WILD: Fashion Untamed.
'WILD: Fashion Untamed presents an extensive exploration of man's ongoing
obsession with animalism as expressed through clothing. Since prehistoric
times, fur and feathers have been used not only for warmth and protection
but also for display and adornment, an expression of sexual and economic
F. Scott Fitzgerald Centenary.
'F. Scott Fitzgerald created his own legends. His life frequently
overshadows his work as he has become an archetypal figureòor a cluster
of overlapping archetypes: the drunken writer, the ruined novelist, the
spoiled genius, the personification of the Jazz Age, the sacrificial
victim of the Depression. These images were largely his own fault because
he dramatized his success and failure. Loving attention, he embraced his
symbolic roles. The glamour, the triumph, the euphoria, the heartbreak,
and the tragedy of his life were genuine; but the most important thing
is what he wrote. Everything else matters only to the extent that it
explicates his work or clarifies his career. But it is impossible to
dissociate a great writer from his work, and Fitzgerald was one of the
most personal authors.'
Legs: A Tribute to Cyd
'Cyd Charisse was born Tula Ellice Finklea on March 8,
1922, in Amarillo, Texas. Hollywood's greatest dancer
of all times first studied classical dancing. She was
in the Russian Ballet in Monte-Carlo and worked with
David Lichine and Leonid Massine, using the names
Felia Sidorova and Maria Istomina. She married her
ex-dance teacher, Nico Charisse, in 1939. In 1943,
David Lichine asked her to appear in her first movie
ballet, in "Something to shout about", in which she is
credited as Lily Norwood. The same year, she played a
Bolchoï dancer in "Mission to Moscow", by Michael
Curtiz. Choreographer Robert Alton and producer Arthur
Freed hired her, to dance with Fred Astaire in
"Ziegfeld Follies", directed by Vincente Minnelli, and
Cyd Charisse then signed a seven year deal with the
MGM. "The Harvey Girls", in 1945, by George Sidney and
featuring Judy Garland, gave her the opportunity to
show her talent as an actress.'
The Canadian Red Cross
An abandoned place.
'If you were hoping to make an appointment at the
hospital, you've come to the wrong place. Actually,
there is no right place to go. The CRCMH closed its
doors forever in the darkest depths of 1985. Or so it
was believed...' 'Since then, however, the derelict
buildings and grounds have become a unique source of
adventure and intrigue for more Maidenhead citizens of
all ages than would freely admit. Over the past 15
years, the CRCMH has firmly established itself as the
town's equivalent of the Guatemalan city of Tikal, or
Cambodia's Angkor temples. Although centuries younger,
the CRCMH's eerie setting as a vast abandoned complex
in a remote overgrown forest is more awe inspiring
than any officially recognised historical sites in the
region ... '
timelines of inventors and inventions.
Rediscovered Master of the Renaissance.
'When he was only twenty-five years of age, Lorenzo
Lotto was described as "a most famous painter." But
later in life (c. 1480-1556/1557) he was overshadowed
by his towering contemporary, Titian, and afterward,
Lotto was all but forgotten. Although he was born in
Venice, Lotto pursued an independent career elsewhere
in northern and central Italy that placed him outside
the mainstream of Venetian art. Working in the cities
and towns of the Venetian republic, the Marches along
the Adriatic coast, and briefly in Rome, he developed
an idiosyncratic style bordering on the bizarre. His
inventiveness and quirky sense of humor are evident in
the obscure symbols, visual puns, and curious details
in many of his paintings. Only on reaching his
mid-forties did Lotto return to Venice, where he
worked for less than a decade before leaving once
again for the Marches. Deeply religious, he spent his
last years as a lay brother in the Marian sanctuary of
Carl von Clausewitz. The author of
War' - marxists.org site. 'The author
of the work here translated, General Carl Von
Clausewitz, was born at Burg, near Magdeburg, in 1780,
and entered the Prussian Army as Fahnenjunker (i.e.,
ensign) in 1792. He served in the campaigns of 1793-94
on the Rhine, after which he seems to have devoted
some time to the study of the scientific branches of
his profession. In 1801 he entered the Military School
at Berlin, and remained there till 1803. During his
residence there he attracted the notice of General
Scharnhorst, then at the head of the establishment;
and the patronage of this distinguished officer had
immense influence on his future career, and we may
gather from his writings that he ever afterwards
continued to entertain a high esteem for Scharnhorst
Springs, New Mexico. An interesting abandoned place.
Hunter's Association site).
A growing hypermedia archive of materials dedicated to
History of the British Anti-slavery Movement.
'In the space of just 26 years, the British government outlawed the
slave trade that Britain had created and went on to abolish the practice
of slavery throughout the colonies. John Oldfield shows how this national
campaign became one of the most successful reform movements of the 19th
'Moscow architecture from the 1930s to the early 1950s undoubtedly
occupies a central place in domestic construction of the socialist epoch.
Its specific nature and scope is the most outstanding illustration of the
socialist Utopia in architecture. This period saw the work of the greatest
Soviet architects; B. Icfan, A. Schusev, I. Zholtovsky, the Vesnin
brothers, I. Fomin, L. Rudnev, I. Golosov, V. Schuko. Among the
far-reaching projections of the first stalinist "five year plans",
the 1935 General plan for the reconstruction of Moscow overshadowed all
others. According to this plan, Moscow was to become, in the shortest
possible time, the showpiece capital of the world's first socialist
state ... '
Mark Twain in His Times.
'This interpretive archive, drawn largely from the resources of the
Barrett Collection, focuses on how "Mark Twain" and his works were
created and defined, marketed and performed, reviewed and appreciated.
The goal is to allow readers, scholars, students and teachers to see what
Mark Twain and His Times said about each other, in a way that can speak
to us today. Contained here are dozens of texts and manuscripts, scores of
contemporary reviews and articles, hundreds of images, and many different
kinds of interactive exhibits. '
Deception Island, Antarctica.
'By its very name, Deception Island conjures up vivid images of bleak
and foreboding shores swathed in slowly swirling mist and gloomy grey
cliffs. Pretty close actually.'
"And my aim in my life is to make pictures and drawings, as many and as
well as I can; then, at the end of my life, I hope to pass away, looking
back with love and tender regret, and thinking, 'Oh, the pictures I might
Date to Save.
'Hello, my name is Tamara! As you can probably tell,
I'm a Christian woman who loves Jesus Christ and cares
for all humans, even the wicked. What you probably
don't know is that I'm hot. My picture below isn't
really that good. I want to use my beauty for GOD, and
want to encourage Christian women (my sisters in
Christ) to do the same, according to the Great
'If you've wandered here wanting to know what Zen is, then more than
likely you will come away disappointed. This is a question that is
easily asked but not easily answered. A Hindu story tells of a fish
who asked of another fish: "I have always heard about the sea, but
what is it? Where is it?" The other fish replied: "You live, move and
have your being in the sea. The sea is within you and without you, and
you are made of sea, and you will end in sea. The sea surrounds you as
your own being." The only true answer is the one that you find for
youself. ' 'This page on Zen was created while I was searching for
a home for an on-line version of The Gateless Gate, a famous collection
of koans (a koan is a short story, often a dialog between a student
and a teacher, that points towards some essence of the spirit of Zen).
I don't claim to be an expert on koans or on Zen, but I fell in love
with the spirit of the Zen teachings and wanted to be able to share
some of the koans with the Net at large. Read a koan picked at random
from the text. I've also included some other Zen sources that you might
like to browse around. '
The Doukhobors: "Spirit Wrestlers". Russian pacifist
'Western Canada is home to half the world's Doukhobors, or, translated
literally from the Russian, "Spirit Wrestlers." Their Russian origins
are evident in all aspects of their heritage. In keeping with their
motto, "Toil and peaceful life," Doukhobors seek to balance the basic
needs of everyday life with spiritual beliefs based on Christian
principles. To preserve and make known their ideals, Doukhobors have
developed a rich song tradition, consisting of psalms and hymns, as
well as other types of songs. '
'To mark the first century of Doukhobor life in Canada (1899-1999),
this exhibition offers a sampling from the museum's collections. '
Cruise to Alaska.
'When Michael Parfit boarded the Holland America ship Volendam for a
seven-day cruise from Vancouver, British Columbia, to Glacier Bay, Alaska,
and back, he joined the more than half a million tourists who cruise
the Inside Passage each year. Indeed, the popularity of cruising has
skyrocketed in the past 30 years, and the industry now generates an
estimated annual gross revenue of $13 billion. Parfit's chronicle of
his Alaskan journey looks at some of the realities and illusions of
cruising ... '
Niki de Saint Phalle's Tarot Garden.
'"Without Death, Life has no meaning" : Niki de Saint Phalle's death in
May 2002 meant the loss of a woman of diverse creative talent. For fans
of mosaic though, her great lagacy centers on the huge Cyclops in the
Fontainbleu forest near Paris, and her stunning sculpture garden in
Italy. The Tarot Garden (Giardino Dei Tarocchi) is an exploration of the
human condition whose medium is mosaic on a monumental scale. These
almost impossibly brightly coloured combinations of buildings and
sculpture reflect the metaphysical qualities represented by the 22 main
tarot cards (the major arcana). They're not concerned with the
fortune-telling uses of the cards, rather the elements of life's
experience, personality and self-knowledge they refer to. Work on the
garden began in 1979 and the main part of the work was carried out in the
1980s; it was officially opened to the public in May 1998. During
construction Niki de Saint Phalle lived in the sphinx-like Empress,
a mirror-glassed cavern with kitchen, bedroom and bathroom leading
off ... '
The North at War. (UK)
'The World Wars of 1914-18 and 1939-45 made extraordinary demands on
people living in the north of England. '
'The Imperial War Musuem has drawn together photographs, objects and
personal accounts for a special exhibition exploring how the war shaped
the lives of people in the region.'
The Vanished Gallery: The Desaparecidos of
'Desaparecidos is the Spanish word for "The Disappeared." For thousands
of Argentine families, this word has become a symbol of a long harrowing
'In a coup on March 24, 1976, a military junta seized power in Argentina
and went on a campaign to wipe out left-wing terrorism with terror far
worse than the one they were combating. Between 1976 and 1983 - under
military rule - thousands of people, most of them dissidents and innocent
civilians unconnected with terrorism, were arrested and then vanished
without a trace. '
'In 1983, after democracy was restored, a national commission was
appointed to investigate the fate of the disappeared. Its report revealed
the systematic abductions of men women and children, the existence of
about 340 well organized secret detention centers, and the methodic use
of torture and murder. According to former president, Carlos Menem,
records of the atrocities were destroyed by the military, following the
1982 Falklands War. The disappeared have not been heard of to this day.
'These pages are a humble attempt to bring the voices of the desaparecidos
and their loved ones to the world. The vanishing was swift, a burst into
a home at night, a few minutes and they were gone - not enough time to be
heard. We owe it to them. '
From Filippo Lippi to Piero della Francesca:
Fra Carnevale and the Making of a Renaissance Master.
'Two cities-Florence and Urbino; a key moment in the history of Italian
Renaissance art; 55 works by some of the greatest painters and sculptors,
including Filippo Lippi, Domenico Veneziano, Piero della Francesca, and
Luca della Robbia, as well as eccentric paintings by little-known
masters; and the identification of a heretofore mysterious personality
who practiced painting and sculpture and was associated with the
celebrated court of Urbino: these are the ingredients of this jewel-like
'The Shohaku Show explores the life and works of the iconoclastic
Edo-period painter Soga Shohaku (1730-1781), who has long been believed
to come from the province of Ise (now Mie Prefecture). His many works
in this area even today appear to confirm this. However, records
indicate that from his father's generation the family lived in Kyoto,
where many eminent painters, including Yosa Buson, Ike no Taiga, Maruyama
Okyo, Nagasawa Rosetsu, and Ito Jakuchu, were active. Ranking in line with
such figures, Shohaku developed his own distinctive style by deviating
from the contemporary art scene and professing to the then outdated style
of the Muromachi (1392-1572) painter Soga Jasoku (d. 1483), undoubtedly
in an attempt to undermine the overwhelming popularity of the realist
painter Maruyama Okyo (1733-1795) ... '
History of the Black Panther Party. (marxists.org)
'In October of 1966, in Oakland California, Huey Newton and Bobby Seale
founded the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense. The Panthers practiced
militant self-defense of minority communities against the U.S.
government, and fought to establish revolutionary socialism through
mass organizing and community based programs. The party was one of the
first organizations in U.S. history to militantly struggle for ethnic
minority and working class emancipation - a party whose agenda was
the revolutionary establishment of real economic, social, and political
equality across gender and color lines. '
A Country Diary. Living the peaceful life in Devon.
'The Idler's Editor, Tom Hodgkinson, has retired to a Devon farmhouse.
Here's the twenty first part of his diary.' Older entries linked at the
bottom of the
Les Jardins de la Feuilleraie.
'For the past 20 years, a French lady named Hurfane has been creating a
vast mosaic landscape deep in the rolling countryside of the French region
of Perche d'Eure et Loir. Her work falls into two main gardens. The pink
garden is what you see as you come in through the gates. It is set
within a courtyard, centred on a shallow pool. The terraces and low
borders are covered in mosaic tiles, mostly pinks, with a range of other
bright colours, forming geometric patterns, swirling designs and
pictorial motifs (peacocks, squirrels, genets, fish, butterflies, and so
on). The courtyard walls have large pictorial mosaic panels showing rural
Previously Unreleased Economic and Labor Briefings
from the Dept. of Labor. (USA)
'Almost every week since 11 September 2003, the Department of Labor's
Employment and Training Administration [here] has prepared a "Briefing
on Economic and Labor Market Conditions" to provide Department employees
with capsule articles on employment and economic news. With the exception
of one leaked issue, these reports have never been made available to the
public until now.' 'The first public mention of these reports appears
to be a small Washington Post article, "A Labored Projection" by Dana
Milbank (31 October 2004) [second item here]. The 22 Oct 2004 edition of
the briefing predicted that Bush would win the then-upcoming election.
Based on this mention of a heretofore unacknowledged regular report,
DC-area researcher Michael Ravnitzky filed a Freedom of Information Act
request for the entire run of the briefings. They are in the zip file
'The Tetrabiblos, or 'four-part book' of Ptolemy is one of the most
important surviving ancient texts on Astrology. Claudius Ptolemy, the
second century C.E. author of this book, is best known as the originator
of the Ptolemaic system. The Earth stood fixed at the center of the
universe, with crystalline spheres within spheres whirling around it. In
balance, the universe had a vast influence on earthly events, which was
the basis for the belief in Astrology. This explanation stood for nearly a
millenium and a half, bolstered by its acceptance as orthodoxy by the
Catholic Church, until Copernicus and Galileo demolished it and placed the
heliocentric (sun-centered) system in its place ... '
Hokusai: Not Only "36 Views
of Mt.Fuji" But ...
'How many works of Katsushika Hokusai do you know ?
Katsushika Hokusai( 1760 - 1849 ) was very famous Ukiyo-e artist in Edo
He is now recognized as one of the most important Japanese artists in the
Here, we would like to show you a lot of his works, including Ukiyo-e
prints, Hokusai's sketchs and so on.
We hope those Hokusai's works take you to the wonderful world.'
Folkstreams: The Best of American
'The mission of Folkstreams.net is to build a national preserve of
documentary films about American folk or roots culture. Produced by
independent filmmakers, these hard-to-find films give voice to the arts
and experience of diverse American groups. They are streamed on the
website together with background materials that highlight the history and
aesthetic importance of the traditions and the films...'
'Magic squares received their name because there are so many relationships
between the sums of the numbers filling the squares. '
'Students often believe that "mathematics" was "written" by one person. In
these pages you will find that the magic square mathematical game has
existed throughout history and in many different parts of the world. Math
is all around us and your mind will see it when you're ready! '
Blood and Honey. A
photoessay on the disintegration of Yugoslavia.
'In 1991 I heard about an independence movement in a country called
Yugoslavia. I didn't know much about it. It was a place known for the
Olympics, and the assassination of a prince there had started World War I.
It was interesting that Yugoslavia was one of the last countries left over
from the cold war that had not gone through a major political change. I
thought the rhetoric coming out of there had an evil nationalistic
'The fall of the Berlin wall and subsequent collapse of the Soviet Union
had led people to believe that the world had taken a turn towards peace.
All that wound up happening in places such as Yugoslavia was the lifting
of a lid on fervent nationalistic feelings.'
'I decided to go. My decision was reaffirmed by the quick announcement of
the independence of Slovenia, one of the republics.
I left that night. By the next day it was evident that independence wasn't
going to be easy...'
Lake Superior Photo.
'Welcome to the photography of Brian and Shawn Malone- photos, images from
Northern Michigan, the beautiful Upper Peninsula, and surrounding Lake
Superior region. Whether you decide to check out our recent Lake Superior
Circle Tour or just browse the spectacular wonders of da U.P., you are
sure to find a little bit of everything on this site.Thank you for
'Hello, my name is Wes and my friends and I published a 'zine back in the
80's called "local CHAOS". We had a way cool music and skate scene then
and that gave us lots to write about. We wrote about our "skate missions",
published letters and "scene reports" that skaters sent in , did some
music reviews, skater art, skate spots, contests and sessions. Stuff like
that. Anyway... fast forward 20 years and we now have a website based on
those same ideas. Pretty much anything is a go here. So check out the
forum section and post a note or browse the over 600 images in the gallery
'This server was created as an enthusiastic effort of
Sergei Naumov, a graduate student on the Department of
Physics and Astronomy at the University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill. The server contains different
materials relevant to Russia. I am not trying to catch
up all the information, on the contrary, I will limit
myself to more specific, cultural oriented subjects,
and I desire to keep this spirit in future. You will
find images, music, poetry here. '
'This website presents a collection of articles which
aim to defend genuine science from numerous attempts
by the new crop of creationists to replace it with
theistic pseudo-science under various disguises and
of San Francisco's
'Chinatown, though focused on one neighborhood, is in
many ways the story of all Chinese in America. For
decades, San Francisco's Chinatown was the largest
community of Chinese outside Asia, and yet was a
neighborhood forced to be independent, even isolated,
from the rest of society. Its residents were barred
from even the basic rights of citizenship. Even so,
over 150 years, Chinatown's residents have managed to
create a thriving community that today is the second
most popular destination for visitors to San Francisco
(after the Golden Gate Bridge), and which still
functions today as a gateway to immigrants from all
across Asia. '
American West as Symbol and Myth, a scholarly work
'As a mythological study of the American West, Virgin
Land may be brought into sharper focus both by
providing a more precise definition of myth that Henry
Nash Smith assays, and by disentangling the thematic
strands of myth that run through his landmark study.
While Smith does a thorough job in describing
particular myths -- their background, color, appeal to
the mind, and so forth -- he is not particularly
concerned with theoretical issues or with structuring
his work around the various axes implied by a
theoretical approach. Virgin Land is arranged more or
less chronologically, tracing the concept of The West
from the long-standing question for a "Passage to
India," through various literary modes of expression
and political and economic transformations, and
finally to the settlement of the West and Frederick
Jackson Turner's articulation of the "frontier
hypothesis" in 1893 -- with many side roads and
auxiliary topics supporting Smith's thesis along the
way. An alternative method of navigating Virgin Land
is to follow the individual strands of mythological
construction that, taken together, weave the texture
of Smith's central thesis. '
'This site was originally created as a historical
archive of the WTC Tourist picture hoax. Over time it
has changed formats on more than one occasion, but
retains all the original content concerning the
tourist in the picture galleries. Enjoy. '
'The SriPedia initiative attempts to provide universal
access to some of the numerous texts that comprise the
body of Vedic knowledge. '
of Country Music.
'Welcome to Roughstock's History of Country Music!
This is the only country music history site on the
Web, brought to you by the world's #1 Country and
Western Site: Roughstock. This exhibit looks at some
of the influential artists and songs of the late
1920's through the year 2000, era by era. Look around,
you'll find artists from Gene Autry, Roy Acuff, Bob
Wills, Hank Williams to Patsy Cline, Lefty Frizzell,
Willie Nelson, Garth Brooks and many others. Included
in our narrative look are numerous rare images, sound
clips, and digital movies.'
Durham: Echoes of Power.
'After the Norman Conquest, the Palatinate of Durham, was ruled by prince
bishops exercising almost royal prerogatives. At the end of the middle
ages, their actual power waned but Durham's prestige remained undimmed.
Much of their rich architectural legacy survived to be recorded by artists
and antiquarians in succeeding centuries ... '
Battlefields Trust Resource Centre. (UK)
'This website is being developed to provide
information on fields of conflict throughout the
United Kingdom. '
'It is essential reading for anyone visiting a
battlefield, an invaluable education resource and
contains important information for those investigating
or conserving battlefields. Included are maps, images,
air photos, walking and driving tours, resources for
teachers and much more.'
'Between Christmas of 1956 and New Year's Day, the
first exciting results emerged from a difficult but
fundamental scientific experiment at the National
Bureau of Standards (NBS) in Washington, DC [currently
the National Institute of Standards and Technology
(NIST)]. The experiment showed, strikingly and
convincingly, that in at least one fundamental
physical process, our world is distinguishable from
its mirror image. Physicists had long assumed the
opposite. They constructed their theories so as to
ensure that the corresponding mathematical property,
called parity, remains unaltered - is conserved - in
all subatomic processes. Thus this experiment brought
about the fall of parity from its exalted position
alongside such well conserved physical quantities as
energy, momentum, and electric charge.
'I grew up with a childhood filled with Aesop,
Brothers Grimm, and Disney. I faintly knew the stories
and fables of a country hundreds of years old, China.
I was familiar with the festivals and names of a
handful of tales: Moon Cake Festival, The Water
Margin, The Monkey King, but not knowing the full
story nor the significance to the Chinese culture.
'As I was trying to explore these myths, I found that
there was a lack of storytelling on the Net. So I'm
presenting these stories for you to enjoy, like a
fresh cup of tea: full of flavor and distinctiveness.
'In May of 1942, across the rugged sub-Arctic
wilderness of Alaska, British Columbia, and Yukon
Territory, thousands of American soldiers began one of
the biggest and most difficult construction projects
ever undertaken -- the building of the Alaska Highway.
' 'The United States had toyed for 80 years with
the idea of building a road link from the lower 48
states to Alaska; but it was the Japanese attack on
Pearl Harbor that spurred Washington into action.
Worried that the Japanese might invade Alaska,
President Franklin Roosevelt directed that a supply
line be built to U.S military bases in the region ...
'Over the course of 13 years of civil war,
approxiamtely 340,000 Liberians fled their country
seeking refuge in other West African nations. Among
those who fled are some 4,000 Liberians who live in a
refugee camp in Oru, Nigeria operated by the Nigerian
Commission for Refugees in conjunction with the
Nigerian Red Cross and the UN High Commission for
Refugees (UNHCR). The experiences of the Liberians -
who share the camp with Sierra Leoneans, Rwandans, and
Sudanese - vary. While some arrived as the Liberian
civil war climaxed in mid-2003, others have been
living in Oru for over 10 years. '
Duncan's Masonic Ritual and Monitor, 1866.
'This book presents details of Masonic initiation
rituals, along with grips, passwords and regalia.
Written in the 19th century, Duncan's Ritual, as it is
known, has been republished numerous times. It
includes the three basic degrees of the Ancient York
Rite, and four additional advanced degrees. There are
over a hundred illustrations, all reproduced here,
which show important details of the rituals, including
gestures and symbolic pictures. Duncan's Ritual is
careful to note known variations where they exist.
This book will be of interest to beginning Masons who
want a roadmap of the craft, as well as experienced
Masons who need a review. '
'This is a general survey of Masonic origins, history
and philosophy. It was at one time given to every new
Mason in Iowa, probably a better choice than Morals
and Dogma, which is two and a half times as long and
much more difficult reading. This is a scholarly but
approachable treatment of Masonry and will be
enlightening both to practicing Freemasons and a
general audience. '
'is a non-governmental organisation primarily engaged
in rehabilitating the children of women working in the
red-light areas in Mumbai. It was founded as part of
the effort of the Mar Thoma Church to reach out to the
several thousand girls who have been lured into living
a life of shame in the mean streets of the metropolis
formerly called Bombay. '
Zoot Suit Riots.
'In August 1942 the murder of a young Mexican-American
man ignited a firestorm in the City of the Angels. In
no time at all, ethnic and racial tensions that had
been building up over the years boiled over. Police
fanned out across the city in a dragnet that netted
600 Mexican Americans. Among those accused of murder
was a young "zoot-suiter" named Hank Leyvas -- the
poster boy for an entire generation of rebellious
Mexican kids who refused to play by the old rules. As
he and sixteen other boys headed to trial, the mood of
the city turned violent. The deck was stacked against
the defendants, and a verdict of guilty would spark a
series of brutal riots. The convictions were
ultimately overturned, but the city and its
inhabitants would be forever changed.'
'Today the island contains priceless survivals of
African cultures - Yoruba, Congo, Old Dahomey, and the
Efik/Efo from the Cross River Delta (Nigeria), giving
birth to Abakwa and Brikamo. In addition, Cuba hosts a
number of communities from the diaspora, especially
the Caribbean -- Jamaica, the Bahamas, and other
English speaking islands as well as Haiti. '
Monet. Claude Monet museum.
'Impressionist and post-impressionist collections of
the Musée Marmottan constitute a very complete and
representative group of works of theses artistic
'Infiltration offers a mix of the practice and theory
of urban exploration in areas not designed for public
usage. This site is the online companion of the paper
zine about going places you're not supposed to go. '
New plep's puzzle -
enjoy pondering it. (A relatively straighforward one, IMHO; I'll try
and dig up some more difficult ones soon).
'Arkhangelskoye is among the best of the many
architectural ensembles created in the vicinity of
Moscow in the late 18th early 19th century. In this
ensemble in the Russian Classical style everything
harmonizes - the palace, the main courtyard surrounded
by a majestic colonnade, the regular park of rare
beauty and the grill work of the main gates ... '
'Ukiyoe is a style of wood block printing created and
developed during the Edo era (1603-1867) and has more
than 300 years history. "Uki" means floating and "yo"
means world. "e" in Ukiyoe means picture(s). So Ukiyoe
literally means "pictures of the floating world."
Ukiyoe describes the Japanese landscapes, the everyday
life of commoners, kabuki actors, sumo wrestlers and
Before and After the Great Earthquake and Fire:
Early Films of San Francisco, 1897-1916.
'This collection consists of twenty-six films of San
Francisco from before and after the Great Earthquake
and Fire, 1897-1916. Seventeen of the films depict San
Francisco and its environs before the 1906 disaster.
Seven films describe the great earthquake and fire.
The two later films include a 1915 travelogue that
shows scenes of the rebuilt city and a tour of the
Panama Pacific Exposition and a 1916 propaganda film.'
History of Fargo, North Dakota.
'This site is about the history and images of Fargo,
North Dakota from its founding in the 1870's until
present. Descriptions and historical comments are
provided on the pages with the images. The images are
primarily from postcards but other sources include
stereo views and printed sources from before the turn
of the century. My goal is to eventually show the full
history of Fargo from its founding to present although
my choices are admittedly sometimes eclectic.I hope
you enjoy exploring this site. I believe the
information provided here is correct.'
of Violence in the Medieval
'Violence was considered a necessary part of life in
the Middle Ages (about 500–1500 A.D.). People were
surrounded by violence in many forms, including wars,
brutal tournaments, and deadly rivalries for power and
land. Graphic depictions of violent religious events,
such as Christ's Crucifixion, were also common...'
'On 1 July 1969, after sailing 16,591 miles in 213
days, Donald Crowhurst scribbled his last deranged
entry in the log of Teignmouth Electron, made his way
to the stern and stepped into the sea. About to unfold
was perhaps the greatest scandal in yachting history.
The Aberfan Disaster: 21 October 1966.
'On the 21 October 1966, 144 people, 116 of them children, were killed
when a tip of coal waste slid onto the village of Aberfan in South Wales.
'These pages were initially set up as part of a project to catalogue
and conserve an archive of material relating to the disaster held at
Merthyr Tydfil and Dowlais libraries. Their objective is to act as a
starting place for those interested in finding out about the disaster.
They provide an overview of the circumstances surrounding the disaster
and, more importantly, a guide and link to the more detailed sources of
information available elsewhere. '
Brussels' Palace of Glass and Greenery.
' "All that I desire," Leopold II said, upon his accession in
1865, "is to leave Belgium larger, stronger and more beautiful." One
of the wealthiest and most reviled men of the late 19th century,
Leopold labored throughout his 44-year reign to make Belgium a world
power and to turn its capital into a city worthy of international
acclaim. Chief among his many projects was his estate at Laeken on
the outskirts of Brussels. There, on the palace grounds, he constructed
a city of glass-a series of 16 huge interconnected greenhouses, built in
stages starting in 1874. '
Mongol Tibet Network.
'Mongol-Tibet.Net is intended to cover things commonly related to the
Mongol and Tibetan nations, people who are closely connected to each
other, in many ways, along their history . There are some subsites
which are on separate topics but are related to the main topic of
this site. You will also find information on some other regions and
people, especially the ones from Central Asia, who might somehow be
related either to Mongolia or to Tibet. We would like to present certain
concerns about the situations in Southern/Inner Mongolia and Tibet,
whose people are suffering under the colonial rule of the People's
Republic of China. We would also like to provide information on the
Uighur region, Burma and others. '
The Book of Sand. A hypertext exploration of
'Welcome! This web site contains, in eight randomly numbered pages,
the text of Jorge Luis Borges' story The Book of Sand (as translated
by Norman Thomas di Giovanni), with pictures and animations based on
old engravings and photographs. It is, I hope, an intriguing presentation
of one of Borges' lesser-known works. But it also offers a unique
opportunity for readers to interact with the story.'
'The Book of Sand site is a hypertext, with a nonlinear structure
and dynamic images. This story is well-suited for such a presentation,
since it deals with a supernatural book whose many pages are in no
discernible order. And the story's spare, haunting atmosphere comes
through clearly, if not more strongly, when it is read in short, random
fragments. But the site is also a puzzle -- because only you, the reader,
can decide in what order to view the pages. Borges' original story
provides an authoritative ordering of the text, but that authority has
been removed from this version.'
Wright on the Web: A Virtual Look at the Works of
Frank Lloyd Wright.
"Every great architect is - necessarily - a great
poet. He must be a great original interpreter of his
time, his day, his age." - FLW.
'This site offers a brief overview of Frank Lloyd Wright's prolific
70-year career and a "webliography" -- i.e., a gathering of internet
resources that might contribute to the study, appreciation, or sheer
enjoyment of works created by the man who has been called America's
most creative and innovative architect. Also included is a page that
features seventeen buildings by Frank Lloyd Wright which have been
designated by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) to be retained
as an example of his architectural contribution to American culture. It
is hoped that Wright on the Web will inspire the visitor to seek out his
nearest building --or make a pilgrimage to a distant one-- and experience
"for real" an actual structure or interior space that Frank Lloyd Wright
'Physics911.org is an independent initiative which inter alia presents
the work of the Scientific Panel Investigating Nine Eleven.'
'Applying scientific principles, SPINE aims to cast light on the true
nature of the dramatic events of September 11th 2001.'
'Marah Ellis Ryan was a popular author, actress, and
activist for Native American rights at the turn of the
19th century. She wrote about twenty books between
1889 and 1924, primarily sentimental novels. Her books
are today very much out of style; none of them has
been reprinted in over forty years. ' 'By Pagan,
Ryan means 'non-Christian'. Although the focus of this
collection is Native American traditions, it also
includes Ancient Near Eastern, Muslim, Hindu and other
prayers. Ryan unknowingly anticipated the tendency of
neo-Paganism to accumulate rituals and liturgy from a
wide range of traditions. Many of the source books for
Pagan Prayers are at this site, e.g. Rig Veda
Americanus and Rites and Laws of the Yncas. '
Aelbert Cuyp. Art.
'Aelbert Cuyp came from a family of artists that had
settled in Dordrecht, an old and prosperous town
located at the junction of several major waterways,
among them the Maas River. His grandfather Gerrit was
a glazier and his father Jacob, a successful portrait
painter who enjoyed the patronage of local aristocrats
and members of the upper middle class. During the
1630s, the young Aelbert trained with his father, and
in the early 1640s the two artists collaborated, with
Jacob executing the portraits and Aelbert the
landscapes ... '
Sounds of the World's Animals.
'Animals make much the same sounds around the world,
but each language expresses them differently. English
and French cows sound the same, but not in English and
French! Explore the sounds of the world's languages
through the sounds of the world's animals. '
'Hobbes was born in the Wiltshire town of Malmesbury where his
father, Thomas senior, was a curate. Hobbes said of himself that
'Fear and I were born twins. My mother hearing of the Spanish Armada
sailing up the English channel gave premature birth to me'. The father
had a reputation for being quarrelsome, and after an altercation and
court case he fled the area in 1604. His son Thomas, after schooling in
Malmesbury, entered Magdalen Hall, Oxford (later Hertford College) from
which he matriculated in 1603 ... '
Karen Human Rights Group.
'The Karen Human Rights Group is a small and independent group documenting
the human rights situation of ordinary people in rural Burma. The group
was first formed in December 1992 to help villagers in rural Burma to
get their story to the outside world by translating
their stories and testimonies into reports for worldwide distribution,
accompanied by supporting photos and documentary evidence of the human
rights situation. We work directly with people in their villages, the
internally displaced, and newly arrived refugees in neighbouring countries
in order to present a firsthand view of what daily life is like under the
State Peace & Development Council (SPDC) military junta. '
"Gypsies" in the United States.
'Several groups, all known to outsiders as "Gypsies," live today in the
United States. In their native languages, each of the groups refers to
itself by a specific name, but all translate their self-designations as
"Gypsy" when speaking English. Each had its own cultural, linguistic,
and historical tradition before coming to this country, and each
maintains social distance from the others.'
Migration of Beadmaking and Beadwork Throughout Africa.
'Beadwork is one of the most compelling art traditions in Africa.
Artists must carefully consider the materials, colors, textures, shapes,
and sizes of the beads to choose those that compliment or contrast with
one another. A single-colored or multi-colored bead of fine workmanship
may have as great a visual impact as many beads strung together or
embroidered on a cloth.'