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22nd April

Off to Budapest. Back in about a week.

Photos of Military Coffins. Via MeFi.

The Palace of Hana & Yugen. History & theory of Noh theatre. Via MeFi.

John Lawson: The Hieronymus Bosch of Beads. 'After the last parade rolls down St. Charles Avenue on Fat Tuesday, and before the sanitation crews and mechanized street sweepers begin the massive job of clearing the detritus of the festivities, New Orleans artist John Lawson swings into action—scrounging the street and neutral ground, as the grassy medians that divide the city's avenues are known, for beads and trinkets. In video footage shot by his girlfriend, Elizabeth Morgan, the night of Fat Tuesday 1999, he could almost be mistaken for one of the Orleans Parish prison inmates who volunteer for Mardi Gras cleanup duty. He's dressed drably in heavy clothes, with a wool cap pulled down over his face and double-lined Hefty garbage bags tucked into his belt. Commenting on the video, Lawson says he likes to remain "as inconspicuous as possible." ...'
Via gmtPlus9.

Joan Miro. Via wood s lot.

Groovy Postcards. Via Blort.

Stephen King Book Covers. Via Incoming Signals.

Charlie Chaplin's FBI File. Via wood s lot.

Wild Boar Webcam. Via Incoming Signals.

Dustbowl Photos. Via Bifurcated Rivets.

Art or Porn? Quiz. From the Guardian. Via Bifurcated Rivets.

Pomosa Temple. 'Pomosa is a Buddhist temple located on Mt. Kumjong in Pusan, Korea.' Virtual tour, history.

A Donegal Hedgerow. 'This website is a documentary of one year's life in a Donegal Hedgerow. Day by day, the sights I see are presented in pictures and text. The pages take the form of a diary, and all photographs are placed in date sequence. The website therefore records as many of the encounters with wildlife as I can photograph or describe.'
'The hedgerow is about 1.5 miles of continuous hedging just outside the town of Raphoe, Co. Donegal, Ireland. The number of species suggests that the hedge is several hundred years old.'

World War II Concentration Camps. Birkenau and Mauthausen. Photographs.

Andries Stilte as a Standard Bearer by Johannes Verspronck. Virtual tour. 'Johannes Verspronck's image of Andries Stilte is one of the most colorful and flamboyant Dutch portraits of the seventeenth century. Documentary sources tell us little about Stilte, but his unusual portrait offers many clues to his personality ... '

Einstein in Princeton: Scientist, Humanitarian, Cultural Icon.

9/11 Intelligence. Satirical cartoons.

Iraq Could Doom Bush by Dick Morris. Article and satirical cartoons. (The cartoons are the reason for the link).

Spalding Baseball Guides 1889-1939. 'Spalding Base Ball Guides, 1889-1939 comprises a historic selection of Spalding's Official Base Ball Guide and the Official Indoor Base Ball Guide. The collection reproduces 35 of the guides, which were published by the Spalding Athletic Company in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Spalding's Official Base Ball Guide was perhaps the premier publication of its day for the game of baseball. It featured editorials from baseball writers on the state of the game, statistics, photographs, and analysis of the previous season for all the Major League teams and for many of the so-called minor leagues across the nation. The 15 Spalding's Official Base Ball Guides included in this online collection were published between 1889 and 1939. The Official Indoor Baseball Guide concerns a game unfamiliar to most contemporary baseball fans because its demise occurred almost beyond living memory. These guides, too, offer rules and "how-to's" of the game, information on the game's founding fathers, photographic illustrations of teams and players from across the land, and game statistics. The 20 Official Indoor Base Ball Guides included in this collection were published between 1903 and 1926.'

The War President. 'The War President' photo-mosaic is composed of the faces of American service men and women who have died in Iraq.'

21st April

Dreaming of Another Day. Online manga. 'This story deals with sensitive issues (Youth sexuality, Lesbianism, Suicide, Rape) that some may find offensive or more then they can handle. This story is not intended for entertainment value; it is more a way for myself to cope and for others to better understand the things that trouble my thoughts at night. This is a story based on truth, but the people and places names were changed to protect those involved. '

Chris and Dawn Schur Astrophotography.

Jan Komolski. 'Polish artist Jan Komski is a survivor of Auschwitz. His personal history is full of remarkable events, including being part of the very first prisoner transport to arrive in Auschwitz, and being part of one of the most famous escapes from the camp.'
'This exhibit presents some of Komski's drawings and paintings depicting everyday life in the concentration camp.'

Abe's Story. 'Abram Korn was 16 when the Nazis invaded his hometown of Lipno, Poland, on September 1, 1939, the first day of World War II. He survived the entire war as a Jewish prisoner, enduring the ghettos, the horrific concentration camps, the Death March from Auschwitz. Astoundingly, Abe kept his sense of human dignity--with gangrenous feet he struggled to stay on the healthy-workers list; with scant supplies he bargained for food and coal and helped others survive. Abe always believed he could live one more day, and on April 11, 1945, when the Buchenwald camp was liberated, he was finally free. '
'After Liberation, Abe focused on going to school and earning a living. He began rebuilding his life with other survivors in Germany. Eventually, as a man earnest to forgive past sins and take individuals at face value, he married a German Lutheran, who later converted to Judaism. They moved to the United States, where they raised their family and built a remarkably successful automotive business. '
'By the time Abe died in 1972, he had almost completed a rough first draft of his memoirs. His eldest son, Joseph, recently prepared Abe's manuscript for publication. Abe's Story: A Holocaust Memoir was released on April 11, 1995, the fiftieth anniversary of his liberation from Buchenwald Concentration Camp.'
Abe's journey.

English West Country Pubs. Virtual tours.

Violence in Iraq. Online cartoons.

Reversing Vandalism. 'A slide-show essay about how the San Francisco Public Library converted a vandal's crime into art.' It starts here.

War Profiteers. 'The War Profiteers website is maintained and updated by Corpwatch, an organization based in Oakland, California, that counters corporate-led globalization through education, network-building and activism. The orginal site was created by the Ruckus Society, an organization that specializes in engaging nonviolent direct action, also based in Oakland, California.'
'The War Profiteers card deck was created by an independent crew of activists-educators, journalists, designers, organizers, techies and others-disturbed by the obscene concentration of power in the hands of an elite few who control the world's wealth and manipulate democracy through governments and corporations. and the corresponding deck of cards is our way of drawing attention to those institutions and individuals who view war, death, repression and violence as 'a safe bet.' We are here to call their bluff.'

Red Cloud's Manikin and His Uncle's Shirt: Historical Representation in the Museum as Seen Through Photo Analysis. (Smithsonian site) 'This study examines photographs of early manikins representing Plains Indians in the Smithsonian Institution during the 1870s. The kinds of research required and the types of information that can be retrieved from historical photographs will be exemplified through the analysis of these images ... '

Road Maps The American Way. 'Like jazz music, the automobile road map is an American innovation and is just as much a part of American culture. Road maps brought much needed order to the national road system. Through both illustration and cartography, they manifest the changes in the American landscape resulting from the twentieth century's "auto-mobility." Their covers promoted a romance of the road that sold gas, oil, batteries, tires, and other products. Most significantly, road maps created a core of American values based on the freedom of the open road. '
'In this exhibition, you will see how road maps shaped this spirit - emphasizing a proud national history and promising a glorious future - through the magic of the automobile. The exhibition features a wide variety of maps and guidebooks from the first half of the twentieth century, published mostly by oil companies but also by automobile clubs, highway associations, and commercial map makers. So get out the road map to plot your course . . . and don't forget to buy our brand of gas! '

Henry Popple's Map of the British Empire in North America, London, 1733.

Maine Wilderness Transformed. 'This exhibition explores of the creation of a landscape of exploitation in interior Maine. The Native American use of Mt. Kineo rhyolite prefigured, on a small scale, the extensive and paradoxical exploitation after 1820 both of the region's forest resources and of its idealized essence as "wilderness." When Henry David Thoreau made his tours through the "Maine Woods" in the 1850s, the area was already the site of heavy capital investment and speculation. After the Civil War, the tourism industry has--paradoxically--developed hand- in-glove with forestry ... '

The Cartographic Creation of New England. 'An exhibition of early maps that chronicles the effects of European exploration and settlement in north- eastern North America in creating a spatial concept called "New England." '

Exodus and Exile: The Spaces of Diaspora. 'This exhibition uses maps from the sixteenth century to the present to explore the spatial aspects of diaspora through the experiences of the Jews and African-Americans. Maps provide varying kinds of evidence for past diasporas. They have been used since the fifteenth century to show the Biblical exodus from Egypt; similar historical reconstructions can be made for later diasporas. It is also possible to discern the segregated communities of diasporic peoples from elusive traces on old maps. Finally, maps have been used to visualize and make manifest the homelands for which diasporic peoples yearn ... '

Dubberley: Confessions of a Porn Writer. Great weblog.

Buddhist Symbols as Line Art.

The Buddha Gallery.

Thomas Edison's Phonograph. 'This is based on an article written in 1977 by Donald W. Matteson, and published by the Edison Institute. It works much like Edison's original recorder, using metal foil to store the audio information. One piece 1/4" x 2" x 12" plywood and 1 piece 3/4" x 10" x 36" piece of clear white pine will provide enough wood for all pieces listed below. This is from an article which did not include metric measurements. I will add them as time allows ... '

20th April

The answer to the puzzle posed three days ago :
This -

is a lizard's belly.

Burkina by Matt. Photography of Africa.

Beverley Ashe. Outsider artist. 'Although if you look quick and don't pay attention you'll miss it, Beverley Ashe paints with a fever of dream and flash, like capturing the fast brightness of a lightning bug out of the corner of your eye. Her images hover on the surface of her support, whether wood or canvas or paper, and tempt the conception of real versus vision. Her Angel series glimpses a world inaccessible to many of us, dragging the creatures down to earth for us wide-eyed lookers. Cross the thin black line and step with Ashe, as she can show more than we can see alone.'

Charles Benefiel. Outsider artist. 'The pencil chokes in his hand, held with a force the outer edge of a hurricane hides. Charles Benefiel creates his art in the middle of a storm conjured from the past, fed with the thoughts spilling around him. Dolls...the numbers...the stain...even the varnish on graphite...arranged to brew from him to you. To get it, you need time...and the strength to believe.'

Coquetdale. A pastoral virtual tour. 'The beautiful River Coquet flows through the very heart of the historic county of Northumberland. From the high Cheviots, through the Simonside Hills and the Rothbury Forest, it winds its way amongst some stunning countryside, much of it within the Northumberland National Park. There are marvellous views along the deep valley from the surrounding roads and farmland and many ancient bridges from which to get a closer look at the bubbling waters. It is a wonderful course along which to see tight river bends which may some day form isolated ox-bow lakes. '

William McLaughlin: Images from the Night Sky.

A Shadowlander's Dream. Online manga. 'Somewhere deep within a city whose inhabitants quietly slumber something swiftly moved from shadow to shadow. If a passerby happened to see it through the corner of their eye it would simply have looked like a shadow caused by moonlight through clouds. However this shadow didn't truly exist in realm of the physical eye. No, this shadow was of a different nature and it had a purpose that dark night as it slid across the ground toward an apartment that reached towards the sky. Without of hesitation the shadow scaled the wall, stopping from time to time to look at the sleeping forms within... In search of something. '

Warsaw at War: 1939-45. Photographs by Stephan Mucha.

Tamara Deuel. 'Paintings and Sculpture in remembrance of my parents, grandparents and the six million who were killed in the Holocaust.'

Art in Renaissance England. At the Met.

Canadian Postal Museum. Interesting pieces on postal history.

Tichkematse: A Cheyenne at the Smithsonian. 'A fascinating early employee of the Smithsonian Institution was Tichkematse (Squint Eyes), a Cheyenne Indian who worked for the institution in a variety of capacities between 1879 and 1881.'
'Raised to a life based on buffalo hunting, Tichkematse was among a group of southern Plains warriors who were held as prisoners of war by the United States government from 1875-1878. While imprisoned, he learned to speak English and to read and write. Upon release he attended school at the Hampton Institute in Virginia for about a year before coming to the Smithsonian. There he was trained in the preparation of bird and mammal specimens for study and display. He proved so able a naturalist that he was detailed to accompany a government expedition traveling the remote Florida waterways to counsel with members of the Seminole tribe. Tichkematse used this opportunity to collect bird specimens for the museum ... '

Floating World Gallery: Shin Hanga. Japanese prints. And lots of them!

Floating World Gallery: Sosaku Hanga. Shin hanga and sosaku hanga were distinct early 20th century printmaking movements; whereas shin hanga aimed to make what had been cheap commercial printmaking into an expensive art for a few collectors using traditional Japanese themes, sosaku hanga aligned itself much more closely with the contemporary Western art movements. More on this here.

Mike Sibthorp: Aesthetic Nude Photography. Great black-and-white photographs; not safe for work, obviously.

Nude Photography by Pierre Magne. Not safe for work.

Helen, Sweetheart of the Internet. Online comic.

History of Fashion 1900-1990. Use links at the top to navigate.
'The period between 1901-1910 is often called the Edwardian Era after Queen Victoria's successor, King Edward VII. Sophisticates and the French also refer to this time as La Belle Epoque, or "Beautiful Age," as there was a definite leaning toward classical aesthetics. It was an era of beautiful clothes and the peak of luxury living for a select few: the very rich and the very privileged through birth.'
'In retrospect we can see it is an era very separate from the 20th century despite belonging at its start. The attitudes and lifestyles of two decades were swept away by war and because the war was so huge in its impact, a new socialism and sense of personal identity was born. The masses started to reject the concept of privilege as the reason for a better life. Clothes worn after 1915 could probably be worn today in certain circumstances, but clothes before then are more in tune with the elaborate clothes of 1770 and would only be seen today at a costumed event or as bridal wear.'
'Paris was the absolute mecca of the fashion world, Picasso was in his blue and pink period, the Wright brothers were making aviation history, and San Francisco was devastated by an earthquake in 1906. Photography reached a heyday and the first narrative film, 'The Great Train Robbery' (1903) was released ... '

How to Make Fake Glass. 'Using sugar, a fake sheet of glass similar to the type used for prop bottles in movies can be made. This is the sort of "glass" that is often seen breaking in fight scenes in cowboy films. The finished product is translucent and brown. '

19th April

Warm Rain. 'Welcome!! Here is my first online shoujo manga. "Back to my roots!" My affection for manga started from shoujo stories and I still love this genre today.'
'This short story contains 16 pages and is drawn in japanese reading style, please read from right to left. Will there be a continuation? I don't plan to do that but who knows? Btw I made this story in English and Deutsch, please choose which one you prefer.'
From Aoi Hayashi's Online Manga.

Virtual Tour of York. 'York is one of the most historic cities in Britain, second only to London. It has been capital of the North since the time of the Romans and still outshines all rivals even today. A busy city, overflowing with excellent shopping, markets and places to eat and drink to suit all tastes. There is theatre, cinema and street entertainment wherever you turn. Lose yourself in the city's delightful 'snickelways' and discover a city buzzing with life.'

The Rediscovery of Classical Antiquity. 'The remains of Greco-Roman antiquity—coins, gems, sculpture, buildings, and the classics of Greek and Latin literature—fascinated the thinking men and women of the Italian Renaissance. The arts and the humanities, they reasoned, had declined during the "middle ages" that stretched between the end of antiquity and their own time, but by emulating the exemplary works of the ancients, even striving to surpass them, contemporary artists and writers might restore the arts and letters to their former grandeur. In Renaissance Italy, the desire to know and to match the excellence of the ancients often engendered passionate endeavor. The Florentine author Niccolò Machiavelli, for example, described his nightly retreats into his library in these memorable words: "At the door I take off my muddy everyday clothes. I dress myself as though I were about to appear before a royal court as a Florentine envoy. Then decently attired I enter the antique courts of the great men of antiquity. They receive me with friendship; from them I derive the nourishment which alone is mine and for which I was born. Without false shame I talk with them and ask them the causes of the actions; and their humanity is so great they answer me. For four long and happy hours I lose myself in them. I forget all my troubles; I am not afraid of poverty or death. I transform myself entirely in their likeness." ... '

The Reformation and art. 'Unleashed in the early sixteenth century, the Reformation put an abrupt end to the relative unity that had existed for the previous thousand years in Western Christendom under the Roman Catholic Church. The Reformation, which began in Germany but spread quickly throughout Europe, was initiated in response to the growing sense of corruption and administrative abuse in the church. It expressed an alternate vision of Christian practice, and led to the creation and rise of Protestantism, with all its individual branches. Images, especially, became effective tools for disseminating negative portrayals of the church (Satire on Popery, 53.677.5 and for popularizing Reformation ideas; art, in turn, was revolutionized by the movement.'

Robert Gendler Astroimaging. Astronomy images. Galleries here.

Artisans. 'Folk art, Antiques, Outsider art.' Gallery here.

Joe Day. Outsider artist. 'Bits and pieces of another life, another view, another dream fall into Joe Day's head and come out looking like the art below. An amazing assemblage of paper, text, paint, drawing and symbols combine to give us an opening never closed. His cities preach, his hearts pump and Joe Day wonders where he goes next. From the mind of Joe Day, life rearranged.'

Ian Pyper. Outsider artist. 'Collectors statement...I have eight of Pyper's drawings. Living with them, seeing them everyday on the wall, something happens. I begin to see the drawings in highway lines, in the sky at night. Pyper's artwork requires its own explanation because he says very little , reveals almost nothing of his thinking. Mostly, I suspect, because the drawings sort of come over him, arrive at the end of his hand maybe complete. The drawings of Ian Pyper...some in ink, marker or watercolors, metallic ink on paper, plain and colored. So that's the technical specs...the rest is up to you and him.'

PaleoJudaica. A weblog on ancient Judaism and its context.

Judaic Treasures of the Library of Congress.

Golden Fantasies: Japanese Screens. 'Folding screens are luxuriously beautiful and uniquely designed pictorial compositions that present the social and cultural ideals of their time. Golden Fantasies assembles superb examples of folding screens, many from private New York collections and previously unseen by the public. The works in this exhibition fall into three broad categories: works drawn from well-known narratives, both classical courtly romances and medieval warrior epics; idealized scenes of entertainment, relaxation, pilgrimage, or labor; and pastoral images that require the viewer's knowledge of cultural characteristics to recognize the underlying theme. Although the screens vary in their subject matter and use, their portrayal of human activities and diversions provides a common thread. In some screens, scenes of people are depicted in a literal fashion; in others, more oblique suggestions are made through poetic and literary allusions.'

Jules Verne Stamps from many nations.

Life at TJ's Place. 'TJ's is a gentlemen's club in the Midwestern United States. I'm Kevin, the assistant manager. This is for all of you who think managing a strip joint would be the world's greatest job.'

Magic Inkwell Comic Strip Theatre.

Jim Woodring Cartoons.

Toddbot Comics. Don't miss his regularly updated cartoon journal.

18th April

'You are a GRAMMAR GOD!

If your mission in life is not already to
preserve the English tongue, it should be.
Congratulations and thank you!'

How grammatically sound are you?
brought to you by Quizilla
Via Self-Winding.

Remembering Black Loyalists, Black Communities in Nova Scotia. 'Between 1783 and 1785, more than 3000 Black persons came to Nova Scotia as a direct result of the American Revolution. They came from slavery and war to take control of their lives, making choices within the limits they faced.' Via wood s lot.

The Great Famine-Genocide in Soviet Ukraine, 1932-1933. 'The information and stories in the UKRAINIAN GENOCIDE GALLERY about the ARTS and the famines in Ukraine can be found by starting at the top of the left hand column and scrolling down the page.' Via gmtPlus9.

Pinglet. Fab illustration. Via Blort.

Gallery of Ingenious, but Impractical Devices. 'Not all unworkable or impractical devices are invented to achieve perpetual motion. In this gallery we intend to collect a few which show the restless mind at work to produce better living for all.' Via Blort.

Botticella and Filippino. Via MeFi.
Allegory of Love.

17th April

Trying a new experiment. Something may come of it, or it may not :-

What's this?
If you think you know, email me - answer in a few days.

Leodis: A Photographic Tour of Leeds. With some interesting historical guided tours.

Turning Point: Oribe and the Arts of Sixteenth-Century Japan. 'This exhibition explores the genesis of the dramatic stylistic changes in Japanese art during the brief but brilliant Momoyama period (1573–1615), which witnessed the struggles of ambitious warlords for control of the long-splintered country and Japan's first encounter with the West. The first comprehensive examination of the subject in the West, the exhibition presents nearly 200 objects—paintings, ceramics, lacquerware, and textiles from public and private collections in Japan, the United States, and Canada—that together illustrate the political, economic, and social forces underlying the unprecedented changes in the arts and aesthetics in late-16th-century Japan. Chief among these forces was Furuta Oribe's (1543/44–1615) innovative approach to the practice of the tea ceremony, culminating in the unique development of the strikingly bold and colorful ceramics known as Oribe. The new creative energy that marked this period found expression not only in Oribe ceramics but in all the arts, which with their shared motifs, designs, and compositions evidence a collaboration among artists never before witnessed in the history of Japanese art.'

Polychrome Sculpture in Spanish America. 'Painting and sculpture workshops set up to produce images for Roman Catholic worship proliferated in Spanish America from the earliest days of Christian evangelization. Imagenes, or freestanding images of Christ, saints, and the Holy Family, were believed by European missionaries to facilitate devotion and were closely patterned after Spanish models. At times the figures were dressed in actual clothes and adorned with donated jewels. In many sculptures, however, garments were carved and painted to simulate cloth ... '

Death in the Middle Ages. 'In keeping with Roman tradition, the first Christians were buried outside the city, often in catacombs. In time, the well-to-do sought burial inside a church, usually under the floor, or in a crypt, preferably close to the altar. As interior space became scarce, churchyards were created. The vast majority of people were simply wrapped in a shroud before burial in a wood coffin, but some were interred with objects symbolic of their esteemed rank. A fifth-century chieftain might be buried with his weapons, a bishop with his miter, or a king with some of his regalia ... '

American Portrait Miniatures.

Images of the Moon.

Reach Up Low. Online comic. 'In a desparate attempt to earn enough money to escape a dying planet, a man submits himself to research.'

The Best of Dan Reynolds. Editorial cartoons.

Owl Cam. 'The 2004 eastern screech owl (Megascops asio, formerly Otus asio) nesting season is underway in this urban Austin, Texas, nest box.' Via Incoming Signals.

Billboards of the Past. 'Below is a category list of the billboards that I have. These billboards haven't been seen by anyone for as many as 50 years. They are all original and never been used. The billboards vary in size but most are about eight and a half feet by twenty feet. I now have pictures to some of the billboards. I will be continually adding more, so please check back. The ones without pictures are going to be added soon. Later I will have links to other Antiques like Old Bottles, Old Bicycles, and Old Lights fixtures and more.' Via Incoming Signals.

A 1935 US Plan for the Invasion of Canada. 'The following is a full-text reproduction of the 1935 plan for a US invasion of Canada prepared at the US Army War College, G-2 intelligence division, and submitted on December 18, 1935. This is the most recent declassified invasion plan available from the US archival sources. Centered pagination is that of the original document. The spelling and punctuation of the original document are reproduced as in the original document, even when in error by present-day norms. ' Via Incoming Signals.

Phantasmagoric Art. Via Sugar & Spicy.

Yesterday Paper. Old ads. Via Sugar & Spicy.

Shiori Matsumoto Painting Art Gallery. Via Sugar & Spicy.

English Pattern Books in Eighteenth-Century America. 'The eighteenth century in England was the golden age of books illustrating architecture and furniture design. The approximately 250 different architectural titles and 40 furniture titles published were a principal means for the transmission of London designs throughout the English-speaking world, and they deserve much of the credit for the pleasing proportions and quality construction that characterize Georgian architecture and furniture, be it from London, Dublin, or Philadelphia.'
'All the books recorded in America are British; so too are the individual designs, excepting the French and German plates pirated by Batty and Thomas Langley for The City and Country Builder's and Workman's Treasury of Designs (1740). The books ran the gamut from princely folio size to pocket handbook, but most were modest volumes intended to guide tradesmen in constructing fashionable furniture. Aside from Thomas Jefferson's copy of Chippendale's Gentleman and Cabinet- Maker's Director (1755 edition), no other design book has a history of ownership by an American merchant, professional, or other member of the colonial elite ... '

Arts of the Mission Schools in Mexico.

Jan Vermeer. 'Dutch painter (b. 1632, Delft, d. 1675, Delft).' Online gallery.

Calligraphic Frames and Plates for Zen Temples. Online collection.

Handicraft Japan. Woodblock prints, kimonos, obis and more.

Early Maori Woodcarvings. 'According to one Maori oral tradition, the art of woodcarving was brought to their ancestors by the cultural hero Ruatepupuke. In the story, Ruatepupuke's son Manuruhi offended Tangaroa, the god of the sea. As punishment, Tangaroa abducted Manuruhi, transforming him into a woodcarving to adorn the gable of his house beneath the sea. Ruatepupuke descended into the sea in search of his son, where he overheard the carved ancestor posts of Tangaroa's house talking to each other. The posts told him where to find Manuruhi. Angered by the mistreatment of his son, Ruatepupuke set fire to Tangaroa's house. He then returned to the human world, bringing Manuruhi and several carved posts with him, and introduced the art of woodcarving to humanity. The reference to talking carvings in the story evokes the aesthetic standards Maori carvers aspire to in creating their work. A masterful carving is said to "speak" to the viewer, while a lesser example remains silent.'

New York on the Rise: Architectural Renderings by Hughson Hawley, 1880-1931. 'The 50 years that defined Hughson Hawley's career, 1880-1931, also saw New York City emerge as the symbol of modern urbanism. Architecture?particularly public and commercial buildings, churches, and skyscrapers?became icons of the new metropolis, conveying the power and pride of the premier city of a capitalistic democracy. Creating the city of the twentieth century was the work of such architects as George B. Post, Cass Gilbert, E. L. Roberts, Ernest Flagg, Josiah Cleveland Cady, James B. Baker, and Francis H. Kimball, and the firms of McKim, Mead & White and Clinton & Russell. Translating the architect's inspiration to potential investors and the public was the work of the architectural renderer. Hughson Hawley was the most accomplished and prolific architectural renderer in the city's history. His success was due to his ability to present a work of architecture as a work of art. Through clear perspective and distinctive use of color, Hawley made technically complex ideas understandable and appreciated. The details of the buildings Hawley presented were creatively fused, resulting in an ensemble that assured a compelling addition to the cityscape. By seeing and considering the works included in this exhibition and catalogue, we are looking through a window onto a time when America's great metropolis was born ... '

Nostalgia Central.

The Lost Museum. 'In 1841 the showman Phineas Taylor Barnum opened his American Museum in NewYork City. Dominating lower Broadway at Park Row, in no time Barnum'sAmerican Museum became the "most visited place in America." '
'For more than twenty years, for six days a week, fifteen hours a day, city slickers and country folk alike flocked to the five-story building to marvel at and mock its myriad of changing attractions.'
'A cornucopia of exhibitions offered visitors, in no particular order, information and entertainment, scientific knowledge and trumped-up fantasy, moral lessons and cruel voyeurism, the sacred and the profane... '

The Messier Catalog. Astro images, and lots of them!

16th April

Amherst's Attic: Items of Interest from Amherst College History.

Amulets & Dreams. History, war and political upheaval in Africa. Fascinating online exhibit.

Anarchist Images.

Maruyam. 'Maruyama-Shijo school, which developed in Kyoto in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, owes its name to the school's founders: Maruyama Okyo (1733-1795) and Matsumura Goshun (1752-1811). Goshun's studio was on Shijo (Fourth Street), a central location in downtown Kyoto. Depictions of landscapes, flowers, birds, and figures by artists of the school are characterized by a greater naturalism than had been seen in earlier Japanese paintings. '

Henryk Sienkiewicz. Nobel literature laureate, 1905. A Polish writer before there was an independent Poland. Biography, speech and stamps!

A Quaker Tour of England. Don't miss Coventry Cathedral, Pendle Hill, the Quaker Tapestry, the Retreat Mental Hospital in York, or Earlham Hall.

Amy Johnson. Exhibit from the Science Museum, London.
'Amy Johnson was the first female pilot to fly alone from Britain to Australia, which she achieved at the age of 26. Her flying career began in 1928 and other triumphs included becoming the first female ground engineer licensed by the Air Ministry, and being awarded the C.B.E. for her flying achievements. '
'All her accomplishments were well recognised at the time. Not only was she formally acknowledged by dignitaries, but also received much public interest, becoming a celebrity of the day ... '

The Anacostia Museum Online Academy. African American history.
'In 1999-2000 the Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture renovated its facility to focus on the collection, storage and study of artifacts. This on-line academy is presented as part of the museum's recommitment to identify, study, preserve, and collect African American historical materials. '

Anthology of Irish Verse, 1922. 'Arranged along national themes, the 181 poems in this unique anthology were expertly selected by the most esteemed Irish-American poet, professor and critic of his generation.'

Frans Hals. Online gallery. 'Dutch painter (b. 1580, Antwerpen, d. 1666, Haarlem).'

Rembrandt van Rijn. Online gallery. Etchings, drawings and paintings.

Japanese Prints of Women.

Japanese Prints of Samurai.

Australian Aboriginal Rock Art. 'These reproductions of rock art from Australia are from The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer and F. J. Gillen [1899]. Although these images are clearly in the public domain, if you use them please respect their sacred nature.'

The Euahlayi Tribe, 1905. 'This is an effort by K. Langloh Parker to describe in formal terms her understanding of Euahlayi society. The resulting ethnography is factual and well written. Parker was obviously also familiar with the anthropological literature. She was hardly the detached observer that modern ethnography demands, however, at that time this methodology had not been invented yet. This is not necessarily a bad thing. As Andrew Lang points out in the introduction, she lived in close contact with aborigines for many years, and as a female she had access to the women of the tribe, a viewpoint for which we have no other source from that time period. '

Vintage Airstream. 'On these pages you will find a broad collection of topics related to the restoration of "Vintage Airstream" travel trailers. Vintage Airstream's have enjoyed a recent rise in popularity as people look back to simpler, less hectic times - escaping the cheap throw away quality that exists today - seeking instead the high quality "Machine Age" design and craftsmanship of the early Airstreams. '

Anna Sutton. A great illustrator from New York. Gallery here.

Democracy Now! 'is a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program airing on over 140 stations in North America.Pioneering the largest public media collaboration in the U.S., Democracy Now! is broadcast on Pacifica, community, and National Public Radio stations, public access cable television stations, satellite television (on Free Speech TV, channel 9415 of the DISH Network), shortwave radio and the internet.'

15th April

Interesting Airmail Stamps and Their Symbols. From all over the world.
Russian and Soviet airmail stamps.
European airmail stamps. 'Organized by country, and then by theme, each page we offer is a visual gallery with a certain theme. We hope you enjoy the images. '

Dear Winifred. 'Odd advice for strange people.'

Ethiopian Manuscripts. Gallery here.

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps 'consists of a uniform series of large-scale detailed maps, dating from 1867 through1969 and depicting the commercial, industrial, and residential sections of cities. The maps were designed by surveyor D.A. Sanborn in 1866 to assist fire insurance agents in determining the degree of hazard associated with a particular property. The D.A. Sanborn Co. was the first company to offer insurance maps on a national scale in response to the growth of urban communities after 1850. The company's surveyors meticulously documented the structural evidence of urbanization - building by building, block by block, neighborhood by neighborhood, community by community.'

The Auchinleck Manuscript. 'The Auchinleck Manuscript (NLS Adv MS 19.2.1) is one of the National Library of Scotland's greatest treasures. Produced in London in the 1330s, it provides a unique insight into the English language and literature that Chaucer and his generation grew up with and were influenced by. It acquired its name from its first known owner, Lord Auchinleck, who discovered the manuscript in 1740 and donated it to the precursor of the National Library in 1744.'

Taoist Restoration Society.

Diva Photography 'has been a ten year project to explore creative images of women. This site displays only some of the 12000 images I've taken and reminds me that work is never finished.........'
Not work-safe.

The Women of India: Girl Culture. 'Inspired by Lauren Greenfield's photographs on the same name, and similar theme, we've complied this exhibit of Indian women (girls, women, and ladies) going about their life.'

Intermountain Ski Instructors Association Records. 'The Intermountain Ski Instructors Association Records (1937-1998) contains correspondence, financial documents, meeting minutes, event and committee records, and newsletters pertaining to this association and other ski-related organizations. The Intermountain Ski Instructors Association was formed in 1950. The purpose of the organization was to promote skiing by providing competent ski instructors. In addition to certifying instructors, the Intermountain Ski Instructors Association also conducted free clinics, sponsored a demonstration team, supported area competitions, and distributed a newsletter to members, area operators, the media, and various national ski organizations. An inventory is available.'

How to Make Fake Blood.

American Red Cross History Timeline. 'In October 1863, The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement was created in Geneva, Switzerland, to provide nonpartisan care to the wounded and sick in times of war. The Red Cross emblem was adopted at this first International Conference as a symbol of neutrality and was to be used by national relief societies. The symbol is composed of five equal squares, sometimes referred to as a Greek cross. It was chosen because it is a reverse of the colors of the Swiss flag and because the red cross on a background of white was easily recognized and reproducible on battlefields ... '

American Traditions: A Taste for Folk Art. 'The definition of American folk art is notoriously difficult to pin down. In the twentieth century "folk art" has embraced everything from Pennsylvania German frakturs to eccentric architectural environments. Holger Cahill in his landmark exhibition American Folk Art: The Art of the Common Man in America, for the Museum of Modern Art in 1932, looked to the pre-industrial past for "the simple and unaffected childlike expression of men and women who had little or no school training in art, and who did not even know that they were producing art." In the 1940s, art critic and collector Jean Lipman pointed to folk art as the product of a great democracy. It was spontaneous, home-grown, non-derivative, and non-academic. Three decades later, Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr., and Julia Weissman in their book Twentieth Century American Folk Art and Artists, expanded the scope to include living artists, and asserting that "the vision of the folk artist is a private one, a personal universe, a world of his own making," unaffected by the mainstream art world ... '

Americanos: La Vida Latina en los Estados Unidos. Images of Hispanic life.

The History of the BBC. 'Innovative, progressive and pioneering - the British Broadcasting Corporation has proved a powerful force in the 20th century - providing entertainment, education and information, and captivating millions of viewers and listeners at home and abroad. '
'The following pages give a short history of the BBC, with highlights from each decade. '

Asbjorn Lonvig. Art - design - storytelling - fairy tales.

Ukiyoe. 'Ukiyoe, literally "images of the floating world", refers to prints and paintings portraying courtesans, actors, and scenes of the pleasure quarters and theater milieu of Edo (later Tokyo), for which the historical period of 1615 to 1868 was named. The style was developed to suit the tastes of the rapidly rising mercantile society. '
Online gallery.

American Women. A selection of portraits, from Pocahontas onwards.

Americana. 'An exhibition of printed books and manuscripts from Glasgow University Library originally held in the Hunterian Museum, Spring - Summer 1975. '
'An exhibition of books and manuscripts relating to the history of the Americas, drawn mainly from the Hunterian collection. The non-medical section of Hunter's library reflects interests both deep and wide: fine topography, botany, zoology, astronomy, numismatics, fine art, and certain aspects of vernacular literature. A strong section of books on exploration and travel contains a wealth of Americana as well as important materials on the East Indies and on contemporary voyages to the South Seas.'

14th April

The American Lung Association Crusade. Online exhibit.
'The American Lung Association is the oldest voluntary public health agency in the United States. The original name of the ALA was the National Association for the Study and Prevention of Tuberculosis (NASPT), formed in 1904 to combat the deadliest disease of the time. The name was changed to the National Tuberculosis Association (NTA) in 1918, and finally, with the decline of TB and the rise of other serious lung diseases, to the American Lung Association (ALA) in 1973. The American Lung Association of Virginia (ALAV) has been similarly renamed since its formation in 1909 as the Virginia Anti-Tuberculosis Association. Today, both the national and state associations are dedicated to the prevention, cure, and control of all lung diseases.'
'The ALA is perhaps best known as "The Christmas Seal People." Since 1907, the Christmas Seal Campaign has raised many millions of dollars toward the fight against lung disease. The fame of the Christmas Seal makes the holiday season the perfect time to honor the work of the ALA.'
'This exhibit recounts the origin and early history of the ALA. '

The American Mission: Maryland Jesuits from Andrew White to John Carroll. At Georgetown University.
'In the fall of 1976, the Special Collections Division produced this major exhibition as a feature of the University's celebration of the bicentenary of the American Revolution. The emergence of the internet now permits us to share again the riches of our origins. '
' ... The story of the Jesuits of English-speaking America is largely forgotten. They came to Maryland only shortly after their better-known brothers reached Canada and more than fifty years before Eusebio Kino travelled north to California. But they had no romance. The dreams of a new Christian empire, of a European system translated whole onto the American wilderness, were not theirs, nor did they find the heroic martyrdoms of an Isaac Jogues or a Jean de Brébeuf. In their day they published no annual letters, and no historian since has imparted to their story the epic vigor with which Francis Parkman chronicled the Canadian Jesuits. '
'Yet this small group of men laid stronger foundations for Catholicism in America than did the Spanish in California or the French in Canada. This exhibit, by recapturing some of that forgotten history, offers a glimpse of the world of those gentlemen of Maryland who, but for a few Franciscans, were the whole of the Catholic Church in British North America. British in culture themselves, they made it possible for the Irish and later Catholic immigrants to adopt the Anglo-American culture without leaving their faith. John Carroll, the first national leader of the Church in America, emerged from this group and helped shape its evolution in the early national period ... '

Christmas at War. British soldiers' experiences of wartime at Christmas in the World Wars.

Fleshbot. Sex and erotic news blog. Adult content.

The Art of the Book in the Middle Ages. 'Before the invention of mechanical printing, books were handmade objects, treasured as works of art and as symbols of enduring knowledge. Indeed, in the Middle Ages, the book becomes an attribute of God.'
'Every stage in the creation of a medieval book required intensive labor, sometimes involving the collaboration of entire workshops. Parchment for the pages had to be made from the dried hides of animals, cut to size and sewn into quires; inks had to be mixed, pens prepared, and the pages ruled for lettering. A scribe copied the text from an established edition, and artists might then embellish it with illustrations, decorated initials, and ornament in the margins. The most lavish medieval books were bound in covers set with enamels, jewels, and ivory carvings ...'

Nanga. 'Nanga is a term broadly used to indicate an eighteenth-century Japanese painting style inspired by the ideals of the Chinese literati. This foreign influence entered Japan during the Edo period (1615-1868), despite the country's self-imposed isolation of the time. '

An American Philosopher: The Career of Tom Regan. 'Tom Regan, a professor of philosophy at NC State, is considered the philosophical leader of the animal rights movement in the United States. This exhibit highlights Regan's career as a philosopher and leader in the contemporary animal rights movement. He has written or edited more than twenty books and numerous articles. '

NC State Sports, Illustrated: Football and Basketball Program Cover Art 1931-1972. 'The NC State men's basketball and football game programs held by the University Archives in the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections Research Center trigger memories for alumni and other sports fans who attended games in past decades. In addition, the programs' cover illustrations and advertisements document changes in American graphic design, historical events, and patterns of consumption. Along with game tickets, T-shirts, and other athletics-related ephemera and memorabilia, they provide a record for an important part of student life and American culture. '

Ancoats. A little bit of Italy in Manchester, England.
'In the 19th century there was an exodus of Italian immigrants, due to the political and economic situation, travelling from every region of Italy, particularly southern Italy, Lazio and Campagna, to the UK. Some settled in the Ancoats area of the city of Manchester, north west England, and for the next hundred years they created what became known as Manchester's Ancoats Little Italy.'
'They enhanced the Catholic Whit Walk, they pioneered the British ice cream industry, and survived the turmoil of the second world war. '
'The many families who brought colour and life to this area are a constant source of interest to those interested in genealogy and their family history.'

Bernardo Strozzi. 'Italian painter (b. 1581, Genova, d. 1644, Venezia).' Online gallery.

Hendrick Terbrugghen. 'Dutch painter (b. 1588, Deventer, d. 1629, Utrecht).' Online gallery.

Eskimo Folk-Tales, collected by Knud Rasmussen, 1921. 'These stories were collected in various parts of Greenland, taken down from the lips of the Eskimo story-tellers themselves, by Knud Rasmussen, the Danish explorer.'
'No man is better qualified to tell the story of Greenland, or the stories of its people. Knud Rasmussen is himself partly of Eskimo origin; his childhood was spent in Greenland, and to Greenland he returned again and again, studying, exploring, crossing the desert of the inland ice, making unique collections of material, tangible and otherwise, from all parts of that vast and little-known land, and his achievements on these various expeditions have gained for him much honour and the appreciation of many learned societies ... '

Anthology of Massachusetts Poets. 'This unique collection of 90 poems by 57 poets features a particularly large number of women writers.'

Japanese and Chinese Prints. Good online gallery.

Edo Prints Gallery. 'We specialize in late 18th century and 19th century Japanese Woodblock Prints. We have an extended collection of Ukiyo-e classical woodblock prints, representing most of the well known artists of the era. ' Gallery here.

Conjecture News. Satirical news site.

The Daily Bull. Satire.

13th April

Amalie Dietrich, 1821-91. A German naturalist in Australia.
'Amalie Dietrich was a German naturalist who helped introduce Australia's natural wonders to Europe. She spent nearly ten years (1863-1872) in the barely-settled wilds of northern Queensland, collecting for the Museum Godeffroy in Hamburg, Germany. 26 May 1996 marked the 175th anniversary of her birth. '
'Amalie Nelle was born in 1821 into a working-class family in the Saxon village Siebenlehn, at a time when scientists were generally upper- class, well educated and male. In 1846 she married Wilhelm August Salomo Dietrich, a frustrated doctor who had been forced into pharmacy by family circumstances. He and Amalie planned to earn their living as professional naturalists by selling their specimens to museums and collectors. Wilhelm taught Amalie a great deal about collecting, but she had also learnt much about natural remedies from her mother. For many years the Dietrichs worked in this field, collecting around Europe. They had one daughter, Charitas, born in 1848 ... '

America at Work, School and Leisure, 1894-1915. 'Work, school, and leisure activities in the United States from 1894 to 1915 are featured in this presentation of 150 motion pictures, 88 of which are digitized for the first time (62 are also available in other American Memory presentations). Highlights include films of the United States Postal Service from 1903, cattle breeding, fire fighters, ice manufacturing, logging, calisthenic and gymnastic exercises in schools, amusement parks, boxing, expositions, football, parades, swimming, and other sporting events ... '

Top Left Pixel. 'daily dose of imagery is a simple view of my day to day visual experience. You can simply call it my photoblog. I post one photo a day on this web site. It could be untouched or altered. I started this experimental project as a visual practice. '

The Nanzenji. 'Nanzenji, located in the Higashiyama district of Kyoto, is a historical Zen monastery with grand temple halls. Its origin can be found in the Kamakura period (1185-1333), when the Emperor Kameyama (later Cloistered Emperor Kameyama; 1249-1305, r. 1259-74) converted his imperial villa into a Zen temple. In the Muromachi period (1392-1572), Nanzenji was designated above the Gozan ('Five Mountains', the five major Rinzai Zen monasteries) of Kyoto and Kamakura, making it the highest-ranking Rinzai monastery in Japan. It was also once a flourishing center of Zen culture, focused around its many prominent abbots, who were renowned Japanese Gozan monks and Chinese Chan masters who came to Japan. This privileged status has contributed to Nanzenji's unique existence outside the traditional boundaries of Zen lineage...'

Spooky Lancashire. Ghostly tales, such as the story of the ghost in the Burnley bedroom.

Lech Walesa. Nobel peace laureate, 1983. Biography, acceptance speech etc.

America in Caricature 1765-1865. 'This online exhibition highlights selections from a rich collection of political cartoons in the Lilly Library. The caricatures depict times of turbulence in American history and range in date from the Revolutionary War to the War of 1812 and to the presidential elections of 1860 and 1864 which brought Abraham Lincoln to the White House. To facilitate browsing, the exhibition is divided by time period and includes a section on the history of caricature. As you visit the online galleries you will sample the works of notable artists and publishers who sought to portray and comment upon the events forging America's future. '

America on the Move. 'See how we got here. Transportation transformed America. Choose from these three interconnected routes to explore how transportation shaped our lives, landscapes, culture, and communities. '

Byzantine Medieval Hypertexts. 'Yes, the idea of hypertexts from the Middle Ages sounds absurd. We think of the Middle Ages as a time of rampant illiteracy and premature death. We remember stories of monks meticulously scribing away in Latin to preserve the heritage of Western civilization against the onslaught of the barbarian hoards, but we tend to forget that the Renaissance was conceived and transmitted to the West through Byzantine monks meticulously scribing away in Greek and Slavic scripts under far greater pressure from the Eastern invasion. '
'The information on this website presents the theory of hypertext and its medieval application in Byzantine manuscripts, using examples from the Theodore Psalter, a manuscript created in 1066 in the Stoudious monastery near Constantinople. Hypertextuality in this case manifests as a complex interaction between the text and the illustrations in the manuscript and the text as it relates to other manuscripts and its historical context.'
Great images.

Aztec Codices. 'Mesoamerican manuscripts, or codices, described wars, victories, famine, pestilence, religious events, and other elements of ancient Mesoamerican culture. They also often functioned as calendars. Priests had a central role in Mesoamerican society and culture and undoubtedly were the creators of the content of the codices. The priests used the codices on a daily basis, and it is likely that they closely supervised the production of the manuscripts. Working within the constraints of the priests' dictates, guilds of scribes and other crafts developed high standards for manuscript production. Experts from the guilds were assigned to make paper, build the structure of the manuscript, create the pigments, and illustrate the manuscripts ... '

Exploration of the Colorado River of the West. 'John Wesley Powell, director of the U.S. Geological Survey, leading a team accompanied by artists and photographers, produced an extensive scientific report of his travels that underscored the spectular features and economic possibilities of the American West. Powell was the first government scientist to fully understand the climatic challenges of the region. Apparently, Powell was reluctant to write this book. It was only after the House of Representatives refused to consider his request for funding of future explorations that Powell agreed to publish the story of his first expedition. The book became one of the best and most popular adventure narratives in American literature. Powell's potent prose and the book's illustrations brought the drama of the remote and demanding Western landscape to an awed and eager Eastern audience ... '

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo. 'Italian painter, Venetian school (b. 1696, Venezia, d. 1770, Madrid).' Online gallery.

Floating World Gallery Ukiyo-e Prints.

Floating World Gallery Meiji Woodblock Prints.

Bizarre Persistence of Vision. Animation toys.
'Motion pictures developed from many different traditions, including theatre and magic shows, but also from the Victorian fascination with the phenomenon of persistence of vision. The human brain retains an image for a fraction of a second longer than the eye actually sees it. That is why the world doesn't suddenly go black every time you blink. When you watch a movie, what you are actually seeing are individual still frames of film projected at 24 frames per second. Each of these frames is separated by darkness, so you are sitting in a dark theatre about half of the time. The images are discontinuous; that is, all of the action that happened between the frames is not represented. Because of persistence of vision, what you perceive is one image blending into the next, giving the illusion of movement and continuity. The dark spaces are "ignored" by the brain.'
'Persistence of vision has been known about for a long time, but an article written by Roget (of Thesaurus fame) in the early 19 th century spawned popular interest. After this many novelties and popular entertainments were invented based on the principle. (Most with classically based names - the Victorians felt using a Latin or Greek name gave credibility to their inventions. This tradition of naming cinematic equipment and processes lasted much longer; hence Technicolor, Panavision, CinemaScope, and even television.) What follows is a brief description of the principal designs, and notes on constructing models of them. There were many more devices invented than those listed here, which were the major, most influential designs. '

Atheism News.

Stroud, in the Cotswolds. The website of 'the arts and crafts capital of the Cotswolds' has an interesting set of articles on the town's history, as well as images. Check out the piece on Laurie Lee, of 'Cider with Rosie' fame.

For Pete's Sake. 'Slice of life' web comic. 'I met Pete. He is a bundle of energy and ADHD-powered absurdity and confusing stuff. Not a day passes that he doesn't do something that'll break someone's brain...'

11th April

The Great Mirror 'is a collection of about five thousand photographs taken over the last 30 years by Bret Wallach, a geography professor at the University of Oklahoma. With few exceptions, the photos show cultural rather than physical landscapes and are intended to illuminate the people who have shaped these landscapes and are reflected in it. ' Via wood s lot.

Children. 'Every child is a unique individual, however children, in contrast to adults, are often unpredictable and not conscious of themselves to the same degree as adults. They have neither the experience of the past nor a sense for the future with which the experience of aging and death are connected. For this reason, for a long time the concept of childhood as a state of paradisical innocence was presumed. The idea of the uniqueness of every child was, however, less prevalent in the 19th C, since the Victorian ideal encouraged the representation of children as "small adults." Predominently in the carte-de-visite production of photographers like Adolphe-Eugène Disdéri and Mayer & Pierson, the presentation of the individual child was not the goal, but rather the depiction of a predetermined pose in a predetermined setting. In addition, the necessarily long exposure times encouraged children to hold a rigid pose in contrast to their natural behavior. ' Via gmtPlus9.

100 Things About Me: A Webring. '100 Things About Me is a webring linking 'about me' pages with a twist--a list of 100 things about you. The ring is open to those who have participated in the 100 Things About Me meme by writing an autobiographical 100 things list. However, this is not a webring for your blog or personal site. Just the 100 things, please. ' Via Bifurcated Rivets.

pjfidler. Really cool stuff. Via madamjujujive @ Everlasting Blort.

Art & Ecology. From the Great Serpent Mound to Andy Goldsworthy.

American Elf: The Sketchbook Diaries of James Kochalka.

Les Desmoiselles d'Avignon: Conserving a Modern Masterpiece. MoMA site.

William Simmonds. An artist of rural Britain.
'Most of the drawings shown here were done in the 1920's and include visual notes made on journeys to Wales, France and elsewhere. They show the precise construction of various artefacts and one of the great delights of his work is that nothing was too small for his notice. Thus his drawings have considerable value for the rural historian, particularly as many are carefully located and dated. Simmonds worked with a variety of materials.'
sketches and photographs.

Kinky Fruit & Vegetables. Rude-looking fruit. Photoessay by the Yugoslav photographer, Dushan Drakulich.

The History of the Kimono. Plus articles on kimono patterns, children's kimono, wedding kimono etc.

It's a Wonderful Life. 'It's A Wonderful Life (1946), originally made for Liberty Films, is one of the most popular and heartwarming films ever made by director Frank Capra. It was actually a box-office flop at the time of its release, and only became the Christmas movie classic in the 1970s due to repeated television showings at Christmas-time when its copyright protection slipped and it fell into the public domain. Frank Capra regarded this film as his own personal favorite - it was also James Stewart's favorite of all his feature films ... '

Myths and Legends of the Sioux, 1916.

Mother Shipton: The Yorkshire Sibyl Investigated. 'This essay about Mother Shipton was written in the year 1881; it gives the text of the earliest Mother Shipton prophecies, which primarily concern events from the reign of Henry the Eighth. As it turns out, these were also spawned after the fact, penned by a notorious plagarist. The three earliest texts mention nothing about horseless carriages, submarines, the telegraph, iron boats, let alone predict the year the world will end ... '

The Alexandra Kollontai Archive. 'Russian Social-Democrat from 1890s, active in international Socialist Women's movement, and a member of the Mensheviks before 1914. Elected to Central Committee in 1917 and Commissar for Social Welfare in the Soviet government. With Bukharin in 'Left Communist' faction, opposed signing of Brest-Litovsk Peace (Lenin was for signing immediately, Trotsky for delaying in hope of a revolution in Germany, the WO advocated a revolutionary war against Germany); leader of the Workers OppositionSent to diplomatic posts in Mexico and Scandanavia. Sympathised with the Left Opposition, but subsequently 'conformed' ... '
Image gallery.

The Victor Serge Archive. 'Victor Lvovich Khibalchich (better known as Victor Serge) was born in Brussels, the son of Russian Narodnik exiles. Originally an anarchist, he joined the Russian Communist Party on arriving in Petrograd in February 1919 and worked for the newly founded Communist International as a journalist, editor and translator. As a Comintern representative in Germany he helped prepare the aborted insurrection in the autumn of 1923.'
'In 1923 he also joined the Left Opposition. He was expelled from the party in 1928 and briefly imprisoned. At this time he turned to writing fiction, which was published mainly in France. In 1933 he was arrested and exiled. After an international campaign he was eventually deported from Russia in April 1936 on the eve of the Moscow Show Trials ... '

Himalayan Bronze Sculptures.

John Howard, Prime Minister. Satirising the Australian PM.
Excerpt from Ask John :- 'I'm not sure Mel Gibson films are the best place to get advice from. Like, did you see that Man Without a Face one? It was all about how you shouldn't be mean to people who are different from you. As if. Follow that advice, and you can kiss the next election goodbye. He was also in this film called "Hamlet", but it wasn't in English, or something. Though there were swords, and that was cool.'

Ten Years of My Life. Photography.

SimpleBits. Great personal blog.

Hawaiian Starlight. Wonderful astronomy images.

When bloggers attack.
Related :- the LGF Quiz ('The role of dehumanizing rhetoric in popular wartime propaganda' and weblogs).