Geology of the High Plateaus of Utah.
'In the summers of 1875, 76 and 77, under the direction of Major John
Wesley Powell, Clarence Edward Dutton (1841-1912) of the US Geological
Survey, explored, studied and mapped the geology of the high plateaus
region of the territory of Utah. This book is the resulting report
published by the US Department of the Interior. The report includes a
prefatory note by Major Powell.'
Conservation Takes Root in the Nigerian Rainforest.
'The residents of Mfaminyen follow a parade of masqueraders to the
community's main gathering area. The singing and dancing that is to
follow will be a celebration of the rainforest and its resources that
surround and sustain the small village of 1,200 located in Cross River
state, Nigeria less than five kilometers from the border with
'But beyond singing and celebration, the community as a whole - from
Chiefs down to youth leaders - is organizing to create and execute a
conservation plan to protect and benefit from the rich environment that
surrounds them, which makes up the remaining five percent of Nigeria's
rainforest. So rich and bio-diverse is the environment, in fact, that
Conservation International has designated the region around the
Nigerian-Cameroonian border one of the world's 34 "Hot Spots." ... '
The Klein Bottle.
'Picture a bottle with a hole in the bottom. Now extend the neck. Curve
the neck back on itself, insert it through the side of the bottle (a
true Klein bottle in four dimensions would not require this step, but it
is necessary when representing it in three-dimensional Euclidean space),
and connect it to the hole in the bottom.'
'Unlike a drinking glass, this object has no "rim" where the surface
stops abruptly. Unlike a balloon, a fly can go from the outside to the
inside without passing through the surface (so there isn't really an
"outside" and "inside").'
'The aim of buddhist practices is to become free of suffering (dukkha).
Some schools emphasize awakening the practitioner to the realization of
anatta (egolessness, the absence of a permanent or substantial self) and
achieve enlightenment and Nirvana. Other Buddhist scriptures (the
"Tathagatagarbha" sutras) encourage the practitioner to cleanse
him/herself of the mental and moral defilements of the "worldly self"
and thereby penetrate through to a perception of the indwelling "Buddha-
Principle" ("Buddha-nature"), also termed the "True Self" (see "Mahayana
Mahaparinirvana Sutra"), and thus become transformed into a Buddha. Some
other schools appeal to bodhisattvas for a favourable rebirth. Some
others do none of these things. Most, if not all, Buddhist schools also
teach followers to perform good and wholesome actions, to avoid bad and
harmful actions. There can be very large differences between different
Buddhist schools of thought.'
Mercenary. Online comic.
'Welcome to Schlock Mercenary, where military humor meets hard science
fiction. Bring your own plasma cannon.'
Dada and Surrealism. With links to
'The Dada Surrealist Movement is now part of art history more in spite
of, than because of, its initial aims. Dada began as an anti-art
movement or, at least, a movement against the way art was appreciated by
what considered itself the civilized world; Surrealism was much more
than an art movement and it thrust home Dada's subversive attack on
rational and 'civilized' standards. Whether people are aware of it or
not, the Dada and Surrealist revolt has helped to change modern
huh?: We Do Stuff. Amusing corporate satire.
'Welcome to the world's most dynamic e-business marketing, design and
consulting agency. We provide distinct clients with groundbreaking
business strategies and cutting-edge designs to aggressively and
creatively compete in a changing economy.'
Irish Witchcraft and Demonology, 1913.
'This is a survey of the Witch persecution in Ireland, as well as a
wide array of other paranormal events such as poltergeists, ghosts,
apparations and even an early UFO account. Very readable, yet well
documented, this book has the extensive and fascinating quotes from
historical source documents. '
The Rochambeau Map Collection of American
Revolutionary War maps.
'The Rochambeau Map Collection contains cartographic items used by Jean
Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, comte de Rochambeau (1725-1807), when
he was commander in chief of the French expeditionary army (1780-82)
during the American Revolution. The maps were from Rochambeau's personal
collection, cover much of eastern North America, and date from 1717 to
1795. The maps show Revolutionary-era military actions, some of which
were published in England and France, and early state maps from the 1790s.
Many of the items in this extraordinary group of maps show the importance
of cartographic materials in the campaigns of the American Revolution as
well as Rochambeau's continuing interest in the new United States.'
Hopes on the Horizon. Africa in the 1990s.
"The '90s brought a breath of fresh air, as new winds of democracy were
establishing themselves. That was the proof to all our African leaders
that they could no longer ignore civil society."
Surnames. The 'why' and 'how' family names in
different cultures around the world.
Web. Devoted to the satirical
fantasy novels of Terry
Pratchett and the Discworld
'One of the most revered designers of the 20th century, Coco Chanel
(1883-1971) made an enduring impact on the fashion world. It is the
authority and mastery of her work, the resonance of her image of the
modern woman as articulated in her designs, and the autobiographical
infusion of influences in her collections that confirm her iconic stature
O.305 François Musin: The Last of Her Kind.
'The O.305 François Musin is the last of her kind... She was built in
1948 at the shipyard Beliard & Crighton in Ostend. During her short
career, she became a kind of a legend. This trawler had once a woman
dressed as man aboard, a fire destroyed the bridge just before she left
Ostend bound for Africa, .... '
'Since 1986 the vessel had been waiting in a dock, nearly abandoned
until in 1999 she was bought by a shiplover.'
The Frederick Douglass Papers.
'The Frederick Douglass Papers at the Library of Congress presents the
papers of the nineteenth-century African-American abolitionist who
escaped from slavery and then risked his own freedom by becoming an
outspoken antislavery lecturer, writer, and publisher. The release of
the Douglass Papers, from the Library of Congress's Manuscript Division,
contains approximately 7,400 items (38,000 images) relating to Douglass'
life as an escaped slave, abolitionist, editor, orator, and public
The Tale of Saigyo.
'In the days of retired emperor Tobanoin there was a man, Sahyoenojyo
(imperial guard) Fujiwara Norikiyo, who was later known as the Buddhist
monk Saigyo. Born into a warrior clan, he displayed talents not only in
the martial arts, but also in poetry and orchestral music. As for the
quality of his waka poetry, he was considered as good as the famous
poets of old such as Narihira and Tsurayuki. Norikiyo was a great
favorite of the emperor who always invited him to banquets at the
imperial palace and greatly enjoyed his company ... '
The Northern Lights Cultural Route.
'The Northern Lights Route hopes to introduce its viewers to the
fascinating and compelling qualities of the northern regions. This web
presentation offers a glimpse into northern traditions. We wish to show
how daring journeys to the far corners of the ancient world once came to
pass, and to offer you descriptions of life as it once was lived, and
still is lived, in this bordering area of sea and ice on the distant
shores of northern Europe. '
Emma Goldman. Russian-born anarchist and feminist.
'On a cold December morning in 1919, just after midnight, Emma Goldman,
her comrade Alexander Berkman, and more than 200 other foreign-born
radicals were roused from their Ellis Island dormitory beds to begin
their journey out of the United States for good.'
'Convicted of obstructing the draft during World War I, Goldman's
expatriation came 34 years after she had first set foot in America, a
young, brilliant, Russian immigrant. For more than three decades, she
taunted mainstream America with her outspoken attacks on government, big
business and war.'
'Goldman's passionate espousal of radical causes made her the target of
persecution. Her sympathy for Leon Czolgosz, the assassin of President
McKinley, brought down upon her the hatred of the authorities and the
public at large. Feared as a sponsor of anarchy and revolution, she was
vilified in the press as "Red Emma," "Queen of the Anarchists," and "the
most dangerous woman in America." '
Still Home: The Jews of South Philadelphia.
'For tens of thousands of eastern Europeans Jews in the late nineteenth
and early twentieth centuries, South Philadelphia was their first home in
America. Today, for perhaps 400 mostly elderly residents of the
neighborhood - adult children of the immigrant generation - South
Philadelphia is still home.'
'For the past year and more, the photographer Harvey Finkle has documented
the life stories of Jewish South Philadelphians. "The neighborhood," he
tells us, "possesses a uniqueness that continues to be found in the
faces and voices of the people who still live there." '
Aerial Evidence for Schindler's List.
'Oskar Schindler's deeds during the Holocaust period have received
considerable coverage, mainly since the release of the film "Schindler's
List" in 1993. There is much original documentation about the man and
his activities, such as material about the concentration/labor camp
Plaszow, where most of the people he saved were inmates. '
'In the course of his research on the Jews of Krakow, Mr. Yair Shor
recently discovered as part of his research on the Plaszow concentration
camp, extraordinary photographic testimony supporting the Schindler story
in the US National Archives ... '
The Rebirth of John Isaac. A nature photographer
who was once a war photographer.
'John has become one of the best wildlife photographers in the world. He
delights in hummingbirds and tigers. You can see his passion
'Many photographers of conflict wonder what the world holds for them after
they turn away from war. I would suggest they would do well to study John
Isaac's new career. '
War Without End. Photography.
'This is the conflict that Lori Grinker so brilliantly captures in her
imposing new book AFTERWAR: Veterans From a World in Conflict, the
tortured world of the veteran fighting both internal demons and external
disabilities many years after the battles in which they were maimed have
passed into our collective memory. One of the veterans that she
photographed, Henry Green, a member of the British forces that
fought in Korea, is quoted as saying, "We never thought that 40 years
on we would be in the state we're in. I don't think it ever ends."
Something that Grinker discovered on her epic journey through this
damaged landscape is that it doesn't matter whether you fought in a
"good" war, whether you won or lost, whether you believed in your cause
or not, the trauma that is combat leaves nobody unscarred. '
Unwritten Literature of Hawaii, 1909.
'As in many other traditional cultures, Hawaiian art, dance, music and
poetry were highly integrated into every aspect of life, to a degree
far beyond that of industrial society. The poetry at the core of the
Hula is extremely sophisticated. Typically a Hula song has several
dimensions: mythological aspects, cultural implications, an ecological
setting, and in many cases, (although Emerson is reluctant to
acknowledge this) frank erotic imagery. The extensive footnotes
and background information allow us an unprecedented look into these
deeper layers. While Emerson's translations are not great poetry, they
do serve as a literal English guide to the amazing Hawaiian lyrics. '
dot com. He of the 'Hitchhiker's Guide to the
George Galloway vs. The US Senate: Transcript of
'I told the world that Iraq, contrary to your claims did not have weapons
of mass destruction.
'I told the world, contrary to your claims, that Iraq had no connection to
'I told the world, contrary to your claims, that Iraq had no connection to
the atrocity on 9/11 2001.
'I told the world, contrary to your claims, that the Iraqi people would
resist a British and American invasion of their country and that the fall
of Baghdad would not be the beginning of the end, but merely the end of
'Senator, in everything I said about Iraq, I turned out to be right and
you turned out to be wrong and 100,000 people paid with their lives;
1600 of them American soldiers sent to their deaths on a pack of lies;
15,000 of them wounded, many of them disabled forever on a pack of lies. '
The Kafka Project.
«He has the feeling that merely by being alive he is blocking his own
way. From this sense of hindrance, in turn, he deduces the proof that he
is alive» (Aphorisms)
Left Behind: Fourteen Months in Siberia During the
A memoir of the Russian Revolution.
'In the pages that follow I have described the fourteen months that I
spent in Siberia from December 1917 to February 1919. I was not able to
write much to my father, even in the beginning, and later on not at all,
so that I got into the habit of noting down the events I withessed and
my impressions of people and places. I hoped to be able to send these
notes to him when postal communications should be regular again and
letters no longer liable to be intercepted and a different construction
put on even the most harmless epistle. '
A Visual Journey: Photographs by Lisa Law 1965-71.
'This photographic exhibition examines themes from the 1960s
counterculture. Adults may wish to speak with children about the sixties
to help them better understand that era within its own cultural context.
The Kabbalah. Jewish mysticism.
'"Kabbalah" is a doctrine of esoteric knowledge concerning God and the
universe, asserted to have come down as a revelation to elect saints
from a remote past, and preserved only by a privileged few. Kabbalah is
considered part of the Jewish Oral Law. It is the traditional mystical
understanding of the Torah. Kabbalah stresses the reasons and
understanding of the commandments, and the cause of events described in
the Torah. Kabbalah includes the understanding of the spiritual spheres
in creation, and the rules and ways by which God administers the
existence of the universe.'
Red Love, Alexandra Kollontai, 1923.
'This novel is neither a study in "morals," nor a picture of the
standard of life in Soviet Russia. It is a purely psychological study of
sex-relations in the post-war period. '
Afro-Louisiana History and Genealogy.
'In 1984, a professor at Rutgers University stumbled upon a trove of
historic data in a courthouse in Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana. Over
the next 15 years, Dr. Gwendolyn Midlo Hall, a noted New Orleans writer
and historian, painstakingly uncovered the background of 100,000 slaves
who were brought to Louisiana in the 18th and 19th centuries making
fortunes for their owners...'
SNCC 1960-66: Six Years of the Student Nonviolent
'On February 1, 1960, a group of black college students from North
Carolina A&T University refused to leave a Woolworth's lunch counter
in Greensboro, North Carolina where they had been denied service. This
sparked a wave of other sit-ins in college towns across the South. The
Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, or SNCC (pronounced "snick"),
was created on the campus of Shaw University in Raleigh two months later
to coordinate these sit-ins, support their leaders, and publicize their
activities ... '
Irish Druids and Old Irish Religions, 1894.
'This scholarly, but very readable, book covers what was known about
Druids and Irish Paganism at the end of the nineteenth century. It
discusses many of the concepts which later would be utilized by the
Wiccan movement to construct Celtic Neo-Paganism.'
From Generation to Generation: A Photo-Documentary
on Orthodox Jewish Communities in America.
'... My documentary is focused on those whose faith held strong,
the question for them was never, "Where was God," but rather, "Where
was Man?" And for these Jewish emigrés there was never any quavering
in their direction, they were the lamp bearers of Judaism. Opening
learning centers and communities in all the major cities, they followed
the only way they knew, the way their fathers and their fathers' fathers
had lived, by following the laws prescribed by the Torah.'
The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo.
'The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo explores the 20th-century icon who
became an international sensation in the worlds of modern art and
radical politics. '
'VolunteerTibet can connect you with the perfect volunteer opportunity.
All opportunities currently listed are with non-profit or government
organisations in or around Dharamsala in Northern India.'
Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst.
'In 1974, a militant, fringe, political group kidnapped teenage
newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst from her Berkeley apartment. In the
months that followed. Hearst, the Symbionese Liberation Army (S.L.A.),
and their constant, paramilitary audio messages dominated headlines
Voices of War: Stories from the Veterans
'This companion Web site accompanies Voices of War, the first book of
stories drawn from the collections of the Veterans History Project.
The book relates war through the eyes of 60 veterans and civilians
caught up in the momentous conflicts of the 20th century. Richly
illustrated with photographs, drawings, and paintings from the Project's
own collections, Voices of War relives the totality of war in the words
of the men and women who experienced it, through their oral history
interviews, memoirs, diaries, and correspondence. '
The Antislavery Literature Project.
'Antislavery literature represents the origins of multicultural
literature in the United States. It is the first body of American
literature produced by writers of diverse racial origins. It encompasses
slave narratives, lectures, travel accounts, political tracts, prose
fiction, poetry, drama, religious and philosophical literature,
compendia, journals, manifestoes and children's literature. There are
a range of voices, from journalistic reportage to sentimental poetry,
from racial paternalism to religious disputation, and to radical
antislavery calls. In its whole, this literature is inseparable
from an understanding of democratic development in US society. '
Guardian Unlimited Books | Top 10s.
'Top ten' lists of different categories of
Irish journeys, Japanese novels, books about
the sea, cookery books, books about Churchill...
The Stupa Project for World Peace.
'A stupa is a symbol of the enlightened mind of the Buddha and of
our own potential as human beings. It's function is to restore balance
and transform negative energies to heal both our planet and ourselves.
The form and contents of the stupa expresses the balance and purification
of the five basic building blocks of the universe: earth, water, fire,
air and space and also the wisdom and compassion of Buddha nature, the
true nature of all living beings ... '
The Loyal Arthurian
'King Arthur Pendragon is the Titular Head and Chosen Chief of what has
become known as the, Lawband, Clawband and Warband, or as may be called
Wizards, Witches and Warriors. Each Order fighting for and sworn to ,the
Ancient virtues of Truth of Honour and of Justice ... '
Leftist Parties of the World. A directory.
'This page contains the entire spectrum of political parties,
organizations and groups which consider themselves to be leftist or
have origins in leftist movements. You will find democratic socialists
and reform communists as well as social democratic and green parties,
traditional communists, marxists-leninists of stalinist or maoist
persuasions, the tendencies of trotskyism, left communists, guerrilla
organizations, leftist movements struggling for national or ethnic
liberation or for regional autonomy, the different currents of anarchism,
alliances with leftist participation and parties outside of these
Backyard Road Sign Art Highway.
And then, suddenly one summer, Johnny Signmaker built his own road winding
through his own backyard. He found pieces of plywood and cut them down
to size, making them fit the small scale of his three foot wide road. He
used reflective tape, sign tape, plain colored tape and cut the shapes
and numbers and letters as he needed them. He mounted the small plywood
signs on signposts and metal poles just like the real ones, only shorter.
Johnny Signmaker made his own roadway and road signs that summer and the
next, going back to the work table as the road grew longer and the need
for different signs grew.'
Songs of Xanadu.
the Mongol dynasty (Yüan), with the ascension of Genghis Khan to power,
China's poets lost government patronage and began composing to the tunes
of popular songs. Classical, courtly forms gave way to direct address.
These songs, in turn, became central in the evolving waterfront theaters
Emily Bronte's Poetry.
'Emily Brontë has been called one of the great English lyric poets and
has found admirers among other poets. Emily Dickinson thought so highly
of Emily Brontë's poetry that she chose "No coward soul" to be read at
Revelations from the Russian Archives.
'This exhibit, which will later be shown in Moscow, is a milestone in
this process -- the first public display of the hitherto highly secret
internal record of Soviet Communist rule. The legendary secretiveness
and general inaccessibility of the entire Soviet archival system was
maintained throughout the Gorbachev era. The willingness of the new
Russian Archival Committee under Pikhoya to cooperate in preparing this
exhibit with the Library of Congress dramatizes the break that a newly
democratic Russia is attempting to make with the entire Soviet past.
They are helping to turn material long used for one-sided political
combat into material for shared historical investigation in the post-
Cold War era. '
Early Christian Writings.
'The purpose of this web site is to set out all of the Christian
writings that are believed to have been written in the first and second
centuries, as well as a few selected from the early third. I have also
included non-Christian documents that may have special bearing on the
study of early Christianity in order to make this web site a
comprehensive sourcebook. I have provided links to English translations
for all of these documents. When available, the work has also been
provided in the original language, usually Greek. I have also provided
information and scholarly opinion regarding the background, authorship,
dating, and provenance of these documents. These comments are intended
to provide an introduction. '
The road, the endless road. An interactive,
'The road leads eastward. Behind you is the Ugyldig, the unformed void
whence all originates. To either side the road is hemmed in by tall
mountains. Movement is possible only in one direction. '
'Online mysteries, mystery games, mystery books and resources. For
everyone who enjoys a mystery... '
The Culture & History of the
'To celebrate the donation of the Jay I. Kislak Collection, the Library
of Congress presents an exhibition featuring fifty highlights from the
more than 4,000 rare books, maps, documents, paintings, prints, and
The Word on the Street - Broadsides at the
National Library of Scotland.
'In the centuries before there were newspapers and 24-hour news channels,
the general public had to rely on street literature to find out what was
going on. The most popular form of this for nearly 300 years was
'broadsides' - the tabloids of their day. Sometimes pinned up on walls
in houses and ale-houses, these single sheets carried public notices,
news, speeches and songs that could be read (or sung) aloud.'
'The National Library of Scotland's online collection of nearly 1,800
broadsides lets you see for yourself what 'the word on the street' was
in Scotland between 1650 and 1910. Crime, politics, romance, emigration,
humour, tragedy, royalty and superstitions - all these and more are here.'
Kesi Silks, Kathmandu.
'Silk tapestry weaving known as kesi in Chinese, is an old and rarely
practiced art form. It entails the intricate weaving by hand of decorative
designs and brocades, sacred iconography or calligraphy.Creating silk
tapestries, our workshop hopes to revive and preserve this rare art
form and create truly unique art works of outstanding quality and
craftmanship, producing what will become the antiques of tomorrow.'
Burke and Wills - Terra
Incognita. Early explorers of
'In 1860, Burke and Wills set out from Melbourne to travel the length
of the Australian continent to the Gulf of Carpentaria. Officially
named the Victorian Exploring Expedition, this venture was funded entirely
by the newly independent colony of Victoria ... '
'For most of his life Eric Thake lived in and around Melbourne, a city he
loved and which was a constant source of inspiration for his art. This
website explores the art of Eric Thake by drawing on items in the State
Library of Victoria's collection. These items include an unsurpassed
collection of manuscript materials, drawings, sketches, photographs,
prints, and illustrations. Words and images from the Library's collections
of Thake's papers and artwork - some never before published - will lead
you into his world of wry humour and bold designs. '
'Picture Queensland holds a growing number of images that build a
unique pictorial record of the State of Queensland. There are a mix
of historical and contemporary images from urban, regional and rural
Queensland. Picture Queensland can be enjoyed by students, researchers,
genealogists and anyone with an interest in Queensland's cultural
Espresso Stories -
'tales you can swallow in a single gulp'. Stories of
25 words or less.
Nanjing Massacre WWW Memorial.
'In December 1937, Nanjing fell to the Japanese Imperial Army. The
Japanese army launched a massacre for six weeks. According to the
records of several welfare organizations which buried the dead bodies
after the Massacre, around three hundred thousand people, mostly
civilians and POWs, were brutally slaughtered...'
Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Day 2005.
'During the Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Day official
ceremony which takes place at Yad Vashem, six torches representing the
six million murdered Jews are lit. The online testimonies and stories of
each of the torchlighters are presented here ... '
Page by Page Books. Read classic books online,
'We have hundreds of classic books you can read right now, all absolutely
free! It is an ideal way to expand your horizons, catch up on your reading
list, or read books that it seems like everyone else has already read.
Fix yourself a drink, get comfortable and Start Reading! '
Hawaiian Historical Legends, 1923.
'This is the last of Westervelt's six books of Hawaiian lore. Starting in
mythological times, and retelling some of the migration legends, the
book primarily focuses on the period of European contact, Hawaiian
Historical Legends is of interest for anyone studying encounters between
cultures, particularly where one of the cultures has a technological
advantage. The core of the book is set against the background of
consolidation of political authority in the islands (which was already
underway before contact), the fall of the old tapu-bound absolute rule of
the chiefs and the priests, and finally the emergence of modern Hawaiian
civil culture. Of particular interest are Westervelt's speculations on
early contacts, not only between the Hawaiians and the Europeans, but
other Pacific rim cultures such as the Chinese, Japanese and Native
The Official Ken Kesey site (he of 'One Flew Over the
Cuckoo's Nest'), run by Zane Kesey.
The US-Mexican War (1846-48).
'Welcome to the online companion resource for the documentary, "The
U.S.-Mexican War (1846-1848)."' ' "The U.S.-Mexican War" Web Site is
a thoughtful study in the way humans access, process, agree and disagree
in the search for truth as it chronicles the war through multiple
perspectives from both sides of the conflict.'
'Within this site, you will find a series of conversations with and
essays by historians and other experts. We also offer a timeline that
illustrates war-related events and a discussion arena where we invite
you to share your own viewpoints on the U.S.-Mexican War.'
The Jodo Shu Research Institute.
'Welcome to the Jodo Shu Research Institute homepage. Inside you will
find in-depth history, analysis and translations of Pure Land Buddhist
resources related to Japan's first independent Pure Land denomination,
Jodo Shu, founded by Honen Shonin in 1175. '
'A graphical interpretation of J.L. Borges "Book of Imaginary
'The complete series of illustrations for The Book of Imaginary Beings
was done by the graduate students in the Department of Illustration and
Art of the Book at the Vakalo School of Art and Design in Athens,
Greece. The project was carried out under the Art Direction of Hector
Haralambous and Dimitris Kritsotakis and started with a few selected
students. As it went on many more students insisted that they had fallen
in love with the theme of the book and that they would like to do it as
Biography of Lewis Carroll.
'His facility at word play, logic, and fantasy has delighted audiences
ranging from the most naïve to the most sophisticated. His works have
remained popular since they were published and have influenced not only
children's literature, but also a number of major 20th century writers
such as James Joyce and Jorge Luis Borges.'
'The Ramakian (The Glory of Rama), the national epic of Thailand, is a
written poem that shares many features with works belonging to a purely
oral tradition. The story of Rama, the hero, is practically unknown in
the Western world, although it is central to the literature of India and
mainland Southeast Asia, as well as China and Tibet. '
'This page contains a line by line translation of King Rama I's version
of Hanuman's journey to Lanka, each paragraph of translation following
its Thai text. There are fourteen major divisions of the translation,
which contain 212 consecutively numbered paragraphs. These divisions do
not necessarily correspond to divisions intended by the author of the
poem. The numbers of the paragraphs are also put in this corpus
The Golden Ratio.
'The golden ratio is a number, approximately 1.618, that possesses many
interesting properties. It was studied by ancient mathematicians due to
its frequent appearance in geometry. Shapes defined by the golden ratio
have long been considered aesthetically pleasing in western cultures,
reflecting nature's balance between symmetry and asymmetry. The ratio is
still used frequently in art and design. The golden ratio is also known
as the golden mean, golden section, golden number or divine proportion.'
dot org. The Great Thompson Hunt.
Hunter S. Thompson - king of gonzo!
Shades of Grey: The Changing Focus of Stone
'Stone Mountain Park began as a celebration of the Confederate cause,
memorializing forever the famous leaders of the Southland. Over time,
however, the park has changed from memorial to vacation spot. Economic
pressures, changing attitudes about the South, and outside forces, like
the Olympics, have diluted the park's Confederate focus and molded it
into a marketable commodity, akin to a Southern Disneyland. The essays,
biographies, documents and images in this site illustrate this process
Pablo Neruda. Chilean Nobel literature laureate.
'The poet spent his childhood and youth in Temuco, where he also got to
know Gabriela Mistral, head of the girls' secondary school, who took a
liking to him. At the early age of thirteen he began to contribute some
articles to the daily "La Mañana", among them, Entusiasmo y
Perseverancia - his first publication - and his first poem. In 1920, he
became a contributor to the literary journal "Selva Austral" under the
pen name of Pablo Neruda, which he adopted in memory of the Czechoslovak
poet Jan Neruda (1834-1891) ... '
Neruda died in 1973;
'took place surrounded by military machine guns (the military coup
d'état against Allende's government took place 12 days before), but
nonetheless it turned into the first act of rebellion and public
denunciation against Gen. Augusto Pinochet, whose dictatorship lasted
Jane Eyre. An online synopsis.
'One of the most famous novels of all time, Jane Eyre, An Autobiography
was written by Charlotte Brontë and published in 1847. The novel has
engendered numerous adaptations and dramatisations, including several
films and television adaptations.'
'The story is that of a governess, Jane Eyre, who, despite her
plainness, captures the heart of her enigmatic employer, Edward
Rochester, only to discover that he is already married to a woman who,
although alive, is entirely insane.'
Biography of Nikola Tesla. Serbian-born
inventor (of an a/c transmission system,
the AND gate, the spark plug, the
Tesla coil, much of wireless technology), electrical engineer and all-
'Tesla's work for Edison began with simple electrical engineering.
Eventually Tesla earned the respect of Edison and offered to undertake a
complete re-design of the Edison company's DC dynamos. After Tesla
described the nature of the benefits from his proposed modifications,
Edison offered him $50,000 if they were successfuly completed. Tesla
worked nearly a year to redesign them and gave the Edison company
several enormously profitable new patents in the process. When Tesla
inquired about the $50,000, Edison replied to him, "Tesla, you don't
understand our American humor" and reneged on his agreement, offering a
raise in Tesla's salary of $10 per week as a compromise - at which rate
it would have taken almost 100 years to earn the money Edison had
originally promised. Tesla resigned on the spot. In some accounts of the
final confrontation, he didn't say a single word to Edison but simply
turned his back on the inventor and walked off the premises.'
Biography of Mark Twain. (Twain and Tesla were
'At his peak, he was probably the most popular American celebrity of his
time. William Faulkner wrote he was "the first truly American writer,
and all of us since are his heirs." His pseudonym was derived from the
shout used to mark how deep the water was for river boats - "by the
mark, twain" (in other words, mark two fathoms).'
Dartmoor Oral History Project.
' "Moor Memories" is an oral history project set up by the Dartmoor
National Park Authority to record the story of the everyday life of
people on Dartmoor during the 20th century. You can hear samples here
on this website.'
Pedro Meyer. Mexican street photography.
'Pedro Meyer had a distinguished career as a photojournalist before
turning to the digital manipulation of photographs, to explore the
implications of transforming documentary images into fictional ones.
Meyer's work has drawn from traditions of street photography and
contemporary Mexican writing to examine the cultural distance between
Mexico and its neighbour, America. His photographic narratives use the
traditional storytelling means of empathy, analogy and humour, along
with state-of-the-art computer technology. '