plep Archive

10th June
Thanks to Le Blogeur, 10th June is the Day of Plep. Have a pleppy day, one and all. Plep is truly gratified by this honour and would like to point one and all towards the faboo Blogeur.
But what's this? Let's remember that variety is the spice of life! Long Live Iconomy! Down With Plep! Thankyou for not allowing us to become too conceited so that our head would expand, causing us to float off like a helium balloon.
Just one entry in the Folkways Archive. Visit iconomy today!

Essays about Quilts. Australian Aboriginal skin cloaks; Wagga rugs; Irish patchwork quilts; Greek-Australian women's stories.
Quilting Stories. Life events, buildings, wartime etc.

A Circle of Grandmothers. 'I wrote these stories of the Grandmothers because my learning about this way of looking at things has helped me many times in my own life. Perhaps they will help you as well. They are the Grandmothers of the Wheel and they teach us to live in balance. ~ Anne.'
Home As Our Haven.

The Prehistoric Monuments of Wales.
Lovespoons. Decorated wooden spoons in Wales.

The Afternoon Play. BBC Radio 4. 'The daily 45-minute afternoon play uses the dramatic form to delight, surprise and inform listeners. '
The Friday Play.
The Saturday Play.

Weather Photography. Lightning, clouds, interesting atmospheric optical effects, and astronomical photographs.

The Optics of a Water Drop. The Louis Armstrong House & Archives. 'The mission of the Louis Armstrong House & Archives is to preserve and promote the cultural legacy of Louis Armstrong. This includes making the materials in the archives available to everyone, serving as a reference source for researchers, presenting concerts and educational programs about his life, and converting his home into a historic museum. '

Lamidi Olonade Fakeye: A Retrospective. Yoruba woodcarving; images.

Bhutan, the Last Shangri-La.
Culture, history and geography of the Himalayan kingdom. From PBS's 'Living Edens' series.

Bhutan: Land of the Thunder Dragon. Another good cultural and historical resource, although parts of the site are still under construction.

The Bodhisattva Ideal, by Zen Master Seong Hyang.
'I often feel frustrated with my own practice, questioning how much I'm able to affect other people's lives, or the quality of my own. That's what Soen Sa Nim calls "checking." You start to look at what is happening with your practice, your friends, family, or your Zen Center. But the Buddha said, "I have every kind of medicine to help people no matter what their problem is, but I can't make them take it." We are Buddha, we have Buddha's mind, so we have every remedy for every kind of suffering. We are Bodhisattvas and all we have to do is accept our 'Bodhisattvaness' and it will seep out. Any thought of how long it will take or how much we can do - any single thought - is not practicing ... '

The Blue Notes. 'The Blue Notes fought apartheid in South Africa with searing jazz ... '
'Every Dedication Orchestra gig is thrilling, but poignant too. "I'll be crying," Louis Moholo, the band's personable 63-year-old Cape Town-born drummer, says of their forthcoming tour. "But the music is so beautiful. That's what will make it OK once we play." He's right: the music of this incandescent 25-piece jazz band is beautiful. It pays tribute to some of the most exciting conjunctions of township dance music and jazz ever to explode from the collision of those two traditions in Europe ... '
Soweto via Liverpool.

The Messianic Hope of the Samaritans, pub. 1907.
'I count it no small honor that I am permitted to introduce to American and English readers the author of the following little treatise, Jacob, Son of Aaron, High Priest of the Samaritans. Through him the hope of ages utters its voice in expectation of a Messiah still to come. So far as I know the messianic hope of this ancient and almost forgotten sect has never before been set forth with authority and completeness in a modern tongue.'
'The High Priest lives at Nablous, the modern Shechem, at the foot of his sacred mouritain, Gerizim. Jerusalem has been destroyed again and again, and its name almost forgotten; but this little sect still clings to its holy mountain, and speaks its unheeded message in a strange language and to a world that has almost forgotten the existence of this ancient and now diminutive congregation.'
'A few years ago it was my privilege to visit the Samaritan colony at Shechem, and to establish an acquaintance with the High Priest out of which has grown an interesting correspondence ... '

The Bride of Christ. The mystical marriage of St. Catherine; images of great artworks associated with the saint.
Related :- St. Catherine of Alexandria, also with images.

Korean Masks. Via Eye of the Goof, a fab new weblog, via iconomy.

Shag Paintings. Via Eye of the Goof, via iconomy.

Fiat Adverts. Via MeFi.

Truth, Justice and the Soviet Way. What if baby Superman crashlanded in the USSR? Via MeFi.

Downhill. Find the shortest path between two weblogs. Fun game.

9th June
A Brief History of Banned Music in the United States.

The Death of the Christmas Chicken.
'An autobiographical essay by Eric Nuzum detailing the demise of his favorite Christmas ornament. The story examines the fragility, conflict, and value inherent in Christmas memories and traditions. '

The Drapchi 14. 'Fourteen nuns were imprisoned in Drapchi Prison, in Lhasa, Tibet. They were jailed for taking part in peaceful demonstrations in Tibet, between 1989 and 1992. All of the demonstrations were non-violent, involving less than half a dozen people and lasting less than five minutes. The have become known collectively as the Drapchi 14 ... '
Songs of the Drapchi 14.

Riverboats and Jazz. Online presentation - this is good.

The Mississippi Rag. Trad jazz and ragtime publication.

Metro de Paris. Visiting disused metro stations.
'Ready to see the best of the Metro? Have you ever discovered the switched-off stations ? There are 4 or 5. A few years ago, probably as an illustration of 'Sous les paves, la Plage' ("Under the ground, the beach"... a 1968's theme), Croix Rouge, on the 10th became a beach, with sand, hot-dogs and ice creams... '

Legendary Lighthouses.
'The earliest lighthouses were simply bonfires built on hillsides to guide ships. The first light served the old world city of Alexandria in 285 B.C. The first American light came to life in 1716 at Boston Harbor.'
'This site explores the history, legends, lore and workings of lighthouses along American shorelines. '

Save Nine Ladies, a stone circle in Derbyshire.

Hebrew Visions of Hell and Paradise, Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 1893.

Spirits in Steel: The Art of the Kalabari Masquerade. The work of West African artist Sokari Douglas Camp.

Mongolian Stories. Freedom, sport, religion and horses; all interesting.

Bodhisattva Ideal in Mahayana Buddhism. '... Lingering in Samsara to Help Other Sentient Beings. The greatest of Bodhisattvas are fully attained beings -- that is, they have reached a state where they could extinguish their own individual existence in Nirvana -- but they have vowed to remain in the midst of Samsara to help other beings reach enlightenment. It is typical of the Bodhisattva path that one makes a vow not to achieve one's own final liberation from samsara until a specified number of sentient beings have been brought to liberation. These vows sometimes use astronomical numbers to specify the number of beings to be saved, and this symbolizes the intent of Bodhisattvas to develop their spiritual abilities to very high levels so that they might be used in service of others ... '

The Martian Landscape Art Project.

Looking Back on an Eclipsed Earth, Aug. 30th, 1999.

Meer Image Rubber Stamp Art Gallery. Via Sugar & Spicy.

Toshiro Mifune Fansite. Via iconomy.

Skippy. Via iconomy.

Bush Administration Most Wanted Cards.

7th June
The Barren Lands. 'This site documents two exploratory surveys of the Barren Lands region west of Hudson Bay, in northern Manitoba and Saskatchewan and the area now known as Nunavut. Drawing on materials from the J.B. Tyrrell, James Tyrrell and related collections at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto, it includes over 5,000 images from original field notebooks, correspondence, photographs, maps and published reports ... '

Canadian Poetry.

A Clickable Map of the Art of the African Continent.
Via Africa: The Art of a Continent.

The Woods Collections of African Art. 'The map below represents the geographical extent of the Woods art collection. To find a tribe please refer to the listing. To enter the pages of research on individual tribes you have the option of selecting either the tribe or select the country on the map. '

Nigerian Stories.

What a Bodhisattva Does. Click on the last line of each verse to move forward.

The Bodhisattva Ideal: Buddhism and the Aesthetics of Selflessness.
'A group of people was once traveling through a desert, when it so happened that three of them strayed away and got lost. Tired and thirsty this trio wandered around the desert in the hope of finding some respite. Finally their quest came to an end when they discovered a high well. The first man rushed to it, looked over the wall and found it full of delicious ambrosial water. He immediately exclaimed in a gesture of frenzied euphoria and jumped into it never to come back. The second too did the same. The third man finally walked over quietly over to the well, peeped over its high wall and then turned around and went back, returning to the desert to search for his other fellow travelers, to help guide them to this paradise. '
'The life of a bodhisattva too is made of similar stuff. In strictly canonical terms a bodhisattva is defined as an individual who discovers the source of the Ultimate Truth better known as nirvana, but postpones his own enlightenment until he has guided all his fellow beings to this same source of fulfillment. A formidable task to say the least ... '

The Bodhisattva Vow.

Shakti: Power and Femininity in Indian Art.
'Woman is the creator of the universe,
the universe is her form;
woman is the foundation of the world,
she is the true form of the body.'
'In woman is the form of all things,
of all that lives and moves in the world.
There is no jewel rarer than woman,
no condition superior to that of a woman.'

Early Blues. History of the blues.

Comets and Meteor Showers.

Comet Shoemaker-Levy Collision with Jupiter. 'From July 16 through July 22, 1994, pieces of an object designated as Comet P/Shoemaker-Levy 9 collided with Jupiter. This is the first collision of two solar system bodies ever to be observed, and the effects of the comet impacts on Jupiter's atmosphere have been simply spectacular and beyond expectations ... '

Comet Hale-Bopp.

The Canadian West. (skip intro)
'In the period covered by this exhibition the years prior to the 1930s the population of western Canada increased from less than a hundred thousand to over three million. Such an unprecedented influx was made possible only by drawing on a multitude of ordinary men, women, and children from across Europe. Their arrival on the western frontier dramatically changed the history of western Canada and the ethnic makeup of the country. This exhibition explores several aspects of European arrival and settlement in the Canadian West, and provides a glimpse of those people who helped forge the new society and bring the West into Confederation ... '

The Last Best West: Advertising for Immigrants to Western Canada 1870-1930.

Canadian Pacific Railway Archives. History and many images.

Dictionary of Old English Project.

The Elizabethan Homilies (1623).
I. A Fruitful Exhortation to the Reading of Holy Scripture.
II. Of the Misery of all Mankind.
III. Of the Salvation of all Mankind.
IV. Of the True and Lively Faith.
V. Of Good Works.
VI. Of Christian Love and Charity.
VII. Against Swearing and Perjury.
VIII. Of the Declining against God.
IX. An Exhortation against the Fear of Death.
X. An Exhortation to Obedience.
XI. Against Whoredom and Adultery.
XII. Against Strife and Contention.
... etc.

Canada Heirloom Series.

Family to have carbon from woman's remains turned into diamonds.

6th June
Kunisada: Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido.

Timescapes. 'With superb original illustrations and informed and lucid text, the timescapes: land & history website offers a wonderful journey into the legend, land and history of some of Britain's most renowned sites.' This is good.

Megalithic Walks. 'The majority of surviving megalithic sites in the UK are to be found in undeveloped areas in the countryside, hills and mountains. Many are in beautiful settings making them very pleasant to visit and explore, these pages describe days out visiting such locations. '

'Caerleon was the site of one of Britain's three Roman Legionary Fortresses and many believe it to be the location of King Arthur's Camelot.'
'In 830 AD Nennius listed Cair Lion as one of Britain's 33 cities. Nowadays it's a thriving village where past and present combine to delight both visitors and residents ... '

Megalithic Sound and Landscape. 'Prehistoric monuments like Stonehenge, Newgrange and Avebury have dominated the landscape of the British Isles since the Neolithic. How might places like these have been experienced and understood by the people who built and used them over four thousand years ago?'

Treworth Bronze Age Farm. 'Trewortha farm lies in Twelve Mens Moor on Bodmin Moor and is in the middle of a complete Bronze Age funerary landscape. Close by lies a hut circle and five hundred yards a way is a Bronze Age settlement with hut circles and walls ...'
More at Bronze Age Craft.

Rock Art in the British Landscape.

The Life of a City: Early Films of New York, 1898-1906. 'This collection contains forty-five films of New York dating from 1898 to 1906 from the Paper Print Collection of the Library of Congress. Of these, twenty-five were made by the American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, while the remaining twenty are Edison Company productions. '
New York and America at the turn of the century.

Inside an American Factory: Films of the Westinghouse Works, 1904. 'The Westinghouse Works Collection contains 21 actuality films showing various views of Westinghouse companies. Most prominently featured are the Westinghouse Air Brake Company, the Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company, and the Westinghouse Machine Company. The films were intended to showcase the company's operations. Exterior and interior shots of the factories are shown along with scenes of male and female workers performing their duties at the plants. '
The Westinghouse World: The Companies, the People, and the Places.

Leather Puppets of India.

The Masks of India.

The Poetics of Line: Seven Artists of the Nsukka Group. 'Although not all of the seven artists represented here are Igbo, to varying degrees they all have appropriated the traditional Igbo designs called uli. More than 10 million Igbo live in Nigeria and belong to one of the country's three major cultures. The Igbo formerly lived primarily in village communities, but today many reside in towns and cities, including the seven artists, and are often employed in professional fields. Many of them are Christian, well educated, and bilingual in English and Igbo. '
'Known for its delightful aesthetic qualities, uli was once widely found throughout much of Igboland. In former days it was practiced by women who decorated each other's bodies with dark dye in preparation for village events, such as marriage, title taking, and funerals, and sometimes for market days that were particularly important to Igbo women traders. Uli designs on the body lasted about a week ... '

Le Masque au Burkina Faso. In French.

Dressed Cats Postcards. Via Sugar & Spicy.

Photographs & Other Fictions. A labyrinth built by James Graham. Via consumptive.

Voodoo Dolls. Via Fiendish is the Word.

Chinese Miniature Liqueurs. Via Fiendish is the Word.

London Mosaics. Via iconomy.

Vintage Robots and Space Toys. Via iconomy.

Celeb Caricatures. Via Sugar & Spicy.

Salam Pax writes in the Guardian. 'Vacancies: President needed - fluent in English, will have limited powers only. Generous bonuses." This appeared on the first page of the Ahrar newspaper. Another new weekly. Newspapers are coming out of our ears these days. There are two questions which no one can answer: how many political parties are there now in Iraq? And how many newspapers are printed weekly?" Most of these papers are just two or four pages of party propaganda, no license or hassle. Just go print. I am thinking of getting my own: "Pax News - all the rumours, all the time" ... '

The Murder of Emmett Till. 'In August 1955, a fourteen-year-old black boy whistled at a white woman in a grocery store in Money, Mississippi. Emmett Till, a teen from Chicago, didn't understand that he had broken the unwritten laws of the Jim Crow South until three days later, when two white men dragged him from his bed in the dead of night, beat him brutally and then shot him in the head. Although his killers were arrested and charged with murder, they were both acquitted quickly by an all-white, all-male jury. Shortly afterwards, the defendants sold their story, including a detailed account of how they murdered Till, to a journalist. The murder and the trial horrified the nation and the world. Till's death was a spark that helped mobilize the civil rights movement. Three months after his body was pulled from the Tallahatchie River, the Montgomery bus boycott began ... '

Investigations from the Lynching of Emmett Till.

Space Shuttle Archive: Remembering the Columbia Space Shuttle Tragedy.

A Sunset over Europe and Africa.

In Darkness: Africa. The 2001 eclipse.

Joanne's Birthday Wishes.