plep Archive

15th October
The Noble Dane: Images of Tycho Brahe. 'The Museum of the History of Science in Oxford has a fine oil painting in its collections of an imagined scene in the life of the sixteenth-century Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe (1546-1601). It was painted in 1855 by Eduard Ender and shows Tycho demonstrating a celestial globe to the Emperor Rudolph II in Prague. Unfortunately, for many years it had not been on display because of its poor condition - obvious areas of paint loss, discolouring of the varnish and damage to the canvas. '
'However, with the assistance of a grant from the South Eastern Museums Service, the painting was sent for restoration, and its return in 1997 was the occasion for a modest special exhibition, of which this is the virtual incarnation. '
'Other images of Tycho support the restored painting. His noble status and royal patronage, together with his heroic successes in founding a magnificent observatory and carrying through an unprecedented programme of observations, combined to make Tycho an object of both respect and emulation for astronomers from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century. Depictions of him are found in celestial charts, as frontispieces, and in allegorical scenes. '

Cosmographia: A Close Encounter. 'In 1533 a new book appeared on European markets. This new edition of Petrus Apianus' Cosmographia, edited and enlarged by the mathematical instrument maker Gemma Frisius, saw instant and lasting commercial success. Although neither particularly innovative in its mathematics nor elegant in its construction, Cosmographia was published in dozens of editions throughout the 16th century and was one of the most popular books of its day ... '

Classic Films. 'Welcome to The Palace. These pages are maintained for proper fans of Hollywood's Golden era, and the great Classic Films. The Palace has been in existence since 1995, and is one of the most frequented places of its kind on the Web. '
'Here you will find hundreds of images, many audio clips, and a comprehensive bibliography. I have written some engaging and informative articles on movies and filmmaking. I have incorporated links to many of the best classic film sites on the Web. I encourage you to return often, the Palace is being updated on a regular basis. '
B movies.

Parlour Songs. In search of American popular song.
'The ParlorSongs collection has its origins in the attics of our homes and the unwanted trash of other people, both Robert and Rick hold large personal collections that combined make for the largest private collection showcased on the web. With well over 5,000 sheets, the collection is larger than many of the university collections available on the web.'
'In the case of Rick's collection, it was the original basis for the ParlorSongs concept. In his words: "For twenty years, the sheet music gathered dust in my parents attic until they brought the collection to me in 1996. On first viewing I was stunned, overwhelmed by the variety of the music and the awesome beauty of the covers. Though these sheets have nominal value as collectors items (some exceptions are quite valuable), I felt that the covers and music needed to be preserved in some way. I then began a project to digitize (scan) the covers and "play" the music through Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) so as to preserve it and share it with those who might be interested. Hence, the ParlorSongs Collection was born and found it's first home on the web on my personal pages at geocities.'
'Since January of 1996, I have been sequencing the music and scanning the covers and now have over 800 (as of June, 2000) songs completed. The music spans all genres of popular music from around 1865 to the 1950's. The majority fall in the 1900 to 1940 range with a largest quantity from the 10's and 20's ... '

Vaudeville Memories.

The Greatest Films. 'An award-winning, unique website since 1996, with interpretive, descriptive review commentary and historical background for hundreds of classic Hollywood and other American films in the last century.'
Film scenes.
Film posters.

Indochina Document. 'When I purchased a five foot by ten foot Hmong history embroidery at the Marin County Fair in the summer of 1987, it never occurred to me that I would ever visit the refugee camps where it was made. I visited Fresno, California, to have the Hmong family who sold me the embroidery explain the stories and symbology embedded in it. It was there that I learned that over 60,000 Hmong who had been allied with the West had been expelled from Laos in 1975 and were still living in refugee camps in Thailand ... '

Japan, Hand-Colourd Photographs, ca. 1880.

Tokaido Shinkansen (Bullet Train) 1964. IEEE page.
Potted history of the shinkansen.
Shinkansen timetable.

Bob Hope and American Variety. 'Bob Hope was among the 20,000 vaudeville performers working in the 1920s. Many of these performers were, like Hope, recent immigrants to America who saw a vaudeville career as one of the few ways to succeed as a "foreigner" in America. Throughout his extraordinary professional career of nearly seventy years, Bob Hope practiced the arts he learned in vaudeville and perpetuated variety entertainment traditions in stage musical comedy, motion pictures, radio, television, and the live appearances he made around the world in support of American armed forces. Today, the stage variety show is mostly a memory but its influence is pervasive thanks to the long and rich careers of vaudeville veterans like Bob Hope.'

American Variety Stage: Vaudeville and Popular Entertainment 1870-1920. 'The American Variety Stage is a multimedia anthology selected from various Library of Congress holdings. This collection illustrates the vibrant and diverse forms of popular entertainment, especially vaudeville, that thrived from 1870-1920. Included are 334 English- and Yiddish-language playscripts, 146 theater playbills and programs, 61 motion pictures, 10 sound recordings and 143 photographs and 29 memorabilia items documenting the life and career of Harry Houdini. Groups of theater posters and additional sound recordings will be added to this anthology in the future. '

American Vaudeville Museum.

Strongman/Woman Collectibles.

Early Recordings of African Americans/Early Ragtime.

The English Music Hall.

Aba Tours. Virtual and real tours of Ghana, plus interesting information about Ghanaian crafts.

Ghanaian Akan Names. 'Akan is a language mostly spoken in southern Ghana. In Akan one of the names a person is given depends on his or her day of the week of birth, and the person's gender. Consequently there are only fourteen of these Akan names. You can use the following calculator to figure out the day of the week on which you were born. After you figure out your weekday of the birth you can use the following table to hear them spoken. '

Parque Escultorico Cementerio de Carretas. A sculpture park in Chile. Website is in Spanish and English.

Jesuit Art and Artists. 'Since its inception, the Society of Jesus and its members have been the subject of artistic depiction, the inspiration of artistic styles, and the authors of various forms of art. Here are a variety of images and sounds of and by Jesuits.'

John Wesley: An Online Exhibition. 'John Wesley was one of the greatest evangelists in the history of the Christian Church. A preacher of great power and an organiser of genius, he founded Methodism in the face of intense opposition and laid the foundations of future world-wide expansion. '
'The following images have been selected from the extensive Wesley collection of manuscripts contained within the Methodist Archives at the John Rylands University Library of Manchester.'

Dayku. A thousand syllables for peace. Via Cheesedip.

The Fighting Sixties. 'In 1962, faced with a resurgent fascist movement, young Jewish men and women came together to oppose them. Through the 1962 Committee (62 Group), the enemy met their match. Over time, the fighting and intelligence skills of the 62 Group became legendary and remain an inspiration to anti-fascists and the Jewish community today. This is the story of the 62 Group's war against fascism as told by those who were involved at the time.'

The Prior-Art-O-Matic. 'It's a series of randomly-generated product ideas! It raises questions about the nature of prior art in patenting issues and is occasionally amusing!' Via Meme Pool.
Also via Meme Pool, the Solar Mower, and Who's Who in America - submit your own bio.

Lowbrow Artworld.

Foreigners 'got better treatment'.

Earth 'depends on creepy-crawlies'.

Complete tomb unearthed at Inca citadel.

Duct tape can get rid of warts: study.

' Redheads may actually have another trait that makes them stand out -- sensitivity to pain, specialists have reported. '

' Uruguayan rugby players who survived a plane crash in the Andes mountains by eating human flesh have played the fixture they missed, 30 years after the event. '
'The tragedy happened on 13 October 1972, when the Uruguayan Old Christians team were en route to Chile to play the Old Boys in the Copa Amistad tournament. '
'When all hope had been lost, 16 players were rescued after enduring 72 days in the ice and snow ... '

14th October
Bombings in paradise. Sydney Morning Herald special on the bombings in Bali.

The Once and Future Web: Worlds Woven by the Telegraph and Internet. 'Not so long ago, communicating took time. Sending word from town to town or continent to continent required days or even months. Then, in the space of a few decades in the mid-19th century, telegraph wires webbed the world. Instant communication had arrived. The pioneering networks of the telegraph in many ways foretold the influence of our contemporary network of networks - the Internet. Yesterday, the telegraph offered spectacular promise yet raised daunting challenges. Today, in striking parallels, the Internet does the same. The ability to exchange information in split seconds has influenced every aspect of life, opening new worlds. By transforming how we communicate, we have transformed ourselves.'

Emotions and Disease. 'One of the paradoxes we found was that the close relationship between health, disease, and the emotions seemed to be more readily accepted in popular culture than within the contemporary scientific community. Why, we asked, has the close relationship of emotions to disease been so central to the long history of medical practice, yet has been regarded with suspicion by some sectors of the modern biomedical community? '
'This exhibition evolved as a dialogue between scientists and historians pursuing answers to these questions. The dialogue has been fruitful, although difficult at times. The historians involved have had to learn some of the language and perspectives of the biomedical sciences and the scientists have had to cope with the different language and perspectives of the historians. Working on this exhibition, we found that the collaboration across disciplines, indeed across the great divide between contemporary science and the humanities, can be a rewarding adventure for all participants and well worth the occasional linguistic, philosophical, and political struggles involved. The results appeal to and engage a variety of audiences from students of science and history to professionals in these fields. '

Perth2Perth. 'Perth2Perth is a vehicle expedition driving overland from Perth, Scotland to Perth, Australia. The route covers approximately 35,000 km covering 19 different countries, and is anticipated to take ten months to complete. The overriding objective of the expedition is to gain and share a greater understanding of the countries and cultures through which it passes, with particular emphasis on agriculture, e.g. farming methods, crops, markets, etc. ' The site includes online journals.
Current location.

Democracy Design Forum. 'A network for the enhancement of electoral and constitutional systems and democratic processes.'

J-List 'is a wonderful place where you can find hundreds of cool products from Japan. Some of our products are for adult only ... '

Kanji Names Project. 'Bill Pellowe's students in Japan wrote English explanations of the meanings of their Japanese names. All of the kanji is given in caligraphy-style images. Their names are written vertically, with family name on top, in the traditional Japanese style.'

Yuki's Page.

Masters of the European Comic Strip. (Bibliotheque nationale de France)

In the Margins of the Past. Manuscripts as historical documents.
'Any great library offers many different kinds of historical experience. The Vatican is especially rich in Greek and Latin manuscripts--the hand-written copies that preserved the classics of the ancient world. In the margins of many of these texts one can meet medieval and Renaissance readers, trying to correct, understand, and sometimes argue with their texts--a conversation between ancient writers and modern readers that has gone on for millennia, and shows every sign of continuing. Other manuscripts let the visitor watch brilliant writers, original thinkers, and great political figures at work, making discoveries, revising their work, or simply writing a love letter. In each case, the original documents let the modern viewer taste the varied flavors of the past with a directness and vividness that no modern history can match. '
Via the Library of Congress Vatican Exhibit.

Vatican Library and Secret Archives. (Worth another look).

Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St. George, Southwark. Not to be confused with Southwark Anglican Cathedral.

Philadelphia Folklore Project. 'Folklore means something different to everyone - as it should, since it is one of the chief means we have to represent our own realities in the face of powerful institutions. Here at the Philadelphia Folklore Project, we are committed to paying attention to the experiences and traditions of "ordinary" people. Our focus is on sustaining the diverse folk arts of the greater Philadelphia region.'
Exhibits. 'Take a virtual tour of some of the art traditions that make Philadelphia's communities vital. Our photo exhibitions are brief introductions to important artists who live in our midst. Some of these exhibitions are available as touring shows, for rental. Let us know if you want to see these shows come to your neighborhood! Or check our calendar, to see where they can be seen. We've started by including exhibition "scripts" - photos will follow.'

New York: A Documentary Film Online. (PBS) Web companion to a ten part documentary series.

The Gallery of New York Traditions 'is a consignment gallery selling affordable folk art from throughout New York State.'
'Folk or traditional artists are those who pursue arts rooted in a community's history and culture - arts intimately linked to a community's sense of identity, pride and self-determination.'
Via the New York Folklore Society, well worth exploring.

Church of the Incarnation, New York. Nice site with a virtual tour.

The Murray Hill Neighbourhood Association. 'Murray Hill is a unique residential enclave nestled in Manhattan just south of Grand Central Terminal. ' History etc.

Turtle Bay. 'With the quiet calm of our tree-lined streets and the small-town friendliness that pervades our neighborhood, Turtle Bay offers welcome relief from the City's commercial roar. The Turtle Bay Association, enjoying its 45th anniversary year, and its volunteer members are dedicated to preserving and enhancing this lovely corner of Manhattan. '

New York City Transit Maps.

On & Off the Mother Road: Route 66 Revisited. 'It's been called the Mother Road, America's Main Street or, simply, Historic Route 66. And this spring, the fabled thoroughfare between Los Angeles and Chicago becomes a 2,278-mile asphalt classroom for a group of Pitzer College students led by the irrepressible Michael Woodcock, associate professor of art and enviornmental studies at the Claremont, Calif., college ... '
Route 66 travelogue.

Route 66 Aftershave.

Frugal and Fashionable Living Magazine.

Shipwreck adventurer's fiction revealed as true. 'An eighteenth-century adventure story involving slavery on a desert island, violent death and escape became the literary sensation of its day and has been pronounced by experts since as exciting stuff but utter fiction. '
'Now a British archaeologist has discovered the startling truth about Robert Drury and the story of his escape from Madagascar. The experts were wrong. His fantastic, graphic tale of torture, enslavement, battles between rival tribes and shipwreck was true and has opened an unexpected new window on a lost period of history ... '

Old master's mother was a slave, reveal Da Vinci researchers. 'Leonardo Da Vinci was a painter, sculptor, architect, musician, engineer and scientist whose work and ideas saw him celebrated as the great master of the Renaissance. And documents now unearthed by researchers at a museum in Italy suggest he achieved this greatness despite the humblest of origins as the son of a Middle Eastern slave. '
'The papers have been discovered by the Museo Ideale Leonardo Da Vinci in the artist's home town of Vinci in Tuscany. After 25 years of research, the museum has concluded that Da Vinci's father was a craftsman called Ser Piero Da Vinci, and his mother was a female slave known as Caterina, not a local peasant girl as previously believed ... '

12th October
Place Matters. 'Place Matters - a joint project of City Lore and the Municipal Art Society - was launched in 1998 to foster the conservation of New York City's historically and culturally significant places. These are the places that hold memories and anchor traditions for individuals and communities, and that help tell the history of the city as a whole. Place Matters conducts research, cultural resource surveys, and public programs; maintains an archive about places that matter; produces exhibits and publications; and provides testimony, consultation, and referrals in connection to endangered sites. '

The Municipal Art Society. The art of making New York.
'The Municipal Art Society is a private, non-profit membership organization whose mission is to promote a more livable city. Since 1893, the Society has worked to enrich the culture, neighborhoods and physical design of New York City. It advocates excellence in urban design and planning, contemporary architecture, historic preservation and public art.'

Imagine New York. From the 'about' page :-
'A growing network of civic and community organizations and other concerned citizens, convened by the Municipal Art Society, believes that any and all decisions regarding the remembrance and renewal of the World Trade Center site must include the needs and visions of all who have in some way been affected by September 11 - whether it be the fireman from the station in Park Slope who lost half of his company in the disaster; the stockbroker from Middletown who managed to escape; the restaurant worker from Washington Heights who was late to work that day and witnessed the unfolding horrors from the street; or simply the shop-owner on Bruckner Boulevard for whom the Twin Towers were part of his daily panorama of Manhattan.'
'To this end, our coalition is working to establish a meaningful process to bring together individuals in neighborhoods throughout the region to share their ideas and visions for rebuilding downtown and memorializing the World Trade Center tragedy and responding to the impact of September 11 on the metropolitan area. Imagine New York: Giving Voice to the People's Visions, is a series of "visioning" workshops, to take place this spring, which will actively solicit the public's ideas for the future of the site, the city, and our communities. '

NYC Recovers.

People's Poetry Gathering in New York.

City Lore. 'Celebrating its second decade, City Lore's mission is to foster New York's - and America's - living cultural heritage.'

Poets House. American poetics. 'Poets House is a literary center and poetry archive - a Collection and meeting place that invites poets and the public to step into the living tradition of poetry. Our poetry resources and literary events document the wealth and diversity of modern poetry, and stimulate public dialogue on issues of poetry in culture. '

The Ghost Club. Founded 1862 in Britain. The world's oldest psychic research body.
'Its prime interest focuses on paranormal phenomena such as ghosts and hauntings, but the club also covers other related subjects such as UFOs, crop circles and the Loch Ness Monster. The club has been mentioned in numerous books, the most notable being "This Haunted Isle" (1984), "No Common Task" (1983), "Nights in Haunted Houses" (1994) and "The Ghosthunters Almanac" (1993) by Peter Underwood, "Some Unseen Power" (1985) by Philip Paul, and "The Encyclopedia of Ghosts and Spirits" (1992) by Rosemary Ellen Guiley. '
'Since its founding in 1862, the Ghost Club has welcomed many luminaries to its membership, such as noted Ghost hunter Harry Price, as well as people from more varied professions. The list includes Charles Dickens, Sir William Crookes, Air Chief Marshall Lord Dowding, Arthur Koestler, Dr.C.E.M.Joad, Donald Campbell, Sir Julian Huxley, Sir Osbert Sitwell, W.B.Yeats, Sigfreid Sassoon, Dennis Wheatley and Peter Cushing.'

Museum of Neon Art, Los Angeles.

Destruction of Mapes Hotel in Reno Nevada, a historic casino/hotel.
'When the Mapes opened its doors on December 17, 1947, it was the tallest building in Nevada and was the first hotel built in the U.S. after World War II.'
'It was designed by F.H. Slocombe and constructed by a well-known firm specializing in hotel construction, Theodore P. Moorehead Engineering Co., an associate of H.L. Stevens Company. '
'The Mapes was often compared to the New York Plaza Hotel, the Blackstone Hotel, and the St. Francis Hotel, during its long years of popularity before closing its doors thirty-five years later on December 17, 1982. '

Twisty Puzzles. Rubik-type puzzles and more.
'The "Rubik's Cube" was just the beginning. That single ingeniously innovative puzzle became the grandfather of an entire genre. Some call them "sequential movement puzzles", others prefer "hand-held puzzles". The ambiguous term "3D puzzles" is often used, as is the unmistakable (but clearly copyrighted) term "Rubik-like puzzles". Around here, w e'll be referring to them by another one of their popular names: "twisty puzzles"! This site is dedicated to documenting and displaying each and every specimen that we (as a community) can track down and commit to bits and bytes. '

The Geometry Junkyard.

The Resurgence of Alchemy.
'1. We should care about alchemy
2. Alchemists were not buffoons
3. The wisdom of the alchemist applies to us'
The Paracelsus weblog.

Giordano Bruno: The Forgotten Philosopher. 'In the year 1548 an Italian boy was born in the little town of Nola, not far from Vesuvius. Although, he spent the greater part of his life in hostile and foreign countries he was drawn back to his home at the end of his travels and after he had written nearly twenty books.'
'When he was thirteen years old he began to go to school at the Monastery of Saint Domenico. It was a famous place. Thomas Aquinas, himself a Dominican, had lived there and taught. Within a few years Bruno had become a Dominican priest.'
'It was not long before the monks of Saint Dominico began to learn something about the extraordinary enthusiasm of their young colleague. He was frank, outspoken and lacking in reticence. It was not long before he got himself into trouble. It was evident that this boy could not be made to fit into Dominican grooves ... '

African Edventure. 'The African Edventure is a 18,000 mile, 6 month expedition across Africa to England in a 26-year old, restored Series III, satellite-linked Land Rover. Much more than an exhibition, the African edventure is designed with educational activities as an interactive educational project for schools ... '

African Transcontinental Expedition. 30,000 km, 25-nation journey.

Out to Africa. Pan-African travelogue.

Tao Te Ching. Peter Merel's interpolation.
'This document attempts to draw the texts of several popular English translations of Lao Tse into a consistent and accessible context. It is based on the translations of Robert G. Henricks, Lin Yutang, D.C. Lau, Ch'u Ta-Kao, Gia-Fu Feng & Jane English, Richard Wilhelm and Aleister Crowley. '
'This work is not a translation, but an interpolation. It does not represent the original text; the original, if there was an original, has been jumbled, mistranscribed and reinterpreted many times over many thousands of years, and is here cast into a language that is incapable of presenting its poetic structure and philological connections. '

Centre of Traditional Taoist Studies. Offers a virtual temple.

Confucius. A graphical introduction.
'Confucius himself had a simple moral and political teaching: to love others; to honor one's parents; to do what is right instead of what is of advantage; to practice "reciprocity," i.e. "don't do to others what you would not want yourself"; to rule by moral example (dé) instead of by force and violence; and so forth. Confucius thought that a ruler who had to resort to force had already failed as a ruler -- "Your job is to govern, not to kill" (Analects XII:19). This was not a principle that Chinese rulers always obeyed, but it was the ideal of benevolent rule. It should be noted, however, that even such humane principles are paternalistic and statist, without a hint of the ideals of individual liberty that are the basis of modern liberal society. Nevertheless, the Confucian ideal avoids the worst of modern paternalism with the principle of government by example and by "Not Doing" (wú wéi), putting Confucianism closer to Taoism than to modern practices of authoritarian control ... '

11th October
US eyes African oil. (BBC) 'The United States has denied persistent reports that it intends to build a military base on the tiny west African island state of Sao Tome - but said it will expand co-operation with the former Portuguese colony. '
'US interest in the region centres on large offshore oil deposits in the Gulf of Guinea and a desire by Washington to diversify its oil supplies away from the turbulent Middle East region ...'
Related story on 'Oil is lubricating a potentially historic shift in United States' relations with Africa. Bountiful hydrocarbon deposits are luring the US closer to nations along the Gulf of Guinea, from Nigeria in the north to Angola in the south.'

Time. 'On June 17th, every year, the family goes through a private ritual: we photograph ourselves to stop a fleeting moment, the arrow of time passing by. ' Via Geisha asobi blog.

Jimmy Carter wins Nobel Peace Prize.
Nobel committee press release. 'In a situation currently marked by threats of the use of power, Carter has stood by the principles that conflicts must as far as possible be resolved through mediation and international co-operation based on international law, respect for human rights, and economic development. '
(Last year's prize was awarded to the UN and Kofi Annan).

Archbishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu. "Sometimes strident, often tender, never afraid and seldom without humour, Desmond Tutu's voice will always be the voice of the voiceless" - Nelson Mandela. Via the University of the Witwatersrand, Department of Historical Papers.
Profile of Desmond Tutu. 'A man of immense moral authority, Archbishop Desmond Tutu has been one of the leading figures in the fight against apartheid in South Africa. '
'He was chosen by President Mandela to chair South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and investigate the crimes committed by all sides during the apartheid regime. '
Nobel e-Museum biography.

Greetings from Quaoar. 'A billion kilometres beyond Pluto, astronomers have discovered a 1300km-wide frozen celestial body - the biggest find in our solar system since the ninth planet was first spotted in 1930.'

The Puzzle Museum. 'This Puzzle Museum is mainly about what have been variously called Practical Puzzles, Real Puzzles, "Chinese Puzzles", or Mechanical Puzzles. '
'A quick and simple popular definition of a Puzzle may be: Any object that you can give to someone with a question starting: "Can You ... ?". Thus:- Can you put it together? Can you take it apart? Can you Drink out of it? Etcetera. To solve them rarely requires any special knowledge, language or education. Everyone starts at an equal level as all the information required is available in the puzzle itself.'
'Move your mouse over this Hamley's advert of around 1920 and you can see some of the 82 year old puzzles that are now in the Hordern-Dalgety Collection ... '
Puzzle of the month.

The Exploratory. Hands-on science. Great site - such a shame the bricks-and- mortar Exploratory is now closed.
Exhibits. 'Over 15 years the Exploratory built about 500 exhibits, mainly in its own workshops. The lists here are not complete, but represent the nearly 400 exhibits that spent most time in the exhibition.'

USA Yesterday. Old sights along the roads of the USA.
'This is my ongoing project to try to capture a part of American culture that is forever changing. It's hard to pinpoint just what it is that I'm trying to capture, but for lack of a better explanation, I'm trying to capture what we see when we drive on the highways of the U.S.A. Mostly these are old things, I guess to remind me of the way things used to look when I rode with my parents in the late 50s and throughout the 60s, but also I want to capture the interesting things we see today on the highways. Surprising as it may seem, what we see now on the Interstate may be changed beyond our imagination in ten years or so, and what we see today will be tomorrow's nostalgia. So I'm including some of that as well.'
Forth Worth Yesterday.
Gasoline emblems.

Travels with Samantha by Philip Greenspun.
' "This book is about the summer I spent seeing North America, meeting North Americans, and trying to figure out how people live," writes Greenspun after losing his companion. You'll come face to face with examples of the stunning ethnic, scenic, and cultural richness of the continent. '
'Meet both sides of the language war in Montreal, bored youths in the Midwest, North Dakota Harley riders, struggling single mothers in the Yukon, and free spirits in Alaska. Join Greenspun as he travels up the spine of the Rocky Mountains into Canada and then up the Alaska Highway. Splash down in a float plane and spend a week with 20 bears. '
'Work your way through the Inside Passage on the Alaska Marine Highway, and get inside a salmon processing factory. See if Greenspun survives touring Vancouver, Vancouver Island, and the Pacific Northwest with old friends and new. Ask about polygamy in Salt Lake City, mountain bike the Slickrock Trail, and learn how to live with AIDS in Utah. Watch the waters recede from the Great Flood of '93 in St. Louis. Follow Greenspun back to Boston and MIT. '
This site won a 'Best of the Web '94 ' award.

10 Bulls. Illustrated.
From the preface :- 'In the twelfth century the Chinese master Kakuan drew the pictures of the ten bulls, basing them on earlier Taoist bulls, and wrote the comments in prose and verse translated here. His version was pure Zen, going deeper than earlier versions, which had ended with the nothingness of the eighth picture. It has been a constant source of inspiration to students ever since, and many illustrations of Kakuan's bulls have been made through the centuries. '

The Avalon Project at Yale Law School: Treaties Between the United States and Native Americans. A very large site; full of information.

Canadian First Nations Treaty Map Index. 'English (and some French) treaties preceded Canadian ones. These will be found on another map page that deals with the treaty situation up to 1763. The Royal Proclamation of 1763 which defined Indian country in what's now Canada as well as the U.S is the subject of another map that lists a few of these earlier treaties. Because of the U.S. Revolutionary war, and establishment of a new nation to the south (by the 1785 Treaty of Paris, in which neither side noticed either their Indian allies nor Native land rights), treaties prior to this date are with England. Canadian treaty-making began in the 19th century. By the British Canada Act, pre-Canadian English treaties with native Nations are supposedly honored.'

The Atlas of Canada - Historical Indian Treaties.

Personality Test. Linked previously, but it's always worth doing once in a while. Possibly the best personality test in the world.

National Campaign for a Peace Tax Fund. (USA)

Lendy's. 'Buddy Boys, Longfellas, Onion Rings, Strawberry Pie. If you remember these, you remember Lendy's.'
'This site attempts to tell the story of a small restaurant in Salem, Virginia that grew to be a chain of over fifty from 1956 to the mid 1970s.'

Two-Lane Roads. 'A nostalgic backroads adventure.'

The National DeSoto Club. History of the DeSoto motor car, 1928-1961.

Chevron Aviation History. 'This page highlights important events in Chevron's aviation history. Click on a thumbnail picture for historical information and a larger image.'
Chevron Oil's aviation history 1926-1930. Great pictures.

Drake Well Museum. 'Birthplace of the oil industry - 1859, Titusville, Pennsylvania.'

Gas Globes. 'Your source for ORIGINAL gas pump globes '
'Own A Piece Of Great American Nostalgia! '
'If you're looking for an original piece of the past, or you're just curious about these historic service station collectibles, this is the place! '

Hooves and Rails: A History of the Tucson Street Railway 1897 - 1906. (University of Arizona exhibit)
'In the late nineteenth century, Tucson was a growing town with a strong desire to project a metropolitan image.'
'One key to continued development was the establishment of dependable public transportation to move Tucsonans around their newly bustling city. This is the story of the first streetcar line: the horse-drawn Tucson Street Railway.'

Maps of the Pimeria: Early Cartography of the Southwest. 'This exhibit illustrates and describes a selection of original rare and historic maps chosen from the Map Collection of the University of Arizona Library. They portray a region of New Spain once called Pimería and chronicle four centuries of mapping from the earliest map of the region in the collection, a 1556 view of North and South America, up to the Gadsden Purchase of 1854 when Pimería Alta--or southern Arizona--was acquired by the United States from Mexico. '
'Pimería was a province or region--never precisely defined--of Spanish colonial Mexico encompassing what is now southern Arizona and northern Sonora, the name being derived from the Pima Indians who live in the region. The use of the term Pimería dates from the late seventeenth century, first appearing on a 1696 map prepared by the indefatigable explorer Fr. Eusebio Kino. The term appeared on eighteenth century maps, and on a few early nineteenth century maps. The name Pimería was one of five names proposed for the new Territory of Arizona established in 1863. '

Taoist Restoration Society. Preserving the heritage.

Headless Tao. A poetic translation of the Tao Te Ching.

The IRA Campaigns in England. A potted history, written after the IRA attack on the BBC last year.
Manchester and the IRA bombing in June 1996. 'On Saturday 15 June 1996, at a peak shopping time on Father's Day, a 3,000lb IRA bomb exploded in Manchester, injuring more than 200 people and ripping into the fabric of the city's main shopping centre. In a state of shocked disbelief, police had begun clearing people from the area some 40 minutes before the blast; fortunately, several telephoned warnings had been issued to newspapers, radio stations and to at least one hospital in Manchester an hour before the blast. Newspaper offices in Dublin and Belfast received similar warnings. '
Sacred Heart Parish. 'Sometimes my journeys to London ... take me down Bishopsgate in the City, past Liverpool Street Station, and from the top deck of the No. 8 bus one can see on the east side of the street a strange, vaguely square shape, masked by tarpaulin, between two tall office blocks. It looks like an outsize canvas-wrapped parcel waiting to be picked up by Parcelforce. '
'Under the covers are, in fact, what is left of the tiny medieval church of St. Ethelburga, wrecked by the IRA Bishopsgate bomb of 1993, which went off close by. The bomb shattered the glass of all the offices in the neighbourhood, wrecked Liverpool Street station roof, and pulverised poor little St. Ethelburga's, pushing the façade back into the nave ... '
'Now the plan of the Bishop of London ... is to turn the church into a study centre for Reconciliation and Peace, with particularly emphasis on the ways in which religion has actually been the cause, rather than the cure, of conflict ... '
St. Ethelburga's Church, City of London.

The poem what we wrote. 'The first two lines were suggested by the creator of Purple Ronnie, poet Giles Andreae. But it was up to you to write the rest. '