Artist: On the Road in China.
'Drawing upon the cultural and artistic inspirations
of travel, I've created these digital paintings to
capture the essence of the country through my
Devil Worship: The Sacred Books and Traditions of
the Yezidiz, 1919.
'This is one of the only public domain sources of information on
the religious beliefs of the Yezidi, a small group originally from the
northern region of Iraq. Although they speak Kurdish, they are a
distinct population from the Kurds. The Yezidi are notable because they
have been described as devil-worshippers, which has naturally led to
constant persecution by the dominant Islamic culture of the region.
Yezidi religious beliefs upon closer examination appear to be a mixture
of Gnostic cosmology, ancient Pagan polytheism, with Muslim, Christian
and other influences. They have many unique beliefs, such as that the
first Yezidi were created by Adam by parthenogenesis separately from Eve.
They believe that there was a flood before the flood of Noah. They also
have a set of food taboos which include meat, fish, squash, okra, beans,
cabbage and lettuce. '
'Now, my first reaction when I heard about the Yezidi was 'Do they really
worship the devil?' In fact, you could just as well say that they worship
angels, and this spin might be the best way to describe them to people
who aren't interested in theological niceties and have never encountered
such a radically 'different' belief system ... '
Amphibian Monitoring Program.
'Welcome to the North American Amphibian Monitoring Program (NAAMP)
website. The NAAMP is a collaborative effort among regional partners,
such as state natural resource agencies and nonprofit organizations,
and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to monitor populations of vocal
amphibians. The USGS provides central coordination and database
management. The regional partners recruit and train volunteer observers,
like you, to collect amphibian population data, following the protocol
of the NAAMP ... '
What is it like to be a volunteer?
'In May 1960, the FDA approved the sale of a pill that arguably would
have a greater impact on American culture than any other drug in the
nation's history. For women across the country, the contraceptive pill
was liberating: it allowed them to pursue careers, fueled the feminist
and pro-choice movements and encouraged more open attitudes towards
sex ... '
Mikey Welsh. Outsider artist.
'Mikey makes art from the inside of his mind and splatters it all
over the inside of yours. From fevered strokes beat into the canvas
to delicate spills of house paint, Mikey's art works big. Unlike the
polite sensibility found in a floral still life, Mikey's spitting attack
on color and form bring a unique change to the viewer.
In front of the art, its hard to keep physically or mentally still.'
Jewish Historical Society Image
'The mission of the American Jewish Historical Society
is to foster awareness and appreciation of the
American Jewish past and to serve as a national
scholarly resource for research through the
collection, preservation and dissemination of
materials relating to American Jewish history.'
Heroes, or Greek Fairy Tales for Children.
'This is Charles Kingsley's able retelling of the
myths of Perseus, Jason and the Argonauts, and Theseus
for young adults, originally published circa 1856.
Kingsley is best known as the author of Water Babies.
Although this is not the first time this text has
appeared on the Internet, this is the only version
with the complete set of Squire and Mars black and
white and four-color art-deco illustrations. This
includes two illustrations censored from later
editions, probably because of female nudity. This also
includes the original Preface, which was omitted from
later editions. Otherwise the text, particularly the
punctuation, was proofed according to a 1901 edition.
The Future. It isn't what it used to be.
'Find out what people in the past thought would happen
by the year 2000, and share your own vision of the
Story of Theodore Roosevelt.
'That day's victory gave birth to a historical icon:
Roosevelt-all mustache, eyeglasses and teeth-charging
up San Juan Hill. For nearly a century, Americans have
distilled the life of Theodore Roosevelt into this
image, simplifying the complex man that was: cowboy,
soldier, explorer, naturalist, father, writer, and, at
age 42, the youngest president in United States
'He was a farmer, a businessman gone bankrupt, an
unknown politician from Missouri who suddenly found
himself president. Of all the men who had held the
highest office, Harry Truman was the least prepared.
But he would prove to be a surprise. Facing some of
the biggest crises of the century, Truman would end
the war with Germany, use the atomic bomb against
Japan, confront an expanding Soviet Union and wage war
in Korea-all while the woman he adored, his wife Bess,
refused to stay in the White House and play the role
of First Lady. The story of the unlikely rise of a
gritty American original.'
'This multi-hour biography of Ulysses S. Grant paints
a revealing portrait of one of America's most
paradoxical leaders. The greatest hero of the Civil
War, Grant was a brilliant military strategist who
rose from obscurity to a rank held previously only by
George Washington. But the strength of the Confederate
resistance forced Grant into a hard war that destroyed
the South and led to his being labeled a butcher.'
'An intellectual with unwavering moral principles, he
led America onto the world stage at a time when war
and chaos threatened everything he cherished. Woodrow
Wilson explores the transformation of a history
professor into one of America's greatest presidents.
Wilson's life was shaped by great conflicts: the Civil
War which he lived through as a child, and the First
World War into which he reluctantly led America as
president. The second conflict ultimately claimed him
as a victim. While campaigning for his far-sighted
League of Nations, he suffered a paralyzing stroke
from which he never fully recovered. The only
president incapacitated in office, Wilson carried out
his duties from bed with the help of his wife Edith
who became the de facto chief executive.'
'This translation has been inscribed to the sacred
memory of my friend the late R‚i B‚h‚dur S'rÓs'
Chandra Vidy‚rnava who induced me to undertake the
translation of this work. He had thoroughly read the
two Bh‚gavatas and it was his opinion that the
priority of composition belonged to the DevÓ
Bh‚gavatam. The other Bh‚gavat, according to him, is a
modern compilation attributed to Bopadeva Ė the author
of Mugdhabodha Vy‚karanam.'
'Rembrandt's 'Belshazzar's Feast' is a dramatic 'tour de force'
focusing on a moment of extreme terror. The story derives from the
Old Testament (Daniel 5) which tells of Belshazzar, King of the Babylon,
who had displeased God at a feast and was punished when a hand appeared
and wrote a message on the wall foretelling his destruction and the end
of his kingdom ... '
'Have you ever wondered what the echolocation calls of bats sound
like? Below we have provided links to files containing the echolocation
calls of British bats. '
Confessions of Bridezillas. Very funny.
'Do you have something you'd like to get off your satin-upholstered
chest? Step into the confession booth.'
'In 1996, NERSC Chief Technologist David H. Bailey, together with
Canadian mathematicians Peter Borwein and Simon Plouffe, found a new
formula for pi. This formula permits one to calculate the n-th binary
or hexadecimal digits of pi, without having to calculate any of the
preceding n-1 digits. '
The Books of Wall Street.
'In July of 1987, The Ward M. Canaday received the Hess Collection, a
bequest of Dr. Nicholas Gimbel. Originally, these books were collected
by Gimbel's father who was a partner in the New York brokerage firm
Birdsall & Hess. '
'The Hess Collection is indeed impressive, consisting of books on the
history of a variety of financial markets (stock, commodity, bond,
etc.), fiction, biography, humor, and even works denouncing the stock
market altogether. Perhaps the strongest area of concentration in this
collection is made up of books treating what is know in the field as
"technical analysis." In short, technical analysis involves the use of
charts and graphs to help investors predict future moves in the price of
a security or market. There are indeed other methods of choosing
investments, and these too are represented in the collection; they
include the use of just about everything from astrological cycles to
balance sheets. Above all else, this collection has an educational
focus, enabling students of finance and history to learn from the
people, events and markets of the past. For, as the materials in this
collection clarify, in the markets, as in just about every other field,
there is nothing new under the sun.'
Books Go To War: The Armed Services Editions in
World War II.
huddled in a muddy foxhole waiting for your lieutenant's order to leap
out onto the battlefield. Or imagine how you might spend an evening
aboard a troop ship knowing that you will invade the beaches of Normandy
in the morning. Or simply imagine yourself in a foreign country
thousands of miles from home, with few diversions and little
recreational opportunity. What could you do to take your mind off the
unpleasantness of war? Where would you find comfort?'
'How about in a book? When the United States entered World War II in
December of 1941, the Armed Services needed to do everything in their
power to mobilize millions of ordinary American civilians to become
physically fit, mentally awake, and high-spirited soldiers and sailors.
Maintaining morale among the troops became a primary objective, and
military officials realized that books could be instrumental in the
History of Boobs.
'Throughout history, breasts have inspired, confounded and entertained.
But how much do we really know about the development of these majestic,
fleshy orbs? What follows is a helpful timeline highlighting great
moments in the glorious history of boobs.'
Chushingura: Revenge of the 47 Samurai. Ukiyo-e.
'Many artists have produced sets of prints illustrating Chushingura.
While the Spencer Museum of Art has some complete or near complete
sets, this page shows a selection by various artists illustrating the
eleven acts of the play. '
Then and Now.
'In 1979, The Auschwitz Museum Archive reproduced selected pieces of
art and sent them to writer/photographer Alan Jacobs.
After years of related work and many more trips, Jacobs, and his son
Jesse, returned to the camps in 1996 to find and photograph the
identical scenes depicted in the art. Krysia Jacobs then devised a way
to present them as you see here. They are the result of work over a 24
year period ... '
White Ninja Comics.
Online superhero comics.
'White Ninja Comics are not for the weak of mind. They are a brilliant
satirical commentary on controversial worldly issues.' They can be
enjoyed on many levels. Scholars, Philosophers, and the like, who
possess the intellect to analyze and break down the comics to their
hidden, and often devious, roots, will enjoy White Ninja to its
fullest degree. Others, like you and I, however, can still enjoy the
comics for their light-hearted surface humour and funny drawings.'
'Best-known as the author of The Prime of Miss Jean
Brodie, Muriel decided in the 1940s to keep a record
of her professional and personal activities, beginning
a personal archive that is now one of the largest and
most comprehensive held by the National Library of
'During the era known by this name, Europe emerged
from the economic stagnation of the Middle Ages and
experienced a time of financial growth. Also, and
perhaps most importantly, the Renaissance was an age
in which artistic, social, scientific, and political
thought turned in new directions. '
'The Group Areas act forcibly relocated millions of
South Africans from their homes. District Six is the
most famous example of this forced relocation policy
under the Apartheid government. This site, and this
museum, serves as a place of remembrance to all who
lost so much during those years of state oppression.
Friends. Lives. And places they once called home.'
'District Six was named the Sixth Municipal District
of Cape Town in 1867. Originally established as a
mixed community of freed slaves, merchants, artisans,
labourers and immigrants, District Six was a vibrant
centre with close links to the city and the port. By
the beginning of the twentieth century, however, the
history of removals and marginalisation had begun ...
from the Great Depression to World War II.
'The images in the Farm Security Administration-Office
of War Information Collection are among the most
famous documentary photographs ever produced. Created
by a group of U.S. government photographers, the
images show Americans in every part of the nation. In
the early years, the project emphasized rural life and
the negative impact of the Great Depression, farm
mechanization, and the Dust Bowl. In later years, the
photographers turned their attention to the
mobilization effort for World War II. The core of the
collection consists of about 164,000 black-and-white
photographs. This release provides access to over
160,000 of these images; future additions will expand
the black-and-white offering. The FSA-OWI
photographers also produced about 1600 color
photographs during the latter days of the project. '
'At the dawn of the Cold War, the United States
initiated a top secret program in New Mexico to build
a weapon even more powerful than the atomic bomb
dropped on Japan ...'
Fantasies: Japanese Screens from New York Collections.
'Folding screens are luxuriously beautiful and uniquely designed
pictorial compositions that present the social and cultural ideals of
their time. Golden Fantasies assembles superb examples of folding
screens, many from private New York collections and previously unseen
by the public. The works in this exhibition fall into three broad
categories: works drawn from well-known narratives, both classical
courtly romances and medieval warrior epics; idealized scenes of
entertainment, relaxation, pilgrimage, or labor; and pastoral images
that require the viewer's knowledge of cultural characteristics to
recognize the underlying theme. Although the screens vary in their
subject matter and use, their portrayal of human activities and
diversions provides a common thread. In some screens, scenes of people
are depicted in a literal fashion; in others, more oblique suggestions
are made through poetic and literary allusions.'
View the screens
Yad Vashem: Jewish New Year Cards.
'Rosh Hashanah marks the beginning of the Jewish New Year. This year
it begins on Friday evening September 26th, and continues through
Sunday, September 28th. There are many observances associated with
Rosh Hashanah: such as the sounding of the shofar (ram's horn) in the
synagogue as a call to repentance, and the eating of apples dipped in
honey as a symbol of a wish for a sweet New Year. One custom
associated with Rosh Hashanah is the sending of New Years cards to
family and friends. Presented in this section are New Years cards from
the Photo Archives in Yad Vashem that were sent before, during and
after the Holocaust.'
Rustam Rescued the King of Iran from the Country of Demons.
'Long ago, storytellers recited these tales in the streets and palaces
of Iran. Centuries later, famous Persian poets like Hakim Abul Ghasem
Ferdowsi Tousi wrote these stories down. The Shahnameh, which Ferdowsi
finished in 1010, contains stories about the early kings of Iran and
about the strong and brave hero, Rustam. Most of Iran had converted to
Islam by that time, and Ferdowsi himself was a Muslim, but since the
old stories were set in the far distant past, Ferdowsi's characters
followed the Zoroastrian religion, the faith of the pre-Islamic
Old Masters Gallery, Croatia.
'In ten halls, Strossmayer's Old Masters Gallery exhibits the works of
European painters from 14th-19th c. The entire holdings have been
classified in three major groups. In the first six halls, Italian
painting schools are presented in a chronological order, while the
remaining three halls host Northern European masters - German,
Flemish, and Dutch. The last, tenth hall, is reserved for French
of Sanitary Sewers.
'Over the past ten years, Jon Schladweiler, the Historian of the Arizona
Water & Pollution Control Association, has researched and collected
materials related to the history of sewage conveyance systems. Many of
these have been displayed in a traveling exhibit entitled "The
Collection Systems Historical Photo and Artifacts Display." The overall
collection of materials covers the era from approximately 3500 BCE
through the 1930s CE.' The purpose of this website is to house this
dynamic collection of materials about the evolutionary development of
sewers over the past 5500 years, and to provide a location for the
sharing and distribution of information to others. The donation of
additional photos, sketches, articles, books, or other sources of
historical information on sewers is welcome.'
My Experience with Breast Cancer (Illustrated).
'In May 1985 I had a left-breast mastectomy after being diagnosed with
stage 0 ductal carcinoma. Over the next two years I explored
reconstruction options and then proceeded with reconstruction. During
the course of the experience I took many photographs of myself
documenting the different stages and the changing bodily landscape.'
The Alexandra Kollontai Archive.
'Alexandra Kollontai was a major figure in the Russian socialist
movement from the turn of the century through the revolution and civil
war. During periods of exile she was also active as a speaker and writer
in Germany, Belgium, France, Britain, Scandinavia and the United States.
Born into a wealthy family of Ukrainian, Russian and Finnish background,
Kollontai was raised in both Russia and Finland, and acquired an early
fluency in languages which not only served the revolutionary movement
well, but later led to a career in the Soviet diplomatic service. She
played a major role in forcing the Russian socialist movement to
organize special work among women and in organizing mass movements of
working-class women and peasants, and was the author of much of the
social legislation of the early Soviet republic ... '
plep is going on holiday (to Iceland) - back around the middle of
Am Baile: A Scottish
'Am Baile offers a chance to look at the history and culture of the
Scottish Highlands and Islands. We have photographs, illustrations,
rare books and documents as well as short films, sounds, interactive
games and comics. You will find material from archives, libraries,
museums and private collections, much of it published here for the
first time. ' 'The site can be used in Gaelic and English, giving
Gaelic learners the opportunity to improve their language skills. '
'Emperor Kameyama loved this beautiful place so much that in 1264 he
built his detached palace here ... '
Legends and Myths of the Aboriginal Indians of British Guiana, 1880.
'illiam Henry Brett was a missionary to the Natives of British Guiana,
and by his own account, was quite evangelical. Thus, as with all works
written by agents of Western power, this book should be read with
care. In addition, the entire book is written in very regular meter.
The relentless rhythms and rhymes, combined with the sometimes
ridiculous portrayal of the Natives as late Romantic 'savages',
sometimes invite comparison with Dr. Seuss (to the advantage of which
poet, I leave the reader to decide). He spends a good amount of time
extolling the virtues of English colonialism, and the 'Black Legend'
(of Spanish atrocities in America) is repeatedly mentioned, while the
English are portrayed as the kind-hearted civilizers and bearers of
the true Christian gospel. In spite of all this, the book is an
important record because it is the earliest record we have of many of
The Duel. 'The most
famous duel in American history climaxed a longstanding conflict
between two of the most important men in the country. Alexander
Hamilton, an impoverished immigrant from the West Indies, rose to
become a framer of the U.S. Constitution and the architect of
America's political economy. Aaron Burr, grandson of the theologian
Jonathan Edwards, served with distinction in the Revolutionary War and
was nearly elected the nation's third president. In 1804 they met in a
duelan honor match that changed the course of American history. '
'Eleanor Roosevelt struggled to overcome an unhappy childhood,
betrayal in her marriage, a controlling mother-in-law, and gripping
depressionsall the while staying true to her passion for social
justice. This biography includes rare home movies, contemporary
footage, and reflections from Eleanor's closest surviving relatives,
as well as biographers Blanche Wiesen Cook, Allida Black, and Geoffrey
C. Ward, bringing to vibrant life one of the century's most
influential women. '
Buddhist Bible. 'The first edition, which was
tightly focused on source documents of Zen Buddhism,
was self-published in Vermont by Goddard and had 316
pages. Subsequently, a second revised and greatly
enlarged edition of 677 pages was published in 1938 by
E.P. Dutton (New York), and later republished by
Beacon Press. The second edition, which has been in
print ever since (see box to right), covers a much
wider range of Buddhist texts including Southern
Buddhism, some related documents such as the Tao te
Ching, and modern texts. The reprint also includes
introductions by Robert Aitken and Huston Smith. '
'This is a small selection of varied texts from the
Taoist Canon, including yet another translation of the
Tao Te Ching. As intimated in the subtitle, some of
the books relate to ethics, some to politics, and some
to internal alchemy.'
German Drawings and Prints from the Weimar Republic
'The turbulent years of the Weimar Republic as
recorded with clinical detachment and incisive lines
by Otto Dix, George Grosz, Max Beckmann, Karl Hubbuch,
and Rudolf Schlichter. In subjects ranging from
portraits and nudes to street scenes, the selection of
some 20 works is drawn from the Museum's collection.
Plunkett's Photographs of Old
'See 3600 black-and-white photographs my father George
Plunkett has taken of Norwich (England), between 1930
and the present day - many of buildings long since
gone, victims of the blitz or slum-clearance.'
Gossie Brothers. Outsider artists.
'The artwork shown here is part of a group of drawings
and paintings I acquired at the estate sale of
brothers Angelo and Lee Gossie. The art is from the
late twenties and early thirties. Angelo attended
Carnegie Tech (Carnegie Mellon) around 1926 to 1930
and some of the drawings are signed and dated from
then, with Carnegie Tech exhibition date stamps on the
back. Angelo Gossie moved to California recently and
is still alive, over 90 years old. I believe Lee has
passed away. The brothers lived together at least
early and late in life and I do not think Angelo ever
married. Angelo did most of the smaller drawings and
appears to have been an advertising illustrator, as
some of the drawings are fashions of the day and some
are actual original ads for Kaufmann's, the YMCA and
early Kraft Foods. Angelo or Lee or both may have also
participated in the Federal Arts Project. Lee's art
centers mostly around the female nudes with the male
looking heads and some of the darker drawings. Some of
the art clearly shows gay interest on the part of both
brothers, although understandably restrained in
nature. A fascinating look at a great and unusual time
in the history of the United States, created at the
cusp of the Great Depression.'
The Righteous Among the Nations.
'In 1963, Yad Vashem embarked upon a worldwide project to grant the title
of Righteous Among the Nations to non-Jews who risked their lives to save
Jews during the Holocaust. '