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15th May


Virgin Land: The American West as Symbol and Myth. Collection of essays and articles.

Greetings from Our National Parks: American Monuments in 'Worthless Lands'.
Yosemite and Yellowstone 1864-77.

Kristallnacht: The November 1938 Pogroms. US Holocaust Memorial Museum online exhibition.

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. Guide and 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.

The Journals of Lewis and Clark and their exploration of America 1804-1806.

The Frontier in American History, Frederick Jackson Turner.

Traditional Ecological 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!

Edo Period Woodblock Prints. From Randall Antiques and Fine Arts.

Ilse Bing. Photography.
'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 a film.
'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!

V's Inglorious Black Cloud. Great weblog.

Brian Wilson. Formerly of the Beach Boys.
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14th May


Transit of Venus: Voyages in Time and Space. Fantastic site. Via methylsalicylate.

Oxyrhynchus: A City and its Texts. Via wood s lot.

Hungary 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.

Gumball Insert Cards. Via Blort.

Fruit Stickers. Via Bifurcated Rivets.

The 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 / Life in the Present.

The 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.

Loire Valley Railway Tour: Vintage Posters. Via neurastenia / things magazine.

Paul Frecker: Nineteenth Century Photography. Via neurastenia / Ramage.

John John Jesse: Catholica Erotica. Via Internet Weekly.

Theatre Museum of Waseda University. Via Internet Weekly.

Inverted 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 masquerade. '

My Secret Life as a Prostitute. Via Belle de Jour.

Portraits of Beethoven. Via taz.

A Manx Notebook. 'These web pages reflect my various interests, mainly archival, in things Manx.'

Separation Anxiety: The Conservation of a 5th century Buddhist Gandharan Manuscript. "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."

Felix Vallotton. Online art gallery.

Maurice Denis. Online art gallery.

Southern Arizona Folk Arts.

Rumsfeld's Head on a Platter. Online satirical cartoons.

Something Positive. Online comics.

Jimmy 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. '

American Civil War Photographs.

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 ... '

Prison Activist Resource Centre. 'the source for progressive and radical information on prisons and the criminal prosecution system.'

Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility.
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13th May


Doors. Thanks to frizzyLogic.

Samuel Clarke (1675-1729): A Demonstration of the Being and Attributes of God. Scanned in.

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 ... '

Old Russian Cities. Nice photos of. (Click on 'Next' to see more!).

Woodblock Prints of Kabuki Actors. A bit pricey though.

Linkmachinego.

Minor 9th.

Sashinka.

Katie Norton Professional Photography.

Ira H. Latour: Seven Decades 1935-2003. Photography. Gallery here.

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 ... '

Nature's Pencil. '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.'

The Japanese Connection. Kimonos, calligraphy, and all arts and crafts Japanese.

Gawker. New York-focused weblog.

Monkey See. Great weblog, from Texas.

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. '
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12th May


'Compassionate conservatism'.
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11th May


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 MeFi.

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 detainee." '
'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.

The Writings of Charles Darwin on the Web. Courtesy of the British Library.

The Korean History Project.

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 propaganda.

Cultural Readings: Colonisation and Print in the Americas.
'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 ... '

Cats with Hands. Online comic.

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. '

Kudzu. Online comic.

Helen, 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. '

Building 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.

La 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 ... '

Yin Yu Tang: A Chinese Home. Reconstruction of a Qing dynasty merchants' house.

Henri 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 ... '

Metaphysical 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." '

The 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 ... '

Give As You Get.
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