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5th February

Glosses. 'on-line notebook of the journeyman linguist, Renee Perelmutter. Contains entries on languages, linguistics, folklore and mythology, booklore, and life.'

Textiles of the North American Southwest. Hispanic and Native American arts.

Folklore and Superstitions from Cornwall.
Superstitions of the Cornish tin miners. ' "Bullhorns" (snails), if met with in the mines, were propitiated with a bit of tallow taken from the miner's candle.'
Superstitions of Cornish fishermen. 'It is unlucky for fishermen to mention rabbits, hares, or other wild animals at sea.'
A charm for caterpillars.
May Day 'Dew'. A cure for swelling of the neck.

The Katharine Gun Case. 'Katharine Gun, a British former government employee, now faces two years imprisonment in England for the "crime" of telling the truth. She is charged with leaking an embarrassing U.S. intelligence memo indicating that the U.S. was spying on U.N. delegations in early 2003 in an effort to win approval of the Iraq war resolution. The leaked memo was big news in parts of the world.'
'England has no First Amendment that might protect Ms. Gun. It does have a repressive Official Secrets Act, under which she is being prosecuted by the Blair government.'

Images from Inside the CIA Museum.

Documents from the Phoenix Programme. 'Created by the CIA in Saigon in 1967, Phoenix was a program aimed at "neutralizing"-through assassination, kidnapping, and systematic torture-the civilian infrastructure that supported the Viet Cong insurgency in South Vietnam. It was a terrifying "final solution" that violated the Geneva Conventions and traditional American ideas of human morality ... '
Courtesy of the Memory Hole.

Line Drawings of Buddhist Lamas.

Line Drawings of Arhats and Lohans. Buddhist art.

Heather Champ. Photographic loveliness.

How to Make a Musical Saw. 'Get a normal wood saw, the longer and more flexible the better. Sit down on a fairly straight-backed chair, and clamp the saw handle between your knees ... '

Swayambhunath Stupa, Kathmandu, Nepal. 'A golden spire crowning a conical wooded hill, Swayambhunath Stupa is the most ancient and enigmatic of all the holy shrines in Kathmandu valley. Its lofty white dome and glittering golden spire are visible for many miles and from all sides of the valley. Historical records found on a stone inscription give evidence that the stupa was already a n important Buddhist pilgrimage destination by the 5th century AD. Its origins however, date to a much earlier time, long before the arrival of Buddhism into the valley ... '

Angkor Wat. 'The temples of Angkor, built from 879 - 1191AD, when the Khmer civilization was at the height of its development, represent one of humankind's most astonishing and enduring architectural achievements ... '

Tiruvanamalai, India. 'In India there are three major categories of pilgrimage temples dedicated to the god Shiva: the Jyotir Lingams; the Svayambhu Lingams, and the Bhuta Lingams. Located in five south Indian temples, the Bhuta Lingams are said to be places where Shiva manifested himself as the natural elements. The temples and their respective elements are Chidambaram: ether, Sri Kalahasti: wind, Tiruvanaikka/Jambunath: water, Kanchipuram: earth, and Tiruvanamalai: fire. Chidambaram is also associated with the heart, Tiruvanaikka with the stomach, and Tiruvanamalai with the chest ... '

Buddhist Monks at Bodhi Tree.


Cerne Abbas Giant. 'Upon a hill rising from the small Dorset village of Cerne Abas, the 60-meter tall Cerne giant and the Maypole mound above his head have marked a fertility power place since ancient times. The deep trenches (cut into the chalk rock of the hillside) outlining the giant's form have been maintained by generation after generation of local inhabitants since at least the 2nd millennium BC. Reporting on pagan May Day festivities in his 'Anatomy of Abuses' (1583), Philip Stubbs wrote:
"Hundreds of men, women, and children go off to the woods and groves and spend all the night in pastimes, and in the morning return with birch boughs and branches of trees to deck their assembles withall....I have heard it credibly reported by men of great gravity that, of a hundred maids going to the woods, there have scarcely the third part of them returned home again as they went." '

Canterbury Stained Glass, Canterbury Cathedral.

Mount Olympus. 'Traditionally regarded as the heavenly abode of the Greek gods and the site of the throne of Zeus, Olympos seems to have originally existed as an idealized mountain that only later came to be associated with a specific peak ... '

The Temple of Delphi.

Anthony Roach. Landscape and seascape photography.

Nature Photography by Barbara Jordan.

Barb Collins. Wildlife and nature photography. 'My goal in creating this site is to promote the preservation of wildlife and nature through public awareness. I hope you enjoy the articles, photography and links to other interesting web sites I have visited. '

Andrew Lewandowski. Outsider art.

Jeffrey Lerner. "the images i paint just sorta fall out. its not like i see things and paint them, i paint and things are seen. God is constantly teaching me through these paintings - messages speak to me and i believe they are to be shared with others. There is hidden truth in everything - you may see a lesson for you - i for me - and another person for themselves. God speaks to each of us differently - Like the one that was sent to you - i had no idea what to send, but this was the one you were suppose to have - and....... sometimes a silly notion just comes to me and makes me laugh, so it goes on a piece of wood or paper. Most of my work is on wood with acrylic paint."

Alvin Levie. Outsider art.

Karin Kuhlmann. Outsider art.

Cincinnati Art Museum: African Art.

Cincinnati Art Museum: Art of the Americas.

Cincinnati Art Museum: American Painting and Sculpture.

4th February

Hark to Bounty. "How did the pub "Hark to Towler" at Slaidburn get its name?". An interesting piece of Lancashire local history.

The Shoe Project. A weblog about shoes. Pictures!

Neighbourhood Art Traffic Signals: Johanna Poethig's "Freeway Prophecy" Mural.

The Susan B. Anthony House. 'The Susan B. Anthony House was the home of the legendary American civil rights leader during the most politically active period of her life, and the site of her famous arrest for voting in 1872.'
'Susan B. Anthony's story of courage and determination has been told and re-told to visitors to her Rochester, New York home on Madison Street for more than fifty years.'
'Today, the house is a museum with National Historic Landmark status. The Susan B. Anthony Preservation District is a nine-block area around The Susan B. Anthony House and Susan B. Anthony Square. It is one of the last intact 19th century middle-class neighborhoods in the country and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places ... '
With virtual tour, and a page on the Susan B. Anthony dollar coin.

Carrie Chapman Catt Childhood Home. "The struggle for the vote was an effort to bring men to feel less superior and women to feel less inferior." - Carrie Chapman Catt, 1924.
'Her efforts ensured equal voting rights for women in America. Learn about Catt, the woman suffrage movement, and the restoration of her 1866 rural Iowa home. '

West Indies Cricket Weblog. For fans of cricket, and fans of the West Indies.

Line Art Buddhas.

Line Art Buddhist Deities.

Cliterati. Erotica for women. Great site. Not safe for work, and you have to go through a warning page to get to the site.

How to Make a Very Simple Pinhole Camera. 'Almost any box or container that can be made light tight can be used to make a pinhole camera. A fairly good camera can be make using an empty cardboard oatmeal container (the cylindrical type). It should be empty and clean. First cut a small hole in the front center ... '

The Antique Vibrator and Quack Museum. 'I began collecting antique vibrators around 1997 when I began finding them wile out hunting for typewriters and other antiques. I thought some of the vibrators were interesting so I began buying them. I have been collecting aggressively and have assembled an extensive collection with many unusual examples.'
Thanks to qB.

Tiananmen Trading. 1910-1940 Chinese advertising lithographs and antiques.

Chinese Cartoons.

Anchor Building Sets. 'In our high tech world of the Keyboard, Mouse and PC, the satisfaction of creating with our own hands can be easily forgotten. We all know that there are few experiences in life that are more exhilarating than turning an idea into reality. Perhaps that is why Anchor Stone Building Sets, first introduced in Germany more than a century ago, are experiencing resurgence in popularity here in the U.S. ... '

L'Abbaye aux Dames, Caen. 'The city of Caen first became important under the Norman dukes in the 10th and 11th centuries and was the capital of lower Normandy under William I. William I the Conqueror and his wife Matilda founded two monastic communities in Caen, the Abbaye-aux-Hommes (dedicated to St. Stephen) for men and the Abbaye-aux-Dames for women. Both churches, associated with the respective monasteries, are good examples of Norman Romanesque architecture, which is often severe and logical. Most Norman churches also have paired towers and square crossing towers.'
L'Abbaye aux Hommes.

Albrecht Altdorfer, 1480-1538. An artist of the Northern Renaissance.

Ancient Legends, Mystic Charms, and Superstitions of Ireland, 1887.

Myths and Folklore of Ireland, 1890.

'We'll Sing to Abe Our Song!': Sheet Music about Lincoln, Emancipation and the Civil War. ' "We'll Sing to Abe Our Song!": Sheet Music about Lincoln, Emancipation, and the Civil War from the Alfred Whital Stern Collection of Lincolniana includes more than two hundred sheet-music compositions that represent Lincoln and the war as reflected in popular music. The collection spans the years from Lincoln's presidential campaign in 1859 through the centenary of Lincoln's birth in 1909. This music was compiled by Alfred Whital Stern (1881-1960), who is considered the greatest private collector of materials relating to the life and times of Abraham Lincoln. '

Selected American Civil War Photographs. 'The Selected Civil War Photographs Collection contains 1,118 photographs. Most of the images were made under the supervision of Mathew B. Brady, and include scenes of military personnel, preparations for battle, and battle after-effects. The collection also includes portraits of both Confederate and Union officers, and a selection of enlisted men. '

Annie of Brewarrina. 'Annie Russell (nee Hart) was born in Brewarrina, a small town situated on the Barwon River in northern New South Wales. Annie grew up in Brewarrina and after her marriage to Eric Russell in 1941 they moved to Sydney. A few years later they returned to work in the district around Brewarrina where they stayed until Annie's death in 1998. '
'The next few pages outline Annie's recollections of life and growing up in Brewarrina. These recollections were collected and transcribed by Elaine Thompson, President of the Brewarrina Historical Society in 1990, and they form part of her book "Brewarrina Bric-a-brac" and the story has been developed for the web by Australian Museums OnLine (AMOL).'

2nd February

William Douglas Strong's 1933 Honduras Journal. 'William Duncan Strong (18991962) was one of the 20th century's preeminent anthropologists. Best known as an archaeologist, he studied at a time when the practice of anthropology placed equal emphasis on understanding the cultural and physical developments of human populations as well as the historic and prehistoric origins of human civilization. Strong conducted archaeological and ethnographic fieldwork throughout the Americas, and his field journals provide an exceptional record of his diverse training and holistic perspective. As both scientific documents and works of art, the journals capture archaeological detail as well as the social experience of international travel and cultural interaction ... '
'Duncan Strong's field journals, photographs and maps from the 1933 Honduras expedition provide one of the only scientific records of this remote area. Eloquent, artistic and captivating, they are an extraordinary example of Strong's knowledge of human cultures, the natural environment and, especially, the archaeological past ... '

Royal Gifts from Thailand. In the Smithsonian. Interesting to explore, and interesting stories behind these gifts of the kings of Thailand to the USA.

Village History. The story of the village of Freckleton, and the story of a historian.
'Follow Peter Shakeshaft's account of how he became interested in the history of a village where he once lived, and how he ended up writing a local history that covered almost a thousand years ... '

A Virtual Tour of Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo.

Raymond Janssen. Nude photography. Not safe for work.
'Being a computer engineer to earn a living, I 'transform' myself into a photographer during evenings and weekends and spend all my available free time on all things connected to photography ... I discovered that with photography I could make just the images I loved, and that they could stand on their own, without the necessity to build a scenario around them. And it didn't take long before I discovered the most interesting and beautiful subject on earth: people. These can be male or female, done by candid photography, location or studio-shoots. Soon I specialised in portraits and nudes, shot in black and white ...'

Jefferson's Legacy: A Brief History of the Library of Congress.

Dick Tracy. The online comic.

Korea. A 'special' about Korean culture and history, from Comprehensive, interesting, lots to see.

Dave Riemer. Nude photography. Not safe for work.

How to Make a Very Basic Carbon Microphone.

Birth Rights. Midwifery in Staffordshire. 'This exhibition is based on the memories and experiences of women who have worked, or are still working, in Staffordshire as Midwives, Health Visitors and School Nurses. '

Historic Photographs of Staffordshire.

Betty Press: Reflections of Africa. Photography.

Hywell Waters: Various Photographs from South Africa and Zimbabwe.

Japanese Ghost Stories.

Kappa. A Japanese water demon.

Avalokiteshwara. Redeemer of humanity.

Brahma. One of the great Hindu gods.

Roadside Architectural Wonders.

Ashpalt America.

American Amusement Parks.

Putty at a Forge. Flemish, 17th century.

Diana and Her Dog. 'Rather than being engaged in a heroic mythological story, this Diana, goddess of the moon, simply rests languidly in a world of her own. Lost in thought as her greyhound nuzzles her arm, she has dropped off her garment and seems spent from a long day of hunting.'

Venus at the Forge of Vulcan.

Tithonus Dazzled by the Crowning of Aurora. 'Aurora, the goddess of dawn, sits enthroned on a cloud while a winged genius crowns her with a wreath of red and white flowers ... '

Death of Messalina. 'A Roman soldier pulls back his sword to stab the Empress Messalina, Emperor Claudius's spectacularly unfaithful wife, fending off her mother attempts to intercede.'

Your Sky. 'Welcome to Your Sky, the interactive planetarium of the Web. You can produce maps in the forms described below for any time and date, viewpoint, and observing location. If you enter the orbital elements of an asteroid or comet, Your Sky will compute its current position and plot it on the map. Each map is accompanied by an ephemeris for the Sun, Moon, planets, and any tracked asteroid or comet. A control panel permits customisation of which objects are plotted, limiting magnitudes, colour scheme, image size, and other parameters ... '

Earth View. Current views of the Earth.

Moon View. Current views of the Moon.

1st February

A redesign is in the offing - the first in a couple of years, and the most comprehensive to date. It's all thanks to the talented taz.

Final implementation won't be for a couple of days due to my monitor blowing up yesterday, but you can get a sneak preview here.