plep Archive

31st March
ActionAid: Iraq crisis.

The Mad Hatter's Tea Party.
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Illustrated.

Tarzan of the Apes in hypertext.

The Timeless Theatre. 'Throughout my photographic career of over forty years, I have tried to capture Indian motifs that transcend time. I have been strongly attracted to the Indian ways of life that are untouched by the wars, the technologies and the consumerism. I have seen people live in forests just like they lived thousands of years ago, as truly children of God, the mother nature. Due to the nature of my work, I came in contact with several historical researchers, young and old, who introduced me to the historical wealth that is India. Due to the destiny, I got to venture into the remotest corners of Rajasthan and West Bengal and suffer humiliation of petty politics, as well as to experience true fulfillment of life among the tribals of Madhya Pradesh. The Timeless Theater Website, is a sampler of my notes, photographs and artifacts during all these years of living. Much of its content did not see light previously because of the high cost of production of books involving photographs. The developments in new technology have enabled me to bring these to a wider audience ... '
Education of Jain Nuns.
A Jain Sage in Meditation.

Temples and Erotic Sculptures, India.
More - More - More - More - More

Buddha Statue, Borobodur, Indonesia.

Getting Beyond Good vs Evil: A Buddhist Reflection on the New Holy War.
'If only it were all so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere, insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart? ' - Alexander Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago.
Via Kyoto Journal: Perspectives on Asia.

A Night Out in New Orleans. Listen to the music of New Orleans, wherever you are.

Hi-Fido. 'Hi-Fido, a multi-media project, offers sheet music and recordings that date from jazz's beginnings in the early 1910s through Chicago Jazz's heyday in the 1920s up to the Great Depression ... '

Fly-Whisk Handle, probably from Ndengese region, Democratic Republic of Congo.
More at the George Ortiz African Collection.

The Visual Arts of Zimbabwe.
Paintings of the Weya Women, Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwean Rock and Cave Paintings.
Sculpture in Zimbabwe.
Beer for the Spirits.

Letterbox. An anagrams game.

BBC Radio 4 Book at Bedtime.

Susanna Moodie and Catharine Parr Traill. 'Susanna Moodie and Catharine Parr Traill are two of Canada's most important 19th-century writers. Born in England only 23 months apart, the two sisters became professional writers before they married. In 1832 they emigrated with their Scottish husbands to Canada, settling in the backwoods of what is now Ontario, near present-day Lakefield. They recorded and interpreted their experiences as pioneers in books for which they remain famous to this day for example, Catharine Parr Traill's The Backwoods of Canada (1836) and Canadian Crusoes (1852), and Susanna Moodie's Roughing It in the Bush (1852) and Life in the Clearings (1853). They continued to live and write in Canada until their deaths Susanna's in 1885 and Catharine's in 1899 ... '
Emigration and Bush Life. 'Upon their arrival in Upper Canada in 1832, the Moodies and Traills disembarked at Cobourg. From 1832 to 1834 the Moodies attempted to farm a previously cleared property near Port Hope. Susanna bore two more children during those years. John's financial speculations, along with the need to hire help for the young family and the farm, were quickly reducing their savings. Moreover, they found their Yankee neighbours unfriendly and unhelpful. So they sold their first farm and moved to the bush near Lakefield, where the Traills had built their log home and cleared their first few acres with the help of Samuel Strickland ... '

The First British Ship on the Northwest Coast of Canada.
'Monday, March 30th 1778. Captain James Cook, and his crew sailed his ship Resolution for the first time into Nootka Sound. ' Excerpts from Cook's log.

Expoloration, the Fur Trade, and the Hudson's Bay Company. 'This site is about the fur trade in Canada and how it led to the exploration of the country and the formation of the oldest and largest company in Canadian history: Hudson's Bay Company. In fact, the history of the fur trade, Hudson's Bay Company and the exploration of Canada are so intertwined that they can not be separated.'

Territorial Evolution of Canada.

Atmospheric Halos. 'Halo displays range from the familiar circle around the sun or moon to rare and prized events when the whole sky is webbed by intricate arcs ... ' Images.

An Introduction to Mirages.

Mirages in Finland.

Psywar Society. 'An International Association of Collectors of Aerial Propaganda Leaflets and Psychological Warfare Historians.'
Via Spitting Image, ikastikos.

America's Quilting History. "Come with me on this journey as we explore the history of quilts and the lives of the women who made them." ~ Anne. Great, fascinating story of quilting in America.
The Aids Memorial Quilt.
Paradise: The Quilt from Hell.
Via MeFi.

Dog Island. Via MeFi.
(This is a joke).

Teenage Angst-Fest. Via MeFi.

The Museum of Unworkable Devices. Via MeFi.

Bloggers spearhead offscreen opposition.

Satirical journals and blogs :-
Kim Jong Il.
Saddam Hussein.
G. Dubya Shrub.
Little Bush.
George W. Bush.
John Howard.
(There are more, but these are the good ones).

Fears marines will shoot first, question later. 'In An Nasiriyah, the fear created by the attack had more tragic consequences. Bodies of men, women and children, including two babies, lay in a ditch next to the wreckage of burnt-out vehicles on a bridge being held by coalition forces ... '

29th March
Aboriginal Languages of Australia. 'There are more than 200 Australian Indigenous languages. About 20 languages are strong, but endangered: the others have been destroyed, live in the memories of the elderly, or are being revived by their communities. This site has annotated links to 180 resources for about 60 languages. About 25% of these resources are produced or published by Indigenous people. '
(Some broken links).

The Mirrar. 'In 1977 the Aboriginal opposition to the Ranger Uranium proposal was overridden with the words "their opposition shall not be allowed to prevail". Our people were told that the rest of Australia wanted uranium mining within Kakadu National Park. Two decades later and the voices of the Mirrar are again drowned by corporate and government ineptitude and marginalising processes. We welcome your help to spread this story before it becomes history. '

The Riddle of the Carolina Bays. 'Writer Kevin Krajick and photographer Cameron Davidson went slogging into largely unexplored territory to report and document this story. The confusingly named bays are not ocean inlets, nor are they confined to the Carolinas (though that is where they lie thickest). They are eerie wetland depressions scattered across the Eastern coastal plain from southern New Jersey to northern Florida ... '

The Life or Death of the Salton Sea? 'Flanked by the Chocolate Mountains and the fertile green acres of California's Imperial Valley, the Salton Sea is one of the most spectacular and bizarre bodies of water in the United States. Today it is saltier than the nearby Pacific Ocean but it began life some 90 years ago as a freshwater lake. That was when the rampaging Colorado River broke loose from its channel and swung northwest, flowing into the Salton Sink, a desert basin whose center was 278 feet below sea level ... '

Old Taos Plaza, New Mexico. Vintage photographs.

The Review of Everything I've Ever Encountered. Pretty amazing.

The Roosevelts Move Into the White House, 1901. 'On September 6, 1901 an assassin's bullet tore into President William McKinley and eventually propelled Vice President Theodore Roosevelt to the presidency. McKinley was cut down while attending the Pan American Exposition in Buffalo, New York. TR was vacationing in New York's Adirondack Mountains when the news reached him. After a break neck ride to Albany, Roosevelt was taken by train to Buffalo and was present when McKinley succumbed to his wounds on September 14 ... '
Via EyeWitness. History through the eyes of those who lived it.

Invasion of Iwo Jima, 1945. Radio report.

Teachings in Chinese Buddhism.

The Filial Piety Sutra.

Nature Net. 'Fostering environmental education across Wisconsin - making it easy, affordable and fun! '

A Page from the History of Poland. 'From time to time we get letters asking us to expand the geography of the artists, represented on the web site. Several of our subscribers asked to add the painters of Poland. We have already the collection of Ivan Khrutsky, who is considered to be a Russian painter of Polish origin. Now we add the collections of Alexander Orlowski and Henryk Siemiradzki, also Poles but who could be classified both as Russian artists of Polish origin, or Polish artists of the Russian school. We'll try to explain this, reminding you of some tragic pages of Polish history ... '

Huey Long, 1935. (Voices of the 20th century)
'Admirers of Louisiana's Senator Huey Long called him the "Kingfish." He ruled his home state like a Czar and built a political dynasty whose remnants survive today. He became governor in 1928 and was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1930. His ambition was boundless and he next set his sights on the White House. He had no love for Franklin Roosevelt or the New Deal, saying that the N.R.A. (National Recovery Program) stood for "Nuts Running America." ... '

Peary at the North Pole, 1909. (Voices of the 20th century)
'At the turn of the century, explorers regarded the North Pole as the last prize in the Northern Hemisphere. The quest for the Pole turned into an international race with teams from Britain, Norway and America vying for the distinction of reaching it first. Robert Peary, a Commander in the U.S. Navy, made his first attempt to reach the Pole in 1893. Two more expeditions followed (1898-1902 and 1905-1906). Both fell short of the mark, but the efforts propelled Peary to the distinction of America's foremost Arctic explorer. '

The Kama Sutra of Vatsayayana, translated by Richard Burton, 1883.

George the Crusader. Absolutely hilarious.
Cheers dumbmonkey, environy.

Chant of the Weed. Redhot icecool jazz.
Via MeFi.

The Gulf War: Secret History. 'This extensive history of the first Gulf War by William M. Arkin draws on lots of declassified documents and inside information to present previously unknown facts about that conflict. It was published in installments on the Website of the magazine Stars and Stripes (a privately-owned magazine, not the US military newspaper of the same name). At some point the Website disappeared and with it, unfortunately, went this important piece of work. A full copy had survived in the Internet Archive until just a week ago. Now that it has completely vanished from the Net, The Memory Hole is extremely pleased to resurrect it.'
Thanks to BookNotes.

Incidentally, BookNotes provides great coverage of the Current Situation, and is an absolutely superb resource on news which doesn't often find coverage in -certain- mainstream outlets. I advise everyone to read the site regularly. And here's something truly chilling - an influential think tank (including key members of the administration) and their Strangeloveian view of the future.

Riley Dog is at a new address.

28th March
Cafod: Iraq appeal.

Dreaming Art Centre of Utopia Aboriginal Gallery. 'Our Aboriginal Art Gallery is situated in Adelaide, South Australia. It is unique in both Australia and the world as it is Aboriginal owned and operated. It is directed by the founder, Mr Fred Torres. Mr Torres has many relatives who are artists in the Utopia region, 270km north-east of Alice Springs. Artists from Utopia wanted an Art Gallery where they could exhibit and sell their work to the Australian public and to overseas visitors - this is why DACOU Aboriginal Gallery was created ... '

Jukurrpa Artists. 'Jukurrpa" is a powerful word in many Central Australian Aboriginal languages. It means the Dreaming or Creation Law of Aboriginal culture and also the law that governs all aspects of people's relationship with the land and with each other.'
'Jukurrpa Artists Inc. represents 800 Warlpiri, Pitjantjatjara, Luritja, Anmatyerre, Arrernte and Pertame women, drawn together by their shared respect for the Jukurrpa and desire to depict their dreaming stories on canvas.'
Butterfly Jukurrpa.

Underwater Archaeology.

La Salle Shipwreck Project. 'The Belle is one of the most important shipwrecks ever discovered in North America. The excavation, conducted in a cofferdam in Matagorda Bay, lasted almost a year and produced an amazing array of finds, including the hull of the ship, three bronze cannons, thousands of glass beads, bronze hawk bells, pottery and even the skeleton of a crew member. The one million artifacts represent a kit for building a 17th-century European colony in the New World ... '
Sieur de La Salle's fateful landfall.

Agouti at Honolulu Zoo.

Colonial Currency. The British American colonies, that is.
Colonial lottery tickets.

'We all have a first love.'
'Each had a life of its own full of wishes, hopes and dreams. A story like no other.'
'Joy and, sometimes, pain. Happily ever after ... or not.'
'Most of these tales are documented only in the minds of those who lived them, or perhaps written in dusty journals and hidden away.'
'They now have a new place to call home.'

Beer Advocate. Beer education, beer reviews and beer ratings.

Chuang-tzu's Story of Three Friends.

Confucius: The Analects, Excerpts.

Antarctic News.
With a virtual tour of the Antarctic Peninsula.

Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition.

The Cook's Thesaurus 'is a cooking encyclopedia that covers thousands of ingredients and kitchen tools. Entries include pictures, descriptions, synonyms, pronunciations, and suggested substitutions. ' With ingredient of the month.

The Date My Sister Project.

The Heart Sutra.

Desart. The Association of Central Australian Indigenous Art.

Wovoka/Jack Wilson. 'Known as the messiah to his followers, Wovoka was the Paiute mystic whose religious pronouncements spread the Ghost Dance among many tribes across the American West. Wovoka was born in Western Nevada, in what is now Esmeralda County, in about 1856. Little is known about his early life, but at about age fourteen his father died, leaving Wovoka to be raised by the family of David Wilson, a nearby white rancher ... '

Concerto for Pencilina and Sewer Flute.

Taos Timeline Mural - 1300-1696. (New Mexico)

Tasty Brazil Nuts Stun Harvesters and Scientists.

Strange Sisters. Lesbian pulp fiction archive.

Get Your War On.

Vintage Paperbacks & Digests. 'If you love vintage paperbacks, you have come to the right place. There are over 400 images of books written by Jim Thompson, David Goodis, Raymond Chandler, Cornell Woolrich, John D. MacDonald and so on ... '

Taoism Information Page.

Tao Te Ching: Selections.

UK Seaside Piers: The Amusement Arcades of the Past. Thanks, Miguel.

The Writer's Almanac.
Thx, Miguel.

The Historian of Things That Never Were.
Thx Iconomy.

Cherry Blossoms.
Via Notes from Pure Land Mountain.

Live Lambing Cam.