Photography by Zbigniew Kosc.
"...The Russian work of Zbigniew Kosc, rides the
wonderfully thin line between humour and tragedy. From
a warm portrait of a babuschka trying to sell her only
rooster at the market in St. Petersburg (the rooster
is perched atop an empty crate of Nefertiti (!)
oranges) to a Bashkir teacher and her school choir
waiting half-hopefully on a windy and desolate plain
for the arrival of the Russian president, Kosc's
photographs are powerful documents of the places and
people he sees,
at the time he sees them.(...)"
of the Celts. 'The main purpose in compiling an
encyclopedia of this kind is to give the reader access
to a fragment of the contents of some of the greater
and lesser know works of Celtic literature; including
works of mythology, legend, fiction and history. Most
of the entries include contributions by two or more
author's on the same subject, leaving the reader the
opportunity to formulate his/her own conclusions about
or interpretation of the matter described. The
encyclopedia is based on quotations, either partly or
in full, where the latter has been necessary to obtain
an insight into the subject. In the ancient Celtic
world, oral tradition was the chosen means of
communication. It seems obvious then, that later
retellings of the legends, myths, tales, and history
would differ in many ways. Therefore, I felt the
proper approach was to compile bits and pieces from
many and varied sources. In the process, several
hundreds of books were consulted and cited (see the
bibliography). Unfortunately, many of the books
mentioned have long ago gone out of the bookseller
market. One may still be able to find them, however,
at the libraries and in reprinted versions.The year
stated in the bibliography is the latest known year of
print at the time 'The Encylopedia of the Celts' was
Journey. 'You will meet in the following pages
some wonderful Tibetan characters and have a chance to
witness the beauty of their land. The pictures you
will see is the memory of a small Tibetan adventure.'
Comic. 'Studio Tuesday is a one man studio run by
david scheirer. This website features his artwork,
which includes a comic called tuesday, painting,
photography, and animation. Also associated with the
site is mallet, a site by david and his friend
stellar. Mallet features comics and drawings about
them and all the weird things they do and talk
about.' 'Tuesday comic originated from and comics
david drew during highschool. It was started in grade
12. It is based on things that happen to him and
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 Myths and Legends of the Pimas. 'This is a
rare book of Pima folklore, transcribed by a
sympathetic amateur ethnographer at the beginning of
the twentieth century. The Pima live in the arid
deserts of southern Arizona, and originally survived
by horticulture, hunting and gathering. Lloyd was not
a linguist, and collected the stories through an
interpreter. All of the Pima words and phrases are
written using a crude 'phonetic' system, which no
doubt is fairly inaccurate. However, this does not
invalidate the folklore, which is well-told and
consistent with other southwestern Native American
mythology, particularly in its repetition of the
number four. '
Points, Manhattan's Infamous Slum. 'Five Points
derived its name from the five-cornered intersection
of Anthony, Orange, and Cross Streets (present-day
Worth, Baxter, and Mosco Streets) in lower Manhattan.
Marshland and a pond known as "the Collect" originally
dominated the area. The Collect Pond provided fresh
drinking water for residents of the city during the
colonial period. By 1803, garbage dumping and runoff
from the slaughterhouses and tanneries that lined its
shores had cause a serious decline in the Collect's
water quality, and the city began to fill in the pond
The Legacy of the Black Panthers. 'Thirty years after Huey Newton
and Bobby Seale started the legendary organization in Oakland, Calif.,
the Panther legacy grabs, entices, and infuriates people. It conjures
images of revolution -- exactly what the new parties and old members
still using the name are counting on. '
Dutch City Maps from the Blaeu Atlas 1649/1652. 'These maps are
scanned from a facsimile publication of the Blaeu's Toonneel der Steden
from 1652. The order in which we present the maps is not the original
order and some of the maps have not yet been scanned ... '
Oahspe. 'Oahspe is a book written in 1880 by an American dentist
named John Ballou Newbrough [1828-1891]. He claimed that it was the
result of automatic writing, dictated to him by spirits in a trance. In
this trance he wrote the entire book on a very early typewriter
(possibly the first such book ever written on a machine!). The spirits
were very profilic; Oahspe is about four-fifths the size of the King
James Bible, and more than twice the size of the Book of Mormon. Other
texts archived at Sacred-texts authored via automatic writing during the
19th century include the Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ, and
Clothed with the Sun.'
Greg Palast. Leftie American
journalist and writer. His columns online.
LSD Blotter Art Gallery.
'The creation of blotter has become an underground art form leading to
an array of creative and stunning designs. It is likely that a few of
the blotter designs shown have never been dipped and were created purely
Grand Tour. 'Beginning in the late sixteenth
century, it became fashionable for young aristocrats
to visit Paris, Venice, Florence, and above all Rome,
as the culmination of their classical education. Thus
was born the idea of the Grand Tour, a practice which
introduced Englishmen, Germans, Scandinavians, and
also Americans to the art and culture of France and
Italy for the next 300 years. Travel was arduous and
costly throughout the period, possible only for a
privileged class—the same that produced gentleman
scientists, authors, antiquaries, and patrons of the
Littleport. The deportation of an English
village. 'During Saxon Times, before the Norman
conquest of 1066, Littleport, on the edge of The Fens
in Cambridgeshire, was a busy trading port, being
close to the Great Ouse - a river running out to The
Wash at Kings Lynn. But in 1816, it became the exit
point for a large number of criminal rioters.
' 'Overcrowding in British prisons is not a new
problem. In the early 18th Century however they had a
practical solution for dealing with excess numbers of
prisoners; they were forcibly shipped off to British
penal colonies in America. This solution continued
successfully, for the government at least, until the
American Civil War in 1860 brought it to an abrupt
end. The number of inmates in England rose, and
continued to rise, with dire consequences for the
gaols which could not hold the inmates ...'
Daioh Temple of
Daioh Mountain.'Welcome to Daioh Temple which is
located in Kyoto, Japan. Head Priest Shokyu Ishiko
cordially invites you to browse through the temple;
visit the various buildings, take a stroll through the
garden, and learn a little bit about its history and
teachings. The various pages about Daioh-in represent
an actual temple located in north-western Kyoto. The
pages about Jomoh Temple, a sub-temple of Daioh-in,
represent a virtual temple created for the Internet.
Please take your time and enjoy the wonders of these
two splendid temples.'
African Liberation Movement Posters. 'During the nineteen fifties
and sixties the vast majority of former European colonies in Africa
achieved their independence from their erstwhile "mother countries."
Viewed continentally, this can be said to have dated from 1952, when the
Free Officers Movement of Egypt ousted King Farouk and created a
Republic. South of the Sahara, the first African State to achieve
independence was Ghana, known as the Gold Coast during the colonial
period, whose first independent Prime Minister was Kwame Nkrumah, who
led his fellow Ghanaians to freedom in 1957. From 1958-1961 a spate of
other territories followed suit, seeking to disengage from the rule of
Britain, France, Spain and Belgium. Yet there were holdouts. The
Portuguese-ruled colonies of Angola, Mozambique and Guinea-Bissau, and
the white-minority ruled South Africa were among exceptions to the
pattern of "decolonization" which had been set in motion during 1960,
"Africa year" when British Prime Minister Harold MacMillan declared that
"the winds of change are blowing across the African continent." South
Africa, Portugal and in 1965 the small but minerally-rich polity of
Southern Rhodesia made clear their opposition to African majority rule,
and showed a willingness to use violence to prevent this from occurring.
While most Africans would have preferred not to have to resort to the
expedient of taking up arms, the example of the bloody Algerian
Revolution against French minority rule was still fresh in many minds by
the early nineteen sixties ... '
Against the Odds:
Sumner High School,
Kansas City, Kansas
'Sumner High School was a unique and very influential public school in
Kansas. It was established in Kansas City, Kansas in response to the
threat of racial violence in the city and a growing demand for the
exclusion of African American students from the local high school. The
push for segregation led the Kansas State Legislature to pass a law in
1905 which exempted only Kansas City, Kansas from the state law
prohibiting racially segregated public high schools. Reluctantly, the
Governor of Kansas, E. W. Hoch, signed the "school segregation bill,"
but successfully persuaded Kansas City, Kansas voters to finance the
construction of a new high school building for African Americans that
cost not less than $40,000 and which was to be as well equipped as the
existing high school building ... '
Across the Generations: Exploring US History Through Family Papers.
'Family papers contain a wealth of information. Most obviously, the
history of a particular family can be learned by examining the records a
family leaves behind. At the same time, larger trends and events can be
traced within the records of one family. Families do not go about their
daily lives in a vacuum. They bear and raise children, marry and die,
work and play as members of a larger community. As the family historian
Tamara Hareven has observed, "An examination of the family's interaction
with the process of social and economic change enables us to understand
more precisely not only what occurred internally within the family but
how such changes were accomplished on a societal level as well." In
other words, family papers can be used as a window onto evolving social
conditions, on-going economic change, new political trends, and cultural
shifts over time.' 'Within the study of social history, there are
multiple sub-fields. The themes presented here are just four of many
possibilities. In order to provide as wide a selection of documents as
possible, we have intentionally chosen broad themes: Family Life, Social
Awareness and Reform, Arts and Leisure, and Work. Each can be further
refined. For example, Family Life contains documents that reflect
courtship patterns over the nineteenth century, childrearing practices,
and nineteenth-century gender roles. Within Social Awareness and Reform
are items related to the abolition of slavery and changing perceptions
of race, women's suffrage, and philanthropy. Within Arts and Leisure are
materials which reflect, in part, increased opportunities for
professional women artists in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth
centuries. We have also included a set of paper dolls to represent the
growing availability of leisure for the middle and upper classes during
the Victorian era, as well as an increased recognition of the importance
of play for the children of prosperous parents. Finally, under the Work
theme, are materials which provide evidence of how some families took
advantage of opportunities offered by an expanding economy to grow
prosperous throughout the nineteenth and into the twentieth centuries.
They also demonstrate how women continued to face barriers within the
workplace even as the industrial revolution surged forward ... '
Aaron Thomas: The Caribbean Journal of a Royal Navy Seaman. 'The
journal of Aaron Thomas, housed in the Archives and Special Collections
Division of the Otto G. Richter Library at the University of Miami, is a
374 page leather-bound volume containing approximately 367 pages of
handwritten material. The journal begins on June 15, 1798 and concludes
on October 26, 1799, and chronicles the experiences and adventures of a
British seaman serving in the Royal Navy aboard HMS Lapwing in the West
Indies during the French Revolutionary wars. The journal contains
insightful, first-hand accounts of naval operations, customs of the day,
and humorous, detailed anecdotes involving shipmates and superiors.
Thomas, who joined the navy in 1793, includes entries regarding the
health and punishment of the men aboard ship, as well as his personal
views on slavery, religion, and morality. With the exception of the
final three pages, all entries are written in Thomas's hand ... '
Accent on Images: The Language of Illustrated Books. 'Pictures
have forcefully expressed ideas for thousands of years. Coupled with
text, pictures enhance the power of the written word. "Accent on Images:
The Language of Illustrated Books" demonstrates the immediate message of
an image however foreign to the reader the language of the text. '
'This exhibition showcases illustrated books in modern foreign languages
from the fifteenth through the twentieth centuries selected from the
rich and varied special collections of the Libraries of The Claremont
Colleges. Languages spoken and read from Scandinavia to Cape Horn and
across the globe from the Iberian Peninsula to the Sea of Japan word
these volumes. Subjects range from volcanic eruptions, visions of hell,
and vanquishing heroes to hot air balloons, folly gardens, and costumed
drama. Here are artists as assorted as an anonymous 15th century painter
who decorated a Dutch manuscript to a 20th century American book artist
whose pulp painting ignites a French poem. Recognized milestones in the
art of the book such as the Ashendene Press Dante and the Cranach Press
Hamlet stand beside a 16th century version of Aesop's Fables and a group
of autobiographical stories written by students at the Scripps College
Press. All are part of the unique and rare materials available to The
Claremont Colleges' constituency and to the wider scholarly community. '
The Artist as Collector: Masterpieces of Chinese Painting from the C. C.
Wang Family Collection. Images of Chinese art
here, and an online feature
here : 'On April 6, 1437, Yang Rong, a high-ranking scholar-official
serving the emperor of China, invited eight important officials and
dignitaries to his famous garden to view paintings and calligraphy,
compose poetry, and play chess. One of these invited officials is seen
above, brush in hand, poised to write a poem on the paper unrolled on
the table before him. Two other guests admire a painting in the format
of a hanging scroll. The servant on the left is readying another hanging
scroll for viewing while two more hanging scrolls lie rolled up on the
low table beside him. Yang Rong served at the court of five successive
emperors, rising to the rank of grand secretary, the highest official
position in the Ming dynasty court ... '
Steet. Great blog. 'Hala Fattah is an historian of
pre-modern Iraq and an independent scholar living in
Amman, Jordan.' (via MeFi)
Two interesting MeFi threads, sharing a weblogging theme :-
The emotional costs of fidelity -
'there's a growing number of good blogs where married guys are opening their hearts about
the insecurities, depressions and fear that goes with trying hard to make a marriage work instead
of giving into the temptation of cheating. ' Weblog festival in
Iran. Hoder's MeFi posts on Iran and blogging
are among our favourites.
Joseph Dalton Hooker.
'Joseph Dalton Hooker was arguably the most important British botanist
of the nineteenth century. A traveller and plant-collector, he was one
of Charles Darwin's closest friends and eventually became director of
Britain's Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.'
'The image on the left shows Joseph Hooker in 1896. It was taken by
William J. Hawker (No. 1 Gervis Buildings, Bournemouth) and I am very
grateful to Daniel Weinstock M.D.
(of Geneva, New York) who sent me a copy ... '
The Cantigas de Santa
Maria. 'The Cantigas de Santa Maria medieval-era manuscripts were
written during the reign of Alfonso X "El Sabio" (1221-1284) and are one
of the largest collections of monophonic (solo) songs from the middle
ages. ' Images
Paintings of Daria Daulat Bagh. 'The walls of Daria Daulat Bagh
palace in Shrirangapattna (spelled as Seringapatan in the old English
archives) fort in Karnataka contain beautiful historic paintings. Hyder
Ali commenced its construction in 1778 and his son Tippu Sultan
(1753-1799) had it completed in 1784 A.D. Constructed as a summer
palace, Daria Daulat Bagh (the name indicates that it was built with the
wealth acquired from sea-trade) is surrounded by a large garden on the
southern bank of the Kaveri river ... '
Girls Are Pretty. 'Come to
this blog, every single day, and you will be told what to do. '
Off the Mark. Online comic. 'Mark Parisi's off the mark hits a
bull's eye with slightly skewed humor and a twisted look at the little
things we take for granted. off the mark is a world of scheming pets,
evil computers and talking plants that puts an ironic, absurd or just
plain silly spin on the ordinary occurrences of everyday life. Described
by one newspaper editor as "sweet-natured and devilish at the same
time," off the mark receives fan mail from readers ages 10 to 87. "I
suppose I have to work on getting the 88 and above market," says Parisi.
Ahmed in Burco. 'I created
this Weblog to share with family and friends all over the world my new
experience as a Development Worker in Somaliland. I am the new HIV/AIDS
Youth Advisor for ICD (International Cooperation for Development). I am
stationed in Burco but my work covers the entire Country. Burco is
located around 310KM to Hargeisa, It's a dusty town with it's own
particular charm. Burco is the second city of Somaliland after Hargeisa.
My family is from here so I am very lucky to be posted here. I will be
uploading picture of Burco and the rest of Somaliland. Stay tuned.'
The University of Virginia in World War II. 'Welcome to our exhibit
about the University of Virginia's 8th Evacuation Hospital which served
in World War II. The exhibit includes twelve main panels, a
bibliography, and a panel with personal recollections of former 8th Evac
members. We recommend that you view the twelve main panels in order. '
Traditional Pub Games.
'All the most commonly known pub games which are or have been
traditionally been played in English Inns and Taverns.'
19th Century Photography of Ancient Greece. '19th-century
Photography of Ancient Greece illustrates approximately 200 nineteenth-
and early twentieth-century photographs of ancient Greek and Roman
architecture. Focusing on Greece, Asia Minor, the Aegean islands,
Cyprus, South Italy, and Sicily, these images belong to the Getty
Research Institute's Gary Edwards Collection. The majority of the
photographs are of Athens, particularly the Athenian Acropolis. In
addition, separate pages of this website are devoted to ancient
monuments elsewhere in Athens, selected site views in Greece and
throughout the Mediterranean, and ancient sculpture. Each page is
organized according to location and monument.'
The 1st Duke of Wellington. 'The exhibition is based on 53 of the
100,000 items which are held in the Wellington Archive at the University
of Southampton. It shows you selected documents in the context of
Wellington's career ... '
400 Years of Military Training. 'Every day, world events draw
attention to the importance of the history of armed conflict. Awareness
of the history of warfare allows better understanding of current
challenges. Since the earliest history of the book, armies have relied
on the ideas of others to help win wars. Libraries are in a good
position to encourage the study of military history, for the book has
long been as important to the soldier as his weapons and supplies.
' 'Armies have always needed books of a wide variety of form, content
and function. Military institutions have relied on books to convey to
their personnel both technical information and abstract ideas to better
prepare for and win wars. As soldiers in Western armies became
increasingly literate during the last two centuries, training on all
levels rested upon the creation of, and access to, the printed word.
Further, the development of abstract ideas of strategic thought meant
that in some armies the rise of professional officer corps and military
reading went hand in hand ... '
20th Maine. 'Images from the Maine Historical Society.' '
"Whatever may become of me individually, God save the country, we need
leaders, we have been ruined by the imbecility, imcompetency & treachery
of our Generals." '
'From his Maine regiment, Abner R. Small wrote this to a friend on
September 21, 1862. His sentiment was shared by thousands of men both in
and out of military service. The War was not going well for the Union
and in the summer of 1862, when President Lincoln called for an
additional 300,000 troops, it was not a surprise to see so many men
enlist in an attempt to bring proper leadership into the Army ... '
219 Loyola: Building a Library for New Orleans. 'As an expression of
pride in the past and confidence in the future
the citizens have dedicated this Public Library of New Orleans for all
whose thirst for knowledge leads them into the eternal quest for truth.
[The wording on the original mosaic wall in front of 219 Loyola,
composed by the architects and the library staff]'
'On December 15, 1958, the new Main Library at 219 Loyola Avenue opened
its doors to the public for the first time. First day users were dazzled
by an ultramodern glass and concrete structure that had already received
a design award from Progressive Architecture magazine and would soon be
honored by other publications ... '
Migratory Alaskan Travel. 'As a child in Alaska, I spent all my
summers camping across Alaska and Canada with my parents. Many of my
fondest childhood memories involve tents, boats, tundra and alpine
plants, berry gathering, tasty fresh fish dinner and scalding hot
'My husband and Brian are both avid adventurers and frequently travel.
When we resided in Portland, Oregon; we took many road trips around the
region to explore the exotic environment there. We were absolutely
enchanted by the temperate rain forests of the Pacific North West. By
traveling to small communities and rural areas we are able to experience
the differences in urban/rural life and the changes in the natural
environment that are occurring at an alarming pace. Now, back at home in
Fairbanks, Alaska we have continued our exploration of this great land
in the hope that we can immerse ourselves in the environs we have grown
up with and adore. These travelogues are my attempts at capturing my
impressions of these journeys and conveying them to others, so that
others may experience the changing landscape of the North America. Some
of these travelogues are more poetic than others. I am quite proud of my
writing on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest in Washington State. A
photograph of Brian has been included ... '