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9th August
Tibet: Treasures from the Roof of the World. 'Travelers trekked thousands of miles to see them. Emperors presented them as gifts. This October at the Bowers Museum, visitors will see the same sacred treasures for the first time in the Western World in the groundbreaking exhibition, Tibet: Treasures From The Roof Of The World.'

An Elephant at Play. (India, circa 1770).
'This exuberant painting of an elephant at play makes dramatic use of the technique of continuous narrative. A single elephant is shown charging across the dusty ground of an arena, chasing a red ball and goaded on by three retainers carrying long spears with which they prod the elephant. The elephant is depicted in successive stages of the game and appears eight times. '
Simon Ray: Indian and Islamic Works of Art.

The Wilton Diptych. 'The Wilton Diptych was painted as a portable altarpiece for the private devotion of King Richard II, who ruled England from 1377 to 1399. The diptych is thought to have been made in the last five years of Richard's reign, although its artist remains unknown. It is called The Wilton Diptych because it came from Wilton House in Wiltshire, the seat of the Earls of Pembroke.'

Holbein the Younger: The Ambassadors.

Hopi Market: Kachina Dolls.

Theresa McCullough: Indian and Southeast Asian Works of Art.

Life in Space. Space exploration covers from Life magazine.

Elvis. 'In the late '50s, a phenomenon swept America in the form of a hip-swiveling, lip-curling crooner from Tupelo, Mississippi. Teenagers across the country swooned, danced and sang along as a new kind of star captivated the nation. On the 25th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death, LIFE celebrates the original one-man boy band.'

The Last Union Soldier. 'In 1956 LIFE covered the funeral of Albert Woolson, the Civil War's last Union soldier. This Memorial Day weekend, LIFE.com revisits this classic LIFE photo essay.'

Valentine's Day. Photographs from Life magazine.

Gardening. Photographs from Life magazine.

Santa. Photographs from Life magazine.

American National Parks. Photos.

The Irish. Historic photographs from Life magazine.

Soccer Photographs from Life Magazine.

Holocaust History.

Shirley Day Asian Art. Asian art collection and gallery.

Elmers Lesters Tribal Art Gallery.

Dusty Galaxy.

Star Stream.

Harvey Kurtzman. Via Sugar & Spicy.

National Museum of American Illustration. Via Sugar & Spicy.

Antique Liquor Labels. Via Sugar & Spicy.

Bill Ward: King of Glamour Girl Art. Via Sugar & Spicy.
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8th August
The Doomsday Clock. 'For nearly 55 years, the Bulletin clock (a.k.a. the Doomsday Clock) has been the worlds most recognizable symbol of nuclear danger. The first representation of the clock was produced in 1947, when artist Martyl Langsdorf, the wife of a physicist who worked on the Manhattan Project, was asked by magazine co-founder Hyman Goldsmith to design a cover for the June issue.'
'After discarding several ideas, Martyl hit upon the idea of using a clock to symbolize urgency; her plan was to repeat the image every month on a different background color. To visualize what it would look like, she drew her first sketch-of the upper left quadrant of a clock face, with the minute hand approaching midnight-on the back cover of a bound volume of Beethoven sonatas ... '
What time is it now?
Via the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

African Art Museum. This is huge.
'Welcome to the collection of African tribal art featuring over 1,200 artifacts from 100 ethnic groups. Items on display include wooden and bronze statues, masks, religious, ritual and domestic objects, furniture and weapons. Learn about art, culture and history of each ethnic group ... '
Pipes from Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Tanzania.
Tribal maps.

Images from the Anglo-Australian Observatory. Lots and lots of good stuff here.
The top 50.

Hubble Space Telescope Gallery. Superb.

Business Ethics. Corporate social responsibility report.

Otaku Unite. 'The otaku, the passionate obsessive, the information age's embodiment of the connoisseur, more concerned with the accumulation of data than of objects, seems a natural crossover figure in today's interface of British and Japanese cultures. I see it in the eyes of the Portobello dealers, and in the eyes of the Japanese collectors: a perfectly calm train-spotter frenzy, murderous and sublime. Understanding otaku-hood, I think, is one of the keys to understanding the culture of the web. There is something profoundly post-national about it, extra-geographic. We are all curators, in the post-modern world, whether we want to be or not. ' - William Gibson. Monkey Heaven 'is a tribute to the cult classic live action Japanese TV series Monkey (sometimes known as Monkey Magic), made by NTV in the late 1970s, and starring Masaaki Sakai, Toshiyuki Nishida, Shiro Kishibe, Masako Natsume, Tonpei Hidari, Shunji Fujimura, Mieko Takamine. '
'It's based on one of the great quest stories, a 16th century Chinese epic called Hsi Yu Chi (= Journey to the West). The title Monkey is probably from Arthur Waley's English translation. The tales, set in 630 AD, describe the demons and monsters who try to stop the Tang Priest Hsan Tsang (Tripitaka) from reaching a Buddhist monastery in India to retrieve Buddhist scriptures. The whole series recounts the exploits of the resourceful, brave, and humorous Monkey, the real hero of the fantasy, as he escorts Tripitaka, the pig monster Pigsy, and the water monster Sandy, on their perilous mission. '
'Hsuan Tsang (Tripitaka) actually lived and really did go to India in 629 A.D. to get Buddhist scriptures ... '

All Look Same. Chinese, Japanese, Korean, what's the difference? Try your skill here.

History of Salt.

The Noam Chomsky Archive. 'Welcome! Noam Chomsky is one of America's most prominent political dissidents. A renowned professor of linguistics at MIT, he has authored over 30 political books dissecting such issues as U.S. interventionism in the developing world, the political economy of human rights and the propaganda role of corporate media ... '

The Nader Page. Ralph Nader's site.

The Baffler. Underground writing zine; excerpts on the website.

The Story of the Marriage of Black and White. Via iconomy.

Shin Hanga: Women with Umbrellas. Via Internet Weekly.

The Museum of Bad Art. Via Internet Weekly.

Alberto Vargas. Via Internet Weekly.

Rio Antigo. Via neurastenia.

Finland in Drawings. 'When the travel book "Finland in drawings" appeared in 1845 it was the first work to display the country extensively in words and pictures. Its original title, in Swedish, was "Finland framstäldt i teckningar". The textual sections of the book were written by Zachris Topelius (1818-1898) author, journalist and professor of history. A group of eight artists, either Finnish or working in Finland, were engaged to produce the book's 120 drawings. ' Via neurastenia.

Elite Force Aviator: George W. Bush - U.S. President and Naval Aviator - 12" Action Figure. Satire, surely (one hopes). Via BookNotes.

Brief Meditation Guide. Via Nalandabodhi: the Gateway to Buddhist Science of the Mind.

Prayer4Peace. "I would like to ask all to participate in the practice of Vajrasattva mantra we are dedicating for world peace at this very difficult time. My aspiration is that sanghas around the world can launch a project to accumulate one billion recitations of the six-syllable Vajrasattva mantra, from all practitioners in order to purify negative karmic forces, create peace and harmony in the world and to bring the experience of enlightenment to all sentient beings." - The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, December 11, 2001.

What Is Emotional Abuse?

Domestic Violence, Murder and My Kids. 'Wednesday June 9, 1993, our son-in-law poured gasoline in the living room, up the stairs, and right into Gina's bedroom, lit a match, and walked away walked away with not a burn on his body; walked away with no carbon monoxide in his lungs; walked away while my daughter and two grandsons died in the inferno.'

Writings & Cryings - An Abuse, Rape & Domestic Violence Aid & Resource Collection.

Shattered Pieces.
' I am a survivor of domestic abuse. The poem you read on the index page was based on an actual event in my life with my abuser. He never got the lesson I was trying to teach, but I hope you did ... '

Small World.
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7th August
Our Earth as Art. 'Welcome to the Landsat-7 Earth as Art Gallery! Here you can view our planet through the beautiful images taken by the Landsat-7 satellite. These images, created by the USGS EROS Data Center, introduce the general public to the Landsat Program, which is administered jointly by USGS and NASA. The Landsat: Earth as Art exhibit highlights images that were selected on the basis of aesthetic appeal. Various combinations of the eight Landsat 7 spectral bands were selected to create the vivid RGB composites featured on this site. These images use the visceral avenue of art to convey the thrilling perspective of the Earth that Landsat provides to the viewer ... '

Cecillia af Enehielm Illustration. Really nice. Gallery here.

Phil Borges: Enduring Spirit: Ethiopia. Photography. 'Agino, a Mursi warrior, was adamant about wanting a Polaroid of himself. However, when I pointed the camera at him, he immediately looked down. I later learned that the Mursi believe that looking directly into the lens can cause blindness. Although unauthorized fighting within the Mursi tribe is a taboo, warriors who kill an enemy are accorded great status. Each curved scar on Agino's arm represents an enemy killed ... '

Phil Borges: Enduring Spirit: Kenya. 'Kinesi often helps his older brother take care of the family goats. He is the only one of seven children who was selected by his parents to attend school. Since his Samburu family is semi-nomadic, sometimes he must walk alone nearly four hours -- over terrain populated by baboons and leopards -- to get to the only school in his district. His mother says that Kenesi runs most of the way -- not from fear of predators, but from the excitement of school. '

Phil Borges: Enduring Spirit: Peru. 'Lourdes gets up at five o'clock in the morning to take her cows up the mountain before school begins. After school she makes the three-mile trek back up the mountain to retrieve the cows and returns home to help her mother cook dinner. She carries her sister Benigno with her most of the day. At school she currently speaks Quechua, her native language, but next year she will be taught in Spanish.'

Path of Devotion: Adi Shankaracharya. 'Shankaracharya is the first among the three acharyas who reformed Hindu religion by giving their own interpretation to the ancient sacred texts. At the time, the vedic texts which have come down to Indians through the ages and only orally studied were the monopoly of a certain class. This knowledge was known as shruti, or learning by careful listening. The vedas were in very old esoteric language were beyond the reach of the common man. The tremendous task of interpreting the true catholic spirit of Hindu philosophy was yet to be undertaken, and the three acharyas, Shankaracharya (c 788 - 820 AD), Ramanujacharya (11th century AD), and Madhwacharya (13th century AD) -- all hailing from southern part of India are credited for the status of present day Hindu thought and philosophy ... ' (Illustrated)
Path of Devotion: Pictorial Exhibition of Devotion in India.

Exploring the Moon. History and images of lunar exploration.
'President Kennedy's speech to Congress was made in the context of the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union. At that time, the U.S. feared that it was falling behind the U.S.S.R. both in technological advances and international prestige. The U.S.S.R. launched the first artificial satellite into Earth orbit in October 1957. On April 12, 1961, just six weeks before Kennedy's speech, the Soviets launched the first human into Earth orbit. Although the U.S. launched astronaut Alan Shepard on a brief, suborbital flight on May 5, 1961, they did not put an astronaut in orbit until February 1962. The failure of the U.S.-backed invasion of the Bay of Pigs, Cuba, in April 1961 added to the gloomy mood. In this context, Kennedy sought an inspirational goal to rally the country. With the advice of Vice President Lyndon Johnson and the nation's scientific leadership, Kennedy settled on a manned lunar journey as a goal dramatic enough to capture the world's attention. The difficulty of reaching this goal ensured that it could not be achieved quickly, allowing the U.S. time to overcome the Soviet Union's lead in space exploration ... '

Sensual Style. Examples of art nouveau from an exhibit in London.
Aubrey Beardsley.

Art Nouveau Tile Image Gallery.

Robert Arnow Illustration.

Caravaggio at the Berger Foundation.

Threads of Gold. "My mother used to say, 'you must howl with the wolves when you are with the wolves,' and so I made the best of things up there. Many times my heart did bump. I was so frightened but I pretended I was just the bravest thing in the world, and I got through it all right. And now as an old woman, if I were young instead with no one to depend on me, I would certainly go back to that Yukon country and prospect and make myself independently rich." - Anna DeGraf.
'Threads of Gold explores the wide range of experiences of both Alaska Native and pioneer women during the Alaska-Klondike gold rush era. Women played many important roles in the dramatic development of the north which was a result of the gold rush. '
'Women were willing to risk life changes in order to seek new opportunities for themselves and their children. Single and married, American and immigrants, black and white, they came to look for gold in the ground and in businesses providing supplies, meals, and entertainment for the miners. '
'The children of Alaska Native and pioneer women grew up and raised their own families. They in turn built upon the community framework that their parents and grandparents left behind. University educated women are now the leaders of businesses, Native corporations, and state government. The women of the current generation are the threads of extended families that make up the social fabric of Fairbanks and Alaskan politics today.'

Northern Journeys: Dogs in Alaska.

Illustration by Sheffield Abella.

The Oppressor. 'This popular calendar entitled "The Oppressor," is explicit commentary on wealth and inequality in Nigeria. Here, a very large man dressed in European style clothing (which is indicative of his wealth and status) rests his feet on the very backs of Nigeria's poor and unfortunate. Although they carry his large platter of food, he offers them nothing even as they are starving. One of the biggest criticisms that Nigerians have of the elite is their failure to share this wealth with others, even by investing in Nigerian businesses. Thus, they are often depicted as greedy and selfish.' Via iconomy.

The Making of Alice in Wonderland. Via iconomy.

Max und Moritz. Wilhelm Busch, 1865, online. Via MeFi.

Vera Little's Homunculus. Via neurastenia.

Dirk Hine. Via neurastenia.

Vagabonding 'chronicles the solo, one year, round-the-world journey of Mike Pugh, an optimist from Chicago, USA.' Travelogue and galleries.

Anatomy of an Indian Temple.

Photo Japan: Geisha & Maiko.

Photo Japan: Arts and Handicrafts.

Michelangelo: The Manchester Madonna.

Michelangelo: The Entombment.

Island Universe, Cosmic Sand.

120 million year old spider strand.

Tracing Adam. Forensics and the 'torso in the Thames' murder. Via MeFi.
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6th August
Exhibition of Estonian Deportation 1941.

The Great Mughals: Power and Patronage. South Asian miniature paintings.

European Old Masters: Sacred and Secular.

The Lithographs of Albert Belleroche.

The Maxwell H. and Muriel Gluck Gallery, San Diego Museum of Art. Selections viewable on the right.

Paris: A Century as Europe's Art Capital. Selections viewable on the right.

Asia Crossroads. Selections from the Asian collection at the San Diego Museum of Art.

Norbert Kox Up Close. Outsider art.

Skin Diving at the Surfing Museum.
'The first skin divers ventured into a mysterious new world inhabited by sharks, sea lions, and strange creatures previously unknown to man. Armed only with crude, homemade face masks and gear, these pioneers would plunge to depths of 30 meters, holding their breath for up to 7 minutes to catch lobsters and abalone - and spear large fish. These frontiersmen discovered the techniques and invented the gear that gave birth to the sport of skin and scuba diving - now one of the world's most popular sports ... '

Bill Atkinson Nature Photography.

Donald L. Cohen. 'I started building this site in February 2001, as an outgrowth of my passion for Nature Photography.'

Joseph Stahurski. Wildlife and nature photography.

Cape Dorset Inuit Art. 'This site links the graphic work of some of the famous artists from the community of Cape Dorset with the memories, myths and legends of elders from the community of Igloolik. '

Billy Counter. Outsider art. 'The paintings and sculptures follow him around for the last twenty years and will carry him into the future. His amazing story of life free....is his to tell. '

Virgil Cantini. Outsider art.

Carson Collins. 'Carson creates visions of the ocean with a chroniclers sense and an artists mission. '

Paul Cornall. Outsider art.

Chinatown Melbourne. History and today, with a virtual tour. A fascinating tale.
'It was the discovery of gold in 1851 which attracted Chinese immigration to Victoria on a large scale. Ships sailed to Australia from Hong Kong with their cargo of men who had come in search of the "New Gold Mountain" ... '

Statues of Lenin. Small gallery.

Donella Spencer's Japan Postcard Collection.

Koorie Aboriginal History of Dandenong-Pakenham, Australia. 'On Saturday, June 6, 1835 a group of English pastoralists from Van Dieman's Land (as Tasmania was then called), led by John Batman, walked about 11 km inland, following the course of the Yarra River. They assembled with a group of local elders of the Wurundjeri, a clan of the Woi wurrung, in order to sign a Treaty granting the pastoralists grazing rights to some of their tribal lands. In exchange for blankets, shirts, tomahawks, knives, mirrors and bags of flour, the elders signed away 100 000 acres of prime land along the Bellarine Peninsula, around Geelong and 500 000 acres around where Melbourne stands today. This treaty was not recognised by the then British Government ... '
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