History of Anaesthesia.
'I have been writing this book, on and off, for nearly 20 years.It
traces my life from conception to retirement, and highlights the many
connections I have had with anaesthetic agents throughout my life,
including the 38 years I worked in the National Health Service (UK) as
a full-time anaesthetist. '
'This manual was created in the course of various cultural
heritage-projects at the Department of Medieval Studies at Central
European University, Budapest. It should offer basic information on
the topic Medieval Manuscripts to be comprehended and utilized also by
non-specialists in the field. It might be applied as general
background knowledge, teaching module, and distance learning unit.'
Japanese Prints at the V&A.
'This Resource Box explores the art of ukiyo-e Japanese Print
including the works of Utamaro, Hokusai, Hiroshige and Kuniyoshi. '
The Emma Goldman Papers.
(1869–1940) stands as a major figure in the history of American
radicalism and feminism. An influential and well-known anarchist of
her day, Goldman was an early advocate of free speech, birth control,
women's equality and independence, and union organization. Her
criticism of mandatory conscription of young men into the military
during World War I led to a two-year imprisonment, followed by her
deportation in 1919. For the rest of her life until her death in 1940,
she continued to participate in the social and political movements of
her age, from the Russian Revolution to the Spanish Civil War.'
'Jazzfest Archives is an online art exhibit dedicated to sharing the
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival experience through the
photography of Dino Perrucci.The scale of Dino's photography (during
the 2003 Jazz Festival, he photographed 97 different live music
performances) reflects the scale of the festival itself. Each year,
thousands of musicians and festival-goers make the New Orleans Jazz &
Heritage Festival an unforgettable event. Dino's photography captures
the sights, sounds, and emotions that make up Jazzfest. Bring that
experience home with limited edition prints of any photo found on the
A View on Cities.
'Welcome to 'A View On Cities', a site dedicated to the sights and
attractions in some of the world's greatest cities.
If you're making plans for a city trip or you just want to get an idea
of the landmarks and attractions in a specific city, the city index
is a good place to start...'
Mr. Miami Beach.
'A master promoter who produced elaborate spectacles to sell bicyles
and cars, Carl Fisher had already made a fortune and built a motor
speedway in his native Indianapolis when he was seized by a vision. On
a narrow spit of Florida swamp land, Fisher created Miami Beach, a
tropical paradise of sand and palm trees, then masterminded a dazzling
sales campaign. It worked -- until a devastating hurricane and the
stock market crash of 1929 brought an end to his dreamworks. '
The CLR James
Trinidad-born Marxist thinker.
'C.L.R. James spent his last years in Brixton, south London. He lived
simply and quietly in a small room filled with books, music and art.
His television set was usually switched on and it stood in the centre
of the floor. James recreated a whole world within that cramped space.
It was here, too, that he received visitors, those people who sought
him out for his practical political advice, for the developed
historical perspective and range of his analysis; but, above all, for
the sheer vitality and humanity of his vision. From my desk in the
corner of that Brixton room I would watch his eyes grow bright and his
face become sharp and eager as he responded to questions, moving
always with imagination and ease, from the concrete details of
particular situations into broader, historical and philosophical
issues. Frequently he surprised visitors by asking them detailed
questions about themselves, their backgrounds, experiences, education,
work, absorbing the information, as he had done throughout his life,
as a fundamental part of his outlook on the world. At other times,
James retreated; and I watched him sitting in his old armchair, his
once powerful frame almost buried beneath a mountain of rugs,
completely absorbed in his reading, pausing occasionally only to
scribble or exclaim in the margins of the book.'
'Helen W. Gandy (April 8, 1897-July 7, 1988) was an American civil
servant. Gandy, who at age twenty-one left her native New Jersey for
Washington, D.C., was the secretary to Federal Bureau of
Investigation director J. Edgar Hoover for fifty-four years. Hoover
called her "indispensable" and she exercised great behind-the-scenes
influence on Hoover and the workings of the Bureau. Following Hoover's
death in 1972, she spent weeks destroying his "Personal File,"
thought to be where the most incriminating material he used to
manipulate and control the most powerful figures in Washington was
Captive Imagery. Art
'Our goal is to represent the most talented artists currently
incarcerated in the worlds prisons. Our staff evaluates samples,
accepting and rejecting potential clients, on a daily basis. This
means our site is growing and changing every week, with only the BEST
prison artists achieving representation.'
Over the Hedge.
'Created by Michael Fry and T Lewis, Over the Hedge takes a freshly
skewed look at suburban living from the perspective of the animals who
lived there first. The comic strip stars RJ, a mischievous raccoon,
and Verne, his sensitive best-buddy turtle. Together they philosophize
about life and adapt their woodland habitat to incorporate all the
creature comforts that suburbia has to offer. A couple of boisterous
"Boyz in the Wood," RJ and Verne make a hilarious pair as they fight
to save their wooded wonderland from the evils and temptations of
encroaching suburbia but end up becoming distracted by wide-screen
TVs, discarded fast food, comfy lawn furniture and the fun of wreaking
havoc with the local homeowners' association. '
A Japanese Guide to Japanese Grammar.
'This site explains Japanese grammar in a systematic step-by-step
process and is released under the Creative Commons License (2.0). It was
created as a resource for those who want to learn Japanese grammar in a
rational, intuitive way that makes sense in Japanese. The explanations
are focused on how to make sense of the grammar not from English but
from a Japanese point of view. '
'London's libraries, museums and archives possess a treasure house of
modern and historic photographs of London. The photoLondon website
exists to highlight and promote these collections.'
'I have always been intrigued by the ability of a craftsman to take a
boring mailbox and make it into a thing of interest, adventure or
beauty-- Or simply mount it in a way to catch my eye-- I know that we
all see them every day but some are really neat-- below are a few--'
The Zo d'Axa Internet Archive (1864-1930).
'Amnestied for his desertion, he returned to France in 1889, and in 1891
began publication of his first newspaper, "L'Endehors." Though he
refused to call himself an anarchist, the journal was a focal point for
fin de siecle anarchists, and his violent attacks on the established
order earned Zo d'Axa, as well as the other editors of "L'Endehors,"
time in prison. When Axa started a campaign to raise funds for the
families of the imprisoned, he was charged with the crime of associating
The Face of Slavery and Other Early Images of
'What we call "history" is born from a collage of glimpses and images,
insights and documents. And while this Gallery does not presume to tell
the comprehensive story of early photography and African Americans, it
does offer tantalizing glimpses into the past. During the half-century
covered by these photographs, African Americans fought slavery,
withstood brutal racial hatred, and struggled to escape from poverty.
Sometimes the camera was their ally... sometimes it was an instrument of
prejudice... but often it was an observer, recording the images that we
recognize today as the raw material of history.'
Frank Lloyd Wright Wasmuth Portfolio.
'This collection contains 131 images of the prints and overlays with
accompaning text in English and German from the Wasmuth Portfolio of
Frank Lloyd Wright. Originally published in Berlin in 1910 by Ernst
Wasmuth, the German title "Ausgeführte Bauten und Entwürfe von Frank
Lloyd Wright," translates to "Studies and Executed Buildings by Frank
Lloyd Wright." '
'The Wasmuth Portfolio was a collaborative effort between Ernst Wasmuth,
a Berlin publisher and Frank Lloyd Wright. It was Wasmuth's idea to
publish a complete folio of Wright's work to date. The project was
completed during Wright's first trip to Europe in 1909, and was
published in 1910-11. The collection of Wright's houses and commercial
buildings received far more attention and praise in Europe than in the
United States. Contemporary architects called it "the most important
book of the century." '
The Karl Bodmer Aquatint Collection.
'During the years 1832 to 1834, the German naturalist Prince Maximilian
zu Wied led an expedition to the Upper Missouri region of North America.
The description of this journey, Travels in the Interior of North
America (in italic), published after his return to Europe, provided one
of the most significant collections of ethnological information
available concerning the nineteenth-century American Plains Indian. This
book was illustrated with eighty-one aquatints, the work of Karl Bodmer
(1809-1893), a young Swiss artist, who accompanied Maximilian on his
journey. The years of Maximilian's expedition were pivotal in American
history. As fur traders penetrated farther up the Missouri River and
western migration along the Oregon Trail commenced, the end of an era
for the Plains Indian began. Maximilian and Bodmer arrived just in time
to record the landscapes and cultures that would soon be irrevocably
Lewis and Clark: Maps of Exploration 1507-1814.
'No one knew more about the geography of North America in his own day than
Thomas Jefferson. A skilled surveyor and cartographer, he was engaged
in a lifelong search for geographic knowledge. Jefferson studied the
history of geography from the emerging worldviews of the ancients to
the latest exploratory charts and maps of the American West. He amassed
a remarkably thorough and varied collection of explorers' accounts,
geographic works, and maps for his personal library. Moreover, although
Jefferson himself never traveled west of Warm Springs, Virginia, he
was America's first great Westerner. Promoter of four attempts to
reach the Pacific, he personally planned the successful expedition
led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark from 1804 to 1806...'
Life of King Edward the Confessor.
'Cambridge University Library MS. Ee.3.59 contains the only copy of an
illustrated Anglo-Norman verse Life of St Edward the Confessor,
written in England probably in the later 1230s or early 1240s, and
preserved in this manuscript, executed c. 1250-60. '
Creating French Culture: Treasures from the
Bibliotheque Nationale de France.
'Throughout French history the powerful have sought to harness culture to
their own ends. They understood that the representation of power--what
today we call "image"--is a form of power itself. They patronized artists,
artisans, and intellectuals who produced works that proclaimed the
legitimacy of their rule, reinforced their authority, and enhanced
their prestige. At times, they stifled creative impulses incompatible
with their ambition. The relationship between power--or politics--and
culture in French history is thus an ambivalent one, defined as much
by conflict and censorship as by cooperation and patronage. '
Women Children's Book Illustrators.
'The world of children's book illustration is filled with prolific and
accomplished men and women. My curiosity about some of my predecessors
sent me on a quest to discover the history of this noble profession
and its participants. I was surprised to find in book after book that
very few women were included. There was a mention here or there and a
few images, but little else. The number of women's biographies seemed
disproportionately low compared to the number of women illustrators
involved in the children's book field. '
John Townsend: Newport Cabinetmaker.
'In the second half of the 18th century, the New England seaport of
Newport, Rhode Island, was a leading center of the cabinetmaking business,
with members of the Townsend and Goddard families dominating the trade.
Chief among them was John Townsend (1733-1809), one of colonial America's
preeminent craftsmen and one of the few 18th-century cabinetmakers to
sign and date his work...'
African=American Experience in Ohio 1850-1920.
'This selection of manuscript and printed text and images drawn from
the collections of the Ohio Historical Society illuminates the history
of black Ohio from 1850 to 1920, a story of slavery and freedom,
segregation and integration, religion and politics, migrations and
restrictions, harmony and discord, and struggles and successes. '
The Patent Room.
'Welcome to our museum of early design and illustration. The drawings
featured here were found in original patent applications and reflect
the design styles of the 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s.'
'Welcome to the town of Assisi, the home of Sts. Francis and Clare, in
the Umbria region of Italy. By clicking on the pictures below you can
take a short walking tour of the town visiting the major Franciscan
sites in the city.'
Museum. The history of Leighton Buzzard and Linslade, in
'Welcome to the Leighton-Linslade Virtual Museum. Here we hope to preserve
images relating to the history of the town and provide information on the
changes that have taken place since its existence was first recorded in
1086. As you move around the site you will find a selection of items
showing what life was like in Leighton Buzzard and Linslade, including
domestic and commercial artefacts, information on prominent people and
images of architecturally interesting buildings. Use the floor plan to
access the galleries that are available so far.' For example,
National Parks. (USA)
'The Mapping the National Parks collection documents the history, cultural
aspects and geological formations of areas that eventually became National
Parks. The collection consists of approximately 200 maps dating from the
17th century to the present, reflecting early mapping of the areas that
would become four National Parks, as well as the parks themselves. '
'The Railroad maps represent an important historical record, illustrating
the growth of travel and settlement as well as the development of industry
and agriculture in the United States. They depict the development of
cartographic style and technique, highlighting the achievement of early
railroaders. Included in the collection are progress report surveys for
individual lines, official government surveys, promotional maps, maps
showing land grants and rights-of-way, and route guides published by
commercial firms. '
Portraits by Carl Van Vechten 1932-1964.
'The Carl Van Vechten Photographs Collection at the Library of Congress
consists of 1,395 photographs taken by American photographer Carl Van
Vechten (1880-1964) between 1932 and 1964. The bulk of the collection
consists of portrait photographs of celebrities, including many figures
from the Harlem Renaissance. '
'Joop (1992/94? - 2005) was our handsome goodhearted 'boerenfox' (farmer's
For three good years he lived with us in the small town of Paterswolde,
We found Joop in 2002 in an animal shelter in Zuidwolde...'
Scotland and Medicine.
'Welcome to Scotland & Medicine: Collections & Connections - enjoy
discovering the many amazing contributions that Scotland has made to
the world of medicine, and all the fascinating connections to our
Still Going On: Celebrating the Life and Times of
William Grant Still.
'Born in Woodville, Mississippi, and reared in Little Rock, Arkansas,
William Grant Still (1895-1978) became the first African American composer
to have a symphony performed by an American orchestra. Mr. Still's
Afro-American Symphony was premiered by the Eastman Rochester
Philharmonic with Howard Hanson in 1931. The symphony was performed
by 34 other American and European orchestras during the 1930s...'
Arguing the World.
cafeterias to cocktail parties to the pages of important magazines and
journals, few groups of friends have argued ideas so passionately and so
publicly as the writers and critics known as the New York Intellectuals.
Rising from America's working class they went on to wield great influence
in the second half of the twentieth century. ARGUING THE WORLD is the
portrait of four members of this group: Irving Kristol, Irving Howe,
Daniel Bell, and Nathan Glazer. It is the story of a lifelong political
argument among brilliant and engaging individuals who came of age as
radicals at the City College of New York during the Great Depression
and then journeyed across the political spectrum.'
'The Crusades were a series of several military campaigns-usually
sanctioned by the Papacy-that took place during the 11th through
13th centuries. Originally, they were Roman Catholic endeavors to
re-capture the Holy Land from the Muslims, but some were directed
against other Europeans, such as the Fourth Crusade against
Constantinople, the Albigensian Crusade against the Cathars of southern
France and the Northern Crusades.'
The Warsaw Uprising.
'The Warsaw Uprising (Powstanie Warszawskie) was an armed
struggle during the Second World War by the Polish Home Army (Armia
Krajowa) to liberate Warsaw from German occupation and Nazi rule. It
started on August 1, 1944, as a part of a nationwide uprising, Operation
Tempest. The Polish troops resisted the German-led forces until October 2
(63 days in total). The losses on the Polish side amounted to 18,000
soldiers killed, 25,000 wounded and over 250,000 civilians killed, mostly
in mass executions conducted by advancing German troops...'
Erotic Art in Pompeii.
Article and images.
'When the serious excavation of Pompeii began in the 18th century, a
clash of the cultures was the result. A fresco on a wall that showed the
ancient god of sex and fertility, Priapus with his extremely enlarged
penis, was covered with plaster and only rediscovered because of
rainfall in 1998.  In 1819, when king Francis I of Naples visited the
exhibition at the National Museum with his wife and daughter, he was so
embarrassed by the erotic artwork that he decided to have it locked away
in a secret cabinet, accessible only to "people of mature age and
respected morals." ... '
Commemorating 40 Years of the Freedom Ride.
The Australian civil rights movement.
'A group of about 30 Sydney University students (including two
Aboriginal people) who, in February 1965, undertook a 2,300 km bus tour
of northern NSW towns investigating and protesting discrimination
against Aborigines. Considered by some to be the most significant act in
Aboriginal-European relations in the twentieth century, this tour marked
the beginning of substantial European awareness of the problems of
Aboriginal people. '
Virginia Woolf's Psychiatric History.
'This large site deals with Virginia Woolf's health and personality. It
gives detailed descriptions of both her major breakdowns and minor
illnesses, her suicide, her personality, and her sexual and family
history. Her psychiatrists and their textbooks are described; there is a
review of research on the relationship between creativity and
psychiatric disorder; and an analysis of her literary output in relation
to her health. There are links, references and a bibliography, and a
brief recording of her voice. '
Etchings of the seeresses of classical antiquity,
John Brown Archive.
'American abolitionist, hanged in 1859' for the
attack on Harper's Ferry.
"you had better - all you people at the South - prepare yourselves for a
settlement of this question, that must come up for settlement sooner
than you are prepared for it. You may dispose of me very easily, - I am
nearly disposed by now; but this question is still to be settled, - this
Hypertext exploration, in Middle and Modern English.
'Geoffrey Chaucer wrote The Canterbury Tales, a collection of stories in
a frame story, between 1387 and 1400. It is the story of a group of
thirty people who travel as pilgrims to Canterbury (England). The
pilgrims, who come from all layers of society, tell stories to each
other to kill time while they travel to Canterbury.
If we trust the General Prologue, Chaucer intended that each pilgrim
should tell two tales on the way to Canterbury and two tales on the way
back. He never finished his enormous project and even the completed
tales were not finally revised. Scholars are uncertain about the order
of the tales. As the printing press had yet to be invented when Chaucer
wrote his works, The Canterbury Tales has been passed down in several
handwritten manuscripts ... '
'Dazaifu Tenmangu is a shrine built over the grave of Michizane Sugawara
venerated by the Japanese throughout the country as the Tenman-Tenjin
(the deified spirit of Michizane), or the God of literature or
calligraphy ... '
'In 1986, I took a self-portrait along with my friend Nicole in a
bathroom mirror. It wasn't until 1990, while sorting through my
photographs, that I realized I was amassing quite a few of these
"bathroom mirror" photographs and organized them into one album. I had
an opportunity to create a digital version during the summer of '99 and
now there are 732 photographs within Mirror Mirror.'
A photographic journey into the world of Los
' 'Floating Logos' is a working title for this project. The images are
inspired by signs perched high atop very tall poles in order for people
to view them from a very long distance. The poles are digitally removed
from the image in order to give the illusion that the signs are
disconnected from the ground as they ominously float above us. '
'Welcome to AMERICANMONSTERS.COM, your one stop guide to all things
cryptozoological. Inside you will find all manner of corporeal fortean
phenomenon, with an obvious emphasis on those entities which seem to
have a genuine, biological connection to the environments in which they
allegedly dwell. '
'Follow a diverse group of immigrants and refugees as they leave their
home and families behind and learn what it means to be new Americans in
the 21st century. '
Virtual Tour of Expo '67.
'For the fortunate ones who were there in 1967, you may choose one of
the tours of Expo 67 to revisit an unforgettable experience on Île
Notre-Dame! If that was before your time or you were unable to attend,
here is an opportunity to make a virtual visit to the not-too-distant
past. Thirty-five years already... it seems like it was just
yesterday... Each tour includes stops at selected pavilions highlighting
the archival records used to create the virtual visit. Discover or
rediscover your fascination with Man and His World. Take flight and
touch on the other pavilions with your mouse to view photographs that
will take you back to this captivating place through the magic of the
'Chinatown is an urban region containing a large population of Chinese
people within a non-Chinese society. Chinatowns are most common in
Southeast Asia and North America, but growing Chinatowns can be found
in Europe and Australia...'
'Annelies Marie "Anne" Frank (June 12, 1929 - March 1945) was a German
Jewish girl who wrote a diary while in hiding with her family and four
friends in Amsterdam during the German occupation of the Netherlands
during World War II. Her family had moved to the Netherlands after the
Nazis gained power in their home country Germany...'
'George Fox (July 1624 - January 13, 1691) was an English Dissenter and
the founder of the Religious Society of Friends, commonly known as the
Quakers. Living in a time of great social upheaval, he rebelled against
the religious and political consensus by proposing an unusual and
uncompromising approach to the Christian faith. His journal is a text
popular even among non-Quakers for its vivid account of his personal
'Welcome to the Route 66 University Home Page. This online institution of
higher learning is destined to become the premier source of online
information for America's most famous highway, variously called the
Mother Road, Main Street of America, Route 66, and U.S. 66.'
Urban Exploration Resource.
'Urban Exploration Resource offers articles, photo galleries, stories,
and an active forum for the Urban Exploration and Infiltration
'Information for exploration, vadding and urban vadding, tunnel vadding,
steam tunnels, spelunking, urban spelunking, underground tunnels and
passages. Information about Canada, Toronto, Ontario, and many other
'A blog is a form of primitive journalism developed by hunter-gatherer
cultures in the Amazon Rainforest. "Bloggers", as they are known to
Peruvians, deliver symbolic news reports using high-pitched whining and
long, musical glossolalia.'
The Tribals of India.
'Over hundred or so different tribes spread over India have suffered the
indignity of caste discrimination for centuries. It was Mahatma Gandhi
who fought hard to recognize them as free citizens of India and called
them the Girijans or the Children of the Forest God. Upon independence
in 1947, the Government of India spent a lot of resources to improve the
life of the native Indians or Scheduled Tribes, as they are known in
India today. While much progress is made in reforming the tribals, the
forced change gave rise to numerous unforeseen problems in India,
including social conflict, loss of identity, and coerced religious
conversions ... '
Hill Online. A companion site to the legendary
BBC London comprehensive school drama, running since
Credo Mutwa. Biography of a South African
'My mother's father was a crusty old warrior who had taken part in the
bitter wars that the Zulus had fought against the English, and he coldly
refused to allow his daughter to come under the yoke of what he called
the "religion of our enemies." I cannot allow my child to become a
Christian," my grandfather was said to have said," These Christians are
a race of thieves, of liars, and murderers, who stole our country from
us at sword point and at gunpoint. I would rather die than see a Christ
worshipping Christian within the stockade of my village. Never!" '
All the Mighty World: The Photographs of Roger
'The photographic career of Roger Fenton (1819-1869) lasted only eleven
years, but during that time he became the most famous photographer in
Britain. Part of the second generation of photographers who came to
maturity in the 1850s-only a decade after the process was invented-
Fenton strove to elevate the new medium to the status of a fine art and
to establish it as a respected profession. He was the first official
photographer to the British Museum and one of the founders of the
Photographic Society, later named the Royal Photographic Society, an
organization he hoped would help establish the medium's importance in
modern life ... '
The Art of Romare Bearden.
'The complex and colorful art of Romare Bearden (1911-1988) is
autobiographical and metaphorical. Rooted in the history of western,
African, and Asian art, as well as in literature and music, Bearden
found his primary motifs in personal experiences and the life of his
community. Born in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, Bearden moved as
a toddler to New York City, participating with his parents in the Great
Migration of African Americans to states both north and west. The
Bearden home became a meeting place for Harlem Renaissance luminaries
including writer Langston Hughes, painter Aaron Douglas, and musician
Duke Ellington, all of whom undoubtedly would have stimulated the young
artist's imagination ... '
The Killer Beside Me: The Jim Thompson Resource Page.
The Dostoyevsky of pulp crime fiction.
'Born September 27, 1906, James Meyer Thompson grew up in Oklahoma to
become one of the finest pulp novelists of The Cold War era. His life
during the Depression and his up and down family history of working the
wildcat oil fields of Texas seeped into Jim's dirt-under-the-nails
writing as he created characters at displaying both brutality and
Erik S. Klein's Vintage Computer Collection.
'This web site is dedicated collecting, restoring and simply playing
with old (A.K.A. vintage, classic, antique, outdated or just plain junk)
computers. Like many in the computer age, I cut my teeth on computer
systems that represent the dawn of the computer revolution. Some of
these systems, such as the Altair 8800, Apple ][ and IBM PC have tons of
historical significance. Others, such as the Atari 800, Osborne 1,
Kaypro 2x and Dec Pro 350 have less historical but more personal
significance (at least to me). All of these systems do, however, have
one thing in common. They all take up some room in my home and often get
time on the workbench to strut their stuff. '
Hannah Valentine and Lethe Jackson
Slave Letters, 1837-1838.
'Hannah Valentine and Lethe Jackson were house slaves at Montcalm, the
family home of David and Mary Campbell, located in Abingdon, Virginia.
During the years David Campbell served as governor of Virginia
(1837-1840), he and his family moved into the governor's mansion in
Richmond, taking several of their slaves with them, but leaving Hannah
and Lethe to care for the homestead. According to historian Norma Taylor
Mitchell, young men wrote these letters for Hannah Valentine and Lethe
Jackson to their mistresses and other slave family members. Even if not
produced by their own hands, the letters provide a rare firsthand
glimpse into the lives of slaves and their relationships with their
owners. In the spring of 1840, the Campbells, including niece Virginia,
returned to Abingdon. Virginia Campbell and Mary Burwell, a literate
slave whom David Campbell had purchased in 1840, taught Hannah, Lethe,
and the other house slaves to read and write at that time ... '
Abandoned Bicycles of New York.
'New York has a lot of abandoned bicycles. I don't know why. Do people
forget the combinations or keys to their locks? Do they forget they had
a bike? Most of the bikes pictured here are pretty cheap bikes. Some of
the bikes appear to have been abandoned long ago. Consider this ever-
growing photo album a way to remember those forgotten bicycles. '
'In 1885 the French illustrator Albert Tissandier spent six months
traveling across the United States. He returned for briefer visits in
1886, 1890, and 1893. Tissandier documented his journeys with these
drawings, now in the permanent collection of the University of Utah
Museum of Fine Arts. '
'Dard Hunter (1883-1966) dedicated his life to researching, collecting,
publishing exquisite handmade books on the subject of
The Oxford Book of Ballads, Arthur Quiller-Couch,
'These 176 selections by the master anthologist exhibit such lyrics
familiar to this day as "I Saw Three Ships" and long epical ballads like
the 3334-line Robin Hood Ballads.'
Educational and Welfare Funds.
"... ...Education and knowledge are like an instrument. Whether that
instrument is put to use in a constructive or destructive way depend on
each person's motivation. An education system that cultivates smart
brains alone can sometimes create more problems than it solves. However,
it is noticeable that if a child with a good intellectual education
happens to have parents with a warm heart and a sense of responsibility
for both caring and discipline, than these can go together well and be
very constructive. It is my hope that in future, not only the Tibetan
educational system, but those in other places too, will pay specific
attention to the development of human warmth and love. ... ..." - His
Holiness The Dalai Lama.
Kitsch - A Tribute to All Things Tack.
'Welcome kitsch hunters, to the World of Kitsch: The slightly less than
stunning but ever tasteful site dedicated to the people, places, objects
and entertainment that have become known as "Kitsch"! Not sure what
Kitsch is? Why not take a look at our interactive guide with a selection
of the 'finer' examples...'
'A site dedicated to fiction and film depicting the end of the world,
apocalypse and nuclear war. Plague, famine, drought and war all
feature..... Populations decimated, survivors struggling to re-build
after the apocalyptic event.......'
The Insidious Ubiquity of Busywork.
'Most Americans are familiar with the phenomena of "busywork" --time-
consuming tasks of dubious meaning and value, which much be completed
according to precise but arbitrary parameters. Such tasks --generally
consisting of pieces of paperwork to be laborously filled out --compose
a large portion of many people's jobs (as trenchantly chronicled in the
movie "Office Space" in which the main character's entire career hinges
around the use of one form versus another) ... '
The Daguerrotype. The Daguerreian Society
homepage. 19th century photography.
'The daguerreotype is a visual wonder. Let us share with you a number
of galleries of stunning 19th century imagery as well as the exquisite
work of modern daguerreians.'
From Dublin to Ithaca: Cornell's James Joyce Collection.
'From Dublin to Ithaca: Cornell's James Joyce Collection celebrates
Cornell University Library's spectacular collection of letters,
manuscripts and books documenting the life and work of James Joyce.
For the first time in thirty years, the Library's Division of Rare
and Manuscript Collections will exhibit highlights from the Cornell
Joyce Collection, one of the richest in the world covering Joyce's
early life and writing career.'
Colour Lovers -
'a place to view, rate and review some lovely colours & palettes.
the idea is to create a place of color inspiration where a designer
of any sort can see new and lovely colours... find out what colors
are hot, what work well in other uses... and simply make some love
with colour. '
History of the United States Bill of Rights.
'The Bill of Rights is the name given to the first ten amendments of
the United States Constitution. When the Constitution was submitted
to the state legislatures for ratification, many of its opponents
claimed that the reason the Constitution did not include a bill of
rights was because the document was an aristocratic scheme to remove
the rights of Americans. Supporters, known as Federalists, assured
Americans that a Bill of Rights would be added by the First Congress.
The original copy of the Bill of Rights can be seen by the public
today at the National Archives in Washington, DC...'
Biography of Henry Moore, sculptor, with links.
'Henry Spencer Moore (30 July 1898-31 August 1986) was a British artist
and sculptor. Born into a poor mining family in the Yorkshire town of
Castleford, Moore became well-known for his large scale abstract cast
bronze and carved marble sculptures. Substantially supported by the
British art establishment, Moore helped to introduce a particular form
of modernism into Britain.'
The Severn Bore.
'The Severn Bore is one of Britain's few truly spectacular natural
phenomena. It is a large surge wave that can be seen in the estuary
of the River Severn, where the tidal range is the 2nd highest in the
world, being as much as 50 feet (approx. 15.4m).'
'As many as 60 bores occur throughout the world where the river estuary
is the right shape and the tidal conditions are such that the wave is
able to form. The Severn Bore (one of 8 in the UK) is one of the biggest
in the world but bores also occur on the Seine and Gironde in France,
on the Indus, Hooghly and Brahmaputra in India, on the Amazon in Brazil,
on the Petitcodiac, New Brunswick, and also the Knik Arm bore at the
head of Cook Inlet, Alaska. By far the biggest bore in the World is
the Ch'ient'ang'kian (Hang-chou-fe) in China. At spring tides the wave
attains a height of up to 25 ft (7.5 m) and a speed of 13-15 knots
(24-27 km/h). It is heard advancing at a range of 14 miles (22 km)...'
A View of the Holocaust. BBC history site.
'The Holocaust was the Nazis' assault on the Jews between 1933 and 1945.
It culminated in what the Nazis called the 'Final Solution of the Jewish
Question in Europe', in which six million Jews were murdered.'
'The Jews were not the only victims of Nazism. It is estimated that as
many as 15 million civilians were killed by this murderous and racist
regime, including millions of Slavs and 'asiatics', 200,000 Gypsies and
members of various other groups. Thousands of people, including Germans
of African descent, were forcibly sterilised.'
'These programmes are best seen as a series of linked genocides, each
having its own history, background, purpose and significance in the Nazi
scheme of things. The Holocaust was the biggest of the killing programmes
and, in certain important ways, different from the others. The Jews
figured in Nazi ideology as the arch-enemy of the 'Aryan race', and were
targeted not merely for terror and repression but for complete
extinction. The Nazis failed in this aim because they ran out of
time, but they pursued it fanatically until their defeat in 1945. The
Holocaust led to widespread public awareness of genocide and to modern
efforts to prevent it, such as the 1948 UN Convention on Genocide...'
Korean Literature Today.
'Korean Literature Today publishes English translations of modern Korean
literature, together with critical essays. Copyright for the translations
published in Korean Literature Today and linked to these pages is held by
the Korean Center, International P.E.N. on behalf of the individual
translators, and written permission must be obtained from both before
any of these translations are published or reproduced in any form.'
The Life and Music of Celia Cruz.
'Over the course of a career that spanned six decades and took her from
humble beginnings in Havana, Cuba to a world-renowned artist in the
United States, Celia Cruz became the undisputed Queen of Latin Music.
Combining a piercing and powerful voice with a larger-than-life
personality and stage costumes, she was one of the few women to
succeed in the male dominated world of Salsa music. ¡Azúcar! The Life
and Music of Celia Cruz highlights important moments in Cruz' life and
career through photographs, personal documents, costumes, videos, and
Poems by Obi Nwakanma.
'Obi Nwakanma is one of the Nigerian literary awards winning troika
invited by Harvard University to represent New Voices From Nigeria at
a recent Africa Events Reading (the other two being Maik Nwosu and
Akin Adesokan also featured on this site). Poet and journalist, he
featured at the Poetry International Festival in 1995. Holder of a BA
degree from the University of Jos in Nigeria, Nwakanma was a visiting
scholar at one of the pre-eminent universities in Nigeria, UN at Nsukka.
Formerly an Assistant Editor at the Sunday Vanguard, he is currently a
visiting scholar at The Meeting School, Rindge, NH, where he teaches
Literature, Creative Writing and Journalism. Author of Thirsting for
Sunlight and The Roped Urn - winner, Association of Nigerian Authors
Cadbury Poetry Prize in 1996 - he is at an advanced stage in the writing
of The Stifled Sneeze, a biography of the late poet Christopher Okigbo
who died during the Biafra war. His poems and articles have appeared
in various publications and columns such as The Orbit. '
'Biological Invasions (the establishment of species beyond their
historical range) are a major force of ecological and evolutionary
change. Invasions are fundamentally changing the structure and function
of most ecosystems around the world and are impacting many dimensions
of human society. Moreover, the observed rates and impacts of new
invasions have increased dramatically in recent time.'
'The primary goal of our research is to understand biological invasion
patterns and processes in marine ecosystems. We seek to (1) characterize
patterns of marine invasion across space, time, and taxonomic groups, (2)
develop a mechanistic understanding of those factors that are driving
observed patterns, and (3) advance predictive capability about the
establishment, spread, and impacts of non-native species in marine
Liberality for All. Completely bonkers.
'America's future has become an Orwellian nightmare of ultra-liberalism.
Beginning with the Gore Presidency, the government has become increasingly dominated
by liberal extremists.
In 2004, Muslim terrorists stopped viewing the weakened American government as a threat;
instead they set their sites on their true enemies, vocal American conservatives. On one dark
day, in 2006, many conservative voices went forever silent at the hands of terrorist assassins.
Those which survived joined forces and formed a powerful covert conservative organization called
"The Freedom of Information League", aka F.O.I.L ...
The New York City faction of F.O.I.L. is lead by Sean Hannity, G. Gordon Liddy and Oliver North, each
uniquely endowed with special abilities devised by a bio mechanical engineer affectionately
nicknamed "Oscar". F.O.I.L. is soon to be joined by a young man named Reagan McGee... '