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30th June

Beautiful Birds. Ornithological art.

Beauty in Service to Science: The Panoramas of Charles D. Walcott. 'Smithsonian Institution Archives presents the panoramic photographs of Charles D. Walcott. These breathtaking images were taken in the Canadian Rockies, near British Columbia, Canada, in the early part of the 20th century and carry both scientific and aesthetic value. '

Nakasendo Highway: A Journey to the Heart of Japan. 'This website is a project which takes the Nakasendo highway in Japan as a metaphor through which a wide variety of topics are introduced.'
'The metaphor is a fictional trip through Japan on the Nakasendo highway which stretches from Kyoto to Tokyo and flourished during the Edo Period (when Tokyo was called Edo). Please use the icons at the left to guide you through this site.'

Treasures from the Ark: 1700 Years of Armenian Christian Art. 'Armenia is the Biblical home of Mount Ararat, where Noah's Ark finally came to rest after the Flood. In AD 301 the Armenians adopted Christianity as their official state religion, the first people to do so. This outstanding exhibition celebrates the 1700th anniversary of an event which is of great significance to all Christian nations, and a landmark in the world's cultural history. '
'The church has come to play a central role in Armenian art and culture and the exhibition reflects this by presenting a stunning display of illuminated manuscripts, textiles, ceramics, crosses in precious metal and sculptures in wood and stone.'

Henry Purcell 1659-95: The Glory of the Temple and the Stage. 'Henry Purcell, one of England's greatest composers, died in November 1695, and is buried in Westminster Abbey ... '

Prefecture of Dodecanese: City of Rhodes. Interactive map of monuments, museums and ancient sites.

The Food Section. A weblog all about food.

New Gibraltar Encyclopaedia of Progressive Rock. Most comprehensive.

Japanese Nature Prints.

GPS Drawing. 'All the drawings have been made by traveling along the shapes and squiggles using Global Positioning System (GPS).'
'GPS Drawing was started in 2000 AD. After drawing a 13 mile long fish over the roads of Oxfordshire, it soon became apparent that it couldn't easily be shared on the screen of the GPS receiver. The GPSograph was developed as a tool to render the drawing and this website was created to show it with the world. '

The Jewish Encyclopaedia. 'This website contains the complete contents of the 12-volume Jewish Encyclopedia, which was originally published between 1901-1906. The Jewish Encyclopedia, which recently became part of the public domain, contains over 15,000 articles and illustrations.'
'This online version contains the unedited contents of the original encyclopedia. Since the original work was completed almost 100 years ago, it does not cover a significant portion of modern Jewish History (e.g., the creation of Israel, the Holocaust, etc.). However, it does contain an incredible amount of information that is remarkably relevant today.'

The Cult of the Virgin Mary in the Middle Ages. And art.

The Churchmouse. English church architecture. 'My main areas of interest are Ecclesiastical Architecture, Stained Glass, Church Monuments and other Funerary Monuments such as Cast Iron Grave Markers. '

Spring Surprises: Popular, Literary and Scientific Pop-up Books. 'Pop-up books have long held a fascination for children and adults alike. With their movable parts and the ability to change shapes and spring surprises, these books incorporate topics ranging from animals and anatomy to transportation. This exhibit of pop-up and movable part books includes selections sure to please everyone. Whether the subject is a popular movie such as Disney's Alice in Wonderland, a showcase of new technologies, or a childhood favorite such as a Beatrix Potter story, these pop-up books cover the gamut of topics of interest to children and adults.'

Tales of Eloise. "... For generations of metro-area Detroiters, Eloise Hospital stood at the corner of Michigan Avenue and Merriman Road as a chilling reminder of what could happen to you if your life took a bad turn.."

Early Baseball Pictures. 'Library of Congress staff selected this sampler of thirty-four images related to early baseball (1860s-1920s) from various files and collections in the Prints and Photographs Division. The factors that guided image selection included showing interesting games, some famous players, a variety of teams, different types of pictorial formats, and images with no copyright restrictions. '

29th June

Riley Dog has a new URL.

Wonder Bound. 'Wonder-rooms and curiosity cabinets appeared in the 1500s, as wealthy Europeans displayed objects and specimens collected during trading voyages and exploring expeditions. Books-such as these-allowed scientists and collectors to share their observations ... '

Baubles, Bangles and Bling Bling: A World of Jewellery. 'Jewelry is meant for show; it is human plumage, designed to attract attention and to impress the viewer. From the beaded necklaces of ancient Egyptians to the flashy, large-scale "bling bling" worn by hip-hop stars, sports heroes, and their fans, jewelry has always offered complex social and cultural meanings ... '

The Canon of Reason and Virtue. A translation of the Tao Te Ching, 1913.
'This booklet, The Canon of Reason and Virtue, is an extract from the author's larger work, Lao-Tze's Tao Teh King, and has been published for the purpose of making our reading public more familiar with that grand and imposing figure Li Er, who was honored with the posthumous title Poh-Yang, i. e., Prince Positive (representing the male or strong principle); but whom his countrymen simply call Lao-tze, the Old Philosopher.'

The Willesden Herald. 'All the news that's unfit to print', live from North London.

Wizard in Training: Thomas Alva Edison. 'Much of modern-day technology owes some debt to the work of Thomas Alva Edison. His inventions such as an incandescent lighting system, the phonograph, motion pictures, and nearly countless, lesser known others laid the foundation for the explosive growth of technology that defined the 20th century. His dizzying array of inventions dazzled his contemporaries, who called him a wizard, and frustrated his rivals, who found competing against Edison a serious business. By his death in 1931 Edison held almost 1100 patents and had achieved a celebrity rivaled by few, if any, other inventors. He remains the United States' most prolific inventor and his name has become virtually synonymous with ingenuity, perseverance, and hard work ... '

Beacons Shining in the Night: The Lighthouses of Michigan. 'Many people are fascinated by lighthouses. Lighthouses were created to serve a commercial function as navigational aids. However, over the years these beacons in the night have also taken on a symbolic value that goes far beyond their practical purpose. The Clarke Historical Library has a large number of books and other materials documenting Michigan's lighthouses. This exhibit features much of that material. '

Bear in Mind: The California Grizzly at the Bancroft Library. Grizzly bear tales.

The Birth of Recording. 'What is sound? Sounds are really just rapidly vibrating waves in the air. Those waves make our eardrums vibrate, but instead of feeling the vibrations, our brains translate them into sounds. Translating waves from one form to another is also a key to understanding sound recording technologies. In the 1800s, many scientists studied sound waves and human hearing. Some of them, such as Eduoard-Leon Scott de Martinville and Alexander Graham Bell, constructed machines called Phonautographs to capture the waves and translate them into visible form-drawings on paper or on a sheet of smoked glass ... '

Watch Me Grow. Pictures of a fetus. Via MeFi.

The Etsuko and Joe Price Collection. Japanese art - paintings and netsuke.

The Quaker Homiletics Online Anthology. From the 17th century onwards.

A Case of Curiosities. Fine art taxidermy. 'Taxidermy and assemblage inspired by 18th & 19th century French, German and Russian fairy tales, the curiosity cabinets (wunderkammer) of the 16th-19th centurys, Victorian grotesque taxidermy, Surrealism and a touch of the circus sideshow.'

Oink! Art blog.

The Ground Beneath Our Feet: Massive Resistance. 'Massive Resistance became Virginia's policy to prevent school desegregation in the wake of the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision in 1954. Many of Virginia's white leaders resisted integration with all of their considerable political and legal means. The story of massive resistance and of black Virginians' protests against segregation began in the early 1950s and continues today. The film traces the history of massive resistance in Virginia and considers some of its legacies.'

The Zora Neale Hurston Plays at the Library of Congress. 'The Zora Neale Hurston Plays at the Library of Congress present a selection of ten plays written by Hurston (1891-1960), author, anthropologist, and folklorist. Deposited in the United States Copyright Office between 1925 and 1944, most of the plays remained unpublished and unproduced until they were rediscovered in the Copyright Deposit Drama Collection in 1997. The plays reflect Hurston's life experience, travels, and research, especially her study of folklore in the African-American South. Totaling 1,068 images, the scripts are housed in the Library's Manuscript, Music, and Rare Books and Special Collections Divisions.'

The Company Therapist. An online multi-authored 'soap opera' about a company therapist working in Silicon Valley. No new stories have been added for a few years, but it's fascinating to read the various interlocking plots, transcripts of sessions, patients' drawings and background. Click around; there's a lot to see here.

Southwest. Photojournal of an American road trip. 'We set out from Las Vegas on September 7th, 2002 and headed northeast. Our trip would last 8 days.'

28th June

Illuminating the Renaissance: The Triumph of Flemish Manuscript Painting in Europe. 'From 1400 to 1550 European manuscript painting enjoyed a glorious final flowering - particularly in Flanders (part of modern-day Belgium and Northern France).'
'Here, a selection of high-quality images from some of the finest Flemish manuscripts in the British Library accompanies a time line of contemporary European events. Some of these images have never been reproduced before.'

The London Bus Page. Unofficial, informative and fun.

Images of Korea. Interesting selection of cultural images.
Seokguram Temple.

Cathy Lomax. A weblog about art.

Chandra X-Ray Observatory Photo Album. Fabulous collection of astronomical images.

Always Low Prices. Weblog about Wal-Mart.

Art in Wartime. Outsider art. 'War produces many things. In this special exhibit, we present response to war by our artists.'

Punkclown Daze. 'This is the journal of an accidental absurdartist, amateur photographer, amateur astronomer, not a bad cook (again, amateur), husband, father, professional nurse and a real life pseudo-intellectual vegetable...'

Art Beyond the Edge. Abstract art. 'Within my images, I explore and experiment with colors, patterns, and textures as I attempt to reconcile many differing styles. Upon closer scrutiny many elements including: impressionism, expressionism, abstraction, surrealism, and naturalism come into view. The subject in which I am particularly interested is horses, but many others, including figuratives and landscapes, can be found within my art.'

Rudolphine Prague and art. 'Described by a noted contemporary as "the greatest art patron in the world," Rudolf II Habsburg (1552-1612), king of Hungary and Bohemia, and Holy Roman Emperor, raised court patronage in post-Renaissance Europe to a new level of breadth and extravagance. The thriving city and era over which he reigned, from 1583 until his death twenty-nine years later, is known as Rudolfine Prague. Seat of the emperor almost uninterruptedly from the mid-fourteenth century, Prague became, under Rudolf's guidance, one of the leading centers of the arts and sciences on the continent. His taste for outstanding decoration and fantastic imagery were legendary, while his ambition and insight as a patron and collector changed the way art would be viewed by future generations.'

Hadrian's Wall. Virtual tour. 'Only forty years after the Roman invasion, the Imperial army had overrun almost the whole of Britain. With their great victory at Mons Graupius (AD 84) in the Grampian Mountains of modern Scotland, the Latin peoples made themselves the new masters of the Isles. However, troubles elsewhere in the Empire soon led to troop withdrawals and, by about AD 105, the Northern border of the Empire was set at Stanegate, the road running between the supply bases of Carlisle (Cumberland) and Corbridge (Northumberland). The Emperor Hadrian then visited Britain and decided to formalise the arrangement by building an eighty Roman mile stone wall as a frontier to keep out the troublesome Picts. Work was begun in AD 122 and was probably completed by the end of the decade. Though the area was abandoned for a push north in the AD 140s, by AD 161, it was firmly established as the Imperial border ... '

Kamakura. History and virtual tours of great Zen temples, such as this one where abused wives were able to get a divorce.

David Barmore Astroimaging. 'Here you will find digital images of the night sky obtained with a telescope and CCD camera. '

Mister W. Mural art and graffiti. Check out these murals in Phoenix, Arizona, as well as his graffiti galleries.

Shaunna Peterson Illustration. 'I love old advertising, and am influenced by antiques, lingerie, toys, and good ol' rock & roll. I started reading and collecting MAD Magazine in the sixth grade. Love the wit and wisdom of Dr. Suess, Shel Silverstein, Jim Henson. I am astounded by Gil Elvgrin, Egon Schiele, Ed Roth, and whoever invented Spongebob Squarepants….. and beer.'

Todd Marrone. Fab artist, very outsider looking. Check out his amusing life story.

27th June

Plain Layne unmasked - check out Emitter and Ryan Schultz's blog for more.

26th June

India: Pioneering Photographers 1850-1900.

Victor le Magnifique. Photographs of a baby's first days.

Postcards from Norway. Photographs.

The Australian Family. Exhibitions reflecting the ever changing diversity of the families that shape Australia.

The Gods of Arr-Kelaan. Fab online comic.

Slice. 'The best pizza weblog in the world.'

The Battle of Midway. 'These artistic representations of the battle of Midway are an important supplement for the historical record of the event. Because the two opposing fleets never came face to face, a number of significant incidents of the battle are unrecorded, and these artworks help fill the gaps. Derived from eyewitness accounts and official photographs, these images are prime examples of what the public was given to visualize this historic encounter.'

The Alfred Agate Collection: The United States Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842. 'The artworks used in this exhibition are taken from the "Agate Collection" of drawings at the Navy Art Collection. Alfred Agate created many of these during his service with the United States Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842 or in the preparation of the report of the Expedition. On his death in 1846 the drawings passed to his widow, Elizabeth Hill Kennedy Agate, who later married Dr. William J. C. Du Hamel of Washington, D.C. In 1926, one of her daughters from this marriage, Elizabeth A. Du Hamel, sold them to the Naval Historical Foundation. The Naval Historical Foundation donated them to the Navy Art Collection in 1998.'
'Note that while Agate witnessed many of the scenes included here, some he did not and therefore those images must be based on other eyewitness accounts or sketches. Also, in referring to the illustration credits as listed in the five volume Narrative of the United States Exploring Expedition, some of the illustrations in this collection are ascribed to someone other than Alfred Agate. We accept these attributions, noting that the drawings of this exhibit were included in the Du Hamel sale, and that while his health permitted, Agate participated in working sketches of the expedition into illustrations for the published report. Many of the drawings have identifications written on them by someone who tried to organize the collection at an unknown later date ... '

Loten Namling. A Tibetan cartoonist. Check out the cartoon gallery.

Loke Tan. 'Welcome to Loke Kun Tan's Astrophotography website which displays photographic images of celestial objects adorning our night skies. Some of the objects are visible to the naked eye, such as the bright and spectacular Comets Hyakutake and Hale-Bopp. Other objects, such as gaseous nebulae and galaxies, can be extremely faint and are visually evident only in telescopes or through long exposure photography. '

Gloucester Cathedral. 'On August 1, 1534 Abbot William Malvern Parker acknowledged the Royal Supremacy of the Church in England. Within two years Parliament would pass an act to dissolve all monasteries with incomes under £200 per year; by 1539 the remaining monasteries were abolished and land seized by the crown. St. Peter's Abbey in Gloucester was officially closed on January 2, 1540. For many Abbey Churches and monastic houses, the Act of 1539 was the last judgement. Some churches were sold to local parishes and continued to function as spiritual centres, but during the Henrician Reformation at least seventeen Roman Catholic Cathedrals were destroyed. Henry VIII intended to create new Dioceses and to establish new Bishoprics in England. Of the intended twenty one new Bishoprics, Gloucester was one of six that was actually preserved. In September 1541 it was made the Cathedral Church of the Holy and Invisible Trinity in the newly created diocese of Gloucester. Why was St. Peter's Abbey spared the wrath of iconoclasts and Henry VIII? Although Gloucester was an important city, and the building itself is architecturally significant, its salvation was likely the result of its connection to the Monarchy, or the Monarchy's connection to it. Upon elevating the Abbey Church to a Cathedral, Henry VIII made the observation that 'considering the site of the late monastery in which the monument of our renowned ancestor the King of England [Edward II] is erected, is a fit and proper place...".

Alexander Bogen: The Pen and the Sword. "To be creative during the Holocaust was also a protest. Each man when standing face to face with cruel danger, with death, reacts in his own way. The artist reacts in an artistic way. This is his weapon…"

Open the Government 'is an unprecedented coalition of journalists, consumer and good government groups, environmentalists, labor and others united out of a concern for what U.S. News and World Report called a "shroud of secrecy" descending over our local, state and federal governments. We're focused on making the federal government a more open place to make us safer, strengthen public trust in government, and support our democratic principles. '

Dion Archibald. Contemporary Australian painter.

Sheila Hudson. "Here you'll find Mosaic Art on mirrors, many in a Western Cowboy Style, Whimsical Watercolor and Pastel Paintings, Pen and Ink Drawings and Abstract acrylic paintings on paper or canvas! "No matter what the subject matter or medium, interesting shapes and patterns and a playful freedom characterize my work. Not interested in reproducing things as I see them, I would much rather express a unique viewpoint, emotion, fun or drama! My greatest reward is when others appreciate my unique approach and understand what I have to say whether it be in jest or in earnest. When my work is understood, I know I've communicated well through the most eloquent of Languages, Art."