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30th October


New plep's puzzle. Enjoy.

Brooke's Story. A soldier's sister who won't be voting for Bush.

Republicans for Kerry.

Essex Walks. Historical wanderings.

Painters in Paris 1895-1950.

Blithe Spirit: The Windsor Set. 'A remarkable collection of French couture including Chanels, Lanvins, Vionnets, and Schiaparellis donated to the Museum in 1946 captures the rapturous elegance of café society in the frivolous, extravagant years immediately preceding World War II. Dating from 1935 to 1940, this group of evening gowns formed part of an earlier exhibition in 1940 organized by Lady Mendl and chaired by the Duchess of Windsor to benefit French War Charities.'

African, Oceanic, and Ancient American Art: Recent Acquisitions. 2001 Met exhibition.

A Political Hallowe'en. Satirical cartoons.

Behind the Himalayas: Paintings of Mustang.

Photographs of St. Ives. 'Photos taken around the beaches, hillsides, landscapes, coastal walks and coastline of St Ives, Cornwall. '

Landscape Painting in Chinese Art.

Capital Games by David Corn. Political columnist for The Nation.

Tesla: Master of Lightning. PBS site.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Adventure Game. Via MeFi.
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29th October


At the Edge. 'At the Edge was launched as a 40+ page A4 magazine in February 1996. The final issue, No.10, appeared in June 1998. The aim was to 'walk on the cracks' between archaeology, mythology and folklore and provide accessible insights for all with an interest in the latest and most innovative ideas about past and place. Contributions came from both academics and 'non-professional' researchers. '
Hollow Hills.

Kowanyama. An Aboriginal community in far north Queensland.

The Illustrated Jataka & Other Stories of the Buddha.

Mary Pickford. 'America's sweetheart', 'film's first international superstar'.

The Secret Doctrine by H.P. Blavatsky. Theosophy.

The Atlantis Archive. Texts about lost continents.

Wangden Meditation Weaving. 'Wangden was once famous throughout Tibet for its unique style of carpet weaving, practiced nowhere else in Tibet, and in great demand by monasteries from Lhasa to Amdo to Ladakh. Wangden carpets were used as meditation mats by the Fifth Dalai Lama, and every year a new set of Wangden runners was woven for use by monks participating in the Great Monlam Prayer Festival in Lhasa, the first and largest religious gathering of the Tibetan Buddhist year.'

Lewis Carroll's Game of Logic. 'Lewis Carroll's fame is universal. I can easily cite a couple dozen books that mention him or quote from his books. Temptation to quote from Alice's experiences with which so many people can identify, is indeed great. But the trend may be reversing. In the introduction to a book I have recently come across, the author found it necessary to mention that in the whole of the book there is not a single reference to either Alice in Wonderland or Through the Looking Glass - the two books that made the name of Lewis Carroll a household item the world over. However, his other works are either forgotten or known far less. In real life he was a mathematician C.L.Dodgson with deep interest in symbolic logic and logical reasoning. On these pages, I have described one of his probability and the doublets puzzles.'
'The next few pages will be devoted to his Logic Game, an invention that competes with a device for solving logical problems known by the name of Venn Diagrams - bequested to us by another otherwise very little known mathematician J.Venn. Naming of the diagrams after Venn is as universal as it is controversial. As a tool for solving logical puzzles, the diagrams become of little value with the number of conditions in access of 3-4. To Venn's credit it can be said that his research grew into a respectable branch of Combinatorial Mathematics of which you can learn from Internet references below. Lewis Carroll's Logic Game is all but forgotten.'

Racial Stereotypes in Photography.

Vintage Girlie Photographs. Somewhat sexist.

Feminist Art.

Quest Himalaya. Travel site with interesting image galleries and travelogues.

Clara Zetkin Internet Archive (1857-1933). German socialist.

The Graphic Novel Review.

Satellite Images of Earth at Night.

'The Last Supper' by Leonardo da Vinci.

Photographs of Petworth, West Sussex. 'Pictures taken in and around Petworth, West Sussex including photos of Pulborough, Pullman coaches, Petworth Park, Arundel, railway stations, landscapes, and streets. '

Photographs of Brixton, South London.

Photographs of Manchester.

Geisha. History, galleries, events.
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28th October


Mink Stole.

The Jean Jaures Internet Archive. French socialist.

Oniko Goes to Japan. Travelogue. 'I'm 'Oniko', and this website features the diaries from my annual trips to Japan... it lets me share my adventures with friends and family, and I figured there might be a few others out there, perhaps like you, who would find this page both fun and useful. Planning a trip to Japan, or just want to find out more? Then you're in the right place! '

The Prime Pages. All about prime numbers.

Photographs of Bhaktapur, Nepal. The Kathmandu Valley's 'medieval city'.

150 Years of Print Collecting at the Smithsonian.

The Royal Parchment Scroll of Black Supremacy. 'This is a text from Jamaica, written during the 1920s by a proto- Rastafarian preacher, Fitz Balintine Pettersburg. The text primarily of historical significance. Along with The Holy Piby, the RPSBS is today recognized as one of the root documents of Rastafarian thought. It is a rambling, surrealistic stream-of-consciousness polemic against the White power structure, a 'found' palimpsest of Afrocentric thought, brimming with rage and energy. '

Buffalo Creek Flood 1972. 'Buffalo Creek in Logan County has had its share of coal mining tragedies. In February 1958 the Amherst Coal Company's mine at Lundale had a slate fall that killed six miners. Ten years later, in December 1968, the Buffalo Mining Company had three killed in a mine fire at nearby Lyburn. '
'Yet the most devastating disaster occurred on February 26, 1972. After a rain soaked impoundment dam of the Buffalo Creek Coal Company collapsed, 138 million gallons of black waste water cascaded down the narrow hollow. By the time the water subsided at the Guyandotte River, 125 persons were dead, another 1,000 were injured, over 500 homes were completely demolished, and nearly 1,000 others were damaged. Property damage exceeded $50 million. Yet, these sobering figures do not begin to describe the human suffering from such a catastrophe. '
'This is the story of the Buffalo Creek Flood Disaster of 1972. '

Building a Future: U.S. Residential Schools for Blind and Visually Impaired Students. 'The historical images of schools for the blind, with information about the buildings, are presented chronologically, in order of their founding. The extant buildings are noted, and eight of these are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. '

Yale: Building a University 1919-1940. 'Building a University, 1919-1940 is a five-part exhibit celebrating the architecture of Yale University. The exhibits are part of University- wide recognition of its tercentennial in 2001. Building a University exhibits through 1999 in the Memorabilia Room, Sterling Memorial Library, Yale University. '

Arctic Expressions. Inuit art. 'Sculptures from the many Inuit communities that dot the Canadian Arctic landscape are expressions of the artists who reside in Canada's northern environment. Transformation imagery illustrates the power of the shaman to assume the guise of any one of their spirit helpers. The spirit of the family is depicted in the sensitive portrayals of mothers and their children while the spirit of the never ending hunt comes out in works showing hunters as wellas the various animals that sustain the Inuit. Rendered in the serpentine of Baffin Island or the multi-hued steatites of the other regions as well as caribou bone, antler and increasingly rarely seen whalebone, this exhibition is a testament of the spirit of many artists.'

Modern Buddhist Masters.

Stirn-Vanham. Himalayan travelogues and photographs.

Ouroboros. 'The "tail-devourer" is the symbolization of concepts such as completion, perfection and totality, the endless round of existence, etc. It is usually represented as a worm or serpent with its tail in its mouth. '

Photos of Cambridge, England. 'Photographs in and around Cambridge, England featuring photos of Trinity and King's Colleges, punting on the River Cam, markets, Strawberry Fair and more! '

Photos of Edinburgh. 'Edinburgh street scenes, bridges, railway stations, parks, stores, architecture, castles ...and rain! '

Vincent van Gogh. Online gallery.

Le Rue Bloj, or the Blue Raj to his friends (also of Unknown News).

The Geology of Virginia.

Metrofeed. What's happening in your city now.
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27th October


Dead Letter Office! 'Recently, we at GeorgeWBush.org happened to notice that our mail server had a default "catch-all" mailbox, which for the past several months had been quietly gathering any and all e-mails addressed to [INSERT-ANYTHING-HERE]@georgewbush.org. We felt the need to share ... '
Via MeFi.

Sur La Lune Fairy Tales. 'A portal to the realm of fairy tale and folklore studies featuring 27 annotated fairy tales, including their histories, similar tales across cultures, and over 1,000 illustrations. '

Vintage Views. 'Welcome to VintageViews! This page is a gateway to a suite of four websites with over 3000 pages. There are three sites based on my postcard collection, and an Illustrated History of my hometown, Rochester, NY. '

The Science of Music.

Sublime Photography. Photographs of the East End of London, then and now.

Paintings and Scrolls by Montu Chitrakar and Others of West Bengal. 'The contemporary scrolls and paintings of Montu Chitrakar come from the distinct patachitra scroll tradition in the state of West Bengal. The patachitra scrolls may portray stories from the great Hindu epics, such as the Ramayana, and Sufi traditions which are also sung frame by frame. The scrolls by the young painter Montu Chitrakar venture even further into current affairs, history and other subjects outside of the traditional canon. His subjects include not only the Ramayana but the recent Gujerat earthquake and bloodly Hindu/Muslim religious riots, and incongruously even the story of the French Revolution. '

Heavens' Embroidered Cloths: One Thousand Years of Chinese Textiles.

Wonderful Ethiopians of the Ancient Cushite Empire. 'This is a pioneering, long-lost, work of Afrocentric history. Drusilla Dunjee Houston, (1876-1941) was a teacher, journalist and self-taught historian. Inspired by W.E.B. DuBois' The Negro, Houston undertook a life-long quest to discover African history from an African-American perspective. Today it is clear that conventional historians' fixation on 'Dead White Men' misses huge parts of the historical picture. Africa had several advanced civilizations in antiquity which flourished at the same time as the better known European and Asian ones. However, at the time that Houston wrote, history was viewed through a Eurocentric perspective and any mention of advanced African cultures was considered on a par with Atlantis ... '

Brian Behnke. Bay Area artist.
'After staring for what seemed like hours at canvas after canvas of a cartoony dead boy ("x"s for eyes) and his adventures I decided to put money where my gaping mouth was and bought a piece called "The Golden Banana Peel." Soon after I hung my first real piece of art on my studio apt's overly white walls, I decided to find out more about these dead boy portraits and the artist responsible for me blowing most of my paycheck that week, Bay Area arist Brian Behnke ...'

Richard Saunders. 'Richard Saunders was born in 1922 and became interested in photography while growing up in his birthplace of Bermuda. A local photographer whom he used to follow around gave him some old equipment to experiment with. When he was eight years of age, Richard Saunders and his family moved to the United States, where he put his early training to use while still in school. At the start of World War II, the family returned to Bermuda where he worked as a photographer with the police department. During the 1940s, Saunders returned to the U.S. and took up photography training at Brooklyn College and the New School for Social Research in New York City. Through his friendship with Gordon Parks, he acquired a job as a photographic lab technician, which enabled him to study and learn the techniques of the top photojournalists at Life magazine ... '

G.I. Gurdjieff. 'George Ivanovich Gurdjieff (January 13 / January 14, 1866? - October 29, 1949), the Greek-Armenian mystic and 'teacher of dancing' born in Alexandropol, Armenia (then of the Russian Empire, now Gumri, Armenia), traveled to many parts of the world (i.e. Central Asia, Egypt, Rome) before returning to Russia and teaching in Moscow and St. Petersburg in 1913 ... '

Baseball. PBS site. 'Well - it's our game; that's the chief fact in connection with it; America's game; it has the snap, go, fling of the American atmosphere; it belongs as much to our institutions; fits into them as significantly as our Constitution's laws; is just as important in the sum total of our historic life.' - Walt Whitman.

Degas Gallery.

Sherpas. Interesting National Geographic piece.

Untouchable. 'Discrimination against India's lowest Hindu castes is technically illegal. But try telling that to the 160 million Untouchables, who face violent reprisals if they forget their place. '

Penny and Aggie. Online comic.

Photos of Santorini. 'Photographs from the beautiful volcanic island of Santorini in the Aegean Sea, with images from Fira, Imerovigli, Kamari, Ia, Akrotiri and more! '

Photos of Brighton. 'A collection of personal photos of Brighton, East Sussex, UK, including beach scenes, promenades, piers, stations, storms, signs and architecture.'

BBC Social History. 'Track the social impact of key events and turning points in British history.'
'What were the effects of social change on the Victorians? How did the Home Front face up to the privations of World War Two?'

Michael Fratangelo. Outsider artist, Iraq paintings.

Science Snacks. Scientific gems.
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26th October


The World War I Document Archive.

Michelangelo Buonarroti. Art and life.

Evolution. 'These exhibits trace evolutionary thought as it has developed over time, pausing to ponder the contributions of scientists and thinkers including Aristotle, Darwin, Wallace, and many others. '

The Splendours of Imperial China: Treasures from the National Palace Musuem, Taipei.

Window of the Sacred World. Indian, Himalayan and southeast Asian art.

Tourism in Australia. ' "The exhibition is a sample of what is available and helps show the range and depth of the holdings at Monash. For example there are some fascinating and rare guide books giving people tours of Melbourne and suburbs in 1870's and 1880's," said Mr Richard Overell, Rare Books librarian.'
' "Seeing how we Australians have promoted ourselves to others at various times in the past provides us with some intriguing insights into how tourism has evolved, not to mention the strangeness of seeing familiar places in unfamiliar times." '

Yellowbacks. '"Yellowbacks" were a publishing phenomenon in the second half of the 19th century. They were popular books, simply bound in boards, with highly-coloured graphics on the covers. The designs were lithographed onto paper, pasted over boards. The profusion of Victorian advertisements, printed inside the book, forms another interesting feature of the yellowback.'

Science Fiction. 'This exhibition centres on two of the less-well known areas of the Monash Rare Book Collection: - a collection of American Science-fiction magazines from the 1920s to the 1960s; and our collection of comics.'
'The science-fiction magazines carry such titles as Astounding, Startling, Amazing, Thrilling Wonder Stories etc., and their eye- catching covers ensure that they live up to expectations. As well as being key texts in the study of science-fiction as a genre, these publications also tell us much about the attitudes between the sexes; society's fears of otherness projected onto the concept of "the alien"; and, when we arrive in the 1950s, they throw an interesting side-light onto the cold war, showing among other things, Stalin's role in the proliferation of UFOs above America at that time.'

English Literature to 1800. 'This exhibition features material which forms the nucleus of the Monash University Library rare Books Collection. From 1961 when the University began, Monash Library has specialised in collecting seventeenth and eighteenth century English literature, history and theology.'

History of Ukraine.

Broadway: The American Musical.

Rock Style. (2000) 'This exhibition spotlights classic rock-'n'-roll performers and their pervasive influence on fashion. '

Jacqueline Kennedy: The White House Years. (2001) 'To mark the 40th anniversary of her emergence as America's first lady and explore her enduring global influence on style, the Metropolitan Museum's Costume Institute celebrates Jacqueline Kennedy with an unprecedented special exhibition of her iconic fashions. '

Lincolnshire People & Places. Virtual tours, interesting articles. BBC site.

Geisha Photo Journal. 'When I said to my parents that I wanted to become a geiko they said 'What are you thinking?' They didn't want to send their daughter into a strange world. '

Paris Street Scenes. Photo gallery.

St. Pancras Railway Station. Photo gallery. 'A set of photos of the disused Midland Grand Hotel and St Pancras railway station, London. '
'This incredible, High Victorian Gothic tour-de-force was built by Sir George Gilbert Scott, between 1868-76.'

Roman Mosaics. 'The floors of Roman buildings were often richly decorated with mosaics, many capturing scenes of history and everyday life. Some mosaics were bought 'off the shelf' as a standard design, while the wealthy villa owners could afford more personalised designs. Some of the finest Roman mosaics in Britain can be seen at Fishbourne Roman Palace and Bignor Roman Villa.'

Art of Newar Buddhism, Nepal.

Savage Earth. Our everchanging planet. PBS site.
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25th October


Creative Electric Studios. Rogue taxidermy!

explodingdog. 'i draw pictures, from your titles.'

Archives of Western Esoterica. 'In 1453, Constantinople fell to the Turks, ending the Byzantine empire. This date also marks the beginning of the Renaissance, since the waves of Greek refugees spread knowledge of Greek throughout Europe. Included with the newly available Greek manuscripts were the Corpus Hermetica, Plotinus, and the works of the Neoplatonists. '
'Shortly thereafter in 1492, Isabella and Ferdinand expelled the Jews from Spain. This sent waves of Jewish refugees throughout Europe, spreading knowledge of Hebrew and of the Kabbalah. '
'Renaissance philosophers sought to integrate these traditions with the view of unifying the rapidly disintegrating religious factions and also ending the constant political strife. Thus they are the forerunners or prophets of the Rosicrucian and Illuminati movements. '

The Bush Years in Cartoons by Patrick Chappatte. 'We're happy to present a special collection of cartoons by Swiss cartoonist, Patrick Chappatte. Patrick has a new book out. From disputed U.S. presidential elections to transatlantic disputes, from a global war on terror to global warming, from Cheney to Chirac, this 120-page cartoon collection is an invitation to smile back at four years that changed the world ­ through Chappatte's best editorial cartoons published in the International Herald Tribune from 2000 to 2004. Patrick Chappatte signs a twice-weekly cartoon in the International Herald Tribune. He works also for Le Temps in Geneva and the Neue Zurcher Zeitung in Zurich. In New York, he was a contributor to The New York Times, and he created a comic-strip for Newsweek International. '

TalkReason. 'TalkReason provides a forum for the publication of papers with well-thought out arguments against creationism, intelligent design, and religious apologetics.'

Boat Anchor. Online comics. 'In a world where computers dominate work, school, and even entertainment, follow the lives of software developers who seem destined be anchored to their desks and never see the light of day. Watch as they struggle against broken software, failed attempts at an outside life, and a man-eating giant window! So sit back and join them as another victim of the marvel that is your computer!'

Diary of a Crazed Mimbanite. Star Wars parody comic.

Cartoon Farewells to Rodney Dangerfield.

Masamania. 'Hi, this is masamania who create this page, MasaManiA.com. This page is made up of photos I actually take in twon. .I hope I can show and tell you the real, true Japan that cannot be seen in other mas media. I am living in Tokyo, Japan. I was born in Japan, grown up in Japan, study English in Japan. This is the reason I can speak Engrish. Some people complain that my updating and email response is slow. And other people conplain that my englsih is poor. '

Esoterica Image Archive.

Jun Japanese Gifts & Souvenirs. Lots of cute stuff.

Dunhuang Art: Through the Eyes of Duan Wenjie.
Salient features. 'The Dunhuang Grottoes are both a rare national treasure of China as well as a unique cultural heritage of all mankind. They stand out among the art treasures of the world by virtue of their colossal scale, the centuries-long span of history of their creation and preservation, the kaleidoscopic richness and variety of their contents, the consummate skill of the artists, and not the least, the remarkably good condition in which they have been preserved.'

The Joan of Arc Archive 'is a large online collection of some 500 pages of information concerning Joan of Arc [Jehanne d'Arc or Darc in medieval French]; including biographies, trial excerpts and commentary, letters and other such documents. English translations and transcriptions of the original languages are provided. '

Map of Dante's Hell.

300 Tang Dynasty Poems.

Phi. The 'golden number'.

Ascension Island Heritage Society. The history of this tiny island in the mid-Atlantic.

La Hougue Bie, Jersey. 'A Neolithic burial mound, dating back 5,500 years dominates this tranquil site. Following recent excavations, the entrance to the tomb has now been restored to its original glory. Two tiny chapels top the mound, and in addition, there are geology and archaeology galleries and a World War Two German bunker. The bunker now houses a unique memorial to the memory of the slave-workers in the Channel Islands during the Second World War...'

New York Shipbuilding Company Historic Site. 'This website began in October of 1998, as part of the New York Shipbuilding In WWII Project. The goal of the project was to call attention to the great contribution made by the men and women of the New York Shipbuilding Corporation in support of the war effort. The project included a museum exhibit, which opened at The Camden County Historical Society on December 7, 1999, a year that also happened to be the 100th anniversary of the founding of the New York Shipbuilding Company. An oral history program was also started, as a means of preserving the memories of those who worked in the shipyard ... '

History of the New York Yankees.

The Real Women Sculptures. 'The Real Women Sculptures are a limited edition of thirteen bronzes created in the lost wax process. They were commissioned to provide real evidence of the real bodies of women in contrast to the illusion of Barbie. They are the same size as the popular doll. The limited edition sells for $50,000. The hope of the founders of the Real Women Project is that these sets of bronzes will be used by teaching and healthcare organizations to focus and facilitate experiential learning regarding body image and self-esteem.'
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23rd October


Humans.

New plep's puzzle. Another water puzzle.

Seringapatam 1799. 'The ancient fortress city of Seringapatam (now called Srirangapatna or Srirangapatnam) was the capital for the Muslim rulers of the kingdom of Mysore, Haidar Ali (c.1722 - 1782) and his eldest son, Tipu Sultan (1753 -1799). It was located on an island in the Cauvery (Kaveri) River approximately 14.5 km (9 miles) from Mysore and 120 km (75 miles) from Bangalore. The name is derived from the ancient Hindu temple of Sri Ranganatha Swami which is located at the western end of the the island. The city became the site of two of the most famous sieges of the Anglo-Mysore Wars (in 1792 and 1799).'
'The assault against the island fortress in 1799 was a joint military operation involving two British armies totalling approximately 40,000 troops (including contingents of troops sent by the Nizam of Hyderabad). The campaign strategy was based upon the need to approach the city simultaneously from the east - the Grand Army, under the command of General George Harris [1746-1829] (from Madras), and from the west - the Bombay Army, under the command of Lieutenant-General James Stuart [1741-1815] (from the Malabar coast). '
'This campaign culminated in the storming and capture of the city on 4 May 1799, and the death of Tipu Sultan. As a direct consequence of this victory the British were able to secure control of all of southern India, and thereby lay the foundations of English rule throughout India and the establishment of the future British Raj ... '
Thanks, Dinesh.

Virginia's Death Row.

Songs and Stories and a Glossary of Phrases of the Hua Miao of South West China.

About Stonehenge dot info. 'You have wandered upon an educational website not as old as Stonehenge, but certainly one of the oldest and very likely the first covering all aspects of this mystical monolithic structure. This website was originally started in 1994 and over the years has gone through many names and domains. During that time we have educated over 3.5 million students and individuals about this mysterious monument and have worked toward becoming a "one stop Stonehenge spot." ...''

Formatting the Word of God. Virtual exhibit tracing the history of the Bible.
"He who reads the Bible in translation is like a man who kisses his bride through a veil." Geddes MacGregor quotes this saying of Hayyim Nachman Bialik (1873-1934) to remind us of the limitations inherent in all translations. "Still," MacGregor continues, "when a veil there must be, the translator's task is to make it as gossamer-fine a veil as may be. Indeed, the face of even the most beautiful of women may be enhanced by a veil, if only the veil be worthy of her beauty"

Self-taughtart dot com. Self-taught art of the American South.

MicroAngela's Electron Microscope Image Gallery. 'Come explore familiar and unexpected views of the microscopic world with these colorized images from electron microscopes at the University of Hawaii. To begin, please click any image to enlarge and learn more. '

NativeWeb. Resources for indigenous cultures.

Rembrandt's Etchings. Online gallery.

The History of an Indian Musical Instrument Maker. 'At about the same time that the last Mogul Emperor Bahadur Shah II was to witness his final days on the throne, a Bengali named Damodar Adhikari was born into a family of brahmin priests in Calcutta. Although these two events have no significant connection, the end of the Mogul Empire and the stabilization of British rule and discipline, interfaced with a Bengali renaissance, brought about conditions favorable to a thriving and enthusiastic artistic environment. It was during this time that Damodar Adhikari grew up; and although music was not part of his family heritage, it was not unusual that he took an interest in both sitar and surbahar. Although he never became well known for his musicianship, his engagement in the musical arts led him to investigate the manufacturing of the popular instruments of his time; namely, sitar, surbahar, and veena. In 1882 he established a workshop with the assistance of three or four other instrument makers. As he had no knowledge of instrument making at this time, he took the assistance of one Natabar Lal Das, son of Anantalal Das, one of the best instrument makers of the time ... '

The Earth Times. Environmentalist news.
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22nd October


Open Hearts / Closed Doors: The War Orphans Project. 'During the horror of the Nazi Holocaust, European Jewish families were torn apart. Childhood became a time of fear and a struggle for survival.'
'After the war, a group of young Jewish orphans immigrated to Canada from the devastation of Europe as part of the War Orphans Project. Using their own words and artifacts, this virtual exhibit tells the story of the orphans' courage and resilience and of the tireless efforts of the people who helped them.'

The Covers of 'Private Eye'. British satire.

Japanese Fashion in the 20th Century.

Mathematical Gems. Why is the square root of 2 irrational?

Home Is Where We Park Our House. Travelogues (by trailer).

blather. Poetry in motion.

Children of the Andes. 'Children of the Andes (COTA) was set up in 1991 in response to a television programme made by the late Desmond Wilcox which portrayed the plight of children living on the streets and in the sewers of Bogotá, Colombia. The response of the British public was phenomenal. We have supported 25 partner organizations and helped over 25,000 Colombian boys and girls in the last twelve years, thanks to our supporters' unfailing collaboration.'

Haunted Attraction Magazine. The premier publication for the dark amusement industry.

Krishna's Image in Indian art.

Extreme Beauty: The Body Transformed. Gallery here. 'Over time and across cultures, extraordinary manipulations of the body have occurred in a continuing evolution of the concept of beauty. This exhibition will offer a unique opportunity to see fashion as the practice of some of the most extreme strategies to conform to shifting concepts of the physical ideal. '
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21st October


The Power of Nightmares. Neoconservatism, Islamism, terror and lies.

From Haven to Home: 350 Years of Jewish Life in America. 'From Haven to Home is a Library of Congress exhibition marking 350 years of Jewish life in America. The exhibition features more than two hundred treasures of American Judaica from the collections of the Library of Congress, augmented by a selection of important loans from other cooperating cultural institutions. '

History of Algerian Independence. A Marxist perspective. 'For over 300 years Algeria was an autonomous province of the Ottoman Empire - after the empire helped overthrow Spanish captivity of Algeria in 1518. The autonomous Algeria was very powerful, with a fleet that ruled all the Mediterranean while European nations payed taxes to cross it - those who refused to recognize Algeria's claim to the sea would have their ships captured and ransomed off. As capitalism advanced throughout Europe, international trade began to slowly develop in earnest, and property claims over water was a fundamental enemy. In 1815, the United States sent a fleet across the Atlantic to battle Algeria, with mixed results. The following year the English and Dutch sent a second, combined fleet to crush Algerian might  but were unable to beat algerian tactical supremacy. In 1830, the French invaded and successfully suppressed Algeria, capturing the capital port city of Algeirs and by 1834, Algeria was annexed as a colony of France ... '

Contemporary Tibetan Painting. 'Tibet is in a state of flux and change that impacts all of its inhabitants and cannot help but catch the notice of the many visitors and tourists that come in increasing numbers to the high plains of this magical land. Tibet's artists are at the cutting edge of this evolution: it is they who are constantly dealing with the contradictions and rapid change of their treasured home. The sense of cultural tension and excitement that is at the heart of life in Lhasa is reflected in the vibrant paintings created by the artists featured in the show.'

Contemporary Art and Identity: South Asian Diaspora in North America. Art.

Live from the Mount Wilson Observatory. 'Welcome to the night sky above Mt. Wilson Observatory located in California, USA. The below picture is the latest taken by the fisheye CONtinuous CAMera (CONCAM) in operation there. '

Haiti Forever. Arts, communities, photos... great site.

The John MacLean Internet Archive. 'John MacLean (1879-1923) was a Scottish schoolteacher and Marxist educator. His Marxist evening-classes produced many of the activists who became instrumental in the Clyde revolts during and after WWI. MacLean was appointed both an Honorary President of the first Congress of Soviets and Soviet Consul to Scotland in recognition of his consistent socialist position on the imperialist war and his tireless work in support of the Bolshevik revolution. '
'MacLean was at odds with much of the British left and dismissive of the newly-formed Communist Party of Great Britain. He had already turned his back on economism and the syndicalism favoured by the Clyde Workers' Committee, had recognised the nature of British imperialism and come to the conclusion that revolution could only come about through the destruction of the British Empire. '

The Attic Gallery. Outsider art.

Grey Carter Objects of Art. Outsider art.

Arts of the Ethnosphere. 'The Arts of the Ethnosphere Gallery will feature an eclectic grouping of works from Neolithic times to present. Included will be Neolithic Chinese, Native American, Pre-Columbian sculpture, textiles and jewelry, Mexican masks, Central and Southeast Asian textiles and sculpture. This is, or course, only a partial listing. Our criteria for choosing and showing this work is the successful combination of authenticity and formal beauty to create objects of spiritual power.'

Carrie Art Collection. 'Carrie Art Collection has selected from among Haiti's finest artists, representing various schools and mediums. Browse now and discover the magic of Haitian art.'

Rainforest Web. Rainforest news and resources.

Virtual Tour of Durham Cathedral & Castle.

The Shundai Zatsuwa (A Japanese Philosopher). 'This book is an exposition of orthodox neo-Confucian thought from Tokugawa Japan. Kyus lived from 1658-1734, and the Shundai Zatsuwa was compiled and published posthumously by his grandson in 1750. According to Knox, the work is not considered to be a classic, but it was well respected and "[i]n the Shundai Zatsuwa of Kyus Mur we have the ruling ideas of the Japan that has forever passed away." In addition to philosophy, the book has many anecdotal stories from Chinese and Japanese history illustrating the results of the virtuous conduct of the Confucian sage and the honorable samurai. This translation was originally published in the Transactions of the Asiatic Society of Japan, volume 20, part 1 [1892] under the title A Japanese Philosopher. The remainder of that issue (60 more pages) was also taken up with discussions relating to this article, which are not presented in this iteration.'

The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ. 'This is an account of the events leading up to the Crucifixion of Christ by a 19th century German stigmatic and visionary, Anne Catherine Emmerich. This obscure book recently achieved a much higher profile because it was used as an inspiration for the screenplay of Mel Gibson's controversial movie, The Passion of the Christ. A riveting 'you are there' account of this pivotal event, the story is told with great attention to small details, many not mentioned in the Gospels. This is not a novelization; it is a narrative of Emmerich's ecstatic visions, which were reputedly accompanied by painful and mysterious physical torments. '
'Some readers will note passages which by contemporary standards might be considered anti-Semitic, particularly in the way that the Jewish population is presented as having collective responsibility for the death of Christ. Of course, without apologizing for this in the slightest, it is to be noted that religious and secular institutions of the time sanctioned anti-Semitism in one form or another, so this view was not atypical. On the whole, however, the account considers each of the numerous actors in the drama, Christian, Jewish, or Roman, as individuals with particular motivations, strengths and weaknesses. '

Jain Monuments of Karnataka. 'The Jain religion is contemporary of Buddhism, believes in cycle of rebirths and consequently regards life as painful, longing for liberation (see an Introduction to Jainism). It came to Karnataka four centuries before the Christian era. The Gangas, Kadamba, Chalukyas and Hoysala kings had encouraged the Jainism. They have left innumerable shrines, Bastis (a.k.a. Basadis), Gomata statues and stambhas (pillars). The following is district-wise brief account of important Jain monuments of Karnataka. '

Thelema Texts. 'These are texts relating to the philosophy of Thelema, many of them written by the occultist Aleister Crowley who founded the organization A.'. A.'. (Argentium Astrum -- the Silver Star) as well as others by members of the OTO (Ordo Templi Orientis -- Order of the Eastern Temple) (founded by Theodor Reuss and Karl Kellner in 1895). These two organizations work together to promote Thelema. '

Black Sheep Gallery. Outsider and First Nations artists.

Henry Boxer. Outsider, self-taught and visionary artists.

Robert Cargo Folk Art Gallery. Gallery here.
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