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31st August


The Calvin Photographic Collection.
'During the mid-1800's photography became a popular hobby and natural tool for scientists. Samuel Calvin, Professor of Natural Sciences at the University of Iowa (1873-1911) and State Geologist, took more than 5,000 glass plate negatives, which he used to illustrate specific geological features for class instruction, public lectures, and publications. The photographic techniques are of high quality, and the images are as aesthetically pleasing as they are geologically informative. '
'In addition to geological landscapes and features, Calvin documented mines, quarries, mills, and other buildings. The collection also contains portraits of his family, colleagues, and classes in the field. While Calvin may have taken most photographs to exhibit geological features, the images are beautifully composed. Calvin did the developing himself, producing rich blacks and a full range of grays. The light, shadows, and reflections are wonderful. The abstract photographs of rock facades and specimen details are fascinating. Calvin was well aware of the drama of the landscape and, in the fashion of the late1800's, tried to capture nature.'

Charles W. Cushman Photograph Collection.
'Charles Weever Cushman, amateur photographer and Indiana University alumnus, bequeathed approximately 14,500 Kodachrome color slides to his alma mater. The photographs in this collection bridge a thirty-two year span from 1938 to 1969, during which time he extensively documented the United States as well as other countries.'
'Indiana University's Digital Library Program and the Indiana University Archives invite you to explore what Cushman saw. Here you can view his photographs as well as read contextual information about Cushman's life and work.'

The Love Books of Ovid. Published 1925.

Newport Pagnell Historical Society. History of an English town.
'The Society collects archive photographs of Newport Pagnell. This photo shows the old town fair that was held on the market hill, and more recently on the Bury Field common. '

The Contemporary Okinawa Website. The southern Japanese island of Okinawa, today and yesterday.
Managing a wild horse with a rotten rope: a contemporary history of Okinawa.
Kin Town. About an Okinawan community.
Okinawa-related images.

American Masters - Edward Curtis. The photographer of the American Indian.
'The work of Edward Curtis has stirred heated controversy on and off Indian reservations since its rediscovery in the 1970s. Curtis has been accused of posing his subjects, fabricating traditional Indian life from his own imagination, and perpetuating the myth of the vanishing race.'
'This site focuses on the complexity of the controversies surrounding Curtis and his work. Streaming video clips of interviews with Native Americans and scholars reveal passionate, personal and unique relationships to Curtis' photographs. Visitors can hear what Indian people are saying about the photographs; how scholars analyze the controversy; and how filmmaker Anne Makepeace views the debate.'

Red Star 2000. Leftism with glee.

Pep Bonet, Photographer. Cuba, Sudan, Somalia, HIV/AIDS, and dogs are just some of the subjects he has covered.

Get Free - Drop Out!
'This project was started by a few high school dropouts; we wanted to build a resource and a network for other dropouts and any youth who want to get out of school, but it quickly became something deeper.'
Every day millions of kids have their natural search of knowledge crushed by schools that connect learning with pain and force instead of excitement and discovery. Reading is hated because of years of useless short stories and imposed novels, history feared because of one-sided textbooks that shorten years into paragraphs and repeated math that may or may-not be used in the future are shoved down throats ... '

Random Insult Generators.

Good Graffiti. Senseless acts of beauty, drawn on walls, around the world.

Bluesland. About the Blues.

Morning Sun. About the Chinese Cultural Revolution.

Posters from Paris May 1968.

Tibetan Portraits. Vintage photographs of Tibetan people.

The Divine Pymander. 17th century alchemical text.

Fusion Energy Education Site. All about nuclear fusion.

Africa Action. Activism for Africa since 1953.

Historic Royal Palaces in Britain.

Kindergarten Studio. Outsider art.

Language Corner. English language stuff. Via MeFi.

The Gospel of Slavery: A Primer of Freedom, 1864. Via MeFi.
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29th August


A Picture of Britain. The British landscape and art.

Yiddish Dictionary Online.

North American Mammals. 'Welcome to the National Museum of Natural History's North American Mammals web site. This is a searchable database of all living mammals of North America.'

Lessons in Electric Circuits.

Riyad al-Turk. Syrian dissident.
'Riyad al-Turk, the 71-year-old secretary general of Syria's outlawed Communist Party Political Bureau (CPPB) is perhaps the most widely-respected authentic communist in the Arab world. Among secular intellectuals, he is beloved for refusing to endorse Syria's dictatorial regime while enduring horrendous torture and over seventeen years of imprisonment. To the Islamic fundamentalists, he is admired for having raised his voice in protest against the Assad regime's brutal suppression of the Islamist opposition. And to supporters of human rights everywhere, he symbolizes the pervasive, tragic tendency of authoritarian Arab governments to mistreat their society's most educated and principled public figures.'

William Faulkner's 1949 Nobel Speech.
"Our tragedy today is a general and universal physical fear so long sustained by now that we can even bear it. There are no longer problems of the spirit. There is only the question: When will I be blown up? Because of this, the young man or woman writing today has forgotten the problems of the human heart in conflict with itself which alone can make good writing because only that is worth writing about, worth the agony and the sweat."

Angkor.
'Angkor was the site of a series of capital cities of the Khmer empire for much of the period from the 9th century to the 15th century CE. Their ruins (13°24'N, 103°51'E) are located amid forests and farmland to the north of the Great Lake (Tonle Sap), near present day Siem Reap, Cambodia, and are a UNESCO World Heritage Site...'

Ruth First. South African Communist and anti-apartheid activist.
'Following a UNESCO conference at the center in 1982, First was killed by a letter bomb widely believed to have originated from military sources within South Africa. Until her death she remained a 'listed' communist and could not be quoted in South Africa. Her close friend, Ronald Segal, described her death as "the final act of censorship". Presidents, members of parliament and ambassadors from 34 countries, attended her funeral in Maputo.'

Barkeater Lake. Online comic.

Thomas Strickland. RIP.
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25th August


The Kojiki, translated 1919.
'The Kojiki is one of the two primary sources for Shinto, the Japanese national religion. It starts in the realm of myth, with the creation of Japan from foam. Innumerable gods and goddesses are described. The narrative moves from mythology to historical legends, and culminates in a chronology of the early Imperial line. '

Pacific Northwest Garden History. 'Cultivating Eden: 200 Years in Northwest Gardens Or Gardening from the Days of Tall Ships, Voyageurs, Oregon Trail Emigrants, Pioneer Mothers, Black Robes, Empire Builders, Victorian Ladies, Early Horticulturists, and Other Settlers'

Tertium Organum. Esoterica.
'Ouspensky (1878-1947) was a mystic who traveled widely in Europe and the East looking for esoteric knowledge. He later studied with G.I. Gurdjieff. In this book, he uses the concept of the fourth dimension as an extended metaphor for the esoteric nature of reality. Einstein and other physicists had at that time validated the study of higher dimensions, and Ouspensky was fixated on this idea. One can only wonder at what he would think of string theory, parallel universes, and the holographic universe hypothesis (the latter of which he prefigures in this book). '

The Robert Johnson Notebooks. Early Blues.
'On November 23, 1936, Robert Johnson recorded his songs for the first time in San Antonio, Texas. This first of two sessions was unceremoniously squeezed between W. Lee O'Daniel & His Hillbilly Boys the day before, and Hermanas Baraza con Guitarras the day after. Yet out of this modest recording session, after which Robert Johnson collected his money and disappeared again into the Mississippi Delta, came a powerful and unique sound which forever changed music in America. '

Kaurna Warra. An Aboriginal language of South Australia.
'In Adelaide, 1840, a remarkable event occurred. Reverends Teichelmann and Schürmann published their work Outlines of a Grammar, Vocabulary, and Phraseology of the Aboriginal Language of South Australia. The amazing feature relates to its creation. Two German priests recorded essentially the language of the Kaurna people for the English speaking colonists to read. Indeed, these two remarkable men began teaching the Kaurna children in their own vernacular until forbidden to do so by the government. '

Travelling Culture: Circuit Chautauqua in the 20th Century. 'This digital collection presents 7,949 publicity brochures, promotional advertisements and talent circulars for some 4,546 performers who were part of the Chautauqua circuit. These talent brochures are drawn from the Records of the Redpath Lyceum Bureau, held by the University of Iowa Libraries. One of the largest booking agencies for the Chautauqua performers, the Redpath bureau managed a vast talent pool. Performers and lecturers were familiar names as popular entertainers or well known in the political, religious, and cultural worlds. '
What Was Chautauqua? 'Founded in 1874 by businessman Lewis Miller and Methodist minister, later Bishop, John Heyl Vincent, Chautauqua's initial incarnation was in western New York state on Lake Chautauqua. The programming first focused on training Sunday school teachers but quickly expanded its range and was the first to offer correspondence degrees in the United States. This summer camp for families that promised "education and uplift" was too popular not to be copied and in less than a decade independent Chautauquas, often called assemblies, sprang up across the country beside lakes and in groves of trees. As with the early lyceum movements and Chautauqua assemblies, the goal of the Circuit Chautauquas was to offer challenging, informational, and inspirational stimulation to rural and small-town America. '

Oakwell Hall. A 16th century English manor house.
'Take a peek at our wonderfully authentic 16th Century Manor House with our virtual tours. Pass by the magnificent fire-place, and visit the Parlour Chamber with its scrumbled walls. Upstairs you can see the family Bible Box, and the beautiful quilt and bed hangings stitched by the Oakwell Broiderers. Imagine John Batt working on the estate's accounts in the small study, or imagine the hustle and bustle of the kitchen with its wonderful charcoal stove.'

The Story of Mann. History, culture and folklore of the Isle of Man, in the Irish Sea.

The Maximilien Robespierre Archive. 'Leader of the left Jacobins and head of the French revolutionary government, 1793-94. The day on which he fell from power was 9 Thermidor (July 27, 1794) in the new revolutionary calendar.'

Biography of Gough Whitlam. Former Australian Prime Minister, controversially dismissed by the Governor-General in 1975.

The Jacques Roux Archive. French Revolutionary priest.

Kamikaze Images. Portrayals of Japanese kamikaze pilots during World War II.

The Jane Austen Museum. The house where she wrote and revised her famous novels.

Subsistence and Army Cooks History Page. History of US Army food.

Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation. Indigenous rights; nations without countries.

Lillian Gish. Silent movie star.

The Makah Tribe of Washington State.

Vintage Advertisements from India.

The Autodidact Project.

History of Heavy Metal Music.
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24th August


Shtetl: Alexander Vaisman. Artist.
'Alexander Vaisman was born in 1967 in Chernovtsy (Czernowitz), a city with a long-standing and strong Jewish tradition, once an important Jewish center in Eastern Europe. Alexander graduated from the Chernovtsy Musical College and worked as a book illustrator and poster designer. Currently Alexander lives in Israel with his wife and four children. '

Nuclear Mishap in Goldsboro, North Carolina.
'On Tuesday, 24 January 1961, at about 12:30 a.m., two hydrogen bombs fell to earth near the tiny farming village of Faro, NC. '
'Obviously, neither bomb yielded its awful potential, or the world would today be mourning an infamous catastrophe. The two model MARK 39 devices came down when the B-52 bomber in which they were riding suffered structural failure and disintegrated in mid-air 12 miles north of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro, NC. The plane exploded as it fell. Five crewmen parachuted to earth safely. Three died -- two who went down with the doomed bomber, and one who was found two miles from the crash site hanging by his parachute in a tree, his neck broken...'

Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition.
'The Exhibition, on view from April 10 - October 11, 1999 at the American Museum of Natural History, documented one of the greatest tales of survival in expedition history: Sir Ernest Shackleton's 1914 voyage to the Antarctic. Just one day's sail from the continent, the ship Endurance became trapped in sea ice. Frozen fast for ten months, the ship was crushed and destroyed by ice pressure, and the crew was forced to abandon ship. After camping on the ice for five months, Shackleton made two open boat journeys, one of which-a treacherous 800-mile ocean crossing to South Georgia Island-is now considered one of the greatest boat journeys in history. Trekking across the mountains of South Georgia, Shackleton reached the island's remote whaling station, organized a rescue team, and saved all of the men he had left behind.'

Like a Family: The Making of a Southern Cotton Mill World. Textile mill history in the American South.

Coin Archives.
'CoinArchives.com is a repository of coins previously featured in major numismatic auctions.'
'It brings together the text, images, and prices realized from catalogs issued by some of the world's most prestigious coin firms. With this site, you can search and view coin lots from a growing database of completed auctions.'

Shinto: The Faith of Japan.

The Internet Apiculture and Beekeeping Archive.

USS Arizona BB-39.
'This site is dedicated to the preservation of the history of this great ship.'
'The items available on this site as well as the links provided have been chosen for the ability to provide a wealth of information without the need for expending a great amount of time searching the internet.'
'My involvement with the U.S.S. Arizona is strictly as a student of history. My research activities began in 1973 while working on a high school history project. These activities are still going strong today.'

Margaret Walker. A Southern writer.
"Let a new earth rise. Let another world be born. Let a bloody peace be written in the sky. Let a second generation full of courage issue forth; let a people loving freedom come to growth. Let a beauty full of healing and a strength of final clenching be the pulsing in our spirits and our blood. Let the martial songs be written, let the dirges disappear. Let a race of men now rise and take control. "

Tibet Travel Photos. Thanks, Konstantin.

Sustainable Table: Serving Up Healthy Food Choices. Eat well.

Fiddle Tunes of the Old Frontier. 'Fiddle Tunes of the Old Frontier: The Henry Reed Collection is a multi- format ethnographic field collection of traditional fiddle tunes performed by Henry Reed of Glen Lyn, Virginia. Recorded by folklorist Alan Jabbour in 1966-67, when Reed was over eighty years old, the tunes represent the music and evoke the history and spirit of Virginia's Appalachian frontier. '

Woody Guthrie and the Archive of American Folk Song: Correspondence 1940-1950. 'His written and, occasionally, illustrated reflections on his past, his art, his life in New York City, and the looming Second World War provide unique insight into the artist best-known for his role as "Dust Bowl balladeer." '

Wonder Bound. Rare books on early museums.
'Why are centuries-old natural history books vital to scientific research? Our scientists consult early printed materials to compare historical descriptions with modern specimens. '

Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame.

The History of the Metropolitan Police. (UK)
'A comprehensive history of the Metropolitan Police from 1829 to the present. In these pages you will find descriptions of famous and lesser known events throughout the history of The Met as well as biographies of key figures and details of famous cases ...'

VietQuoc. 'VietQuoc is the shortened form of VietNam Quoc Dan Dang (also known as VNQDD, or Vietnamese National Party). The Viet Quoc Spirit has been one that leads generations of Vietnamese in struggling for independence, freedom and prosperity of Vietnam since 1927. '
'This homepage is of a group of Viet Quoc members of all ages, to express their opinions about VietNam and promote the Viet Quoc Spirit in the common struggle for the better life of the Vietnamese people .'

Temples and Castles: 19th Century Indian Photography. 'The architecture of the country may be considered as a great stone book, in which every tribe and race has written its annals and recorded its faith and that in a manner so clear that those who run may read ' - James Fergusson, 1866.

The Evolution of the American Front Porch. "Porches are as synonymous with American culture as apple pie. While not unknown in colonial times, they rose to nationwide popularity in the decades before the Civil War, and remained in fashion for almost one hundred years. Ironically, the very social and technological forces that made them both popular and possible were eventually responsible for their decline."

Bootleg Action Figures. 'Greetings! Welcome to Bootleg Toys The Undiscovered Playthings. Here you will find pictures of my collection of bootleg toys from around the world. Well, actually most of the bootleg toys here are from Southern California. These toys are not for sale. They are here only for your amusement. '

Lenticular cloud.
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23rd August


Documenting History: Teenie Harris Archive. 'Teenie Harris' photographs are unsurpassed in the range of subjects they portray and for their ability to evoke the spirit of an era and to display the humanity of a people. Harris' 40-year career with the Pittsburgh Courier, one of the largest and most influential Black newspapers in the country, began as the nation emerged from the Depression and ended with the Civil Rights Movement. Numbering upwards of 80,000 images, this archive represents the largest single collection of photographic images of any Black community in the United States-or the world, for that matter.'

Cambridgeshire Churches. Online guide. A top ten.

Masterpieces of Japanese Photography.

The Sibylline Oracles. The 'prophecies' of the sibyls of classical antiquity. Cryptic.

The Jean-Paul Marat Internet Archive. Leftwing French revolutionary, murdered in the bath.

Frontiers of Abstraction: Tantric Art from 19th Century India. Online exhibition.

War Child: Helping the Innocent Victims of War.

An Atlas of the Universe. 'This web page is designed to give everyone an idea of what our universe actually looks like. There are nine main maps on this web page, each one approximately ten times the scale of the previous one. The first map shows the nearest stars and then the other maps slowly expand out until we have reached the scale of the entire visible universe. '

The Book of Zen. A Buddhist comic.

Bishop Museum Ethnology Database. Large collection of native Hawaiian artefacts around 1000 of them viewable online.

Devices of Wonder. The ancestors of modern cinema, cyborgs, computers.

The Wars of the Roses. Online historical survey.
'The Wars of the Roses were a series of civil wars fought in medieval England from 1455 to 1487 between the House of Lancaster and the House of York. The name Wars of the Roses is based on the badges used by the two sides, the red rose for the Lancastrians and the white rose for the Yorkists. Major causes of the conflict include: 1) both houses were direct descendents of king Edward III; 2) the ruling Lancastrian king, Henry VI, surrounded himself with unpopular nobles; 3) the civil unrest of much of the population; 4) the availability of many powerful lords with their own private armies; and 5) the untimely episodes of mental illness by king Henry VI ... '

Beyond Geometry: Experiments in Form 1940s to 1970s. Art.

Screenshots. 'A series of drawings from an isometric perspective, in the style of a computer game. The subject of each drawing is the image, or images, that created a popular cultural event. Historical events (like the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Lorraine Motel) are used interchangeably with fictionalized events (like the picnic scene from The Sound of Music).'

West African Music. Articles.

Sarah Baartman. 'Sarah also known as the " Hottentot Venus " was a indigenous woman taken from the Cape to Europe by her Dutch employer and put on display by an animal trainer to show off her distinct anatomy. She didn't share in the profits as she was promised and died in exile far from her motherland and tribe. After Cuvier made a plaster cast of her body, it was dissected and her organs were still on display in Musee de l Homme, Paris up till 1974. '

Dave Spicer - Autistic Writer and Speaker.

The Birth of a Nation, 1915.
'Its release set up a major censorship battle over its vicious, extremist depiction of African Americans, although Griffith naively claimed that he wasn't racist at the time. Unbelievably, the film is still used today as a recruitment piece for Klan membership - and in fact, the organization experienced a revival and membership peak in the decade immediately following its initial release. And the film stirred new controversy when it was voted into the National Film Registry in 1993, and when it was voted one of the "Top 100 American Films" (at # 44) by the American Film Institute in 1998.'
'Film scholars agree, however, that it is the single most important and key film of all time in American movie history - it contains many new cinematic innovations and refinements, technical effects and artistic advancements, including a color sequence at the end. It had a formative influence on future films and has had a recognized impact on film history and the development of film as art. In addition, at almost three hours in length, it was the longest film to date. However, it still provokes conflicting views about its message. '

HungerWeb. 'HungerWeb is for researchers, educators, policy influencers, operations personnel, other professionals and students using the Internet to help find solutions to hunger at the global, national, community and household level-or for anyone who is interested in learning more about the subject. '

History of Ireland.

All About Nothing.
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22nd August


Alabama Maps. Via the Map Room.

Titles Designed by Saul Bass. Via MeFi.

Singing Insects of North America. Via MeFi.

The Peleliu Project. ''The Story of Peleliu brings back the images of that horrible battle in the South Pacific through the eyes of a Marine, who was there, and a son, who went back in search of his father's past. Fee brings an interpretation through his vision of the island, and the documents of his father's diary and photographs bring us the raw reality of man made destruction and death. Fee, while known for his silver and selenium prints of surrealistic nudes and landscapes, has taken a colorful, tragically beautiful road to this present exhibition of The Peleliu Project.'
Via MeFi.

Silent Witness: The Story of Lola Rein and Her Dress.

Chronicle of the Future.

Colosseum: A Gladiator's Story.

Big Nate. Online comic.
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20th August


American Slave Narratives: An Online Anthology. 'From 1936 to 1938, over 2,300 former slaves from across the American South were interviewed by writers and journalists under the aegis of the Works Progress Administration. These former slaves, most born in the last years of the slave regime or during the Civil War, provided first- hand accounts of their experiences on plantations, in cities, and on small farms. Their narratives remain a peerless resource for understanding the lives of America's four million slaves. What makes the WPA narratives so rich is that they capture the very voices of American slavery, revealing the texture of life as it was experienced and remembered. Each narrative taken alone offers a fragmentary, microcosmic representation of slave life. Read together, they offer a sweeping composite view of slavery in North America, allowing us to explore some of the most compelling themes of nineteenth-century slavery, including labor, resistance and flight, family life, relations with masters, and religious belief. '

Norfolk Churches. Over 200 English churches featured.

Inktraces: Zen Painting by Nantembo, Deiryu, Bunsho Gitei.

The Sky Report from the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics. Guide to the night sky.

Benedictine Archabbey of Pannonhalma, Hungary.
'The foundation of the monastery was instrumental in the development of the Christian culture in medieval Hungary. It is a "world heritage", indeed, which opens a window onto the reality of God as well as onto the values of universal human culture. '
'Hereby we present a sense of this rich heritage via the World Wide Web. '

Glencoe Mill Village, North Carolina. 'Glencoe Mills, Inc. was incorporated in 1880 by James H. and William E. Holt, sons of the great textile pioneer E. M. Holt. Glencoe was the last water-powered mill developed by the Holts. The mill closed in 1954, and through the years the mill village was gradually vacated. Listed many years ago in the National Register of Historic Places, Glencoe has been described by the National Park Service as "a nationally significant site representative of the Southern textile mill village and its role in the industrialization of the American South." The National Park Service is considering listing Glencoe as a National Historic Landmark, the highest historical designation in the United States...'

African Women's Media Centre.

Vintage Bourbon Street Burlesque. 'New Orleans in the Forties and Fifties was often heralded as "The Most Interesting City in America." Bourbon Street was its epicenter, and it became world famous for its concentration of nightclub shows featuring exotic dancers, comics, risque singers, and contortionists, backed by live house bands. Along a five-block stretch, over fifty acts could be seen on any given night ... '

Acala Gallery of Unusual and Ancient Asian Arts and Antiques, Bangkok. With virtual gallery.

Sacred Calendars. Islamic, Jewish, Mayan.
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19th August


When They Were Young: A Photographic Retrospective of Childhood. 'These pictures, selected from among thousands of images in the Prints and Photographs Collections of the Library of Congress, capture the experience of childhood as it is connected across time, different cultures, and diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. Whether encumbered by poverty or born into privilege, boys and girls look unflinchingly at the lens and toward the future. Their honest gazes reveal who these children are and how they view themselves and their world-with implications of the vast roads that lie ahead.'

UK Nights. Night photography of locations in Britain.

Asia Through the Lens: Photographs 1870-1920.

US Steel Gary Works Photograph Collection. 'The Digital Library Program is proud to present the U.S. Steel Gary Works Photograph Collection, a series of more than 2,200 photographs of the Gary Works steel mill and the corporate town of Gary, Indiana held by the Calumet Regional Archives at Indiana University Northwest. In images of compelling diversity, historians and the general public can view all aspects of this planned industrial community: the steel mill, the city, and the citizens who lived and worked there.'

Roads to the Future. Extensive US highway and transport history website.

The Face of Tomorrow. ' What is the face of London, New York, Paris? What does a Londoner, a New Yorker, a Parisian look like?'
'The Face of Tomorrow is a concept for a series of photographs that addresses the effects of globalization on identity.'
'The large metropolises of the world are magnets for migrants from all parts of the planet resulting in new mixtures of peoples. What might a typical inhabitant of this new metropolis look like in one or two hundred years if they were to become more integrated? ... '

Signs of Life.
'Photographs of signs
'That transcend their objectivity
'To reveal our humanity'

Snap Your Desk. Photographs of desks.

The König Family of Chile. A single family tree, traced all the way back to Germany 1733. Many, many individuals listed.

Seduction advice.

Mo Mowlam.

Planets over Paranal.
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18th August


The Vincent van Gogh Gallery.
'Welcome to The Vincent van Gogh Gallery. For nearly nine years now I've worked hard to ensure that this website remains the most thorough and comprehensive Van Gogh resource on the World Wide Web. To the right is a table detailing the contents of the entire site. I'm proud to say that I have the privilege of displaying 100% of Vincent van Gogh's works and letters--a complete, online catalogue raisonné of Van Gogh's oeuvre. As you explore these pages, you'll see the culmination of thousands of hours of work. But that's just the beginning .... '

Roger L. Stevens Presents.
'This exhibition examines Stevens's career through the great number of stage productions that Stevens presented or fostered indirectly, for example, through the NEA. His achievements manifest Stevens's deep commitment to raising the quality of life for all Americans and his special place as one of the nation's foremost cultural leaders.'

A Day in the Life of Africa. Photo-essay.

Rebkong (Amdo) Paintings. 'A series of tangkas from the Rebkong region of Eastern Tibet (Qinghai Provence, China) commissioned between 1942 and 1954 by a single family. The majority of tangkas represent notable figures and deities from the Longchen Nyingtig cycle of Terma (Revealed Treasure teachings). '

Chapters on Jewish Literature. 'These twenty-five short chapters on Jewish Literature open with the fall of Jerusalem in the year 70 of the current era, and end with the death of Moses Mendelssohn in 1786. Thus the period covered extends over more than seventeen centuries. Yet, long as this period is, it is too brief...'

What to See in England. 'This book is intended to put in the smallest possible space the means by which one may reach the chief places of interest in England and Wales. It will possibly make many holidays, week-ends, or isolated days more enjoyable by placing a defined objective before the rambler. Places within an hour or two of London are in the front of the book, so that as one turns over the pages one is taken further and further afield...'

Two Little Savages. 'Yan was much like other twelve-year-old boys in having a keen interest in Indians and in wild life, but he differed from most in this, that he never got over it. Indeed, as he grew older, he found a yet keener pleasure in storing up the little bits of woodcraft and Indian lore that pleased him as a boy...'

Night Sky Events. Astronomical and aurora images.
"I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in a magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time." - Jack London.

Houdini Historical Center, Appleton, Wisconsin. The great escapologist.

Voice of America's Prepared Obituaries for Castro and Yeltsin.
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17th August


Le Tournesol by Edward Steichen.
'Edward Steichen created Le Tournesol (The Sunflower) in the years after World War I, when he painted, photographed, and gardened at his home in Voulangis, France. Steichen was an enthusiastic gardener, breeding new varieties of delphinium and raising sunflowers and other magnificent blooms. In 1920 he painted this abstract portrait of a golden, black-eyed sunflower bent over a portly vase, a work that combined his passions for painting, photography, and gardening with some of the most contemporary ideas in modern art.'

The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci.

Big Bear Solar Observatory. Astro images.

Navajo Texts, 1933.

Kogoshui: Gleanings from Ancient Stories. Shinto texts.
'In order to offer oriental scholars of the West material indispensable to the study of Japanese history and religion-particularly Shinto, the national religion of Japan-we venture to publish an English translation of the Kogoshui, an historical book of old Japan, together with some brief introductory remarks and an ample supply of critical notes, resulting from our study of the book for years. We trust that it may prove a useful supplement to the Kojiki and the Nihongi, which have long been familiar to foreign students of things Japanese, through the excellent translations of Prof. B. H. Chamberlain and W. G. Aston respectively.'

Call to Duty. The World War II history of Outagamie County, Wisconsin.
'Outagamie County residents met the nation's call to duty in World War II. Thousands of the County's young men joined the armed services. They fought in jungles in New Guinea, landed on beaches in Normandy and at Iwo Jima, and flew over the Himalayas into China. Their parents, siblings, sweethearts, children, and friends championed them on the home front. Those at home rationed food, bought defense bonds, and made the machinery of war...'

The Jazz Photography of Russ Escritt.
'This site contains Black and White photos of Jazz Musicians taken by Russ Escritt. The images were shot at various venues in and around Birmingham UK and at the Brecon Jazz Festival.'

Making Contact with the Lord and Lady. Pagan text.

'Tweedledum and Tweedledee 1,2,3,3' - The Albert Langer Story. Australia's last political prisoner - jailed for telling people how to vote without being forced to choose the 'lesser of two evils'.
'Mr Langer's activity regarding the method people should use when voting in a House of Representatives election has been subject to the AEC's attention for a number of years, including in relation to the 1987, 1990 and 1993 elections. On the day the writs were issued for the General Election, 29 January 1996, Mr Langer contacted the AEC and informed an officer that he intended to distribute election material that advocated `optional preferential' voting. He subsequently faxed a copy of the material to the AEC. The material was also published as an advertisement in The Australian on 31 January 1996. The material encouraged people to vote for neither of the major parties by placing the same number in the square of the candidate for each of the major parties after first voting for other candidates as illustrated below (Note: In the material Mr Howard and Mr Keating are referred to as Tweedledum and Tweedledee). The method advocated by Mr Langer for voting in the House of Representatives would result in the vote being formal but being exhausted, as no further preferences could be distributed, before it could flow to either major party (see below for further information on formal voting)...'

Disneyland Postcards. Via MeFi.
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16th August


The V-J Day Kiss.
'It seems as if everybody's claiming to be the sailor--or the nurse he's kissing--in the famous photograph taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt for LIFE magazine 50 years ago on V-J Day, August 14, 1945.'
'The most recent claimant is Carl "Moose" Muscarello, an ex-cop from New York, who has been identified by the self-proclaimed then-nurse, Edith Shain as the man who kissed her in Times Square. They've appeared on television last week to broadcast their claims. But LIFE magazine has never identified the couple in the historic embrace--and probably never will.'
'In the past, some dozen ex-sailors have claimed to be the amorous seaman. And at least two other former nurses have identified themselves as his partner in Eisenstaedt's classic image.'

The Tibetan Studies WWW Virtual Library.

Early American Jewish Portraits.

Taking America to Lunch.
'For generations, the lunch containers many of us have hauled to school and work have reflected American culture. No meal has received more cultural attention to its transport than our lunch. Of all the bags, boxes, trays, cans, and cartons carried over the past century, the most message-laden is the child's metal lunch box. This selection of boxes and their drink containers from the collections of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History explores that colorful heritage. '

Modern Street Ballads.
'This collection of ballads was edited by John Ashton, whose own Introduction is worth reading. The material in the book dates from the first half of the 19th century.'
'When we think of folk ballads, we tend to think of familiar classics like those found in the Child collection: songs that have been adapted, performed, and memorized for centuries, handed down through the generations. But as browsing through Modern Street Ballads will remind you, for every timeless "Barbara Allen" there were dozens of topical ditties hastily composed and soon forgotten. And for good reason. Many of the ballads you'll find here feature awkward diction, clumsy rhyme, and dubious scansion. Others deal with highly specific and ephemeral events or trends. And yet, tossed-off hack jobs though some of these pieces may be, all of them provide a fascinating glimpse into the daily concerns of the average British citizen of the period.'

The Amish.
'Part of Lancaster County's old-fashioned charm and homespun warmth stems from our Amish population -- the families, farmers and craftsmen who follow a deeply religious, family-centered lifestyle that has maintained this tradition through a simple way of life that has not adopted the mainstream culture, yet has adapted in many necessary ways throughout the last 300 years.'
'Forgoing "outside world" luxuries, the Amish who grace our small towns and farmlands present a fascinating and authentic horse-and-buggy contrast to the hustle and bustle of the 21st century.'

Richard Tuttle: The Presence of Simple Things. 'Explore Richard Tuttle's expansive, forty-year career through video of the artist at work, critical responses, and artworks that defy conventional notions of material, form, process, and craft. Tuttle: The Presence of Simple Things is produced in conjunction with the retrospective exhibition The Art of Richard Tuttle, on view July 2 through October 16, 2005. '

The Atomic Bomb and the End of World War II: A Collection of Primary Sources.

Japanese Propaganda Booklet from World War II. Via MeFi.

Renaissance Festival Books. 'View 253 digitised Renaissance festival books (selected from over 2,000 in the British Library's collection) that describe the magnificent festivals and ceremonies that took place in Europe between 1475 and 1700 - marriages and funerals of royalty and nobility, coronations, stately entries into cities and other grand events.' Via MeFi.

Jean Charles de Menezes.

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