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20th August


Art of the Book in the Middle Ages.

Yorkshire History. Articles about all manner of things.

Einstein Archives Online. 'The Einstein Archives Online Website provides the first online access to Albert Einstein's scientific and non-scientific manuscripts held by the Albert Einstein Archives at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and to an extensive Archival Database, constituting the material record of one of the most influential intellects in the modern era.'
'The site allows viewing and browsing of approx. 3,000 high-quality digitized images of Einstein's writings, available for viewing in two sizes: a standard resolution image, as well as a high-resolution image for closer inspection ... '

The Life of Buddha and the Art of Narration in Buddhist Thangka Paintings. 'In its characteristic unique way, Buddhist thought divides the eventful life of its founder into twelve glorious "events." These defining incidents of his life are given visual form in densely packed sequences narrated in a special genre of paintings known as the "Twelve Great Deeds of the Buddha's Life" (Tib. Dzad pa chu nyi). These artworks not only delineate Buddha's gradual progress towards spiritual enlightenment, but also present a visual depiction of a vast number of abstract philosophical notions underlying esoteric Buddhism.'

Tinkertown. Eccentic Americana.
'It took Ross Ward over 40 years to carve, collect, and lovingly construct what is now Tinkertown Museum. His miniature wood-carved figures were first part of a traveling exhibit, driven to county fairs and carnivals in the 1960s and '70s. Today over 50,000 glass bottles form rambling walls that surround a 22-room museum. Wagon wheels, old fashioned store fronts, and wacky western memorabilia make Tinkertown's exterior as much as a museum as the wonders within ... '

The Chicago Black Sox. 'The 1919 World Series resulted in the most famous scandal in baseball history. Eight players from the Chicago White Sox (later nicknamed the Black Sox) were accused of throwing the series against the Cincinnati Reds. Details of the scandal and the extent to which each man was involved have always been unclear. It was, however, front-page news across the country and, despite being acquitted of criminal charges, the players were banned from professional baseball for life ... '

Black Wings: African American Pioneer Aviators. 'Black Wings tells the story of how one group of Americans overcame enormous obstacles to break into aviation. African Americans shared the universal dream of flight. But for almost 50 years after the Wright brothers' historic flight in 1903, racial discrimination denied black Americans access to this important sphere of technology.'
'This online exhibit is about the early black pioneers of aviation who learned to fly despite all these formidable obstacles.'

Nietzsche Aphorism Generator.

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps: New York, Virginia and Washington DC. 'Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps are highly detailed city plans providing researchers with a wealth of information about urban change in American cities during the first half of the twentieth century. '

Introduction to Yakuza Japanese. Japanese gangster lingo.

The Karmapa Lama.

The Prime Maze. 'The maze you are about to enter is one determined completely by the distribution of the prime numbers. The rules are simple ... '

Chat with Sergei Khrushchev, Son of Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev.

Grodno Online. 'This site's purpose is to make available specific documents or articles concerning the History of the Jewish Community in the city of Grodno, Belarus. The city of Grodno was part of Poland until 1939. '

North West Wales History. 'Plunge into the region's rich history, from the Iron Age to the 20th century, on land and sea, through people and places.'

Obituary Central. 'An obituary database and headquarters for finding obituaries.'

Chicagoist. Chicago happenings.

Rick James Meets Fay Wray in Heaven (A Very Short Play). 'America lost two great artists this week, musician Rick James and actress Fay Wray. Writer and playwright John Moe sits in on their introduction at the pearly gates. '
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19th August


Daniel Henry Kadrioski.

Dictionary of Victorian London. Absolutely fantastic guide to Victorian London.

Making of America. 'Materials accessible here are Cornell University Library's contributions to Making of America (MOA), a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. This site provides access to 267 monograph volumes and over 100,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints. The project represents a major collaborative endeavor in preservation and electronic access to historical texts. '
Browse.

The Black Experience in Children's Literature. 'For many years books about Negro children followed a stereotyped pattern. The characters portrayed were the barefoot menial, or the red- lipped clown. Rarely did the Negro character in a story where there were other children ever take part in the story as equals. Illustrators, it seemed, could not resist presenting the quaint 'pickaninny type'. ' - Charlemae Rollins, 1948.

Jean-Baptiste Lamarck (1744-1829). All about the French biologist, who first put forward his own theory of evolution in 1800.

Putting the Ocean in a Bowl: The Origin of the Buddha Image.

The Black Bay Duck Club Guestbook. 'Why would a couple of pages torn from the guestbook of a hunting club be housed in the Law Society of Upper Canada Archives? '
'The Black Bay Duck Club, near Ottawa, provided a restful get-away for its owners and their guests from the 1920s to the 1970s. In October and November 1944, several Soviet diplomats were guests at the club and remarked on the excellent shooting.'
'At that time, the Soviet Union was a valued ally of the western powers. At the war's end, Soviet cipher clerk Igor Gouzenko revealed that Colonel Zabotin, a military attaché at the Soviet embassy, was running a number of spy rings in Canada. The purpose of the spy network was to obtain secret information about atomic weapons technology for the Soviet Union ... '

The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology. Virtual Egyptology.

Understanding USA. Facts and figures about life in America. Lots to read.

Life with India's Ragpickers.

The Physics of Roller Coasters.

Cemetery Art and Photography Journal.

Medieval Architecture in France.

Reading the Ruins. Welsh history. 'Archaeologist Frank Olding presents a history of Wales based upon its archaeological remains. '

Thom Hartmann's Op-Ed Pieces. 'Articles on Democracy, politics, and the corporate theft of human rights.'

Virtual Travelog. 'This site is a travelog, it will contain entries about places I have visited, both real and virtual, people I have met and ideas I have found interesting. '

quarlo - photos - new york city. Photoblog.

Zoran Milich. Photoblog. 'I was born in a fishing village on the coast of the Adriatic Sea and came to America to photograph life. My name is Zoran Milich. I've been around a lot of the world, on assignment for different media organizations, and along the way taken some personal pictures that I love. '

cloudless: a photoblog in hong kong.
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18th August


Nepal: A traumatised nation. 'Besides the physical cost of the conflict, many Nepalis are suffering hidden psychological trauma.'

Early Imperial China at the British Museum.

A Vipassana Retreat.

Hair. 'Long or short, straight or curly, your hair reveals more about your age, habits and personal beliefs than any other part of your body. '
'Visit the new interactive exhibition Hair and unravel the secrets of your locks, discover the science behind your shampoo and learn about the importance of hair within different cultures around the world. '

Nikolai Getman. 'In 1946 an artist named Nikolai Getman was imprisoned in the Soviet Union's GULAG. During the 1920s, the Soviet Union developed a system of extreme repression and terror that inflicted forced famines, purges, executions, and arrests on the people of the Soviet Union. Under Josef Stalin, forced-labor camps in Siberia became the pillar of that system. They were one of the principal techniques by which Stalin exerted absolute control over the lives and decisions of the Soviet people. An estimated 50 million people died as a result of Stalin's inhuman policies of terror and repression ... '

MoCoLoco: Modern Contemporary Design & Architecture. 'MoCo Loco is a web magazine featuring modern contempo- rary design news and views. '

Paladin. A spiritually inclined, Christian online comic.

I Am Horny. Online comic about adolescent libido.

Better Days. Online slice-of-life, furry comic.

Winning the Argument. 'Most of the political debate in this country does not occur behind podiums but in backyards, bus stops and ball parks. This blog is an effort to give you – or at least those of you who agree with us – the arguments you need to convince others that you're right. If you disagree with the opinions expressed here, please make your case in the comments section.'

Amy's Robot. 'Mainly, we write about entertainment, media, politics, and culture, all with something of a New York slant.'

Science Toys. 'Make toys at home with common household materials, often in only a few minutes, that demonstrate fascinating scientific principles.' Radios, engines, etc.

San Diego History. Great site.

A Nepalese Home Page.

St. Alfrege Church, Greenwich. 'St Alfege, the parish church of Greenwich, is within the Southwark Diocese in the Church of England. There has been a church on the same site in Greenwich since the 11th century - the exact site where Alfege was martyred.'

American Furniture. 'This program illustrates the major styles of fine American furniture from about 1650 to about 1850 ... '

Zoroastrian Sacred Texts.

The Last Days of Leo Tolstoy. 'The Last Days of Leo Tolstoy by Vladimir Chertkov, Tolstoy's long-time personal secretary, disciple and executor of his literary estate, is both a history, a chronicle of Tolstoy's deathbed scene, and a story, a personal interpretation of that event in a literary genre reminiscent of the Gospels. Chertkov depicts the dying Tolstoy as a kind of Christ- figure, who, by his renunciation of all worldly goods, by his ethics of love and by his very death, saves a suffering humanity. This deification of the great Russian novelist, who sought salvation in this world, not beyond it, calls to mind the similar fates of Buddha, Jesus, Confucius and other heretics. Repudiating, in his last period, all religious institutions, dogmas and rituals, Tolstoy preached the gospel of a living God within us all, for which he was excommunicated. Persecuted by state and church and scorned by his own family, Tolstoy at long last fled the spiritual conflicts brought on by the aristocratic life on his ancestral Yasnaya Polyana estate to begin his new life as a simple Russian peasant. He reached Astapovo, a railroad juncture, where, a few days later, in 1910, he died at the age of 82. His tremendous vitality, reflective powers, passion and sense of humor are all evident to the very end in Chertkov's fascinating account. '

The L-Curve: A Graph of US Income Distribution.
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17th August


Anne Frank Online.

The Forgotten Camps. ' "Dad, tell me how it was in the camps?". We are in 1972. Just the day before, the Belgian television had shown a documentary about the Nazi concentration camps. I was 10 years old, and I knew my father was a Holocaust Survivor. Sometimes, on very rare occasions, he talked about his experiences as a prisoner of the Nazis, with my mother. Just some words, a reminiscence, then the silence. Like so many children, I listened carefully, even though the conversation was not intended to be heard by me ... '

Fabulous Beasts. 'Intense observation of the natural world underpins both the Museum's scientific research and the work of Giles Revell and Mark Fairnington. Featuring new and existing works that highlight the fascinating physicality of insects, Fabulous Beasts shows the processes that scientists and artists share when examining a natural object ... '

The Romany Gypsy Photograph Collection.

hyperkinetic: uncross your heart.

In the Hat. 'Gangs, crime, cops and politics in Los Angeles. I welcome news and abuse from neighborhoods, cops and interested parties. All correspondence remains anonymous. Same old content, brand new look.'

Cardhouse: Monkey Work Coconut.

LAist. Blog about Los Angeles.

Sky Lights. Online manga.

Building 12. Online manga about college and aliens.

The Apollo Spacecraft: A Chronology.

John W. Mauchly and the Development of the ENIAC Computer. 'The year 1996 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the ENIAC computer, the first large-scale general-purpose electronic computer. Built at the University of Pennsylvania's Moore School of Electrical Engineering, ENIAC is an acronym for "Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer," but its birth lay in World War II as a classified military project known only as Project PX. The ENIAC is important historically, because it laid the foundations for the modern electronic computing industry. More than any other machine, the ENIAC demonstrated that high-speed digital computing was possible using the then-available vacuum tube technology...'

An Online Course in Welsh.

Japanese Dolls.

The Stained Glass Windows of Memorial Hall, Harvard. 'Because they represent such a variety of designers, manufacturers and techniques, the collection of stained glass in Memorial Hall comprises a veritable museum of American stained glass. Artistic styles range from the traditional European techniques employed by the British designers of the earlier windows to the innovative use of new glass forms which are hallmarks of the American or Opalescent Style first developed by John La Farge and Louis Comfort Tiffany. Installed between 1879 and 1902, the majority of windows were commissioned and funded by various alumni classes ...'

Errico Malatesta Internet Archive. 'Born in southern Italy in 1853, into a growing mood of republicanism, Malatesta soon saw the need for a more profound change in society, and in 1871 joined the Italian section of the International, where he linked up with the anarchist faction of the International.'
'Repeatedly forced into exile because of his political opinions he spent long periods in exile in various European countries, in Argentina and in the United States. In all he spent only about half his life in his native country.'
'During the First World War he argued strongly that anarchists should not take sides between the capitalist imperaislist powers. In 1919 he was able to return to Italy where he established the first anarchist daily paper, Umanità Nova. Even after the fascist seizure of power Malatesta continued, with difficulty, to bring out a journal, Pensiero e Volontà , until all independent newspapers and magazines were closed down in 1926. He spent the last 5 years of his life under house arrest.'

Forgotten Comics. Interesting selection - don't miss the WW1 comics of Abian Wallgren.

Cahokia Mounds. 'Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, administered by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, is located just eight miles from downtown St. Louis near Collinsville, Illinois. '
Virtual tour.
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16th August


Melbourne Anarchist Archives 1966-73. 'The Melbourne Anarchist Archives was an attempt to document some of the theoretical development of anarchism in Australia over a ten year period - 1966 to 1976. It was produced in roneoed form on foolscap paper with a limited print run of about 120 copies. It is a valuable collection, even though the carnival anarchist tendency is only represented by a few articles.'

The Olympic Games at the British Museum. 'The earliest recorded date of the ancient Greek Olympics is 776 BC. They were held to honour the god Zeus and took place in his sanctuary at Olympia. Like the modern Games, they were held every four years and, like their modern counterparts, the athletes trained for many months, following a careful diet and fitness programme. '
'You can now follow the events of the ancient Games and discover how they have shaped the Olympics today. '

The Sacred World of Shinto Art in Kyoto. 'The early Japanese closely observed the rich changes of the seasons—the arrival of cherry blossoms in spring, lightening in summer, crimson leaves in autumn, and snowfall in winter. They revered nature and were keenly aware of the existence of natural phenomenon, which they called kami—gods. Even today these beliefs continue to be recognized through occasional and seasonal visits to shrines. In the past, this belief inspired many works of art. However, their very divine nature as sacred offerings or manifestations of the gods themselves hid them from public view. The Sacred World of Shinto Art in Kyoto is the first large-scale exhibition of shrine treasures in Kyoto, which has been well endowed with many historical shrines that existed prior to the Heian period (794-1185), when Kyoto became the capital of Japan. This exhibition has been divided into five themes to introduce the fascinating world of Shinto art and how it reflected the early faith, belief, and fear of those living in the capital. This is a rare opportunity to explore the beauty and mystique of these divine treasures.'

The Haymarket Massacre Archive. An anarchist perspective.

Stars and Galaxies. NASA site.

Mughal India. 'Founded on the ambitions of Emperor Babur who reigned for just four years, the Mughal Empire soon flourished into a vast kingdom, renowned for its glittering wealth and beautiful architecture ... '

Ruhlmann: Genius of Art Deco. 'The work of Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann (1879–1933) epitomizes the glamour of the French Art Deco style of the 1920s. Aesthetic refinement, sumptuous materials, and impeccable craftsmanship place his work on a par with the finest furniture and decorative arts of any era. The most renowned designer of his day, Ruhlmann could provide any element needed for an interior, from the furniture to the lighting, ceramics, carpets, and textiles. This retrospective examines all aspects of the legendary designer's career, augmenting the Metropolitan Museum's own significant holdings of Ruhlmann's works with major loans from public and private U.S. and international collections. The exhibition also provides a unique opportunity to see the best of Art Deco. '
Gallery.

The Humble Stumble. Online comic. 'The Humble Stumble is the story of how Joe, a single father, and Molly, the daughter he's raising on his own, confront the challenges of being a family. Honest and funny, it's a contemporary take on the family comic strip that is fresh and appealing.'

Shirley and Son. Online comic. 'Shirley and Son, a new daily and Sunday comic strip by cartoonist Jerry Bittle, is a loving blend of reality and humor reflecting the lives many people are living today. Shirley and Son stars an eight-year-old boy, Louis, whose parents are divorced but are both very involved in raising their son. Like many children of divorced parents, Louis wishes that Shirley and Roger would get back together but they are doing the best they can to get on with their lives. Shirley and Son is distributed by United Feature Syndicate and currently appears in 50 newspapers worldwide, including the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Detroit News, Houston Chronicle, Minneapolis Star Tribune and The Toronto Sun. "I want people to like these characters," says cartoonist Jerry Bittle. "Shirley and Roger are nice people and things just didn't work out for them in their personal lives. We've all had relationships that didn't work out and we pick up the pieces and get on with it. I think a lot of people will relate to the love in this comic strip. Even when things don't go the way we planned, we still go on." '

Betty. Online comic. 'A real woman for the comics pages, Betty by Gary Delainey and Gerry Rasmussen is a confident, witty lady juggling the demands of family and career. Gary Delainey writes and Gerry Rasmussen draws, and together this cartooning duo from Alberta, Canada creates Betty, a smart, savvy comic character who is unapologetically ordinary, happy and female. College friends who collaborated on their first comic strip, Bub Slug, in 1976, Delainey and Rasmussen clearly love their work -- cartooning in general and Betty in particular. Delainey calls Betty "a working-class hero whose spirit cannot be broken by the endless series of outrages that make up modern life." Rasmussen says the thrill of cartooning comes from working at something his young son cannot possibly conceive of as work. Betty has a loyal following, best seen in action when readers of The Buffalo News spoke out to get their favorite comic back, after it had been pulled. There were so many calls that the editors returned Betty to the comics within days. '

Iconomy. Click around and see what you find... you know you want to.

The Voynich Manuscript. 'In 1912, the antiquarian book dealer Wilfrid M. Voynich bought a number of mediaeval manuscripts from an undisclosed location in Europe. Among these was a lavishly illustrated manuscript codex of 234 pages, written in an unknown script. '
'Voynich took the MS to the United States and started a campaign to have it deciphered. Now, almost 100 years later, the Voynich manuscript still stands as probably the most elusive puzzle in the world of cryptography. Not a single word of this 'Most Mysterious Manuscript', written probably in the second half of the 15th Century, can be understood. '
'Attached to the manuscript was a letter in Latin dated 1666 (or 1665) from Johannes Marcus Marci of Kronland, rector of the Charles University of Prague, to the learned Jesuit Athanasius Kircher in Rome, offering the manuscript for decryption and mentioning that it had once been bought by Emperor Rudolf II of Bohemia (1552-1612) for 600 gold ducats. The letter further mentioned that at Rudolf's court it was believed that the author of the MS was Roger Bacon (the Franciscan friar who lived from 1214 to 1294) ... '

Australian Women's Art. 'Sophia Campbell's small sketchbook provided the inspiration for the title of this exhibition. Her detailed sketches of her surroundings in early Sydney and Newcastle can be viewed as typical examples of the art generally thought to be practised by colonial ladies. Art was an acceptable pastime pursued within a lifestyle perhaps offering limited diversions. Women artists preferred to depict their immediate surroundings, their homes and their children, often to create a record to be sent 'home' to beloved family. The works in this exhibition, however, clearly show that women artists went beyond the immediate boundaries of their lives-beyond their picket fence to record a vast range of interests with a vitality and enthusiasm which enables these works individually and as a whole to contribute greatly to our knowledge of Australian history and life over the past two hundred years ... '

Mayumi Oda. 'Mayumi Oda is a contemporary, Japanese-born, American printmaker whose artistic vision focuses on images of goddesses. Some are traditional, and some she invents from Buddhist, Taoist, Shinto, Christian and ancient Greek spirituality and folklore. Her subject matter is often environmental and she is herself a founder of Plutonium-Free Future, an organization dedicated to safe energy and the elimination of nuclear weapons.'
More Mayumi Oda.

Big Buildings. 'To better understand the meaning of "skyscraper," BIG BUILDINGS examines high-rise size over the century. While ascending height is the subject that has attracted the greatest attention, increasing size also characterizes the evolution of the building type. Included in this survey are structures that were at one time the world's tallest or that are Jumbos or Super Jumbos, categories invented for this exhibition that describe size measured by volume. '
'In every period, a few buildings are much bigger than others and often one or two are extraordinarily large. Of some seventy buildings through history and around the globe today that qualify as Tallest Towers, Jumbos, or Super Jumbos, nearly two-thirds were erected in New York, the world's preeminent skyscraper city.'

Building the Empire State 'examined the design and construction of New York's signature skyscraper, drawing together photographs and film of the construction, architectural and engineering drawings, contracts, builders' records, financial reports, and other artifacts.'

John Brown Bicentennial. 'This exhibit attempts to highlight Oberlin's relationship with John Brown. John Brown was born in Torrington, Connecticut on May 9, 1800, the son of Owen and Ruth Brown. The Brown family moved to Hudson, Ohio when John was five years old. Owen Brown served as a member of the Oberlin Collegiate Institute's Board of Trustees from 1835 to 1844. During 1840 and 1841 John Brown failed in an attempt to negotiate with the Oberlin Collegiate Institute to settle his family on land known as the Gerrit Smith-Oberlin Virginia lands. In 1856, Oberlin College students Samuel S. Burdette and Henry P. Kinney joined abolitionist Brown in the conflict over slavery in Kansas. The specter of the sectionalism loomed large at the time. On October 16, 1859, Oberlinians John A. Copeland, Lewis Sheridan Leary, and Shields Green (a runaway slave) participated in Brown's raid on the Harpers Ferry arsenal. Leary died of a wound received in the raid, and Copeland and Green were hanged on December 16, 1859. A monument erected in 1860 to honor the three Oberlin men who lost their lives at Harpers Ferry can be found in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Park on Vine Street in Oberlin ... '

Direct Unlimited Namibian Exposure. Has some interesting photographs, articles on Namibian cultures, etc. Click around.

Historical Fencing Manuals. Available to view online.

Castle Point Astronomy Club. Many nifty features, such as the 'moons and planets' applets.
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13th August


Leonardo's Codex Leicester. 'This is an exhibition of the only manuscript by Leonardo da Vinci (1452 - 1519) still in private hands and the only one in America. '

Until the Last Jew. 'The photos in this exhibition reflect the uncompromising efforts of the Nazis 60 years ago to murder every Jew in Europe. Although the Allied victory seemed imminent, the Nazis gathered their remaining resources to locate, deport and murder Jews. These photos bear witness to their relentless and uncompromising efforts and to the enormous pain of their victims ... '

Tian Duo Zhong: Chinese Seal Carving Master.

The History of Plumbing.

Biodiversity and Conservation. A hypertextbook. 'This hypertext book deals with the problems of trying to preserve biological diversity on the earth. We will discuss the history of life on earth, the reasons for depletion and extinction of animals and plants at various times including the present, the reasons for being concerned about these losses, and what can be done to preserve some of what is left. '

Friends of Tibet.

The Orkneyingers Saga, 1894.

Orpheus: Myths of the World. 'This is a survey of world mythology by Padraic Column. Originally titled 'Orpheus, Myths of the World', later editions were retitled simply 'Myths of the World'. Colum was a prolific writer on this subject, and although best known for his adaptations of Celtic tales, particularly for younger readers, he also wrote several books for a wider audience, including three on the mythology of the Pacific area. This volume can be enjoyed by readers of all ages. Although all of the material here is covered elsewhere at this site, the selection and retelling in a consistent voice allow the reader to spot parallels between diverse traditions, and recognize outcroppings in particular narratives of unique features. '

Cheek. Great visual-oriented blog.

Airom Bleicher. Outsider artist.

Emerald North. Outsider artist.

Blogumentary. Great photoblog.

Raphael's School of Athens. Click on each character for identification.

Himalayas. Himalayan art. Thanks to Carolina.

Tibetan Healing Mandala. Thanks to Carolina.
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12th August


The Proceedings of the Old Bailey 1674-1834. 'A fully searchable online edition of the largest body of texts detailing the lives of non-elite people ever published, containing accounts of over 100,000 criminal trials held at London's central criminal court.'

The Blog of Death. Exactly what it says - a blog about death.

To Do Before I Die.

Ukiyo-e Prints. 'Ukiyo-e Ukiyo-e, images of the "floating world", are woodblock prints created in Japan during the Tokugawa shogunate (1603-1868). The shogun required that the daimyo (lords of old Japan) and their samurai spend time in Edo (Tokyo) during alternate years. This was largely to prevent revolts against the shogun. As a result, a large recreation industry grew in Edo. This consisted of Kabuki theaters and it's actors, the courtesans and geisha. This industry was referred to as the floating world or ukiyo. '

Hypatia of Alexandria. A tragic figure in the history of mathematics and science.

Medieval Maps of Great Britain.

Leonardo da Vinci. Online gallery.

Michelangelo. Online gallery.

West Bengal Travelogue. 'We bring you this online exhibition of articles, pictures and history on ämär sonär Bänglä. This is not a tourist information brochure; we have tried to represent the rich and complex tapestry of life in Bengal as experienced by the authors during late 60s and again in early 80s. '

The Daily Mislead. 'A daily chronicle of Bush administration distortion.'

Golden Age Spanish Sonnets. 'This is an ongoing project. Its primary purpose is to provide good verse translations of Golden Age Spanish sonnets to English-speaking readers. I hope that it may also serve to provide an online forum for the discussion of these works as well as a resource for anyone interested in delving further into the material. '

Roman Portrait Sculpture. 'The collection of Roman portraiture in The Metropolitan Museum of Art spans the full scope of the subject, from the time of the Roman Republic to the reign of Constantine the Great (26.229). The collection comprises examples in a variety of media, most significantly sculpture and coins (08.170.118; 08.170.120; 99.35.177), but also gems (1994.230.7), glass, and painting (18.9.2). This great diversity of material reflects the various uses, both public and private, for which the Romans created their portraits. Roman portraiture is also unique in comparison to that of other ancient cultures because of the quantity of surviving examples, as well as the complex and ever-evolving stylistic treatment of human features and character.'

Tokai Okon. 'As a child, Tokai Okon became famous for her beautiful Japanese calligraphy, and with ink and brush she would rapidly write out from memory long poems or stories from ancient texts. She loved the calligraphy of a Chinese monk named Huai-su (735-800) and she wrote the following poem about him at the age of 14 ... '

Castletown House, Country Kildare. Online tour.
'Castletown is the largest and grandest Palladian country house in Ireland. It was built for William Conolly (1662-1729), the Speaker of the Irish House of Commons. He was a lawyer from Ballyshannon, County Donegal, a native born Irishman of humble origins who made an enormous fortune out of land transactions in the unsettled period after the Williamite wars. By the 1720s he was acknowledged to be the wealthiest man in Ireland and he built Castletown as a symbol of his importance and as a patriotic gesture ... '

Beyond the Bible Belt: The Many Faces of Faith in the American South. Online exhibit.

Poet at Work: The Library of Congress Walt Whitman Collection. 'This collection offers access to the four Walt Whitman Notebooks and a cardboard butterfly that disappeared from the Library of Congress in 1942. They were returned on February 24, 1995. '

A Brief History of Spirit Photography. 'For over 100 years Spiritualists and others in the field of psychic research have tried scientifically to prove that people have souls that live on after death. Spiritualists have often used spirit photography as proof of survival-after-death. Photography itself dates back to the 1840's and has progressed from daguerreotypes to the highly evolved photography that we know today. Amazingly, spirit photography which first appeared in the mid-nineteenth century also continues to evolve and is alive and well in this twenty-first century.'

Christmas Laundry. 'When author Richard Conniff and his family moved into a temporary rental on the beach not long ago, they found standing in the backyard a fixture out of Ozzie-and-Harriet days - a revolving clothesline. The clothesline added a new dimension to their lives. Conniff and his wife began to relish the pleasure of hanging laundry out to dry, particularly their best bedsheets ... '
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11th August


Prefecture of Samos. Interactive map featuring monuments, museums and ancient sites.

Roman Glass. 'Core-formed and cast glass vessels were first produced in Egypt and Mesopotamia as early as the fifteenth century B.C., but only began to be imported and, to a lesser extent, made on the Italian peninsula in the mid-first millennium B.C. By the time of the Roman Republic (509-27 B.C.), such vessels, used as tableware or as containers for expensive oils, perfumes, and medicines, were common in Etruria (modern Tuscany) and Magna Graecia (areas of southern Italy including modern Campania, Apulia, Calabria, and Sicily). However, there is very little evidence for similar glass objects in central Italian and Roman contexts until the mid-first century B.C. The reasons for this are unclear, but it suggests that the Roman glass industry sprang from almost nothing and developed to full maturity over a couple of generations during the first half of the first century A.D ... '

Sun Bu-er. 'Immortal Sister Sun Bu-er (Sun Pu-erh) was a 12th century historical figure as well as the subject of many Chinese legends. She married and had three children before completely devoting herself to Taoist practices at the age of fifty-one. Eventually she developed a large following of students. This legendary excerpt is taken from "Seven Taoist Masters: A Folk Novel of China," written by an anonymous 16th century author and translated by Eva Wong (Shambhala 1990). See especially the story's theatrical and modern-like conception of "mime dancers. ... '

Unbuilt Ireland.

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania Digital History Project. Primary source documents related to the early history of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
'The documents revealed in this site were selected to increase accessibility to sources that illuminate key elements of the Bethlehem community from its founding in 1741 through 1844. It is the aim of this project to encourage broad or specialized exploration of local, regional and national history. This type of study can be conducted by utilizing the information contained in this site, the vast resources available at various institutions in Bethlehem, as well as the wide array of published works on the subject of Bethlehem's history.'

Between Home and Heaven. Contemporary American landscape photography.

Beyond Face Value: Depiction of Slavery in Confederate Currency. 'Many Southern notes did not feature images of slavery; this exhibit focuses on the ones that did. This collection features notes issued and circulated in the South during the Antebellum, Civil War, and Reconstruction Eras. Notes were issued by various entities, including the Confederate government, state governments, merchants, and railroad companies.'

Between a Rock and a Hard Place: A History of American Sweatshops 1820 - Present.

Tallulahs: Classical Nude Paintings and Vintage Erotica. 'Tallulahs is a unique combination of nude paintings and erotic art, with an extensive focus on vintage nudes.'
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