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20th May


From History to Her Story: Yorkshire Women's Lives. 'A major and unique project in women's history, examining through the lives and organisations of Yorkshire women, the role women have played in history.'

On Gold Mountain: A Chinese American Experience.

Vintage Facades of Parisian Bakeries.

El Camino de Santiago: A Virtual Pilgrimage to a Medieval Shrine.

Wonder Tales from Baltic Wizards, 1928. Lithuanian, Latvian, Estonian, Finnish and Lapland folklore.

Maritime Photo Library. Photos of ships and boats.

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.'

Television Without Pity.

Conservation Takes Root in the Nigerian Rainforest. Photoessay.
'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 Cameroon.'
'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").'

Buddhism. '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.'

Schlock Mercenary. Online comic. 'Welcome to Schlock Mercenary, where military humor meets hard science fiction. Bring your own plasma cannon.'

Celtic Ogham. 'An alphabet of twenty-five characters used for stone and wood inscriptions in Celtic Ireland and Britain. '
The Ogham alphabet with variant names of the letters, and names of the associated plants.

Kyoto Photo Gallery.

The King of the Snakes and Other Folk-Lore Stories from Uganda, 1922. Illustrated.

IEEE Oral Histories. Electrical engineering history, in the words of those who made it.

Dada and Surrealism. With links to individual artists.
'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 consciousness.'

The Three Stooges.

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.'

Kasparov-Deep Junior Chess Games. Click through, move by move.

Spassky-Fischer Chess Games.

An American Red Cross World War II Scrapbook.

Vietnam Photo Gallery.

Mexico Photo Gallery.
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19th May


The Long Walk of Nelson Mandela.

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. '

Virtual Tours of Paris.

The Liu Shaoqi Reference Archive. Chinese revolutionary, purged during the Cultural Revolution.

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.

The L-Space Web. Devoted to the satirical fantasy novels of Terry Pratchett and the Discworld milieu.

Astamangala. Himalayan art shop with online galleries.

Chanel. '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 ... '
Images.

The Hermitary. Resources and reflection on hermits and solitude.

O.305 François Musin: The Last of Her Kind. Shipping history.
'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.'

Weird Wales. Paranormal happenings.

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 servant.'

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 ... '

Christopher Johnson's Ascii Art Collection. Highly impressive.

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." '

Tibet Writes. Tibetan poems and articles.

Doctor Fun. Visual enjoyment.

Slacker Manager. Corporate satire.

Bible Gateway. A means to look up Bible passages.
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18th May


Gallery of Book Trade Labels. Thanks, Greg.

Antique Record Machines. Via MeFi.

Neon Signs in Los Angeles. Via MeFi.

South Korean Prison Diary. Via MeFi.

Nanking 1937. Commemorating the Nanking Massacre.

Undiscovered Scotland. Travel, some history and culture.

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 transformed. '
'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. '

Douglas Adams dot com. He of the 'Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

Time Lords. The mythology of Dr Who!

George Galloway vs. The US Senate: Transcript of Statement.
'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 al-Qaeda.
'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 the beginning.
'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)

E. Nesbit: The House of Arden. An Edwardian children's story.

Left Behind: Fourteen Months in Siberia During the Revolution. 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. '

The Virtual Absinthe Museum.

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. '

Within These Walls. 200 years of the history of one American house.

July 1942: United We Stand. America during WW2.

Yellowstone Volcano Observatory. 'Monitoring the Largest Volcanic System in North America'

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.'

Japanese Fairy Tales.

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. '
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17th May


Loic Le Meur Blog: French Blogger Sued by City Mayor.

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 Coordinating Committee. '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 Zhou Enlai Reference Archive.

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. '

Volunteer Tibet. '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 globally...'

Variable Star of the Season. Astro pics.

Air Force Arms Lab Reports (Front Matter). 'Title Pages and Tables of Contents From 1960s Reports on Chemical, Biological, Psychological and Other Weapons Then in the US Arsenal'
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16th May


Botany Photo of the Day. 'In science, beauty. In beauty, science. Daily. '
Thanks, Daniel!

Voices of War: Stories from the Veterans History Project. '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. '

Images of Early Brisbane.

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 books - 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 Warband. Druids.
'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 categories. '

Words Without Borders. The online magazine for international literature.

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.'

Unfit. Funny online comic strip, set in a gym.

Interactive 1911 Paris Map.

Songs of Xanadu. 'During 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 her funeral.'

Revelations from the Russian Archives. From 1996.
'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 Freud Museum. Sigmund Freud's life and work.

The Chickasaw Nation. An Oklahoma Indian tribe - life, culture, government.

Haiku Designs. Japanese and Chinese calligraphy prints.

The road, the endless road. An interactive, HTML fiction.
'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. '

MysteryNet. 'Online mysteries, mystery games, mystery books and resources. For everyone who enjoys a mystery... '

Ramones Online. All about the seminal US rock group.

University of British Columbia: The Evolving Campus. 'The physical evolution of the University of British Columbia has been influenced by a number of factors. The dreams of administrators and architects have often been tempered by political and financial realities.'
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14th May


The Culture & History of the Americas. '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 artifacts.'

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.'

The Tale of Genji.

Essays on Philosophical Anarchism.

The Encyclopaedia of Chicago.

Shared History: Fayetteville and the University of Arkansas. 'This pilot project offers 500 photographs of the City of Fayetteville and the University of Arkansas Campus. '

Burke and Wills - Terra Incognita. Early explorers of Australia.
'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 ... '

Eric Thake. '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. '

State of the News Media. An annual report on American journalism.
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13th May


Picture Queensland. '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 heritage. '

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 ... '

Introduction to the Beano. The classic British children's comic - the Bash Street Kids, Billy Whizz etc...

Page by Page Books. Read classic books online, free.
'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! '

April Fools on the Net. 'You are looking now at the original home of the April Fools on the Net humor archive.' ;-)

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 Americans. '

Gorezone. Horror genre news.

Monsters at Play. Cult and horror genre reviews.

Key-Z. 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.'

ThriftDeluxe. 'DIY for the hip.'

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. '

Fantastic Zoology. 'A graphical interpretation of J.L. Borges "Book of Imaginary Beings".'
'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 well. '

North Georgia History.

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.'

Nizkor: Holocaust Educational Resource. 'Dedicated to the millions of Holocaust victims who suffered and died at the hands of Adolf Hitler and his Nazi regime.'

The Ramakien. '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 consecutively. '

Ethiopian History. Many articles.

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.'

Biographies of Former US Secretaries of State. State Dept. website.
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11th May


FBI Files on Unusual Phenomena. Cattle mutilation, UFOs, Roswell, etc.

Gonzo dot org. The Great Thompson Hunt. Hunter S. Thompson - king of gonzo!

Shades of Grey: The Changing Focus of Stone Mountain Park. '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 of commercialization.'

Tibetan Art Collection at Cornell.

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; his funeral '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 until 1990.'

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- round eccentric genius.
'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 close friends).
'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).'

The Mystica. Online encyclopaedia of the Occult.

A Beginner's Guide to Playing Interactive Fiction.

Viet Nam: My Native Country, Land of Dragons and Legends.

CK Ladzekpo - African Music and Dance.

Correggio. Art.

The Harry A. Blackmun Papers at the Library of Congress. A former Supreme Court justice (who wrote the Roe vs. Wade ruling, effectively legalising abortion in the US), by all accounts an eccentric and engaging man.

New York City Signs - 14th to 42nd Street.

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.'

Wall Advertisements in Paris, 1900.

Chinatown Guides. Chinatowns around the UK. Virtual tours, history.

The Mayan Calendar.

Disappearing Florida. Photography.

Graphic City: Brussels. The city as art.

Amedeo Modigliani. Bio, art.

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. '

India by Her Artists.

History of Las Vegas.
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