plep Archive

8th May
Salam Pax in Baghdad is back.

Songdog: Transit of Mercury. Thanks, Songdog.

Robots Have Feelings Too. Great! Thanks, madamjujujive.

Crime and Conspiracies in Japan.
'You hear conspiracy theories wherever you go in Japan and it is easy to start believing in them. Not being able to speak the language can make you think that everyone is talking about you, and the superficial news coverage in Japan's English dailies can leave you feeling as if you are in the dark as to what is really going on in the country. Being a minority can make you feel as if everyone is against you and there are Japan bashers everywhere looking for racist conspiracies and discrimination, so it is easy to start seeing sinister plots wherever you go.'
'The truth about conspiracies is that most of them are based on very circumstantial evidence, and because there does not seem to be much of a tradition of investigative journalism in the Japanese media, it is unlikely whether we will ever be sure which ones are really true.'
The Yakuza Fashion Guide.
Uyoku, or rightwing extremists.
Via Quirky Japan.

The Burakumin: The Complicity of Japanese Buddhism in Oppression and an Opportunity for Liberation. 'James Clavells celebrated novel Shogun, the following description appears: Jan Roper interrupted, Wait a minute, Vinck! Whats wrong, Pilot? What about eters? It is just that the Japanese think of them as different. Theyre the executioners, and work the hides and handle corpses. Elsewhere in the book, the term eta [eters] appears, yet an explanation of these people is never provided. '
'The eta or now more appropriately called burakuminliterally, village peopleis an oppressed class within Japan. As noted by DeVos, the burakumin is Japans invisible race. Emiko Ohnuki-Tierney states that the burakumin are invisible due to the fact that there are no physical characteristics that distinguish them from other Japanese. However, there have been and continue to exist arguments that the burakumin are racially distinct from the majority of the Japanese people ... '

Zen Painting.
Via Buddhist Door.

Buddha's Life in 64 parts. Nice illustrations.

Kings of Africa. Photography.
'In 1983, while passing through Ouagadougou( capital of Burkina Faso), a friend came one morning to anounce the death of Moro Naba, the emperor of the Mossi.' Via Tamarin.

Tribal Art Gallery. 'Known particularly for these strange objects, art from the African continent is essentially linked to religious life. Artists from the West were fascinated by the "design" of sculptures and masks, but these objects were generally made and used to fulfill a liturgical objective. Their creators applied humanity's old rule: give beauty to objects of importance ... '

Core Inuit 'is an exhibition exploring pivotal sculpture by definitive Inuit artists. These works reflect the concepts and celebrate the artists that have been central to the development of contemporary Inuit art.'
'Many of the sculptures in the exhibition are rare finds; some owing to their prestigious creators, some for their unique exploration of traditional Inuit subject matter and some simply for their exquisite form and elegance.'
'It is a great privilege to exhibit exemplary sculpture created by some of the most revered Inuit artists, many of whom have now passed on. Moreover, we are delighted to showcase works by some of the most influential first generation artists who are still carving today. Each piece they create is a testament to their creative vitality.'
Via the Inuit Gallery of Vancouver.

Woven Traditions. Inuit Basketry and Textile Arts.

The Elegant Implement. 'The Inuit Gallery of Vancouver would like to invite you to explore a new exhibition of works from some of the finest artists on the Northwest coast. The Elegant Implement focuses on contemporary and traditional objects that are or were practical in an everyday setting, ranging from tools to vessels to fine furniture.'
'What we think of today as good industrial design was applied to objects and implements on the Northwest coast for generations past and continues to this day. In Northwest Coast design, however, unlike most European industrial design, the artist is not only concerned with the smooth co-operation between form and function, but must be aware of the added element of meaning. Many objects created for everyday use carry symbols that speak of the lineage and status of the owner and so must convey the information accurately and favourably, without compromising the functional integrity of the object.'

19th Century Photography of Ancient Greece. '19th-century Photography of Ancient Greece illustrates approximately 200 nineteenth- and early twentieth-century photographs of ancient Greek and Roman architecture. Focusing on Greece, Asia Minor, the Aegean islands, Cyprus, South Italy, and Sicily, these images belong to the Getty Research Institute's Gary Edwards Collection. The majority of the photographs are of Athens, particularly the Athenian Acropolis. In addition, separate pages of this website are devoted to ancient monuments elsewhere in Athens, selected site views in Greece and throughout the Mediterranean, and ancient sculpture. Each page is organized according to location and monument ... '
Via the Getty Digital Resources.

The Edible Monument: The Art of Food for Festivals.

Monuments of the Future: Designs by El Lissitzky.

City of the Silent. 'Welcome to the web's most extensive cemetery site.'
Tales from San Francisco's City of the Dead. 'Led by Roman Catholic Archbishop Patrick Riordan, San Franciscans sought to create a new necropolis in a fault-carved valley five miles to the south. When Riordan walked out and blessed a potato field as the new site of the Catholic Cemetery in 1892, he started a movement which culminated in the establishment of the world's only incorporated city where the dead outnumber the living....'
A brief history of cemeteries.

The American Illustrators Gallery.

Ellis Augustus Oliver (1872-1937). Philadelphia artist and illustrator.
'My grandfather, Ellis Augustus Oliver, was born to Andrew B. and Sarah Frances (Coil) Oliver on 5 September 1872 in Jennings Township, Van Wert County, Ohio. In Philadelphia he participated in official classes of the Drexel Institute of Art, Science and Industry conducted by Howard Pyle (1853-1911). E.A. Oliver was a member of Pyle's final course there that began in February 1899. Pyle had been teaching illustration at Drexel since 1894. "E. A. Oliver's name appears on the printed listings of Drexel's annual exhibitions of student work shown at the end of each school year. He did not, however, complete a "certificate or a diploma" (Joy Collins, 1993). '
The majority of Pyle's students followed him to found his "Brandywine School" in Wilmington, Delaware , but Grandfather did not. Perhaps, at 25, he had finally landed a job making pictures in Philadelphia's burgeoning advertising industry. The Philadelphia Ledger, The Saturday Evening Post, and the numerous monthlies and weeklies of the successful Curtis Publishing Co. clogged the wharves of the nations' most significant port. The steady output of serial and popular, illustrated publications employed a sizeable community of talented artists ... '

Harvey Dunn (1884-1952). American illustrator.

Frank Schoonover (1877-1972). American illustrator.

Hollywood Underground. Grave hunting in Los Angeles.

Forever Network. ' serves the families and individuals who have created Forever LifeStories, made from home video clips, photographs, written and spoken words, and other mementos. This site provides access to the entire permanent collection of LifeStories, and is maintained by the Forever Endowment Care Fund. '
' is also a forum for friends and family to chat or leave permanent messages. Many families add to their LifeStories continually, adding several new chapters each year.' Very interesting.
Some life stories.
Pet stories.

Los Angeles Day of the Dead.


The Deadball Era. 'Welcome to The Deadball Era Webpage. This is the only site dedicated exclusively to the memory of deceased major league baseball players. '

Arctic Wildlife Portfolio from the Smithsonian.

Earth Today. 'The ability to see Earth from space has forever changed our view of the planet. We are now able to look at the Earth as a whole, and observe how its atmosphere, oceans, landmasses, and life interact as global systems. Earth's atmosphere, hydrosphere, geosphere, and biosphere are dynamic, changing on timescales of days, minutes, or even seconds. Monitoring the Earth in near real time allows us to get an up to date picture of conditions on our planet. '

America 24/7. A digital time capsule, May 12-18 2003.

7th May
Burma - Grace Under Pressure.

New York City: After the Fall.

Martin Chambi. The first Amerindian photographer to gain widespread recognition, and famous for his photographs of Peruvian indigenous life. Great collection. (Site in Spanish - be brave, it's worth it).

Photos of the Andes by Martin Chambi.

Thylacine. Australia's extinct marsupial carnivore. To clone or not to clone? Many images, lots of information... great site.
'The Thylacine (Thylacinus cynocephalus, dog-headed pouched-dog) is a large carnivorous marsupial now believed to be extinct. It is the single member of the family Thylacinidae. It is also known as the Tasmanian Tiger or Tasmanian Wolf ... '

Thylacine Tales from the Sydney Morning Herald.

This is a Thylacine.

National Thylacine Day.

Self Portrait UK at the National Portrait Gallery, London. Via headlessness.

That is Weird. Oddities, curiosities and phenomena.

Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras. Happy stories and some great pictures.

Early Images of Latin America.

Sugamo Stories. 'With little more than pencils and paper, five prolific inmates documented life behind bars with such infamous war criminals as WWII premier Hideki Tojo ... '

Treasures of the Czars. 'The Florida International Museum opened its doors in January 1995 with its premier exhibition, Treasures of the Czars. Over 600,000 visitors came to the downtown St. Petersburg museum to see the Romanov artifacts. This virtual tour was constructed to promote that exhibition, now featured at the Kansas International Museum. We have left this site up under exclusive contract with the Moscow Kremlin Museums, owners of the exhibition ... '

First Fleet Diaries. Australia's First Fleet, that is.
'The First Fleet arrived at Botany Bay on 18 January. However Captain Arthur Phillip decided to look for a better settlement site further north. Phillip entered Sydney Harbour (Port Jackson), stopped first at Camp Cove, went up to Sydney Cove, then back to Botany Bay to move the fleet up to Sydney Cove where they arrived on January 26 and disembarked. Below are journal entries of nine men who witnessed that day ... '

The Ned Kelly Archives. Australia's most celebrated outlaw. Images, too.

The "Palace" of Diocletian at Split. 'The city of Spalato, which means "little palace", was founded by the emperor Diocletian; he made it his own dwelling-place, and built within it a court and a palace, most part of which has been destroyed. But a few things remain to this day, e.g. the episcopal residence of the city and the church of St Domnus, in which St Domnus himself lies, and which was the resting-place of the same emperor Diocletian ... '

Ghost Town. Haunted Tokyo.

Soviet Archives Exhibit. 'This Library of Congress Soviet Archives exhibition is important for what it represents, what it contains, and what it suggests. '
'It represents a new Russia, willing and anxious under its first democratically elected president, Boris Yeltsin, to affirm the core democratic value of open access to information. Shortly after defeating the attempted coup of August 1991, a group from the victorious democratic resistance led by the chief archivist of Russia, Rudolph Pikhoia, took over the previously top secret archives of the Central Committee of the Communist Party and began the process of both consolidating democratic control over all archives in Russia and attempting to make them available for the first time for public study. '
'This exhibit, also shown in Moscow, is a milestone in this process -- the first public display of the hitherto highly secret internal record of Soviet Communist rule ... '

Crustacea. The life of the world's crustaceans.

Free Burma Coalition.

Death of Elvis Anniversary. A special for last years 25th anniversary of the passing of the King.
'Here's a theory. Since Elvis Presley's heart stopped in 1977, the King has lived a second life, just like the first one, but it's happening in reverse. When he died, Presley was in appalling shape: musically sloppy, addicted to pills, a 120-kilogram shadow of his former self. A quarter of a century later, he's young, vibrant and bursting with talent again. Fat Elvis has reversed the aging process and grown into thin Elvis ... '

2003 Transit of Mercury. 'The transit or passage of a planet across the face of the Sun is a relatively rare occurrence. As seen from Earth, only transits of Mercury and Venus are possible. On the average, there are 13 transits of Mercury each century. In comparison, transits of Venus occur in pairs with more than a century separating each pair. '
'On Wednesday, 2003 May 07, Mercury will transit the Sun for the first time since 1999. '

1999 Transit of Mercury Gallery. Courtesy of the Exploratorium.

Marvin the Monkey. Thanks, Michael. (Flash, fast connection).

' A crowd of 1000 mourners turned up at a funeral for a whale in central Vietnam, where the creatures are revered, police said.' (April 14)

6th May
Doctored Photo? 'On 9 April 2003, the front page of the London Evening Standard (circulation: 400,000) contained a blurry image supposedly showing a throng of Iraqis in Baghdad celebrating the toppling of Saddam Hussein. What we are really looking at is an incredibly ham-fisted attempt at photo manipulation. ' Via the Memory Hole.

Earth's First Flower? 'Probably not. But this 125-million-year-old fossil is from the oldest flowering plant found so far ... '

Botanical Illustrations from the Smithsonian.
Bromeliaceae - Cactaceae - Melastomataceae - Flora of the Hawaiian Islands - Flora of the Marquesas - DC Area Flora - Plant of the Week.

Eclipse. 'The first total eclipse to be seen in the UK for over 70 years happened on 11 August, 1999 in Cornwall. To mark this rare event The Natural History Museum commissioned an exciting art-science exploration into the phenomenon of eclipses and how they affect the natural world ... '

Walking with Woodlice.

AntCast. Web-window of the life of an ant colony.

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, 1997.

The Baby Doll Pajama Page. 'It is probable that baby doll pyjamas owe their name to the 1956 film Baby Doll which was a moderately significant movie, winning a fistful of awards (including several Academy nominations) at the time and even more interesting in hindsight. At the time many saw it as a very dirty film, with little else to recommend it, and it was politically correct for critics to pan it. But history has judged both it and most of its key people far more generously. '
'In a scene that today seems prudish, Carroll Baker, the female lead, poses briefly behind a very short nightie, giving a provocative suggestion of how she might look wearing it. This garment appears to be the prototype for the top or overlay of the classic baby doll pyjama. In the version of the film broadcast by Australian television stations, it wasn't clear whether the matching panties ever existed, or even whether they would have been needed, as she never puts it on ... '

Evening Dress, 1950.

Suit, 1951.

The Saint John's Bible. An illuminated Bible for the modern age.
'In 1970, the American-based Church Aid Foundation asked Donald Jackson to design, letter and illuminate a copy of the Book of Revelation. As Donald Jackson explained in an article in the New York Daily News (April 1, 1970), he wanted to do it, but it would have taken two years, and he had other commitments at the time. "But it opens up all sorts of wonderful possibilities" he said. "Other books of the Bible and things like Dante's Inferno. No one has done such things in 600 years. I could be happy doing them for the rest of my life." ... '

The Treasures of Saint John's. 'In this age of transition from the actual to the virtual, we recognize both the irreplaceable qualities of real objects and the opportunities provided by mediating technologies. We envision a place that elides the traditional categories of "library" and "museum," a place where students, scholars, and visitors can explore manuscripts, printed books, and the visual arts in a way that will transform their understanding of human creativity. At Saint John's we often speak of a "sense of place"; we offer you here a preview of that place ... '

RIP Walter Sisulu. One of the giants.
The ANC's Sisulu Page.
'At 14 Sisulu left mission school to work. Between 1928 and 1940 he worked in a range of jobs: as a delivery man for a dairy; in the masonry and carpentry department, then as a miner, of the Rose Deep Mine in Germiston; as a domestic; as a baker for Premier Biscuits; as a paint mixer for Herbert Evans in Johannesburg; as a packer for a tobacconist; as a part-time teller at the Union Bank of South Africa, and after 1938 as an advertising salesperson and real estate agent ... '

The Museum of Ephemeral Cultural Artefacts. Wall art, robots and pinball.

Raku Ware Museum. 'The making of Raku ware was initiated by Chojiro, the first generation of the Raku family, during the Momoyama period (1573-1615). At this time three-coloured glazed pottery (san cai) based on technology from the Fujian region of China was produced in and around Kyoto. Chojiro is thought to have been familiar with such techniques. A written record confirms that Ameya, Chojiro's father, originally from China, is thought to have been the person who introduced the techniques of three-coloured glazed pottery from China, although none of his works has survived to prove this. These Japanese san cai wares were not, however, called Raku ware and it was only after Chojiro had become acquainted with the teamaster Sen no Rikyu (1522-1591) and had started making tea bowls for the tea ceremony (chanoyu) that Raku ware came into being. It could be said that the origin of Raku ware lay in the making of a single tea bowl for the tea ceremony. '

Dai Nippon Meisho Kagami. 'The series Dai Nippon Meisho Kagami, "Mirrors of Famous Commanders of Japan", is among the popular ones of Yoshitoshi. The artist designed it between 1876 and 1880. It was the time when he finally found public recognition and commercial success - after years of poverty and sheer struggle for survival ... '

Meiji Lithographs.

Yokohama Prints. 'Until 1853 Japan had isolated itself from the rest of the world. Japan was a forbidden country for foreigners and no Japanese was allowed to leave Japan ... '
The arrival of the first foreigners created a new ukiyo-e genre - Yokohama prints.

Fuzoku Sanjuniso.
'Fuzoku sanjuniso or 'Thirty-two Aspects of Customs and Manners' was one of the last series created by Yoshitoshi (1839-1892) and among his best and most popular ones. '
More - More - More.

Women in West Virginia. Including portraits.
Via West Virginia Archives and History.

Subcomandante Marcos: Ideas are Also Weapons. 'The world is not square, or so we learn at school, yet, on the brink of the third millennium, it is not round, either. I do not know which geometrical figure best represents the world in its present state but, in an era of digital communication, we could see it as a gigantic screen-one of those screens you can program to display several pictures at the same time, one inside the other. In our global world, the pictures come from all over the planet. But some are missing-not because there is not enough room on the screen but because someone up there selected these pictures rather than others ... '

Subcomandante Marcos Interview: 15 Years Since the Formation of the EZLN. (1998)

Writings of Subcomandante Marcos of the EZLN. 'This is a partial collection of essays written by Sub Commadante Marcos, the main spokesperson for the EZLN in Chiapas, Mexico. This collection focuses on his more personal writings, there is also a page of EZLN communiques, some of which also bear his signature.'

The Chiapas Media Project 'is a bi-national partnership that provides video equipment, computers and training, enabling marginalized indigenous and campesino communities in Southern Mexico create their own media. Since 1998, CMP instructors have worked in close collaboration with autonomous Zapatista communities ... '

Greenpeace Nuclear Weapons Playing Cards. PDF format.

5th May
Earth from the Air 'is a spectacular presentation of large-scale photographs of astonishing natural landscapes. Created by world-famous photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand, every stunning aerial photograph tells a story about our changing planet. Seen together, they are an outstanding visual testimony to the world we live in today. A world with a growing population, shrinking biodiversity, polluted lands and oceans, a changing climate and a shortage of drinking water. A world, nevertheless, of beauty and of wonder. '

Country Cures. 'This new exhibition at the Natural History Museum is an interactive project to gather information about the sometimes familiar, often surprising, use of plants in traditional medicine. It is a tribute to herbal remedies, not those from ancient books or old scientific journals, but those kept alive by word of mouth between generations.'
Exhibit of herbs.

Chelsea Physic Garden. Founded 1673.

Ethnomedica. Researching the herbal traditions of Britain.
'The loss of local knowledge - be it about plants or anything else - is one of the side-effects of globalisation and rapidly changing societies. While this issue is recognised in the tropics, and is receiving a lot of attention from those concerned with development and the conservation of cultural and biological diversity, it is not the case here at home. The UK has long been industrialised and ranks among the most developed of regions. Yet studies have shown that fragments of knowledge passed down through a long oral tradition still exist among older people. Its value increases the more it is lost as time passes ... '

DinoBirds: The Feathered Dinosaurs of China. 'Until recently, the origin of birds was one of evolution's great mysteries. But if we now told you that birds were related to dinosaurs, that the sparrow in your garden was a descendant of some of the most voracious, ground-dwelling hunters ever known, you might not be convinced. You might argue that the dinosaurs became extinct 65 million years ago, and that it seems unlikely something as small and timid as a sparrow could be related to a creature as ferocious as the Velociraptor in Jurassic Park. But new fossil evidence from China proves exactly that ...'

La Couturiere Parisienne.
'This site is all about period costume, from the Middle Ages up to the early 20th century. Access over 3800 costume pictures through a database, read one of hundreds of articles, or download some authentic period patterns ...'
Turn of the century sewing techniques. Taken from a 1908 sewing book.
Hairdos of the early 20th century.
Needlework patterns 1859-1920.

Pandora's Page. The history of corsets.

Sewing: History and Inventions. Some interesting tidbits.
History of Dollmaking.

Bessie Love Gallery. Via Silent Ladies & Gents. Silent movies tribute site.

Betty Compson Gallery.

Nancy Carroll Gallery.

The Valley of the Communities.
'The Valley of the Communities in Yad Vashem is a massive 2.5 acre monument literally dug out of natural bedrock. Over 5000 names of communities are engraved on the stone walls in the Valley of the Communities. Each name recalls a Jewish community which existed for hundreds of years; for the inhabitants, each community constituted an entire world. Today, in most cases, nothing remains but the name.'
'The Valley was excavated out of the earth-nothing was built above ground. It is as if what had been built up on the surface of the earth over the course of a millennium-a thousand years of Jewish communal life- was suddenly swallowed up The names of the communities are engraved on the 107 walls which roughly corresponds to the geographic arrangement of the map of Europe and North Africa. The names of the communities are engraved and commemorated on the walls in the Valley for future generations who will identify with the memories and find their roots ... '

No Child's Play.
'Welcome to an on-line presentation of the exhibit No Childs Play, which is on display in the Yad Vashem Art Museum. '
'Approximately one and a half million of the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust were children. The number of children who survived is estimated in the mere thousands. '
'This exhibition opens a window into the world of children during the Shoah. Unlike other Holocaust exhibitions, it does not focus on history, statistics or descriptions of physical violence. Instead, the toys, games, artwork, diaries, and poems displayed here highlight some of the personal stories of the children, providing a glimpse into their lives during the Holocaust. '
'Dolls and teddy bears became integral parts of the lives of the children they belonged to during the war. In many cases, they accompanied them throughout the war and were a primary source of comfort and companionship. For some children, the teddy bears and dolls were the most significant possessions left with them at the end of the war. Even today, as adults, their attachment is so great that they have difficulty separating from them 56 years after the war has ended ... '
Via Yad Vashem.

The Man with the Hoe: Labour and Society Debated. 'On January 15, 1899, a school teacher in Oakland, California, published a poem in the San Francisco Examiner that would ignite a wide-ranging debate about American society. A poem inspired by a painting of a down-trodden French peasant would seem an unlikely catalyst for debate about industrial America at the end of the nineteenth century, but Edwin Markham's "The Man with the Hoe" swept the country, inspiring praise and condemnation as it went, and catapulted its author to celebrity. Touching upon issues ranging from the dignity of labor and the concentration of wealth to urbanization and the threat of revolution, the debate sparked by the poem provides insights into how Americans viewed themselves and their country at a particular moment when many could see themselves or those around them in "L'homme la houe" ... '

Ascii Art dot com. Ascii art gallery. This is excellent. Heaps of good stuff here.

The Railway Children (1906), by E. Nesbit. Illustrated.

Kami no Michi: The Way of the Kami. The life and thought of a Shinto priest.

Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things. Japanese ghost stories.

Takatori Monogatari. 'The story of the bamboo cutter and the heavenly maiden is a very old one in Japan. This version was written down over a thousand years ago, and even then it was an old story with many variations. This translation, which may add a variation or two of its own, was done for Christmas, 1980, for Teresa, Valerie and Rebecca (who also previewed, more than once, the fairy tale version). '

Buddha Gallery. 'Welcome to, a site entirely dedicated to Buddhist sculpture: it aims to give visitors - practicing Buddhists, art lovers or casual surfers - an introduction to, or a deeper appreciation of, the many faces of this rich art form across its Pan-Asian spread. '
'So this is first an illustrated journey through time and space, from the origins.htm in the northern part of the Indian sub-continent, along the South route - Burma, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia - and along the North route - China, Vietnam, Korea, Japan, Tibet and Nepal.'
'To facilitate the journey there is a concise 'Who's Who in the Buddhist Pantheon ' and on the search page it is possible to look up all the various occurences of any name or any word across this entire site.'

Buddhist Art of Asia: Gandhara and Mathura, Ashokan & Pala/Sena, Bharhut & Sanchi, Ajanta.

Zapatista Revolution. 'Blake Bailey became intrigued with the Zapatista movement in 1994 when reports of the Zapatista revolution pervaded the international press in 1994. Blake began an exhaustive study of the Chiapas story leading him to a road-trip across Mexico to San Cristabal de las Casas, where the dramatic take-over by the Mayan Indians was focused. This story of adventure and sacrifice of a people's revolution drove Blake to write a novel based on the continuing struggle in Mexico ...'

Chiapas: The People, The Land, The Struggle. 'An inside look at the people, politics, land and culture of Chiapas, Mexico.'

Subcomandante Marcos: The Fourth World War.

Bloggers unite to fight. 'Web log writers around the world are joining forces to protest against the detention of a fellow blogger. '
Sign the Free Sina Motallebi petition.
Thanks to Hoder.

Iraqi teen shares her diary of war.

Orbital Space Settlements. 'This web site is about living and working in orbit; not just for few months, but on evolutionary time scales; where Life evolves inside of hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of kilometer-scale, artificial, orbital habitats. Earth-based Life's establishment of these settlements would be an evolutionary event of a magnitude similar to, if not greater than, ocean-based Life's colonization of land half a billion years ago.'
Via MeFi.

Examples of Real 999 Calls. 'A female caller has dialled 999 to request help in finding her spectacles.' Via MeFi.

Yooha! News.

Unizorp Network Ops Centre.