Rube Goldberg Gallery.
'Through his wacky cartoons which depict the most elaborate and
ridiculous devices to accomplish the most mundane tasks, RUBE GOLDBERG'S
"INVENTIONS" have become synonymous with any maximum effort to achieve
minimal results. His ingenious drawings follow their own impeccable
logic, demonstrating that the unnecessary can also be the mother of
invention - often with hilarious results. '
The Lineage of the Zen Patriarchs.
'This document is a ketsumyaku, certificate of affiliation to the lineage
of the great masters and Buddhas of the past. It is delivered to the monk
during his ordination and attests to his membership to the Buddha family.
This exceptional ketsumyaku joins together the lineages Rinzai and Soto
through Master Dogen, as well as the lineages of Eihei-ji and Soji-ji
trough Master Kosen. To be authentic, this document must be signed and
stamped by the seal of the master. '
The Education of Shelby Knox.
'A self-described "good Southern Baptist girl," 15-year-old Shelby Knox
of Lubbock, Texas has pledged abstinence until marriage. But she becomes
an unlikely advocate for comprehensive sex ed when she finds that Lubbock,
where high schools teach abstinence as the only safe sex, has some of the
highest rates of teen pregnancy and STDs in the state. '
Glasgow - City
'We hope you will find our web-site both enjoyable and rewarding. It
represents the culmination of over fifteen years of original research into
the specialised subject of the History of Sculpture in Glasgow. We cover
over four centuries of sculptural work, with a wealth of material from the
'golden years' of the Victorian era. Please bookmark this page so you can
return to it later. '
Chopin Early Editions.
'The Chopin collection at the University of Chicago Library includes
over 400 first and early printed editions of musical compositions by
Frédéric Chopin, maintained in the Special Collections Research Center.
Because Chopin's works were often published concurrently in several
countries with variant texts, scholars can establish a sequence of
publication by comparing a range of printings.'
'Chopin Early Editions consist of digitized images of all scores in
the University of Chicago Library's Chopin collection. Users can search
or browse Chopin Early Editions via a variety of data points, including
titles, genres, and plate numbers.'
The Official Web Site of Malcolm X.
'The Official Web Site of Malcolm X has everything you want to know about
this historical figure. Read his biography and read inspirational quotes
from this talented speaker. Browse the photo gallery for pictures of
Malcolm X throughout his life! '
The Book of Kells.
'The Book of Kells (less widely known as The Book of Columba) is an
ornately illustrated manuscript, produced by Celtic monks around AD
800. It is one of the most lavishly illuminated manuscripts to survive
the medićval period. Because of its technical brilliance and great beauty,
it is considered by many scholars to be one of the most important works
in the history of mediaeval art...'
Gallery of Book of Kells pages.
'The folklore of the Arkansas people begins with Native American Indian
tribes and the Trail of Tears and extends to powerful and famous
politicians, including the first U.S. president to be elected from
Arkansas. Annual heritage and cultural events offer fun for the entire
family and passes on stories about Arkansas's heritage to future
Telephone Wire Baskets from South Africa and
'For centuries South Africa's Zulu people have been famous for the
sturdy and beautiful baskets they weave from grasses and palm leaf. The
weaving was so tight that the best ukhamba baskets were actually used to
store beer! Today these baskets are still woven in the countryside, but
the Zulus living in urban area have invented a new kind of basket, the
imbenge basket woven entirely of recycled telephone wire...'
'This web is a collection of information on Buddhism picked up through
random reading. The focus is on Tibetan Mahayana Buddhism, Gelukpa sect.
Some information on Hinduism is also included, with the thought that
Hinduism is the mother of Buddhism. And information on Mongolia, whose
unique relationship with Tibet enabled Buddhism to survive. A couple of
other side trips are taken because of personal interest. '
Cities and Buildings Database.
'The Cities and Buildings Database is a collection of digitized images
of buildings and cities drawn from across time and throughout the world,
available to students, researchers and educators on the web.'
Holocaust Denial on Trial.
'Truth triumphed in a 2000 London courtroom when Deborah Lipstadt, Emory
University's internationally distinguished scholar of the Holocaust,
exposed a Holocaust denier who deliberately manipulated historical
evidence in order to refute that the Holocaust happened, and to advance
his anti-Semitic and white supremacist ideology. '
Open Hearts / Closed Doors: The War Orphans Project.
'During the horror of the Nazi Holocaust, European Jewish families were
torn apart. Childhood became a time of fear and a struggle for
'After the war, a group of young Jewish orphans immigrated to Canada
from the devastation of Europe as part of the War Orphans Project. Using
their own words and artifacts, this virtual exhibit tells the story of
the orphans' courage and resilience and of the tireless efforts of the
people who helped them.'
'Preserving our past with the technology of the future. This is the
starting point for you to explore the dynamic facets of the Coquille
H. D. (Hilda Doolittle). American poet.
'Having rejected Victorian norms for modern experiments, H. D.
repeatedly launched out from instructors found among the early canonized
male modernists. She developed new lyric, mythic, and mystical forms in
poetry and prose, and an alternative bisexual lifestyle that were little
appreciated until the 1980's. '
'Cummings was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to liberal, indulgent
parents who from early on encouraged him to develop his creative gifts.
While at Harvard, where his father had taught before becoming a
Unitarian minister, he delivered a daring commencement address on
modernist artistic innovations, thus announcing the direction his own
work would take. In 1917, after working briefly for a mail-order
publishing company, the only regular employment in his career, Cummings
volunteered to serve in the Norton-Harjes Ambulance group in France.
Here he and a friend were imprisoned (on false grounds) for three months
in a French detention camp. The Enormous Room (1922), his witty and
absorbing account of the experience, was also the first of his literary
attacks on authoritarianism. Eimi (1933), a later travel journal,
focused with much less successful results on the collectivized Soviet
Charles Darwin - Zoology of the Voyage of the Beagle-Birds.
"When I presented my collection of Birds to the Zoological Society, Mr.
Gould kindly undertook to furnish me with descriptions of the new
species and names of those already known...The accompanying
illustrations, which are fifty in number, were taken from sketches made
by Mr. Gould himself, and executed on stone by Mrs. [Elizabeth] Gould,
with that admirable success, which has attended all her works. They are
all of the natural size with the exception of four raptorial birds, a
goose and a species of Rhea."
Looking @ Earth.
'Located on the first floor of the National Air And Space Museum in
Gallery 110, "Looking At Earth" shows visitors how views of our planet
from above have helped us to better understand the Earth. Examples of
satellite imagery and aerial photography display how remote sensing is
used for urban planning, geology, archaeology, military reconnaissance,
environmental monitoring and natural disaster assessment. From the first
aerial photos taken from balloons to images taken from space, looking at
the Earth from above provides a unique and beautiful view of the natural
and human induced changes that occur on our planet. '
The Relief of Pain and Suffering. Medical
lthough physicians have sought to alleviate pain for centuries, the
history of pain research and modern pain treatment begins in the 1800s.
The enigma of pain, which Albert Schweitzer called "the most terrible of
all the lords of mankind," has yielded slowly to determined
investigators and clinicians...'
Rococo. Art history, images.
'An eighteenth century art style which placed emphasis on portraying the
carefree life of the aristocracy rather than on grand heroes or pious
martyrs. Love and romance were considered to be better subjects for art
than historical or religious subjects. The style was characterized by a
free, graceful movement; a playful use of line; and delicate colors.'
The Flying Saucers Are Real, 1950.
'This was one of the first books published about the UFO phenomena. We
are fortunate that it ended up in the public domain.'
'It is a template for much of what would follow: the paranoia, the
government disinformation, the inescapable conclusion that the saucers
are not of this earth. Keyhoe, with his spare, matter of fact writing
style, which also conveys a profound sense of wonder, has to be the
prototype for the deadpan Fox Mulder of the X-Files.'
Life on Mars?
'In the early years of the twentieth century Percivel Lowell and others
speculated that Mars was inhabitated by an intelligent species much
older than our civilization. This page archives texts (fictional and
otherwise) about this hypothesis. '
'On March 22, 1997, almost the entire body of adherents to Heaven's Gate
committed near-simultaneous suicide. They died in their mansion in a
California suburb outside of San Diego by voluntarily ingesting large
amounts of painkillers in applesauce. The last two left suffocated
themselves. Heaven's Gate left behind 39 corpses and extensive
documentation as to their beliefs--that they were disembodied
extraterrestrials waiting for a mothership to take them home and the
planet Earth was about to be 'recycled'. Their practices included
communal living, taking new names ending in 'ody', and mortification of
the body (particularly abstention from sex and intoxicants, close
cropped hair, unisex outfits and male castration) ... '
Joseph Wu's Origami Page.
'Origami is the art of paper folding. The word is Japanese, literally
meaning to fold (oru) paper (kami). I encourage you to explore these
pages and to make use of the resources you find here. Happy folding!'
Posters American Style.
'Posters American Style, which accompanies a touring exhibition of the
same name, brings together some of the great graphic images made in the
United States over the past century. Any selection from the many
thousands of surviving posters must necessarily be incomplete and
subjective; however, curator Therese Heyman has focused this gathering
on major artists and images that have endured in our collective memory.
Combing through private and public collections across the country, she
has winnowed a wealth of material, highlighting the finest designers and
most urgent messages while documenting movements and revivals that
establish a historical overview. '
Odalisques in art - includes work by Boucher,
Matisse, Ingres, Renoir.
'This set of paintings are of odalisque's (A female slave or concubine
in a harem) Some are by well known artists, some lesser known, and some
Cinema Diabolico. Mexican marquee art.
'Overlooked and under appreciated by most US movie poster collectors,
marquee art from south of the border offers a no-holds-barred plethora
of often shocking and bizarre images. From the super heroic exploits of
El Santo, the masked wrestler, to the re-released, re-packaged, and
regurgitated US drive-in fare of the 50's and 60's, Mexican cinema art
is generally far superior to American theatre graphics of the same time
The Great Transatlantic Cable.
'By the middle of the 19th century, a network of telegraph poles strung
across America had changed the way the country did business. Samuel
Morse's invention made possible almost instantaneous communication
between cities across the continent. Communicating with Europe was
another matter. Messages to London were sent the old-fashioned way,
aboard sailing ships that could take weeks to reach their destination.
Though the need for a transatlantic cable was obvious, the physical
challenges to laying one were enormous. The project would require the
production of a 2,000 mile long cable that would have to be laid three
miles beneath the Atlantic. Cyrus Field, an energetic, young New York
paper manufacturer wasn't deterred. And once he started the endeavor, he
wouldn't give up ... '
'You have stumbled upon a robotics resource and community website. There
is a great deal of technical, creative and background information on
robotics for hobbyists and even those more experienced. '
'Early in 2001, Wayne Crue, a 7th grader, withdrew from Edison Middle
=index), Champaign, IL to attend Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig School (http://www.bu
gschool.bia.edu/) on the Leech Lake Reservation (http://www.senate.leg.s
tate.mn.us/departments/scr/report/bands/leechlake.HTM) in Minnesota.
Wayne is of Native American heritage, a fact he was aware of and eager
to celebrate. His hairstyle, clothing and actions often reflected some
of his heritage characteristics. '
'Wayne and his family moved to the Champaign community when he was in
the 3rd grade, thus beginning a four and one-half year era of racist
bullying. Throughout this era, Wayne was the victim of taunting, name
calling and exposure to racist images. His classmates composed the most
intimate circle of bullies but later the circle expanded to include
teachers and administrators. The resolution to this reign of bullying
occurred when Wayne's family removed him from the local schools so that
he could transfer to school in Minnesota. '
New Tactics in Human Rights.
'The New Tactics in Human Rights project, led by a diverse group of
international organizations and practitioners, promotes tactical
innovation and strategic thinking within the international human rights
Japan's Art of War.
'In the early 1600's, a samurai named Miyamoto Musashi (), emerged from
obscurity to mixing with the ruling class based solely on his undeniable
skill in man to man combat. In a series of duels, he won against people
that were thought unbeatable. At one time, using his two sword
technique, he single-handedly beat over 30 samurai simultaneously
attacking him with guns, arrows and swords...'
The Monarchs of England.
'England was first unified as a state by Alfred the Great of Wessex. It
ceased to exist as a separate kingdom following unions with Scotland
(1707) and Ireland (1801). Today, England exists as one of the four
"Home Nations" of the United Kingdom, alongside Scotland, Wales and
Northern Ireland, "Her (or His) Majesty's Peculiars", and a number of
colonial holdings. Thus from 1707, the terms "King of England" and
"Queen of England" are incorrect. '
'Mini-essays about human language in its endless kaleidoscope of
aspects, such as
the social, the mental, the historical, the structural.'
St. Louis City
Hospital. An abandoned place.
'The St. Louis City Hospital was founded on July 10, 1845 to serve the
indigent of a cholera-infested city. Located at the head of Soulard
Street, now the infamous corner of 14th Street and Lafayette Avenue,
the first building was partly finished by June, 1846, when patients
started to move in. Only 90 patients could be admitted at the time.
This portion of the building cost $17,068.57, and the annual cost of
maintenance at the time was about $18,000.00. Over the next ten years,
additions were made costing the city about $40,000.00...' Photographs.
The Canterbury Tour.
'Welcome to Peter Collinson's tour of the City of Canterbury. The tour
contains 500 pages, each with a photo and some text. The pages are
paired, so a view in one direction is complemented by the view "behind
you". Pairing means that you can walk to one end of the city, turn
round and walk back again. You can turn right and left, taking
different routes to explore the City. '
Imagery of Japan.
'This study brings to the English speaking reader a rich visual
history of education as one of the most important steps in becoming a
contemporary nation, while providing an introductory method for
pursuing further broader studies of educational iconography of Japan.
The project links the perception and interpretation of the artist with
a description of the society that created a demand for these images.
Through the woodblock prints of the time it can be seen that
education, and its imagery comprised a dynamic social component in the
history of Japan...'
The Art of
'Part life-coach, part Machiavelli, part Yoda, Balthasar Gracian
[1601-1658], a Jesuit priest, wrote this collection of pithy sayings
four centuries ago. Gracian speaks to the twenty-first century as well
as the seventeenth. It's only a matter of time before someone markets
Gracian's life advice to busy executives, like Sun Tzu or the Book of
Five Rings (if it hasn't been already). In the meantime, Gracian can
be our little secret.'
Vintage Postcards of Hamilton,
'The approximately 1500 postcards in this collection show how buildings
and streets looked in Hamilton, Ontario nearly 100 years ago. They also
visually document changes in technology, demographics, architecture
and social customs. Look closely and you will see how the horse
was replaced by the automobile, new names on store fronts,
and changes in fashions and pastimes.'
Greek Civil War
'The guerilla army of ELAS (National People's Army of Liberation)
under the leadership of the KKE (Communist Party of Greece), led the
resistance to Nazi occupation during the War. Inspired by the success
of Tito's partisan army in Yugoslavia, ELAS held two-thirds of the
country in February 1945, at which time a truce was negotiated with
the Royalists. '
'In October 1946, ELAS launched a campaign to win control of the whole
country, and received support from neighboring Yugoslavia, Albania and
Bulgaria. Despite the presence of British troops and aid from the US,
the Royalists were not expected to last long against the guerillas...'
Aboriginal Fine Arts Gallery.
'AFA is an Aboriginal owned Art Gallery that is strategically based in
Darwin, the capital of the Northern Territory of Australia, at the
centre of Aboriginal art and culture. Due to family connections,
involvement in Aboriginal issues and life long friendships, and an
overriding love for fine art, AFA has developed a strong identity and
commitment to promoting the art and culture of Australia's indigenous
people. ' Gallery.
Lost Bands of the New Wave Era.
'The purpose of this site is to give exposure to great music that
never had a chance to be heard but should have. My goal is to share
these relatively unknown bands and send you on a desperate search to
find hard-to-find, expensive singles and lps. '
Treasures from the
Roof of the World.
'Travelers trekked thousands of miles to see them. Emperors presented
them as gifts. From October 2004 (at the Bowers Museum) to September
11, 2005 (at the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco), visitors will see
the same sacred treasures for the first time in the Western World in
the ground breaking exhibition, Tibet: Treasures From The Roof Of The
World. Almost 200 exquisitely created sacred objects, all with great
cultural significance, are making their first journey to the Western
World. Tibet: Treasures From The Roof Of The World will offer a rare
glimpse into a culture both opulent and deeply spiritual. The
exhibition will feature objects drawn exclusively from collections
from the Dalai Lama's magnificent residence at the Potala Palace, as
well as the recently established Tibet Museum in the magical Tibetan
capital of Lhasa.'
The Reproductive Cloning
'Welcome to the Reproductive Cloning Network, a high-ranking site for
information on reproductive and therapeutic human cloning. Before
exploring our resources section , please read the "Commentary on human
cloning", co-authored by
J. A. Byrne, a bioethicist and vertebrate nuclear transfer specialist,
and J. B. Gurdon, the scientist who first cloned vertebrates from
differentiated tissue back in 1962! '
Tales of Eloise. The
'From 1839 to the late 1970's , the grounds at Michigan Ave. and
Merriman in Westland served thousands of Detroits needy, diseased and
mentally ill. Though through that time the facility grew to 75
buildings and then reduced to 4, the mystery surrounding the Eloise
mental facilities have intrigued many. '
'Many a lost soul are said to haunt the grounds surrounding the four
remaining buildings on Eloise's grounds. A cemetery dedicated to some
sits virtually unnoticed across Michigan Avenue, a place where many
poor unfortunate souls have been buried. Without a name, just a
'Perhaps the most intrigueing thing about Eloise is
what we do not know, what we may never know, and how we seek to delve
deeper into the secrets Eloise keeps. Unfortunately, most if not all
of Eloise's records were destroyed with most of the facility
itself.What was done to the people who went there for care and
kindness we may never know, but can only begin to imagine some of the
horrors they faced... I hope in time to come we can answer some of
those questions, if nothing else, bring this place back to life with
the information we provide. '
Greek and Roman Art
the Michael C. Carlos Museum.
'The collections of Greek and Roman Art at the Michael C. Carlos
Museum span over four millennia. The earliest, Neolithic pieces are
approximately 4000 BC; the latest, Roman, fourth-fifth centuries AD.
Works in many media are represented, including gold, silver, electrum,
bronze, lead, ivory and bone, marbles of many kinds including colored
ones, semi-precious stones (carnelian, rock-crystal, garnet), glass,
and clay. Since 1983, the generosity of Michael C. and Thalia Carlos
has enabled the collection to grow astonishingly, both in extent and
quality, and has attracted widespread support and acclaim.'
'Welcome to the UFO Series Home Page, devoted to the 1970 British science
fiction television series UFO, created by Gerry & Sylvia Anderson and starring Ed Bishop as
Commander Straker.' Via