plep Archive

30th April
Belated birthday wishes to Mark of wood s lot.

The Jazz Photography of James Radke.

Bull Cow Moanin' at Midnight: A Tribute to Howlin' Wolf.

Prints by Hirosada.

Prints by Kunisada. 'Kunisada Utagawa (1786 - 1864) also known as Toyokuni III perfected the Utagawa school style of actor prints. He was among the top three print-artists of his day, referred to variously as Kunisada, the actor-print artist, Kuniyoshi, the warrior-print artist and, Hiroshige, the landscape-print artist. Although Kunisada is known for his actor-prints and although his output of landscape-prints was extremely limited, he has shown that he could rise to greatness in both areas. In this offering, you will find that Kunisada has combined his obvious actor-print talent with his landscape-print talent to produce a series of prints that shows excellence, extreme beauty and delicacy. '

Meeting God: Elements of Hindu Devotion. 'Hinduism is sometimes said to be a religion of millions of Gods. Yet it is based on a firm belief in the Absolute Divinethe singular force that joins all facets of existence. Most Hindus believe that the Absolute takes on many forms, however, and so worshippers pray to different Gods and Goddesses who embody the power of the Divine.'
'In India, four out of five people are Hindu, a total of roughly 900 million devotees. A cornerstone of Indian heritage that dates back thousands of years, Hinduism is more of a culture than an organized religion. Each community has its own legends and teachings associated with the Hindu deities, including regional names for the Gods and Goddesses ... '

The Maitreya Project. Erecting a 500 foot tall statue of the future Buddha.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Moon. 'A guide to telescopic observations of the moon. by Akkana Peck, with help from many contributors.'

Big Blue Marble Earth.

Snowstorm on Planet Earth.

Water World. Another view of Earth.

Manet/Velazquez: The French Taste for Spanish Painting. 'This exhibition examines the impact of Spanish painting on French artists, presenting some 150 paintings by masters of Spains Golden AgeVelzquez, Murillo, Ribera, El Greco, and Zurbarnas well as masterpieces by the 19th-century French artists they influenced, among them Delacroix, Courbet, Millet, Degas, and, most notably, Manet ... '

Thomas Struth. 'This major retrospective features 90 stunning photographs by one of today's leading contemporary artists, whose body of work is of truly global reach and ambition. Ranging from early black-and-white cityscapes in the United States and Europe to recent, large-scale views of primeval jungles and forests in Asia and South America, Struth's photographs show the actual condition of our world's cultures and traditions on the cusp of a new millennium. The exhibition highlights his celebrated "Museum" seriesmonumental pictures of people visiting museums, churches, and other cultural destinations around the world that reconcile the timeless and the ephemeral, the real and the spiritual ideal. Also included are his mesmerizing individual and family portraits, landscapes, and rapturous flower studies. '

Trails to Utah and the Pacific: Diaries and Letters, 1846-1869 'incorporates 49 diaries, in 59 volumes, of pioneers trekking westward across America to Utah, Montana, and the Pacific between 1847 and the meeting of the rails in 1869. In addition to the diaries, the collection includes 43 maps, 82 photographs and illustrations, and 7 published guides for immigrants. Stories of persistence and pain, birth and death, God and gold, trail dust and debris, learning, love, and laughter, and even trail tedium can be found in these original "on the trail" accounts. The collection tells the stories of Mormon pioneer families and others who were part of the national westering movement, sharing trail experiences common to hundreds of thousands of westward migrants. The source materials are drawn from the collections of Brigham Young University, members of the Utah Academic Libraries Consortium, and other archival institutions in Utah, Nevada, and Idaho ... '

The First American West: The Ohio River Valley, 1750-1820 ' consists of 15,000 pages of original historical material documenting the land, peoples, exploration, and transformation of the trans-Appalachian West from the mid-eighteenth to the early nineteenth century. The collection is drawn from the holdings of the University of Chicago Library and the Filson Historical Society of Louisville, Kentucky. Among the sources included are books, periodicals, newspapers, pamphlets, scientific publications, broadsides, letters, journals, legal documents, ledgers and other financial records, maps, physical artifacts, and pictorial images. The collection documents the travels of the first Europeans to enter the trans-Appalachian West, the maps tracing their explorations, their relations with Native Americans, and their theories about the region's mounds and other ancient earthworks. Naturalists and other scientists describe Western bird life and bones of prehistoric animals. Books and letters document the new settlers' migration and acquisition of land, navigation down the Ohio River, planting of crops, and trade in tobacco, horses, and whiskey. Leaders from Thomas Jefferson and James Madison to Isaac Shelby, William Henry Harrison, Aaron Burr, and James Wilkinson comment on politics and regional conspiracies. Documents also reveal the lives of trans-Appalachian African Americans, nearly all of them slaves; the position of women; and the roles of churches, schools, and other institutions. '

History of the American West 1860-1920. 'Over 30,000 photographs, drawn from the holdings of the Western History and Genealogy Department at Denver Public Library, illuminate many aspects of the history of the American West. Most of the photographs were taken between 1860 and 1920. They illustrate Colorado towns and landscape, document the place of mining in the history of Colorado and the West, and show the lives of Native Americans from more than forty tribes living west of the Mississippi River. Also included are World War II photographs of the 10th Mountain Division, ski troops based in Colorado who saw action in Italy. '

Westward by Sea: A Maritime Perspective on American Expanson 1820-1890. 'This selection of items from Mystic Seaport's archival collections includes logbooks, diaries, letters, business papers, and published narratives of voyages and travels. The unique maritime perspective of these materials offers a rich look at the events, culture, beliefs, and personal experiences associated with the settlement of California, Alaska, Hawaii, Texas, and the Pacific Northwest. A number of photographs, paintings, maps, and nautical charts are also included to illustrate the story of Americans western seaborne travel. Various themes are touched upon, including whaling, life at sea, shipping, women at sea, and native populations. '

Map Collections: 1500-2003. From the Library of Congress.

Sailing on the Great Rivers of America, 1874.

Nooks and Corners of the New England Coast, 1875.

The Great West and Pacific Coast, 1877.

Rebecca's Pocket is four. Congratulations, Rebecca.

Mermaid Gallery from Iconomy. Really nice collection of vintage postcard images.

Suzanna Anna. Handpainted handbags.

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29th April
Krazy Kat. Thanks, y2karl.

Last Chapters. Stories about living with dying.
'LastChapters is founded on the belief that when we're feeling isolated, desperate, or simply curious about our situation, we benefit profoundly from the lessons learned by others. They can console us. They can offer us ways to heal ourselves. They can teach us how to live with dying. '

Kit's Legacy. A personal and practical guide to preparing for death.

Eccentric America. 'Out beyond glitzy theme parks and shiny tourist traps lies the inconspicuous attraction that most of us pass by with only a slight chuckle at its ridiculous appearance. This page is dedicated to the bizarre, mundane and even ridiculous oddities most of you take for granted as you pass by on your way to work (and I drive 300 miles to see!) ... '
Beer can house.

Drive-ins: The Guide to Drive-in Movie Theatres.

Giant Guitars That Really Play!!!

1968: Living in Fear. 'Fierce race rioting spread quickly through the United States after Martin Luther King's assassination on 4 April 1968. '
'Linda Dunham was an 11-year-old living in Washington DC and witnessed first hand the fear and paranoia that gripped the country in the wake of the civil rights leader's death ... '

George Washington's Dentures.
Found at Grow a Brain.

Two-Faced Sheep Skull.

Surface of Mars.

Trilobites. Virtual gallery.

Specimen Jar. Brachiopods.

Nepalese Sculpture.
'The majority of these sculptures were created in the service of religion, and although most of the artists were Buddhist, neither a Hindu nor a Buddhist style is discernible. As in medieval India, the same artists probably produced art for both religions. Nepal is one of the few places in the world where Buddhism and Hinduism have coexisted peacefully for almost 2,000 years. Although Hinduism is the state religion, the two religions are not only historically entwined but also share many similar aspirations that make them far less distinguishable than in theory. At the popular level in Nepal, it makes little or no difference whether one receives blessings from a Hindu or Buddhist deity as long as that deity is efficacious ... '

Granny D. She's 93, and still an activist. Interesting woman. Via MeFi.

Take Back the Media.

Quirky Landmarks. Americana.
'Turn left at the giant smiling peanut! With our coast-to-coast guide to America's most unusual landmarks, long road trips will never be boring again. Load the camera and start your journey below.'

Notes on a Taglung Portrait.
'This charming thirteenth century portrait depicts a religious hierarch from the Taglung branch of the Kagyu order of Tibetan Buddhism. Wearing monastic robes, he is seated on a throne whose symbolic significance reflects the considerable spiritual authority which the hierarch enjoyed in his day. Mountain staves, indicating that the central figure is meant to appear within a mountain cave, surround him and his attendants in the upper and side registers. The mountain cave--a sacred site for gods and ascetics with ancient roots in Indian myth--also reveals the high esteem in which the central figure was held by his community. In this portrait, they sought to commemorate the hierarch in a manner commensurate with his accomplishments ... '

Images of Earth and Water: The Tsa-Tsa Votive Tablets of Tibet.
'Any traveller who ventures today into a remote area where Buddhism is practiced in the Himalayas, Ladakh or Tibet is certain to come across examples of clay tablets deposited within stupas, holy caves, and monastery altars. These clay tablets are generally known as tsa-tsa; a name which Tucci traces back to Sanskrit ... '
Tsa-Tsa Gallery.

Gandhara Buddhist Sculpture.

Aboriginal Stolen Generation. A collection of resources.

Unidentified Flying Objects from the Smithsonian. Can you help? Via MeFi.

Why Mow? Indeed. Via MeFi.

Bush Regime Playing Cards. Via Geisha Asobi.

A Lobster's Microscopic Friend. 'Just before Christmas 1995, a new life form discovered by Danish biologists on the lips of the Norway lobster attracted world-wide media attention. Why? This topical article by Dave Walker describes and illustrates this "zoological highlight of the decade" using the biologists' published material and includes an exclusive photograph kindly supplied by the original researchers.'
Via the Apothecary's Drawer.

Cell Block Visions. Art by prisoners. Via Iconomy.

Life in the Freezer. A weblog from Antarctica; inactive since last year, but some good and interesting stuff here.

28th April
Homeless. Six cities, six stories, six lives.

The Endeavour Botanical Illustrations. Illustrations from Captain Cook's great voyage.

1768 - The Voyage of the Endeavour. A virtual journey.

Margaret Atwood: A Letter to America.
'Dear America: This is a difficult letter to write, because I'm no longer sure who you are ... '

Ken Wiwa: In the Beginning, Bush Said, Let There Be Might.
(Ken Wiwa is the son of the executed Nigerian poet and dissident, Ken Saro-Wiwa).

Haider Hamza in Baghdad: How is War Ever Won? 'My dear friends, I'm your wounded friend Haider Hamza from Iraq... not physically wounded but emotionally wounded: to see my people dying and my country being destroyed; to see my country falling down with a broken heart into an unknown future and destiny ... '

Ben Okri: The New Dark Age. The looting and burning of Iraq's museums and libraries has left us all losers.

Genomic Art. Art inspired by the human genome.

Radebaugh: The Future We Were Promised. American futuristic illustration, as was; and a fascinating story, too.
Via Lost Highways.

The Shetland Museum. Life in the northernmost of the British Isles.

Life of the Buddha in art. A superb online exhibition of images.

Nepalese Painting.

Tibetan Buddhist Art at the Met.
'Buddhism was introduced to Tibet by the seventh century and was proclaimed the state religion by the end of the eighth century. Although Buddhist influence waned during persecutions between 838 and 942, the religion saw a revival beginning in the late tenth century. It rapidly became dominant, inaugurating what is known as the "later diffusion of the Buddhist faith." During the first few hundred years of this renewed interest, many monks from Tibet traveled abroad to India , the homeland of Buddhism, to study the religion, and Indian scholars were invited to Tibet to lecture and give teachings ... In the thirteenth century and thereafter, Nepalese artists were also commissioned to paint thankas and make sculptures for Tibetan patrons. By the fourteenth century, stylistic influences from Nepal and China became dominant and in the fifteenth century these fused into a truly Tibetan synthesis.'

War Protests Around the World. The demonstrations of 15th February in this extensive gallery.

Rastafari, Roots and Ideology. "As a spiritual philosophy, Rastafarianism is linked to societies of runaway slaves, or maroons, and derives from both the African Myal religion and the Revivalist Zion Churches. Like the revival movement, it embraces the four-hundred-year-old doctrine of repatriation. Rastas believe that they and all Africans who have migrated are but exiles in "Babylon" and are destined to be delivered out of captivity by a return to Zion or Africa -- the land of their ancestors and the sear of Jah Rastafari himself, Haile Selassie I, the former emperor of Ethiopia." - Joe Ruglass.

Songlines Art. Australian Aboriginal art.
'Songlines, or Yiri in the Walpiri language, are tracks across the landscape created by Mythical Aboriginal ancestors when they rose out of the dark Earth and travelled, creating mountains, valleys, waterholes - all the physical features of the land.'
'They are ceremonial songs which pass on these stories. As the ancestors underwent various adventures, the laws for living, and hunting skills were established. The songs, and the stories which make up the content of the paintings, are intertwined. The land was literally "sung" into existence ... '

Journey to Horseshoe Bend, 1922. In the land of the Dreaming.
Via the Flight of Ducks.

Genghis Khan. National Geographic site.

Dale Chihuly, One-Eyed Sculptor in Glass.
Mille Fiori by Chihuly.
Thanks, madamjujujive.

World Pinhole Photography Day. Via MeFi.

Disappearing Victoria. Vintage Australiana.
Via boynton.

The Alan G. Bates Harmonica Collection's Virtual Gallery.
Via Geisha Asobi.

Dog Postcards & Photos.
Via Speckled Paint.

Plastic Surgery in Boston: Then and Now.
Via Speckled Paint.

Dutch Detective Book Covers.
Thanks to Languagehat, who got it from WebCollage, a rockin' website which is well worth one's while, too.

Fairy Tales and Folk-lore of New Zealand and the South Seas.
Journal of the Beagle by Charles Darwin.
New and Complete Manual of Maori Conversation, 1885.
More at the New Zealand Electronic Text Centre.
Via Eclogues.

Wildlife Sounds. Via Eclogues.

The Air-Sea Boundary. 'Found' poetry. Via Eclogues.

The Apathetic Online Journal Entry Generator.

Choco Choco House. Teeny handbags made out of chocolate. Via Iconomy.