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30th November


Visual Illusions Gallery. Collection of optical illusions.

Bhutan - The Himalayan Buddhist Kingdom. Photo-essay.
'In 2005 the Australian monk Ven S Dhammika was invited to the remote Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan and spent ten days visiting the countries monasteries, shrines and temples. We present some of the pictures he took while in this rarely visited land and hope you enjoy them. '

Tanya Savicheva.
'Among the documents presented at the Nuremberg trials by the prosecutors was a small notebook that once belonged to a Leningrad schoolgirl Tanya Savicheva. There are dates on six pages, with a death behind each one. Six pages - six deaths. Nothing else, only brief and concise records and a final remark...'

Geologic Wonders of Texas.

HyperWar: A Hypertext History of the Second World War.

Brighton & Hove in Pictures.

The Fo-Sho-Hing-Tsan-King: A Life of Buddha by Asvaghosha Bodhisattva, translated from Sanskrit into Chinese by Dharmaraksha A.D. 420, and From Chinese into English by Samuel Beal, 1883.

University of North Carolina Herbarium. Flora of the Carolinas, Virginia and Georgia, maps, images, and databases.

North Carolina Air. Air pollution in North Carolina.

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen. Fantastically mendacious travels and adventures.

Materia Medica.
'Among the varied holdings of the Economic Botany Collection at Kew are extensive collections of plant material used as medicines. The jewel of these materia medica is undoubtedly the collection given in 1983 by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain...'

Noam Chomsky. Biography, guide to his linguistic and political ideas.

Liquid Sculpture. High speed and fine art photography of drops and splashes.

Modern Art from Africa.
'The Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art in Washington DC opened a permanent showcase for modern African art Sunday January 7, 2001. "While these artists embrace the artistry of their African heritage," says exhibition curator Elizabeth Harney, "many express a new identity born of exile or the immigrant experience where the international artistic currents have as much influence upon their works as the traditional methods of their African ancestors." Entitled "Encounters with the Contemporary," the exhibition includes more than 60 works from around Africa - view a sample of them here.'

The Cyberpunk Project. 'A cyberspace well of files, related to those aspects of being, formed by modern life and culture. '

Music of England.

Friends of Al Jazeera.
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29th November


Kilmartin House, Argyll, Scotland.
'There are more than 350 ancient monuments within a six-mile radius of the village of Kilmartin, Argyll: 150 of them are prehistoric. This extraordinary concentration and diversity of monuments distinguishes the Kilmartin valley as an area of outstanding archaeological importance.'

Hometown India. The lesser-known towns and villages of India.

More Than Math.
'Welcome to More Than Math. This website is home to challenging activities based on integrating art into the North Carolina mathematics curriculum. We hope you will enjoy the activities and looking at the works of art on which they were based. '

The New Farm. About sustainable farming.

Fully Awake: The Black Mountain College Experience.
'Black Mountain College was an experimental educational college founded in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina in 1933. Today the college buildings remain, but its memory is often neglected. Fully Awake: The Black Mountain College Experience, is a documentary film project that explores the college's history and cultural impact. '

World History of Male Love. Male homosexuality in myth, literature and civilisation.

American Atheists.

Mark Twain: Letters from the Earth.
'The Creator sat upon the throne, thinking. Behind him stretched the illimitable continent of heaven, steeped in a glory of light and color; before him rose the black night of Space, like a wall. His mighty bulk towered rugged and mountain-like into the zenith, and His divine head blazed there like a distant sun. At His feet stood three colossal figures, diminished to extinction, almost, by contrast -- archangels -- their heads level with His ankle-bone...'

Voltaire: The Incomparable Infidel, 1929.

Julie's Tacky Treasures.
'What makes something a tacky treasure? A tacky treasure is, first of all, tacky. However, to be a treasure, it must possess an additional quality, which could be any one of these: a naïve yet ultimately flawed effort to be sophisticated or stylish; a complete lack of shame in exploiting poor taste; or a deliberate flaunting of poor taste as a rebellion against established norms...'

The Searchable Web-Guide to Thomas Pynchon's 'Gravity's Rainbow'.

Lab Notes: Research from the Berkeley College of Engineering.

Pearls of the Parrot of India: The Emperor Akbar's Illustrated Khamsa, 1597-98.

Clouet to Seurat: French Drawings from the British Museum.

Theodore Chasseriau (1819-1856): The Unknown Romantic. Art.

The Dawn of Photography: French Daguerreotypes 1839-55.

Homerisms. Figures of speech from 'The Simpsons'.

The University of Florida Book of Insect Records 'names insect champions and documents their achievements. '
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28th November


Boris Johnson MP.
' Sunlight is the best disinfectant. If we suppress the truth, we forget what we are fighting for, and in an important respect we become as sick and as bad as our enemies.'

Don't Bomb Us. A weblog by Al Jazeera staffers.

The Mongols.
'...By the end of the thirteenth century the great steppe empire stretched from the Pacific Ocean to the plains of eastern Europe and included most of Asia. Although the term Pax Mongolica is an oversimplification, the cosmopolitan nature of the Mongol Empire contributed to the stability of overland connections and trade routes. The Mongol phenomenon, that a nomadic people of the inner Asian steppes became masters of an enormous empire, continues to fascinate scholars and students. The Pre-Modern Imperialism - The Mongols Web site is intended to bring users into contact with recent scholarship, primary material, scholarly essays, and online and print resources, among other things. The Web site developer endeavors to provide this material in an accessible and understandable fashion...'

The First Thanksgiving. 'In the fall of 1621, 90 Wampanoag Indians and 52 English colonists gathered for a three-day harvest feast. How did Americans get from that celebration to the Thanksgiving 'traditions' we observe today?'

Paris - The 1890s. Art.
'In the last decade of the nineteenth century, Impressionism had been overshadowed by various manifestations of Post-Impressionism-from the work of Gauguin and Cézanne to that of Pointillists Seurat and Signac. The fashion for things Japanese was widespread; the sinuous curvilinearity of Art Nouveau was a powerful new force, as was Symbolism...'

Miro's Black and Red Series.
'In 1938 the Spanish artist Joan Miró (1893-1983) created a landmark series of eight etchings in black and red. This Web site and the exhibition it accompanies celebrate The Museum of Modern Art's acquisition of an entire set of these etchings. The site, like the exhibition, is organized to explore several areas with impact on the significance of the Black and Red Series. These are: the learning process involved in the technique of etching; artistic currents of Surrealism, the prevailing artistic movement; the social and political effects of the Spanish Civil War of 1936-39; and the specific imagery in Miro's art at this time. '

Pioneering Modern Painting: Cezanne and Pissarro 1865-1885.

The Village Voice 50th Anniversary.

Casablanca (1942). The movie.
'CASABLANCA (1942) is the ultimate classic movie. It may not be the most moving or meaningful, but it has something for everyone, and it's one of those films you can watch over and over again, and every time find something you hadn't noticed before. In fact, I'm one of those people who not only thinks that everyone should see it, but who is also of the opinion that the more times you see it, the better it gets. '
'As time goes by'.

Crime in Australia. Historical article, from the bushrangers and the Kelly Gang onwards.

The Papers of Justice Tom C. Clark.
'Tom C. Clark is, to date, the only Texan who has ever served on the Supreme Court of the United States. Born in Dallas, Texas, September 23, 1899, Clark received his law degree from the University of Texas in 1922. He joined the Justice Department in 1937 and rose through the ranks. President Truman appointed him U.S. Attorney General in 1945. In 1949, Truman appointed Clark to be an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Clark resigned from the Court in 1967 when his son Ramsey Clark was appointed Attorney General, and afterwards sat on the Courts of Appeal in all eleven U.S. Circuits and in federal district court. On the court, Clark was a staunch supporter of civil rights. He was also well-known for his support of anticommunist policies during the Cold War...'

Myth and Rituals. Art from India and China.
Festival of Holy, Rajasthan, 18th century.

eBird.
'eBird, a project developed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society, provides a simple way for you to keep track of the birds you see anywhere in North America. You can retrieve information on your bird observations, from your backyard to your neighborhood to your favorite bird-watching locations, at any time for your personal use. You can also access the entire historical database to find out what other eBirders are reporting from across North America. In addition, the cumulative eBird database is used by birdwatchers, scientists, and conservationists who want to know more about the distributions and movement patterns of birds across the continent. '

It's Getting Hot in Here. 'Its Getting Hot In Here is a log of the events (official and unofficial) of the first Meeting of the Parties(MOP-1) of the Kyoto Protocol in Montreal in the words and through the lenses of activists traveling thousands of miles to witness this historic conference. '

Liberia Past and Present.
'In the beginning of the 19th century, groups of freed slaves and mulattoes from the United States of America emigrated to the west coast of Africa. In 1847, 25 years after the first successful colonisation, they proclaimed an independent Republic, which they named Liberia. At that time they numbered about 3,000: men, women and children...'

Christian Sanctuaries in the Holy Land. Catholic site.

Jerusalem and Its Surroundings. A Catholic virtual tour.

US Congressional History. From the Office of the Clerk.
'To obtain profile, membership, leadership, and legislative information for the 1st-108th Congresses, select from the Congress Overview list. To view Roll Call votes only, select a Congress from the Roll Call Votes Only list. Roll Call votes are available for the 101st Congress, 2nd Session to the 108th Congress, 2nd Session.'

Himalayan Textiles.

Reclaim Democracy: Wal-Mart.
'ReclaimDemocracy.org is devoted to restoring citizen authority over corporations, rather than repeatedly fighting harms caused by individual corporations. So why do we compile such a vast collection of information on one company and help communities resisting its power? Simply because Wal-Mart is perhaps the most visible symptom of the disease -- runaway corporate power -- that we work to cure, and a magnet for prospective supporters and activists who we hope will go on to address structural problems. '

Cry Freetown. About the Sierra Leone civil war.

Knock Marian Shrine, Knock, Co. Mayo, Ireland.
'Welcome to Ireland's National Marian Shrine, which is located in County Mayo on the West Coast of Ireland and the Western edge of Europe. '
'The Story of Knock began on the 21st August 1879 when Our Lady, St. Joseph and St. John the Evangelist appeared at the south gable of Knock Parish Church. The apparition was witnessed by fifteen people, young and old. From this miraculous occurrence Knock has grown to the status of an internationally recognised Marian Shrine...'
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26th November


We're prepared to pay the price of freedom, are you?
'After Blair's threat to jail any editor who reports the Bomb Al-Jazeera memo, we thought there would be an outcry. Who would stand up for press freedom, or at least the freedom not to be bombed to buggery?...'
I'm in!

The Astrobiology Web. Life on other worlds.

Monsoon. Online magazine of South Asian and diasporic literature.
'Monsoon Magazine's idea was born from a desire to fill in the gaps of existing South Asian and South Asian diasporic literature and art with a spectrum of beliefs. The deep-rooted connections of a shared history give the countries of South Asia (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka) an experience that is universal and yet utterly personal. What are these connections? Where have they brought us? And how will they shape our future? These are some questions Monsoon Magazine hopes to delve into and explore through its literature and art. '

The Medici, Michelangelo, and the Art of Late Renaissance Florence.
'This major international exhibition provides a detailed survey of the art of Florence during the years that Michelangelo and artists employed by the first Medici grand dukes-such as Cellini, Bronzino, and Pontormo-produced celebrated masterpieces. Works by these artists bolstered the wordly power and status of the ruling family and reflected the sophistication and refinement of Florentine court circles, in which high value was placed upon classical aesthetics and scientific learning...'

The Alger Hiss Trials 1949-50.
'No criminal case had a more far-reaching effects on modern American politics than the Alger Hiss-Whittaker Chambers spy case. The case catapulted an obscure California congressman named Richard Nixon to national fame, set the stage for Senator Joseph McCarthy's notorious Communist-hunting, and marked the beginning of a conservative intellectual and political movement that would one day put Ronald Reagan in the White House...'

Avebury Now. Stone circles.
'Around 4,500 years ago, when the site of England's capital was a thinly inhabited marshland, the area around Avebury almost certainly formed the neolithic equivalent of a city. By coincidence this waterway has become a link between the two largest cultural centres of their day to have ever existed in the British Isles. As London now contains most of England's largest buildings Avebury is the location of the mightiest megalithic complex to have ever been constructed in Britain. This henge with its enormous ditch, bank, stones and avenues survives in a much depleted state but the nearby Silbury Hill which is the largest man-made mound in pre-industrial Europe still dominates the surrounding landscape...'

Women of Protest.
'The National Woman's Party, representing the militant wing of the suffrage movement, utilized open public demonstrations to gain popular attention for the right of women to vote in the United States. Their picketing, pageants, parades, and demonstrations-as well as their subsequent arrests, imprisonment, and hunger strikes-were successful in spurring public discussion and winning publicity for the suffrage cause. Women of Protest: Photographs from the Records of the National Woman's Party presents both images that depict this broad range of tactics as well as individual portraits of organization leaders and members. The photographs span from about 1875 to 1938 but largely date between 1913 and 1922. They document the National Woman's Party's push for ratification of the 19th Amendment as well as its later campaign for passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. This online presentation is a selection of 448 photographs from the approximately 2,650 photographs in the Records of the National Woman's Party collection, housed in the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress. '

Rebecca Clarke. British composer.
'Rebecca Clarke achieved what she called "my one brief whiff of fame" in 1919 when her viola Sonata tied for first place in a competition sponsored by Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge. Clarke lived much of her life in the US, although she was born and educated in Great Britain. Striking for its passion and power, her music spans a range of 20th-century styles including Impressionism, post-Romantic, and neo-Classical. Although she wrote nearly 100 works (including songs, choral works, chamber pieces and music for solo piano), only 20 pieces were published in her lifetime, and by the time of her death in 1979, at age 93, all of these were long out of print...'

SciFaiku. Science fiction haiku.
'SciFaiku is a form of poetry inspired by the Japanese haiku. SciFaiku poems are short, minimal poems about science and science-fiction topics. They are presented with direct, tangible images in clear and simple language. '

Cosmic Image. Astronomical photography.

Frank Sinatra's FBI File. 'Frank Sinatra, famous singer and actor, socialized with organized crime figures. He was alleged to have bribed a doctor in order to obtain a 4-F Selective Service classification.'

The Metal Sculpture of the Khasa Mallas of West Nepal/West Tibet. Article and images.

Simeon Solomon 1840-1905. Pre-Raphaelite art.

Anthony Papa. Outsider artist.
'Anthony Papa learned to talk with paint in Sing Sing. Yeah, that Sing Sing. Put there by a country's out of whack drug laws. His story is fascinating and continuing. '

Hakka.
'The Hakkas are a unique ethnic group of "Han" Chinese originally active around the Yellow River area. They are thought to be one of the earliest "Han" settlers in China. One theory has it that many of the early Hakkas were affiliated with the "royal bloods". The truth may be more complicated than that. It is highly likely that while Hakka may be a stronghold of Han culture, Hakka people also have married other ethnic groups and adopted their cultures during the long migration history of 2000 years...'

Canuck: Canadian Soldiers.
'CANUCK at www.canadiansoldiers.com is the largest and most comprehensive single source, online or off, regarding the unifoms, traditions, and insignia of Canadian soldiers in the 20th Century. Over 5,500 images on 500+ pages dealing with history, equipment, literature and more are presented here for students of history, re-enactors, modellers, gamers, serious researchers and anyone interested in the Canadian Army between 1900 and 1999. Serious contributions to site content, such as information, photos, or anecdotes, are welcomed and will be fully credited. This site is proud to be a member of the small but growing community of those interested in this diverse and important subject area. '

Line of Succession to the British Throne.

National Governors Association of the United States.
'The National Governors Association (NGA) is the collective voice of the nation's governors and one of Washington, D.C.'s, most respected public policy organizations. NGA provides governors and their senior staff members with services that range from representing states on Capitol Hill and before the Administration on key federal issues to developing policy reports on innovative state programs and hosting networking seminars for state government executive branch officials. The NGA Center for Best Practices focuses on state innovations and best practices on issues that range from education and health to technology, welfare reform, and the environment. NGA also provides management and technical assistance to both new and incumbent governors.'

HyperPhysics.
'HyperPhysics is an exploration environment for concepts in physics which employs concept maps and other linking strategies to facilitate smooth navigation. For the most part, it is laid out in small segments or "cards", true to its original development in HyperCard. The entire environment is interconnected with thousands of links, reminiscent of a neural network...'
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24th November


Stanford Solar Center. Monitoring the Sun.

Canadian Pamphlets and Broadsides.

Ancient Architects of the Mississippi.
'WONDERS OF GEOMETRIC PRECISION, the earthworks of the lower Mississippi were centers of life long before the Europeans arrived in America. As was the river itself. The alluvial soil of its banks yielded a bounty of beans, squash, and corn to foster burgeoning communities. Over the Mississippi's waters, from near and far, came prized pearls, copper, and mica.'
'Today, most of the moundbuilders' legacy is gone. Many of their earthworks have been plowed, pilfered, eroded, and built over. Yet evidence of the culture remains. This website is part of an effort to preserve the legacy that survives along the banks of the lower Mississippi.'

Hidden in Plain Sight: Musical Treasures in the Penn Library.
'This exhibit not only highlights the richness of the Library's music-related collections but also draws attention to the treasures "hidden" in less-than-obvious places. Here are unexpected riches from among the Library's collections of books and scores and from the letters, papers, photographs, and printed and manuscript music that together document the career of an individual or the history of a cultural organization. These are random samplings, then: we wait to see where they will lead. '

Sikhism Potpourri.
'The history and suffering of Sikhs is one of the most important episodes in the history of India. Guru Nanak Dev founded Sikhism in the fifteen century and he was followed by nine Gurus (divine teachers or prophets). Guru Angad developed the Gurumukhi script. Guru Ram Das laid the foundation for the city of Amritsar. Guru Arjan Dev compiled the Adi Granth, the sacred text of Sikhs...'

History of Vietnam.

Helen Keller. American Foundation for the Blind page.
'Helen Keller loved to celebrate birthdays! She frequently celebrated her own birthdays with cake, candles, gloves, perfume, books, and more books. This June 27, 2005, the American Foundation for the Blind celebrates Keller's 125th birthday. To honor the anniversary, AFB invites you to explore the following offerings...'

The Grimsby Chums. Lost to the Battle of the Somme.
'Kitchener agreed to the creation of Battalions formed from men of a common background. The men were of common occupations, professions, sporting associations or even youth groups such as the Boy's Brigade or Public Schools. The collective term for these Battalions became the 'Pals'. Of around 304 such Battalions, only one chose to become know as the 'Chums'. These were the 'Grimsby Chums'...'

Ahua, the Water Language. A constructed language for an imaginary country.
'The visitor to Ahua will at first sight see little unusual. Only the particular architectural styles, clothing, food, and so forth appear to distinguish Ahua from any other technologically developed culture. But as everyone reading this volume will know, that first impression cannot survive beyond the first encounter with the Ahuans' language. Even without any knowledge about or understanding of the language, the first thing that will strike the visitor is how few words they use. A conversation between Ahuans appears to consist of short interjections embedded in silence. A crowded bar does not present to the ear the same continuous hub-bub that would be heard almost anywhere else in the world, but conveys to an outsider the irresistible impression of people muttering desultorily among themselves while waiting for something else to happen. But they are not: that sporadic muttering is the Ahuans' equivalent of an animated social arena...'

Denounce. Satire. 'Recognized around the world as the best source for completely fictional news and information.'

Surrey Postcards.

Storytelling of the North Carolina Native Americans.

The History of Cricket.
'Cricket's likeliest birthplace is the Weald, an area of arable land in south-east England that lies across Kent and Sussex. The game was probably devised by shepherds and farm workers sometime before 1300 and perhaps as early as the 11th century...'

Borobudur. A cyber reconstruction of the world's largest Buddhist shrine.

Mr. X, Consulting Resologist.
'Mr. X has a great interest in the life and works of the author Charles Hoy Fort. He is a member of the International Fortean Organization. In addition to contributing articles to the INFO Journal and other Fortean publications, Mr. X long ago published the Res Bureaux Bulletin. Since the demise of the Res Bureaux Bulletin, when printing and postal costs became excessive, other resources have been developed, which will allow the rapid processing and dissemination of information to researchers and enthusiasts with Fortean interests, (such as the Internet). The purpose of this web site is to provide a place where Mr. X can communicate with those who share his interests in Charles Hoy Fort and Fortean things. '

ThunderBird Walking.
'ThunderBird Walking: The Spiritual Journey of a DisAvowed American is the epic tale of one man's struggle to make sense of childhood 'holy war' conditioning before it could erupt into a personal armageddon. '
'Written by an American University Alum and set against the backdrop of walks and hikes in Grand Canyon, ThunderBird Walking is a captivating memoir about the generational effects of war upon a family. '

Charles Deemer: A Literary Archive.
'Charles Deemer is a teacher and writer, primarily a scriptwriter through most of his career. Since the 1980s he has been a pioneer in the new environmental theater form called "hyperdrama," which are plays performed in real spaces with a branching narrative and simultaneous scenes generated by scripts written in hypertext. His seminal essays on the subject, What Is Hypertext? and The New Hyperdrama, have been widely circulated and translated. '

The Ukrainian Language. Some interesting history.

History of Pederasty. Throughout history, in various cultures.
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23rd November


Scotland's Early Medieval Sculptured Stones.

Manet and the Sea.
'This landmark exhibition is devoted to the marine paintings of Edouard Manet (1832-1883), a little-studied but highly significant aspect of the career of the artist who is sometimes referred to as the father of Impressionism.'

Legends of Tuskegee.
'Who are the Legends of Tuskegee and what do they have in common? Booker Taliafero Washington, George Washington Carver and the Tuskegee Airmen all came to Tuskegee and created their own legends. Tuskegee is more than a town located in Macon County, Alabama. It is an idea and an ideal. It was a bold experiment and a site of major African-American achievements for over 100 years. '

Berlin Photos.
'In 1988, a year befor the wall came down, a group of students from our school went to visit West-Berlin. Little did they know then, that this would be their last chance to look at this infamous building. Here are some pictures taken by two of the accompanying teachers, K.-H. Renz and W. Mackamul.'

Minneapolis. Minneapolis architectural history.

Sohei, 'lit. "priest warriors," were Buddhist warrior monks of feudal Japan. At certain points of history they held considerable amount of power, obliging daimyo to collaborate...'

Mormon History.
'The history of the Mormons is a story of revelation, persecution, exodus, and eventual triumph.'
'It is a story rich in prophets and the guidance of God - remarkably like the story of the chosen people of the Bible.'
'And from the very first revelation, it was clear that the Mormons were going to be, like the Jews, the outsiders - a people set aside...'

Real Cajun Recipes. Over 1000 traditional Cajun recipes with photos.

Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site. History of cattle ranching in the American West.

China Knowledge. A universal guide for China studies.

Greek Mythology. Many article links.
'Greek mythology comprises the collected narratives of Greek gods, goddesses, heroes, and heroines, originally created and spread within an oral-poetic tradition. Our surviving sources of mythology are literary reworkings of this oral tradition, supplemented by interpretations of iconic imagery, sometimes modern ones, sometimes ancient ones, as myth was a means for later Greeks themselves to throw light on cult practices and traditions that were no longer explicable. '

The Life of Abraham Lincoln. "To my two older brothers, John Lewis Ketcham, and William Alexander Ketcham, who under Abraham Lincoln as Commander-in-Chief Loyally served their country in the war for the perpetuation of the Union and the destruction of slavery, this book is affectionately dedicated..."

The American Spirit in Literature.

Old Norse Poems.

Human Nature. 'Human nature is the fundamental nature and substance of humans, as well as the range of human behavior that is believed to be invariant over long periods of time and across very different cultural contexts.'

Art Behind Bars. Art by prisoners.

Ironbridge, in Shropshire. A cradle of the Industrial Revolution.

Chess Variants.
'It is generally assumed that chess originated in India, 5-7 centuries after the birth of Christ. At that time, the game was not as we know it. During the course of history, many variants of the game were tried. Some were discarded immediately, some had for some time an enthusiastic following and then died out, while others stayed, and replaced the game as it formerly was known. '
'Today, the game chess as we know it, has remarkable differences from the original game. At the same time, in different parts of this world, different chess games are played. These are also believed to originate from the same Indian / Arabic origin. The most played variants are Shogi (in Japan), and Xiangqi (in China). Other Asiatic countries know other variants. Additionally, these games and the `Western' chess have many variants, played by people that want something different for a change. These pages want to describe such variants, and give pointers to places that contain more material on them. '
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22nd November


The Aboriginal Studies WWW Virtual Library.

Charles Dodgson: Photographer. A.k.a. Lewis Carroll.

Buddhism and Buddhists in China.
'This volume is the third to be published of a series on "The World's Living Religions," projected in 1920 by the Board of Missionary Preparation of the Foreign Missions Conference of North America. The series seeks to introduce Western readers to the real religious life of each great national area of the non-Christian world.'

Opera Stories from Wagner.
'In these stories you will find some wonderful giants. You will find beautiful maidens who lived in a river. You will find a large family of little black dwarfs who lived under the river, and you will find a splendid hero. The little children of Germany used to curl up in their mothers' arms, when bedtime came, and listen to the stories of these strange people...'

Humorous Masterpieces from American Literature.

The Devil's Dictionary, by Ambrose Bierce.
'The Devil's Dictionary was begun in a weekly paper in 1881, and was continued in a desultory way at long intervals until 1906. In that year a large part of it was published in covers with the title The Cynic's Word Book, a name which the author had not the power to reject or happiness to approve...'

Auroras: Paintings in the Sky.
'Far north in the night sky, a faint glow appears on the horizon. Green and red flames of light stretch across the sky. A glowing curtain of light forms, waving and swirling above you. As the lights fade away the dark night closes over you once again. '
'This site will show you what auroras look like on Earth and from space, explain how they are created, and show you where they can be found. Teach yourself using the "Self-Guided Lesson" button.'

The Hardy Boys.
'The Hardy Boys' adventures began in 1927 with the publication of the first three books by Grosset & Dunlap. Frank and Joe are America's normal teenage boys - almost! Courageous, daring, and bold: these are the qualities that have made them loved by generations of readers. The teen sleuths were children of Edward Stratemeyer, a man who owned many children's series of the day - from Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys to The Moving Picture Boys and Baseball Joe. Stratemeyer created the series name, characters, and story ideas, then hired "ghostwriters" through his Stratemeyer Syndicate. Seeing a need for a good detective series for boys, he created Frank and Joe, then hired Leslie McFarlane, a young Canadian...'

Religious Reality, 1918.
'This is a book which is wanted. Thoughtful men, in every class, are not afraid of theology, i.e. of a reasoned account of their religion, but they want a theology which can be stated without conventions and technicalities; they do not at all care for a religion which pretends to do away with all mystery, but they are glad to be assured of the essential reasonableness of the Christian Faith; they do not expect a ready-made solution of the problem of evil, but they wish to see it honestly faced; above all, they want to know how Christian truth bears on the real problems of life; the best of them are not at all afraid of a religion which makes big demands on them, but they know well enough the difficulty of responding to those claims, and their greatest need of all is to find and to use that life and power, coming from a living Person, without which our best aspirations must fail and our highest ideals remain unrealized.'

Angus Botanical Prints.
'Donald Angus' collection of botanical prints are housed at the Bishop Museum, Foster Gardens, the National Tropical Botanical Garden, and the University of Hawai'i at Manoa Hamilton Library. These exquisite illustrations were published in monographs and journals mainly in the 18th and 19th centuries. They reflect the enthusiasm of scientists, and the popularity of the exotic flora being introduced and cultivated in European botanical gardens...'

Portraits by Ingres: Image of an Epoch.
'"Portraits by Ingres: Image of an Epoch" was a major international loan exhibition held at the Metropolitan Museum from October 5, 1999, through January 2, 2000. It was the largest exhibition of portraits by the French artist Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres ever presented outside France. The forty paintings and ninety-two drawings on view offered a virtual Who's Who of the ruling elite in France-the aristocracy of birth, beauty, politics, wealth, and intellect. This feature presents sixteen portraits by Ingres, together with illuminating details of each portrait and related works from the exhibition and the Metropolitan's permanent collection.'

The Embodied Image: Chinese Calligraphy from the John B. Elliott Collection. 'The Elliott Collection of Chinese calligraphy is perhaps the finest outside Asia, spanning the period from the inception of writing as a fine art in the fourth century to the modern era...'

Candace Wheeler: The Art and Enterprise of American Design, 1875-1900. 'Candace Wheeler (1827-1924) was America's first important woman textile and interior designer...'

Painters in Paris: 1895-1950. 'During the first decades of the 20th century, France was host to many foreign artists and Paris was central to the development of modern art...'

Art and the Empire City: New York, 1825-1861.
'This landmark exhibition explores the history of American art between 1825, when the Erie Canal was completed, and 1861, when the Civil War began, through works created in and for New York City. '

"Treasury of the World": Jeweled Arts of India in the Age of the Mughals.

London's Transport at War.
'To mark the UK's first Veterans Awareness Week (4-10 July 2005) and the heroism and sacrifice of wartime transport staff, the Museum presents an online feature tracing London Transport's contribution during the Second World War...'

The Obsolete Computer Museum.

Stupid Comics.

Josh Slavin. Outsider artist.
'There's a black and blueness to Slavin; his art tenses the senses. Using color like a blackjack, he leaves a mark on you, releasing a vision that at first seems familiar but then you realize there's a knife in the side of your head, not a toothpick behind your ear. '
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21st November


The Megiddo Expedition. Archaeology in Israel.
'Megiddo is an archaeologically unparalleled site where one can literally see and touch and be inspired by monuments from biblical times. Megiddo appears in both the Old Testament and the New Testament (as Armageddon). Megiddo is the only site in the Levant mentioned in all great records of the Ancient Near East: the Old and New Testaments on the one hand, and Egyptian, Assyrian and Hittite sources on the other. Megiddo's stormy history covers over six millennia, from the Pre-Pottery Neolithic period in the seventh millennium B.C.E. to the Persian period in the mid-first millennium B.C.E. Megiddo is the only site in the Land of the Bible with remains of thirty cities built one on top of the other...'

Thames Pilot.
'Archives and museums along the length of the River Thames have formed the ThamesPilot partnership to make freely available images and documents from their collections...'
'... We have created a web site using the material provided by our partners for anyone who has an interest in the Thames. It will tell stories and provide material for local history, family research, and other personal interest projects for communities along the River Thames.'

Kamakura Today.
'Visiting Kamakura is a favorite day trip or weekend excursion for foreigners, who visit Tokyo on business or for sightseeing. They said they had visited Kamakura by themselves, but that it would have been more enjoyable had they known more about Kamakura. Unfortunately, there are few guidebooks for Kamakura written in English, let alone by Japanese writers from Japanese viewpoint. This fact encouraged us to introduce Kamakura in English for international visitors.'
History of Kamakura.

Historic Pittsburgh.
'Historic Pittsburgh is a comprehensive collection of local resources that supports personal and scholarly research of the area. This website enables access to historic material held by the University of Pittsburgh's University Library System, the Library & Archives of the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania at the Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center, and the Carnegie Museum of Art. The project represents a model of cooperation between libraries and museums in providing online access to their respective materials.'

Max Ernst 1891-1976. Art.
Max Ernst was born on 2 April 1891 in Brühl, near Cologne, the first son of Philipp Ernst, teacher of the deaf and amateur painter, and his wife, Luise, née Kopp. Max Ernst never received any formal artistic training. In 1910-1914 he studied philosophy and psychiatry at Bonn University and took a deep interest in painting. '
'In 1914 Ernst got acquainted with Jean (Hans) Arp, and their lifelong friendship began. With the outburst of the First World War Ernst was conscripted to the army, where he served in the field artillery till the end of the war, never dropping his interest in art. It was during the war, in 1916, when he took part in the "Sturm" exhibition in Berlin. To the same period date his first contacts with Dada artists...'

Buddhism in Mongolia: The Life of Zanabazar, the First Bogd Gegen of Mongolia.
'The great empire founded by Chingis Khan was basically a family enterprise, and like many family enterprises it did not survive the third generation. After Chingis's death in 1227 the empire remained united under Ögedai, Chingis's second son and successor, who ruled from 1228 to 1241, then under his son Güyük (r.1246-48), and finally under Möngke, son of Ögedai's youngest brother Tolui. Upon Möngke's death in 1259 a war of succession broke out in Mongolia between Möngke's two younger brothers-Chingis's grandsons-Khubilai and Ariq Böke...'

The James Madison Papers.
'The James Madison Papers from the Manuscript Division at the Library of Congress consist of approximately 12,000 items captured in some 72,000 digital images. They document the life of the man who came to be known as the "Father of the Constitution" through correspondence, personal notes, drafts of letters and legislation, an autobiography, legal and financial documents, and miscellaneous manuscripts. '

The Constitution of the United States of America. Annotated.

Rosa Parks 1913-2005. Editorial cartoons, in memoriam.

Rubens at the National Gallery, London.
The Judgement of Paris.

William Mesny: The Life and Adventures of a British Pioneer in China.
'These are the stories of William Mesny of Jersey, English Channel Islands, who landed in China in 1860, at the age of 18, and made China his home until his death in Hankow at the age of 77. Most of these stories were originally featured in Mesny's Chinese Miscellany, a weekly news magazine published by Mesny in Shanghai between 1886 and 1905. These stories recount his many adventures as a blockade runner on the Yangtze River during the Taiping Rebellion, his service in the Chinese Imperial Army during the Maio Rebellion and his rise to Major General. He travelled extensively throughout China during the latter half of the 19th century. Among his many friends and acquaintances during that period were such notables as General Charles "Chinese" Gordon; Frederick Townsend Ward; A. Hosie; Captain William Gill; Henry Fletcher Hance; and many others. Mesny was an early activist for the development of Chinese natural resources, public schools and railways, for the benefit of all the people of China.'

The Humble Stumble. Online comic.
'A single father who muddles through the daily tasks of raising his young daughter, Joe Humble is kind, warm and completely confused. Juggling family, work and domestic responsibilities keeps him hopping and hoping that he will, one day, meet the woman of his dreams.'

Pompeii: Stories from an Eruption.
' "A fearful black cloud was rent by forked and quivering bursts of flame, and parted to reveal great tongues of fire…. Darkness fell, not the dark of a moonless or cloudy night, but as if the lamp had been put out in a dark room." '
'One of nature's most violent cataclysms was vividly described by Pliny the Younger, who survived the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79. But untold numbers were buried in its volcanic debris, and a vibrant, cosmopolitan society vanished overnight, while other societies sprang up in its place. Now the exhibition Pompeii: Stories from an Eruption brings this lost world to life.'

Sue. The largest, most complete, best preserved T. Rex.

Airjunk: Specks, Flecks and Particles in the Air. The science of dust.
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