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15th August
The Penang Story. A celebration of cultural diversity.
'Penang, Malaysia a historic port at the northern end of the Straits of Malacca, attracted traders and settlers from the Archipelago, China, India, Arabia and Europe. Their legacy is one of the most extensive urban heritage areas in Southeast Asia today, dating mainly from the late 18th century to the mid-20th century. Their descendants are custodians of a living heritage, a multicultural community forged through waves of migration.'

The Sherborne Missal at the British Library.
'The Sherborne Missal is a masterpiece of English book painting - the only service book of such quality to have survived intact from the late middle ages. Before 1998 it was the most important English illuminated book in private hands. A massive volume, it weighs nearly 20 kilograms - almost as much as a seven-year-old child. The Missal contains a whole picture gallery within its 694 pages. The margins are lavishly decorated with kings, nobles, bishops, monks, saints and angels and, perhaps surprisingly, 48 images of birds of the British Isles each with its name in Middle English (the language of Chaucer). The rest of the text is in Latin. '

Sitatara. Mongolian art.
'Homage to White Tara, a Female Buddha exquisite with youth. Radiant as the eternal snows in all their glory, She sits on a white lotus and a silvery moon Indicating fully developed compassion and knowledge.
'Homage to the Youthful One with full breasts, One face and two arms. Sitting in vajra position, She regally displays both grace and calm And is filled with great bliss.' - The First Dalai Lama.

The Tyndale New Testament. 'The copy shown here is remarkable for several reasons. Tyndale's Worms New Testament was the first printed New Testament in English, faithfully translated from the Greek original. It was a book which gave to English speakers a Bible language that was clear and direct, rather than fashionable, philological or literary: most of it lived on unchanged in the 1611 Authorised Version. This copy is unusually decorated, when and by whom is not known, nor for what purpose. Such care suggests that whoever first owned it valued it very highly indeed. '

Jill Fressinier. 'Illumination comes from without, like a shiny reflection of the sun off the water. Illumination comes from within, like an idea or a vision seen in the corner of the eye. And ,sometimes, inspired illumination comes from Above, streaming through a chosen few, passing quickly from their minds to ours, in paint, in music, in teaching. Jill Fressinier's art...inspired illumination...from peace and love.'

Susan Verberg Photography: Animals. Butterflies, wild birds, zoo animals, horses, reptiles and amphibians.

Susan Verberg: Cornell University Campus.

Susan Verberg: Dutch Architecture.

Susan Verberg: American Architecture.

Gary D. Tonhouse: Landscape Gallery. Photography.

Gary D. Tonhouse: Loess Hills of Western Iowa. Photography.
'Will they become a National Parks Icon or will they disappear from the Iowa landscape? Only time will tell. But time could be running out on this unique land formation. It is time that we stop the degradation of this unique ecosystem and go forward with the preservation process of this area.'

Carol Es. Outsider art.

Jay Ferranti. Outsider art.

Michael Fratangelo. 'At the Arts on Ellsworth Festival in Pittsburgh's Shadyside neighborhood, we tripped over the stunning artwork of Michael Fratangelo. Our images are poor attempts to show his dazzlingly textured paint. In person, Fratangelo's work bounds from the canvas in large chunks of paint and expressive movement. Most of his work is large sized and self-stretched canvas, sometimes incorporating friendly faces and sometimes dragging colored visions across his rumpled mind ... '

Kathmandu University Department of Music. Outline of music in Nepal.
'The musical traditions of Nepal are as diverse as the various ethnic groups of the country. The most complex musical culture in the Himalayas is that of the Newars in the Kathmandu valley, which in the course of the past 2000 years has absorbed mostly Indian influences in shaping a unique musical tradition ... '

Malaysiakini. Malaysia's independent, online news service.

Jean Dubuffet: Touring Club.

Joan Miro: Painting, 1927.

Let There Be Peace Nigerians. 'In February of 2000, Kaduna, another Northern state began considering the implementation of Islamic Sharia law. Members of the Christian Association of Nigeria began a peaceful demonstration in the state against the implementation of Sharia. Riots soon began after Muslims began attacking members of the crowd. A strategic business area in the state was demolished and several churches and mosques were destroyed. Over 1000 people were reported killed. This was then followed by a mass exodus of southerners from the north, bringing their dead with them. When southern residents saw the dead and wounded arrive in the south, tempers flared and youths began hunting down and killing northerners living in the south. This poster documents that event in detail, showing the violence and bloodshed that took place in both regions while calling for peace between all Nigerians.'

Secret Cult Is Death. 'Another area of anxiety and violence in Nigerian can be found on University campuses. Secret cults are primarily male fraternities that often use violence against other students and teachers in order to achieve status within their group and to subvert the University's authority. They are a matter of great concern in Nigeria and a common theme of newspaper editorials and popular books ... '

Speckled Paint.

Jack Spencer. Via Speckled Paint.

Joan B. Mirviss Japanese Fine Art. Via Speckled Paint.

Dark Fairytales. Via gmtPlus9.

Wonder Woman Golden Age Comics. Via Sugar & Spicy.

14th August
Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity. 'Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, a presentation of more than six hundred objects from the world-renowned ancient Egyptian holdings of the Brooklyn Museum of Art, doubles the number of works on view in the Egyptian Galleries. The new material, three-quarters of which has not been on public exhibition for at least a decade, is presented in four newly refurbished, reopened gallery spaces. They begin with an introductory section, exploring the theme of permanence and change, that provides an overview of the special nature of Egyptian art. On the ceiling of the introductory gallery is a large-scale painting of an ancient Egyptian map of the heavens, based on a rendering by an artist in Napoleon Bonaparte's retinue. This section explores questions such as how the form and style of sculpture changed over the course of two thousand years; how objects left in tombs provide clues about the way the ancient Egyptians conducted their lives; and why most works of Egyptian sculpture are actually three-dimensional hieroglyphs ... '

Common Threads: A Showpiece of Samplers. 'There are 291 samplers in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. They cover a broad geographic and chronological range, from fifteenth-century North Africa to nineteenth-century Mexico. This web site allows you to learn more about samplers by touring the exhibition, Common Threads: A Showcase of Samplers, and by exploring the Museum's collection. '

Musical Instruments at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Prints by Durer at the MFA.

The Virtual Keeping House: A First Nations Gallery. From Saskatchewan.
'Since being established in 1972, The Saskatchewan Indian Cultural Centre's (SICC) mission has been to strengthen and support the overall education, retention and revitalization of the Five First Nations Languages in Saskatchewan. For the past twenty-five years, this non-profit corporation delivered services to support First Nations education, art and cultures, as well as to broaden the cultural awareness of First Nations people. The Center continues to work to achieve this mandate of providing quality and professional services to First Nations communities. The new era for the SICC is an introduction of a Keeping House that will display paintings and artifacts from our First Nations people. The Keeping House Project is a step towards the future for showcasing our First Nations creative talents. '

The Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew. Great place, great site.

Mercury Transits the Sun. Great image.

The North Pole of Venus.

Venus: Earth's Cloudy Twin.

Taoism and the Arts of China.
'The exhibition Taoism and the Arts of China is on view at The Art Institute of Chicago from November 4, 2000, to January 7, 2001, and at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco from February 21 to May 13, 2001. This is the first major exhibition of Taoist art in the United States, showcasing 151 works of art illustrating many facets of the Taoist religion. The exhibition includes paintings, calligraphy, sculpture, porcelain, lacquer, and ritual robes and implements from museums and private collections in the United States, Europe, Japan, China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. These items date from the Warring States period to the Qing dynasty and demonstrate the development of Taoism and Taoist art from its earliest precedents to its "renaissance" in the late imperial age ... '

The I Ching. Translated 1899, on Sacred Texts.
'The I Ching, or Book of Changes, is the most widely read of the five Chinese Classics. The book was traditionally written by the legendary Chinese Emperor Fu Hsi (2953-2838 B.C.). It is possible that the the I Ching originated from a prehistoric divination technique which dates back as far as 5000 B.C. Thus it may be the oldest text at this site. Futher commentaries were added by King Wen and the Duke of Chou in the eleventh century B.C ... '

Images from the East Asian Collections of the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin.
Painting of flowers and birds in the meticulous style, in colours, by the Emperor Huizong (detail).
Mandala of Mahamaya, 'The Great Illusion'.
Krishna with the Cowherd Girls.

The Bad Poetry Page. Via the Coffee Shop Times.

News of the Weird. 'News of the Weird (founded 1988) is the most widely-read bizarre-but-all-true news feature in the United States indeed, the gold standard of weird-news reporting. The weekly News of the Weird column appears in more than 300 daily and weekly newspapers and websites around the world. '

Open Secrets. Guide to money in US politics.
'The Center for Responsive Politics is a non-partisan, non-profit research group based in Washington, D.C. that tracks money in politics, and its effect on elections and public policy. The Center conducts computer- based research on campaign finance issues for the news media, academics, activists, and the public at large. The Center's work is aimed at creating a more educated voter, an involved citizenry, and a more responsive government. '

Worldwide Election News.

Totem Poles at the Royal British Columbia Museum. Nice black and white images.

Music in the Han Dynasty.

13th August
The Khoo Kongsi. A Chinese clanhouse in Penang, Malaysia. Images and history.

The Huguenot Society. 'Who were the Huguenots? The origin of the word is obscure, but it was the name given in the C16th to the Protestants in France, particularly by their enemies ... About 50,000 came to England, about 10,000 moving on to Ireland. So there are many inhabitants of these islands who have Huguenot blood in their veins, whether or not they still bear one of the hundreds of French names of those who took refuge here - thus bringing the word 'refugee' into the English language ... '

The Thaw Collection. Works by Ingres, Seurat, etc.

Picturing Natural History: Flora and Fauna in Drawings, Manuscripts, and Printed Books.

Bangladeshi Arts of the Ricksha. 'One finds the most glamorous ricksha arts in Dhaka, with Rajshahi being a runner up for elaboration, color and range of thematic content. In Dhaka in the 80's (I was last there in 1987), about eighty per cent of the rickshas were decorated. Chittagong and Comilla areas, where I checked the ricksha art scene in 1986, revealed less enthusiasm about decorating them at all, and, if decorated, less human images, more floral or scenery images. Chittagong is considered to be a more pious town than Dhaka, while in Sylhet, considered to be religiously even more pious, the rickshas were completely undecorated. A sub-type of pious ricksha art in and around Comilla is the plain ricksha with beautiful dark blue or green hood on which is sewn an applique of a minaret or floral design enshrining the word "Allah", or a ricksha with hood deco showing a mosque with minaret, sickle moon (Muslim moon) above, and "Alla hu" appliqued in Bengali ... '
Movie star.

My Creepy Valentine. Via Iconomy.

The Book of Kings. Online exhibit.

David to Cezanne: 19th Century French Drawings.

A Love Affair with Line: Drawings by Al Hirschfeld.

A Child's Garland of Songs: Music for and by Children.

Stuart Davis: Art and Theory 1920-31.

Early Portrait Painting in Tibet.

Augmented Nationalist: The Nomadic Eye of Painter M.F. Husain. 'I will begin my essay about the nomadic eye of Maqbool Fida Husain (known to millions of his admirers simply as Husain) by referring to his feet. This is in no way an odd or capricious decision, because what is odd for others appears to have become the norm for Husain. Husain walks barefoot--as far as I have been able to determine he does this at all times when he is in India, which is virtually most of his life. The gesture is peculiarly appropriate for the Indian painter who has come to represent for many people Indian art itself. For, in India the majority of the population goes about its daily business in unshod feet ... '
Hanuman: The Original Superman.

Susan Verberg Photography: Ithaca Scenics. Upstate NY through the seasons.

Susan Verberg: Plant Photos.

Susan Verberg: Flower Photos.

Diary of a Nobody, published 1892.
'Why should I not publish my diary? I have often seen reminiscences of people I have never even heard of, and I fail to see -- because I do not happen to be a 'Somebody' -- why my diary should not be interesting. My only regret is that I did not commence it when I was a youth. ' - Charles Pooter.

Retracing the Route to Freedom. 'To draw attention to the Park Service's efforts to commemorate the Underground Railroad, Anthony Cohen traveled 1,500 miles from Maryland to Canada, following in the footsteps of escaping slaves.'

East Meets West. 'Golden Spike National Historic Site in Utah tells the story of America's first transcontinental railroad, which transformed a nation by linking its coasts. '

Balthus: Portrait of Pierre Matisse.

Sharia Law. Nigerian poster.
'In October of 1999, the governor of the northwestern state of Zamfara, Alhaji Ahmed Sani adopted Sharia law. He banned prostitution and the selling and drinking of alcohol. He also encouraged men to grow beards and demanded the segregation of men and women in public transportation system. In this poster, the rules and of Sharia law are laid out on the left hand side and on the right are the consequences for breaking these rules. '

A Cow Thief in Zamfara State. 'In March of 2000, just two months before we traveled to Nigeria, a man, known as a notorious cow thief in Zamfara state became the first amputee since the state government formally introduced Islamic Sharia law in January of that year. Buba Bello Kare Garhie Jangebe was convicted by the Sharia court for stealing a cow. This poster documents that event, showing Bello's crime, his sentencing in a Muslim court, and his subsequent punishment. '

12th August
Richard Throssel: Photographer of the Crows.
'Richard Albert Throssel (1882-1933) was born in Marengo, Washington, of French Canadian and Cree Indian descent. Throssel moved to the Crow Indian reservation in southeastern Montana in 1902 for the drier climate and to join his brother Harry as an office clerk. Throssel was adopted by the Crow tribe in 1905 and given the name of Esh Quon Dupahs, or "Kills Inside the Camp." ... '

Omaha Indian Music.
'Omaha Indian Music features traditional Omaha music from the 1890s and 1980s. The multiformat ethnographic field collection contains 44 wax cylinder recordings collected by Francis La Flesche and Alice Cunningham Fletcher between 1895 and 1897, 323 songs and speeches from the 1983 Omaha harvest celebration pow-wow , and 25 songs and speeches from the 1985 Hethu'shka Society concert at the Library of Congress. Segments from with members of the Omaha tribe conducted in 1983 and 1999 provide contextual information for the songs and speeches included in the collection. Supplementing the collection are black-and-white and color photographs taken during the 1983 pow-wow and the 1985 concert, as well as research materials that include fieldnotes and tape logs pertaining to the pow-wow ... '

Kentucky Art and Craft Foundation. 'Welcome to the Kentucky Art and Craft Foundation, home of the best of Kentucky's living craft heritage, located on historic West Main Street in Louisville Kentucky ... '

Afghan Hindus & Sikhs. 'We have created this site to provide information about Afghan Hindus, their languages, culture and life. '

Science Frontiers 'is the bimonthly newsletter providing digests of reports that describe scientific anomalies; that is, those observations and facts that challenge prevailing scientific paradigms. Over 2000 Science Frontiers digests have been published since 1976. '

Photographs by Josef Sudek. 'A bookbinder by profession. He started to photograph in 1912, studied photography later, and after he finished his studies he was dedicated to portraits, photographs to order and creative worksof art for his lifetime. He was considered one of the greatest photographers of the world already in his time. His extensive works included portraits, still lifes, landscapes and architecture. His works of art have been appraised worldwide for their poetic and romantic nature and purity. Extensive creations include a great number of magic-and-nostalgic cycles. His works of arts heve also been appraised at international auctions ... '

Late Roses, by Josef Sudek.

Jan Saudek. Czech photographer. (Probably not suitable for work).

The Medieval Technology Pages.
'It is difficult to provide useful information on Medieval Technology. Information is hard to obtain, few surveys have been published, and in many cases the available sources fail to indicate their sources. '
'The information contained on these pages has been gleaned from a variety of places, most often secondary sources. The scholar will almost certainly have to check those sources to find the original citations. To make this process as easy as possible, complete bibliographic references, including page numbers, have been given. '
'The Medieval Technology Pages are a work in progress. They are written to be of use to anyone interested in the general subject of medieval technology in western Europe. No particular expertise should be necessary to read and use these articles ... '
The wheelbarrow.
Rat traps.

In Pursuit of Heavenly Harmony: Paintings and Calligraphy by Bada Shanren (1626-1705).

Shades of Green and Blue: Chinese Celadon Ceramics.

Steamboat Rowena. Historic Kentucky riverboat.

Kentuckiana Digital Library. Lots to see here - interesting and comprehensive.

Kentucky Historical Society. Good stuff here.

Isamu Noguchi and Modern Japanese Ceramics.

Sister's Keeper. 'The natural tampon alternative.'

Early to Bed 'is a women-owned store and website that sells sex toys and erotic gifts to people of all genders and orientations.'

Jack T. Chick Museum of Fine Art. 'Whether you love him or hate him, you gotta respect Jack for sticking to his guns. For 40 years he's cranked out tract after tract to help sinners "see the light". He's completed over 150 different tracts, with more than 500,000,000 distributed worldwide (in over 100 different languages)! His influence is so feared that entire nations have passed special laws banning his comics. Even as Political Correctness reigns supreme, Jack seems unafraid to take on the sacred cows. He steadfastly exposes The Conspiracy of Catholics, Masons, Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses, New Agers, Rock & Rollers, and any other group the devil might use to damn your soul. Jack also offends Jews and Muslims with previews of their fiery futures in hell (but only because he wants to save them). The more taboo a topic, the more likely you'll see it covered in a Jack Chick tract!'
'We don't condemn Jack for his controversial nature. We celebrate it! It's just one of his lovable characteristics. Besides, he's an Artist. They're supposed to be provocative. (If he drew Christ in a Bowl of Urine, many of his critics would love him.) ... '

Ten Theses on Jack Chick.

The Art of James Bond. Via Dublog.

Philip Guston. Via Dublog.

Antique Cameras. Via Dublog.

The Essential Vermeer. Via Dublog.

Mars Atlas. Via Dublog.

11th August
Photos of Tibet in the Early 1940s. 'These photos were taken in Tibet by members of the Tolstoy expedition of 1942-43. Two U.S. Army officers, Lt. Col. Ilya Tolstoy and Capt. Brooke Dolan were sent to Tibet from India to explore the possibility of getting military supplies to Chiang Kai-shek's Republican Chinese government, via Tibet.'

The Moxon Tennyson. Victorian illustration.
' 'I believe that poor Moxon suffered much, and soon afterwards died, but I do not lay any real blame upon my brother,' wrote William Michael Rossetti. But the rumour remained that Moxon, the publisher, suffered so much stress because of the deadlines missed by Rossetti in supplying illustrations for his book, that he was driven to desparation and died ... '

Willmott's Poets of the Nineteenth Century. ' Willmott's Poets of the Nineteenth Century, published in 1857, was one of the important books in which appeared illustrations by the Pre-Raphaelites. It was published in the same year as the Moxon Tennyson, and contains two pictures by Millais, one by Arthur Hughes, and the best drawing on wood by Madox Brown. Rossetti was to have contributed, but wanted to illustrate a Browning poem which did not appear in the selection of poems. He therefore refused to make a drawing ... '

Nagasaki University: Japanese Old Photos. 'Photography was brought to Japan at the end of the Edo era following the country's abandonment of her isolation policy upon the coming of "Kurofune, "or American black warships, into Japanese waters. Since then, photographs of scenery, people, and customs in Japan were made into various products, e.g., pictures, albums, and cards in response to the popular fascination for Japan as a "mysterious land" among the people of Europe and the United States. '
'Photos taken during the Bakumatsu-Meiji Period (1860-1899), from the end of the Edo era to the beginning of the Meiji era, are important for their historic value as the period corresponds to the earliest stage in the history of Japanese photography. The photos reveal dramatically changing images of Japan during the days of modernization, "Bunmei-kaika," and provide multifarious information that could contribute to any research into the early modern age in Japan. ' 'Nagasaki University Library has made up a large collection of old photographs for joint utilization by researchers throughout the country. Recently, thanks to the help of people concerned, the database of this collection is now open to the public via the Internet, making the collection accessible for worldwide use. '

Whetung Ojibwa Crafts & Art Gallery. 'Experience the traditions of the past reflected in the present. We are located in the heart of Curve Lake Indian Reserve in the beautiful central Ontario Kawartha (Shining Waters) lakelands, only two hours north east of Toronto, Canada. Whetung Ojibwa Centre offers a spectacular collection of Indian crafts as well as fine art, sculpture, masks, leather work, clothing, jewelry, music, and books from across Canada and right here at home. It is possible to spend literally hours browsing through these rooms.'
Good online collection.

Dentokogei. ' is devoted to showcasing the work of the shokunin, or artisans, still working and carrying on the traditions of handcraft production in Japan ... '

Shanghai in Images. 'Although centered on Shanghai, the project is engaged in a constant process of enrichment and enlargement, notably by extension to include large Chinese cities and more diverse aspects of life in China before 1949. '
River - street - school - church.

Illustrations by Lord Leighton.

Illustrations by Rossetti.

Coast Salish Journey. Pacific Northwest First Nations art.

Antique Chinese Porcelain. 'Welcome to more than 1000 pages with collectors' help and info on Antique Chinese and Japanese Porcelain, their marks and history. ' Images.

The Electronic Reactions of Albert Abrams. 'In the first quarter of the 20th century, Albert Abrams, M.D. devised what may be the greatest medical hoax of all time. His credentials as a medical man, combined with the public's fascination with and lack of understanding of the newly introduced radio set the stage for the marvelous theatrics which still play today in some bizarre corners of the "New Age" movement ... ' Images of quack devices at the bottom of the page.

Dr. Scott's Quack Electric Devices. 'Dr. Scott, an Englishman, was the most prolific advertiser and maker of "electric hair brushes" and related quackery in America, in the 1880's. He received his first U.S. patent for a brush handle in 1872, and introduced his line of "electric brushes" in 1880. The Scott brushes and other devices all contain slightly magnetized iron rods in their handles, thus, the curative power could only have been provided by magnetism. However, Scott apparently preferred using the term "electric" in all of his advertising. Although, hair growth and relief from headaches are the two obvious claims that would come to mind for the possible use of an electric hair brush, Scott went on to make many wild claims for the curative power of his electric brushes. The conditions his brushes could cure included constipation, malarial lameness, rheumatism, diseases of the blood, and paralysis. While such claims seem outlandish to most people (and would have in 1880), each disease added to the advertising claims opened up a wider potential market for his brushes ... '
Scott's electric toothbrush, 1884.

Electric Dumbbells. More 19th century quackery.

Galvanic Spectacles. 'Quack devices, such as electric belts, rings, and batteries proliferated in the second half of the 19th century, as evidenced by the profusion of magazine ads, booklets filled with testimonials of users, and other literature. Many editors quickly distanced themselves from the advertisers of quack devices, suggesting that some were humbug while others were shoddily constructed and, probably, of no value. When readers inquired about specific advertisers, the magazine often claimed ignorance of the product and cautioned "the buyer beware". '
Links to images of the quack devices at the bottom of the page.

Goya: A Picnic. 'Probably a sketch of the late 1780s for one of a series of cartoons for tapestries ordered by Charles III to decorate the Bedchamber of the Infantas at the Palace of El Pardo.'

Goya: The Duke of Wellington.

Renoir: Misia Sert. 'Misia Sert, nee Godebska (1872 - 1950), was a notable figure in the circle of avant-garde artists in Paris at the turn of the century. She had been married to Thadée Natanson and in 1903 she began living with Alfred Edwards. Later she married the Spanish painter Jose Maria Sert, and it is as Misia Sert that she is chiefly remembered.'

The Flag. Outsider art featuring the Stars and Stripes.

Springfield Art Network: Guitars. 'Who wouldn't give these guitars their undevided attention? These works of art adorn the walls of The Guitar Attention Center on East Ward Street. Thanks to Randy for letting me get these shots...' The Westcott House. Gallery. 'The Westcott House was designed by the famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright. It was commisioned in 1904 by Burton Westcott. The Westcott House has served as rental units for over forty years. Over the years alterations and time have taken it's toll on the property ... '

Project Jericho: Children's Home Mural, Springfield.

Outdoor Statues in Springfield.

Fares Odeh. '15 years old. Fares came from the Zaitoun quarter in Gaza. Before going to school, he would stand in front of a tank and throw stones at it. He would repeat this ritual on his way home from school. His family found out that he was participating in the clashes when they saw the now famous news photograph that depicts him throwing stones at a tank. His parents tried to dissuade him from going, saying he was too young, but he would respond, "I am a grown-up." He now had to sneak out of his house, his head wrapped in a Kouffieh. Fares was always the one closest to the tanks, and once a Palestinian police man tried to take him away to protect him, and was shot in the hand as he tried to shield the boy from the gunfire. ' Via gmtPlus9.

Study and Laughter: Portraits of Temple Life. 'In his quiet portraits of monasticism in Southeast Asia, Vietnamese photographer Tri Luu captures the casual, unadorned interactions of temple life: moments of study and play, of silence and laughter. In its intimacy, the work reveals a closeness between the photographer and his subjects: Tri lives for weeks at a time, sometimes months, with different sanghas. "I don't really have an objective when I'm living in the temples," he says. "I don't know what I'm going to photograph when I'm there. I live with the monks, I study with them, cook with them. I just watch, and I photograph what I see. And I usually go to the same few temples, so the monks are very comfortable with me." ' Via wood s lot.

The Virtual Letter Project. 'The purpose of this project is to rekindle an interest in the art of letter writing which for some of us has become a thing of the past in the vast world of internet communication.' Via Sugar & Spicy.

Totem Poles. Via Internet Weekly.

African American Masters. Via Internet Weekly.

Antique Prints of Dentistry. Via Quiddity.

Vintage Cookbooks. Via the Excitement Machine.

Frank R. Paul's Science Fiction Art. Via Sugar & Spicy.

Coleridge Illustrated by Dore. Via Quiddity.

History of Dance Magazine Cover Art. Via Quiddity.

Images of Historical Earthquakes. Thanks to Enigmatic Mermaid.
'Under sponsorship of the Czech-American Science and Technology Cooperation Program, Dr. Jan Kozak, a geoscientist of the Institute of Rock Structures and Mechanics in Prague, Czech Republic, and Katherine Frohmberg of the University of California, Berkeley, Earth Sciences Library presented 875 slides of illustrations of historical earthquakes to the Earthquake Engineering Research Center at the University of California, Berkeley. Professor Bruce Bolt of Berkeley provided a preface suggesting historical, macro-seismological and artistic qualities of this Collection. '

Transport Around the World 1911-1993. Thanks to Everlasting Blort.

Herbert Draper. 'Painter of historical and imaginative subjects and portraits of his contemporaries. ' Via neurastenia.

Otto Dix. Via neurastenia.

Harrison Fisher Cosmopolitan Covers. Via neurastenia.

Henry Boxer. Outsider art. Via Dublog.

Hayao Miyazaki. Via Dublog.

Lunchbox Advertising. Via Dublog.

Voices from the Underground: Radical Protest and the Underground Press in the Sixties. Via Dublog.

Athanasius Kircher. 17th century celestial maps. Via Giornale Nuovo.

Fred Smith's Wisconsin Concrete Park. Via gmtPlus9.

Sixties Poster Art. Via Sugar & Spicy.

Loretta Young Magazine Covers. Via Sugar & Spicy.