel Ephemera. 'This is a virtual online gallery I've created to display and share the best items in my collection of 1920s and 1930s travel-related ephemera. Many friends and fellow collectors have asked to see the items in my collection so I figured, why not, I'll build a website to display the best ones. Nothing on this website is for sale, it is purely an online gallery.'

Virtual palaces of Thailand.

Linked this some time ago but it deserves to be linked again :-
In Search of Agenoria.
'The Exhibition "In Search of Agenoria" was first shown at Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery, in June 1994, and originally comprised of 62 framed Black & White images. The work is still occasionally updated.'
'The river Stour is a tributary of the Severn, in North Worcestershire & Staffordshire. This was an area of early industrialisation of the iron trade well before the growth Coalbrookdale, and the Ironbridge Gorge. It should not to be confused with Constable's scenic Stour in Suffolk, instead we have a heroic River described by Nash in his history of Worcestershire in the 1790's as the hardest worked River in the Realm. '
There's more post-industrial photography at Lost Labours.

'National Geographic' Afghan girl found.

' The Personal Satellite Assistant (PSA) is a robotic assistant for astronauts working in space. The PSA is about the size of a softball and has sensors for measuring gases, temperature, and air pressure. Also, the PSA is able to perform video conferencing and can communicate with electronic support devices such as computer servers, avionics systems, and wireless LAN bridges. ' Via Robotory.

Designing Atmosphere: The Blur Building. Via riley dog.

The Sheep That Mooed. Via StarrySheepy.

Sutton Hoo lays out its treasures. '"The hoard is laid bare," Seamus Heaney said at Sutton Hoo, site of the greatest British archaeology discovery of the 20th century, where until yesterday there was no more to be seen than a lumpy Suffolk field. '
The Sutton Hoo Society.

It's World Book Day!

DNA plus bacteria equals art. Pictures!

Resume for Craig Jensen.

Appeal for action - Egypt. 'Persecution of men accused of being gay leads to torture, imprisonment.' (Amnesty International)
Via Tim Hardy.

The tipping blog - how weblogs can turn an idea into an epidemic.

Chip Program Problems. Also a related news story.

New Zealander launches air attack on huge wasp nest.

Chewing gum improves memory.

Scepticism as a virtue.

Test your scientific literacy. 'Do you think you know what science is? You may be surprised. Scientific literacy is hard to acquire and is not widespread. Science is, after all, a very complex and nuanced affair that can only be truly understood with wide experience and deep thought...'
Partly inspired by an interesting discussion over at dust from a distant sun.

' Please! Instill in your children conservative values of dogmatic religious conviction and intolerant social beliefs or your child may become of the one children who join the Taliban!!'
Via the null device.

Been thinking about this news story from the L.A. Times about the US nuclear arms strategy (i.e., drawing up a plan for using nuclear weapons).
The argument for the US National Missile Defence programme (a.k.a. 'Son of Star Wars') has always been that it would solely be used defensively, for the protection of the US. This argument was used to try to assuage Russian concerns, in particular, against NMD.
Drawing up a strategy against a list of countries which includes two major powers (Russia and China), neither of which is openly hostile to the US (in fact, Russia is seen as a useful ally in the 'war on terror') seems to contradict this argument. It must be quite frightening. That's before considering whether NMD will work at all...
It's also arguable that for NMD to work effectively, US bases in allied countries ( such as Britain) would have to be used.
The Pentagon may be privy to information not available to the general public. But with the known facts, it just doesn't seem very well thought through.

Carl Jung and the Shadow. "The psychological rule says that when an inner situation is not made conscious, it happens outside as fate. That is to say, when the individual remains undivided and does not become conscious of his inner opposite, the world must perforce act out the conflict and be torn into opposing halves."
Every light casts a shadow.

' The Shadow is the easiest of the archetypes for most persons to experience. We tend to see it in "others." That is to say, we project our dark side onto others and thus interpret them as "enemies" or as "exotic" presences that facinate. We see the Shadow everywhere in popular culture. He is Batman. She is Spider Woman. It is the Ninga Turtles. We see it in popular prejudice as well. We "imagine" that the Black Man is our enemy; that Communists are devils. '
From 'Archetypes as defined by Carl Jung'.

What is your meaning of life?

Via the Presurfer.

There's been just too much good stuff out there to take a real break from blogging. Well, to me it's all interesting, anyway. I may take a break for a few days though, as things are going to be busy workwise until the beginning of next week (yes, working over the weekend too).

13th March
Underground Stories. 'London Underground has a life of its own. Here are some facts, rumours, true stories, legends and anecdotes, with information and archive material from the newsgroup.'

The Murals of Humboldt County, California.

A study in goodbye.

Remembering Nagasaki.

The Siege and Commune of Paris. 'This site contains links to over 1200 digitized photographs and images recorded during the Siege and Commune of Paris cir.1871. '

Tokyo Subway Platform. 'Tokyo Subway and train maps, icons for Windows, and subway-related links. ' Everything you might want to know about skyscrapers; lots of diagrams.

Photos of 1950's classic cars in Cuba. 'Cars are probably the most valuable luxury items in Cuba, not to mention a necessity for some, and the skills and resources necessary to maintain a car not only provides the best job, but having such skills considered a well-kept secret, passed down from father to son through the generations. '

Love Hotel Hill. 'Don't come to Tokyo without visiting Love Hotel Hill in Shibuya. In the dull, concrete wasteland of cinderblock buildings that is Tokyo, Love Hotel Hill stands out as a refreshingly off-the-wall escape from conformity. It is a neighbourhood unrivalled in kitschiness, a monument to hedonism, and a libertine's paradise. Unlike sleazy Kabukicho, you won't find prostitutes on every corner and there aren't touts in sharkskin suits standing outside every building. Instead, you will find young couples wandering hand in hand through the streets filled with castles, Statues of Liberty, post-modern edifices, Taj Mahals, and palaces. Every building is ablaze with neon and reflective surfaces in a riot of purple and pink, with wonderfully incorrect English like "Creative Room: Have a good time from me." '
From Quirky Japan.

The West. 'In a conversation with us several years ago, the Kiowa poet N. Scott Momaday remarked that the American West "is a place that has to be seen to be believed, and it may have to be believed in order to be seen." For five years we have travelled that landscape, photographed its vistas, talked to its people, sought out its history, all as part of our production of THE WEST, an eight-part documentary series for public television.'

TravelPig. 'We recently travelled from Britain to Australia with 3 stuffed toy pigs. As we travelled from place to place with our fluffy friends, we recorded our journey here, describing where we'd been and what we'd seen.'

The Web of Simplicity. 'A step-by-step guide for those who are serious about learning to live a more conscious, simple, healthy and restorative lifestyle. '

Killerplants 'is a site devoted to the mystery and excitement of botanical connections that make our lives, our civilizations possible. Killerplants is the revelation of forgotten knowledge, the herald of new discovery. Killerplants is a new perspective of human knowledge stated in exciting twists and turns. After all, life is rarely simple. '
Plant of the week.

Brighton's West Pier, 'opened in 1866, is England's finest seaside pier and the only one to be Grade I listed. Although closed since 1975 and ravaged by the elements, it has survived as a magical and enduring part of seaside England and an essential feature of the Brighton seafront.'

An interactive robot. (Feb. 6 2001). 'C.A.I., a venture business engaged in software development, developed a new software for interactive robots that can communicate with human beings. For demonstration purposes, the software was linked with the "S-Doll" humanoid robot manufactured on a test basis by Kokoro, a subsidiary of Sanrio.'

Leap the Dips 'is a national historic landmark and the oldest operating roller coaster in the world. The ride was closed in the early 80's and almost destoryed, but preservation efforts helped to restore this coaster for future generations. Leap the Dips is one of the few remaining side-friction wooden coasters. ' (From Ultimate Rollercoaster).

The Internet Museum of Flexi / Cardboard / Oddity Records.

12th March
' Satellite images show that parts of central London are sinking by up to five millimetres a year, experts said on Monday.'

' A 66-storey skyscraper which would dwarf the surrounding London skyline has been approved by planners at Southwark Council. ' 'On the banks of the Thames, the London Bridge Tower will soar 1,000 feet (305 metres) above London and become Europe's tallest building. '

The 'sinking London' phenomenon may have to be taken into consideration - I was told once that this was exactly why London isn't a 'skyscraper city'. Mind you, a 'leaning tower' (as in Pisa) might make an interesting tourist attraction... Hopefully it won't turn out to be another example of 'cool Britannia' gone wrong.

Which poet are you? (I'm Carl Sandburg, Robert Frost, Dorothy Parker, T.S.Eliot, and e.e.cummings.) Via dust from a distant sun.

The Trojan War, an illustrated companion.

Question of the Buddha Image.

The Adventures of Beowulf. Via this collection of translations of sagas.

Animated Engines. 'I have loved mechanical things since I was a kid. Engines in particular have always intrigued me. All my life I've pored over books, studying cutaway diagrams, hungry to understand how things worked. These pages are an attempt to share that magic. '

Lichfield Cathedral.

Quick Index to Humanism Online.

Shambhala Zen Art Gallery. Shambhala Publications is pleased to offer a fine selection of original Zen art available for purchase. These rare and exquisite art works have been selected and authenticated by John Stevens, Shambhala author and internationally recognized authority on Zen painting and calligraphy. '

Good stuff at Blue Ruin :-
Chalet Girls Grow Up.
Goth furries.

The smallest dog in Britain is exceedingly cute. Via briankaneonline.

Hello Kitty Tetris. Via Pop Culture Junk Mail.

Good stuff from Bifurcated Rivets :-
The Green Party of Iran.
The Pigeon Religion.

The background to the Sabarmati Express massacre.

Digital cameras save artworks.

Twin beams light up New York.

' For the first time ever, researchers have gotten a brief look at living babies of the deep sea's most elusive known creature the giant squid. ' Sadly the poor things didn't live long after they got to them!

Artist insists his bodies will survive legal fight.

300 year old Scottish feud.

'Five times as much water as in all the world's oceans may lurk deep below its surface.'

Surf wars hit California.

'Archaeologists believe they have uncovered origins of monotheism in northern Jordan.' Via Follow Me Here.
Possibly related (and interesting) - Akhenaten (the monotheistic pharaoh).

11th March
Happy Commonwealth Day!

Some really nice photographs, by Sumida of khaosan road.
Today's entries on Sumida's livejournal page include some interesting pictures of the election in Bangkok.

Juno and her Peacocks. Lots of interesting stuff here.

Pictures of Roseville, an interesting old railroad town. Courtesy of Spinning Jennie.

Lorena and Ben, awwww :)

All Saints' Church, Brixworth, Northamptonshire is "perhaps the most imposing architectural monument of the 7th century yet surviving north of the Alps".

The British Origami Society. and OrigamiUSA. Fun sites with picture galleries and other good things.

Mural Art in Santa Cruz, California.

' On 1996 March 22, a Galaxy and a comet shared the southern sky. They were captured together, from horizon to horizon, in the night sky above Loomberah, New South Wales, Australia by astronomer Gordon Garradd. '

A busy week! So the weblog might be relatively quiet for a couple of days...

'Have you ever had a hankering to play a computer game that allows you to inflict real pain on your opponent? ' The Painstation lets you do just that. Via the null device.