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20th January

Plep is going to Texas and Oklahoma for a couple of weeks. Back in early February. I can be contacted at sjplep at gmail dot com.

Natalie and Augustine in Egypt.

Ancient Greek Art.

Shinto Online. 'Shinto is a general term for the activities of the Japanese people to worship all the deities of heaven and earth, and its origin is as old as the history of the Japanese. It was towards the end of the 6th century when the Japanese were conscious of these activities and called them 'Way of Kami(the deity or the deities )'. It coincides the time when the 31st Emperor Yomei prayed before an image of Buddha for the first time as an emperor for recovery of his illness. Thus accepting Buddhism, a foreign religion, the Japanese realized existence of a tradition of their own faith.'

History of Cumbria. Travel site, interesting articles. For example, Anne Clifford and her castles, William Morris, tower houses, and Beatrix Potter.

Sydney Libertarians and Anarchism. History of radical Sydney.

Stories of the Underground Railroad. Escaped slaves made their way to Canada via the Underground Railroad. 'Anna L. Curtis's Stories of the Underground Railroad was published in 1 941 by The Island Workshop Press Co-op Inc. It is a colletion of true stories and biographies of persons who worked on the underground railroad. The stories related in this collection are written for children, but address real issues and do not patronize the reader. Stories of the Underground Railroad entered the public domain when its copywrite was not renewed in the early 1970's. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I have. '

Galaxy Pair/Interacting Galaxies Picture Gallery.

Ukrainian Vacation 1997. Travelogue.

American Social Hygiene Posters.

Ancient Near East and the Mediterranean World in the University of Chicago collections.

Earls Colne, Essex: Records of an English Village 1375-1854.

Kami no Michi: The Life And Thought Of A Shinto Priest.

The Life and Times of Kateri Tekakwitha, the Lily of the Mohawks, 1656-1680.

A Guide to Medieval and Renaissance Musical Instruments.

Australia Weather Satellite Images.

19th January

Arctic Blue Books. History of the Canadian Arctic.

Husborne Crawley, Bedfordshire: The Changing Times of an English Village.

The Encyclopaedia of Japanese Tea Ceremony.

History of Haiti.

Alex Perez. Chilean artist.

A Concise Description of Flanders.

Soviet Military Awards.

Stories of Russian Folk-Life, 1916.

The Key of Gold: 23 Czech Folk Tales, 1922.

The Clans and Tartans of Scotland.

Cascades Volcano Observatory.

Maharajah Duleep Singh - The Maharajah of Lahore.

Chicago Tunnel Company Railroad. 'This website tells the story about a 60-mile, two-foot gauge electric railroad that operated 149 locomotives and over 3000 freight cars in small tunnels forty feet below the streets of downtown Chicago. '

The Furrs. Joel Furr was a well-known Usenet personality of the early to mid 90s. A piece of Internet history.

18th January

ESA: Cassini-Huygens Homepage.

Cassini-Huygens Images. (Arizona)

Friends of Unawatuna. 'Unawatuna, 5km south east of Galle, Sri Lanka, was a thriving beach resort destroyed by the Asian Tsunami on the 26th of December 2004. '
'The people of Unawatuna have lost every thing - families, homes and livelihoods. Friends at Unawatuna, set up by survivors of the disaster, is a long term project. The aim is to help the villagers rebuild the basic infrastructure necessary to allow them to reconstruct their lives.'
Via Tsunami Help.

Dean Kaufman. Illustration. Via Life in the Present.

Gallery of Psychedelic Sketches and Diary Pages of Hans Taeger.

William Wordsworth: Complete Poetical Works.

Goethe. '1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist, and scientist, b. Frankfurt. One of the great masters of world literature, his genius embraced most fields of human endeavor; his art and thought are epitomized in his great dramatic poem Faust. '

A Geologic History of Maine.

Medical History of American Presidents.

Specimens of Ainu Folk-lore. 'These folktales were originally published in the Transactions of the Asiatic Society of Japan in three installments. The printed original is in parallel columns with the Ainu alongside Batchelor's English translations, and these Ainu versions are still considered a valuable source today (one of them was retranslated by Donald Philippi in his excellent collection Songs of Gods, Songs of Humans [Tokyo, 1979]); the untranslated Ainu has, however, been eliminated in this version...'

History of Rabbinic Literature.

Postcards of the Mexican Revolution.

The Cambridge History of English and American Literature. 'Considered the most important work of literary history and criticism ever published, the Cambridge History contains over 303 chapters and 11,000 pages, with essay topics ranging from poetry, fiction, drama and essays to history, theology and political writing. The set encompasses a wide selection of writing on orators, humorists, poets, newspaper columnists, religious leaders, economists, Native Americans, song writers, and even non-English writing, such as Yiddish and Creole.'

American Indians of the Pacific Northwest. 'This digital collection integrates over 2,300 photographs and 7,700 pages of text relating to the American Indians in two cultural areas of the Pacific Northwest, the Northwest Coast and Plateau. These resources illustrate many aspects of life and work, including housing, clothing, crafts, transportation, education, and employment. The materials are drawn from the extensive collections of the University of Washington Libraries, the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture (formerly the Cheney Cowles Museum/Eastern Washington State Historical Society), and the Museum of History and Industry in Seattle. '

American Environmental Photographs. 'This collection consists of approximately 4,500 photographs documenting natural environments, ecologies, and plant communities in the United States at the end of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth century. Produced between 1891 and 1936 by a group of American botanists generally regarded as one of the most influential in the development of modern ecological studies, these photographs provide an overview of important representative natural landscapes across the nation. They demonstrate the character of a wide range of American topography, its forestation, aridity, shifting coastal dune complexes, and watercourses. Comparison of early photographs with later views highlights changes resulting from natural alterations of the landscape, disturbances from industry and development, and effective natural resource usage. The photographs were taken by Henry Chandler Cowles (1869-1939), George Damon Fuller (1869-1961), and other Chicago ecologists on field trips across the North American continent. '

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot. French artist.

Thomas Cole. American artist, founder of the Hudson River School.

Mark Hemmings' Photos of Japan.

17th January

LCD. Wonderful online comic.

Mary and Michael Jaharis Galleries for Byzantine Art. Gallery here.

Surrealism: Desire Unbound. Online exhibition - gallery here.

Adachi Mitsuru. Manga artist.

Forward. English language edition of the venerable Yiddish socialist newspaper - first published in 1897.

The Saraphina Mosey Travelogue. A journey through Europe. 'Richard Thompson and Sara Genn are two young Canadians who remotely published this European travelogue while on the road with their 1978 Alfa Romeo Alfetta. Mosey features over 2000 photographs, original paintings and drawings and twelve months of daily journal entries.'

Stephen Tompkins. Outsider artist.

Spamusement. 'Poorly-drawn cartoons inspired by actual spam subject lines!'

Historical Gurdwaras, or Sikh temples, in India.

Tsunami. Online editorial cartoons.

Rorke's Drift: A Zulu Perspective. Via the Apothecary's Drawer.

The Shakespeare Web.

Dead Presidents. Visits to their graves.

The Nineteenth Century in Print: The Making of America in Books and Periodicals. 'This collection comprises books and periodicals published in the United States during the nineteenth century, primarily during the second half of the century. Most of the materials were digitized through the Making of America project, a collaboration of Cornell University and the University of Michigan to preserve textual materials on deteriorating paper and make them accessible electronically. The materials selected illuminate the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. Also included are volumes of American poetry. '

American Landscape and Architectural Design 1850-1920.

Voices of the American Presidents.

Popular Science.

Elements of Newar Buddhist Art: Circle of Bliss.

15th January

Huygens Probe Descent to Titan.

Images of the Moscow Metro. Via MeFi.

World City Photo Archive. Via MeFi.

Chinese Central Asia Art. Via Internet Weekly.

David Hohn Illustration. Via Internet Weekly.

Milton's 'Paradise Lost' Illustrated.

Ethnic Minorities in China.

Harmonia Macrocosmica by Andreas Cellarius. 'Harmonia Macrocosmica, by Andreas Cellarius, is part of the Marriott Library's Rare Book Collection. Printed in 1661, it is an atlas of the heavens as seen by the astronomers of the times: Copernicus, Ptolemy, Brahe, and Aratus. There are 30 double-folio hand-painted color plates, plus approximately 200 pages of accompanying text in Latin. '

Caesar's Account of His Campaign in Gaul. Digitised.

51 Leaves from Medieval Manuscripts.

Historical Maps of Africa.

The History of Shelley, Idaho in Photographs.

Gilbert Stuart. 'The most successful portraitist of the new American nation...'

Quilts, Counterpanes & Throws. Smithsonian exhibit.

Charlie Chaplin Movie Posters.

Pinaki Chakravarti's Photographs of Bombay.

Jazz Visions. Jazz photography.

Orkneyjar. The heritage of the Orkney Islands.

Fidel Castro. From PBS.

Organic Chemistry Demonstrations.


The Anti-Americans.

13th January

Tsunami Help Fundraising Events. 'Apart from donating directly through Aid Agencies, you could also attend various Fundraising Events, to help raise resources. '

Barred Spiral Galaxy NGC 1300.

Will Eisner. 'Comics' master storyteller'.

The Virtual Salvador Dali.

The Stanford Prison Experiment.

Japanese Toilets.

Welcome to Nepal. Travel.

Presidents of the United States. 'Welcome! In this resource you will find background information, election results, cabinet members, notable events, and some points of interest on each of the presidents. Links to biographies, historical documents, audio and video files, and other presidential sites are also included. '


Guide to Berlin.

Today in Toons.

The Soviet Army. 'Welcome to the largest and most comprehensive site on the Soviet armed forces on the Internet. We aim to offer users the ability to easily find out more information on what was arguably the largest conventional armed forces in history.'

Moleskinerie is 1. Congratulations!

12th January

Amusing America. 'Amusing America is the story of participatory commercial amusements in American cities-San Francisco in particular-and how they changed the way Americans lived. From the Gilded Age of the 1880s to World War II, amusement parks, world's fairs, arcades, seaside resorts and dance pavilions brought Americans together from all walks of life to share in new forms of leisure and new social relationships. '

The Scrap Album. 'Since the 17th century the commonplace book was used to record "good sayings and notable observations", for the owner it served as a personal repositary of wisdom and information.'
'The development of scrap books and albums date from the 18th century, they contained a wide variety of printed material, as well as paintings, drawings and "...a medley of scraps, half verse and half prose and somethings not very like either, where wise folk and simple alike to combine, and you write your nonsense, that I may write mine." '

The Mexican Day of the Dead.

Kamat's House of Pictures. A pictorial portal to the picturesque land of India.

Burke's Peerage: Family Spotlights. Aristocratic tales. Interesting on-site links.

Reversing Vandalism. 'In early 2001, San Francisco Public Library staff began finding vandalized books shoved under shelves, hidden throughout the Main Library. Ultimately over 600 torn and sliced books, on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender topics, women's issues and HIV/AIDS, were deemed beyond repair and withdrawn from the Library's collection. Rather than discard the damaged books, the Library distributed them to interested community members in the hope of creating art. The wide variety of artistic responses to this hate crime resulted in "Reversing Vandalism," an exhibition of over 200 original works of art, displayed in the Main Library from January 31 through May 2, 2004. '

History of the Harlem Renaissance.

Cheech and Chong.

List of Self-Proclaimed Deities. From Jesus to Father Divine and David Icke.

The Canadian History of Radar.

11th January

Sam Loyd's Cyclopedia of Puzzles. Via MeFi.

A Selection of Historic Buildings of England. Photography.

Native Life in South Africa, Before and Since the European War and the Boer Rebellion, by Solomon Tshekisho Plaatje (1876-1932).
'We have often read books, written by well-known scholars, who disavow, on behalf of their works, any claim to literary perfection. How much more necessary, then, that a South African native workingman, who has never received any secondary training, should in attempting authorship disclaim, on behalf of his work, any title to literary merit. Mine is but a sincere narrative of a melancholy situation, in which, with all its shortcomings, I have endeavoured to describe the difficulties of the South African Natives under a very strange law, so as most readily to be understood by the sympathetic reader. '
'The information contained in the following chapters is the result of personal observations made by the author in certain districts of the Transvaal, Orange "Free" State and the Province of the Cape of Good Hope. In pursuance of this private inquiry, I reached Lady Brand early in September, 1913, when, my financial resources being exhausted, I decided to drop the inquiry and return home. But my friend, Mr. W. Z. Fenyang, of the farm Rietfontein, in the "Free" State, offered to convey me to the South of Moroka district, where I saw much of the trouble, and further, he paid my railway fare from Thaba Ncho back to Kimberley ... '

Emilio Segre Visual Archives. Physics history.
'A collection of some 25,000 historical photographs, slides, lithographs, engravings, and other visual materials, the Emilio Segrč Visual Archives is part of the Niels Bohr Library of the Center for History of Physics at the American Institute of Physics. The collection focuses on American physicists and astronomers of the twentieth century, but includes many scientists in Europe and elsewhere, in other fields related to physics, and in earlier times. '

Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things. Japanese folklore. 'The publication of a new volume of Lafcadio Hearn's exquisite studies of Japan happens, by a delicate irony, to fall in the very month when the world is waiting with tense expectation for news of the latest exploits of Japanese battleships. Whatever the outcome of the present struggle between Russia and Japan, its significance lies in the fact that a nation of the East, equipped with Western weapons and girding itself with Western energy of will, is deliberately measuring strength against one of the great powers of the Occident. No one is wise enough to forecast the results of such a conflict upon the civilization of the world. The best one can do is to estimate, as intelligently as possible, the national characteristics of the peoples engaged, basing one's hopes and fears upon the psychology of the two races rather than upon purely political and statistical studies of the complicated questions involved in the present war. The Russian people have had literary spokesmen who for more than a generation have fascinated the European audience. The Japanese, on the other hand, have possessed no such national and universally recognized figures as Turgenieff or Tolstoy. They need an interpreter.'

Mikalojus Konstantinas Ciurlionis. Art.
'Mikalojus Konstantinas iurlionis, known in his family as "Kastukas", was born on September 22 (new style), 1875, in Varna, Lithuania, in what was then the Kaunas province of the Russian Empire. His father, Konstantinas iurlionis, was a church organist; in his time the organ had been almost the only instrument with which one could hope to become a professional musician and, in any case, he had been fascinated by the organ's capacity to 'sing' in several voices at the same time. iurlionis mother, Adel Radmanait, had met his father when she, a Calvinist, had visited a Catholic church and had been struck by both the sound of the organ and the appearance of the organist. In 1878 the family moved to Druskininkai, a resort town in the Gardinas province ... '

Mussolini in Pictures. 'My grandfather was on hand when Benito Mussolini, Italian dictator during World War II, was executed. He brought back some photos from the scene. I also include other photos of Mussolini, both living and dead as an educational service.'

Cimabue. Art.
'Cenni di Pepo, called Cimabue (c.1240 - after 1302), born in Florence, was the most famous Italian painter of his generation. He is mainly known as the teacher of Giotto, whom, according to the legend, Cimabue found when the latter was working as a shepherd, drawing a lamb on a flat stone, and took him to his workshop in Florence. '

Michael Weston. Outsider artist.

The Philip K. Dick Bookshelf. 'You will find more than 1200 covers of Philip K Dick's books, including a complete collection of covers of American and British editions of his books (science -fiction, mainstream, non-fiction and collections) and a complete collection of pulp magazines containing PK Dick's short stories. '

Land Rehabilitation in Ethiopia 1993-2001. Photoessay.

The King of Ireland's Son, 1916. Illustrated.

The Book of Revelation, 1919. 'This is the Rev. Clarence Larkin's guide to the Book of Revelation. Larkin, who published several books about biblical studies in the 1910s and 20s, was a 'Dispensationalist,' one of the threads of modern Evangelical Christianity. The predecessor of Larkin is J.N. Darby, the founder of Dispensationalism, and among his many successors are Hal Lindsay, and the Left Behind books. '

History of Pi.

History of Japan.

Supreme Court of the US Justices. Guide to the court, biographies of current justices.

The Waldensians. Anabaptist site. Links to more pages on Anabaptist history.
'In 1174, a French businessman in Lyons, Valdes, was challenged by the radical teaching of Jesus in the Gospels and responded by committing himself to a life of voluntary poverty and preaching. He experienced a dramatic conversion, renounced his previous business practices, threw his money out into the street, and after running a soup kitchen during the famine of 1176, began a new life as an itinerant preacher ... '

Map of Greenland Airports. Via Incoming Signals.

10th January

Stefan Mart. 'Stefan Mart was the narrator and illustrator of the picture book Tales of the Nations, published in Hamburg in 1933 by the "Cigarettenbilderdienst Hamburg-Bahrenfeld" ("Cigarette Picture Service"). It won the hearts of innumerable children and grown-ups in the course of the six years that it was in print. This was due above all to the 150 colour illustrations: they were small in size, but strong in expression, each a microcosm packed with action, each a feast for the eyes like a beautifully set jewel; everything was finely-drawn and clear, indeed with the exaggerated clarity of the caricature; they all radiated the shining, flaming colourfulness of modern painting. These pictures stimulated the imagination and the emotions, moved to laughter and to tears, could frighten and warn. But above all, they gave rise to astonishment - and they have continued to do so to this day. '
Via MeFi.

Superstring Theory.

British History. 'The digital library of text and information about people, places and businesses from the medieval and early modern period, built by the Institute of Historical Research and the History of Parliament Trust.'

Bill Brandt. Master of photography.

The 1964 New York World's Fair. The future we were promised - how they imagined what 2005 would be like.
'The 1964-65 World's Fair featured 140 pavilions on 646 acres, the old site of the 1939-40 New York's World Fair. Althought the majority of the pavilions were United States commerical companies, there were also 21 state pavilions and 36 foreign pavilions. It was the dawn of the space age and the fair's theme was "Man in a Shrinking Globe in an Expanding Universe." '

Akira Kurosawa. Life and work of the Japanese film director.

Biography of Jerry Springer. London-born US talkshow host and former mayor of Cincinnati, considering restarting his political career. Good links.

Biography of Pope John Paul I, who reigned for 33 days in 1978.

The Ontological Museum. Via citrus moon.

Northern Manhattan. A virtual tour.

Primo Levi. Writer and Holocaust survivor.

Giraffe Manor, Kenya, bastion of British eccentricity.

Mathematical Fiction.

History of India.

Project Censored.

Feminist Science Fiction.

Eponymous Laws.

8th January

Camp Washington-Carver. 'The camp was established in 1942 as a summer camp for African-American youth. Initially called the " West Virginia Negro 4-H Camp," its name was soon changed to "Camp Washington-Carver" in honor of two prominent black Americans: Booker T. Washington and George Washington Carver.'
'Originally administered by West Virginia State College, in 1978 the West Virginia Division of Culture and History received responsibility for the camp, which was rededicated in 1980. Since that time it has continued to serve as a mountain arts cultural center, as well as a general camp for various groups.'
'The exhibit focuses on the camp's early period through the eyes of those who either worked there or enjoyed its facilities as children. '

Theatre History.

The Central Database of Shoah Victims' Names. Holocaust history.

William Harnett and Trompe l'Oeil. Art.

Megaliths in the Neolithic Landcapes of Wales.

The Chesapeake Bay Bolide: Modern Consequences of an Ancient Cataclysm. Earth science.

The Tsukiji Hongwanji Temple. 'This Home Page is my feeble attempt to introduce the Tsukiji Hongwanji Buddhist Temple. This temple roots back to the 17th century, when the Jodo Shinshu Mother Temple in Kyoto established a temple here in EDO, olden day Tokyo. Although it has a characteristic structure and ideal location, visitors have not always entered this grand, historical temple building, but have only seen it from the perimeter. '

Campaign 2000. Political memorabilia. 'This small exhibit in the lobby of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library-Museum features political pins and other political memorabilia almost exclusively from the Museum's collection. Although the entire exhibit is housed in one case, it features rare and special items from campaigns from Abraham Lincoln to Al Gore and George W. Bush. A selection of some of the items in the exhibit can be viewed below. '

The Museum of Unworkable Devices. 'This museum is a celebration of fascinating devices that don't work. It houses diverse examples of the perverse genius of inventors who refused to let their thinking be intimidated by the laws of nature, remaining optimistic in the face of repeated failures. Watch and be amazed as we bring to life eccentric and even intricate perpetual motion machines that have remained steadfastly unmoving since their inception. Marvel at the ingenuity of the human mind, as it reinvents the square wheel in all of its possible variations. Exercise your mind to puzzle out exactly why they don't work as the inventors intended. '

Andries Stilte as a Standard Bearer by Johannes Verspronck. Touring a great painting.

Eskimo Folk Tales.

Domesday Witham. 'This is an adaptation of a booklet written by my mother, Janet Gyford. It details the entries in the Domesday Book relating to the town of Witham, in the county of Essex, in the UK. The Domesday Book was a record of the survey of England carried out in 1086 by William the Conqueror in order to assess taxes and find out other details of the country he conquered 20 years earlier. The book is preserved in two volumes at the Public Record Office, London, and its name comes from the belief that its judgement was as final as that of Domesday. Apart from this paragraph, and a couple of necessary alterations, all the material is as originally written.'

Chen Yunjun. Chinese painter and calligrapher.

Pink Ribbon. Breast cancer resource centre.

The Holocaust: Crimes, Heroes and Villains.

The American Garden Museum.

7th January

Lord of the Flies. 'Lord of the Flies is a thought-provoking novel authored by William Golding in 1954. The book describes in detail the horrific exploits of a band of young children who make a striking transition from civilized to barbaric. Lord of the Flies commands a pessimistic outlook that seems to show that man is inherently tied to society, and without it, we would likely return to savagery. '
'This web site contains descriptions of the main characters, summaries, and themes and symbolism in Lord of the Flies, as well as a three-dimensional rendering of the island. '

Sunset Boulevard. 'Sunset Boulevard (1950) is a classic black comedy/drama, and perhaps the most acclaimed, but darkest film-noir story about "behind the scenes" Hollywood, self-deceit, spiritual and spatial emptiness, and the price of fame, greed, narcissism, and ambition. The mood of the film is immediately established by the posthumous narrator - a dead man floating face-down in a swimming pool.'

History of Fascism.

Biographies of Japanese Writers.

Biographies of Famous Anarchists.

Mathematical Snippets. Interesting pieces.

Robert Southwell (1561-95). Life and literature. 'Poet, Jesuit, martyr; born at Horsham St. Faith's, Norfolk, England, in 1561; hanged at Tyburn, 21 February, 1595. His grandfather, Sir Richard Southwell, had been a wealthy man and a prominent courtier in the reign of Henry VIII. It was Richard Southwell who in 1547 had brought the poet Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, to the block, and Surrey had vainly begged to be allowed to "fight him in his shirt" ... '

Dialects of the Northeastern US. Via Languagehat.

Myths and Legends of the Andamans, 1922.

Tom and Jerry Online. Via Life in the Present.


6th January

Dietrich Bonhoeffer. 'Bonhoeffer's theologically rooted opposition to National Socialism first made him a leader, along with Martin Niemueller and Karl Barth, in the Confessing Church (bekennende Kirche), and an advocate on behalf of the Jews. Indeed, his efforts to help a group of Jews escape to Switzerland were what first led to his arrest and imprisonment in the spring 1943. His leadership in the anti-Nazi Confessing Church and his participation in the Abwehr resistance circle (beginning in February 1938) make his works a unique source for understanding the interaction of religion, politics, and culture among those few Christians who actively opposed National Socialism...'

American Masters from Bingham to Eakins. Art.

Caedmon. 'According to Bede, writing in the 7th century, Cćdmon was a cow-herd at a Yorkshire monastery, who was unable to sing in public until he miraculously found himself able to sing the Creation, a poem of nine lines. Saint Hilda, the abbess of Whitby Abbey, encouraged his new calling and asked him to join the monastery. The poem appears in the margins of some copies of Bede's Ecclesiastical History of the English People, and is the oldest surviving text in English. '

Omaha Indian Music. 'Omaha Indian Music features traditional Omaha music from the 1890s and 1980s. The multiformat ethnographic field collection contains 44 wax cylinder recordings collected by Francis La Flesche and Alice Cunningham Fletcher between 1895 and 1897, 323 songs and speeches from the 1983 Omaha harvest celebration pow-wow, and 25 songs and speeches from the 1985 Hethu'shka Society concert at the Library of Congress. Segments from interviews with members of the Omaha tribe conducted in 1983 and 1999 provide contextual information for the songs and speeches included in the collection. Supplementing the collection are black-and-white and color photographs taken during the 1983 pow-wow and the 1985 concert, as well as research materials that include fieldnotes and tape logs pertaining to the pow-wow. '

The Works of Homer.

Zhenghua Wang. Chinese oil painter.

Eratosthenes. 'A versatile scholar, Eratosthenes of Cyrene lived approximately 275-195 BC. He was the first to estimate accurately the diameter of the earth. For several decades, he served as the director of the famous library in Alexandria. He was highly regarded in the ancient world, but unfortunately only fragments of his writing have survived. Eratosthenes died at an advanced age from voluntary starvation, induced by despair at his blindness. '

The Eureka Stockade. 'The Eureka Stockade was a miners' revolt in 1854 in Victoria, Australia against the officials supervising the gold-mining region of Ballarat. It is often regarded as being an event of equal significance to Australian history as the storming of the Bastille was to French history or the Battle of the Alamo to the history of the United States, but almost equally often dismissed as an event of little long-term consequence. Although the revolt failed, it was a watershed event in Australian politics, and is often characterised, arguably incorrectly, as the "Birth of Australian Democracy." '

5th January

The Roses of Heliogabalus. 'Heliogabalus is a famous painting of 1888 by the Anglo-Dutch academician Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, at present in private hands, and based on a probably invented episode in the life of the Roman emperor Heliogabalus (204-222). Heliogabalus is portrayed attempting to smother his unsuspecting guests in rose-petals released from false ceiling panels. '

Sir Thomas More. Life and literature.

West Side Story. Online guide.

Ice Shelves and Icebergs in the News.

Tibet Daily.

Colombia Week.

Girl in Black.

4th January

Liverpool Tales.

Tycho Brahe: Astronomiae Instauratae Mechanica. Astronomy history.
'Tycho Brahe (1546-1601) was a Danish astronomer who built the best observatory in Europe and set a new standard for accurate celestial observations in the era before the invention of the telescope. Tycho had the advantage of being born into one of the most important noble families of Denmark. Raised by his uncle, Tycho managed to avoid the usual custom of becoming a courtier or armed knight, ending up in the service of the King. Instead, Tycho pursued his true interests in the humanities and the sciences, particularly astronomy.'

Pictures of Vietnam.

Wassily Kandinsky. Online gallery, bio.

To Be More Than Equal: The Many Lives of Martin R. Delany 1812-1885. Civil rights activist.
"Do not fail to meet this most extraordinary and intelligent black man." --President Abraham Lincoln to Secretary of War Edwin Stanton, February 8, 1865.

Miles Davis. 'Miles Davis was born on May 26, 1926 in Alton, Illinois. He was known to the general public primarily as a trumpet player. However, in the world of music he had a great deal of influence not only as a innovative bandleader but also as a composer. His music and style was important in the development of improvisational techniques incorporating modes rather than standard chord changes. Miles experiments with modal playing reached its apotheosis in 1959 with his recording of Kind of Blue. '

Sensuality in Memorial Art. 'For several years I have been photographing memorial and cemetery art from around the world. This project explores the conscious and unconscious themes and symbolic content of the art. At issue is of course man's struggle with transcendence and his own mortality. As the project progressed, I began to discover many very sensual images of beautiful young women depicted in the memorial art in the cemeteries I was visiting. The use of these compelling nude figures was particularly common in the cemeteries of France, Russia, and Italy. Certainly sensuous figures are linked to a long tradition in Western art celebrating the female form in both secular and religious settings. However, very intriguing questions emerged around the significance of this particular art form in the cemetery. How is it that these very powerful images have come to offer solace at times of loss, what is the significance of the link between Thantos and Eros in this very powerful art form? These questions have launched an extended research project on the issue. The research continues, however to date the following information and insights have emerged. I would greatly welcome viewer comments on this work.'

Tribute to Four Sculptors from Zimbabwe.

Joyce Compton. 'Joyce Compton reigned as Hollywood's favorite "dumb blonde" during its Golden Age, appearing in dozens of movies between 1925 and 1958. Over the course of her career, she played chorus girls, nurses, waitresses, secretaries and even ladies of the evening. You may have seen her in several classics, without even realizing it. '
Via MeFi.

Theresa Pollak. 'Theresa Pollak (1899-2002) was one of Virginia's most well-known artists and art educators. She was instrumental in the founding of VCU's School of the Arts. '

Medical Artifacts Collection. 'The Medical Artifacts Collection consists of instruments and equipment related to the history of health care in Virginia over the last 150 years. The collection, a group of over 3,500 objects, contains representative instruments from nineteenth-century medical practice including lancets, amputation sets, medicine chests, stethoscopes, obstetrical forceps, microscopes and dental forceps. '

Supernatural Literature in China. Ghosts and fox spirits, and links to stories.

Alfred Hitchcock's 'The Birds'.

Portraits of the British Royal Family.

Breast Cancer Support. A place for survivors.

Woodrow Wilson. PBS site (or is that hagiography?).
'An intellectual with unwavering moral principles, he led America onto the world stage at a time when war and chaos threatened everything he cherished. Woodrow Wilson explores the transformation of a history professor into one of America's greatest presidents. Wilson's life was shaped by great conflicts: the Civil War which he lived through as a child, and the First World War into which he reluctantly led America as president. The second conflict ultimately claimed him as a victim. While campaigning for his far-sighted League of Nations, he suffered a paralyzing stroke from which he never fully recovered. The only president incapacitated in office, Wilson carried out his duties from bed with the help of his wife Edith who became the de facto chief executive.'

3rd January

Tsunami Updates Blog.

New plep's puzzle. The muse took me, again.

Marja-Leena Rathje. Finnish-Canadian artist and blogger.

Nuesas Historias / Our Histories. Puerto Rican history. ' Though Puerto Ricans have had a presence in Connecticut as early as the 19th century, the largest numbers began arriving in the mid-1940s, during World War II. Puerto Ricans were employed in tobacco cultivation, factory work, and in the defense industry, replacing American men and women who had gone overseas. Many of these newcomers found Connecticut to be dramatically different from their home in language, climate, custom, and cuisine. '

History of Phrenology. The 19th century pseudoscience of headbumps. Via Life in the Present.

Vintage Postcards of Richmond, Virginia. Via Life in the Present.

Vintage Christmas Cards. Via Life in the Present.

2nd January

Help Tsunami Victims.

Happy New Year. This weblog was exactly five years' old yesterday.

The 1755 Lisbon Earthquake. 'The 1755 Lisbon earthquake took place on November 1, 1755 at 9:20 in the morning. It was one of the most destructive and deadly earthquakes in history, killing over 100,000 people. The quake was followed by a tsunami and fire, resulting in the near total destruction of Lisbon. The earthquake had a strong impact on 18th century society, including accelerating a political conflict in Portugal and being the subject of the first scientific study of an earthquake's effect over a large area. '

Christmas in Mexico.

The Electronic Beowulf. 'The Electronic Beowulf is an image-based edition of Beowulf, the great Old English poem surviving in the British Library in a composite codex known as Cotton Vitellius A. xv. It won the 2001 Beatrice White Prize awarded by the English Association (United Kingdom) "for outstanding scholarly work in the field of English Literature before 1590." '

Ancient Marks: The Sacred Origins of Tattoos and Body Marking. Photography.

Agent Orange: "Collateral Damage" in Viet Nam. Photography.

Sex and Rock n' Roll Livejournal Community. Dedicated to '60s-70s Muses,Groupies&Rockstars Girlfriends/Wives'.

Periodic Table of the Elements. An interactive guide to each.