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28th February


Dawn and Twilight: Woodblock Prints of Kawase Hasui. 'In commemoration of the long-awaited publication, Kawase Hasui: The Complete Woodblock Prints, by our friends at Hotei Publishing, we are pleased to focus our online exhibitions on the moods and seasons of Kawase Hasui (1883-1957), one of the most important Japanese woodblock print landscape artists of the 20th century. With more than 650 woodblock prints in his oeuvre, his nostalgic vision of Japan, with its shrines, temples, and bridges have been appreciated by Japanese and Westerners alike. His fascination with historical Japan, transience of life, and love of nature, earned him recognition in 1956 as a Living National Treasure (the greatest honor an artist can experience in post-war Japan) ... '

Cupid's Box of Delights. Paintings from the National Gallery, London.

The Art of Science. Art. 'Some of the National Gallery's paintings can tell us about scientific instruments and inventions from the past. Click on the details below to find out more...'

Month in Yorkshire by Walter White, 1861 (extracts). Amazing piece of history.

'Mecca' in the Forest. Photographs of people living in and around an ecotourism resort in the Gambian bush.

Knight Ridder Election 2004. Weblog following the US presidential election.

Spam Poetry. 'I write poetry using only the subject lines from the hundreds of pieces of SPAM I get every day.'

Ms. Frizzle. Fab weblog about the adventures of a middle school science teacher.

Mihoko Fukumura. Photography.

Masahiro Oku. Photography.

Afterimage Photograph Gallery.

Bill Agee. 'I am especially known for my use of black and white infrared film which I have been using regularly since 1985 to create graphic black and white images. I like it's serendipitous surreal quality that is never fully predictable. Since 1995 I have been actively involved using computers in my work.'

The Jean Genet Page. 'But now I am afraid. The signs pursue me and I pursue them patiently. They are bent on destroying me. Didn't I see, on my way to court, seven sailors on the terrace of a cafe, questioning the stars through seven mugs of light beer as they sat around a table that perhaps turned; then, a messenger boy on a bicycle who was carrying a message from god to god, holding between his teeth, by the metal handle, a round, lighted lantern, the flame of which, as it reddened his face, also heated it? So pure a marvel that he was unaware of being a marvel. Circles and globes haunt me: oranges, Japanese billiard balls, Venetian lanterns, jugglers' hoops, the round ball of the goalkeeper who wears a jersey. I shall have to establish, to regulate, a whole internal astronomy ... '

Peace Africa. 'PeaceAfrica is a digital commons project of the AllAfrica Foundation, funded by the Ford Foundation's Special Initiative for Africa (SIA). '
'The web channel, hosted by allAfrica.com, is meant to become an interactive Internet platform, linking African organisations working in peace-building, conflict resolution and related fields into an online network. The peace community includes groups working in civil, legal and human rights, in institution-building at the regional level, in the fields of identity and citizenship and among constituencies such as the arts, labour, women, youth and media. In short, the project is dedicated to facilitating African leadership and partnerships for peace, in and among these many fields. '

The Mabinogion, translated from the Welsh by Lady Charlotte Guest, 1849. 'The Mabinogion is a group of Welsh tales from the Red Book of Hergest, a 14th Century manuscript maintained at Jesus College, Oxford. It is one of the masterpieces of Welsh literature, and has a major subsection which contains portions of the Arthurian legend.'

The Gododdin Poems from The Four Ancient Books of Wales.

The Costume Museums of Australia.

19th Century Girls' Series. 'Long before Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, Sweet Valley High, the Babysitters' Club, Goosebumps, or Animorphs, series books provided a source of enjoyable fiction for children. The first children's fiction series appeared in the United States in the 1830s, and by the 1860s the genre was well-established and earning both praise and censure. '
'I've been researching series books for over twenty-five years. This page draws upon some of that research; it is devoted to bio- bibliographies and commentary about some 19th-century authors of series books for girls and younger children as well as samples of some of their fiction. It includes some of the century's most popular authors and a number of lesser-known figures whose works -- now almost forgotten -- show the evolution of the genre. Eventually, I hope to expand the coverage to authors writing in the early part of the 20th century and to add additional etexts and a bibliography of secondary sources.'
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27th February


Pueblo Indian Folk-Stories. 'This is a collection of stories from the Isleta Pueblo people of New Mexico. Charles Lummis [1859-1928] was a pioneering writer, photographer, amateur anthropologist and adventurer who, according to himself, invented the term 'The Southwest'. In 1884, Lummis took a hike from Cincinnati to Los Angeles, which he later chronicled in his best-selling book, A Tramp Across the Continent (1892). In 1885, he became city editor for the Los Angeles Times, and later covered the Apache wars in Arizona. In 1888, Lummis suffered a stroke. To convalesce, he moved to New Mexico, where he embedded himself in Pueblo culture and collected the stories in this book. This was originally published as The Man Who Married the Moon in 1894, and revised and enlarged as the present text in 1910. Lumis moved back to Los Angeles, where he made his home, El Alisal, and founded the Southwest Museum in 1914, at the foot of Mount Washington in East Los Angeles. He also helped restore the Spanish missions in California. '

The Art of the Mughals after 1600 AD. 'After the death of Akbar, architect of the Mughal empire and active patron of the arts, his son Jahangir (r. 1605–27) ascended to the throne. As a prince, Jahangir had established his own atelier in Allahabad and had strong artistic tastes, preferring a single painter to work on an image rather than the collaborative method of Akbar's time. He also encouraged careful plant and animal studies, and prized realistic portraiture and Europeanized subjects. The books Jahangir commissioned ranged from literary works such as the Razmnama (a Persian translation of the Hindu epic, the Mahabharata) to historical texts, including an illustrated version of the memoirs of his reign, the Tuzuk-i Jahangiri. But more common from his era are lavishly finished albums containing paintings and calligraphy samples mounted onto pages with decorative borders and then bound with covers of stamped and gilded or painted and lacquered leather. If he could not obtain a work he wanted, he had it copied, and at one time dispatched an artist to Iran to paint a likeness of Shah Abbas...'

Choson Punch'ong Ware. Korean ceramics. 'Bold. Earthy. Dynamic. Modern. These are some of the words we often associate with punch'ông ware, the striking ceramic type produced during the first 200 years of the Chosôn dynasty (1392–1910). Curiously, this arresting ware lacked a designated name at the time, at least judging from its absence in contemporaneous documents. The term punjang hoech'ông sagi was coined in the 1930s by South Korea's first art historian, Ko Yu-sôp; it translates as "gray-green ceramics decorated with powder." What we know today as punch'ông ware is a loose group of ceramics with a relatively coarse gray body embellished in various fashion with white slip, and covered in green-tinted semi-translucent glaze.'

Jean-Honore Fragonard. 'Embodying the freedom and curiosity of the French Enlightenment, Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732–1806) developed an exuberant and fluid manner as a painter, draftsman, and printmaker. Prolific and inventive, he abandoned early on the conventional career path dictated by the hierarchical structure of the Royal Academy, working largely for private patrons. His work constitutes a further elaboration of the Rococo idiom established by Antoine Watteau and François Boucher, a manner perfectly suited to his subjects, which favored the playful, the erotic, and the joys of domesticity.'

Annibale Carracci. 'Annibale Carracci (1560–1609) was the most admired painter of his time and the vital force in the creation of Baroque style. Together with his cousin Ludovico (1555–1619) and his older brother Agostino (1557–1602)—each an outstanding artist—Annibale set out to transform Italian painting. The Carracci rejected the artificiality of Mannerist painting, championing a return to nature coupled with the study of the great northern Italian painters of the Renaissance, especially Correggio, Titian, and Veronese.'

Secrets of the Secret Service. 'We realize the Secret Service can be confusing. Many people have no idea what it is they do. Others think they're not supposed to know because it's a secret. We hope to be able to dispel all of the myths and help to get the "secret" out of the Secret Service. After all, they've been doing a bang-up job wiping out the "service" ... '

Chemical Industry Archives. 'This website tells a shocking story about the nation's chemical industry. '
'It describes how large chemical corporations knew for decades that their products posed serious, even life-threatening health risks to their workers and customers. '
'It describes how these companies concealed this information from the public -- and continued to sell products that they knew were dangerous. This website also exposes the industry-funded public relations and lobbying campaigns that were designed to obscure the truth about the health risks of toxic chemicals. '
'The Chemical Industry Archives consists of thousands of internal documents from the chemical industry and from its national trade associations. Most of these documents were obtained in connection with legal proceedings against the chemical industry ... '

Wayland's Smithy (Long Barrow). Megaliths.

Coldrum. More megaliths.

Belas Knap. Megaliths.

The Long Man of Wilmington.

Fantastic Zoology. 'A graphical interpretation of J.L. Borges "Book of Imaginary Beings".' Great site.

The University of Virginia Collection of Historic Dress.

Barren Lands Digital Collection. 'This site documents two exploratory surveys of the Barren Lands region west of Hudson Bay, in northern Manitoba and Saskatchewan and the area now known as Nunavut. Drawing on materials from the J.B. Tyrrell, James Tyrrell and related collections at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto, it includes over 5,000 images from original field notebooks, correspondence, photographs, maps and published reports.'

The Discovery and Early Development of Insulin. 'This site documents the initial period of the discovery and development of insulin, 1920-1925, by presenting over seven thousand page images reproducing original documents ranging from laboratory notebooks and charts, correspondence, writings, and published papers to photographs, awards, clippings, scrapbooks, printed ephemera and artifacts. Drawing mainly on the Banting, Best and related collections housed at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library and the Archives and Records Management Services at the University of Toronto, it also includes significant holdings from the Aventis Pasteur (formerly Connaught) Archives, and the personal collection of Dr. Henry Best. '

Viewing Suriname. Many images, particularly of architecture.
'This site represents a growing collection of media resources related to the natural and cultural landscapes of Suriname. '

Irish Fairy Tales, by James Stephens, 1920.

The King of Ireland's Son, by Padraic Colum, 1916. Illustrated.

Museum of Ethnology Vienna: Insular South East Asia. Art, mostly from Indonesia.

Ceramics of the Persian Empire. 'The Rietz Food Technology Collection at the California Academy of Sciences, comprising approximately 1400 food related items from around the world, documents a wide range of food-related activities, including production, gathering, storing, processing, preserving and serving. The collection was assembled by Carl Austin Rietz, a leader in the food industry during much of his life and the inventor of many appliances and devices used in industry and in the home, most notably the food processor. Rietz had a lifelong interest in the food habits of other cultures and he traveled extensively. More often than not, he returned from his travels with additional food items for his collection.'
The collection.

Silenced Voices. Deceased livejournallers' journal.
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26th February


Spirit of Tibet. 'Photographs of the Tibetan people both inside Tibet and in exile in India and Nepal.'

Yuri Remyga. Russian painter. 'Yuri Remiga was born in 1964 in the city of Dubna, Moscow Region, Russia. Immersed himself into the painting in 1985... and forever. '

Art Cars. "ArtCars surprise and draw out in people that explosive moment of inner joy and laughter rarely seen in today's streets as governing bodies appear to give priority to systems rather than people." - Henry Sunderland. Many photos.

Whistler's Sketch of Anacapa Island. 'James Abbott McNeill Whistler, one of the most influential figures in the 19th-century art world, learned etching while employed in the cartographic section of the U.S. Coast Survey. According to that agency's volume of Personnel Records, 1816-1881, Whistler was hired by the federal government as a draftsman on November 7, 1854, for $1.50 a day. However, his unconventional work habits and his inability to conform to government routine led to his dismissal on January 9, 1855...'

Superhero Journal. Great weblog, great photos.

Portsdown Tunnels. Urban archaeology; all about the tunnels which lie beneath Portsmouth.
'Welcome to my Portsdown Tunnels website. I have lived in Portsmouth UK all my life, and have been interested in Portsdown and what lies underneath it since I was 8 years old. I was amazed to find that this subject had virtually no other presence on the Internet - or the Library - especially when you look at what has been documented for other UK cities. (See my links page). I am not an Archaeologist, but it seemed odd to me that more was known about a Long Barrow from 2000BC than a World War II deep tunnel shelter, hence PORTSDOWN TUNNELS was born ... '

Naturalist Photography 1880-1920.

Prison Pen Pals: Friends Beyond the Wall.

HIV in Nigeria: Living on the Edge. 'Nigerian photographer Jide Adeniyi-Jones traveled to southeast Nigeria early in 2003 to find out how communities were coping with the onslaught of HIV/Aids. He contributed these images and thoughts.'

Nuclear Plant Event Notification Reports. Courtesy of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Mugshots dot com. 'Three things you can count on in life: death, taxes, and screwing up. Don't feel badly, though. Everyone does it, including your favorites from the worlds of business, television, music, and film. And most likely, no one is looking up your photograph on the web to see how badly you messed up this time! You won't believe whom you'll find with one of those attractive letter boards with the name of the local lockup underneath his or her illustrious chin. Updated daily with at least 5 new Mugshots! '

Astronomy with a Stick. Low-tech astronomy for everyone.
'Changes in the length of daylight hours profoundly affect the daily and annual rhythms of our lives. Yet studies have shown that even college graduates fail to understand the relationships between the Sun and the Earth that cause these changes (Sadler and Schneps 1988). Students who learn by rote in a classroom do not fully understand or retain these important concepts. Astronomy skills properly introduced in elementary school will produce adults who understand the Earth's place in the universe. '

Fra Filippi Lippe. Gallery. 'Italian painter, Florentine school (b. 1406, Firenze, d. 1469, Spoleto).'
Fresco cycle in the Spoleto Cathedral.

Agnolo Bronzino. 'Italian painter, Florentine Mannerist (b. 1503, Firenze, d. 1572, Firenze).'
Portraits of the Medici. 'Bronzino was the best portrayer of the frozen, rigid etiquette of the Grand Duke's court in Florence. His career is interwoven with the history of Mannerism. on which he left his own mark. He happily established himself as the official painter of the Grand Duchy and as the enigmatic stylist of a small circle of cultured aristocrats. Bronzino was first Pontormo's pupil and then for many years his close assistant. With his master he took part in many important jobs in Florence in the 1520s (frescos in the Galluzzo Charter House and decorating the Capponi Chapel in S. Felicità). In 1530 he was summoned to the della Rovere court in the Marches and it was there that he began to paint portraits. It was not long before his outstanding talent in this direction became clear and he started to develop his own style, quite distinct from that of Pontormo. In fact, in addition to his master's almost maniacal insistence on accurate drawing, Bronzino added his own very personal use of colour which he applied in a clear and compact fashion that almost gave the effect of varnish. '

The Call of Yama. Death and last rites in the Hindu tradition. Image gallery.
How I sent my father to Heaven.

Netsuke from the Toledo Museum. 'Japanese artists cleverly invented the miniature sculptures known as netsuke to serve a very practical function. Traditional Japanese garments - robes called kosode and kimono - had no pockets. Men who wore them needed a place to keep personal belongings such as pipes, tobacco, money, seals, or medicines.'
'The elegant solution was to place such objects in containers (called sagemono) hung by cords from the robes' sash. The containers might take the form of a pouch or a small woven basket, but the most popular were beautifully crafted boxes (inro), which were held shut by ojime, sliding beads on cords. Whatever the form of the container, the fastener that secured its cord at the top of the sash was a carved, button-like toggle called a netsuke. Such objects, often of great artistic merit, have a long history reflecting important aspects of Japanese life.'

In the Seven Woods: Being Poems Chiefly of the Irish Heroic Age, by W. B. Yeats.

The Uffington White Horse. Images.

The Rollright Stones. Stone circle; images.
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