plep Archive

25th September
New Deal Network. 'The New Deal Network is an educational guide to the Great Depression of the 1930s. The New Deal Network is sponsored by the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute and the Institute for Learning Technologies at Teachers College/Columbia University. NDN is funded in part through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.'
The Magpie sings the Great Depression. 'Selections from DeWitt Clinton High School's Literary Magazine, 1929-1942.'
Dear Mrs. Roosevelt.
New Deal photo gallery.

Archiving Early America.

Packer Rivalries: The Green Bay Packers Through the Eyes of Milwaukee Sports Cartoonist Al Rainovic.

The A. Gettelman Brewing Company. 'This online exhibit will take the viewer on a journey through selected images from the A. Gettelman Brewing Company Scrapbooks. '

The Lighthouse Directory. Particularly lighthouses of the United States. Fine collection of articles.
The Doomsday list. Endangered lighthouses.

Lighthouses of the Great Lakes. Gallery; lighthouse of the day; restoration.

Naef & Joslin Photographs: Conneaut, Ohio. 'Naef & Joslin was a professional photography firm, located at 208 Main Street, in Conneaut, Ohio. About 1900 they took several series of photographs of the b ulk material handling equipment and other features at the port of Conneaut.'
'Thirty-five of these 8x10 sepia-toned photos were acquired by the Cleveland State University Library and added to its Special Collections. In 2000, 16 different images were acquired and added.'

Men of Ohio. 'Before you is a digital presentation of Men of Ohio, published c1914 by the Cleveland News and the Cleveland Leader, Cleveland, Ohio. As the introduction to the book states:
"It has seemed desirable to publish a book which shall contain portraits and brief biographical sketches of the men now prominent in Ohio's professional, social, business and industrial life, to be used as a reference by American newspapers and periodicals." ... '

Ray Osrin: Cleveland Plain Dealer Editorial Cartoons.

'The Perfect Town': Pullman Historic District. 'The first planned industrial town in America - Circa 1880's.'
A brief history of Pullman, Illinois.
Interactive map.

Voices from the Past, Visions of the Future. Nursing history.

My Beloved Poilus. 'These home letters from a Canadian girl, daughter of a retired general of the U.S. Army, giving her trained services, caring for the wounded in France at an Army Ambulance and succoring distress wherever she meets it, are published by her friends without her knowledge, simply and solely to raise money to aid her in her work which began on the 4th day of August, 1914 ... '

The Army Medical Service of the Imperial and Royal (k.u.k.) 14th Infantry Regiment, during World War I; a unit of the Austro-Hungarian army. Written by Dr. Leopold Strauss, the regiment's last medical officer.

Today at NASA. Astro news.

Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams. 'The International Astronomical Union Circulars (IAUCs) are a series of postcard notices giving information about astronomical phenomena requiring prompt dissemination, particularly the discovery and follow-up of novae, supernovae and comets. '

Broadcast Museum: Japan Broadcasting Corporation. 'The Broadcast Museum opened in 1956 in "Atagoyama," which is the birthplace of Japan's broadcasting, as the world's only museum dedicated to broadcasting. In aiming to become a museum with a "touch of warmth," it underwent interior renovation and reopened in March 1996. '
'It has been more than 70 years since broadcasting began in Japan. During those years, broadcasting has greatly progressed and developed, from radios to TV, to color TVs, and on to satellite broadcasting and Hi-Vision TV. The museum possesses approximately 20,000 materials on broadcasting and its long history, and 6,000 books related to broadcasting, some of which are exhibited to the public. '
In English and Japanese.

Canon Camera Museum.

Tokyo Architecture. A look at a few landmarks.
Asahi Beer Hall. 'This unusual and striking building designed by interior designer turned architect Philippe Starck, is one of Tokyo's most notable modern landmarks. It has earned itself several unflattering nicknames among those who disdain its flashy self-important style but it is sure to please devotees of Starck's sleek and elegant style. Completed in 1989, it serves as a symbol of the Asahi Beer company at a location where Asahi has been making beer for over a century. '
Setagaya Art Museum.

Ariana Afghan. Afghan arts and news.

Radio Free Afghanistan. (Supported by the US government).

24th September
Book of Visions. A page of proposed social inventions. Browse them and give them a rating.
The Council for Posterity. 'To extend our feeling of community with all of life, which has been lost from those human societies who wondered at the incomprehensibility of space and time and the mystery of life, to extend the sense of responsibility which we undoubtedly feel towards our own young children, to the multitude of generations ahead, and to keep their environment beautiful, we need a new priesthood who will tell us the story of humanity as we have only recently (in the last 200 years) come to know it through science. I would call this a Council for Posterity ... '

The United Kingdom Parliament.
Bills before Parliament. Useful.
House of Commons, House of Lords, devolved parliaments and assemblies.
Register of Members' Interests, Register of Lords' Interests. Keep the bastards honest.
Brief guide to Parliament. History and procedures.
Panoramas of Westminster.

Tynwald. The parliament of the Isle of Man.

National Piers Society. (UK) 'The seaside piers around the coast of Britain stand as a powerful reminder of the achievements of Victorian engineers and entrepreneurs. At the turn of the last century, almost a hundred piers existed: now only half remain and several face an uncertain future.'
'The National Piers Society was founded in 1979 under Sir John Betjeman, at a time when some of the finest piers were threatened with demolition. Over the years the Society has grown steadily and has become well established as the leading authority on piers. Through its efforts, several piers that would otherwise have vanished, remain for the enjoyment of everyone ... '
Surviving piers and lost piers.

Pier 39. 'San Francisco's number one attraction.'

Beach Huts. 'No mod cons.'

The National Gardens Scheme. (UK) Gardens open for charity.

University of Durham Botanic Garden.
Art in the garden. Some good stuff here, especially the the Millennium Bug.

Survey of the Jewish Built Heritage in the United Kingdom and Ireland. 'Jews in Britain, unlike those in Continental Europe, have enjoyed 300 years of continuous settlement. A unique physical legacy of Jewish landmarks, both sacred and secular, survives, including synagogues, burial grounds, mikvaot [ritual bathhouses] and social architecture. Much of the architectural heritage of British Jewry has been lost through wartime bombing, demographic shift and urban renewal, and that which remains is vulnerable to vandalism and decay. In comparison with the Christian denominations, Jewish buildings remain under-represented on the Statutory National Monuments List.'
'The Jewish Built Heritage in the UK and Ireland is the first comprehensive survey of Jewish monuments and sites ever undertaken in Britain. It has been made possible through a substantial grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) ... '
Jewish sites at risk.

The Chapels Society 'seeks to promote public interest and knowledge of the architectural and historical importance of all places of worship and their related structures in the United Kingdom, loosely described as Nonconformist.'

Historic Houses Association.
Places to visit and get married.

Newby Hall & Gardens.

Oxford University Museum of Natural History. 'The Oxford University Museum of Natural History houses the University's scientific collections of zoological, entomological, palaeontological and mineral specimens, accumulated in the course of the last three centuries. '
The Wilberforce-Huxley debate. 'In 1859 On the Origin of Species was published. Darwin's theory of evolution threw doubt on Man's unique position in the natural world, and on God's role as creator. This account of the debate which took place at the Oxford University Museum in 1860 is based on an article by Professor Keith Thomson published in the May-June 2000 issue of American Scientist. '
Ruskin and the museum.
Swifts 'have been nesting in ventilation flutes in the tower of the University Museum for many years, providing a wonderful opportunity for scientists to study these fascinating but elusive birds. '

University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge (UK).
Lost island life.
Moths in the royal bedchamber.

The Global Suggestion Box 'is a process, database, and network to solicit, collect, organize and make publicly available the creative proposals, miscellaneous suggestions, and bright ideas of anyone and everyone, whoever and wherever they are. '

New Civilisation Network.

Friendly Favours. 'Friendly Favors (FF) is a Web based community online since August 1999, consisting presently of 13,326 Members, living in 135 Countries.
We are a diverse group of good people committed to building a sustainable world that works for all.
We support each other's projects by sharing our know-how, connections and resources.
We report generous acts and encourage more goodwill by sending Thankyou Notes. '

Global Resource Bank. 'The Global Resource Bank is a direct democratic institution where the creation of money is subject to the production of ecosystems. Everyone owns a share in the Bank as a birthright. '
'On a planet with prolific ecosystems and high technology there is no justification for poverty or pollution. They are the consequences of a political economy that creates money by mortgaging national products. Because ecosystems make our basic products, everyone can share the bounty of Earth's natural economy by creating money that values her ecoproducts.'

Novalis Corporation, Chile. 'The creation of the Novalis Corporation seeks to provide a space for human initiatives in the fields of: art, agriculture, medicine, education, architecture and overall to stimulate social, cultural and scientific awareness. All of this in the light of the teachings of Rudolf Steiner, Austrian Philosopher (1861-1925).'

Explore Japanese Gardens...

Urban Dharma. 'Buddhism for urban America.'

The King of Siam's Edition of the Pali Tipitaka By Robert Chalmers Journal of The Royal Asiatic Society 1898, pp. 1-10

Buddha Dust. 'A presentation of The Buddha's Teaching in the form of a set of tools one can use to explore the inter-relationships between the Pali Language, The Pali as a system, and understanding and putting the system into practice in today's world. Included is a comprehensive course on the system (The Pali Line), various translations (some classic and some new), critical examinations, an extensive Bibliography, Links, and a forum called DhammaTalk.'

The Bhopal Medical Appeal. 'Sambhavna is a Sanskrit / Hindi word which means "possibility". Read as "sama" and "bhavna" it means: "similar feelings" or "compassion". '
'The Sambhavna Trust is a charitable trust run by a group of eight eminent doctors, scientists, writers and social workers who have been involved with various aspects of the Union Carbide disaster ever since its occurrence in December 1984. The Chairperson of Sambhavna, Dr. PM Bhargava, was awarded the "Padma Bhushan" by the President of India in 1986 and the "Legion d'Honneur" in 1998 by the French government for his scientific and social contributions. Dr. H H Trivedi, former Professor at the Gandhi Medical College and Satinath Sarangi are the two Bhopal based trustees of Sambhavna. '
'Many are unaware that the disaster in Bhopal continues to this day. An estimated 120,000-150,000 survivors of the disaster are still chronically ill. Over 20,000 have died of exposure-related illnesses and more are dying still. Tens of thousands of children born after the disaster suffer from growth problems and far too many teenaged women suffer from menstrual disorders. TB is several times more prevalent in the gas-affected population and cancers are on the rise ... '
Survivors' testimonies.

The Continuity Booth. All about the art of the TV continuity announcer.

asquare. (best viewed on a fast connection)

23rd September
The Gullibility Test. 'Pretend that you're an editor at a major newspaper. A reporter has just handed you a story that contains the following statements. Unfortunately, this reporter has a reputation for embellishing stories with wild claims that are completely untrue. '
'Using common sense and whatever you know about history and the natural world, you've got to decide which statements are true and which are false before the paper goes out to print. Saying 'I don't know' isn't an option. Could your readers depend on you to ferret out the truth for them? Remember that truth is often stranger than fiction.'
Via the Museum of Hoaxes.

Museum of Hoaxes Journal. A blog about hoaxes and scepticism!

Navrongo and Lawra. 'This Web Page is devoted to two small communities in Northern Ghana. The authors of this web page collectively spent six years in these West African towns and they would like you to know more about them. ' Virtual tours, history, pottery etc.

History and Significance of Ghana's Kente Cloth. 'Kente is an Asante ceremonial cloth hand-woven on a horizontal treadle loom. Strips measuring about 4 inches wide are sewn together into larger pieces of cloths. Cloths come in various colors, sizes and designs and are worn during very important social and religious occasions. In a total cultural context, kente is more important than just a cloth. It is a visual representation of history, philosophy, ethics, oral literature, moral values, social code of conduct, religious beliefs, political thought and aesthetic principles ... ' Images.

Meanings of Symbols in Adinkra Cloth.

Akan Cultural Symbols Project. Architecture, metal casting, textiles, wood carving, pottery.
From the introduction :- ' "Just as written documents [that utilize phonographs] materialize history in literate communities," as pointed out by Fraser and Cole (1972, p. 313), "so in traditional societies, art forms make the intangible past more real." Some of these art forms utilize pictograms and ideograms, and are pregnant with text that symbolizes ideas on several levels of discourse. The focus of this project is to utilize the pictograms and ideograms encoded in the arts of the Akan to decode some aspects of the history, beliefs, social organizations, social relations, and other ideas of the Akan of Ghana. '

Grameen. Micro-banking for the poor.
'When we started giving out tiny loans under a system which later became known as the Grameen Bank, we never imagined that one day we would be reaching hundreds of thousands, let alone two million, borrowers..'

The People's Fund. 'Welcome to The People's Fund website! Ending poverty on the planet is a tremendous challenge. If accomplished, it will surely change the course of human history. On this website you can find information about the work of the exciting strategy known as "microcredit." Microcredit helps the poorest and most disadvantaged people on the planet help themselves and cross the poverty line. Please use the index icons to the left to begin your journey ... '

The Apollo 15 Flight Journal. 'This journal covers the flight of Apollo 15, from launch to splashdown. As a "living document" it will continue to grow and evolve and major changes will be intimated in the appropriate newsgroups. It is the current intention of the authors to bring all the manned Apollo flights to this site.'

The Apollo 8 Flight Journal.

Di Rosa Preserve, California. 'The di Rosa Preserve houses one of the largest regional art collections in the country. Amassed throughout the last forty years, the di Rosa collection represents the most extensive gathering of contemporary California Bay Area art available anywhere in the world. Entirely surrounded by vineyards and studded with hundreds of 150-year old olive trees, the Preserve's 250 acre setting is utterly unique. A 35-acre lake, a 130-year old stone winery turned residence and nearly 2,000 works by some 750 artists makes the di Rosa experience an unparalleled art & nature oasis.'

Art in Public Places, Brea, California. Clickable map.

Djerassi Resident Artists Programme, California. A country retreat for artists.
History. 'The Djerassi Resident Artists Program (formerly Djerassi Foundation) was begun on a small scale in 1979 for individual women artists as a memorial to the artist Pamela Djerassi (1950-1978). In 1982, after renovation of a twelve-sided cattle auction barn into fully operational studio spaces, it became a full-fledged program available to groups of residents in all media ... '
Djerassi sculpture tour.

The B. Gerald Cantor Rodin Sculpture Garden at Stanford. 'The B. Gerald Centor Rodin Sculpture Garden features 20 bronzes by Auguste Rodin, including "The Gates of Hell," and is open to the public. On Wednesday through Sunday the Rodin galleries, accessible from the Rodin Garden entrance to the Cantor Arts Center, are also open to the public.'

Stone River. 'Stanford, CA, Sept. 4, 2001 - In late August, British artist Andy Goldsworthy (born 1956) completed Stone River, a 320-foot sculpture on the campus of Stanford University. Constructed of sandstone from university buildings destroyed in the 1906 and 1989 earthquakes, Stone River is the largest work of outdoor art at the university. In addition to Goldsworthy, a team of eight professional dry-stone wallers from England and Scotland worked 11 hours a day, six days a week, for three and a half weeks (1848 hours) to complete the sculpture on schedule.'

The Rebuilding Project: Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Centre for Visual Arts.

City of Hope 'is an innovative biomedical research, treatment and educational institution located just outside Los Angeles, California. Designated a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute, City of Hope is dedicated to the prevention and cure of cancer, HIV/AIDS, diabetes, and other life-threatening diseases.'

Auberge du Soleil, a retreat in California.

Sokkuram (Stone Cave Hermitage).

SongChol-Net. " A Web Site for Encompassing the All Sentient Beings"

SunGag. 'ascetic zen pursuer in Korea.'

Shoukan-An Ninpou Taijutsu Dojo.

Museum of Sex, New York.

21st September
The AmbiGallery. Symmetrical words.

Merseyside Maritime Museum. 'Merseyside Maritime Museum is in a former bonded warehouse, part of the historic Albert Dock on the banks of the River Mersey. The museum, opened in 1980, tells the story of one of the world's greatest ports and the people who used it. '
'The museum's collections reflect the international importance of Liverpool as a gateway to the world, including the city's role in the transatlantic slave trade and emigration. '
Transatlantic slavery.

Museum of Liverpool Life. 'The life and times of a great city.' Highly recommended.
Liverpool life of the month.

Bibliotheca Alexandrina. Official site. The revival of an ancient library.

Prairie Journal. Stories and photographs from North Dakota; prairie trails, the Northern Lights.
'The purpose of this web site is to highlight photographs from one small, but significant location in North Dakota - my "home" farm located 15 miles north of Bismarck, ND (Geographic Longitude = 100W 47' 42"; Geographic Latitude = 47N 03' 34"; Corrected Magnetic Latitude = 56; Zenithal limiting magnitude = 6.7). You might be surprised at the beauty that you can see year round on the prairies of North Dakota (and from just one small location in the state). Come back and visit! '

Ernest's Rte 66 Trip 2001. 'In the first summer of the millennium, I took a camera, a station wagon, and a laptop, got some magazine assignments, and went looking for the remnants of Route 66.'
'I like old diners, station wagons and gas stations, ghosts (and ghost towns), Aliens and UFOs. Interesting people, odd places and strange things.'
'You just became part of the story.'

Cozy Dog Drive In, Springfield, Illinois.

Antique Tractor Internet Service.

The World's Ugliest Buildings. (Forbes) Concentrated in North America.

Cape Croker - An Evolutionary Historical Tour. 'This Site provides a brief historical overview of the Chippewas of the Nawash.'

Separate Lives, Broken Dreams. Saga of Chinese immigration to the US.
'The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 was a turning point in American history. It is, however, one which seldom receives anything more than a passing reference in most history books. The Act barred all Chinese from U.S. citizenship by naturalization, and specifically excluded Chinese laborers and their families from entering the United States. Immigration, based on race and class, was now an official part of American public policy. It opened the door to subsequent racially biased restrictions and outright exclusion of other immigrant groups.'
'SEPARATE LIVES, BROKEN DREAMS explores the deep and broad impact that Chinese Exclusion had on individual lives, families, and entire communities in America and China. As fears regarding America's economy and security ebb and flow through our national consciousness, public sentiment and politicians focus once again on new and existing immigrants. One hundred twenty years after the passage of the Chinese Exclusion Act, America continues to grapple with both its image and the stark reality of all that is encompassed by its descriptor, "the land of immigrants." ... '

Shadow Circus: The CIA in Tibet. 'THE SHADOW CIRCUS: THE CIA IN TIBET reveals a little-known aspect of Tibet's recent history: the country's armed struggle against the invading forces of Communist China. Contrary to the generally held preconception of a deeply religious and peace-loving people, the Tibetans fought a long and bloody - though ultimately, unsuccessful - guerrilla campaign. They were aided in their efforts by an unlikely ally, the CIA.'
'The project, code-named ST Circus, was one of the longest-running covert operations in support of the American government's primary objective of destabilizing Communist China's regime. The CIA's involvement produced Tibetan resistance fighters trained in guerrilla warfare. These soldiers were instrumental in assisting the Dalai Lama flee to India ... '

Exploring the Japanese American Internment.
'President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 authorizing the mass incarceration of over 110,000 Japanese Americans during World War II.'
'Two-thirds were American citizens. Over half were children or infants.'
'Their "crime": their Japanese ancestry.'
'Forty-six years later our government officially apologized for this "grave injustice" and payed reparations.'
'Could it happen again to another group of Americans?'

Free the Slaves. 'Today 27 million people are in slavery around the world. '
'They are controlled by violence and forced to work for no pay. In spite of the fact that slavery is illegal in every country, the products they make feed into the global economy and flow into our homes ... '

Microcredit Summit. 'Working to ensure that 100 million of the world's poorest families, especially the women of those families, are receiving credit for self-employment and other financial and business services by the year 2005.' Client stories.

Products made by William Benson Ltd. Engineers of Robin Hood Works Robin Hood Street, Nottingham. 1855 to 1963. Amazing stuff.

Seoul - A Novel of Korea.

Old Korea in Pictures. 'This site is dedicated to collect old pictures and drawings of Korea. If you have any pictures and want me to scan them to be put here, please contact me, so we can put them in the public domain. Most pictures will be from Seoul or Pyongyang, since most foreigners tended to live there. But nevertheless others might show up. '

The Life in Africa Foundation. Community website - microfinance, folklore...

Cameroon: Masks and Statues.

The Parker Gentry Award for Conservation Biology.
2002, a team from Peru.

Galileo Project Information. A history, by NASA.
Galileo images.