The Nazi Olympics: Berlin 1936. 'This site presents an online
version of an exhibition created by the United States Holocaust Memorial
Museum in Washington DC that was on display at the Museum from July 1996
- June 1997. '
Daigoji Temple, Kyoto.
history. 'In 874, a Buddhist monk Shobo, who is known under his
posthumous name of Rigen Daishi (the Great Master of Holy Treasures),
built a hermitage to which Kannon (Avalokitesvara) statues of Juntei
and Nyoirin were dedicated on the top of the Kamidaigo mountain where he
discovered a well of the spiritual water named Daigo through an
inspiration from a local god Yokoo Daimyojin. This is the origin of
Daigoji temple. After a while pious supports of Emperor Daigo (897-930),
Suzaku (930-46), and Murakami (946-67) contributed to development of
Daigoji temple complex. In 907, for instance, the Yakushi hall was
constructed to fulfill the imperial wish of Emperor Daigo. The temple
complex of Kamidaigo (the upper part of Daigo) was completed by
construction of the Godai hall. Consequently a plan of the Shimodaigo
(the lower part of Daigo) complex was carried on. The Sakyamuni hall built
in 926 and the five-storied pagoda built in 951 were consisted of the
prototype of the Shimodaigo temple complex ... '
Imperial War Museum Collections. 'Welcome to Collections Online which offers access to material covering all aspects of twentieth century conflict. The site now includes detailed catalogue information for over 150,000 items from the Imperial War Museum's collecting departments.'
'You can also view images of over 3,000 highlights from the collection,
including photographs, works of art, aircraft, vehicles and objects,
and listen to selected 'soundbites' from the Sound Archive.' Truth and propaganda.
Knowledge Prior Art Database (TEK*PAD).
'T.E.K.* P.A.D. (Traditional Ecological Knowledge Prior Art Database) is
an index and search engine of existing Internet-based, public domain
documentation concerning indigenous knowledge and plant species uses.
TEK*PAD brings together and archives in a single location, various types
of public domain data necessary to establish prior art. Data includes
taxonomic and other species data, ethnobotanical uses, scientific and
medical articles and abstracts, as well as patent applications
themselves. It is meant to be used by anyone researching traditional
ecological knowledge, including scientists, health professionals, and
those involved in the patent application process itself ... '
N.P. Andreev. Photography. 'Nikolai Andreev was an internationally
recognised master of pictorial photography. He lived and worked in
Russia in the early twentieth century. '
'To stress the romantic mood of images, the artist used soft-focus
lenses often made by himself and a variety of alternative developing
processes such as bromoil with transfer and handcolouring. Many of his
darkroom techniques resulted in incredible tone grade and enigmatic
lightness forever remain a secret. '
Gallery of Andreev's photographs.
The Woodplumpton Witch. Lancashire lore. 'Someone has told me about
a witch that was buried in a churchyard in Woodplumpton. Things happened
until the body was moved. Does anyone know anything about it please? ...
' The answers are here!
'Ilse Bing was born in 1899 in Frankfurt, Germany. She studied art
history and mathematics at the universities of Frankfurt and Vienna in
the late 1920s. In order to finish her dissertation, she bought a Leica
camera and taught herself photography; she fell in love with the art
form and by 1930 she was living in Paris and working as a freelance
photographer. Along with her assignments, she was also exhibiting her
work in important shows and galleries. With the threat of fascism
looming, Bing fled to America where she had to start anew. She found
work as a photographer doing portraits, fashion studies and picture
essays ... '
Mulholland Drive. Possibly one of the best films I've ever seen -
film noir, unrequited love, a critique of Hollywood, a story of broken
dreams, with Christian and feminist elements, all wrapped in a puzzle of
'I realize that it's unusual for The Modern Word to be reviewing a
movie; but for David Lynch's Mulholland Drive I'll make a happy
exception. A film noir "open work," Mulholland Drive is rich in textural
density, invites multiple readings, rewards repeated viewings, and
contains frequent allusions to itself, previous Lynch films, and
countless other classics of cinema. Indeed, Mulholland Drive shares such
a natural kinship with the works featured on this site that I feel
obligated to feature it. Oh yes, it is my duty...' Mulholland Drive official site.
With a game!
Can Be Yours! 'Opened on 27 January 1984. and
banned immediately.' 'György Galántai, the
organizer of the exhibition was under Secret Police
control (starting with August 1979). The reports about
his activity were collected in the folder nicknamed
"Painter" and are now to be found at the History
Office´s archives ... ' Via gmtPlus9.
St. Lawrence Starch Company. 'Established in 1889
in Port Credit, Ontario, by John Gray, St. Lawrence
Starch was a private, family owned corn wet milling
company that became one of the leading Canadian
manufacturers of corn-based starch, glucose and feed
products. ' 'In turn, these products were used in
the pulp and paper, textile, alcohol, grocery/food
products and pharmaceutical industries, among others.
St. Lawrence Starch products included the well-known
Bee Hive Golden Corn Syrup, Durham Starch and St.
Lawrence Corn Oil, which were sold across Canada and
also in Europe and Japan. It also later produced
ethanol and conducted research into the development of
a corn-based biodegradable plastic. ' 'The company
was a key sponsor of Canadian sports. It was also a
major employer and benefactor in Port Credit (now part
of Mississauga), Ontario, from the early twentieth
century up until the plant closing in 1990. The
company ceased domestic production at that time but
still exists as an import-export firm specializing in
corn products. It continues to be owned and operated
by the Gray family. ' Via neurastenia
in the Present.
Lester S. Levy Collection of Sheet Music 'is part
of Special Collections at the Milton S. Eisenhower
Library of The Johns Hopkins University. It contains
over 29,000 pieces of music and focuses on popular
American music spanning the period 1780 to 1960. All
pieces of the collection are indexed on this site and
a search will retrieve a catalog description of the
pieces. An image of the cover and each page of music
will also be retrieved if the music was published
before 1923 and is in the public domain.' Via Life
in the Present.
Odysseys. Via Internet
Weekly. 'It is impossible to single out one
consistent identity, as we all inevitably adopt
multiple roles. A few common ones include inquisitive
student, sage teacher, rebellious child, responsible
parent, savvy professional, bewildered traveler.
Inverted Odysseys: Claude Cahun, Maya Deren, Cindy
Sherman brings together work by three
twentieth-century artists who indefatigably explore
questions of identity through self-portrayals in
photographs or on film. Assuming different guises,
they act out various roles, both real and imagined.
Born in different countries, in different
generations—Cahun in France in 1894, Deren in Russia
in 1917, and Sherman in the United States in 1954—all
three fracture a single, solitary sense of self,
instead proposing identity as multiple projections of
invented, fictional selves. Exploiting the
theatricality inherent in photographic media, they
adopt personae from diverse cultures, historical
moments, and fictional narratives. Catapulting
themselves into past and future, they overturn
accepted distinctions between illusion and reality.
Inverted Odysseys includes Cahun's private
"performances" for the camera, Deren's experimental
films and photographic works, and Sherman's film
stills and color photographs, bringing into clearer
focus their inventive manipulations of conventional
dress codes and their multifaceted strategies of
Manx Notebook. 'These web pages reflect my various
interests, mainly archival, in things Manx.'
The Conservation of a 5th century Buddhist
"Then, in the midst of the gods of the heaven of the
thirty-three, a son of a god was dwelling in the
Sudharma, the palace of the gods. In a huge heavenly
mansion, surrounded by great divine opulence and great
groups of divine young women, he played with them and
made love. After he had enjoyed this divine opulence,
during the night, he heard a voice:
"The son of a god will die on the seventh day. When he
has died, he will be reborn again in the Indian
continent, and there too he will expense seven states
of rebirth. After experiencing seven states of
rebirth, he will be reborn in Hell.
If even once in a hundred times he is reborn as a man,
he will be poor and blind -- by him this was heard."
Carter. 'Jimmy Carter traces the ascent of
an ambitious country boy from a peanut farm in
Plains, Georgia, to the Oval Office; it examines the
failings of Carter's political leadership in the
context of the turbulent 1970s; and explores the role
religion played in his career. '
Speaking of China. 'The
"unofficial" information on China life and work'. Includes a sensitive
person's guide to staying healthy in China, Hangzhou's must-see markets,
personal stories and journal, photos, etc.
Joel-Peter Witkin. 'If photography is the art of fixing a shadow,
glass is the medium that transfers shadows onto film. For Joel-Peter
Witkin, whose elaborate tableaux reverberate with the extreme conditions
of life and death, glass holds powerful associations. "Oldenberg," says
Witkin, "once described glass as 'lightning trapped in sand.' " A day
before the New York opening of Witkin's retrospective exhibition at the
Guggenheim Museum, he spoke with Michael Sand about photography,
morality, and human remains ... '
Gallery. May not be safe for work.
August Sander. Photography.
More on August Sander. '"Man of the Twentieth Century" was Sander's
monumental, lifelong photographic project to document the people of his
native Westerwald, near Cologne. Stating that "[w]e know that people are
formed by the light and air, by their inherited traits, and their
actions. We can tell from appearance the work someone does or does not
do; we can read in his face whether he is happy or troubled," Sander
photographed subjects from all walks of life and created a typological
catalogue of more than six hundred photographs of the German people.
Although the Nazis banned the portraits in the 1930s because the
subjects did not adhere to the ideal Aryan type, Sander continued to
make photographs. After 1934 his work turned increasingly to nature and
architectural studies ... '
Robert Owen (1771-1858). Site
dedicated to the British utopian socialist. 'Under Owen's management the
cotton mills and village of New Lanark became a model community, in
which the drive towards progress and prosperity through new technology
of the Industrial Revolution was tempered by a caring and humane regime.
New Lanark had the first Infant School, a creche for working mothers,
free medical care, and comprehensive education, including evening
classes. Leisure and recreation were not forgotten; there were concerts,
dancing, music-making and pleasant landscaped areas for the benefit of
the community. The village attracted international attention ... ' Robert Owen
quotes. New Lanark.
Jackie Robinson's Letter to President Eisenhower. 'Jack Roosevelt
Robinson broke the color barrier in major league baseball; on April 10,
1947, Branch Rickey, president of the Brooklyn Dodgers, announced that
Robinson had signed with his team. As the first African American to play
in the major leagues, Jackie Robinson became the target of vicious
racial abuse. Recalling his first season with the Brooklyn Dodgers in
his autobiography, Robinson described how he played the best baseball he
could as torrents of abuse were heaped upon him, and the entire nation
focused its attention on his game. Having established a "reputation as a
black man who never tolerated affronts to his dignity," he now found it
in himself to resist the urge to strike back. In the ballpark, he
answered the people he called "haters" with the perfect eloquence of a
base hit ... '
Eugene Ormandy. 'Eugene Ormandy dedicated his life to music, from the
age of three, when he first picked up a violin, to shortly after his 84th
birthday, when he conducted his last concert with the Philadelphia
Orchestra. It is with this orchestra that Ormandy's name will forever be
associated, by virtue of his serving as its Music Director for 42 years. '
'Diminutive in stature, energetic yet graceful on the podium, Ormandy
was known for his infallible ear and prodigious memory. He rarely
conducted with a score and was widely recognized as an unsurpassed
accompanist to the many soloists with whom he and the Philadelphia
Orchestra performed. His training as a violinist governed much of his
conducting technique and his frequent gesture of the bent left arm, bent
fingers shaking, emulating a violinist's vibrato, was a familiar sight
to musicians and audiences alike. The richness of tone he elicited from
the Philadelphia Orchestra, in fact, was legend, known variously as the
"Ormandy" or "Philadelphia" sound ... '
Roberto Eichenberger. 'Since
Eadweard Muybridge documented Guatemala photographically in 1875, it had
not been done again until the nineteen thirties when Roberto
Eichenberger O., accompanied by the great plaine air painter Humberto
Garavito, traveled through most of the country, he photographing and
Garavito painting Guatemala. The roads at the time were unpaved and
lodging facilities, at best, were inadequate. It took them multiple
trips to complete the task and it was well worth it.'
'Roberto Eichenberger O., born in Guatemala in 1902, attended the
Agfaphoto Schule in Berlin in the mid-twenties. Back in Guatemala, he
became a renowned portraitist, free-lanced for National Geographic
Magazine and was, I believe, the first to use photo positive film in
Guatemala, during the mid-thirties ... '
'Beauty, decadence, injustice, perception, consciousness ... places I visit, the people and animals I meet,
the events I am witness to ... my images aim to capture something of the the essence of things I feel
passionate about. '
'When I succeed, the result might be beautiful, or unusual, or quirky or disturbing.'
Bazima. 'This is the web site of Blaise
K (that's blaze kay to you). I'm a writer and a maker of various things.
I'm freelance and for hire in case you might need some things of the
various variety. '
Philosophy Games. I
believe that I have linked to Battleground God, Morality Play,
Strange New World etc. but Taboo and Construct-a-God
are new to me. Fun. Via
Chain of Command by Seymour M. Hersh.
'In his devastating report on conditions at Abu Ghraib prison, in Iraq, Major General
Antonio M. Taguba singled out only three military men for praise. One of them, Master-at-Arms
William J. Kimbro, a Navy dog handler, should be commended, Taguba wrote, because he "knew
his duties and refused to participate in improper interrogations despite significant pressure from the
MI"—military intelligence—"personnel at Abu Ghraib." Elsewhere in the report it became clear
what Kimbro would not do: American soldiers, Taguba said, used "military working dogs to
frighten and intimidate detainees with threats of attack, and in one instance actually biting a
'Taguba's report was triggered by a soldier's decision to give Army investigators photographs
of the sexual humiliation and abuse of prisoners. These images were first broadcast on "60
Minutes II" on April 28th. Seven enlisted members of the 372nd Military Police Company of the
320th Military Police Battalion, an Army reserve unit, are now facing prosecution, and six officers
have been reprimanded. Last week, I was given another set of digital photographs, which had
been in the possession of a member of the 320th. According to a time sequence embedded in the
digital files, the photographs were taken by two different cameras over a twelve-minute period on
the evening of December 12, 2003, two months after the military-police unit was assigned to Abu
Ghraib ... '
More at Booknotes.
Carthage. The 'Roman Holocaust' - Rome's great rival,
razed to the ground for reasons of xenophobia and greed,
its name blackened through history with the possibly
libellous, certainly unproven and certainly
convenient, allegation that Carthage sacrificed
its own children to bloodthirsty gods. An
example of the role of dehumanising rhetoric in popular wartime
Cultural Readings: Colonisation and Print in
'Most of the books, manuscripts, illustrations, and maps shown here were
printed in Europe: produced by Europeans for Europeans. Europeans used
the written and the printed word to call for colonization and promote
its benefits; to depict native cultures in narrow ways familiar to
European audiences; to proclaim the benefits of missionization; and to
portray the lands of the New World as rich and ready for the taking. But
the encounters between European and American populations changed both
sides profoundly. These texts do not merely record the self-satisfied
praise of the victors; they also betray the questions and doubts which
victory brought with it. Even as Europeans destroyed and disrupted
native cultures, many testify in writing to the survival, resistance,
and strength of those cultures. Furthermore, as these documents attest,
while Europeans attempted to "read" native cultures of the Americas,
indigenous peoples sought to "read" Europeans, expressing their opinions
and judgments in speeches, negotiations, religious gatherings, and in
print ... '
Gasoline Alley. Online comic.
'Gasoline Alley is a gentle, good-natured continuing story of four
generations of Wallets. Readers return daily for this positive slice of
life, with universal themes and commonplace situations. '
Sweetheart of the Internet. Online comic.
'Meet Helen, a power-wielding programmer with her finger on the pulse of
the Martin-Kirby Corp. Technically gifted, Helen is as forceful as she
is smart. Her attitude is simple - she's right - you're wrong. By
controlling the information technology department, she controls her own
universe. You won't find this comics heroine buying a bathing suit or
delving into a box of chocolates! Helen may be Sweetheart of the
Internet but make no mistake, cross her and she will destroy you.
Depending on her mood, she may even melt your computer without batting
an eye. '
Big. 'Explore large structures and what it takes
to build them with BUILDING BIG, a five-part PBS
television series and Web site from WGBH Boston ... '
Bridges, domes, skyscrapers, dams and tunnels.
Cucina Italiana. More.
'In an aromatic fusion of Italian cuisine, language
and art, painter and multimedia artist Carla Della
Beffa takes an Italian's sensibilities of culture to
the Internet, in an inviting work that seeks to dispel
some culinary myths as it evokes a sense of food,
people and places over its 14 days of daily adjustment
Matisse and the Fauves. 'Paris, 1905. Henri
Matisse, age thirty-six, has just arrived from the
South of France with fifteen new paintings, including
this one. Finally, he is pleased with his work. But
when he submits the canvases to the Salon d'automne,
the season's major public art event, the Salon
president—fearing for Matisse's reputation—tries to
dissuade him ... '
Lyrics & Poems of the Seventeenth Century. English
love poems, divine poems, miscellanies. '
"Metaphysical poetry, in the full sense of the term,"
as Grierson writes, "is a poetry which has been
inspired by a philosophical conception of the universe
and the rôle assigned to the human spirit in the great
drama of existence." '
Theatre of The Sanctuary of Asklepios at
Epidaurus. 'The theatre of the Asklepieion of
Epidaurus is the ideal specimen of the achievements
and experience of the ancient Greeks on theatre
construction. It was already praised in antiquity by
Pausanias for its symmetry and beauty.
It has the typical Hellenistic structure with the
three basic parts: the cavea, the orchestra and the
stage-building (skene). The longest radius of the
cavea is 58 m. while the diameter of the orchestra is
about 20 m. The lower of the two diazomata (sections)
is divided with 13 stairways into 12 cunei (with 34
rows of benches) and the upper with 23 stairways into
22 cunei (with 21 rows of benches).
The stage-building included a main room with four
pillars along the central axis, and one square room at
each end. The proskenium had a facade with 14
half-columns against pillars. Two ramps on either side
led to the stage while monumental double gates stood
at the two entrances ... '