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31st August

Agent Orange: 'Collateral Damage' in Vietnam. Photographs by Philip Jones Griffiths.

Bollywoood Dreams: An Exploration of the Motion Picture Industry and Its Culture in India. Photographs by Jonathan Torgovnik.

Dawn Chorus. 'It is always dawn somewhere around the globe. Bill Oddie takes us on an audio journey through some of the world's most distinctive natural dawn sounds. '

The Armenian Genocide. Study, research and affirmation.

Jewish Museum in Prague. 'Present at the establishment of the Jewish Museum in Prague in 1906 were the historian Dr. Hugo Lieben and Dr. Augustin Stein, the representative of the Czech Jewish movement and later head of the Prague Jewish Community. The original aim was to preserve valuable artefacts from the Prague synagogues that had been demolished during the reconstruction of the Jewish Town at the beginning of the 20th century. The Museum was closed to the public after the Nazi occupation of Bohemia and Moravia on 15 March 1939. In 1942 the Nazis established the Central Jewish Museum, to which were shipped artefacts from all the liquidated Jewish communities and synagogues of Bohemia and Moravia. Its founding was proposed by Dr. Stein who, in co-operation with other specialist members of staff, sought to save the Jewish objects that were being conficated by the Nazis. Following long negotiations, the Nazis approved the project to set up a central museum, albeit guided by different motives than the Museum´s founders ... '

How to Write a Eulogy. 'Writing and giving a eulogy is a way of saying farewell to someone who has died that, in a sense, brings the person to life in the minds of the audience. '

End of Life Choices. 'Welcome to End-of-Life Choices. We work for the freedom to choose a dignified death and for individual control concerning death. We support the right of terminally ill, mentally competent adults to hasten death under careful safeguards. '

JibJab. US satire site.

wicked thoughts. A fine, opinionated (art and politics) blog, with polka dots.

Tradition / Progression. Inuit art. 'Within the sphere of Northwest Coast art, the push and pull between new and old is particularly immediate and intense. For some, preservation and continuation of traditional forms in the art is linked directly to the preservation of language, dance, and respect for elders and ancestors. It is the foundation of culture, and to stray from it is to lose touch with one's origins. Others are of the opinion that innovation is the means by which an art form maintains its vitality and freshness. Innovators resist doing the expected, the known, and prefer to experiment with new ideas and materials to create something that reflects the society of today with all its good and bad. In this exhibition, we take the best of both sides of the debate, and seek to find the fine balance that shows the great strength of Northwest Coast culture, respectful of tradition and the achievements of the past, yet with an eye to the future and its possibilities.'

Swingin' Chicks from the 50s to the 90s.

The Lincolns. 'Elected President only to see the nation fracture in two, Lincoln led a confused and frightened people through the most terrible war in their history. At the same time, his own household mirrored the fissures that split the nation: the great emancipator was married to the daughter of a slave owner from Kentucky. Mary Todd Lincoln was an aristocratic southerner who met Lincoln when he was still a backwoods politician lacking in experience and sophistication. Although she remained fiercely loyal to her husband and the Union cause, two of her brothers fought for the South. Their marriage was long and turbulent, and knew many trials, including the loss of two children. Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided weaves together the lives of the two Lincolns, drawing us into their long-vanished world.'

Chicago: City of the Century. 'City of the Century chronicles Chicago's dramatic transformation from a swampy frontier town of fur traders and Native Americans to a massive metropolis that was the quintessential American city of the nineteenth century. The film tells how innovation, ingenuity, determination and ruthlessness created empires in what was a marshy wasteland and describes the hardships endured by millions of working men and women whose labor helped a capitalist class reinvent the way America did business. Along the way, this program revels in Chicago's triumphs -- among them the architectural experimentation that gave the city one of the world's most distinctive skylines -- and delves into the heart of Chicago's painful struggles. Bringing to life the Windy City's rich mixture of cultures, its writers and journalists, its political corruption and labor upheavals, this film bears witness to the creation of one of the most dynamic and vibrant cities in the world.'

Schopenhauer. 'He was the first to speak of the suffering of the world, which visibly and glaringly surrounds us, and of confusion, passion, evil -- all those things which the [other philosophers] hardly seemed to notice and always tried to resolve into all-embracing harmony and comprehensiblility. Here at last was a philosopher who had the courage to see that all was not for the best in the fundaments of the universe.'

Legends of the Jews, 1909. 'This is a massive collation of the Haggada--the traditions which have grown up surrounding the Biblical narrative. These stories and bits of layered detail are scattered throughout the Talmud and the Midrash, and other sources, including oral. In the 19th century Ginzberg undertook the task of arranging the Haggada into chronological order, and this series of volumes was the result.'

Hidden Glasgow. 'To expose the secret and hidden side of Glasgow through photographs, maps and images. '
'Glasgow was once the mighty second city of the empire, but the collapse of heavy industry saw the city fade into urban decay and dereliction. '
'This is a trend that is being reversed by a concerted effort to regenerate the city, however this inevitably means the complete obliteration of what once made up the fabric of the city.'

Sangha. Buddhist photo documentary.

Amateur Astronomical Images. Take a look at the crescent moon.

30th August

Darfur Information Centre.

The Pierre and Maria-Gaetana Matisse Collection. 'This exhibition is a celebration and acknowledgment of the recent gift to the Metropolitan Museum of more than 100 works from The Pierre and Maria-Gaetana Matisse Foundation. Pierre Matisse (1900–1989), a prominent art dealer in New York, was the younger son of the French painter Henri Matisse (1869–1954). Pierre and Maria-Gaetana von Spreti (1943–2001) were married in 1974, and in 1995 Mrs. Matisse established the foundation in their names to implement her own and her late husband's philanthropic interests. '

Nguyen Khai. 'Nguyen Khai was born in Hue in 1940 and graduated from the National School of Fine Arts in 1963. He is one of the founders of the prestigious association of Young Vietnamese Artists and won the Bronze Medal at a Spring Art Exhibition in Saigon even before his graduation. After six years under the Communist regime, Nguyen Khai and his family escaped by boat to Indonesia in February 1981 and chose California for resettlement. '

Inside CERN, the World's Largest Particle Accelerator.

August Sander: People of the Twentieth Century: A Photographic Portrait of Germany. 'Though it was never fully realized or adequately understood, August Sander's Menschen des 20 Jahrhunderts (People of the 20th Century) was intended as a comprehensive photographic index of the German population, classified into seven groups by social "type": the Farmer; the Skilled Tradesman; the Woman; Classes and Professions; the Artists; the City; and the Last People. The Nazis confiscated his first publication of the work, but 1800 portraits—150 of which are now on view—made mostly in the 1920s and 1930s survive as well as Sander's notes and plans for the project, which provided the basis for its reconstruction in book and exhibition form by the August Sander Archiv in Cologne. '
Some images.

Festivals of India.

Dave Wheelbarrow - Workers and Peasants Party of Great Britain. 'These pages detail our historic achievements in the People's Democratic Republic of North Wales, originally Bangor University Students Union. In five short years our workers and peasants commune eliminated Landlordism and all traces of Confucian Thought from North Wales. Although temporarily set back after budgetary cuts from the University of Wales Bangor, the Maoist Society of Bangor still holds regular Long Marches through the Welsh mountainsides ... '
'... Revolution is not a Tea Party, Lenin once remarked. '

Passfield! Online comic.

Swamp. Cartoons about life in a swamp.

Philip Sherburne has a great blog.

The WOW Report. 'We at World of Wonder pride ourselves on being champions of the eccentric, the bizarre, the kooky, the outlandish, the subversive, the outcast, and all things that exist on the fringe of society. We believe that the underground of today is the mainstream of tomorrow, and that the true innovators of the present are found not at the crest of pop culture, but lie just underneath, creating the groundswell for the next great wave. It is our goal to bring into the spotlight those people and ideas that now reside at the edge of civilization. '

The Bowery Poetry Club.

Mouths Wide Open.

The War Room Project: Anti-War Images by William T. Ayton.

Tragic Beauties. Antique mannequins. Thanks to taz.

The Book as Art. Exhibit of student works.

Gerrit Smith Virtual Museum. The story of a noble man.

'Hoist Up the Flag for Abraham': Images and Songs of the 1864 Presidential Campaign.

The Street & Smith Dime Collection. Dime novel cover art - fantastic.

Audubon's Birds of America. 'This exhibit, originally co-sponsored by the McKissick Museum, emphasizes the work that Audubon did in South Carolina and recognizes the role that South Carolina played in helping Audubon complete his ambitious project of drawing all the birds in America in life size. The hypertext exhibit comprises all of the color plates from the original catalogue.'

The Ideals of Motherhood in South Asian art.
'Brahma, after creating the world, set out to make human beings. He first made man, and then came to the modeling of woman. To his discomfort he realized that he had run out of the solid material he was using. But whatever happens, happens for the best. Brahma was very resourceful. He went outside, saw a curvaceous creeper, and gave woman its gracefulness of poise and carriage. Her breasts he modeled on the round moon, endowing them with the softness of the parrot's bosom. To her eyes he gave the glance of a deer. On her complexion he imprinted the lightness of fresh leaves in spring. He shaped her arms with the tapering finish of the elephant's trunk. Into her general build up went the tender clinging of tendrils, the trembling of grass, and the slenderness of reeds. Then he anointed her completed form with the sweetness of honey, and bathed her in the fragrance of flowers. Finally, he touched her lips with ambrosial nectar.'

Medieval Manuscripts at the Syracuse University Library.

Erie Railroad Company Glass Plate Negative Collection.

Alice in Wonderland. 'There have been any number of illustrators for this delightfully nonsensical tale over the years. The appearance of the characters has also tended to change, according to each artists' style. Each set of illustrations was richly evocative of the tale, however, and each has contributed to our continued enjoyment of this story.'
'The work of several of the earliest illustrators has been chosen for inclusion here, along with two more contemporary artists. Sound a wee bit surreal? Perhaps. But then, so is the story itself. '

28th August

Jedwabne Tragedy. 'In the Fall of 1939, Jedwabne (pron: Yedvabneh], a small town with a population of almost 3,000 in northeastern Poland, came under Soviet occupation. The day following the June 22, 1941, German attack on the Soviets Union, Jedwabne came under German occupation. On July 10, 1941, some members of the Polish population of Jedwabne participated in the slaughter of several hundred of the town's 900 to 1600 Jews. After the war, a number were tried, convicted and served prison terms for having done so ... '

Jean-Antoine Houdon. Online exhibit on the Enlightenment French sculptor.

The Call of Yama. Death in Indian culture. 'Many pictures in this section were taken during the funeral of my father, K. L. Kamat, and I have included my own experience of a Hindu funeral.'

Old Korea in Pictures. 'This site is dedicated to collect old pictures and drawings of Korea. If you have any pictures and want me to scan them to be put here, please contact me, so we can put them in the public domain. Most pictures will be from Seoul or Pyongyang, since most foreigners tended to live there. But nevertheless others might show up. '

A Walk Through Time. History of timekeeping. 'The Evolution of Time Measurement through the Ages'

Fiddle Tunes of the Old Frontier. 'Fiddle Tunes of the Old Frontier: The Henry Reed Collection is a multi- format ethnographic field collection of traditional fiddle tunes performed by Henry Reed of Glen Lyn, Virginia. Recorded by folklorist Alan Jabbour in 1966-67, when Reed was over eighty years old, the tunes represent the music and evoke the history and spirit of Virginia's Appalachian frontier. Many of the tunes have passed back into circulation during the fiddling revival of the later twentieth century. This online collection incorporates 184 original sound recordings, 19 pages of fieldnotes, and 69 musical transcriptions with descriptive notes on tune histories and musical features; an illustrated essay about Reed's life, art, and influence; a list of related publications; and a glossary of musical terms. '

The Dramas of Haymarket. 'Welcome to The Dramas of Haymarket, an online project produced by the Chicago Historical Society and Northwestern University. The Dramas of Haymarket examines selected materials from the Chicago Historical Society's Haymarket Affair Digital Collection, an electronic archive of CHS's extraordinary Haymarket holdings. The Dramas of Haymarket interprets these materials and places them in historical context, drawing on many other items from the Historical Society's extensive resources...'
'... This risk is genuine, but the hope underlying The Dramas of Haymarket is that its approach will convey above all a serious and complex understanding of the events it examines. The central subject of this site is not the spectacle of crime and punishment, or the melodrama of vengeance and redemption, but the quest for social justice. At the time of the bombing, the nature of America and the proper direction of its future were very much matters of contention. The Haymarket meeting was called in the first place to protest not only a specific act by the police but also against the whole basis of industrial society, and to declare how it might be changed for the better. The trial that followed makes very little sense as a legal proceeding, but can be understood as an attempt to reinforce and justify the current order, even if the law had to be bent in order to accomplish this. '
'Everyone involved was ultimately debating fundamental social questions. What rights and responsibilities does the ownership of property entail? How many hours must a person have to work in order to live decently, and how can he or she be assured fair compensation? What is the best way to constitute a truly open and democratic society that values the individual? Uniting these and related issues is one of the profoundest questions of all: under what conditions should human beings live and labor with one another? Until that question is answered, Haymarket will remain a drama without end. '

The Haunters and the Haunted, 1921. 'Ernest Rhys chose 57 ghost stories from literary works, folklore and myth to create an anthology that is both textbook of the supernatural and storybook of the middle world of ghosts.'
The Hand of Glory.

Wal-Mart's Woes. Satirical cartoons.

School's In! Editorial cartoons by Dan Reynolds.

Olympics 2004 in cartoons.

26th August

The Body Revealed: Renaissance and Baroque Anatomical Illustration.

The Boer War: New South Wales Bushmen's Contingent. Historical photographs.
'When war broke out civilians throughout the Australian Colonies enthusiastically volunteered for service. Participation in the war was actively supported and various colonial contingents were formed.'
'At that time Australia was still made up of six separate colonies. Each of the colonies sent between four and six contingents who served mostly in mounted units. They were often known as 'mounted rifles', 'bushmen' or 'imperial bushmen.' ... '

The Golden Lotus. In comic form.
'The Golden Lotus was written by Hou Hui in Ming Dynasty,the first river novel despcribing the domestic affairs in China.Its content is:there is a local tyrant named Xi Menqing.He is good at gambling and fond of women.In his life,he has tens of wives including Pan Jinlian,wife of Wu Da who is brother of Wu Song,one of the heroes in Water Margin.Xi Menqing uses all kinds of means to get women,to persecute populace and to bribe officials.At last,he dies of overlechery.Some of his wives die for their bad behavior,some are seld by matchmakers blinded by gain.'

Jerusalem 3000: Celebrating Three Millennia of History. 'This exhibition presents a selection of maps and views to illustrate the history of Jerusalem as it celebrates the 3000th anniversary of its establishment as the capital of King David's unified Kingdom of Israel. Many of these documents are centuries old. Some of them are imaginary and idealized portrayals based on Scriptural interpretation, and reflect the ideologies and religious persuasions of their makers. Others are objective depictions derived from historical records or eyewitness observations. The rest are combinations of reality and fantasy. Together, their powerful visual images provide a broad perspective on three millennia of Jerusalem's eventful history.'

The Columbus Letter. 'Christopher Columbus's letter announcing the success of his voyage to the "islands of the India sea" is one of the most remarkable documents ever published. It is a key document in the social and intellectual histories of both Europe and the Americas. The Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education, University of Southern Maine, is pleased to make this significant historical document available to the people of the state of Maine ... '

Abita Springs, Louisiana: Vintage Postcard Scrapbook. 'Abita Springs has been a "tourist town" for about 100 years ago. Hear are some old postcards we found that you may find interesting. '

US Highway 90. 'The Southern Route 66 went from the Atlantic Ocean at Jacksonville, Florida to the lonely town of Van Horn in west Texas. Here's some vintage postcards that commemorate this wonderful road. '

Glass Works: The Story of Glass and Glassmaking in Canada.

Democracy Wall and the history of Communist China.

The Panchen Lama. 'The Panchen Lama was 6 years old when he and his parents were kidnapped from their home in Tibet by the Chinese government. He is the world's youngest political prisoner and he has been missing for over 6 years.'

Blockmaking and engineering history. 'Pulley blocks or 'blocks' in a ship's rigging may appear insignificant. However, the machinery invented to build them at Portsmouth dockyard played a major role in manufacturing history. In 1805, the same year that Nelson won his famous battle at Trafalgar on the HMS Victory, the first large suite of single-purpose machines was developed to create the pulleys needed for such ships. Among the many advantages to these machines was that they allowed production methods to become far less labour intensive, being carried out mainly by machine operators ... '

pomegranatesandpaper. Art blog. 'We all have stories to tell. Mine are of the beautiful necessities: paint and paper, pen and ink, artjournals and books, and the weight of a red, ripe pomegranate in my hand. '

Berlin. Photographs by Roger Hutchings.

The Missouri. Photographs by Greg Latza.

Harley-Davidson. Photographs by Peter Turnley.

A War Waged in Images. Photographs by David Friend. 'As wars go, the initial Iraqi campaign last spring was the Mother of All Superlatives. Conservative stalwart William Bennett insisted it would "go down as one of the greatest military efforts of all time. "One Washington pundit termed it "the fastest military advance in the history of warfare." On the other extreme, a Middle Eastern website branded it "The Most Foolish of Wars," while Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak warned it would eventually create "one hundred bin Ladens"." But whatever else it was, superlative and less so, Gulf II, as none before it, has been a war waged and wagered with images ... '

Life Magazine's Photographs that Changed the World.

America 24/7: Extraordinary Images of One American Week.

25th August

William Boag. A Queensland photographer.
'In 1984, a collection of over 300 photographic negatives on glass plates produced in the 19th century were discovered in the photographic studio of the Haig Brothers, in the town of Warwick, Queensland. The negatives had been taken by William Boag, a travelling 19th century photographer. The original glass plate negatives were probably purchased from Boag when he left Warwick in 1873 or 1875, possibly by John Haig, the founder of the Haig dynasty of photographers ... '

Thomas A. Edison Papers.

Boat People No Longer: Vietnamese Canadians.

Bob Hope and American Variety. 'Bob Hope was among the 20,000 vaudeville performers working in the 1920s. Many of these performers were, like Hope, recent immigrants to America who saw a vaudeville career as one of the few ways to succeed as a "foreigner" in America. Throughout his extraordinary professional career of nearly seventy years, Bob Hope practiced the arts he learned in vaudeville and perpetuated variety entertainment traditions in stage musical comedy, motion pictures, radio, television, and the live appearances he made around the world in support of American armed forces. Today, the stage variety show is mostly a memory but its influence is pervasive thanks to the long and rich careers of vaudeville veterans like Bob Hope ... '

Variety Stage: Vaudeville and Popular Entertainment 1870-1920. 'The American Variety Stage is a multimedia anthology selected from various Library of Congress holdings. This collection illustrates the vibrant and diverse forms of popular entertainment, especially vaudeville, that thrived from 1870-1920. Included are 334 English- and Yiddish-language playscripts, 146 theater playbills and programs, 61 motion pictures, 10 sound recordings and 143 photographs and 29 memorabilia items documenting the life and career of Harry Houdini. Groups of theater posters and additional sound recordings will be added to this anthology in the future. '

Burning Man. 'Trying to explain what Burning Man is to someone who has never been to the event is a bit like trying to explain what a particular color looks like to someone who is blind. In this section you will find the peripheral definitions of what the event is as a whole, but to truly understand this event, one must participate. This site serves to try to paint a picture of the Burning Man experience to those who are new to the project, as well as to give those participants looking to keep the fire burning in their daily lives an environment in which to connect to their fellow community members. For a brief yet eloquent overview of the entire event from the time of arrival to the time of exodus, please read "What is Burning Man?", an essay written by participant and one-time web team member, Molly Steenson. Please see archived sections for each year to read more about the art themes, art installations and theme camps for each year.'

Annual Report on Antisemitism Worldwide.

Bodies in Formation: Mass Gymnastics under Communism. 'As the body is considered to be our most reliable, continuous and comprehensive metaphor for life and its meaning, multiplied bodies in mass gymnastics display are in the same way metaphor for desired society and its leadership. The ritual of the display of strong, young, beautiful and disciplined bodies offer an attractive reading of a society as whole and consequently legitimized the leadership as a promoter or creator of such a society. Since its origins in the early 19th century, the symbolic potential of coordinated movements of thousands of trainees has been exploited by various movements and regimes, varying from the extreme right to the extreme left. The purpose of this exhibition is to explore how this symbolic potential was confronted with and transformed by the communist ideology in mass gymnastic rituals all over Eastern Europe. It will study how the key concepts that the mass gymnastic performances offered - strength, youth, beauty and discipline - were transformed into symbols of a strong, young, beautiful and disciplined socialist society, and how this was used to legitimize the leadership, which observed these rituals from the tribunes of stadiums. '

Ancient India at the British Museum.

Marie Curie and the History of Radioactivity. 'During the 19th century scientists knew little about what went on inside an atom. However, by the end of the century there were startling new ideas about the structure of the atom resulting from the discoveries of X-rays, radioactivity and the electron. The Modern Physics Collection at the Science Museum contains a number of objects used by the physicists who made and researched these discoveries, including some of those belonging to Marie Curie and her family. '

The Soviet Gulag Era in Pictures 1927-53.

ever so humble. A wonderful weblog.

The Chagall Windows. 'Marc Chagall, who was present at the dedication, spoke of the joy he felt in bringing "my modest gift to the Jewish people, who have always dreamt of biblical love, of friendship and peace among all people; to that people who lived here, thousands of years ago, among other Semitic people. My hope is that I hereby extend my hand to seekers of culture, to poets and to artists among the neighboring people." '

PCL Link Dump. A fine blog about all kinds of stuff (lots of it pop culture-related).

Raspberry World. Fine blog, wins the plep seal of approval.

Stay of Execution. 'In which Scheherazade postpones the inevitable with tales of law and life....'

In Celebration of Doors. Photographs.

Photographs of Tibet.

24th August

Famous Curves. In mathematics - interesting to play with some of these interactively.

Jewish Vienna. 'Few European cities have a history as closely connected with Jewish history as Vienna. As early as the Middle Ages, the Vienna Jewish community was relatively large for the time, and despite two major expulsions, Jews continued to settle in the city on the Danube. Nazism caused yet another dramatic rupture in the historical development of the city in general and its Jewish community in particular. Before 1938, the Jewish community was one of the largest in Europe. After 1945, a small but active Jewish Community reestablished itself again in Vienna; today, it numbers about 7,000 - of the 10,000 to 12,000 Jews who live in Vienna at present ... '

Nagasaki Journey: The Photographs of Yosuke Yamahata.

Interactive Map of Kathmandu. Not complete but interesting nonetheless.

Anarchy: A Journal of Desire Armed.

The Scales of Good and Evil. One set of opinions on the ten most good and evil people in human history; the online correspondence is fascinating.

This Isn't London. Weblog. 'The internet's first, best and only source of untrue, made-up and false facts and information about London.'

Today in Alternate History. Brilliant.

Kelly's Bedtime Blog.

Sexy Losers. Adult online comic. (not work-safe).

Fibonacci Numbers and the Golden Section.

Mughal Miniature Painting.

Matuschka: Early 21st Century Art.

The Christmas Story in art. 'The birth of Jesus Christ and the events surrounding it are the subject of many beautiful works of art in the Metropolitan Museum. We present a few of them here, accompanied by the sacred texts that inspired them, excerpts of which are read by Philippe de Montebello, director of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Such religious works of art helped the viewer meditate upon the sacred event. In fact, some of these images depict the devout persons who commissioned them as eyewitnesses to the miracle. As we contemplate these works of art, we, too, are moved by their story of "good tidings of great joy" and "peace, goodwill toward men." '

The Quaker Writings Home Page. An online anthology.

Carleton E. Watkins: Yosemite Views, ca. 1876.

Eadward Muybridge: Valley of the Yosemite, Sierra Nevada Mountains, and Mariposa Grove of Mammoth Trees, 1872.

Puerto Rico at the Dawn of the Modern Age. 'Puerto Rico at the Dawn of the Modern Age: Nineteenth- and Early- Twentieth-Century Perspectives portrays the early history of the commonwealth of Puerto Rico through first-person accounts, political writings, and histories drawn from the Library of Congress's General Collections. Among the topics it highlights are the land and its resources, relations with Spain, the competition among political parties, reform efforts, and recollections by veterans of the Spanish- American War. The materials in the collection were published between 1831 and 1929 and consist of 39 political pamphlets, 13 monographs, and 1 journal. '

22nd August

Bloomsbury Books: Art and Design.

The Blue Baby Operation. 'On November 29, 1944, a small, frail child was wheeled into an operating room at the Johns Hopkins Hospital for the first attempt to treat tetralogy of Fallot, a congenital heart malformation that robs the blood of oxygen. This life-threatening condition is often signaled by a bluish or "cyanotic" cast to the skin, hence the term, blue baby. The procedure joined an artery leaving the heart to an artery leading to the lungs, in an attempt to give the blood a second chance at oxygenation. It was the first blue baby operation and came to be known as the Blalock-Taussig Shunt ... '

Healing the Earth. 'Led by H.E. Tokden Rinpoche, a group of Tibetan Buddhist monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery in Karnataka State, South India were artists- in-residence at the Canadian Museum of Civilization from April 30 to May 4, 1997. In addition to two performances of "The Mystical Arts of Tibet: Sacred Music Sacred Dance for World Healing" on May 1 and 3, the monks created a sand mandala painting during their visit ... '

Celebrating the Portuguese Communities in America: A Cartographic Perspective. 'Although numerous countries and individuals were involved in the exploration and mapping of the Americas, it was the Portuguese who set the stage during the fifteenth century for the ensuing discoveries in the New World. Portuguese-born and sponsored explorers played a significant role, especially in charting a route around the southern tip of South America; in exploring and exploiting the waters bordering the northeast coast of North America; and in exploring the Pacific Coast of North America, particularly the area that today is the state of California ... '

Charting Neptune's Realm: From Classical Mythology to Satellite Imagery. 'In the remote past--our legacy from Greco-Roman culture--gods and goddesses descended from their celestial realm to earth. There, they unloosed their heavenly powers and passions to control events. Scholars of antiquity balanced the mythic significance of these deities with their explanations of the phenomena of wind and wave. Aristotle, in his treatises De caelo, and Meteorologica, put forth his notions of the world. Pliny the Elder (Historia naturalis), Seneca (Quaestiones naturales), and Pythagoras, all made contributions toward a comprehension of the planet earth. Their speculations, however, were based on philosophy and logic, rather than by physical and experimental proofs. Nonetheless, this tradition of theoretical geography continued well into the fourteenth century ... '

Hold Onto Your Hats. History and meaning of headwear in Canada.
'Do you wear a hat? Maybe to keep you warm in winter? Or for your job? To look good? For playing hockey or riding a bicycle? Or because all your friends wear baseball caps? This is an exhibit about why people in Canada, past and present, have worn hats - people of different ethnic groups, religions and walks of life.'

A Blue Devil Gallery. A pictorial history of Duke University's mascot.
'The Blue Devil mascot made its first appearance at the Duke-Pittsburgh game on October 5, 1929 in the new football stadium that was dedicated on that day. '

The Salvation Army: A Presentation by the Canadian War Museum. 'During both world wars and throughout the Cold War, the Salvation Army provided Canadians serving in the military with comforts such as hot drinks and snacks and assisted them to maintain their morale by establishing leave centres where they could enjoy activities or simply relax. War and training for war are draining physical, psychological, and emotional experiences. For those Canadians serving overseas or in Canada, the Salvation Army tried to establish a degree of civility - a 'touch of home', perhaps - amidst the loneliness and dehumanizing conditions of war. To a remarkable degree, the Salvation Army formed an integral part of Canadians' military experiences during two world wars. '

Gloucestershire Weird West. Forteana from the west of England.

Frogs: A Chorus of Colours. Exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History. 'Brilliant orange, bright blue, dazzling red-frogs come in an astonishing array of colors. This vivid assortment of hues hints at the remarkable diversity that exists among the frog species inhabiting the globe. From lush rainforests to parched deserts, frogs are found in nearly every environment on Earth, and their survival strategies range from surprising to bizarre ... '

Photographers of Genius at the Getty.

Japanese Calligraphy Shop Fudejiya.

Common Dwellings of India. ' "...The ordinary homes and temples in India ought to be documented too" -- Vishal Mehra, a patron wrote, " not just the great and famous ones." Indeed, it is in these ordinary abodes that India lives. I have put together this exhibit of the most common of the buildings found in India from my fathers' photographs, and I certainly believe that they reflect the pulse of India -- beauty, poverty, diversity, and devotion of her people. ' Mexico: From Empire to Revolution. Digitised collection at the Getty.

Chortler. Online satire mag. All the gnus fit to sprint. Don't miss the Dick Cheney advice column.

Midnight Plumbers. Fab satire.

The Humor Gazette. Satire and fake news.

The Specious Report. Political satire and news parody.