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30th July

The Koori History Website. Black Australian history.
'This website consists of more than 3500 pages and contains a comprehensive collection of images from koori history, a regularly updated 'news & views' page, a collection of essay's by Gary Foley, and special features on the 1965 Freedom Ride, the 1982 Brisbane Games demos, the 1972 "Aboriginal Embassy", the 1976 Phillip Noyce film Backroads, the art of Richard Bell, a section on the assimilationist propaganda magazine Dawn, an extensive student resource section, and works in progress - Cartoonists and Race in Australia, and Koori political history timeline, and much more and ye shall find! '

Constantinople. 'The Constantinople Home Page is intended to provide information on recent developments concerning the Byzantine antiquities of Istanbul, based on personal observations, information from Turkish colleagues, newspaper accounts, and recent publications.'

Scotland's People.
'Welcome to ScotlandsPeople, one of the largest online sources of original genealogical information.'
'With over 43 million records to access, we hope your visit will be enjoyable and that you are successful in connecting generations. '

Timeline of Hinduism.

Biography of Zheng He - 'a famous Chinese mariner and explorer, made the voyages collectively referred to as the "Eunuch Sanbao to the Western Ocean" or "Zheng He to the Western Ocean", from 1405 to 1433. Life magazine ranked Zheng He the 14th most important person of the last millennium.'

US Navy Recruiting Posters. 'This page features a special selection U.S. Navy Recruiting Poster images. It also provides links to other pages offering more extensive coverage of recruiting posters and similar forms of recruiting advertising.'

The Aristocrats. The world's funniest/dirtiest joke?
'This site contains variations on a single joke. A joke that is designed to offend. That is intentionally told with explicit language, sex, violence and disturbing imagery to see which teller can top the other. If you are faint of heart, you should leave now. If you aren't, you will be. You will be.'

The Monty Hall Problem. 'In this puzzle a player is shown three closed doors; behind one is a car, and behind each of the other two is a goat. The player is allowed to open one door, and will win whatever is behind the door. However, after the player selects a door but before opening it, the game host (who knows what's behind the doors) must open another door, revealing a goat. The host then must offer the player an option to switch to the other closed door. Does switching improve the player's chance of winning the car? '

Progressive Secretary. 'Would you like a cooperative way to get your voice heard in Washington? It's free! Progressive Secretary sends out progressive email letters to Congress, the President, and other officials on peace, ecology, civil rights and other issues. '

Pac Man! Play it online!

29th July

"The Most Noble Problem in Nature": The Transit of Venus in the 18th Century.
'This site provides a web version of the exhibition ?The Most Noble Problem in Nature?: the Transit of Venus in the 18th Century. The exhibition ran from 13 April to 12 September 2004 at the Museum of the History of Science, University of Oxford. '

Big Things: The Monuments of Canada.
'This website is dedicated to those fantastic and awe inspiring monuments built by communities to draw tourist dollars into their community. I am talking about the world's largest oilcan, the world's largest Easter egg, the world's largest (fill in the blank)...'

Tilman Riemenschneider: Master Sculptor of the Late Middle Ages.
'Striking a rare balance between formal elegance and expressive strength, the sculpture of Tilman Riemenschneider (c. 1460?1531) stands solidly anchored in the late Gothic tradition while also reflecting emerging humanist concerns. This international loan exhibition brings together many of the sculptor's finest works from throughout his career, including elements from altarpieces, cult figures, objects of private devotion, models, and sculpture with a secular function.'

Little Boy: The Art of Japan's Exploding Subculture.
'Society cannot recover from such an epic scale of devastation - the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and three days later on Nagasaki on August 9, 1945 - but may, instead, manifest trauma as a perpetual genetic scar?ontological chasm which moves as a consumptive demon ripping up through the generations as a peripatetic wound, egregious disfigurement banished from conscious thought, inflating to cartoon benignity in a pantomime of humanity, sutured gash badly sewn and always reopening, futile replacement of scarred mortality for the immaculate technology of machines, and finally as the wholesale abandonment of frail humanity for alternative existential states.'

Animals in Medieval Art.
'Animals, both real and fantastic, occupied an important place in medieval art and thought. Artists readily employed animal motifs, along with foliate designs, as part of their decorative vocabulary. Early medieval jewelry, for instance, abounds with animal forms elongated and twisted into intricate patterns (Bow Brooch, 55.56; Round Box Brooch, 1992.59.1). Deluxe Bibles and gospel books often make use of animal designs to enliven the sacred text (Initial V from a Bible, 1999.364.2; Incipit Page to the Gospel of John, 38.171.2). Animal forms might be employed to imbue utilitarian objects with majesty (Lion Aquamanile, 1994.244) or even humor (Bowl with Fish, 2000.322)...'

British Prime Ministers in History. Biographies of British Prime Ministers; official website.
'So far 51 lucky men - and one woman - have had the honour of being called Prime Minister.'
'Since Sir Robert Walpole in 1721 an extraordinary range of characters have been handed the keys to Number 10 to take on a role which has changed in that time as much as the country itself...'

Betty. Online comic.
'A real woman for the comics pages, Betty by Gary Delainey and Gerry Rasmussen is a confident, witty lady juggling the demands of family and career. Gary Delainey writes and Gerry Rasmussen draws, and together this cartooning duo from Alberta, Canada creates Betty, a smart, savvy comic character who is unapologetically ordinary, happy and female. College friends who collaborated on their first comic strip, Bub Slug, in 1976, Delainey and Rasmussen clearly love their work -- cartooning in general and Betty in particular. Delainey calls Betty "a working-class hero whose spirit cannot be broken by the endless series of outrages that make up modern life." Rasmussen says the thrill of cartooning comes from working at something his young son cannot possibly conceive of as work. Betty has a loyal following, best seen in action when readers of The Buffalo News spoke out to get their favorite comic back, after it had been pulled. There were so many calls that the editors returned Betty to the comics within days. '

Silo Roberts. Online comic.
'Silo Roberts, the daily and Sunday comic strip by Rob Cabrera, is the story of a multiethnic middle child who struggles to find his place in today?s melting pot of a world. Honest, funny and realistic, Silo Roberts explores the twin challenges of a kid?s struggle to find himself and the next level of his favorite video game. Challenged by a standardized test to identify his race, Silo discovers that his own particular background ? Caucasian/Hispanic/Italian/Afro-American/Japanese ? is not one of the multiple choices listed. In a nation where nearly 7 million people classify themselves as belonging to more than one race and more than 25% of Americans are non-white, Silo Roberts is a typical kid of the 21st century. A middle child, he lives in a single-parent household with his mother, Dianne, a professional journalist; Donny, his older brother, a confident jock with an eye for the ladies; and his tough, animal-loving little sister, Lisa. '

Norman Borlaug. Nobel peace laureate, 1970.
'central figure in the "green revolution", Norman Ernest Borlaug (March 25, 1914- ) was born on a farm near Cresco, Iowa, to Henry and Clara Borlaug. For the past twenty-seven years he has collaborated with Mexican scientists on problems of wheat improvement; for the last ten or so of those years he has also collaborated with scientists from other parts of the world, especially from India and Pakistan, in adapting the new wheats to new lands and in gaining acceptance for their production. An eclectic, pragmatic, goal-oriented scientist, he accepts and discards methods or results in a constant search for more fruitful and effective ones, while at the same time avoiding the pursuit of what he calls "academic butterflies". A vigorous man who can perform prodigies of manual labor in the fields, he brings to his work the body and competitive spirit of the trained athlete, which indeed he was in his high school and college days...'

A Taste of Africa. Somaliland stories.

Daily Mail Watch. Keeping an eye on Britain's rightwing tabloid press. Via MeFi.

The Daily Past.

28th July

Galactic Navigation.
'Imagine the Earth in its place in the Milky Way. You are standing on the Earth looking out into space. The night sky arcs over the planet. You are in awe of the vastness of space. You try to identify the constellations, and then you wonder, "Where are all those stars located? How far are they from me?"...'

Ancient Maps of Jerusalem.
'Jerusalem, the holy city of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, has been the focus of numerous volumes of history, chronicles, biblical exegeses, and itineraries. Many of these works include maps and views of the city itself. These pictorial items increased in number continuously with the development of printing methods since the 17th century. Before the advent of print, maps of Jerusalem and other manuscripts of the city were often inscribed on vellum, or more rarely created as wall or floor mosaics. Since the first printed map of Jerusalem appeared in the late 15th century until the beginning of the nineteenth century, when maps began to be based on accurate surveys, more than 300 maps of Jerusalem were designed and printed...'

Sakamoto Ryoma: A Modern Hero in a Time of Revolution.
'Sakamoto Ryoma (1835-67) is one of the most well known revolutionary figures from the bakumatsu era, the end of the long-ruling Tokugawa regime, in Japan through novels and television. This special exhibition, The Age of Sakamoto Ryoma, commemorating the 170th anniversary of his birth, traces his life and time through historical paintings and artifacts from the end of the Tokugawa period (also known as the Edo period, 1616-1867)...'

The Jarrow Crusade. 'In 1936, mass unemployment and extreme poverty in the north-east of England drove 200 men to march in protest from Jarrow to London. Their MP, Ellen Wilkinson was with them as they came south to petition parliament. Christine Collette remembers the men and their champion, 'Red Ellen'...'

Pavel Filonov. 1883-1941. Art.
'Pavel Nikolaevich Filonov was born on January 8, 1883 in Moscow, the sixth child of a cabman. His father died in 1887, and his mother became a laundress to support her large family. The children worked too, even Pavel, the youngest, helped his sisters to embroider towels and sell them in the marketplace. '
'At the age of 6 Pavel began to dance in the corps de ballet in small Moscow theatres to earn a living. In 1896, his mother died. By this time Pavel?s elder sister, Alexandra, was married to a well-to-do engineer. Her husband took all his in-laws to St. Petersburg and gave them all a decent education.'
'Pavel, who had shown interest in painting already at the age of 3-4 years old, began to study art and crafts at the School of the Society for the Encouragement of the Arts. As his main trade, he studied house decoration, to become an ornament and stucco molding painter, while also attending evening drawing classes. In 1901, Filonov graduated from the school with the diploma of master-painter and worked at different jobs, from wall coloring to the restoration of plafonds in the Hermitage. In 1903 Filonov tried to enter the Academy of Arts but failed at the entrance examinations...'

Shirley and Son. Online comic.
'Shirley and Son, a daily and Sunday comic strip by cartoonist Jerry Bittle, is a loving blend of reality and humor reflecting the lives many people are living today. Shirley and Son stars an eight-year-old boy, Louis, whose parents are divorced but are both very involved in raising their son. Like many children of divorced parents, Louis wishes that Shirley and Roger would get back together but they are doing the best they can to get on with their lives. As Bittle explained the strip, "Shirley and Roger are nice people and things just didn't work out for them in their personal lives. We've all had relationships that didn't work out and we pick up the pieces and get on with it. I think a lot of people will relate to the love in this comic strip. Even when things don't go the way we planned, we still go on." '

Poems by Olu Oguibe.
'The name Olu Oguibe, PhD., is legend in intellectual circles in Nigeria, most notably at the University of Nigeria where he set all sorts of academic records that continue to confound. The author of A Gathering Fear, A Song from Exile and Songs for Catalina, all collections of poetry, Olu has won all shades of grants, scholarships, academic and literary awards, including the All-Africa Okigbo Prize for Literature. Perhaps his most haunting poem, I Am Bound to This Land by Blood, is an anthem to the muses of pain and protest at literary gatherings. '

Billy Bob Beamer. Outsider artist.
'Billy Bob Beamer's artwork usually occupies an area the physical size of a post-it note or two. The artwork unusually exists on a few planes...viewed from arm's length as an interesting image....viewed up close, like you might lean into a painting on a wall....and viewed under a glass for magnification, the unfolding begins. From arm's length, it's easy to imagine seeing motion or flashes of color, especially after a studied look. Leaning in, awareness begins of a life just under the visual surface, a movement of line that somehow hasn't stopped when Beamer lifted his pencil. Under magnification, the image explodes like glass in a box shaken, the image expanding first in your field of vision and then in your mind to somehow envelop you. '

The Cambridge Illuminations 'is a spectacular two-venue exhibition of over 200 world-class illuminated manuscripts ? many on public view for the first time ? dating from the sixth to the sixteenth centuries and drawn from the collections of The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge University Library and many of the Cambridge colleges. Sacred and secular, scientific and humanistic, historical and literary, the range of manuscripts on display showcases the work of some of the greatest medieval and Renaissance illuminators and includes commissions by the most celebrated patrons of learning and art, including the Kings of France and England, the Dukes of Burgundy and the Medici.'
Via MeFi.

Alice in Wonderland. 'This website is dedicated to the whimsical creations of LEWIS CARROLL, emanating from the 'ALICE' books and appearing in film, video and theatrical productions, and on sound recordings, radio and television. There are also sections dealing with artwork, book covers, illustrations and even advertising material. We offer perhaps the only complete listing and review anywhere of every known film based on the Alice stories...'

Samuel Beckett: Apmonia. 'How it is with Samuel Beckett in many parts as it is heard and said. The mediation of the heart, or, as Beckett summed up his own work, simply a stain upon silence, is what we contemplate here. What can be said to that? What can be said about that? What can be said? Sometimes laughter when it seems worth the effort. How it will be with Samuel Beckett to be heard and said. Come in and wait for it all to mean something.'

The Cloud Dream of the Nine. 'A Korean Novel: A story of the times of the Tangs of China about 840 A.D. '
'The reader must lay aside all Western notions of morality if he would thoroughly enjoy this book. The scene of the amazing "Cloud Dream of the Nine," the most moving romance of polygamy ever written, is laid about 849 A.D. in the period of the great Chinese dynasty of the Tangs. By its simple directness this hitherto unknown Korean classic makes an ineffaceable impression. '
'But the story of the devotion of Master Yang to eight women and of their devotion to him and to each other is more than a naive tale of the relations of men and women under a social code so far removed from our own as to be almost incredible. It is a record of emotions, aspirations and ideas which enables us to look into the innermost chambers of the Chinese soul. "The Cloud Dream of the Nine" is a revelation of what the Oriental thinks and feels not only about things of the earth but about the hidden things of the Universe. It helps us towards a comprehensible knowledge of the Far East. '

France from A to Z. Guide to France and things French. Official site.

The Masks of India.

The Writings of Henry D. Thoreau. "I have now a library of nearly 900 volumes over 700 of which I wrote myself--" - Journal, 1853.

Formerly Known and Loved as the Oxford Orphanage. North Carolina history.
'Prior to the Civil War, the Masonic Fraternity of North Carolina was much smaller and more fragmented than it is today. In that era, Masons in other states promoted philanthropy by supporting Masonic colleges and seminaries. North Carolina Masons hoped such an institution would serve the common good of the state, as well as provide a rallying point for their fraternity.'
'The story of the Masonic Home for Children at Oxford began in 1838 when David W. Stone introduced a set of resolutions at the annual communication of the Grand Lodge of North Carolina "to establish a Masonic Seminary for the education of children attached to the Fraternity." The resolutions passed, but nothing came of them. The Grand Lodge formed a committee to investigate the possibility of such an institution, but in 1839 the committee asked for a postponement of consideration, and did so again in 1840. In 1842 T. J. Lemay proposed "that the Grand Lodge should...provide for the establishment of a committee to study and report plans for the establishment of a charity school." ...'

Mark Twain: A Film Directed by Ken Burns. An interactive Twain scrapbook.

Knowing Poe. The literature, life and times of Edgar Allan Poe.

The World Population at any given moment.

Polling Report. 'An independent, nonpartisan resource on trends in American public opinion.'

27th July

Canadian Geographic Atlas Online. 'This state-of-the-art interactive atlas allows you to explore Canada in a way you've never experienced before, and helps the Society to fulfill our mission "to make Canada better known." '

Pictorial History of Kansas City and Wyandotte County, Kansas.

The Art of Japan.

Interactive Map of the Kremlin.

London Transport at War. 'To mark the UK's first Veterans Awareness Week (4-10 July 2005) and the heroism and sacrifice of wartime transport staff, the Museum presents an online feature tracing London Transport's contribution during the Second World War...'

University of Chicago Archival Photographic Files.
'The Archival Photographic Files (the Photofiles) comprise more than 60,000 photographs documenting the history of the University of Chicago, its campus, academic programs, and community life. '

Germanic Myths, Legends and Sagas. Nordic mythology.

The Pictures Scroll of the Tale of Genji.

European Southern Observatory Image Gallery. Astro images.

The Book of Frogs and Mice. An illustrated children's poem, 1892.

Providing For the Afterlife: 'Brilliant Artifacts' From Shandong. Chinese art.

EcoAccess. 'A useful collection of environmental knowledge.'

Rosa Parks: How I Fought for Civil Rights. 'Rosa Parks, "The Mother of the Modern-day Civil Rights Movement," describes her pivotal role in the Montgomery Bus Boycott and helps students understand the importance of every individual citizen in a democracy.'

Biography of Walt Disney.

Pictures of Park Benches.

Neoherbal. A modern herbal - medicinal, aromatic, culinary.

Elsie Dinsmore - A Life of Faith. Christian children's literature.
'When we first meet Elsie Dinsmore, she is 8 years old and growing up in the mid-1800s on a wealthy estate called "Roselands." Unfortunately, Elsie has never known the love of a parent. Her mother died when she was born and she has never met her father. She lives with her relatives and the servants who work at Roselands (unfortunately, slavery had not yet been abolished). Elsie goes to school at home, along with the other kids living at Roselands who are her aunts and uncles. Friends often visit them...)

History and Politics Out Loud: A Searchable Archive of Politically Significant Audio Materials.

Antisemitism and Xenophobia Today. 'AXT is an online examination of the manifestations of racism, xenophobia and, especially, antisemitism, against a backdrop of the more general social and political contexts in which such manifestations occur. '

Watashi to Tokyo. (Tokyo and I). Excellent Tokyo-life weblog.

'No to bombings, and no to the deaths of innocent electricians. ' Blog reaction.
The discomfort of strangers. Tube life.

Edwidge Danticat: Ghosts of the 1915 US invasion still haunt Haiti's people.

25th July

Sports and Pastimes of the People of England, 1903.
'This book is a key source for information on leisure time activities in 'Olde England,' including sports, hunting, games, dancing, gymnastics, music, festivals including Christmas and May Day and customs such as Mumming, The Boy Bishop, and The Lord of Misrule. It answers questions such as "How do you score a joust?," (p. 125) "When did feral wolves become extinct in Britain?," (p. 12) and "How much do you pay the piper?" (p. 164) And what is Shakespeare talking about when he mentions Shove-Groat (p. 242) or Nine Men's Morris (p. 256)? (The modern equivalents are shuffleboard and tic-tac-toe). Included are numerous quotes from original documents and dozens of plates based on period illustrations ... '

Gerard ter Boche. 'This is the first monographic exhibition in the United States of works by Gerard ter Borch (1617-1681), one of the finest Dutch genre and portrait painters. Some fifty of his best works, including his celebrated group portrait, The Swearing of the Oath of Ratification of the Treaty of Münster, 15 May 1648 (1648), from the National Gallery, London, and his renowned genre scene, the so-called Paternal Admonition (c. 1654) from the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, have been brought together from public and private collections...'
Links to highlights and resources.

The Carter Family: Will the Circle Be Unbroken? Legendary American folk musicians.
'In August 1927 three musicians arrived at a makeshift recording studio in Bristol, Tennessee, to audition for a talent scout from the Victor Talking Machine Company. The songs A.P. Carter, his wife Sara and her cousin Maybelle recorded that day drew upon the rich musical traditions of their native rural Appalachia. The Carter Family sang of love and loss, desperation and joy, and their music captured the attention of a nation entering the darkest days of the depression. In the coming years, with the release of songs such as Keep on the Sunnyside, Will the Circle Be Unbroken and Wildwood Flower, Carter Family record sales exploded. Success, however, brought sorrow to the Carter's personal lives...'

Stephen Foster. 'Stephen Foster was the first great American songwriter. His melodies are so much a part of American history and culture that most people think they're folk tunes. All in all he composed some 200 songs, including "Oh! Susanna" "Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair," and "Camptown Races." Though he virtually invented popular music as we recognize it today, Foster's personal life was tragic and contradiction- riddled. His marriage was largely unhappy, he never made much money from his work and he died at the age of 37 a nearly penniless alcoholic on the Bowery in New York ...'

Mount St. Helens Post-Eruption Chemistry Database. 'The collection provides a look at both the human and the scientific sides of studying the eruption of a volcano. The slides were taken by Professor William Zoller, Professor of Chemistry, University of Washington, over a period of three years during research trips with his team to study the chemistry and impacts of the 1980 eruption of Mount Saint Helens. His group was the first allowed in after the initial eruption ... '

Tibet Charity Multi Education Centre. 'We provide learning opportunities for the most marginalised students in our community in a resourceful and coherent learning framework. We are teaching languages for vocational use while nurturing the dignity and sense of self-worth of all our students. We empower people to achieve their goals and overcome their inhibitions. '

The Cubist Paintings of Diego Rivera: Memory, Politics, Place. 'Diego María Rivera (1886-1957) is one of the most prominent Mexican artists of the twentieth century. He gained international acclaim as a leader of the Mexican mural movement that sought to bring art to the masses through large-scale works on public walls. In his murals of the 1920s and 1930s Rivera developed a new, modern imagery to express Mexican national identity, which featured stylized representations of the working classes and indigenous cultures and espoused revolutionary ideals. This exhibition highlights Rivera's early foray into cubism, a less known but profoundly important aspect of the artist's development, in which his interest in themes of nationalism and politics first emerges. '

Toulouse-Lautrec and Montmartre. 'The art of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901) is inseparable from Montmartre (view a map of Paris), the working-class district on the outskirts of Paris where the artist lived for most of his career. In the late nineteenth century, Montmartre became the heart of a daring, often racy, entertainment industry that lured thrill-seeking Parisians to its dance halls and cabarets, circuses and brothels. The district was electrified by the unusual mix of people drawn to the quarter: working- class laborers enticed by the inexpensive housing, performers seeking fame and fortune, adventurous Parisians who strayed from the more bourgeois city center, and curious tourists ... '

Ethnomathematics Digital Library. 'Welcome to the Ethnomathematics Digital Library. The EDL provides access to online resources worldwide. There are about 700 items in the collection, and we are regularly adding new ones, particularly those relevant to the Pacific region. '

The Quiz Show Scandal. 'When CBS premiered "The $64,000 Question" in 1955, the show was more than a hit; it was a national phenomenon. More quiz shows followed. What the audience was to learn, much later, was that many of these shows were fixed. Slowly, painfully, the deceit unravelled. A look at the formative years of television and the scandal's impact on the TV business and a naive America. '

Cybrary of the Holocaust: Witnesses. Testimonies of survivors, victims, perpetrators, liberators and bystanders.

Xu Bing Interactives. Contemporary Chinese artist.
'Bold, teasing thought-provoking works of art that challend preconceptions about written communication...'

The Colours of Winter: From London Transport's Poster Archive 1909-94.
'This exhibition showcases a selection from the Museum's famous poster archive on the seasonal themes of January sales shopping, winter days out and Christmas. '
'The posters also show how London Underground and London Transport have been patrons of popular art for nearly 100 years.'

A Month of Softies. 'Welcome to A Month of Softies! An online, on-going craft project where everyone is welcome to join in. '

Indian Attire Through the Centuries. Sarees, topis, turbans, loincloths etc.

Walking on the Moon. 'What did it take to put a man on the Moon? What were the dangers? Who were the Apollo 11 astronauts? How did they live in space? Visit Walking on the Moon to experience the incredible Apollo 11 mission! '

The Raymond Chandler Web Site. Classic American detective fiction.
'This site was founded in 1997 to provide an online resource for scholarship on Raymond Chandler, the foremost American hard-boiled detective writer. '

Making Sense of the Sixties.
'Sometimes the flow of events is apparent. The focus of public debate is centered and historians thereafter apply labels that define those eras. Not so with the decade of the 1960s (which of course did not begin immediately upon the stroke of 12:00 A.M., January 1, 1960) Here, the current is uneven, numerous eddies are seen, a riverian tide appears at moments to be at work. At other times the force of the flow appears to have created new channels. And later the channels appear to have eroded and filled in with the silt from the shore line...'

Duncan Hines Desserts. Good collection of online pastry recipes. "So rich. So moist. So very Duncan Hines."
The history of Duncan Hines. 'In the forties, Duncan Hines was a traveling salesman turned food critic, who through his books became the authority on quality food. When he gave a restaurant a top rating, it would be presented with a "Recommended by Duncan Hines" sign. Today, our logo is a combination of the sign with a book, and is emblazoned on all of our mix packages.'

Joan Crawford Ads. Via Sugar & Spicy.

Edward Bunker, crime novelist and former San Quentin jailbird.

23rd July

19 Princelet Street.
'19 Princelet Street in Spitalfields is a magical unrestored Huguenot master silk weaver's home, whose shabby frontage conceals a rare surviving synagogue built over its garden.'
'We are working to save the building and to create a permanent exhibition where you can discover the stories of waves of newcomers - Huguenots, Irish, Jews, Bengali and Somali peoples among many others - who have shaped this area and this nation.'

Visual Music.
'In the early 1900s, visual artists working in cities from Los Angeles to Moscow began conceiving an art to express the energy and complexity of the new century. Inspired by innovative technologies, scientific discoveries, and new perspectives on spirituality and psychology, they searched for ways to transcend representation and elevate the viewer to a sublime sensory level. For many pioneering artists and others who expanded on their explorations, music offered a model to which visual art might aspire: a pure and abstract form that pushes beyond perceivable reality and suggests limitless space and time. Their endeavors became known as "visual music." '

In Darfur, My Camera Was Not Nearly Enough.
'Our helicopter touched down in a cloud of camel-brown sand, dust and plastic debris. As the cloud gradually settled into new layers on the bone-dry desert landscape, we could make out the faces of terrified villagers. "Welcome to Sudan," I murmured to myself, grabbing my pen and waterproof notebook.'
'A former Marine, I had arrived in Sudan's Darfur region in September 2004 as one of three U.S. military observers for the African Union, armed only with a pen, pad and camera. The mandate for the A.U. force allowed merely for the reporting of violations of a cease-fire that had been declared last April and the protection of observers. The observers sometimes joked morbidly that our mission was to search endlessly for the cease-fire we constantly failed to find. I soon realized that this was no joke.'

Medieval and Tudor Kent Will Transcriptions.
'Transcriptions by L. L. Duncan Leland Lewis Duncan (1862-1923) On his death many of his notebooks were deposited with the Kent Archaeological Society, of which he was a life-time member. What has been typed up below is all that seems to have survived...'
'Duncan's transcriptions were in a series of 'exercise books' and bound quarto books, numbered from 1 to 61. In 1934 Rev Bennitt, the Vicar of East Peckham, compiled an index by parish of all the transcriptions in Duncan's books no's 1 to 46 . This index, of over 1,622 entries, plus a further 566 entries from Books 47 to 61 has been typed up by Margaret Broomfield and Dawn Weeks and amended in places by Zena Bamping using Duncan's original books where they survive. Below you will find two Indexes, the first by the name of the Testator, second the Place, as detailed by Duncan. '

Space Mission Patches.
'If you are a follower of space missions, you are almost certainly familiar with the "crew patches" that are used to identify each mission. These days, it's easy to purchase a fine embroidered patch -- sometimes months before the mission gets off the ground. There are few variations and virtually no artistic reinterpretation. But this was not always the case...'

Faith and Form: Selected Calligraphy and Painting from Japanese Religious Traditions.

Devi: The Great Goddess.
'Welcome to Devi: The Great Goddess. This web site has been developed in conjunction with the exhibition of the same name. The exhibition is on view at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery from March 29, 1999 through September 6, 1999.'
'Like the exhibition, this web site looks at the six aspects of the Indian goddess Devi. The site offers additional information on the contemporary and historical worship of Devi, activities for children and families, and a list of resources on South Asian arts and cultures.'

A Virtual Tour of Auschwitz/Birkenau.

Sabina Hill. Inuit artist.
'We are proud to announce that the Inuit Gallery of Vancouver is now exclusively representing Sabina Hill in Vancouver. To celebrate this new arrangement, a collection of new furniture and art works will be unveiled in the gallery on July 16.'
'Sabina Hill, designer and Steve Smith, First Nations artist, are a collaboration of two cultures, integrating modern design and traditional artistry to create a truly Canadian art form. They create limited edition custom furniture, art and accessories which combine the rich mythology of Northwest Coast aboriginal culture with a contemporary design aesthetic.'

History of the Crimean Tatar People.
'Crimean Tatars are the indigenous people of Crimea. Their population in the countries of the former USSR is now about 5,000,000 people (by preliminary estimate). About 270,000 Crimean Tatars returned to Crimea from deportation. The remaining part of the population is in Uzbekistan. Kazakhstan, Kirgizstan, Tadjikistan, and Russia. There are also Crimean Tatars in Turkey, Romania, and the USA...'
Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People. Many articles.

Lola. Online comic.
'Lola, an independent woman in her late 70s, is widowed and living with her son and his family. Her unique view of life is matched only by her fierce independence, wicked sense of humor and blunt, but often heart-warming honesty. Lola is the creation of Steve Dickenson and Todd Clark and is based on Dickenson's grandmother and aunt (both named Lola). Everyone's grandma may not be as witty as Lola, a sharpshooter who's busy living life to the fullest and making sure everyone else does too. Proper diet, exercise and political correctness aren't exactly her cup of tea and her one-liners have earned Lola a space in the hearts of readers from coast to coast. '

Lila. Funny online comic.

A Family in Baghdad.

Stop the BNP.

Planarity. 'Arrange the vertices such that no edges overlap.'

Frizzy Logic.

Mixed Media Watch. 'Mixed Media Watch is a collaborative weblog and grassroots coalition that works to promote more realistic, three-dimensional portrayals of mixed people, couples, families and transracial adoptees in film, television, radio and print media.'

Manhattan Transfer.

22nd July

Whitechapel synagogue and mosque.

Hans Christian Andersen.
'Hans Christian Andersen was born in Odense, Denmark in 1805. '
'His fairy stories are internationally known and loved - but how did such a self-obsessed, social misfit create this world of engaging fantasy? '

London Treasures. 'Whether you've lived here all your life or just arrived, we're assuming you're pretty savvy about London. You know where the major tourist sites are and you're looking for some fresh ideas. Places to tell your friends about...'

Fictional Photography.

Shinnyo-en Foundation. Buddhist philanthropy.
'The Shinnyo-en Foundation helps build more caring communities by supporting educational programs that engage and inspire young people in meaningful acts of service. '

Wheels and Reels: London Transport on Film.
'London's iconic bus, taxi, Underground and tram systems have all been used at some time to create atmosphere and mood in feature films. They provide an instantly recognizable backdrop that transports audiences to one of the world's most dynamic cities.'
'London's Transport Museum has acquired most of the films and videos made for London Transport (LT) and its predecessors between 1910 and the present day, including classics such as All That Mighty Heart, the lesser-known Our Canteens and a comprehensive record of the construction of the Victoria line. '
'This exhibition explores the development of documentary and recruitment film making by LT and its predecessors from the early twentieth century onwards, using footage from the Museum's archives. It also looks at the varied ways in which London's public transport has been used in feature films, from the silents of the 1920s to Summer Holiday (1963) and Reign of Fire (2002)...'

A History of the Mexican-American People.

'He was boxy, with stumpy legs that wouldn't completely straighten, a short straggly tail and an ungainly gait, but though he didn't look the part, Seabiscuit was one of the most remarkable thoroughbred racehorses in history. In the 1930s, when Americans longed to escape the grim realities of Depression-era life, four men turned Seabiscuit into a national hero. They were his fabulously wealthy owner Charles Howard, his famously silent and stubborn trainer Tom Smith, and the two hard-bitten, gifted jockeys who rode him to glory. By following the paths that brought these four together and in telling the story of Seabiscuit's unlikely career, this film illuminates the precarious economic conditions that defined America in the 1930s and explores the fascinating behind-the-scenes world of thoroughbred racing.'

Biography of Frank Lloyd Wright. American architect. Great article, many links.
'He was born in the agricultural town of Richland Center, Wisconsin, USA and brought up with strong Unitarian and transcendental principles, eventually designing the Unity Temple in Oak Park, Illinois. As a child he spent a great deal of time playing with the Kindergarten educational blocks by Friedrich Wilhelm August Fröbel (popularly known as Froebel's blocks) given by his mother. These consisted of various geometrically shaped blocks that could be assembled in various combinations to form three dimensional compositions. Wright in his autobiography talks about the influence of these exercises on his approach to design. Many of his buildings are notable for the geometrical clarity they exhibit...'

Fresh Yarn.
'Welcome to FRESH YARN -- the first Online Salon for Personal Essays. Part literary publication, part virtual spoken-word, all personal essays.'
'Every three weeks, FRESH YARN presents six new pieces written by a diverse lineup of all-star writers, directors, producers, performers and personalities.'

The Science Creative Quarterly. Via MeFi.

London Underground Diary.

21st July

The Illuminated Middle Ages. 'The Illuminated Middle Ages database presents several hundred recently digitized illuminated texts from French national library collections. While the full collection, in even higher resolution, is available for purchase on DVD-ROM, this web site gives access to the entire database. Only a portion of the full collection has been translated into English for the web site, but visitors may also view the French-language galleries in the site, where a dozen texts from each of the ten themes are presented daily. '

Tricycle. Online Buddhist journal.

Women in American History. 'In the last three decades, the field of women's history has begun to transform the way the overall history of the United States has been told. The women's liberation movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s simultaneously highlighted the neglect of women's experience in the writing of history and stimulated hundreds of educated women to study women's history...'

Che Lives. 'Che-Lives is a leftist Internet project dedicated to the memory of the communist revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara. Come and explore our site, we have Che writings, speeches, biographies and articles available in our Archive, find Che videos, sound files and much more in the Download area. There are dozens of Che pictures in the Gallery, or you can access other Che sites through our Links. '

35th Infantry Division in Europe During WWII. Official site about the US army unit which served in France, the Rhineland and Central Europe.

Documenting America: America from the Great Depression to World War II 1935-45. 'The images in the Farm Security Administration-Office of War Information Collection are among the most famous documentary photographs ever produced. Created by a group of U.S. government photographers, the images show Americans in every part of the nation. In the early years, the project emphasized rural life and the negative impact of the Great Depression, farm mechanization, and the Dust Bowl. In later years, the photographers turned their attention to the mobilization effort for World War II. The core of the collection consists of about 164,000 black-and-white photographs. This release provides access to over 160,000 of these images; future additions will expand the black-and- white offering. '

The Perilous Fight: America's World War II in Colour. 'Witness World War II through rare color film, and read letters from a nation redefining itself. '

Life Interrupted: The Japanese American Experience in WW II Arkansas. Memories in Japanese American WWII internees.

Victoria of the United Kingdom. 'Her Majesty Queen Victoria (Alexandrina Victoria) (24 May 1819 - 22 January 1901) was Queen of the United Kingdom from 20 June 1837, and Empress of India from 1876 until her death. Her reign lasted more than sixty-three years - longer than that of any other British monarch. As well as being queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, she was also the first monarch to use the title Empress of India...'

The Tolstoy Farm. 'Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948) attributes the success of the final phase of the satyagraha campaign in South Africa between 1908 and 1914 to the "spiritual purification and penance" afforded by the Tolstoy Farm...'

20th July

Manners, Customs, and Observances: Their Origin and Significance, 1894.

The Story of Thomas More. Catholic biography of the English martyr.
'The reader will soon discover that my aim was not to write an exhaustive biography in the conventional sense, but to tell a story in general terms of a man and his friends and his enemies; his time and circumstance; a story of tenderness and violence and tragedy, and, above all, a story of courage and example...'

Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy. 'The 11th Panchen Lama, Gedun Choekyi Nyima, is the second highest religious leader of Tibet. On 17 May 1995, the then six-year-old Panchen Lama disappeared, three days after the Dalai Lama recognized him as the re-incarnation of the 10th Panchen Lama...'

The Picture of Everything. Heroes, cartoons, cars, people, robots, sea, land, air, space and heaven.
'It all started in 1997 when I began doing a drawing of Spider-Man. This led to a drawing of other super heroes from Marvel and DC around him in the picture. Soon I had Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, Spawn and The Hulk and was quickly thinking of more. Inspired by some of the works of Alex Ross and other comic book artists, I decided to try and draw as many super heroes as I could in one picture...'

Zak Smith's Illustrations for Each Page of 'Gravity's Rainbow'. The illustrated version of Thomas Pynchon's novel.
'So I illustrated Gravity's Rainbow-- nobody asked me to, but I did it anyway. Most of the pictures are drawings-- ink on whatever paper was lying around, but there are also paintings (acrylic), photos I took, and experimental photographic processes. I tried to illustrate the passages as literally as possible-- if the book says there was a green Spitfire, I drew a green Spitfire. Mostly, I tried to make a series of pictures as dense, intricate, and rich as the prose in the book. The entire project was shown in the Whitney Museum's 2004 Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary Art and is now in the permanent collection of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.'

What Is A Print? Museum of Modern Art site.

Godel's Incompleteness Theorem. 'This theorem is one of the most important proven in the twentieth century. Here are some selections that will help you start to understand it.'

Dave Warnke. San Francisco street artist.

The Box Doodle Project. 'the rules are quite simple: rearrange a box to make any kind of figure or object. make the most of least. '

Square America. 'Square America is a site dedicated to preserving and displaying vintage snapshots from the first 3/4s of the 20th Century. Not only do these photographs contain a wealth of primary source information on how life was lived they also constitute a shadow history of photography, one too often ignored by museums and art galleries. Or at least that what I tell people- more accurately, the site is a catalog of my obsession with vintage photographs. For the last eight years or so I've spent countless hours digging through boxes of old snapshots at flea markets (mostly here in Chicago and in NYC) and too much money buying photos on eBay. The site is my attempt to create some kind of organizational framework, however idiosyncratic, for the sprawling mess my collecting has created.'
Via Boynton.

Google Moon.

The Crayfish, by T.H. Huxley, 1879-80. Illustrated.

Folky Art. Outsider/folk art. Large selection of artists.

History of Mongolia. That Genghis Khan - much maligned. (Links to the 'History of Mongolia' series of articles).

Nationbuilding in the Balkans. Collection of articles.

Albanian History. Collection of articles from, the 'home of Albanians online'.

The L-Space Web. A Terry Pratchett/Discworld website.

Learning New Testament Greek. 'A "Little Greek" is someone who is still learning Greek. The phrase originated when someone on the B-Greek Mailing List suggested that "a little Greek is a dangerous thing". I replied that I am a Little Greek, and I am dangerous, but so are some of the Big Greeks. Most Greek grammars say a few things that are completely wrong, and most noted authorities on the Greek language have said at least one stupid thing ... '

Steve White's Folk Farm! 'Everyone I know loves Steve White's art. This probably has something to do with the fact that White seems to approach his subjects-country music, popular culture, society at large-with the fiery zeal of a charismatic, drunken backwoods preacher. But White's religion, if it can be called that, is much kinder, friendlier and earthbound than your typical fire-and-brimstone Christianity. Even his most vehemently political work, attacking the scourges of violence, injustice and corporate hegemony in our screwed-up, consumer-crazy society, will make a grumpy man smile.'

Romance Book Covers.

Osel Shen Phen Ling Tibetan Buddhist Centre, Montana.
'The Buddhism of Tibet flourished in its homeland for more than a thousand years, but was virtually unknown beyond its Himalayan borders. However, because of the enforced exile of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and so many of his people since the Communist Chinese incursion, this living, spiritual tradition is now open and accessible, and grows anew in the rest of the world.'
'For forty years, Tibetans have been rebuilding the infrastructure of their religion in India and Nepal and it is there that thousands of people have met and studied with Tibetan masters and made the Buddhist way of life their own ... '

19th July

Bioimages. 'To provide educational information to the public on biologically related topics, as well as a source of biological images for personal and non-commercial use.'

Diego Rivera Web Museum. 'Diego Rivera (1886-1957), muralist painter, was one of the greatest artists in the XXth century. '

Doubting Hall: A Guided Tour Around the Works of Evelyn Waugh.

The Internet Chinese Text Archive.

Virtual Norfolk. Extensive site on the history of the English county of Norfolk.

Khawa Karpo Tibet Culture Centre. 'Tibetans in exile have, with the help of our friends abroad, been struggling to keep the traditions alive under great difficulties. Under the leadership of His Holiness The XIV Dalai Lama, Tibetans have been working tirelessly from an early stage by creating various institutions for genuine democratic governance that uphold the Tibetan identity while meeting the influences of modern world. The experience of the past four decades, during which Tibetans have had close interaction with the outside world, have shown that Tibetan culture had much to contribute to the global world peace and harmony. '

Italian Dialects. Language and dialect on the Italian peninsula, with a dialect map.

Andy's World's Fair Index. 'I love World's Fairs. I'm particularly fond of the New York World's Fair of 1964-65, which I attended as a baby. I have a collection of second-hand World's Fair souvenirs which fills up 5 boxes, but my favorite artifacts are the ruins left behind in Flushing Meadows, Queens. Every few years I like to visit the old fairgrounds, to inspect the remaining landmarks, like the Unisphere, the Rocket Thrower, the New York State Pavilion, the Time Capsules, the Hall of Science, the Court of the Universe, and others. This page features photos and commentary on these World's Fair ruins.'

File Extensions. Ever wonder what a .csv file actually is? Look no further.

Cyber Yugoslavia. 'This is Cyber Yugoslavia. Home of Cyber Yugoslavs. We lost our country in 1991 and became citizens of Atlantis. Since September 9, 1999 this is our home. '

Least Wanted. Mugshots from the first-half-of-the-twentieth-century United States. Via Incoming Signals.

Eurolang 'is a specialist niche news agency covering topics related to lesser-used languages, linguistic diversity and national minorities within the European Union.' Via Languagehat.

A Bit of Fry and Laurie Scripts Archive. 'This Archive contains all of the published scripts from the British sketch comedy show, "A Bit of Fry and Laurie." Only four six-episode series of the show were ever created. The first series aired on the BBC in 1989, with the other series following in 1990, 1991, and 1995. A total of four books were published containing the ABOF&L scripts -- A Bit of Fry & Laurie (Mandarin, 1990), A Bit More of Fry & Laurie (Mandarin, 1991), 3 Bits of Fry & Laurie (Heinemann-hardcover, 1992 and Mandarin, 1992), and Fry & Laurie - Bit No. 4 (Mandarin, 1995). To the best of my knowledge, all of these books are no longer in print. With such a high demand for these scripts, it is about time they became published on the internet. '
Via Incoming Signals.

Ogle Earth.

18th July

Every Object Tells A Story.

The Life of the Caterpillar, by J. Henri Fabre. Classic entomology.

Mongolian Culture.

Beyond the Pale: The History of Jews in Russia.

Jataka Stories. Buddhist tales.

Garde Rail Gallery. Outsider art.

A Welsh Course. Learn Welsh. 'This course is one suitable for beginners. The main emphasis of the course is in developing conversational skills in Welsh as it is currently spoken (as contrasted with teaching the forms needed for understanding literary Welsh). '

Mission Memories, 1929.
'The author of this book, John Steven McGroarty (1862-1944) was poet laureate of California, an author, journalist, dramatist, and unabashed booster for the preservation and celebration of the California Missions. He also served in Congress from 1935 to 1938. His drama, The Mission Play, a three hour pageant spanning the entire history of the California Missions, ran for twenty years at mission San Gabriel ... '

Inventors' Hall of Fame.

Aleister Crowley 1875-1947. Satanic stuff.

Photographs of Prague and Theresienstadt.

Aberfan: The Days After. Photo-essay.
'It was on every news station that October morning. A mountain had fallen on a primary school in Aberfan, Wales. Scores of children were dead or missing, along with many of their teachers. It was Friday, October 21st, 1966. The children had gone off to school, many of them walking alone, for Aberfan was a safe community. A child could stroll from one end of the village to the other without fear of being swept away by criminals. They had waved goodbye to their mothers, while others, with book bags in hand, kissed their dad's fresh-shaven faces and hurried on to Moy Road to join their friends in the Pantglas Junior School...'

The Attention Seeker. Photo-essay.
'Antonin Kratochvil wants your attention, not for his own sake, but for the sake of the planet on which we live. His latest book, Vanishing, published by de.MO, is his most recent attempt to get you to pay attention to the issues to which he has dedicated much of the last 16 years of his life and career. The items whose rapid disappearance disturbs him include forests, wildlife, indigenous cultures and social structures, and even the civil liberties of the citizens of the United States. As a photographer he believes that it is his job to go and photograph "things people usually don't see, or things I think they should see." '

Karl Rove - The Informant? Editorial cartoons.
Judith Miller: Inmate. Editorial cartoons.
Some background.

Saint Catherine of Alexandria in Art. 'The Roman emperor Maxentius desired her and tried to persuade her to abandon her faith. When he failed he sent 50 philosophers to try instead, but she converted them to Christianity by her argument.'
The Mystic Marriage of Saint Catherine.

Mongolian Folktales.

Old Believers.
'In 1652, Patriarch Nikon of the Russian Orthodox Church introduced a number of reforms aimed at centralizing his power and bringing Russian Orthodox ritual and doctrine in line with those of the Greek Orthodox Church. Old Believers rejected Nikon's reforms (see Raskol). One of the main figures in the movement was Avvakum Petrovich. Even after the deposition of Nikon (1658), who broached too strong a challenge to the Tsar's authority, a series of church councils officially endorsed Nikon's liturgical reforms. Old Believers rejected the innovations and maintained that the official Church felt into the hands of Antichrist...'

75 Years of IRS Criminal Investigation History. (USA)
'"75 Years of IRS Criminal Investigation History" was written and published by the Internal Revenue Service. It chronicles the IRS unit that makes sure that people and companies cough up what they owe in federal income tax.'
'If you request this book-length report from the IRS via the Freedom of Information Act, you'll receive a document with many names and passages blacked out. Luckily for us, the IRS also published this report as an uncensored perfect-bound book and sent it - via the Government Printing Office - to Federal Depository Libraries in 1996. The IRS soon realized that the report shouldn't have been released, and it made the GPO demand that libraries return it...'

United Nations News Service.

16th July

St. Custards. Classic British skool humour.
'This is me e.g. nigel molesworth the curse of st custard's which is the skool i am at. It is uterly wet and weedy as i shall (i hope) make clear but of course that is the same with all skools ... '

Buck Rogers. Various incarnations of the comic book hero.

The Pushkin Page. Life, texts, humour.
'Aleksandr Sergeevich Pushkin was born in Moscow on May 26, 1799 (Old Style). In 1811 he was selected to be among the thirty students in the first class at the Lyceum in Tsarskoe Selo . He attended the Lyceum from 1811 to 1817 and received the best education available in Russia at the time. He soon not only became the unofficial laureate of the Lyceum, but found a wider audience and recognition. He was first published in the journal The Messenger of Europe in 1814. In 1815 his poem "Recollections in Tsarskoe Selo" met the approval of Derzhavin, a great eighteenth- century poet, at a public examination in the Lyceum ... '

Cyber Japan. Japanese pop culture.

The Canada Gazette. 'The Canada Gazette is one of the vehicles that Canadians can use to access the laws and regulations that govern their daily lives. It has been the "official newspaper" of the Government of Canada since 1841. '

The History of Perfume.

Rabindranath Tagore 1861-1941. 'Tagore was a Bengali writer who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913. He was born in Calcutta and later traveled over the world. He grew up in a large house where there was much writing and artistic activity, and he wrote prolifically his entire life, producing more than 3,000 songs as well as volumes of novels, short stories, plays, and poems. In later life he delivered lectures and made many paintings. He wrote what are now the national anthems of both India and Bangladesh ... '

History of CND. 'In February 1958 the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament held its first public meeting. That Easter the peace symbol was seen for the first time on the first Aldermaston March. The meeting and march brought together many of the elements that have characterised CND ever since...'

The Swing Movement in Nazi Germany. 'The Swing Kids (German: Swingjugend) were a group of jazz and Swing lovers in the Germany of the 1930s, mainly in Hamburg (St. Pauli) and Berlin. They were composed of 14 to 18-year old boys and girls in high school, most of them middle or high-class students, but some apprentice workers as well. They sought the British and American way of life, defining themselves in Swing music, and opposing the National-Socialist ideology, especially the Hitlerjugend.'

The Journal of Online Behaviour.

The Leningrad School. Art.

The rec.puzzles archive. Puzzles.