plep Archive

25th November
Off to South Africa for a winter break in a few days, and will be back around the 13th or 14th December. Any updates I'm able to make during the trip will be to AfriPlep, a blog for this trip. (There are a few things to see there already). The best email address to reach me on during the trip will be

A few links I keep coming back to, to keep you busy while I'm gone :-
10,000 Year Clock - Rosetta Project - All Species Foundation - Beginnings - The Mythical Quest
A Great Day in Harlem - American Memory - Museum of London - City of London Churches - Kunisada Project - Game of Rebirth - The Ngadjonji - Bulfinch - Forgotten NY - Apollo Lunar Surface Journal - Virtual Memorial Garden - Olive and Eric - Nagasaki Remembered - Slave Narratives - The Classics Pages - Roadside America - Paris by the Water - The Louvre - Grandma Knapp's '37 Road Trip - Kyoto National Museum - Project Disappeared - Museum of the City of New York - Fabulous Ruins of Detroit - Quirky Japan - Tale of Genji - Picasso - Himalayan Art - The House at the Bridge - The Secret Garden - The World of Donald Evans - Owl House - Venus and Adonis - Planetarium - Museum of the History of Science - Pitt Rivers Museum - FBI Files: Famous Persons - BuddhaNet - The Hunger Site

24th November
Rodin Museum.
Conservation of The Thinker.

Luxor's Mummification Museum, First in the World.

Life and Death under the Pharaohs.

Avalokiteshvara, Bodhisattva of Compassion. 'Among the great contributions of Buddhism to the universal ideal of compassion is the bodhisattva, one who delays an already attained salvation until all other beings are themselves released from the Wheel of Life. This beautiful sandstone bodhisattva is a sculptural embodiment of the conception of compassion, produced at the height of the Gupta dynasty in the traditional Buddhist heartland of North India ... '

Radha and Krishna. '... The sharp-featured, slender figures resemble one another; they carry the dream of each other under the eyebrows vaulting high above lowered lids that veil their emotion. Theirs is the intimacy of lovers and the stillness of icons. '

Images of Nara.

Huygens' Clocks. 'In 1656, Christiaan Huygens built the world's first pendulum clock. It was far more reliable than any previous mechanical timepiece. For nearly 300 years, the most accurate clocks in the world all used pendulums, although many improvements were made to Huygens' design in that period ... '

The Inventions of Garrett Morgan. 'Before the American Civil War (1861-1865), black inventors in the United States gained little recognition for their ingenuity. This was because they did not have the same civil rights as white people. However, when slavery was abolished at the end of the War, black people were given the right to patent their inventions. Inventors at this time often used their practical, working knowledge of technology to solve problems encountered in everyday life; they then went on to patent their ideas.'
'Garrett Morgan was a prolific inventor during the early 20th century. He patented two life-saving inventions, the Safety Hood (an early gas mask) and the first three-way traffic signal. He was also an active campaigner for the rights and welfare of black people ... '

Stephen Hawking. His website. 'Everything you could ever want to know about Stephen Hawking . . . Well, almost! '
A brief history of mine. 'Stephen William Hawking was born on 8 January 1942 (300 years after the death of Galileo) in Oxford, England. His parents' house was in north London, but during the second world war Oxford was considered a safer place to have babies ... '

The Night before Christmas. Illustrated.
'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there ... '

'She is More to Be Pitied than Censured.' 'The exhibition at the John Hay Library focuses on sexual scandals and murders in 19th century America that involved women in a significant way: as victims, as perpetrators, or as involved bystanders. The books, pamphlets, and broadsides on display reflect period attitudes on adultery, abortion and contraception, domestic abuse, and illegitimacy. Most noteworthy, perhaps, is how closely many of these events mirror contemporary issues concerning women, sexuality, and murder.'
'A scandal of particular interest locally is the death of Sarah Cornell, a pregnant factory girl of Fall River, Massachusetts, and the trial of the Rev. Ephraim Avery for her murder. In Boston, the trial of Albert Tirrell for the murder of Maria Bickford is noteworthy for the successful employment of the defense of sleepwalking ... '

American Artists in Uniform.

Celebrating Harper. 'Michael Harper is one of America's most celebrated poets, having received honors and appointments from artistic organizations and academic institutions across the country, ranging from National Book Award to a Guggenheim Fellowship. He is much sought after for poetic readings, guest lectureships, and visiting professorships, and served as the Poet Laureate of Rhode Island from 1988 to 1993, and as Kapstein Professor of English at Brown University.'
'His poetry is highly influenced by the music he loves: jazz and blues sound through the lines and often appear as inspiration, metaphor or rhythm in individual poems. His poetry is filled with references to his past; history, experience, and family are strong inspirations which reverberate throughout his work. His ancestry, to which he refers frequently, is filled with fascinating and inspirational individuals. Paraphrasing Ralph Ellison, Harper once said: "Relatives are people that you are born into, and have no choice about them. Ancestors are people you choose." His ancestors live on and their voices can still be heard in the lines of his verse.'

'Charcoal' Williams - History of Gold Mining in New South Wales. 'The story starts when "Charcoal" Williams is born in Wales at the end of the 18th Century. It follows him, other free settlers, political prisoners and convicts to the young New South Wales Colony. They become prospectors, miners, farmers, graziers and more and open the wilderness. Their families intertwine and help build the fabric of today's Australia.'

From the Island of Lipari (Italy) to Tuncurry. 'Phillipo Sciacca emigrated to Australia from Italy's Island of Lipari in 1889. He and his brother-in-law, Vince Fazio, applied Italian fishing methods and founded the prosperous Mediterranean style fishing industry in the Wallis Lake (Forster / Tuncurry) of New South Wales, Australia.'
'His sons began the Sydney Fish Markets.'
'Phillipo's story and those of his descendents are recorded in the following pages. '

Bedcover. 'John Hewson, the most renowned eighteenth-century American calico printer, worked in Philadelphia from 1774 to 1810 after emigrating from England, where he had been employed at Bromley Hall, one of the leading textile printworks. This bedcover, which Hewson produced at his factory in the Kensington area of Philadelphia, is considered the finest example of early American block printing ... '

Sampler. 'The eighteen-year-old "affectionate daughter" who here offers her parents "the first efforts of a youthful hand" was undoubtedly more skilled than the verse modestly acknowledges, for in the early nineteenth century girls as young as four years of age began to learn practical stitchery and would have completed a few basic samplers by about age nine ... '

Quilt. 'In 1839, at the age of sixty-nine, the Philadelphia Quaker Rebecca Scattergood Savery made this sunburst-patterned quilt for her granddaughter Sarah Savery, who was born that year; their descendants donated the quilt to the Museum ... '

Women Emerging: A Tribute to the Uganda Women's Movement. The Art Room, San Francisco.

King James Version Bible.

The Rig Veda.

The Skycar.

Postcards from Mongolia, 19th Century. Found via this fascinating page on Tuva, in southern Siberia.
From Av@ntart, a truly interesting and original personal website with sections on art, music, Siberia and more. (Linked this a while back, but recently rediscovered it).

Myths over Miami. 'Captured on South Beach, Satan later escaped. His demons and the horrible Bloody Mary are now killing people. God has fled. Avenging angels hide out in the Everglades. And other tales from children in Dade's homeless shelters.' (May have linked this before, but it's a great read).

Ask-a-Scientist, and see what people have asked before. Part of MadSci Network.
FAQs. Most commonly asked question :- 'Why is the sky blue?'.
Life. 'Perhaps instead of calling this a list of Frequently Asked Questions about life, its origins and meanings, it should be renamed the list of Frequently Offered Opinions on life, its origins and meanings. Empirical as we try to be, it is easy to wax poetic when faced with a philosophical subject. '

Lego Harpsichord.

The First Viennese Vegetable Orchestra. 'Music with taste'

23rd November
Journey into Amazonia. ' "Journey into Amazonia" features the swollen rivers, flooded forests and dense canopy of the vast rain forest recognized as one of Earth's natural wonders. For three years, producer Harry Marshall and his team braved sweltering heat and insect swarms to capture the changing seasons of a magical world. This three-hour wildlife series offers an enchanting look at rarely-seen creatures as they contend with the volatile waters of the world's largest river system. The river's rich, roiling waters sustain a vast cast of characters, including seven-foot otters, fruit-harvesting fish, fresh water dolphins and manatees. On land, stealthy jaguars prowl, acrobatic monkeys defy gravity, and keen-eyed harpy eagles soar ... '

Paper Airplanes. 'The most amazing thing about a paper airplane is that all you need to make one is a sheet of paper - nothing more. You don't need scissors, glue, tape, or paper clips. A few folds, a couple of adjustments, and you have a superb paper flyer. The properties of paper give the airplane all the attributes it needs.'

Cow's Eye Dissection. 'The Cow's Eye Dissection is one of the most popular demonstrations at the Exploratorium. For many years it has helped people satisfy their curiosity about what is inside an eye. The material presented here is meant not to replace the act of dissecting a cow's eye, but rather to enhance the experience. Make a selection below to begin...'
Cow's eye primer.

Art Safari. Four works from the MoMA collection featuring animals.
Henri's lion - Frida's monkey - Diego's horse - Pablo's she-goat.

Provenance Research Project. 'The Museum of Modern Art owns approximately 600 paintings created before 1946 and acquired after 1932, that were or could have been in Continental Europe during the Nazi era. Researchers at the Museum have closely examined, and are continuing to research, the ownership, or provenance, records for works that fall within this category. The majority of these works were acquired directly from the artists or have provenance records that are sufficiently complete to eliminate the likelihood of Nazi misappropriation. Provenance research on these works, however, remains an ongoing project, and a priority, at the Museum ... '
List of works.
Two rabbis.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Wonderful site; their front page features an 'artwork of the day'.
The timeline of art history. 'The Timeline of Art History is a chronological, geographical, and thematic exploration of the history of art from around the world, as illustrated especially by the Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection. The Museum's curatorial, conservation, and education staffperhaps the largest single core of art experts anywhere in the worldresearch and write the Timeline, which is an invaluable reference and research tool for students, educators, scholars, and anyone interested in the study of art history and related subjects. First launched in 2000, the Timeline now extends from prehistory to 1600 A.D., and will continue to expand in scope and depth. The Timeline will span art history up to the present day by the fall of 2004.'

TokyoDV. Amateur videos, quirky articles and stuff from Japan.

Kyoto Style: Trends in 16th-19th Century Kimono. 'To keep up with the tastes of its fashion-conscious consumers, the kimono industry incorporated yuzen dyeing, weaving, embroidery, tie-dying, and a variety of other textile techniques into its repertoire. '
'The center of the Japanese fashion industry during these years was Kyoto. '
'Kyoto Style: Trends in 16th-19th Century Kimono is divided into eleven themes tracing the fashion trends of Kyoto kimono through the Momoyama and Edo Periods ...'
Kosode with Plum Blossoms, Wisteria, Maple Leaves, and Snow-Laden Bamboo. Click on a section to enlarge...

Elegance, Virtue and Ceremony: Buddhist Paintings of the Heian and Kamakura Periods. 'This Special Exhibition features some of the finest works of Buddhist art from this age, with special attention paid to the interelationships between art and Buddhist rituals and ceremonies.'

The American President. 'On April 9, 2000, the first original documentary series ever to profile all 41 of the nation's chief executives premiered on PBS. In ten hours, The American President presented the history of America from the perspective of the White House. This educational outreach website is meant for teachers, students, scholars, and all parties interested in the office of the Presidency. The American President is written, produced and directed by Philip B. Kunhardt, Jr., Philip B. Kunhardt III, and Peter W. Kunhardt. The executive producers are Peter W. Kunhardt and William R. Grant. The series is a co-production of Kunhardt Productions and Thirteen/WNET in New York. The sole funder for the project is the New York Life Insurance Company. '
Presidential biographies.

Man of the Year. Time magazine's men of the year from the 1920's onwards.
1930: Gandhi - 1940: Churchill - 1950: American Fighting Man - 1960: US Scientists - 1970: Brandt - 1980: Reagan - 1990: The Two George Bushes

An American Ballroom Companion: Dance Instruction Manuals ca. 1490-1920. 'An American Ballroom Companion presents a collection of over two hundred social dance manuals at the Library of Congress. The list begins with a rare late fifteenth-century source, Les basses danses de Marguerite d'Autriche (c.1490) and ends with Ella Gardner's 1929 Public dance halls, their regulation and place in the recreation of adolescents. Along with dance instruction manuals, this online presentation also includes a significant number of antidance manuals, histories, treatises on etiquette, and items from other conceptual categories. Many of the manuals also provide historical information on theatrical dance. All illuminate the manner in which people have joyfully expressed themselves as they dance for and with one another. '

Thomas Jefferson Papers. 'The complete Thomas Jefferson Papers from the Manuscript Division at the Library of Congress consists of approximately 27,000 documents. This is the largest collection of original Jefferson documents in the world. Document types in the collection as a whole include correspondence, commonplace books, financial account books, and manuscript volumes. The collection is organized into nine series or groupings, ranging in date from 1606 to 1827. Correspondence, memoranda, notes, and drafts of documents make up two-thirds of the Papers and document Jefferson's activities as a delegate to the second Continental Congress, his drafting of the Declaration of Independence, June-July 1776, his position as governor of Virginia, 1779-81, his return to Congress as a representative, 1783-84, and his appointment as minister plenipotentiary in Europe and then minister to the Court of Louis XVI, succeeding Benjamin Franklin, 1784-89. Well documented are his two administrations as president from 1801 through 1809, when he engineered the purchase of the Louisiana territory and maintained American neutrality in the conflict between France and Great Britain that led to the War of 1812. Correspondence, drawings, maps, and notes document the building of Washington, D.C. The broad range of Jefferson's intellectual and political interests is represented by his legal and literary commonplace books, miscellaneous bound volumes of notes and extracts, and manuscript volumes relating to seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Virginia history, some of which were part of the personal library he sold to Congress in 1815. In its online presentation, the Thomas Jefferson Papers comprises approximately 83,000 images. This project is funded by Reuters America, Inc., and The Reuters Foundation. '
Don't miss Jefferson's ice cream recipe.

A Celebration of the 50 States. (US Mint) 'The 50 State Quarters Program is 'changing' the 'state' of coin collecting. Approximately every 10 weeks, from 1999 to 2008, there will be a new state quarter to collect. Each quarter's reverse will celebrate one of the 50 states with a design honoring its unique history, traditions, and symbols. The quarters are released in the same order that the states joined the union.'
10 year schedule. Links to the quarters for the different states.
The New York quarter.

Angelcynn. Anglo-Saxon living history 400-900 AD.
"449 In this year Mauricius and Valentinian obtained the Kingdom and reigned seven years. In their days Hengest and Horsa, invited by Vortigern, King of the Britons, came to Britain at a place called Ebbsfleet at first to help the Britons, but later they fought against them. The king ordered them to fight against the Picts, and so they did and had victory wherever they came. They then sent to Angeln; ordered them to send them more aid and to be told of the worthlessness of the Britons and of the excellence of the land. They sent them more aid. These men came from three nations of Germany: from the Old Saxons, from the Angles, from the Jutes."
'... We seek to create all aspects of life in the period; food, crafts, warfare, pastimes, in fact everything that made up the life of these first English people. Angelcynn lays great stress on all manner of details that comprise the clothing, weaponry, artefacts and most importantly, the culture of this distant age. '

Regia Anglorum. 'Regia Anglorum was a term used by early English writers to describe the English state. It means 'The Kingdoms of the English'. In a twentieth century context Regia Anglorum is a nationwide society with many independent local groups, from Scotland to the south coast, who all work within a tight set of common sense rules. '
'Regia Anglorum attempts to recreate a cross section of English life around the turn of the first millennium. Our actual self imposed brief is AD950 - 1066, although our events may sometimes be set a few decades either side of these dates. '

1689: The English Bill of Rights. 'This bill was a precursor to the American Bill of Rights, and set out strict limits on the Royal Family's legal prerogatives such as a prohibition against arbitrary suspension of Parliament's laws. More importantly, it limited the right to raise money through taxation to Parliament. '
'The English elite had just succeeded in ousting the Catholic King James, who had offended the protestant Church of England by aggressively promoting the Roman Catholic religion, in spite of laws that Parliament had passed. William of Orange and his wife Mary were crowned King and Queen of England (Mary was actually the daughter of the deposed King James II) in Westminster Abbey on April 11, 1689. As part of their oaths, the new King William III and Queen Mary were required to swear that they would obey the laws of Parliament. At this time, the Bill of Rights was read to both William and Mary. "We thankfully accept what you have offered us," William replied, agreeing to be subject to law and to be guided in his actions by the decisions of Parliament ... '

Information Available for the Parish of Rowner, 1642. 'Originally a booklet researched to assist in an historical re-enactment of rural life around the parish of Rowner in early 17th century England, these pages may be of interest to other researchers and teachers.'
'Our research covers both local material such as Wills, Muster Lists and Parish Register together with more general information including coinage, wages, prices and artillery. This Internet site is slowly being developed; information on the leases and copy holds in Rowner has recently been added together with the proceedings of Alverstoke and Gosport Leet Court in 1645.'
'The parish of Rowner lies 2 miles west of Portsmouth and covers nearly 1200 acres. There is no village but the church of St. Mary the Virgin serves a number of farms, the largest being Grange Farm covering nearly 700 acres. Both the church and Grange farmhouse still stand today.' 'The manor of Rowner was held by the Brunes who in the early 17th century were living at Athelhampton in Dorset some 60 miles away. In their absence Grange farm was occupied by the Stares family. '
'In 1642 James Searle was the Rector and the two church wardens were John Stares and John Cotton.'

Warriors of the Amazon. The Yanomami.

Ice Mummies. (of Peru)
'Welcome to the companion Web site for the three-hour special "Ice Mummies." ... On this site, learn about mummies from around the world.'

Japan's Secret Garden. Lake Biwa.'The program chronicles a year in the life of wildlife and people around Lake Biwa, Japan, a cycle that has continued unchanged for thousands of years. '

The Great Stupa of Universal Compassion. 'Universal Compassion is being built at Atisha Centre, near Bendigo in Australia.'
'The Stupa will be the same size and design as the Great Stupa of Gyantse (Gyantse Kumbum) in Tibet. This will make it the biggest Stupa in the Western World.'
'Inside the stupa will be a large Gompa (meditation hall) and many shrine rooms.'

Tashi Lhunpo Monastery.

Lost Roman Treasure. Rescuing mosaics from an ancient city before they disappear beneath a reservoir.

Salt Volcano. Make your own.

Mapping Sunspots. 'There are many mysteries about sunspots still to be solved. As stellar physicist David Dearborn notes, "Scientists love mysteries. When you solve something, then it becomes a lot less interesting, and you go find another question to ask." ... '

Smithsonian Jazz. 'A Jazz portal intended to preserve and promote one of America's greatest art forms - Jazz'
Smithsonian jazz class. 'Jazz class is now in session. You can take four jazz classes in this section of our Web Site. These lessons will help you better understand four jazz artists. Be sure to check out our Duke Ellington interactive class as well. '

Jazz Roots. 'As a musical language of communication, jazz is the first indigenous American style to affect music in the rest of the World.From the beat of ragtime syncopation and driving brass bands to soaring gospel choirs mixed with field hollers and the deep down growl of the blues, jazz's many roots are celebrated almost everywhere in the United States.'
'The city of New Orleans features prominently in early development of jazz. A port city with doors to the spicy sounds of the Caribbean and Mexico and a large, well-established black population, the Crescent City was ripe for the development of new music at the turn of the century. Brass bands marched in numerous parades and played to comfort families during funerals. Also, numerous society dances required skilled musical ensembles. New Orleans was home to great early clarinetists Johnny Dodds, Jimmy Noone and Sidney Bechet. One of the first great cornetist, Joe "King" Oliver and his leading student and future star, Louis Armstrong hailed from New Orleans along with other influential musicians including Jelly Roll Morton ... '

The Lands within Me: Expressions by Canadian Artists of Arab Origin features the works of 26 Canadian artists of Arab origin. The immigrant experience and mtissage, or cultural intermixing, are explored through the works, experiences and commentary of the artists ... '
Introduction. 'Born within plural societies, bearers of the heritage of ancient civilizations, the artists brought together here (or, in some cases, their parents) left their native country to make their home in Canada, often at the end of a long journey punctuated with other sojourns, in other places.'
'These artists from several Arab countries, like all Canadians of this origin, present an identity profile that is generally hybrid because it is traversed by a great diversity of languages, ethnicities, religions and cultures. This mtissage, or intermixing-which often begins within their own "culture" of origin-becomes more complex in the course of their migrations and their settling in a new country, within a new society that is itself culturally plural.'
'The works, words and journeys presented in this exhibition evoke many different aspects of cultural intermixing ... '

The Long Road from Tipperary to Gundegai. 'This story starts in Tipperary, Ireland in the 1840s and follows Michael Keefe, a Bounty Immigrant on his journey to Gundagai, New South Wales, Australia. It follows the lives of Michael and his family through 90 years of Australia's growth to Federation, the rise of the Union Movement, the establishment of political parties, Australia's involvement in World War 2 and the effect of The Great Depression in the 1930s.'
This is a family history ... '

22nd November
The East Side Story. Lower East Side stories and history.

I.N. Phelps Stokes Collection of American Historical Prints. 'The I.N. Phelps Stokes Collection of American Historical Prints, donated to the Library by Stokes in 1930, visually documents a 400-year sweep of American history, beginning with the European discovery of the Americas and tracing the transformation of the landscape into an urbanized United States at the end of the nineteenth century. This collection of more than 800 prints and drawings consists primarily of town views and historical scenes, as well as some maps. '
'Highlights include Joost Hartgers view of the New Amsterdam Fort (ca. 1626-28), possibly the first view of Manhattan; Amos Doolittle's engraving depicting Federal Hall in Manhattan with the inauguration of George Washington (1789); Augustus Fay's Croton Water Reservoir watercolor of 1850, the future site of the NYPL; a significant group of color aquatint views by William James Bennett and numerous views of cities across America, from Key West to Portland, Maine, Hoboken to San Francisco and Honolulu ... '

Chateau de Versailles. Fabulous.

Centre Pompidou. An excellent site for one of the world's great galleries, with English pages for many of the exhibitions.

Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki.

Matthias's Marble Machines Page. 'My Marble Machines are complicated and ingenious, but utterly useless pieces of machinery that automate the process of playing with marbles. With these machines, mankind is free to pursue more productive ends, while leaving the playing with marbles to his trusty automated machine servants. '

The Rolling Ball Web. 'An Online Compendium of Rolling Ball Sculptures, Clocks, Etc.'

Nara National Museum. In Japanese and English. Another fine website for a great museum.

Teaching (and Learning) about Japan. Japanese popular culture, from anime and automobiles to woodblock prints and Zen.

Delaware Tribe of Indians.

Anime Turnpike. Guide to anime and manga on the web.

Gilles' Service to Fans Page. Anime and manga.
'This page is my stuff & has nothing to do with anything other than my obsessions & interests.'
'That said lets start with one of my major obsessions Japanese popular culture, mostly anime (Japanese animation) & manga (Japanese "comics"), which are in fact the major way non-Japanese are being exposed to Japanese culture these days.'
'These pages are intended as a different kind of fan service to anime & manga fans by attempting to provide information not readily found elsewhere.'

Lewis Wickes Hine's Work Portraits. American workers.

Centre for American Places. 'A non-profit organization that enhances the publics understanding of the natural and built environment, through books, research, and education.'
They have an online gallery, on subjects such as 'Regarding Emma: Photographs of American Girlhood' and 'The City in a Garden: A Photographic History of Chicago's Parks'.

Cauliflower Drove. Sort of a soap opera on the web, set in Cambridgeshire.
'The corn was swaying in a light breeze as the two boys made their way across the field. They parted the stalks in a swimming motion as the corn reached their chests and they shouted and laughed with the spirit that only a child on school holiday can produce. "Last one to the line is a stupid bugger !" shouted Clunch Parsons as he began to sprint through the corn. His partner ran breathlessly behind him, falling behind all the while. They reached the edge of the field and were crawling under the fence just as the ten-thirty to Kings Lynn sped past, trailing thick pungent smoke in it's wake. Clunch sat down at the base of the up line signal and leaned his back against the post, breathing hard. He was soon joined by the other youngster who was breathing in a far harder way and was producing a rasping sound from his chest. Unknown to him, his condition would be easily treatable within a few years, but for now he suffered on hot summer days such as this ... '

Broadway Theatre Institute at Public School 58. 'The Broadway Theater Institute produces the Direct From Broadway! Theater Workshop program for K-12 students. The goal of the program is to promote participation in the arts by providing practical experience for students under the guidance of professional artists. The Artsfolio Project, under the direction of New York University's Dr. Alistair Martin-Smith, has been hired by the New York City Board of Education to evaluate the effectiveness of BTI's program at P.S. 58 in terms of meeting New York State and national education standards.'

South Bronx Air Pollution Project.

The American Stage of To-Day. (Pub. 1910). Biographies and pictures.
Miss Maude Adams. 'At a time when a definite individuality, often to the extent of eccentricity, seemed imperative for a stellar career, there danced into a central position on the American stage the elusive, girlish, almost elfish personality of Maude Adams. While the personal and non-professional life of our favorites was exploited, with little reserve, her manager, Charles Frohman, without any apparent effort at mystery, screened this side of her life. The composite effect has been that of a young woman, dignified almost to the point of distinction by a sane, personal reserve, and endearing herself to her public by a constantly expanding gallery of charming and often notble characterizations ... '

Footlight Notes. British theatre, music hall, circus and popular entertainment from the 1850's to the 1920's. A really great site.

The Quick and the Dead: The Souls of Man in Vodou Thought. Vodou recognises three separate spiritual components; interesting, illustrated essay.

A hyperlink knows no depth. Via wood s lot.

The Great Khan. ' "I will vote for Imran Khan," said the man on the motorbike, "because he is a very good cricketer and because he has very nice inner beauty." ... ' (A piece written by the travel writer William Dalrymple, made available on Imran Khan's political party's website!)

21st November
The Folly Pages. 'Buildings curious & bizarre, unusual, idiosyncratic, eccentric, outrageous or simply odd architecture built by people with a passion for building are called Follies. '
'These quirky, individualistic structures can take any form, any shape, any style, and they can be found all over the world.'
'The country which has studied them the most, however, is Great Britain. '

The Great Books Foundation.

The Compulsive Reader. A haven for book lovers.

Centre for Book Culture.

The Zen Art of Deiryu.
Via Zen Paintings.

The Temple of Yehwe. A Vodou temple in Washington DC.
Rebuttal to Senator Jesse Helms.
US Patent 3,981,867. 'An improved process for obtaining sapogenins, mainly hecogenin, from plants. '

The Butterfly Conservatory, American Museum of Natural History.
' There are more than 250,000 known species of Lepidoptera, of which about 18,000 are butterflies. Based on their anatomy, butterflies are classified into five families. This exhibition features butterflies from three of the families: the Pieridae (PYAIR-i-dee), commonly known as whites and sulphurs; the Papilionidae (pah-pill-ee-ON-i-dee), or swallowtails; and the Nymphalidae (nim-FAL-i-dee), which includes morphos, longwings and others.'

The New York Public Library Mid-Manhattan Library Picture Collection Online. 'The Picture Collection Online is an image resource site for those who seek knowledge and inspiration from visual materials. It is a collection of 30,000 digitized, public domain images from books, magazines and newspapers as well as original photographs, prints and postcards, mostly created before 1923. It consists of images of New York City, Costume, Design, American History and other subjects. '

Transformations. 'A celebration of the creative spirit in the performing arts.'

Heading West and Touring West. Mapping the territory of the American West, and 19th century performing artists on the overland trails.

Branch Libraries in the Bronx: A History with Selected Photographs. 'Today, The New York Public Library operates 34 neighborhood branch libraries in the Bronx. The history of these branch libraries is closely interwoven with the history of American libraries, the history of New York City, and especially with the history of the Bronx. '
'Bronx historians Lloyd Ultan and Gary Hermalyn have characterized the years from 1890-1925 as "the innocent years," a period in which the Bronx was transformed from a country-like landscape of small villages, private homes, and farms into a thriving metropolis of over one million inhabitants. The prevailing sentiment was one of hope for the future and trust in progress. Within this period of growth and optimism, free public library service was born both for the borough and the city with the founding of The New York Public Library.'

Berenice Abbott: Changing New York. 'American photographer Berenice Abbott was born in Springfield Ohio in 1898 and died in retirement in Monson, Maine in 1991. Except for a formative and influential decade in Paris in the 1920s, she spent most of her productive life in photography in New York City ... '

Back in the Bronx. 'Celebrating the experience of growing up and living in the Bronx.'

Bill Twomey's Do You Remember? An ongoing column about Bronx life.
'Bill Twomey has been writing the history of the Bronx on the pages of the Bronx Times Reporter since August of 1983. He authors two columns: one is entitled Throggs Neck Memories which alternates between nostalgia and the history of the community, the other, Do You Remember? deals with the history of the entire borough. '
'As it has been over sixteen years since many of those columns appeared, you may have missed his earlier stories. We hope you enjoy traveling around the Bronx with Bill. He'll take you to some out-of-the-way places, introduce you to some interesting people and hopefully edify and entertain you ... '

The Bronx in History.

Terrestrial Impact Cratering and Its Environmental Effects. 'Impact cratering is the dominant geologic process in the solar system. It has affected all terrestrial planetary surfaces, producing battered surfaces on Mercury, the Moon, and in the southern highlands of Mars ... '
Lunar cratering, the origin of life on Earth, etc.

The Technology Source.

The Takazawa Collection. Japanese social movement materials.
' The Takazawa Collection is an extensive collection of resource materials on postwar Japanese social movements that was donated to the University of Hawaii by Koji Takazawain in 1993. The collection contains 1,800 books and nearly 10,000 issues of 1,300 serial titles, the majority of which are not available in any other library. It also contains pamphlets, manuscripts, clipping files, trial documents, handbills, letters, audiovisual materials, folders of miscellaneous materials, and artifacts.'

Kajiyama Collection. 'The Kajiyama Collection consists of the personal library of the late novelist Toshiyuki Kajiyama, containing over 7,000 titles in the following major categories:
'Works on Korea, Japanese emigration documents covering North and South America, Hawai'i and Southeast Asia, materials documenting Japanese colonization activities in Manchuria, Taiwan and Southeast Asia/Pacific, historical, political and economic books on Japan from the Edo to post-World War II period, and Mr. Kajiyama's own works with his source materials.'
'The core of the Kajiyama Collection is over 1,000 titles on Korea, which include a number of classified documents of the former Government-General of Korea (Chosen Sotokufu).'

The Sakamaki/Hawley Collection 'has over 5,000 items, mostly consisting of Ryukyu source materials. The Ryukyu materials(over 2,000 copies/936 items) were collected by the late English journalist Frank Hawley (1906-1961) and it is complemented by the personal collection of former University of Hawaii professor Shunzo Sakamaki.'

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