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10th June


Old Towns. (UK) 'Search Old Towns to find details of the market towns and larger villages of England, exactly as they were described during the second quarter of the 19th century.'
'Old Towns is a resource of 19th century English historical data, extracted and digitized from articles written between 1833 and 1848 which were originally published in 'The Penny Cyclopedia' by The Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge.'

The Art of Love in Japan. Shunga art, may not be safe for work.

The Death of Che Guevara: Declassified. 'On October 9th, 1967, Ernesto "Che" Guevara was put to death by Bolivian soldiers, trained, equipped and guided by U.S. Green Beret and CIA operatives. His execution remains a historic and controversial event; and thirty years later, the circumstances of his guerrilla foray into Bolivia, his capture, killing, and burial are still the subject of intense public interest and discussion around the world.'
'As part of the thirtieth anniversary of the death of Che Guevara, the National Security Archive's Cuba Documentation Project is posting a selection of key CIA, State Department, and Pentagon documentation relating to Guevara and his death. This electronic documents book is compiled from declassified records obtained by the National Security Archive, and by authors of two new books on Guevara: Jorge Castañeda's Compañero: The Life and Death of Che Guevara (Knopf), and Henry Butterfield Ryan's The Fall of Che Guevara (Oxford University Press). The selected documents, presented in order of the events they depict, provide only a partial picture of U.S. intelligence and military assessments, reports and extensive operations to track and "destroy" Che Guevara's guerrillas in Bolivia; thousands of CIA and military records on Guevara remain classified. But they do offer significant and valuable information on the high-level U.S. interest in tracking his revolutionary activities, and U.S. and Bolivian actions leading up to his death. '

Murillo at the Prado. Baroque art.

The Antiquities of Wisconsin. 'The Antiquities of Wisconsin, Increase A. Lapham's most important published work, was the result of his interest in the Indian effigy mounds found on Wisconsin's Landscape. His research for the work was funded by the American Antiquarian Society and it was published in the Smithsonian Contributions to Knowledge series. Antiquities includes 92 pages of text, illustrated with 61 wood engravings, and 55 lithographed plates ... '

Negro Spirituals. ' "Negro Spirituals" was one of the many literary results of Thomas Wentworth Higginson's years as colonel of the First South Carolina Volunteers, the initial regiment of freed slaves to fight for Union forces during the Civil War. The text represents the first substantial published collection of African American spiritual lyrics. When it appeared in June 1867 in the Atlantic Monthly, the magazine to which Higginson regularly contributed, no previous work had reproduced more than a dozen spirituals, and no one had attempted the kind of analysis of the performances that Higginson sets out to do in these pages ... '

Kirkbride Buildings. 'Once state-of-the-art mental healthcare facilities, Kirkbride buildings have long been relics of an obsolete therapeutic method known as Moral Treatment. These massive structures were conceived as ideal sanctuaries for the mentally ill in the latter half of the nineteenth century. Careful attention was given to every detail of their design in order to promote a healthy environment and to convey a sense of respectable decorum. Placed in secluded areas within expansive grounds, many seemed almost palace-like from the outside. However, growing populations and insufficient funding led to unfortunate conditions that spoiled their idealistic promise...'

Light into Darkness: Scenes from an Abandoned Asylum. 'the 2002 exhibit: an artistic exploration into the world of the insane: impressions of a Kirkbride masterpiece, the now abandoned insane asylum in Danvers, Massachussetts'

A Slice of Life in a Bangalore Neighborhood. 'We've lived in Malleswaram (mull-ae-sh-war-rum) in the city of Bangalore for many many years and I am familiar with every street and corner of the old Bangalore neighborhood. Historically, Malleswaram dates back to the Maratha times (Shivaji's brother Ekoji is said to have built what is now the Kadu or Wild-Malleswaram temple), and geographically extends from Yeshwantpur in the north, bordering the great campus of the Indian Institute of Science, to what used to be the Minerva mills, and from the Milk Colony to Vyalikaval extension horizontally. The grid of roads are called main roads and cross roads (like avenues and streets in USA), and it is one of the few places in India where you can locate a house by its address (see: Amusing Postal Addresses from India)...'

David Teniers the Younger. Art. 'David Teniers, the son of the painter David Teniers the Elder, was born in Antwerp in 1610. His father was his first and principal teacher in painting. While David Teniers the Elder had been unsuccessful and was even put into debtors' prison, Teniers the Younger became known all over Europe ... '

53 Optical Illusions and Visual Phenomena.
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9th June


British, American, German and Russian Cartoonists and Illustrators.

Robert Boyle 1627-91. 'Robert Boyle was one of the most significant of British scientists. More than anyone else, he invented the modern experimental method. His profuse published findings on pneumatics, chemistry and many other scientific topics were widely influential in providing empirical support for a mechanical view of nature. He also wrote books on the philosophical aspects of science, and on religion. He was a founding member of the Royal Society, and was the doyen of that body in its formative years...'

1895 US Atlas.

The Museum of Public Relations.

Internet Atlas of the Netherlands. In Dutch, but easily accessible and enjoyable for non-Dutch readers.

Su Bong Zen Monastery. 'The objective of Su Bong Zen Monastery is "to attain our true self and save all beings from suffering". Our practice is through Zen Meditation and Kong-an Interview to open up our mind, attain correct way of life, benefiting ourselves and others, to follow the Bodhisattva path and save all beings.'

Ndebele Dolls from South Africa.

Abya Yala Net. 'This site presents information on Indigenous peoples in Mexico, Central, and South America. '

Diorama Bethlehem. The world's largest Christmas crib. 'The Christmas story - from the announcement to the shepherds, the scene of the birth of Christ and the arrival of the three kings till the flight into Egypt - illustrated with over 450 wood-carved figures wearing oriental costumes in a realistic reproduction of the environs of Bethlehem.'

The BBC Lives! 'These pages are dedicated to the memory and continued support of the BBC microcomputer, and all its close relatives. These include the Atom, the BBC models A, B and B+, the Electron, the BBC Master and the Master Compact. All of these micros were based on the 6502 microprocessor, and provided unparalleled ease of use and extendability for their time. '

Knowledge and Propaganda. Goebbels on propaganda, 1928. Via MeFi.

Venus returns to the evening sky.
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8th June


The Buster Keaton Society.

Hegel by HyperText.

History of Reuters. News agency.

Moscow in the Sixties. Photography.

Six Chinese Folk and Fairy Tales.

History of the Highland Clearances.

Lost Neighbourhood. Jewish Vienna. 'A private initiative of some inhabitants of a small Viennese road to create an imitation of the facade of the synagogue that was there from 1903 till 1938 and to invite former Jewish inhabitants of their area to return to Vienna and share their memories.'

Dallas Historical Society.

Nadar. 19th century French photography.

Life at the Limits: Homeless in Guatemala. Photography.

Album of Photographs of Japan. Old photos.

The Jack London Collection. 'Jack London (born Jan. 12, 1876, died Nov. 22, 1916) is best known for his books The Call of the Wild, White Fang, and The Sea-Wolf, and a few short stories, such as "To Build a Fire" and "The White Silence." In fact, he was a prolific writer whose fiction explored three geographies and their cultures: the Yukon, California, and the South Pacific. He experimented with many literary forms, from conventional love stories and dystopias to science fantasy. His noted journalism included war correspondence, boxing stories, and the life of Molokai lepers. A committed socialist, he insisted against editorial pressures to write political essays and insert social criticism in his fiction. '

Southwest Missouri State University's Problem Corner. 'Puzzle of the week' site.

Kibology. Kibo's official site - online humour.

Poet's Graves. UK focus.

Honore de Balzac. Literature, biography. 'Honoré de Balzac (1799-1850) was a French journalist and writer, regarded as one of the creators of realism in literature. Balzac's huge production of novels and short stories are collected under the name La Comédie Humaine.'

Tibetan Folk Tales.

History of the Self-Portrait. Art.

South African Coins. And South African culture, history.

About African History.
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7th June


Karl Blossfeldt. In nature, art.
'Soulcatcher Studio is proud to present the complete 1928 first edition portfolio of Karl Blossfeldt's masterwork, Urformen der Kunst (Art Forms in Nature), exhibited for the first time ever in its entirety on the World Wide Web.'

The Black Book. A record of the Holocaust.
'About the evil, universal murder of Jews By the German-Fascist Aggressors In the temporarily occupied regions Of the Soviet Union And in the Camps of Poland During the War 1941 - 1945 '.

Roadside Alaska. Great photographs.

The Five Hundred Essential Japanese Season Words.

Emile Berliner and the Birth of the Recording Industry. 'Berliner (1851-1929), an immigrant and a largely self-educated man, was responsible for the development of the microphone and the flat recording disc and gramophone player. Although the focus of this online collection is on the gramophone and its recordings, it includes much evidence of Berliner's other interests, such as information on his businesses, his crusades for the pasteurization of milk and other public-health issues, his philanthropy, his musical composition, and even his poetry. Spanning the years 1870 to 1956, the collection comprises correspondence, articles, lectures, speeches, scrapbooks, photographs, catalogs, clippings, experiment notes, and rare sound recordings. '

Joe DiMaggio: The Hero's Life. Baseball history.
'He was one of the greatest sports heroes ever -- and one of the most unlikely. Raised in a poor Italian fishing community in San Francisco, Joe DiMaggio joined the New York Yankees in 1936 and quickly rose to become the star of baseball's golden age. He was graceful, elegant, and inspiring; his 56-game hitting streak electrified the nation. But Joe was always obsessed with being perfect, and over time became bitter and cynical about his celebrity. After his tumultuous marriage to Marilyn Monroe, he turned to cashing in on his fame...'

Siegfried Sassoon Collection. 'His poetry-at times violent, always honest-expressed his conviction of the brutality and waste of war in grim, forceful, realistic verse. '

Emily Dickinson. 'Emily Elizabeth Dickinson was born on December 10, 1830 in the quiet community of Amherst, Massachusetts, the second daughter of Edward and Emily Norcross Dickinson. Emily, Austin (her older brother) and her younger sister Lavinia were nurtured in a quiet, reserved family headed by their authoritative father Edward. Throughout Emily's life, her mother was not "emotionally accessible," the absence of which might have caused some of Emily's eccentricity. Being rooted in the puritanical Massachusetts of the 1800's, the Dickinson children were raised in the Christian tradition, and they were expected to take up their father's religious beliefs and values without argument. Later in life, Emily would come to challenge these conventional religious viewpoints of her father and the church, and the challenges she met with would later contribute to the strength of her poetry.'

Stephen Crane. Poems and biography.

Carl Sandburg. 'Author-poet Carl Sandburg was born in the three-room cottage at 313 East Third Street in Galesburg on January 6, 1878. The modest house, which is maintained by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, reflects the typical living conditions of a late nineteenth century working-class family. Many of the furnishings once belonged to the Sandburg family. Behind the home stands a small wooded park. There, beneath Remembrance Rock, lie the ashes of Carl Sandburg, who died in 1967.'

Elizabethan Poets. 'By the time of Chaucer (1343-1400) the English language had begun to emerge in its modern form, although we find his verse difficult to read today. Nevertheless, Chaucer's genius established English as a new language of literature and was a primary influence on poets of the Fifteenth Century. With the English renaissance of the Sixteenth Century, the language had moved much closer to its modern form, Chaucer came to be regarded as the English Homer, and a new flowering of poetry took place in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. These poets adopted sonnet forms from Italy and wrote enormous numbers of love poems, but they also tried new meters and entertained other subjects, such as the passage of time, the effect of imprisonment, views on the happy life, the kingdom of the mind, old age, advise to a son, true joy, and tributes to the dead. '

Kamo no Chomei. 'Kamo no Chomei (1153-1216) was born into a family of Shinto priests in Kyoto, Japan, and began his career as a poet at the imperial court. Later, the retired Emperor appointed Chomei (or Komei) to the Poetry Bureau, made up of Japan's leading poets. There Chomei published an essay on poetic technique. He later gave up Shintoism and became a Buddhist monk, spending much of his time as a hermit living in a small, isolated hut. Chomei wrote the essay An Account of My Hut (Hojoki), in which he describes the advantages of a life of isolation and tranquility compared to the turbulence, hazards and upheavals of city life.'

Galileo. 'Galileo Galilei was born in Pisa in 1564. He had an early education in Latin and Greek that laid the foundation for his elegant and penetrating style of writing. He began to study medicine at the University of Pisa at age seventeen, but abandoned this for mathematics. He became professor of mathematics at Pisa in 1589 and was professor of mathematics at Padua between 1592 and 1610. During this period he used the newly invented telescope to observe the mountains on the moon and the rotation of the moons of Jupiter. In 1610 he published his findings in The Starry Messenger (Siderius Nuncius) He became mathematician and philosopher to the Grand Duke at Florence in 1611, remaining in this position until his imprisonment by the Inquisition in 1633.'

Sumerian Love Poems.

Bushmen. 'There are many different Bushmen peoples in southern Africa, primarily in the Kalahari Desert. The San and !Kun peoples from whom the following stories were collected (1870-85), inhabited the Cape Colony and were sometimes referred to as Flat or Grass Bushmen. The !Kun were Bushmen who were encountered beyond Damarland. Although their languages were similar, the two groups could not understand each other. Both languages make use of about five or six different click sounds, which here are not differentiated but indicated by a single exclamation mark. These people may have lived in southern Africa for over 20,000 years; at one time they may have occupied a large part of the continent.'

Maori. 'The Maoris in New Zealand trace their ancestry back to a migration by canoes from Hawaiki, perhaps 800 to 1,000 years ago. Hawaiki has been variously interpreted as Hawaii, the Cook Islands, or the Society Islands. The Maoris are Polynesians and their legends tell of a black race inhabiting New Zealand before their arrival, probably Melanesians. These they conquered and assimilated. In coming to New Zealand, the Polynesians brought with them not only their distinctive farming but also their oral traditions and history, in which songs play an important part.'

Epicurus. 'Epicurus (342-270 BCE) was born in Samos and is believed to have become a teacher in Colophon. He perhaps gained an interest in philosophy by reading Democritus. He subsequently formulated a philosophy of his own that extended the atomic theory of Democritus and his concept of cheerfulness. Epicurus probably started making his ideas public on the island of Lesbos in about 311 BCE. A few years later he returned to Athens, where he remained for the rest of his life, becoming famous for putting forward a broad-based philosophy linking the life of man and the physical world in a single atomic theory. He put forward his teachings in his garden outside of the city and became the venerated head of a unique society of men and women. When Epicurus died he left his house and garden in trust for the use of this society.'

Han Fei Tzu. 'Han Fei Tzu (280-233 BCE), a prince of Han, was a leading philosopher of the legalist tradition in China. A habitual stutterer, he concentrated his energy into written works, which gained favor with the king of Ch'in. When the king attacked Han, Fei was sent as a goodwill ambassador. Ch'in's ministers argued that Fei would be disloyal, being from Han, and that it would be best to pass sentence on him for some offense. While the king was arranging this, the ministers, with a sad disregard for legalistic philosophy, had Fei sentenced to commit suicide by poisoning. The sentence was carried out in 233 BC.'

Fairly Freaky Animals.

Chapel Perilous. Blog of the bizarre.

Hobopoet. A wanderer's blog.

Sex in Science Fiction. Overview and history of sexuality and gender in science fiction. Safe for work!
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6th June


The Ballerina Gallery. Extensive collection of ballet photos and biographies.

Sussex Past. Sussex archaeology.

The Japanese Garden Database.

American Aloha: Hula Beyond Hawai'i. 'Few American icons are as well known for their popular kitsch as the hula dance. From old Hollywood movies to entertainment for tourists, the hip-swaying girls in grass skirts and colorful lei have long masked an ancient cultural tradition. Now, after years of being shadowed by stereotypes, the hula is experiencing a rebirth that celebrates Hawaiian culture. '

Six Poems by Master Hsu Yun. Zen poetry.

The Yorkshire Dales. A virtual guide.

Watergate.info: The Scandal That Destroyed President Nixon. Extensive, excellent site.

Deep Throat Revealed. Editorial cartoons.

Pens and Needles: The Political Cartoons of Joel Pett. Pulitzer-prizewinning editorial cartoonist.

Le Monde de Marie. Excellent illustration blog, in French.

Daddy Types. A weblog for new fathers.

Purseblog. A weblog about handbags.

France Says No! in the EU constitution referendum. Editorial cartoons.

Biography of Lyndon LaRouche. American demagogue.

National Geographic's Women Photographers.

Dateline Moon. The media and the Space Race.

Every Four Years. The media and US Presidential elections.

Political Cartoons of David Horsey. 'A good editorial cartoonist can produce smiles at the nation's breakfast tables and, at the same time, screams around the White House. That's the point of cartooning: to tickle those who agree with you, torture those who don't, and maybe sway the remainder. '

Holocaust: The Untold Story. 'This exhibit dispels the myth that the Holocaust was a secret and explores the reasons why America's newspapers downplayed the horrifying reports from Europe.'

Memorials of Madhya Pradesh. 'The author traveled extensively in the state of Madhya Pradesh in Central India in the year 1976-1977 to observe, discover, study, and photograph the memorials scattered throughout the state. This study is mainly based on field observations and discussions with the local people, rather than on the published information. '
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3rd June


Sydney Opera House No War Cleanup Fund. Buy your glitter globes here!

Irish Coinage. History of Irish coins, pre-995 AD to present times.

The Dawn of Photography: French Daguerreotypes, 1839–1855. With images.

The Commissar Vanishes: The Falsification of Photographs in Stalin's Russia. 'Photographs can lie. They certainly do in the Soviet Union from 1929 to 1953, the years of Joseph Stalin's dictatorial rule. Stalin's agents routinely arrest and kill as "enemies of the people" anyone who disagrees with his politics. Communist Party workers then try to remove any trace of these people from the photographic archives, and so from the media.'
'The Commissar Vanishes exhibition explores this censored history. By the 1930s Communist "truth" circulates worldwide in party approved books. With airbrush or ink spot, the photo censors work quietly. But despite their power, they ultimately fail. The images expose decades of photographic lies. It's a stark visual tour through a society where freedom is not an option -- the culture of control that goes on to create the Berlin Wall.'

Chan Visual Arts. Zen art.

Mary Pickford. 'Late in her life, the actor Mary Pickford described a recurring nightmare in which she walked out on stage to perform, only to find there was no one in the audience to watch her. '
'For most of her career, Pickford had played to full houses and adoring fans. She had created a totally new way of acting that entranced audiences and left them spell-bound. But she wasn't just a talented performer, she was also a creative producer and shrewd businessperson who played a pivotal role in shaping the first new media of the twentieth century. She was the first star to have her own production company and the first woman to take control of her career in a tough business run by tough men.'
'For nearly two decades Pickford skillfully navigated her way through the industry. But by the end of her life, her nightmare became her reality. She discovered that fame was fleeting, the crowds fickle. This powerful and moving American Experience production uses archival footage, stills, original audio interviews with Pickford and clips from her movies to tell a story that is full of joy and power, of loneliness and despair.'

African Rock Art. 'Rock paintings and engravings are Africa's oldest continuously practiced art form. Depictions of elegant human figures, richly hued animals, and figures combining human and animal features—called therianthropes and associated with shamanism—continue to inspire admiration for their sophistication, energy, and direct, powerful forms. The apparent universality of these images is deceptive; content and style range widely over the African continent. Nevertheless, African rock art can be divided into three broad geographical zones—southern , central, and northern. The art of each of these zones is distinctive and easily recognizable, even to an untrained eye.'

Traditional Chinese Painting in the Twentieth Century.

Astrology and Religion Among the Greeks and Romans. 'This is a study of star-worship by Franz Cumont. At the turn of the 20th century, Cumont collected all available astrological and astronomical texts from antiquity. This book summarizes his knowledge and theories on this subject. Cumont shows that astronomical knowledge was developed over time in the ancient Near East, eventually allowing prediction of phenomena such as the location of the planets, the phases of the moon, and eclipses. This knowledge was used as the basis of a religious system which was integrated into Greek and Roman Paganism. This involved worship of the planets and stars and a belief that after death (if virtuous) we ascend to the heavens. Other aspects of ancient star-worship that are still with us are our seven-day week and the transference of the winter Solstice into the celebration of the birth of Christ. '

A Guide to Ethnic Fried Doughs Around the World. 'Exactly where and when the first fried dough appeared is the subject of much speculation and one that is covered under the History portion of this site. What can be agreed upon is that almost every culture has its own version of fried dough, be it savory or sweet, with or without a hole.'

Project Wittenberg. 'Project Wittenberg is home to works by and about Martin Luther and other Lutherans. Here you will find all manner of texts from short quotations to commentaries, hymns to statements of faith, theological treatises to biographies, and links to other places where words and images from the history of Lutheranism live. '
'Project Wittenberg is the first step towards an international electronic library of Lutheranism ... '

Barbara Archer Gallery. Outsider art.
'The Barbara Archer Gallery offers the very best of self-taught and contemporary art. We specialize in work by long-recognized masters and innovative new works by a select group of emerging artists ... '
Gallery.

The Golden Gate Bridge. 'On May 27, 1937, 200,000 people thronged to the newly-completed Golden Gate Bridge and walked, climbed, skated or cycled across. After 18 years of struggles to complete the bridge, San Francisco's jubilance was unrestrained. There was a tap dancer, a tuba player and a woman determined to be the first to walk its length with her tongue out.'
'Twenty years earlier, choked off at the tip of a peninsula, San Francisco had faced a future of increased congestion and economic strangulation. Though many in the city longed for a bridge connecting San Francisco to the counties to the north, the obstacles to construction were daunting.'
'It took a hustler and self-promoter, a man who had never designed or overseen the building of a suspension bridge, to take up the challenge. Joseph Strauss spent thirteen years wrangling with local politicians, arguing with the War Department over designs and fighting lawsuits from bridge opponents before he was able to break ground. By the time the bridge was complete, Strauss, his team of designers and his construction crews had built what has since been called one of the "Seven Wonders of the Modern World." '

Philosophy Games.

Lateral Thinking Puzzles.

Microscope Imaging Station. 'Since their appearance in the 17th century, images from microscopes have fascinated and informed. Microscopes, as tools of scientific discovery, revolutionized our view of nature. Since that time, imaging capabilities have evolved, allowing us to capture dazzling imagery of the microscopic world. '

Shuckland. Legends surrounding phantom dogs in East Anglia.

The Northern Great Plains 1880-1920. Photographs of small-town life in North Dakota.

The Portland Surrealist Group.

Buenos Aires in the Fifties. Street photography.

The Gallery of Korean Art.

Something Jewish. Portal for things Jewish, UK-based.

History of the Industrial Workers of the World. US labour movement.
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2nd June


Images from the History of Medicine.

Suffolk Churches.

Midnight Eye. The latest and best in Japanese cinema.

Paris May-June 1968. 'In Paris in May 1968, massive confrontations between police and students brought workers out on a general strike and brought the government to the point of collapse ... '

Odd New England. 'Curiosities, oddities, the strange, unusual and unexpected: we like them all, and we're collecting them here for you on these pages. '

Krazy Kat. George Herriman's classic comic strip.

The Raw Artist. Outsider art.

Graphic City: Bogota. Street photography.

The 1916 Easter Rising. 'The 1916 Easter Rising and the War of Independence that followed in 1919-21 transformed the political landscape in Ireland. You can explore the events leading up to 1916, the Insurrection itself and its aftermath, through essays, photographs, sound archive, music and newspapers from the period.'

History of the Tolstoy Family. 'Tolstoy, or Tolstoi is a prominent family of Russian nobility, descending from one Andrey Kharitonovich Tolstoy (i.e., "the Fat") who served under Vasily II of Moscow. The "wild Tolstoys" (as they were known in the high society of Imperial Russia) have left a lasting legacy in Russian politics, military history, literature, and fine arts...'

Richard Wagner Web Site. 'The subject of the Richard Wagner Web Site, edited by Kristian Evensen, is the German composer Richard Wagner (1813-1883), his works and life. Links marked "External" are translations which are located on other web sites. '

Korean Cinema Edition.

Solar Eclipse: Stories from the Line of Totality.

The South Texas Border 1900-1920: Photographs from the Robert Runyon Collection. 'The Robert Runyon Photograph Collection of the South Texas Border Area, a collection of over 8,000 items, is a unique visual resource documenting the Lower Rio Grande Valley during the early 1900s. Donated by the Runyon family to the Center for American History in 1986, it includes glass negatives, lantern slides, nitrate negatives, prints, and postcards, representing the life's work of commercial photographer Robert Runyon (1881-1968), a longtime resident of South Texas. His photographs document the history and development of South Texas and the border, including the Mexican Revolution, the U.S. military presence at Fort Brown and along the border prior to and during World War I, and the growth and development of the Rio Grande Valley. '

Sarayaku. 'This is the official website of the Autonomous Territory of the Original Kichwa Nation of Sarayaku (TAYJA-SARUTA). The purpose is to promote our work with art, music, education, natural resource management, tourism, and community development in general. Because of the current problems with the petrol companies, it also functions as a campaign site for the defense of our territory. '
'The Kichwa community of Sarayaku is located in the Pastaza province in the Amazonian region of Ecuador (see map), on the Bobonaza River, 30 minutes flight from the nearest town, Puyo, or two days on river from the parish of Canelos. The population is approximately a thousand, and the community belongs to the Organization of Indigenous Peoples of Pastaza, OPIP. '
'Its name, which means "River of Corn" was given hundreds of years ago by our wise ancestors. '

The Virtual Magistrate 'is a service for resolution of disputes among online computer users,computer operations and persons harmed by the posting of wrongful online messages.' Online dispute resolution.

Soma, Offertory and Elixir. 'This Tibetan offertory cover is a rare and exceptional object which has until now only been described briefly ... It is a head, skinned rather than stripped of flesh, in gilt iron with traces of colour - red for the mouth and blue for the hair; it is 36 cm in height, 19 cm in diameter at the ears and 16 cm at the base. The information indicating that Giuseppe Tucci wrote an article on the subject has not yet been verified, his archives being sealed. However, using the information obtained in his research, we will try to support the hypothesis of the object's function in rituals, and this will lead us to India, Gandhara and Tibet. '

Robot Assisted Microsurgery. 'Building on its established NASA technology base in teleoperation and telerobotics, JPL collaborated with MicroDexterity Systems, Inc. (MDS) to develop a new robotic microdexterity platform with important applications to medicine. This Robot Assisted MicroSurgery (RAMS) workstation will enable new procedures of the brain, eye, ear, nose, throat, face, and hand. RAMS was designed in cooperation with leading microsurgeons. The resulting technology developments were evaluated in actual clinical procedures ... '

About Chess. How to play, or how to improve.
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1st June


Astrolabes. 'The astrolabe is a very ancient astronomical computer for solving problems relating to time and the position of the Sun and stars in the sky. Several types of astrolabes have been made. By far the most popular type is the planispheric astrolabe, on which the celestial sphere is projected onto the plane of the equator. A typical old astrolabe was made of brass and was about 6 inches (15 cm) in diameter, although much larger and smaller ones were made ... '

The Holyland in Belfast. Belfast street photographs.
'The Holy Land in Belfast exists only as a blasphemous prayer. It is maze of little Belfast streets behind Queen's University and beside the River Lagan. Jerusalem Street. Palestine Street. Damascus Street. Some family homes here still have their own little holy of holies: china cabinets behind net curtains with best china, souvenirs from seaside towns ... '

Online Burma Library. 'Classified and annotated links to more than 5000 full text documents on Burma/Myanmar.'

Albanian Literature. 'This web site contains the largest selection of Albanian literature ever to have appeared in English translation. It comprises a wide range of Albanian authors from past and present, including writers from Albania, Kosova and the Albanian diaspora. These translations are the fruits of over twenty years of research in the field of Albanian studies. Some were published, but most of them appear here for the first time.'

In Search of New Spain, in modern Florida.
'Richard & Joyce Wolkomir brave Florida's heat to discover more than 400 years of history. Find your own fountain of youth in America's Spanish past.'

World Music Central.

Centre for Applied Linguistics.

World Beard and Moustache Championships.

The Feathered-Back Hair Site. 'Surely you've thumbed through a high school yearbook from the late 70's and early 80's and you've found photo after photo of women wearing feathered hair modeled after the wild, tossled, flipped-back, golden tresses of Farrah Fawcett. Yes, it's true that many women went into hair salons between 1976 and 1983 asking for the "Farrah" look, but is this what they actually came out with? The answer is yes for some, but for many the answer is no, no, no, no, no ... '

Head-Shaver. 'So you want to shave your head? Information and advice on head-shaving, including a how-to guide, reviews of head-shaving products, and other handy tips. '

Geometry in Action. 'This page collects various areas in which ideas from discrete and computational geometry (meaning mainly low-dimensional Euclidean geometry) meet some real world applications. It contains brief descriptions of those applications and the geometric questions arising from them, as well as pointers to web pages on the applications themselves and on their geometric connections. This is largely organized by application but some major general techniques are also listed as topics. Suggestions for other applications and pointers are welcome ... '

Cartoon India. Indian cartoonist Tulal.

Military Maps of Scotland (18th Century). 'During the Jacobite period in the 18th century, the Board of Ordnance made numerous maps and plans for the use of government troops. They provide valuable information about 18th century Scotland, and are of interest not just to military historians ... '

Jewish Fairy Tales and Legends, by "Aunt Naomi", 1919.
'Jewish folklore is full of vivid stories that both entertain and teach. This book is based on tales from the Talmud and Midrash. While some of the themes are familiar from fairy-tales and folklore from other traditions, the stories in this collection are infused with the perennial Jewish struggle for survival and dignity, as well as a large helping of gentle humor. '

Juan Gelman. 'Juan Gelman, the Argentinian poet, today searches for the remains of his daughter-in-law, María Claudia. She was kidnapped in Buenos Aires, Argentina in August 1976, along with her husband, Marcelo Ariel, Juan Gelman's son. In October 1976 María Claudia, 19 years of age and eight and a half months pregnant, was carried off to Montevideo, Uruguay by members of the Uruguayan military, while Marcelo Ariel was murdered. She gave birth to their daughter that November in Montevideo. Afterwards María Claudia was murdered in cold blood ... '

Japanese Mythology.

Small-Town America: Stereoscopic Views from the Robert Dennis Collection. '12,000 photographs of the Mid-Atlantic states New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut from the 1850s to the 1910s, from the Robert N. Dennis Collection of Stereoscopic Views at the New York Public Library. The views show buildings and street scenes in cities, towns, and villages as well as natural landscapes. They also depict agriculture, industry, transportation, homes, businesses, local celebrations, natural disasters, people, and costumes. '

The Official Web Site of Billie Holiday. '"Singing songs like the 'The Man I Love' or 'Porgy' is no more work than sitting down and eating Chinese roast duck, and I love roast duck," she wrote in her autobiography. "I've lived songs like that." '

The Governors of the State of North Dakota. Mini-biographies.

Journey into the Ocean's Maw. 'Enchanted by a symbol for a whirlpool on a nautical chart, best-selling author Simon Winchester was drawn into a voyage of discovery that took him halfway around the world and into these man-eating gyres ... '

The C. G. Jung Page.

How to Read Old Handwriting.

Hunt the Wumpus. A classic puzzle-game those with a 'vintage' computer science background will be familiar with. Play it online.

Physical Education in Medieval South India.
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