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15th July


Haiku of Kobayashi Issa. 'Kobayashi Issa (1763-1827) was one of the most prolific of Japan's haiku poets, leaving thousands of one-breath masterpieces for the world to enjoy. Only a small fraction of his life's work has been translated into English. This website offers an archive of 5,200 of Issa's haiku. '
'You can view Issa's poems in a seasonal anthology, organized by traditional Japanese season words, or search the archive.'

Solresol. An 'invented' musical language.
'Solresol was developed by Jean François Sudre (1787-1864) beginning in 1817 and running past his death (courtesy of posthumous publication) to 1866. Solresol is important to the history of constructed languages (particularly interlanguages) on several grounds: it was the first artificial language to get beyond the project stage and to be taken seriously as an interlanguage, and it also pioneered certain ideas that have only recently been rediscovered. It is also the first and only musically-based interlanguage--or at least, the only one to make any headway.'

La Vache Qui Lit. A fine art and culture weblog, with a photo section.

Lindisfarne Gospels. ' 'A fabulous... exhibition that celebrates the book itself and the Golden Age of Northumbria that created it, one of the great moments of artistic awakening in these islands', The Guardian (12 July 2003).
'The book that made Britain', The Sunday Times (11 May 2003).'
'Turn the pages of one of the world's most magnificent works of art; understand how and why this great book was made.'
'Find out about the work of one man on the island of Lindisfarne in the early eighth century. See a sumptuous tapestry of faith, politics, design, fashion and trade on the world stage.'

Waterboro Library Blog. From Maine. 'Waterboro Public Library (ME) weblog of literary and library news and resources.'

The Robert Boyle Project (1627-91). 'Boyle is a seminal figure in the emergence of modern science, and interest in him has intensified in recent years. Various major initiatives have been associated with the Robert Boyle Project, including the publication of definitive, new editions of his Works (14 volumes, 1999-2000) and Correspondence (6 volumes, 2001), together with an electronic edition of his Work-diaries. This website provides various facilities for those interested in Boyle's life and work. These are listed in the adjacent menu, each item within which has its own index page giving further information about its content. '

Anthem for Doomed Youth: Writers and Literature of the Great War, 1914-18. 'On June 28, 1914, Gavrilo Princip, a radical Serbian student, assassinated the Archduke of Austria-Hungary, Francis Ferdinand, and his wife Sophie. This single, amateurish stunt for Serbian independence, coupled with arrogant foreign relations and entangling alliances, would, within a month, draw the western world into the most cruel, catastrophic war it had ever known. The First World War arrived at the climax of an era of unprecedented growth and achievement in Europe, shattering people's faith in king and country, and putting the lie to the popular notion that man and society had been progressing and improving right in step with the giant strides of the industrial revolution ...'

The Anthony P. Campanella Collection of Giuseppi Garibaldi. 'The Anthony P. Campanella Collection, recently presented to the University of South Carolina by Dr. Campanella, is a resource of major significance on Giuseppe Garibaldi (1807-1882), Italian liberator and hero-figure of nineteenth-century liberal nationalism, and on the Risorgimento, the 1860 reunification of Italy. Apart from the wars and territorial redistributions of the Napoleonic period, Italian reunification was the most influential, far-reaching political event in nineteenth-century Europe: the intellectual and political consequences of the event extended far beyond the boundaries of Italy.'

The Works of Rabindranath Tagore.

Antarctic Whaling: The Nielsen Alonso Voyage 1926-27. 'The Nielsen Alonso was a Norwegian whaling vessel. For five summers, from 1926-27 to 1930-31, the ship called at Hobart to enlist a crew of adventurous young (and not-so-young) Tasmanians before proceeding to the Ross Sea, in the Antarctic ... '
Gallery.

Ansel Adams: Beneath the Surface.

The Annual Literary Festival, Old Dominion University. 'In April 1978, the English Department held a Poetry Jam, featuring Richard Wilbur, W.D. Snodgrass, and Dave Smith. The success of the Poetry Jam and "the recent explosion of community interest in the literary, visual, and performing arts" in Hampton Roads, led to the First Annual Literary Festival. It was called "The Arts Reunion," and it coincided with the arrival of the Associated Writing Programs' national headquarters, the birth of ODU's creative writing program, and the establishment of a Distinguished Visiting Writer position (W. D. Snodgrass was our first). It was a heady time. '
'The enthusiasm has continued, sustained by ever-increasing university and community support. Each October the Hampton Roads, as well as the University, calendar reminds us that for about a week our area will be home to such writers as Robert Pinsky, Rita Dove, John McPhee, William Styron, Ann Beattie, Charles Johnson, Derek Walcott, and Gwendolyn Brooks ...'

Anne T. Kent California Room Ephemera. 'We are in the process of creating an online collection of ephemera from Marin County and Northern California via our extensive collection. Ephemera is defined as transitory paper documents produced for a specific purpose or event. Examples include flyers, brochures, clippings, tickets, invitations, and posters. '

Calculating Machines. 'The history of mathematics goes a long way back with devices and methods of calculation. Starting with the ancient Abacus, the slide rule and the logarithms, the mechanical calculating machines, the electromechanical calculators and finally the electronic computer. This site deals mainly with the mechanical calculating machines from a collector's point of view. I hope you enjoy this site and find it as useful as many other cyberspace citizens have. '

Spirals in Nature: The Magical Number Behind Hurricanes and Galaxies. 'As hurricane Isabel churned toward his office in Baltimore yesterday, astrophysicist Mario Livio pondered the curious similarity between the storm's shape and that of our Milky Way Galaxy. In fact, Livio knows, the shape is shared by things as diverse as a seashell, water going down a drain and the path of a falcon on the hunt ... '

blackfeminism.org - 'a community web log about race and gender.'
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14th July


Death. Salon special issue on aspects of death, east and west.

Art for Housewives to become an illustrated essay. Looking forward to it.

Sylvia. 'Cat lovers adore this strip! Hollander uses her strong cast of characters -- a fairy godmother, the Woman Who Does Everything More Beautifully Than You, demon dogs and malicious cats -- to discuss social issues. Sylvia provides advice on everything from feminism to fashion, making it a hit with female readers. '

For Better or Worse. 'Since its debut in 1979, "For Better or For Worse" has touched comic strip readers as few cartoons ever do. Cartoonist Lynn Johnston's eye for detail and her uncanny sense of what real parents and children struggle with daily are a big part of her success. The world has watched the Patterson family grow up in real time, and to many readers, the Pattersons feel like family! '

Bill Clinton's Book. Satirical cartoons.

Men Are Idiots. Satirical cartoons.

The Decoration of European Armour. 'Some of the earliest decorated armor was produced during the Celtic Bronze Age in the British Isles, Scandinavia, and the area of modern-day France, Germany, and Austria. Especially famous are the shields found at Battersea and Winchelsea, decorated with embossed Celtic scrollwork, or the helmets adorned with embossed geometric patterns and crests. These crests could take the shape of two horns or of a flattened triangular profile, sometimes both. Those decorated with pairs of horns probably date to the twelfth or eleventh century B.C., and, incidentally, seem to be the only Scandinavian helmets to be adorned with horns (there is little evidence to suggest that Vikings ever used horns as crests). A helmet with a flattened triple-pointed crest, found recently at Moosbruckschrofen in Austria, probably dates from the fourteenth century B.C., and may thus be the earliest European helmet in existence. However, some of the more lavishly decorated items, such as shields and some helmets, were probably not made for warfare but intended solely as offerings to Celtic deities.'

Art of the 17th and 18th Centuries in Naples.

The Buddhist Monastic Life. 'few months after his enlightenment the Buddha founded an order of monks, and later on nuns. The purpose of this order was twofold. Its primary purpose was to provide a community that would give the optimum opportunity for its members to practice the Dharma and attain Nirvana. Its secondary purpose was to transmit the Dharma and be a witness to its transforming power. '
'Since the time of the Buddha, monks and nuns have expanded their role beyond that of the practitioner and teacher to become, at different times and places, educators, artists, social workers, scholars, physicians, and even rulers. In Tibet, a line of monks called the Dalai Lama's, ruled the country from the 16th to the middle of the 19th century. However despite these expanded, sometimes even incongruous roles, there have always been monks who have lived simple lives, meditating, teaching and gently influencing the communities around them ... '

Glastonbury Festival. Photos, blogs, stories.
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13th July


Dangerous Liaisons: Fashion and Furniture in the 18th Century. 'Dangerous Liaisons focuses on dress and its aesthetic interplay with art, furniture, and the broader decorative arts between 1750 and 1789. Presented in the dramatic setting of The Wrightsman Galleries, the Museum's French period rooms, the exhibition explores the dressed body's spatial negotiation of the 18th-century interior as a choreography of seduction and erotic play. The coquettish Polonaise dress with its hem raised to reveal the ankle is juxtaposed with a side table that transforms into a dressing table through mechanisms similar to the gown's hidden ties. The arch of the foot introduced by shoes with a Louis-style heel is seen with the scrolling legs of tables and chairs from the period shod in ormolu sabots. Lavish banyans, the "undress" of 18th-century rakes, and fans, an accessory that could be wielded with both decorous and flirtatious intent, are presented as the favored modes of beguilement of the 18th-century man about town and his femme du monde counterpart.'
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The Maurice Thorez Internet Archive. 'Thorez went to work in the coal mines at the age of 12 and joined the French Socialist Party in 1919, but soon after, joined the Communist Party, and became the party's Secretary General during the "third period" in 1930.'
' He was elected to the Chamber of Deputies in 1932 and following the Comintern directive, formed a the Popular Front with the Socialist Party and the Radical Socialists and following the 1936 elections Leon Blum became Prime Minister of a Popular Front government ... '

Images of England. 'Images of England, working in partnership with over 1,500 volunteer photographers, is building a digital library of photographs of England's 370,000 Listed Buildings. Text and images will be added to this site regularly during the project and many thousands are there for you to view now.'

Phoc Hue Temples. Virtual tour of a Vietnamese Buddhist temple.

US Lawmakers Visit the Devastation of Darfur. Photo essay.
'Two Republican members of the U.S. Congress, Sen. Sam Brownback and Rep. Frank Wolf, travelled to western Darfur in late June 2004. Upon their return, the lawmakers released a report detailing their visit to overhwlemed camps of displaced black African Muslims under attack by Arab 'Janjaweed'. The report discusses whether the conflict should be classified as 'genocide', the involvement of the Sudanese government in the ethnic cleansing, and lack of humanitarian access to refugees. The lawmakers call for more action from the United Nations, the African Union, and the Bush administration to resolve the conflict and alleviate the misery.'
'The men pictured here are among the few of their generation at camp Mornay in western Darfur, which holds 70,000-80,000 people. Estimates of the number killed during 18 months of fighting from January 2003 and July 2004 range from 10,000 to 30,000. According to USAID, this number could rapidly rise unles the Sudanese government allows greater humanitarian access to the one million internally displaced people in Darfur.'

Centre for American Progress. Progressive America.

Exit Mundi: A Collection of End-of-World Scenarios.

Peter Thorpe Rocket Paintings.

The William Blake Archive.

Russian Architecture.
Kizhi. 'Many an amazing relic of bygone generations will be found in the North Russian domain of Karelia, an austere realm of rugged, lovely scenery with innumerable rivers and streams criss-crossing its lake-studded, dense forests. '
Baroque Architecture of St. Petersburg.

Fortresses of Northern Russia. Virtual tour.

Basho's World. 'The stations listed below are from Matsuo Basho's travel diary "The Narrow Road to the Deep North" (Oku no Hosomichi). The primary translation is by Nobuyuki Yuasa, from The Narrow Road to the Deep North and Other Travel Sketches.'

Miss America. 'Tracking the country's oldest beauty contest -- from its inception in 1921 as a local seaside pageant to its heyday as one of the country's most popular events -- Miss America paints a vivid picture of an institution that has come to reveal much about a changing nation. The pageant is about commercialism and sexual politics, about big business and small towns. But beyond the symbolism lies a human story -- at once moving, inspiring, infuriating, funny and poignant. Using intimate interviews with former contestants, behind-the-scenes footage, and photographs, the film reveals how the pageant became a battleground and a barometer for the changing position of women in society.'

Mount Rushmore. 'High on a granite cliff in South Dakota's Black Hills tower the huge carved faces of four American presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt. Together they constitute the world's largest piece of sculpture.'
'The massive tableau inspires awe, curiosity and bemusement. How, and when, was it done? What obstacles were overcome to cut the 60-foot-high heads out of a wilderness mountain? Who possessed the audacity -- or lunacy -- to create such a gargantuan work?'

The Quiz Show Scandal. 'When CBS premiered "The $64,000 Question" in 1955, the show was more than a hit; it was a national phenomenon. More quiz shows followed. What the audience was to learn, much later, was that many of these shows were fixed. Slowly, painfully, the deceit unravelled. A look at the formative years of television and the scandal's impact on the TV business and a naive America. '

Stephen Foster. 'Stephen Foster was the first great American songwriter. His melodies are so much a part of American history and culture that most people think they're folk tunes. All in all he composed some 200 songs, including "Oh! Susanna" "Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair," and "Camptown Races." Though he virtually invented popular music as we recognize it today, Foster's personal life was tragic and contradiction-riddled. His marriage was largely unhappy, he never made much money from his work and he died at the age of 37 a nearly penniless alcoholic on the Bowery in New York.'
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12th July


The Story of Welsh. History of the Welsh language.

Seung Sahn's Twelve Gates. 'These kong-ans (Japanese: koan) are among the principle ones used by Zen Master Seung Sahn and the other teachers of the Kwan Um School. In terms of Dae Soen Sa Nim's published teaching, two of them originally appeared in print in Dropping Ashes on the Buddha, and the original complete set of ten first appeared in the appendix "Mind Meal" of his book Only Don't Know. They are also the subject of his book Ten Gates. An eleventh gate was added as an epilogue to Ten Gates and, more recently, a twelfth gate was added. '

Leonardo da Vinci. A virtual exhibit.

Valentin de Boulogne: Soldiers Playing Cards and Dice (The Cheats). Virtual tour of a great work of art.
'The dupe: a young man is engrossed by his cards, oblivious to the activity around him. His soft, pink silk shirt, adorned with lace and ribbons, and fair, smooth skin give him away—he appears to be wealthy but also inexperienced. It is getting late. Dark circles begin to shroud his eyes, the shadow of a beard circles his mouth, and locks of hair fall over his forehead ... '

The Loom. A science blog about evolution, paleontology, biotechnology, neuroscience, and more.

The Thomas Jefferson Papers. 'The complete Thomas Jefferson Papers from the Manuscript Division at the Library of Congress consists of approximately 27,000 documents. This is the largest collection of original Jefferson documents in the world. Document types in the collection as a whole include correspondence, commonplace books, financial account books, and manuscript volumes. The collection is organized into ten series or groupings, ranging in date from 1606 to 1827. Correspondence, memoranda, notes, and drafts of documents make up two-thirds of the Papers and document Jefferson's activities as a delegate to the second Continental Congress; his drafting of the Declaration of Independence, June-July 1776; his position as governor of Virginia, 1779-81; his return to Congress as a representative, 1783-84; and his appointment as minister plenipotentiary in Europe and then minister to the Court of Louis XVI, succeeding Benjamin Franklin, 1784-89. Well documented are his two administrations as president from 1801 through 1809, when he engineered the purchase of the Louisiana territory and maintained American neutrality in the conflict between France and Great Britain that led to the War of 1812. Correspondence, drawings, maps, and notes document the building of Washington, D.C. The broad range of Jefferson's intellectual and political interests is represented by his legal and literary commonplace books, miscellaneous bound volumes of notes and extracts, and manuscript volumes relating to seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Virginia history, some of which were part of the personal library he sold to Congress in 1815. In its online presentation, the Thomas Jefferson Papers comprises approximately 83,000 images.'

Return to Sender. Web comic.

RFK. 'Robert Francis Kennedy would almost certainly have been president if his violent death hadn't intervened. He was brave, claims one biographer, "precisely because he was fearful and self-doubting." This probing and perceptive biography reassesses the remarkable and tragic life of the third Kennedy son, the boy Joe Sr. called the "runt." '
'Featuring extensive interviews with family members, friends, journalists, Washington insiders, and civil rights activists, the film chronicles the pivotal role RFK played in many of the major events of the 1960s -- the Cuban Missile Crisis, the civil rights movement , the war in Vietnam. The film looks closely at Kennedy's complicated relationships with some of the leading figures of his day, Martin Luther King and Lyndon B. Johnson, among them. And it reveals much about his personal world, his role as family mediator, his involvement with Marilyn Monroe, and his overwhelming grief and guilt following the assassination of his older brother.'

Wapsi Square. Web comic.

Klyde Morris. Comic strips online.

Noqoìlpi, the Gambler: A Navajo Myth, 1889. 'In the cañon of the Chaco, in northern New Mexico, there are many ruins of ancient pueblos which are still in a fair state of preservation, in some of them entire apartments being yet, it is said, intact. One of the largest of these is called by the Navajos Kintyèl or Kintyèli, which signifies "Broad-house." It figures frequently in their legends and is the scene of a very interesting rite-myth, which I have in my collection. I have reason to believe that this pueblo is identical with that seen and described in 1849 by Lieut. J. H. Simpson, U. S. A.,2 under the name of Pueblo Chettro Kettle. Although his guide translated this "Rain Pueblo," it seems more probably a corruption of the Navajo Tseçqa or Tceçga (English Chethra) Kintyèl, or "Broad House among the Cliffs," -- i.e., in the cañon. This story of Noqoìlpi was not related to me as a separate tale, but as a part of the great creation and migration legend of the Navajos. When the wandering Navajos arrived at Kintyèl, this great pueblo was in process of building, but was not finished. The way it came to be built was this ... '

Dori Caspi: Himba Moments. Photographs of the Himba people of Namibia.

Basque Legends, by Wentworth Webster, 1879.

The Sylvia Pankhurst Internet Archive. 'Sylvia was a talented artist by training but during her schooling also became involved in the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU), founded by her mother in 1903, and in which her sister, Christabel, was also very active. In 1906 she served her first prison sentence for her political activities--in her life she would endure several brutal prison sentences involving hunger strikes and forced feedings. She also did work for the Labour Party and became and was closely associated with Kier Hardie, the leader of the party in the House of Commons. In 1911 her book The History of the Women's Suffrage Movement was published. Her writings include 22 books and pamphlets, and numerous articles including the launching of four newspapers ... '

Raya Danyevskaya Internet Archive. 'Marxist Humanist, born in the Ukraine in 1910 and moved with her parents to Chicago in 1920 to escape famine; expelled from the US Communist Party at age 14 as a Trotskyist; the first to decipher and translate Marx's Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts. Raya was a secretary to Trotsky for a time durng the 1930s, but she developed a position in opposition to Trotsky's "statism". She differs sharply also from "Marxist Humanists" like Fromm and Marcuse and from Lukacs, since from the beginning Raya took a clear stand against Stalinism. Raya was also the translator of Lenin's Philosophical Notebooks, and these notes were an important part of her political position throughout her life. In her final years, she developed criticisms of Lenin over Lenin's theory of the Party.'

Kanakadasa - Poet among Saints. 'Saint-Poet Kanakadasa (c 1509-1609 A.D.) belongs to the tradition of Haridasa literary movement which ushered in an era of devotional literature in Karnataka. Scores and scores of Haridasa have composed songs in praise of Krishna (incarnation of Vishnu). 'Haridasa' stands for 'servant of Hari', is another epithet of god Krishna. Right from 14th century to 19th, we find several Haridasas who wrote devotional compositions which could be set to music with simple instruments like Tanpura, and Tala (cymbals). They wrote kirtans, bhajans, prayers, lullabies, festival songs, and house-hold-chore songs. Written in simple and spoken Kannada, they had universal appeal ... '

Shaw Memorial. 'This Web feature focuses on the powerful memorial created by Saint-Gaudens to honor one of the first African-American units of the Civil War. Six sections of in-depth material explore the artist and his working methods, historical background on Shaw and the regiment, the memorial and its conservation, text from the exhibition, and teaching resources. '
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