Yin Chih Wen: The Tract of the Quiet Way,
1906. Taoist text.
'Yin Chih Wen is a religio-ethical tract, which, in spite of its
popularity all over the Middle Kingdom, has not as yet, so far as we
know, been translated into any Western language. Next to the Kan-Ying
P'ien it is read and studied and taught both in schools and at the home,
and there is probably no family in China without it; but its contents
are very little known in the. Western world, and we have only once met
with references to it by Professor Douglas in his Confucianism and
Taouism under the title of "Book of Secret Blessings." ...'
BoardGameGeek. All about board games.
'BoardGameGeek is a database for board game information, reviews,
session reports, images, files, and links. We focus on new games you
might not yet be familiar with but thousands of people around the world
are playing and having a great time. We also have all the classics you
are familiar with so you can enjoy a stroll down memory lane. '
Previous Surgeons General (of the USA).
'The first Supervising Surgeon of the Marine Hospital Service was
appointed in 1871. This position became Supervising Surgeon General in
1873 and Surgeon General in 1902. The Marine Hospital System was the
precursor of the U.S. Public Health Service. Fourteen men and two women
have served in the office. Biographical information about each Surgeon
General can be viewed by selecting the respective picture or text
The Ricksha Arts of Bangladesh.
'This website is dedicated to celebrating one of Bangladesh's unique
popular arts, the paintings and decorations on the three-wheeled cycle
ricksha -- or "rickshaw", as spelled in English dictionaries. This
site is based on my anthropological field visits to Bangladesh between
1975 and 1998, when I traveled about, took photos, and interviewed
Le Tumulte Noir: Paul Colin's Jazz Age
'In 1925, Josephine Baker (1906-1975) and the musicians and performers
of her troupe, La Revue Nègre, exploded on the stage at Paris' Théâtre
des Champs-Élysées with a wild new dance called the Charleston. The Jazz
Age was at its height, and Baker was destined to become its high
'Four years later, French poster artist Paul Colin (1892-1985), Baker's
one-time lover and life-long friend, published a portfolio of vividly
colored lithographs titled "Le Tumulte Noir" ("The Black Craze") which
captured the exuberant jazz music and dance that dazzled Paris.'
Sister Wendy's American Collection.
'In Sister Wendy's American Collection, the engaging art critic moves
beyond the world of daVinci and Monet to explore the wider riches of
six of America's greatest museums: Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, Forth
Worth's Kimbell Art Museum, New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art,
the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago,
and the Cleveland Museum of Art. Each one-hour episode focuses on one
of the featured museums, showcasing its treasures from around the
An American Family: The Beecher Tradition.
'Families that have been influential in American life and culture are
often recognizable by their signature names. The Beecher family is an
example of one such family whose deep religious convictions and social
conscience spanned the nineteenth century and made them prominent
historical figures whose impact on religion, education, abolition,
reform movements, literature and public life were exceptional. Biographer
Milton Rugoff claims that in "two generations the Beechers emerged,
along with many other Americans, from a God-centered, theology-ridden
world concerned with the fate of man's eternal soul into a man-centered
society occupied mainly with life on earth." (The Beechers, p. xiii)...'
The Woodward and Bernstein Watergate Papers.
'Between 1972 and 1976, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein emerged as two
of the most famous journalists in America and became forever identified
as the reporters who broke the biggest story in American politics.
Beginning with the investigation of a "third-rate burglary" of the
Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Watergate complex,
Woodward and Bernstein uncovered a system of political "dirty tricks"
and crimes that eventually led to indictments of forty White House and
administration officials, and ultimately to the resignation of President
Inside Battersea Power Station.
'As Battersea Power Station awaits development the BBC News website
gained rare access. Below are panoramas, picture galleries and more
about the site's past, present and future. '
'Welcome to the Ministry of Defence's internet version
of the 'We Were There' Exhibition. It is our tribute
to the contribution made to our defence by military
and civilian personnel from what was then the British
Empire and later the Commonwealth and whose
descendants now form part of the richly diverse ethnic
population in the United Kingdom. The 'We Were There'
website won an award in the prestigious Race in the
Media Awards 2002.'
'The Black Seminoles are descendants of free African
Americans and fugitive slaves traditionally allied
with Seminole Indians in the U.S. states of Florida
and Oklahoma. 20th century historians popularized the
name "Black Seminoles" to describe the community,
whose members were known in the 19th century as
Seminole Negroes, Seminole maroons, or simply the
black allies of Seminole Indians. Today Black
Seminoles are concentrated in parts of Oklahoma, where
they are known as Seminole Freedmen; in Nacimiento in
the Mexican state of Coahuila, where they are known as
los mascogos; and along the U.S.-Mexico border near
Del Rio and Brackettville, Texas, where they are more
likely to describe themselves as Black Seminoles. How
they came to live in these former frontier regions
constitutes one of the lesser known but more
remarkable odysseys of nineteenth-century American
history.' John Horse and the
first black rebels to beat American slavery.
Folklife and Landscape in Southern West
'Tending the Commons: Folklife and Landscape in
Southern West Virginia incorporates 718 excerpts from
original sound recordings, 1,256 photographs, and 10
manuscripts from the American Folklife Center's Coal
River Folklife Project (1992-99) documenting
traditional uses of the mountains in Southern West
Virginia's Big Coal River Valley. Functioning as a de
facto commons, the mountains have supported a way of
life that for many generations has entailed hunting,
gathering, and subsistence gardening, as well as coal
mining and timbering. The online collection includes
extensive interviews on native forest species and the
seasonal round of traditional harvesting (including
spring greens; summer berries and fish; and fall nuts,
roots such as ginseng, fruits, and game) and documents
community cultural events such as storytelling,
baptisms in the river, cemetery customs, and the
spring "ramp" feasts using the wild leek native to the
region. Interpretive texts outline the social,
historical, economic, environmental, and cultural
contexts of community life, while a series of maps
and a diagram depicting the seasonal round of
community activities provide special access to
'Sacred or holy places are found in different
cultures, past and present, all over the world. Such
places are frequently marked or embellished by
architectural structures and art. '
'This website contains text and images which examine
the nature of the sacred. It also explores how art and
architecture serve to embody or make manifest on both
physical and spiritual planes the sacredness or
mystery of a site. '
Caves, stones, mountains, trees, water, and landscape
Textiles in Illuminated Manuscripts.
'This exhibition explores the role of textiles in
'Fabrics were luxury items, works of art, and even
holy objects during the Middle Ages (about A.D.
500–1500). People handled manuscripts with cloths to
preserve their metalwork or ivory covers. Manuscript
makers often included textile fragments in
bookbindings and sewed pieces of cloth onto the pages
as protective "curtains." Manuscript illuminators also
depicted clothing and textiles in their paintings to
show the importance of the people and objects they
a unique and eccentric house in Las Vegas.
'Castillo del Sol, as it is now called, started out as
a $45,000 house built in 1969 from a standard plan as
a frame stucco, four bedroom house. the large addition
built in 1975 was placed over the top and in front of
the house to accommodate an observatory and
planetarium. This was built to local code and without
a variance, as it met the conditions for ranch estates
that limit height to 35 feet. Several lawsuits have
been dismissed after it was proven that the building
met applicable codes and that the doctor was not a
'The doctor had long wanted to study astronomy, but
never had the time, money, or the inclination to sit
outside in the cold Minnesota nights to study the
stars. His science interests are broad, ranging from
biology to medicine to mathematics, anthropology and
psychology. His special focus is the history of
scientific thought. Most old structures such as the
pyramids and Stonehenge were oriented to directions
relevant to the positions and motions of the sun, moon
and stars. The specific discipline that studies this
combination of archaeology and astronomy is called
archaeoastronomy. Lonnie fancies himself as an amateur
Hidden Power. Esoterica/Occult
'The material comprised in this volume has been
selected from unpublished manuscripts and magazine
articles by Judge Troward, and "The Hidden Power" is,
it is believed, the last book which will be published
under his name. Only an insignificant portion of his
work has been deemed unworthy of permanent
preservation. Whenever possible, dates have been
affixed to these papers. Those published in 1902
appeared originally in "EXPRESSION; A Journal of Mind
and Thought," in London, and to some of these have
been added notes made later by the author...'
Antisemitism. US Holocaust Memorial
'Sometimes called "the longest hatred," antisemitism has persisted in
many forms for over two thousand years. The Nazis' racial antisemitism
took hatred of Jews to a genocidal extreme. Yet the Holocaust began
with words and ideas--stereotypes, sinister cartoons, the gradual spread
Electronic New Jersey: A Digital Archive of
New Jersey. Revolution and Civil War, women's
suffrage, the Cold War and the 1960s,
the consumer society, etc.
'Every day travelers pass this road sign unaware of the rich history
related to the Borough of Roosevelt, New Jersey. '
Paul Robeson. Performer and activist.
'In Princeton, New Jersey on April 9, 1898, Paul Robeson was born to a
former slave, the Rev. William Robeson. His mother, a teacher, died
shortly thereafter when he was only five years old. Three years later,
the Robeson family moved to Westfield, New Jersey. In 1910, Robeson's
father became pastor of St.Thomas A.M.E. Zion Church and the Robeson
family moved to Somerville, New Jersey. Paul Robeson attended Somerville
High School. There, Robeson excelled in sports, drama, singing,
academics, and debating. He graduated from Somerville High School
Mornington Crescent Game. A game of the
'Before you play Mornington Crescent it is assumed that because it was
Sunday yesterday you will know that the short rules only apply and from
the 2nd turn in reverse order during December. Please also remember rule
7b: All Egyptian moves are disallowed except crossovers and double
'Mornington Crescent is a game of strategy created and popularized by the
BBC Radio 4 programme I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue. Named after the
Mornington Crescent tube station, it consists of moves between stations
on the London Underground, the winner being the first to reach Mornington
Crescent. The game's secretive, complex-sounding rules and dramatic
manner of play are thought by some who are unfamiliar with the game's
rules as being a parody of strategy games and the deep analysis in which
their players engage.'
Indian Adept (Mahasiddha). IHimalayan art.
'These Adepts, kings, monks, scholars, yogis, boatmen, cobblers, men and
woman, were the source of the rich Tantric tradtion known as Vajrayana
The Marquis de Sade: Letters from Prison.
'In writing my biography, The Marquis de Sade: A Life, I found that one
of the true surprises was the richness, the humor, the genuine humanity
that can be seen in his letters from prison, written mostly to his patient
and devoted wife Renée. Since he spent 29 years behind stone walls, prison
letters were one of his most typical forms of discourse. In addition to
the features mentioned above, in these letters, you will also see the
extremes of his personality swings, his bizarre and paranoid system of
reading hidden meanings from numbers and words, his essential loneliness
and self-absorption, his preoccupation with his sex life, his attempts to
understand himself, his development as a literary stylist and ultimately
as a fiction writer.'
'Reconciliation Australia is the body established to provide a continuing
national focus for reconciliation following the end of the Council for
Aboriginal Reconciliation in December 2000.'
Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation:
'This site contains all the documents and history of the Council for
Aboriginal Reconciliation for the ten-year period of their existence
to December 2000.'
'Some people build model airplanes, some craft model trains and some...
well, they invent model languages. Model languages can be everything
a few words of made-up slang to a rigorously developed system of
interrelated imaginary tongues. It is not a hobby many people know
about, since model languages cannot be flown in the park like a model
airplane or displayed in full glory in the basement like a model railroad.
Model languages exist on paper or in computer files and may be shared
only with a few close friends or may be used to give depth to imaginary
worlds read or watched by millions.' On
'The letters posted here illustrate (hilariously unsuccessful) attempts
at ADVANCE FEE FRAUD. The sender claims to be a bureaucrat, banker or
royal toadie, who wants to cut you, and only you, in on the financial
deal of a lifetime. '
'In plain English, the writer claims to be in a position to skim public
accounts. Hint: There is no money to be laundered - except yours.
Palms must be greased. With your money. Generally in the form of a
Western Union money order. A few K here, a few K there... eventually you
get wise, and retire to lick your wounds. Dead soldier, dead farmer, dead
bank customer, reformed murderer, lotto prize, phony job offer, phony
request for bid, different pot of money, different countries... same
Scripts for the Blind.
'Scripts for the blind use raised positions of paper to make feeling the
symbols possible. Best known today is Braille which used raised dots in
a formation of 2 wide and 3 (later also 4) high, but there are also
other codes. '
Potteries: The Local History of Stoke-on-Trent.
Pottery, history, photos, dialect.
'Stoke-on-Trent is a unique city in England.
It made up of six distinct towns: Tunstall, Burslem, Hanley, Stoke,
Fenton and Longton - collectively known as "THE POTTERIES"...'
'Truman Capote, best known for his extravagant, celebrated, and
outrageous lifestyle as much as his famous works Breakfast at Tiffany's
and In Cold Blood, reached a level of success few writers, celebrities,
and socialites dream of...'
Marxist Writers: Harry Braverman 1920-76.
'Harry Braverman joined the Trotskyist movement in 1937 while a member
of the YPSL, the Socialist Party youth movement. Although without formal
academic training, he developed into a powerful theoretician and
organiser. In the early 1950s he was a leader of the so-called
Cochranite tendency and was expelled with them from the SWP. He then
became editor of The American Socialist until its demise in 1959. During
the early 1960s he worked as an editor for Grove Press, where he was
instrumental in publishing The Autobiography of Malcolm X...'
The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved,
by Hunter S. Thompson, 1970.
'Parental discretion advised for this essay, as it is rated R. It
includes adult language, references to drug and alcohol abuse, and other
generalizations and behavior which readers might find quite shocking.'
Forgiveness & Revenge: Christo Brand & Vusumzi Mcongo.
'Christo Brand was one of the warders directly assigned to guard Nelson
Mandela at Robben Island prison between 1978 and 1987. At the same time
Vusumzi Mcongo was a political prisoner serving a 12-year sentence.
Following the collapse of the apartheid regime, both men now work for the
Robben Island Museum in Cape Town.'
(Part of the Forgiveness Project).
Sunrise by Season.
A clear demonstration of how the position of the Sun alters
summer and winter solstices and the equinox.
Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus.
'Francis P. Church's editorial, "Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus" was
an immediate sensation, and went on to became one of the most famous
editorials ever written. It first appeared in the The New York Sun in 1897,
almost a hundred years ago, and was reprinted annually until 1949 when the
paper went out of business.'
'Roman mythology, the mythological beliefs of the people of Ancient Rome,
can be considered as having two parts. One part, largely later and
literary, consists of whole-cloth borrowings from Greek mythology.
The other, largely early and cultic, functioned in very different ways
from its Greek counterpart...'
Presidents as Poets.
'Whether it be the anguished love poems of a youthful George Washington,
the religious poetry of John Quincy Adams, the melancholy verse of
Abraham Lincoln, or the sturdy, plainspoken poems of Jimmy Carter, many
presidents of the United States have turned to poetry at certain points
in their lives as an outlet for their feelings and thoughts, or to
explore the resources of the English language. Presidents as Poets:
Poetry Written by United States Presidents is a guide to the poetic
endeavors of U.S. presidents. Select a president from the list at the
right to learn about the context in which his poetry was written and to
find samples of his poetry.'
The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln.
'In 1953, the Abraham Lincoln Association published The Collected Works
of Abraham Lincoln, a multi-volume set of Lincoln's correspondence,
speeches, and other writings. Roy P. Basler and his editorial staff,
with the continued support of the association, spent five years
transcribing and annotating Lincoln's papers. The Collected Works of
Abraham Lincoln represented the first major scholarly effort to collect
and publish the complete writings of Abraham Lincoln, and the edition
has remained an invaluable resource to Lincoln scholars. Through the
efforts of the Abraham Lincoln Association, the edition is now available
in electronic form. '
The Lu Xun Internet Archive.
'Lu Xun (Lu Hsun) was the pen name of Zhou Shuren. Lu is widely regarded
as one of modern China's most prominent and influential writers. His
work promoted radical change through criticism of antiquated cultural
values and repressive social customs. '
The Nobel Peace Prize:
Revelations from the Soviet Past.
'Since the end of the Cold War, many surprising facts and well-kept
secrets about the policy-making in the former Soviet Union have been
disclosed through the release of newly declassified documents. In more
ways than one, this new openness has added to our knowledge about the
history of the Nobel Peace Prize. For many years, the Prize was seen by
circles in Soviet society as a weapon in the ideological warfare between
East and West...'
The Red Cross: Three-Time Recipient of the Nobel
'The International Committee of the Red Cross was awarded the Nobel
Peace Prize in 1917, 1944 and 1963 - on the third occasion jointly with
the League of Red Cross Societies. This makes the Red Cross unique: no
recipient has been awarded the Peace Prize as often as this
organisation. The very first time the Peace Prize was awarded, in 1901,
the Norwegian Nobel Committee chose to pay tribute to the founder of the
Red Cross, Henry Dunant from Switzerland. Thus his story is a natural
point of departure when examining the role of the Red Cross in the
history of the Peace Prize.'
'London is the capital city of the United Kingdom and of England. It
produces 17% of the UK's GDP and the City of London is one of the
world's major financial centres. The capital of the former global
empire, London is a leader in culture, communications, politics,
finance, and the arts and has considerable influence worldwide. New York
City, Tokyo and Paris are often listed with London as the four major
'Jazz is a musical art form originally developed by African Americans
from around the turn of the 20th century. It is characterized by blue
notes, syncopation, swing, call and response, polyrhythms, and
improvisation. As the first original art form to emerge from the United
States of America, jazz has been described as "America's Classical
'Cannabis is a genus of flowering plant that includes one or more
species. It is also known as hemp, although this term usually refers to
Cannabis cultivated for non-drug use. As a drug it usually comes in the
form of dried flowers (marijuana), resin (hashish), or various extracts
collectively referred to as hash oil...'
The Kraus Collection of Sir Francis Drake.
'Sir Francis Drake, English explorer and naval strategist,
circumnavigated the earth from 1577-1580. During these travels, Drake
visited the Caribbean and the Pacific claiming a portion of California
for Queen Elizabeth and waging battles on the Spanish. This collection
comprises important primary and secondary materials accumulated about
Drake's voyages throughout the then Spanish territory of the Americas.
Texts are in English, Latin, German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish and French.
Mr. Lincoln's Virtual Library.
'Mr. Lincoln's Virtual Library highlights two collections at the Library
of Congress that illuminate the life of Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), the
sixteenth president of the United States. The Abraham Lincoln Papers
housed in the Manuscript Division contain approximately 20,000 items
including correspondence and papers accumulated primarily during
Lincoln's presidency. Transcriptions and annotations for the Papers are
available through a cooperative agreement with the Lincoln Studies
Center, Knox College. The "We'll Sing to Abe Our Song!" online
collection, drawn from the Alfred Whital Stern Collection in the Rare
Book and Special Collections Division, includes more than two hundred
sheet-music compositions that represent Lincoln and the war as reflected
in popular music. In addition to the sheet music, the Stern Collection
contains books, pamphlets, broadsides, autograph letters, prints,
cartoons, maps, drawings, and other memorabilia adding up to over 10,500
items that offer a unique view of Lincoln's life and times. Mr.
Lincoln's Virtual Library provides access to a variety of documents and
resources about Abraham Lincoln. '
Yang Chu's Garden of Pleasure.
'Yang Chu was a philosopher of the classic age of Chinese thought who
probably lived in the 300's B.C.E. He has been associated with the
Taoists since the rise of official Confucianism and the consolidation of
what we now call 'Taoism', although this term is problematic, as
thinkers like Yang Chu, Chuang Tzu, and Lao Tzu are quite different and
were not considered to be members of a single school in ancient
The Talmud: Selections.
'If you have browsed the Rodkinson 10 volume abridged translation of the
Talmud (the full text of which is also available at sacred-texts), you
probably know that the work is a vast expanse of wisdom literature, with
huge stretches of incredibly dry legal debates and minutiae interposed
with rich oases of fascinating lore. It is difficult to find these
islands without a map. Polano's Talmud: Selections, is just such a
guide. This was one of the first English anthologies of Talmudic
The Republic of Minerva.
'The Republic of Minerva was one of the few modern attempts at creating
a sovereign micronation on the reclaimed land of an artificial island.
The architect was Las Vegas real estate millionaire and political
activist Michael Oliver, who went on to be involved in other similar
attempts in the following decade. Oliver formed a syndicate, the Ocean
Life Research Foundation, which allegedly had some hundred million
dollars for the project and had offices in New York and London. They
anticipated a libertarian utopia of light industries, commercial
activities and fishing as part of the economy of the new nation...'
'James Bond, also known as 007 (pronounced "double-oh seven"), is a
fictional British spy introduced by writer Ian Fleming in 1953. Fleming
wrote numerous novels and short stories based upon the character and,
after his death in 1964, further literary adventures were written by
Kingsley Amis, John Pearson, John Gardner, Raymond Benson, and Charlie
Higson; in addition, Christopher Wood wrote two screenplay novelizations
and other authors have also written various unofficial permutations of
Solving the Mystery of the Missing Neutrinos,
by John N. Bahcall.
'The three years 2001 to 2003 were the golden years of solar neutrino
research. In this period, scientists solved a mystery with which they
had been struggling for four decades. The solution turned out to be
important for both physics and for astronomy. In this article, I tell
the story of those fabulous three years.'
'The first two sections summarize the solar neutrino mystery and present
the solution that was found in the past three years. The next two
sections describe what the solution means for physics and for astronomy.
The following sections outline what is left to do in solar neutrino
research and give my personal view of why it took more than thirty years
to solve the mystery of the missing neutrinos. The last section provides
a retrospective impression of the solution.'
John Steinbeck: Biography. Nobel literature
'John Steinbeck (1902-1968), born in Salinas, California, came from a
family of moderate means. He worked his way through college at Stanford
University but never graduated. In 1925 he went to New York, where he
tried for a few years to establish himself as a free-lance writer, but
he failed and returned to California. After publishing some novels and
short stories, Steinbeck first became widely known with Tortilla Flat
(1935), a series of humorous stories about Monterey paisanos...'
Elfriede Jelinek: Provocation as the Breath of Life.
Nobel literature laureate.
'Elfriede Jelinek has, for more than twenty years, constantly challenged
her contemporaries with texts which are feminist and deeply critical of
society and, moreover, which are perceived to be obscene, irritating and
full of biting derision. With her satirical acumen, a love of linguistic
experiment and not least by treading upon and, indeed, overstepping
taboos in the sexual sphere, she has succeeded in provoking strong
reactions. No Austrian author has excited as much hatred as Elfriede
Jelinek, but nor has any other received such a euphoric reception...'
The Margaret Sanger Papers Project.
The life and work of the birth control pioneer.
'Margaret Sanger's work as a visiting nurse focused her interest in sex
education and women's health. In 1912 she began writing a column on sex
education for the New York Call entitled "What Every Girl Should Know."
This experience led to her first battle with censors, who suppressed her
column on venereal disease, deeming it obscene. Increasingly, it was the
issue of family limitation that attracted Sanger's attention as she
worked in New York's Lower East Side with poor women suffering the pain
of frequent childbirth, miscarriage and abortion. Influenced by the
ideas of anarchist Emma Goldman, Sanger began to argue for the need for
family limitation as a tool by which working-class women would liberate
themselves from the economic burden of unwanted pregnancy...'
The Church of Scientology vs. the Net.
'The Church of Scientology is a religious cult which has unwisely
decided to declare war against the Usenet and Internet communities.
Since December of 1994, this Church and its followers have committed
numerous acts that are hostile to the spirit of free speech on the Net.
This web page is intended to document these activities. '
'Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism are three main religions in China.
Although they have never acquired such important roles to be considered
to dominate the political system in China's history as Christianity or
Islam has done to some western countries. However, they do have deep
influence on the development of China's politics, philosophy, art and
social cultures. Chinese temples, range in size from back-alley Taoist
hut to magnificent Tibetan Buddhist Drepung Monastery, the largest and
richest monastery, which covers an area of over 200 thousand square
Love, the Living Spirit of Khajuraho.
Erotic Indian temple sculpture.
'Khajuraho temples, now only twenty-four of the original eighty-five
surviving, are great shrines of love. Devastating winds, torrential
rains, charring summers, rocking lands, rapacious hands of man, nature's
cruelties and heavy booted feet of time spanning them inch by inch and
layer to layer, deprived them much of their vigor - lips of their smiles,
eyes of their glow, bodily curves of their passionate yearnings and
gestures, and figures of their wholesome impact, but despite they are
still amongst the finest works of art that man's creative genius might
claim to have ever created on the earth. Whatsoever human imagination
conceives, it will fall short of the magnificence that these stone
structures breathe. '
'was an inventor, physicist, mechanical engineer, and electrical
engineer of profound genius. He is often regarded as one of the greatest
scientists in the history of technology. In addition, Tesla is recognized
among the most innovative engineers of the late 19th century and early
20th century. His patents and theoretical work form the basis of modern
alternating current electric power (AC) systems, including the polyphase
power distribution system and AC motor, with which he helped usher in the
Second Industrial Revolution...'
'A regular expression (regex or regexp for short) is a special text
string for describing a search pattern. You can think of regular
expressions as wildcards on steroids. You are probably familiar with
wildcard notations such as *.txt to find all text files in a file
manager. The regex equivalent is .*\.txt...'
Art from the Tsunami:
Patachitra Scrolls of West Bengal.
'We were fortunate to come across these extraordinary artworks in the
summer of 2005. Created in a workshop of patua, travelling scroll-painters
in West Bengal, India, they graphically depict the terrible events of the
tsunami of December 26, 2004. Organized by the Asian Heritage Foundation
in India, the scrolls were produced and marketed as a means of raising
funds for tsunami relief. Like the patachitra scrolls and paintings by
Montu Chitrakar and others we show on the previous pages, these scrolls
follow the conventions of an age-old narrative tradition. The scrolls are
by various artists, all of whom by convention share the surname Chitrakar,
meaning painter, whether actually related or not. '
Charles Dickens: A Christmas Carol.
'Already the successful author of Sketches by Boz, Pickwick Papers, Oliver
Twist, Nicholas Nickleby, The Old Curiosity Shop, Barnaby Rudge and
American Notes, Charles Dickens (1812-1870) was one of the best-loved
novelists of the time when he wrote this short novel, which was completed
in a mere six weeks in tandem with the production of the eleventh episode
of the serially published Martin Chuzzlewit. '
The Time of the Lincolns.
'Elected President only to see the nation fracture in two, Lincoln led a
confused and frightened people through the most terrible war in their
history. At the same time, his own household mirrored the fissures that
split the nation: the great emancipator was married to the daughter of
a slave owner from Kentucky. Mary Todd Lincoln was an aristocratic
southerner who met Lincoln when he was still a backwoods politician
lacking in experience and sophistication. Although she remained fiercely
loyal to her husband and the Union cause, two of her brothers fought for
the South. Their marriage was long and turbulent, and knew many trials,
including the loss of two children. Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House
Divided weaves together the lives of the two Lincolns, drawing us into
their long-vanished world.'
The Story of Africa.
'Africa's top historians take a fresh look at the events and characters
that have shaped the continent from the origins of humankind to the end
of South African apartheid.'
'In the first half of the 20th century most Scots spent their holidays in
Scottish seaside resorts. All down the east coast and around the Clyde
estuary each resort had its entertainers. The earliest entertainment was
often provided by concert parties in which a small group performed songs,
dances and sketches. Many a star such as Harry Lauder, Lex McLean and Ella
Logan started their careers in this manner...'
'An exhibition of books and manuscripts relating to the history of the
Americas, drawn mainly from the Hunterian collection. The non-medical
section of Hunter's library reflects interests both deep and wide: fine
topography, botany, zoology, astronomy, numismatics, fine art, and certain
aspects of vernacular literature. A strong section of books on exploration
and travel contains a wealth of Americana as well as important materials on
the East Indies and on contemporary voyages to the South Seas.'
Edgar Degas. Metropolitan Museum of Art
'Edgar Degas (1834-1917) was an outspoken proponent of a new
sensibility. He and his contemporaries, known as the Impressionists,
organized independent exhibitions in which they showed their
controversial work. Degas's style, subject matter, and artistic
sensibility set him apart from the other Impressionists. '
National Prohibition of Alcohol in the US.
'Prohibition of alcohol existed in the U.S. between 1920 and 1933. The
story of how Prohibition came to be, what it was really like, and how it
effects American life even today is a story of unusual ideas,
fascinating characters, surprising events, and unexpected outcomes.'
perlintro. An introduction to the Perl