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30th November
The Shaman's Gift. 'In the history of the Northwest Coast there are tales of many powerful figures; chiefs, warriors, and heroes, but the most elusive of these are the spiritual healers and leaders known as shamans. They were consulted to heal the sick, speak with spirits, expel witches and control the weather. Often seen as strange and otherworldly, they lived on the border between the mortal and spirit worlds, constantly protected by their collections of amulets, charms and magical objects, the tools of their trade.'
'The objects in this collection incorporate that mysterious imagery of transformation, ghosts, helping spirits, and of the powerful individuals who wielded their powers here so many years ago. Today's artists draw on the legacy of the shaman to create powerful and equisitely beautiful works in argillite, wood, silver, gold and shell. As well, glass trade beads, and 19th century copper bracelets draw a link to the past and remind us that personal ornamentation has always been a part of life on the Northwest coast, even for us mere mortals!'

Images of Medieval Manuscripts. At Oxford University.

Costume History in Japan. Lots of images. Via the Costume Museum, Japan.

The Worm Ouroboros, by E.R. Eddison, 1922.
'Second only to the Lord of the Rings in the pantheon of 20th century English fantasy, The Worm Ourorobos was explicitly cited by Tolkien as an inspiration. The Worm Ourorbos was originally published in a very limited and now very rare edition in 1922 (a used first edition recently listed for $3,750). Eddison wrote three sequels set in roughly the same universe, but none of them have the sustained pacing and invention of Ouroboros.'
'Before diving in, there are a few things to be aware of. The rich language Eddison uses is based on Tudor and Jacobean English, with some modern anachronisms; it may take some getting used to, and occasionally a trip to the unabridged Oxford English Dictionary. The narrator, one Lessingham, who appears in a very brief framing sequence, disappears a few dozen pages in. The book is set on Mercury; however, keep in mind this is not science fiction, so this is not literally the planet Mercury. Eddison on several occasions in the body of the book calls the world 'Middle Earth', and the setting is recognizably the Midgard of the Norse myths and sagas, although for some unexplained reason the denizens worship the Greek pantheon. The cast of characters, like Tolkien, are principally masculine, with a couple of standout female leads (who are actually better written than the women of Tolkien). And lastly the various nationalities (Demons, Witches, Pixies, Imps, etc.) are not really separate species as in Tolkien; they are all essentially humans.'
'Once you get past these details, The Worm Ouroboros is a thoroughly enjoyable book which will satisfy anyone who has finished the Lord of the Rings and wants a new immersive universe. The only thing one could wish for would be some maps. . . .'

Clothing the Apex: Variety of Headgear from the Indian Subcontinent. Turbans and topis.
A marvellous turban.

Phobos over Mars. 'Hurtling through space a mere 3,000 miles above the Martian surface, the diminutive moon Phobos (below and left of center) was imaged against the backdrop of a large shield volcano by the Viking 2 Orbiter in 1977. This dramatic picture looks down from the Orbiter's viewpoint about 8,000 miles above the volcano, Ascraeus Mons. Phobos itself is 5,000 miles below the Orbiter.'

The Long Shadow of the Moon. A lunar eclipse over Antarctica.

Father John Dear: The Soldiers at My Front Door. 'I live in a tiny, remote, impoverished, three block long town in the desert of northeastern New Mexico. Everyone in town--and the whole state--knows that I am against the occupation of Iraq, that I have called for the closing of Los Alamos, and that as a priest, I have been preaching, like the Pope, against the bombing of Baghdad ... '

Peter Cohen: The Guantanamo Inquisition. 'Our treatment of war prisoners in Guantanamo Bay violates the Geneva Conventions and the UN Body of Principles for the Protection of All Persons under Any Form of Detention or Imprisonment. These violations weaken the international law that protects all military prisoners. That law requires that each prisoner must appear before a judge to ascertain whether or not they are prisoners of war. This has not been done in Guantanamo. '
Johan Steyn: Guantanamo: A Monstrous Failure of Justice. 'The following was adapted by the IHT from the 27th F.A. Mann Lecture, delivered in London on Tuesday. Lord Steyn is a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary, one of 12 judges who sits on Britain's highest court. '

Educational Puppet Pelted with Crayons. 'In an attack denounced by Crestwood Elementary School teachers as "shameful" and "thoroughly uncalled-for," educational puppet Donny Dungarees was pelted with crayons during a fourth-grade assembly Monday.'

Giant Cockroach in Bathroom: 'A Harrowing, Kafkaesque Experience', Grad Student Says.

Breenbergh: The Stoning of Saint Stephen, 1632.

Bray: Samson with the Jawbone, 1636.

Bloemart: The Expulsion of Hagar and Ishmael, 1638.

Rembrandt: Daniel and Cyrus before the Idol Bel. 'When King Cyrus of Persia, seen at the center, asked his confidant Daniel why he does not worship the deity Bel, whose lower half can be seen in the shadows, Daniel replied that he worshipped a living god, not an idol. The king insisted that Bel was a living god and pointed to the offerings of food and wine that Bel consumed every night. Cautiously, Daniel noted that bronze statues do not eat. Cyrus was momentarily bewildered, but the worried faces of the priests in the background confirm that Daniel has exposed their deception. This story of Daniel's dramatic exposure of the king's idol-worship derives from the apocryphal portion of the Book of Daniel. '

Leather Face Journal. Excellent. Via iconomy, who is posting again.

Photographs of Golf Ranges from the Kansai Region of Japan. Via gmtPlus9.

The Blues Foundation. With a history of the blues. Via Bifurcated Rivets.

Baghdad Burning. Weblog from Iraq.
Difficult Days. 'They've been bombing houses in Tikrit and other areas! Unbelievable... I'm so angry it makes me want to break something!!!! What the hell is going on?! What do the Americans think Tikrit is?! Some sort of city of monsters or beasts? The people there are simple people. Most of them make a living off of their land and their livestock- the rest are teachers, professors and merchants- they have lives and families... Tikrit is nothing more than a bunch of low buildings and a palace that was as inaccessible to the Tikritis as it was to everyone else! ... '
' ... And NO- I'm not Tikriti- I'm not even from the 'triangle'- but I know simple, decent people who ARE from there and just the thought that this is being done is so outrageous it makes me want to scream... '
Via BookNotes.

Our son of a bitch. 'President Karimov is a ruthless tyrant, says Daniel Hannan, but he supports the war on terror and is backed by the West. He shouldn't be.'
'A strange little row has been bubbling away over the past two months concerning our ambassador to Tashkent. You may have seen the odd headline about it in the inside pages of the broadsheets but, unless you have a particular interest in diplomatic affairs, I suspect your eye will quickly have skipped on to the next story. Why, after all, should we be especially interested in Uzbekistan? A tremendously important region for Britain during the Great Game, of course, but hardly of vital strategic interest today. '
'Yet the curious recall of Craig Murray ought to interest us for two reasons: first, it tells us a great deal about how the Foreign Office operates; and second, it raises serious questions about our conduct of the war on terror ... '
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29th November
Speak to My Heart: Communities of Faith and Contemporary African American Life. 'This exhibition is about faith and spiritual traditions in the African American community. It is also about church efforts to combat hunger and homelessness. It about the church as an agent of community and economic development. It is about education and entrepreneurship. It explores gender roles. It looks at ways in which liturgy, vestments, and decor have changed in order to be more reflective of African American culture. It looks at the challenge of providing compassionate care to those living with HIV/AIDS. This exhibit looks at congregations at work outside the walls of their sanctuaries---on the streets, in prisons, and in schools. '

Marlene McCauley. Paintings as a nature diary.

Tales of Old China. 'Welcome. This website stores words and images from Old China, mostly the era between 1840 to 1950 when China and the West were struggling to come to terms with each other. It is the contrasts and cultural clashes between the two worlds that are at the heart of this website, and we hope you enjoy what we have collected. The links on the left, under the Oriental damsel, will lead you through the site. The buttons on the right suggest some of the content we like best. The library contains the full texts of books from and about Old China. The Postcard archive has hundreds of images, fully searchable. Also, please look at the Money page ... '

Donna Balma. British Columbia artist.

History of International Workers' Organisations.

History of the Paris Commune.

National Museum of the American Indian.

Orientations. Asian art.

Mark Beyer. 'Mark Beyer's unique artwork is a mass of contradictions: He is somehow able to combine humor with hopelessness, graphic sophistication with a genuinely primitive drawing style, and rich detail with haunting bleakness. His comics are simultaneously morbid and charming, while his paintings display an unlikely meeting of extreme compositional clarity and riotous detail. ' -Peter Huestis.

The Twisted Copper Art Gallery.

Musickscapes Art Gallery.

Hypnotico. Artwork by Paul Andress.

Johnny beinArt. 'Underground Australian surrealism'.

Karen S. Robinson Representing Mendelson Joe. 'Born Birrell Josef Mendelson on July 30th, 1944 in Toronto, Canada, Mr. Joe is a great Canadian original who has established himself as a consummate multi-media artist.'
'A self-taught guitarist since age eleven, Mr. Joe's musical career spans four decades; he is a prolific songwriter and a recognized guitar master.'
'In 1975, Mr. Joe rescued some derelict paints from the garbage, and tried painting "just to see what it was like". A distinct style soon evolved. Today, Mendelson Joe's painting's are internationally recognized as outstanding, unique, examples of contemporary Canadian art. '

Chen Wei. 'Master artist Chen Wei, founder of the Hailang Institute of Chinese Painting, is internationally known for his landscape painting, particularly the painting of ocean waves. He created the "Pomazou Technique", which combines the techniques of both Chinese and western artists. His paintings are characteristic of vigor, boldness and simplicity, thus possessing a unique style.'
Gallery.

Si Yong Tang Graphic Arts Studio.

Saint Jerome in the Wilderness.

The Meeting of the Three Kings with David and Isaiah.

The Story of Joseph.

Pieta. In this depiction of the lamentation of Christ, Fernando Gallego looked to Northern European paintings for inspiration but included distinctly Spanish elements such as a subdued palette and unidealized figures.'

The Deposition. 'Two of Christ's followers, Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus, carry his body from the cross to the tomb. Mary, his mother, kneels and pulls her son's face close to hers for one last moment, while Mary Magdalen kneels tearfully at his feet in splendid brocaded robes. Death has transformed Christ's green-tinged, rigid body in horrific detail ... '

The Crucifixion. 'This crowded and colorful panel displays the story of Christ's Crucifixion along with episodes of damnation and salvation. '
Sinners in Hell.

Tom Thumb in the Arthurian Tradition.
Tom Thumb images.
In the claws of the raven, 1888.
The kitten takes Tom Thumb for a mouse, 1880.
Tom Thumbes mother, 1630.
The history of Tom Thumb.

First Scottish Books. 'Known as 'The Chepman & Myllar Prints', they were produced in or about 1508 on Scotland's first printing press, established in Edinburgh (in what is now the Cowgate) by Walter Chepman and Androw Myllar. Chepman, an Edinburgh merchant, provided the money; Myllar, an Edinburgh bookseller who had previously been involved with printing in France, brought with him experience in the book trade ... '

Pencils of Light: The Albums of the Edinburgh Calotype Club. 'These two albums of the Edinburgh Calotype Club, the first photographic club in the world, are among the earliest photograph albums in the world ever assembled. They contain over 300 images by a group of pioneering Scottish photographers working in Edinburgh and St. Andrews....'

Playbills from Edinburgh's Theatre Royal.

Bulgakov's Master and Margarita. An online exploration.

Eve and Women. Eve in art.
'Art has always played and continues to play, an important role in the service of what has been called "gender ideology," communicating ideas about social order through the representation of female and male sexuality. The themes and styles of works of art often function as a prescription for relationships between women and men ... '
Durer: Eve.
Masolino: Adam and Eve.

Bronze Sculpture of the Chola Period. Indian art.
Buddha - Shiva Nataraja - Ganesha - Shiva and Parvati - Krishna - Parvati

Art for the Mughal and Rajput Courts.
Battle between Krishna and the fire-headed demon Mura.
Madhu Madavi Ragini.

Images of Cuba. 'Most of the following images are pictures and souvenirs collected during my three weeks at the Universidad de La Habana. I apologize for the quality of the photos. Instead of a quality SLR I only brought a few disposable cameras, much to my regret. Nevertheless, I think Cuba's beauty comes through quite well in some of these shots. '

The Art of Buddhism. Online exhibition.

Luxury Arts of the Silk Road.

Jan Saudek. Czech photographer. Not safe for work. Online exhibition.

Aubrey Beardsley: Illustrations of Oscar Wilde's Salome.
Cover and more images. All good.

Sequoyah Birthplace Museum. 'Sequoyah (1776 - 1843) : Father, Soldier, Silversmith, Statesman, and Creator of the Cherokee writing system.'

Seal of the Cherokee Nation.

The Trail of Tears.
The Trail Where They Cried. "There were ten million Native Americans on this continent when the first non-Indians arrived. Over the next 300 years, 90% of all Native American original population was either wiped out by disease, famine, or warfare imported by the whites."
Echohawk artwork.
Robert Lindneux painting.

Bok Tower, Florida. 'In 1921, Edward W. Bok was spending the winter months in the residential mountain lake community located adjacent to the highest hill of Florida's Lake Wales Ridge, 298 feet above sea level. He enjoyed taking evening walks to the top of "Iron Mountain," among the virgin pines and sandhill scrub, to enjoy Florida's dramatic sunsets and bird life. The idea came to him to preserve this hilltop and create a bird sanctuary - a place of beauty, serenity and peace ... '

Mutant Fruit Flies.

Which Embryo Is Human?

Build a Solar System. To scale.
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28th November
46664. Anti-Aids concert in South Africa, tomorrow night.

The Aran Islands, by J.M. Synge, 1907. A travelogue with some great woodcut illustrations.

India: Pioneering Photographers 1850-1900. 'In the 19th century, India was at the forefront of photographic development, and this exhibition includes a wide range of arresting images many of which have never been seen in public before.'
'The exhibition is drawn from two of the most important collections of Indian photography, the British Library's Oriental and India Office Collections and the Howard and Jane Ricketts Collection - and is sponsored by Royal & SunAlliance. This is the first major exhibition in London of Indian photography of this period.'
(Use links on the left to navigate).

Cincinnati's Abandoned Subway. A subway system which was abandoned before it was even used.

You've Got Buckley's ... An Australian story.
'In 1835 William Buckley appeared at the camp site of John Batman's Port Phillip Association with a party of aboriginals who had told him about the sighting of a ship at Indented Heads. '
' "He sat down. Waves of emotion swept over him. He felt weak and overwhelmed. How would he be received? He sweated with fear ... He had his spears and hunting gear and wore possum skin clothing." '
'He had great difficulty being understood for he had forgotten his English language. "Buckley could not understand their spoken English. He was offered "bread". The word cleared a cloud from his brain. He understood further words. They tumbled over and over in his head as his native tongue came flooding back to him ... The white men fed him and treated him with kindness. He showed them W.B. tattooed on his arm," and told them his story ... '

Kenya: Promised Land? 'A profile of the country in photographs by Geoff Sayer, for Oxfam.'

Legendary Fictions of the Irish Celts, by Patrick Kennedy, 1891.

The Art of James Stillwater.

British Big Cats. 'The British Big Cat Society is a UK Network of people whose aim is to research, study and analyse the presence of Big Cats throughout Britain. Another major focus will be to educate the public about big cats in general and also more specifically about the ones we believe are present in the UK. ' Good selection of articles - the rabbit-headed cats of Scotland, leopards living locally!

Carson Zullinger Photography. Not work safe.

China Close-Up: Photographs of Daily Lives by Sandrine Rousseau.

Lotus. 'One of the most influential painters of twentieth-century China, Zhang Daqian is said to have transformed traditional Chinese painting into a contemporary form. He combined the talent and skill of the masters with the bold, innovative brushwork of a modern artist. This painting is inscribed, "Dedicated to Madam Shu Qing [Mrs. Wong Pao Hsie], a connoisseur, for her amusement. Dated the spring of 1963." '

New Human Fit Tailors and Human Wear, fine Kathmandu establishments both.

Afribilia. 'Beautiful things from Africa.' And so much! Coins, postal, postcards, art etc...

Small Stories. Online comics.

Boat Anchor. More comics.

All About Japanese Hina Dolls. 'Every year on March 3rd, Japan celebrates the Doll Festival (Japanese, Hina Matsuri). Until recently, Girls' Day was also celebrated on March 3rd. On this day every year, families set up a special step-altar on which to arrange their Emperor and Empress dolls, called "hina" in Japanese. They decorate this altar with boughs of peach blossoms and make offerings to the hina dolls of freshly made rice cakes (mochi), either flavored with a wild herb or colored and cut into festive diamond shapes. Here at the Kyoto National Museum, we hold an exhibition of dolls every year sometime between February and April in celebration of the Doll Festival. '

Lucky Motifs on a Dragon Robe. 'In January, in celebration of the New Year, the Kyoto National Museum often exhibits textiles with auspicious (good luck) patterns. Japan has many auspicious patterns, but China also has many lucky motifs that symbolize happiness and long life. The Dragon Robes, worn by the Emperor and his retainers in the Qing Dynasty, are especially rich in auspicious motifs. '

Greek Cities in the Roman World. Coin collection.

Nuclear Explosion Image Gallery. 'Here are pictures of the most nuclear and thermonuclear atmospheric(or surface) explosions conducted in the period between 1945-1963. On August 5, 1963 limited test ban treaty signed, so all the consequent tests were underground, although there were some exceptions, e.g. China conducted atmospheric tests later. Pictures are grouped by operation names, dimensions and file size shown, almost all of the pictures are color except the ones marked as "bw". There are mostly US tests pictures in my gallery right now, also I have some unidentified pictures of nuclear blasts, if you can identify them that would be great. '

Pot Web. Ceramics in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. Great galleries.

Worcestershire Ceramics. Pottery.
'The fabric type series describes all the types of pottery found on archaeological sites in Worcestershire.'
Images.

Lost Worlds Exhibition - 'cryptozoology - the study or search for previously unknown or hidden animals.'
'The tiny trawler bounced and pitched in the choppy gray sea. On deck the fishermen pulled in the net filled with another catch. Up at the helm the boat's skipper could see, in the distance, the Southern tip of the African peninsula. Perhaps he glanced at a calendar tacked to the cabin wall to check the date: December 22, 1938. '
'Suddenly there was a commotion on deck. Calls of surprise and warning. The skipper hurried back to see what was going on. He found his crew standing around a large, odd fish that lay flopping and snapping on the wooden planks. The skipper had never seen anything like it. It was about five feet long, weighed over a hundred pounds with large bulging deep blue eyes and heavy scales. It didn't look very edible so the crew was about to toss it back into the sea with the rest of the "trash" fish when the skipper halted them. He had a thought. The creature was so unusual that perhaps it would have another value... '

Black Background Paintings from Tibet.

Tibetan Charts. Astrological, medicinal, talismanic.

The X-Planets. 'Throughout the centuries astronomers have searched for new planets, often without success. Is there a 10th planet in our solar system still waiting to be found, or is looking for it simply a wild goose chase?'

Bob the Angry Flower.

Sylvan Migdal's Web Comics.

Catastrophic Cosmic Alignment? 'Can the sun and planets line up across the solar system and cause disaster here on Earth?' No.

Beyond the Mask. Mostly African masks, some Asian.

Two Medieval Jugs.

Medieval Inkpot.

Southern African Paper Money Museum.
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27th November
Time Tales 'is a collection of found photographs. found at fleamarkets, thriftshops, some are scooped up from streets and alleyways, fallen from an overstuffed bag or torn pocket. others turn up in a cabinet's hidden compartment, found while wandering the rooms of an abandoned house. now the photos exist by themselves, lost in time. time tales does not want to reveal their mysteries. time tales asks to be the new home for lost photos, a resting place, for the nameless and the lost.'

1920s: The Decade That Changed London. 'The 1920s began with London struggling to find its feet. The First World War had bankrupted the economy and had left people's lives and beliefs shattered. By the end of the 1920s the mood had changed. London was looking to the future and coming to terms with such novelties as skyscrapers, 'talking pictures' in the cinemas, robots, divorce, the BBC and Labour government. Londoners had more choices in their lives than ever before.'
'The new London forged in the 1920s was a culturally diverse place plugged in to international ideas. From America came the joyous exuberance of jazz. From Russia came ballet and Bolshevism. From India and Ireland came challenges to the old assumptions of the British Empire.'
'The exhibition offers you a panorama of this colourful decade of change and choice. It also invites you to think about your own life. How did the 1920s shape the London we know today?'

Collections in the Nara National Museum. Text is in Japanese - use Babelfish to help with translating. Fine online collection.

Beck Isle Museum. Chronicling rural Yorkshire life.
'The Beck Isle Museum is housed in a handsome Regency residence near the centre of Pickering, adjacent to the Pickering Beck, a stream that flows under a four arched road. One arch of this bridge (originally much narrower) is reputedly of mediaeval origin.'
'Here William Marshall planned England's first Agricultural Institute in the early 1800's. It is therefore fitting that today this house should contain a collection of bygones relating largely to the rural crafts and living style of Ryedale. '
The collection of old photos by Sidney Smith is good.

Hindu Deities. A real online rogues' gallery. 'I have compiled the following list by popular request and have tried to classify the deities that appear in Hindu culture and belief. In various periods of long Hindu history, the different deities have assumed prominence. For example, in today's India, Lord Brahma is rarely worshipped, while Swamy Ayyappa (a form of Lord Kartikeya) is very popular. The rise and fall of popularity of each deity is an interesting study to take up. '

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project. 'The King Papers Project is a major research effort to assemble and disseminate historical information concerning Martin Luther King, Jr. and the social movements in which he participated. ' The most popular requests are here, including 'Letter from a Birmingham Jail', the March on Washington speech, 'Beyond Vietnam', the Nobel acceptance speech etc.
King on war and peace. 'Included here are quotes from Martin Luther King, Jr. and other believers in nonviolence, both from those that inspired King and those whom King inspired.'

Arlington National Cemetery. The website includes Operation Iraqi Freedom casualties honoured, Operation Enduring Freedom casualties honoured, and a Shuttle Columbia memorial.

Eyeballing the Naval Station Guantanamo Bay. Maps and views. 'Naval Base Guantanamo Bay is on the front lines of the battle for regional security and protection from drug trafficking and terrorism, and protection for those who attempt to make their way to through regional seas in un-seaworthy craft.'
'The base protects the ability of US Navy and Coast Guard ships to operate in the Caribbean operating area with supplies and support for their operational commitments. During the past year Naval Base Guantanamo Bay has become the host to the Detainee Mission of the War on Terrorism following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. '
'The base has a unique posture in the Western Hemisphere in that it is the oldest US base outside the continental U.S. and the only one in a country that does not enjoy an open political relationship with the United States. '

Santeria, A Practical Guide to Afro-Caribbean Magic. 'The information in this publication is presented solely for its ethnographic interest. Neither the author nor the publisher endorse the practices and procedures described in this publication in any way. Nor do they assume any liability for any use a reader may make of the information, practices or procedures described in this book. ' Great, informative online 'booklet'.

Anna and Amedeo. The artist Amedeo Modigliani and the poet Anna Akhmatova.
'In August 2002 we published the collection of Amedeo Modigliani , an Italian painter of the beginning of the 20th century. During his short, unbalanced and chaotic life he managed to create masterpieces, that are highly praised nowadays by art lovers and collectors; actually Modigliani's works are among the most expensive ones. '
'It was difficult to work on his biography, because on one hand, there are a lot of books about the artist, full of legends of all kinds, on the other hand, there are not many facts about him. The topic of today's letter, one of Modigliani's love affairs, is also based on very few facts, which we interpreted in our way, you may have your own version ... '

Feodor Dostoevsky and Petrashevsky's Case. 'In the beginning of 1849 a political scandal shook St. Petersburg: the Secret Police disclosed a conspiracy against the Tsarist government. A certain group of young men, headed by one Petrashevsky, studied and spread Socialism, liberation of the serfs, political freedom and other revolutionary ideas. Scared to death, the Emperor, Nicholas I, demanded an exemplary punishment for the members of the circle. 20 of them were sentenced to death by shooting. Among them was Feodor Dostoevsky, the author of the Poor People, Netochka Nezvanova, White Nights, works which were already well-known ... '

The Bakelite Museum. 'The largest collection of vintage plastics in Britain.' A taster here.

Scenes in and around Kyoto, pair of six-panel folding screens. 16th century. 'This is the oldest extant version of a genre of folding screen paintings which depict the thriving city of Kyoto in the four seasons. '
Views of Edo, pair of six-panel folding screens. 17th century. 'This pair of six-panel screens depicting the city of Edo (Tokyo) and its suburbs and the accomplishments of Tokugawa Iemitsu (the third shogun) provides rare historical material for the early Edo period.'
Via the Rekihaku Internet Gallery.

Kirstin Lobato: Unfair trial in Las Vegas. Via MeFi.
'We have to wonder if Las Vegas courts are particularly gentle with sex offenders and tough on sex trade workers -- at least the street-walking variety. Many sadistic sexual predators have money; Las Vegas exists only to part people from their money. Money can be spent on gambling and high class call girls. Kirstin Lobato perhaps represents the underbelly of the glitzy town which the city would prefer to down play.'
'They have certainly sent out a loud and clear message with another court decision, Aug. 27, 2002, where a known vicious sex predator has been acquitted because the prosecution failed to get his prior bad acts before the jury. Kirstin Lobato, on the other hand, was unable to get her unimpeachable alibi before the jury ... '

MonkeyFilter. Some really good posts here. Sort of a Metafilter-lite.

Tom Tomorrow: Chicken Hawk Down.

We have a new guestbook since the old one met with an unfortunate demise.

Birmingham Design. A photographic tour of the historic architecture of Birmingham, Alabama.

Adire African Textiles. 'Over the centuries the weavers, dyers, and other textile artists of Africa have created an amazing and exciting array of textiles in a huge variety of styles. Some African textiles such as adinkra, kente and bogolan are becoming increasingly well known. Others such as Yoruba aso-oke and adire are perhaps less familiar but equally wonderful. We want to share our love of these masterpieces of African textile art with you over the following pages.'

African Textiles.

African American Quilting Traditions. 'The textile traditions of African peoples are less thoroughly documented than other aspects of folk art such as music, dance, or speech. However what is known can be traced back to the prominent influences of four civilizations of Central and West Africa: the Mande-speaking peoples (in the modern countries of Guinea, Mali, Senegal, and Burkino Faso); the Yoruba and Fon peoples (in the Republic of Benin and Nigeria); the Ejagham peoples (in Nigeria and Cameroons); and the Kongo peoples (in Zaire and Angola) ... '

Sloss Furnaces. 'On April 12, 1882 the giant Sloss Furnaces began producing pig iron and it did not stop until almost ninety years later. Now recognized as a National Historic Sloss Furnaces is open to the public as a museum of industry. With its massive furnaces, web of pipes, and tall smokestacks, it offers us a glimpse into the great industrial past of the South and the nation...'

Murals from Bhutan. 'Wall paintings of historical figures, archetypal deities and religious protectors from the temples of the Drukpa Kagyu Buddhist Tradition, the state religion of the Kingdom of Bhutan.'

Bon Murals. Bon is the indigenous, pre-Buddhist religion of Tibet, which still has some adherents.

Edo. 'emperor reigned in secluded majesty at the imperial capital in Kyoto; however, the true center of power, government, the economy and social life was Edo, where the Shogun lived and ruled the country. For most people in Japan, Edo is more than just a historical city. It also has a symbolic image and meaning. It represents nearly everything that they consider a part of their "traditional" culture. For the Japanese, Edo has a romantic image that one could compare to the Italian's image of Renaissance Venice, the British image of Victorian London and the American image of the Wild West, all rolled into one. This website is designed to take you exploring in Edo. Hopefully it will offer not only some enjoyment, but also some insights into the source of "traditional Japan". Although modern Tokyo may look very "Western" on the surface, in its heart the spirit of Edo still lives on!'

Japanese Kimono. 'Kimono site has info on japanese kimono, japanese clothing, kimono fabrics, patterns and japanese yukata robes. How to tie an obi sash, how to wear yukata robes, make a kimono, wear hakama pants, types of japanese shoes including; zori, geta sandals and tabi socks. '

The Giant Squid. 'The French dispatch steamer Alecton was cruising off the Canary Islands late in November of 1861 when its crew spotted something unusual in the water. It looked like a large sea monster with many arms and a long tail. The gunboat, firing cannon and musket at the strange apparition, pursed it until they could get close enough to throw harpoons into it's body. The harpoons wouldn't stay in the flesh for long, but finally the crew managed to get a noose around the tail of the monster. As they tried to pull the thing aboard, the rope tightened and cut though the animal. Most of the creature sank into the sea, but the ship's captain, decided to take the tail of the thing back to the French Consul at Tenerife. From there the tail, and a report about the creature, made its way to the French Academy of Sciences ... '

Pterosaurs in Texas. 'While driving his cruiser through the wee hours one morning 1976, Policeman Arturo Padilla of San Benito, Texas, spotted something unusual in his headlights. It looked like a big bird. A really big bird. A few minutes later Padillas fellow officer, Homer Galvan, reported it also. It appeared as a black silhouette that glided through the air. According to Galvan, it never even flapped its wings ... '

Hall of UFO Mysteries.

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. 'Every journey begins with a first step. The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute takes its visitors on one of this nation's most significant journeys by capturing the spirit and courage of countless individuals who, during the 1950's and 1960's, dared to confront the bigotry and racial discrimination of American society ... '

Birmingham Museum of Art: Photography Gallery. Birmingham, Alabama.

Aldridge Gardens, Birmingham, Alabama.

Tiepolo: An Allegory with Venus and Time.

Tiepolo: A Vision of the Trinity.

Tiepolo: Four Saints.

Tiepolo: The Virgin and Child Appearing to Saints.

Tiepolo: The Banquet of Cleopatra.
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26th November
Robert Adam's Vision of Edinburgh. 'This site records buildings in Edinburgh that were constructed during Adam's lifetime, buildings that were constructed but which were in the process or subsequently modified, buildings that are now destroyed, and designs for buildings that only ever existed on paper.'
'Many of these latter designs by Adam are largely unknown. They are none-the-less great works of architecture. They extend further the classical architectural language that Robert Adam developed, that he translated and modified with great invention, and that was adopted so readily by Edinburgh for the development of its New Town. '

Web Exhibits and Guides from the French Revolution Collections at Cornell University. 'Cornell University's Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections holds three major collections of French Revolutionary papers, most notably those of the Marquis de Lafayette, as well as the papers of Benoiste La Forte, and Naval Minister Comte de Maurepas.'

The Daily Tao. Link fixed - thanks for the heads up to jp.

Haitian Art.

Paintings by Robert Roberg. 'Dedicated pacifist and Street Minister Robert Roberg started painting as a means of witnessing to bystanders. Untrained and self taught, Roberg's work has been featured in Chuck Rosenak's Museum of American Folk Art Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century American Folk Art and Artists, and in Folk Art Messenger magazine. Select the image at the left to go directly to his paintings. '
'Roberg was born in Spokane Washington in 1943. He has been a world traveler and came to the attention of the art world in his late 40s. He describes his art as "Apocalyptic" for he feels the judgment Day is near. Many of his themes cry out for a return to God. He is strongly against all uses of alcohol and describes himself as a non-violent peacemaker. '

James Tormey. "In my work I offer paintings of simple, natural objects in sharp detail. All the paintings are executed in oils on fine canvas. They are painted in a 'larger than life' scale. This presentation arrests the viewer's attention, and in doing so takes his or her level of awareness to a higher level. In this state of increased sensitivity, there is a keen appreciation of the natural world and the beauty to be found therein."

Linda Brown. 'Linda Brown is a leading American self-tought folk artist. Each of her paintings tells a story. "I see, I daydream, I interpret," is how she explains the birth of each of her "story scenes." Her composition, spontaneity, and unselfconcious originality of line and color express her feelings of the people, places, and activities that inhabit her art. Linda's paintings are a joy to observe. '

Ionel Talpazan UFO Artist. 'Ionel Talpazan is a Romanian born artist who draws, paints and sculpts flying saucers. Driven by a UFO experience he had as a child, he hopes to explain their inner workings with his art. His work has shown in many gallerys and museums in the US and Europe. '

The Jade Dragon. Chinese, Japanese, Korean art.

Carol Es. Folk-pop art.

Madonna and Child with Musical Angels.

Coronation of the Virgin.

Nativity.

Saint Andrew.

Blue Hmong Skirt. 'Can what we wear be art? Clothing covers and protects our bodies from harsh elements such as wind, rain, sun, and cold weather. It can also serve as decoration for the body. This brightly colored and carefully sewn skirt is an example of Hmong (pronounced MUNG) textile tradition involving great skill and complex design.'

Beijing's Forbidden City.

Luscious Bulgogi (Korean Beef Stir-fry) Recipe.

Pictures of the Holy City. 'Hindus flock Kashi or Varanasi to cleanse their sins by dipping in the holy river Ganga. Most Indians long for the holy pilgrimage at least once in their lifetime, many towards their end. Thus Varanasi is a place of choice for the elderly to breathe their last. The picturesque ghats, cremation of dead bodies, the environmental pollution, the religious industry and the devotion of worshippers makes Kashi a photographers dream come true. While film maker Satyajit Ray's depiction of Varanasi in Aparajito remains an all time favorite, here are a few from my collection.'

Four-Handed Lord Vishnu.

Nishimura Shigenaga: The Playboy Type.

Nishikawa Sukenobu: Asakayama.

Gainsborough: Mr and Mrs Andrews.

Gainsborough: The Painter's Daughters Chasing a Butterfly.

Gainsborough: The Painter's Daughters with a Cat.

Gainsborough: Portrait of the Artist with His Wife and Daughter.

Drouais: Madame de Pompadour.

Six-Headed Figure. 'When seeking a cure for illness many Africans consult doctors trained in Western medicine, but have access to practitioners of traditional medicine who are also religious specialists. These people are also consulted about non-medical problems such as the identification of thieves or the recovery of lost property ... '

Wooden Stool. 'This stool was carved by an artist known as Ngongo ya Chintu who worked in the village of Kateba on the borders between Luba and Humba territory. he incorporates stylistic elements from the sculptural traditions of both these peoples in his work.'

Wooden Carving of an Ancestor Figure, Congo.

A Crescent Earth at Midnight.

Summer at the South Pole.

Gas Clouds and Star Clusters.

In These Times. 'In These Times is a national, biweekly magazine of news and opinion published in Chicago. For 27 years, In These Times has provided groundbreaking coverage of the labor movement, environment, feminism, grassroots politics, minority communities and the media. In These Times features award-winning investigative reporting about corporate malfeasance and government wrongdoing, insightful analysis of national and international affairs, and sharp cultural criticism about events and ideas that matter. '

The Ironic Times. Satire.

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