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28th February

Cassini Imaging Diary. Images of the planet Saturn.

Treasury of Truth: The Illustrated Dhammapada.

A Love of Monsters: Gargoyles & Architectural Monsters in New York City.

Ronald Searle. British cartoonist.

In Pictures: Aborigines in the Outback.
'For young people growing up in the Aboriginal settlement of Toomelah, New South Wales, life offers few choices. Jobs are scarce, few finish high school and nothing their elders want to teach them seems to matter. '
'As elder Auntie Ada Jarrett says, "I just hurt so much for the young people today. Because they don't know anything, all the good things that we had - traditional dances in the night, story telling. They're not able to survive." '

The Email of Kaycee Nicole.
'In the spring of '99 I met a young girl online by the name of Kaycee Nicole Swenson. She applied to be a host on CollegeClub and I was, at the time, the host manager (you can read her host application here). During the next two years, I found this girl to be remarkable...almost super-human! For the first year, I received at least one and usually more e-mail from this girl. She was one of the better hosts on collegeclub, and she seemed to possess an unlimited amount of time and dedication for working on the site. She was also one of the most cheery people I've ever run across. '
'She also turned out to be a fake...'

Sake-Drenched Postcards. Japanese pop culture.

The Virtual Medieval Ireland Tour.

Texas Bigfoot Research Center.

Medecins Sans Frontieres.

27th February

Inconstant Moon. Multimedia tours of the lunar surface.

Glasgow & Edinburgh: Scottish City Architecture.

Salem Witch Trials Documentary Archive.
'The Salem witchcraft events began in late February 1692 and lasted through April, 1693. All told, at least twenty-five people died: nineteen were executed by hanging, one was tortured to death, and at least five died in jail due to harsh conditions. Over 160 people were accused of witchcraft, most were jailed, and many deprived of property and legal rights. Accused persons lived in the town of Salem and Salem Village (now Danvers) and in two dozen other towns in eastern Massachusetts Bay Colony. Nearly fifty people confessed to witchcraft, most to save themselves from immediate trial. Hundreds of other people in the Bay Colony -- neighbors, relatives, jurors, ministers, and magistrates -- were caught up in the legal proceedings of the trials...'

Edo - The City and Its Diversions. Japanese prints.

The Lais of Marie de France: A Verse Translation.
'We know nothing about Marie de France. For various reasons, it's thought that her twelve Lais date from around 1170, that their author was a woman named Marie who also wrote a rhymed collection of Aesop's Fables (or rather of an expanded medieval version of these fables) and one longer poem tralsted from Latin, the Purgatory of St. Patrick. She may have been an aristocratic woman, perhaps a nun, living in England.'
'Marie de France's Lais were read in her own time; her French is "easy" (a widely-read Anglo-Norman literary language) and the poems are relatively short (the longest is only about a sixth as long as the verse romances being written at the same time by Chrétien de Troyes); readers usually seem to have read them in French, though they were translated, for example, into Old Norse and read in Iceland...'

Rembrandt Etchings.

Nuxalk Nation. Native American nation.
'When the world was first created God had help from the four carpenters, they are called the Masmasalanicw; they were like human beings with wings "angels" They carved our first ancestors. Each family has an origin story. Along the walls of heaven hung the cloaks of the grizzly bear, the raven, the eagle, the killer whale all of God's creations. Our first ancestors had a choice of what cloak they would descend to earth with. Once they descended to earth that animals cloak went back to heaven. Today as a Nuxalkmc we know what our crests are, whether we come from the Eagle, Raven or any other of Gods creation., this is our direct tie to Manakays our heavenly father. When we make our regalia we put the crest of our first ancestor on our blankets acknowledging to Manakays that we will never forget the gifts he has given us.'

Zoroastrianism. 'Zoroastrianism is one of the world's oldest monotheistic religions. It was founded by the prophet Zoroaster in ancient Iran approximately 3500 years ago...'

Virtual American Biographies. 'Over 30,000 personalities with thousands of 19th Century illustrations, signatures, and exceptional life stories. '

Cornell Law School: Supreme Court Collection. US Supreme Court rulings.

25th February

Girodet: Romantic Rebel.
'Girodet: Romantic Rebel is the first retrospective in the United States devoted to the works of gifted French painter Anne-Louis Girodet de Roussy-Trioson (1767-1824). The exhibition assembles more than 100 seminal works (about 60 paintings and 40 drawings) that demonstrate the artist's impressive range as a painter as well as a draftsman. '

A History of Minneapolis.

The Digital Orchid Archive.

'To Kill A Mockingbird' & Harper Lee.

An Atlas of Cyberspaces.
'This is an atlas of maps and graphic representations of the geographies of the new electronic territories of the Internet, the World-Wide Web and other emerging Cyberspaces. '

Early 18th Century Newspaper Reports.

Sootze Oriental Antiques. 'Soo Tze Oriental Antiques, established in 1983, is Australia's premier gallery dealing in antique objects and works of art from East and South Asia, with a special emphasis on Tibet and the Himalayan region. '

The Tesla Society.

We Must Try.
'The word Zamani literally means "we must try." When I stepped into the small series of shacks that constitute the Zamani Educare Centre I immediately felt that spirit of action that has come over the school. Precariously placed in Duncan Village in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, the preschool was started Ncumisa Yoyo, a resident of Duncan Village with a concern for the growing number of children taking to the streets. It began small over a decade ago and has grown to an enrollment of well over 200 children from 0-6 years old. In the wake of the Apartheid it became a place of refuge for these children. Amongst this shack-town whose statistics concerning crime, AIDS, substance abuse and unemployment are enough to make even the strongest want to give up all hope, it stands as a symbol of what happens when a few people refuse to give up...'

The eSkeletons Project.
'The eSkeletons Project website is devoted to the study of human and primate comparative anatomy. It offers a unique set of digitized versions of skeletons in 2-D and 3-D in full color, animations, and much supplemental information. The user can navigate through the various regions of the skeleton and view all orientations of each element along with muscle and joint information. eSkeletons enables you to view the bones of both human and non-human primates ranging from the gorilla to the tiny mouse lemur. '

24th February

Alexis de Tocqueville: Democracy in America.
'Tocqueville's America is another project of the American Studies Programs at The University of Virginia. In this project we take up the task of re-contextualizing Alexis de Tocqueville's famous political and cultural analysis of American democracy. Our objective is, over time, to return that book -- arguably still one of the most influential works in political thought -- to its origins, to the America of 1831-32 . For it was on that very specific ground and at that very specific historical moment that Tocqueville stood. '

Marshall Space Flight Center History.

The River Wey & Navigations. A river in Surrey.
'Here you will find nearly 100,000 words describing everything from the Wey Valley's history and industry, to its people and wildlife. There are several hundred photographs and illustrations here too to make your journey even more interesting and informative. And we've given you hundreds of links and further sources to investigate. '

A Sufi Message of Spiritual Liberty.

Greek Language and Linguistics.

Witnessing Tiananmen. From 2004.
'Fifteen years ago, China was rocked by huge protests and calls for change, before these were brutally crushed by tanks around Beijing's Tiananmen Square. '
'The BBC's Chinese Service has interviewed some of those who witnessed the protests and subsequent bloodshed. '

The Centennial Exhibition: Philadelphia 1876.
'In these pages we present the Library's unique collection of silver albumen photographs with various views and points of access. Welcome to the Centennial at the Free Library of Philadelphia. Enjoy your visit! '

The Symbolism of Freemasonry, 1882.

Desert Animals & Wildlife.

The Top 10 Deadliest Animals.

23rd February

Local History of Canon City, Colorado.

The Moldenhauer Archives.
'The Moldenhauer Archives at the Library of Congress contain approximately 3,500 items documenting the history of Western music from the medieval period through the modern era and is the richest composite gift of musical documents ever received by the Library. '

Built in America.
'The Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) and the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) collections are among the largest and most heavily used in the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress. The collections document achievements in architecture, engineering, and design in the United States and its territories through a comprehensive range of building types and engineering technologies including examples as diverse as the Pueblo of Acoma, houses, windmills, one-room schools, the Golden Gate Bridge, and buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. '

Afromix. The portal of African and Caribbean cultures.

Japan As It Is.

Littlehampton Photos. 'A short series of photos of the small seaside town of Littlehampton, West Sussex, taken during a short visit during a very, very hot July afternoon! '

Santorini Photos. 'Photographs from the beautiful volcanic island of Santorini in the Aegean Sea, with images from Fira, Imerovigli, Kamari, Ia, Akrotiri and more! '

Nostrum. 'Nostrum is a soap opera revolving around the world of high school forensics, originally written and presented by Jules O'Shaughnessy and the Nostrumite in regular weekly installments, added every Wednesday. We never ended it, but considering that it's as long as War and Peace, don't give us a hard time. '

Sponsor a Dalit Child. 'Today, India's Dalits comprise nearly 1/4 of the total population, a massive 250 million men, women, and children...'

How to Bypass Most Firewall Restrictions.

22nd February

Discover Opera. 'Here you can find everything from plot synopses to behind-the-scenes photos of Met productions. '

Edison's Miracle of Light.
'In September 1878, when Thomas Edison announced his intention to harness Niagara Falls and produce a safe, electric light system, gas stocks plummeted on Wall Street. It was said that soon, only the rich could afford candles. While "the Wizard of Menlo Park" and his staff would, in time, develop all the components needed for an electrical system -- bulbs, sockets, switches, wires, junction boxes, power meters, voltage regulators -- Edison himself became caught in a web of personal, patent, and corporate battles. In the end, Thomas Edison revolutionized the world, yet lost control of the industry that he founded. '

Bulgarian Monastery. Virtual guide to monasteries in Bulgaria.

Zen Art by Monk Song Yoon.

St. Pancras Railway Station and Midland Grand Hotel Photos. 'This incredible, High Victorian Gothic tour-de-force was built by Sir George Gilbert Scott, between 1868-76.'

Robert Adams: Landscapes of Harmony and Dissonance.
'For more than 40 years, Robert Adams (born 1937) has photographed the landscape of the American West, particularly in California, Oregon, and his home state of Colorado. His work is inspired both by his joy in the inherent beauty of the landscape, and his dismay at its exploitation and degradation for residential and commercial development.'

Displaced in Northern Uganda.
'Since 1986, a rebel group calling itself the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) has led an insurgency in northern Uganda. Though its stated objective is toppling the national goverment of Uganda, its victims have more often than not been the innocent bystanders and civilians of northern region. Thousands have been killed, hundreds of thousands have fled from their homes and live in displacement camps, and an estimated 20,000 children have been abducted by the LRA and forced to be rebel soldiers and wives. Here, a child's drawing of a battle between LRA rebels and the Uganda People's Defense Forces (UPDF), the government army, hangs in a counseling center for the war-traumatized...'

American Song-Poem Music Archives.
'The song-poem story involves a succession of publishing and recording companies that have occupied the lowest rungs of the music industry ladder for over 100 years. By appropriating the rhetoric of the legitimate (so-called) music industry, the owners of such companies prey on the dual yearnings among the general public for access to the inner sanctum of show business and a means to get rich quick, as well as the fact that nearly everyone has written some sort of poem at one point in their life or another. Song-poem entrepreneurs (called "song sharks") manipulate these facets of human nature to deceive naïve individuals into subsidizing a quest to have their poem become the lyric of a smash hit record. In the parlance of this parallel-universe enterprise, "song-poem" is code for the originating verse. The reason that a code is resorted to bespeaks of the patronizing nature of the song-poem game: its proprietors believe that their typical customer is too dumb to grasp the meaning of the simple English word "lyric." At the same time it's meant to signal an expanse of possible source materials, as in, "We'll set your song, your poem, even your goddamn shopping list to music; we don't care what you give us, so long as your checks don't bounce." ... '

The Indian Diaspora. History of Indians outside India.

Huey Long's Senate Speeches.
'During his three brief years in the U.S. Senate, Huey Long became one of the most flamboyant and provocative Senators in the nation's history. He earned the enmity of his fellow Senators due to his frequent use of the filibuster to make some "point of principle" about which he was especially passionate, and due to his not infrequent habit of casting aspersions on the character of his fellow Senators...'

The Anti-Phonetic Alphabet. A is for aisle, b is for bdellium, c is for cue, d is for double-u ... etc.

Robotory. Weblog about robots.

21st February

World Sunlight Map.

Internet Encyclopedia of Religion.

Einstein's Wife: Mileva's Story.
'On the one side, Einstein is a scientific saint, and accepting Mileva as his equal would be blasphemous. On the other side, there is solid proof that Albert treated his wife disgracefully, raising the suspicion that he viewed Mileva's career with equal disregard. In this brief investigation of the facts, Mileva's life story is divided into three periods, each defined by her changing relationship with Albert. The epilogue reviews the events leading to her rediscovery in the late 1980s.'

The Broadcast Archive. Radio history.

History of Wolverhampton. English Midlands city.

Postcards of Nursing.

Bob Dylan Songs.

The Archive of Misheard Lyrics.

Marcus Garvey.
'He was both a visionary and a manipulator, a brilliant orator and a pompous autocrat. In just ten years following his emigration to the United States as a laborer in 1917, Marcus Garvey rose to lead the largest black organization in history, was taken to prison in handcuffs, and was eventually deported. Marcus Garvey is the dramatic story of the rise and fall of an African American leader who influenced politics and culture around the world.'

Sumo FAQ.

Picture Sheffield. Images of Sheffield.

Stalin Era Posters.

Spiderman Reviews Crayons.

20th February

125 Big Questions.
'In a special collection of articles published beginning 1 July 2005, Science Magazine and its online companion sites celebrate the journal's 125th anniversary with a look forward -- at the most compelling puzzles and questions facing scientists today. A special, free news feature in Science explores 125 big questions that face scientific inquiry over the next quarter-century; accompanying the feature are several online extras including a reader's forum on the big questions.'

Aelbert Cuyp.
'Aelbert Cuyp (1620 - 1691), one of the foremost landscape painters of the Dutch golden age, is particularly known for evocative representations of the Dutch countryside drenched in an atmospheric golden light. He also painted a number of biblical and mythological pictures as well as an occasional portrait. An exceptional draftsman, he created sensitive drawings of the countryside, many of which served as models for his paintings. Quiet in atmosphere and grand in appearance, Cuyp's paintings and drawings had an enormous appeal for the English aristocracy of the later eighteenth century and for American collectors of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. '

Digital Handsworth. A suburb of Birmingham, England.

Laotzu's Tao and Wu Wei, 1939.

Los Angeles Punk Rock Flyers 1977.

The Mountaineers Collection.
'The Mountaineers is an outdoor club, founded in 1906, to promote the discovery, conservation and documentation of the "mountains, forests and watercourses of the Pacific Northwest". The Mountaineers Club constitution states that the object of the organization is: "to gather into permanent form the history and traditions of this region; to preserve, by protective legislation or otherwise, the natural beauty of the Northwest Coast of America; to make frequent or periodical expeditions into these regions in fulfillment of the above purposes"...'

Los Angeles and the Problem of Urban Historical Knowledge.

Fidel Castro History Archive. Speeches.

Pencil Revolution. All about pencils.

Yagan 'was a Noongar warrior who played a key part in early indigenous Australian resistance to European settlement and rule in the area of Perth, Western Australia. After he led a series of attacks in which white settlers were killed, a bounty was offered for his capture dead or alive, and he was shot dead by a young settler. Yagan's death has passed into Western Australian folklore as a symbol of the unjust and sometimes brutal treatment of the indigenous peoples of Australia by colonial settlers...'

Northern Ivory Coast. 'The BBC's Arnaud Zajtman visits northern Ivory Coast, more than three years after rebels took control.'

The Family of Skinner.

18th February

African American Sheet Music 1820-1920.

6000 Cool People.

Engaged Zen.

A Poet Called Benjamin Zephaniah.

Peace Corps Writers.

Scottish Clans.

The Jewish Journal.

Hollywood Dog. Editorial cartoons.

History of Glasgow.

Crikey. Peeking behind Australia's closed doors.

The World's Smallest Political Quiz.

Hindi Songs Lyrics.

Effective treatment for beautiful women phobia.

17th February

The Empire That Was Russia.

Ukulelia: The World's Greatest Ukulele Website.

Focus on Africa.

The Mongolian Yurt.

Political Cartoons.

The Lurker's Guide to Babylon 5.

Dilbert's Ultimate House.

Beatles Lyrics.

The Latin Library.

Alice in Wonderland Postcards.

15th February

Anti-Valentine's Day Cards.

Valentine's Day Cartoons.

Canadian Heritage Gallery. 'Welcome to the Canadian Heritage Gallery the most extensive collection of historical Canadiana on the Internet.'

Winslow Homer. American landscape artist.

Edvard Munch Museum.

Studies from an Eastern Home.
'This is a set of essays by Sister Nivedita, published posthumously. Nivedita was a woman of Irish nationality who converted to Hinduism and spent her life selflessly helping the poor women of India. This book gives a rare ground-level vista of vernacular Hinduism from a woman's point of view in the 19th century.'

Nursing Mothers Postcards.

Japanese Art Postcards.

Maori. 'Main Maori site on the net!'

Collective Nouns in English. A murder of crows etc.

Park Benches - A Worldwide Picture Gallery.

History of Cargill. 'Cargill has a long, rich history, starting with W. W. Cargill's first grain storage facility on the American frontier in 1865. The company has grown to become one of the largest, privately-owned businesses, providing food, agricultural and risk management products and services around the globe.'

14th February

William III: Bigot or Hero? 'Click through the pages and find out more about Britain's least loved and least understood King. '

A Punk Rock Flyer Archive 1982-1984.

Forgotten NY.
'THE PAST is all around us in New York. It's on the buildings high above and in the subways and tunnels deep below. It's even in the paths the streets take. This site is your gateway to a New York City that existed long ago -- and still exists in a hidden form today. On this site we'll show you remnants of a NYC of long ago, as well as unusual scenes not ordinarily associated with New York.'

Titian and the Late Renaissance in Venice.

The Gettysburg Address.

The Web of Indian Life.
'This is a collection of essays by Sister Nivedita, Margaret E. Noble, an Anglo-Irish Hindu convert who moved to India and devoted herself to helping poor women of all castes. It includes an appreciative introduction by Rabindranath Tagore, the Nobel laureate writer, one of her many friends in the Bengali artistic community.'

USS West Virginia: A Photographic Retrospective.

Nostalgia Central. UK oriented.

A-Z of Alien Species.

Japan for the Uninvited.

Charcoal in Chad. Photo-essay. 'As part of the BBC series Fuelling the Future, we look at the environmental problems in Chad, stemming from the widespread use of charcoal.'

High Heel Shoe Museum. Not safe for work.

13th February

Framing Canada: A Photographic Memory.

Hero Tales and Legends of the Rhine, 1915.
'Many of these tales have supernatural or pagan elements, although most are set in the middle ages, with the crusades, chivalry, knights, damsels in distress and castles as stock set dressing. Many stories center around desperate bargains with the devil. One of the best parts of this book is Spence's discussion of the historical basis of the Nibelunglied, its relation to the Icelandic Volsung saga, and other lesser known Mediaeval sagas. '

Mongolia Travel Information.

History of the Batmobile. Batman!

Sam's Mailbox Pictures. Creative and exotic mailboxes.

John Pohl's Mesoamerica.
'John Pohl is an eminent authority on American Indian civilizations and has directed numerous archaeological excavations and surveys in Canada, the United States, México, and Central America as well as Europe...'

Famous Texans. From Cyd Charisse to Lyndon Johnson.

Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.

Walthamstow Hall. A girls' school in Kent. Excellent site - there's a history of the school, as well as virtual tours.

Images of Earth and Water: The Tsa-Tsa Votive Tablets of Tibet.

Jack London's 1906 Quake Journey.
'Almost 100 years ago, on 18 April 1906, San Francisco was wrecked by a massive quake. Hundreds died. '
'Many are familiar with images of the world's first widely photographed disaster. But few have seen these pictures taken by US adventurer and author Jack London.'

Machynlleth Life. A small town in mid-Wales.
'Find out more about the town where Owain Glyndwr held Wales' first Parliament back in the 15th century. '

11th February

The Eiffel Tower.

Books for Cooks.
'This unique collection of cookery books will transport you back in time. It will take you to medieval banqueting tables laden with peacocks and pastry ships; to the medicine cabinets of noblewomen; and to royal picnics in the jungle. It will show you how the poor were encouraged to re-use coffee grounds in Victorian London, and how a rationed population attempted to stay healthy during World War 2. You will find recipes for puddings and roasts, for beauty treatments and bed bug repellents, for pies made with live birds and frogs, and for dishes spiced with ingredients as valuable as jewels. '

On-line Chinese Tools.

International Quilt Study Center.

Topics on Karnataka's History and Culture. The Indian state of Karnataka.

Oglala Sioux Tribe.

The Fall of Enron.

Happy News.

Birdwatcher's Digest.

NATO's Role in Kosovo. On the 1999 intervention, from the NATO website.


Black Information Link. UK-based.

10th February

Conservation International.
Scientists discover dozens of new species in 'lost world' of western New Guinea.

Amiens Cathedral.

Child Slaves in Ghana Photo Essay.

Built St. Louis. The architecture of St. Louis, Missouri.

Poet at Work: Walt Whitman Notebooks 1850s-1860s.
'This collection offers access to the four Walt Whitman Notebooks and a cardboard butterfly that disappeared from the Library of Congress in 1942. They were returned on February 24, 1995. '

Ancient Tales and Folk-lore of Japan, 1918.
'Themes include ghosts; unrequited love across social boundaries; Shinto landscape, tree and ocean spirits; and tales driven by Bushido and Buddhist ethics. Not a few of these yarns end up with someone committing Seppuku. '

History of Anglesey.
'The Isle of Anglesey (Ynys Môn in Welsh) is situated off the north-west coast of Wales near the beautiful Snowdonia mountain range. It is separated from the mainland by the Menai Strait, which is spanned by two picturesque bridges, the Menai Bridge and the Britannia Bridge. Anglesey was known as Mam Cymru ('Mother of Wales') during the middle ages because its fertile fields formed the breadbasket for the north of Wales...'

Himalayan Art: Collection of the Norton Simon Museum.

JRR Tolkien's Birmingham. A photographic guide.

Computer Stupidities.

Jules Valles Archive. Veteran of the Paris Commune.
'The appearance of the coffin was saluted with cries of: "Long Live the Commune! Long Live the Social Revolution! Long Live Anarchy!" Behind the hearse were the members of the family, Citizens Henri Rochefort, Révillon, Clovis Hugues, Laguerre, and the members of the Commune in Paris: Amouroux, Arnaud, Avrial, Champy, Cournet, Dereure, Dupont, Clovis Eudes, Gérardin,. Longuet, Malon, Marteret, Pottier, Régère, Urbain, Vaillant, Viard, etc. The delegations followed. Aside from the many wreaths on the funeral drape could be found Vallè Commune-member sash in red silk with gold fringes.. A large crowd awaited the cortege at the cemetery. M. Rochefort said a few words at the graveside. Several other personages spoke after him, and the crowd peacefully drifted away.'

Chronicles of George. Helpdesk tales.

Something Beautiful.

Ancient City - Kyoto. 'I live in Kyoto for 20 years. I like Kyoto. I proceed to an important place of the temple, the Shinto shrine, and the history of Kyoto on holiday every day. '

7th February

An Atlas of the Universe.

Trails to Utah and the Pacific.
'Trails to Utah and the Pacific: Diaries and Letters, 1846-1869 incorporates 49 diaries, in 59 volumes, of pioneers trekking westward across America to Utah, Montana, and the Pacific between 1847 and the meeting of the rails in 1869. In addition to the diaries, the collection includes 43 maps, 82 photographs and illustrations, and 7 published guides for immigrants. Stories of persistence and pain, birth and death, God and gold, trail dust and debris, learning, love, and laughter, and even trail tedium can be found in these original "on the trail" accounts. The collection tells the stories of Mormon pioneer families and others who were part of the national westering movement, sharing trail experiences common to hundreds of thousands of westward migrants. '

Margaret Mead: Human Nature and the Power of Culture.

Presteigne and the Welsh Marches. 'Welcome to our pages on the local history of Presteigne, an ancient border town in the Welsh Marches. Aspects of the local history of Presteigne and the Welsh Marches covered by the pages on this website are listed below. '

The Rubaiyyat of Omar Khayyam.

Sixty Folk-Tales from Exclusively Slavonic Sources, 1890.
'This collection of Slavic folktales at first glance appears to have all of the usual suspects of European Märchen. Evil stepmothers: check; plucky youths overcome impossible odds to marry kings' daughter: check; dimwitted peasants given magical gifts: check. '
'What makes this book special are some tales and motifs that hint at even older lore. Number 27 is for all intents and purposes identical to the Native American 'Earth Diver' creation myth. In 47, man is created from a drop of God's sweat. There are two tales of a global flood in 48 and 49. In 36 there is a very dark 'Abraham and Isaac' story which goes a bit further than the Bible. In 51, there is a story of a hundred-leaved rose bush which resembles images from the Kabbalah and Yogic lore. And number 59 is the tale of St. Patrick in a Balkan setting. All in all, a great anthology of eastern European folklore. '

The Diary, Correspondence, and Papers of Robert "King" Carter of Virginia, 1701-1732.
'This site includes transcriptions of the diary, correspondence, and papers of the richest and most important man of his day in Virginia, who owned at his death at least 300,000 acres containing many farms and plantations that produced tobacco and other crops for sale, some 1,000 slaves to work those plantations, and large sums of money invested in Virginia and in England. Robert Carter was a member of the Council of Virginia, was acting governor, and a political power in the colony. He had received a classical education in England, and corresponded widely both within the colony and with merchants in England.'

Jesse James.
'The story of Jesse James remains one of America's most cherished myths... and one of its most wrong-headed. Jesse James, so the legend goes, was a Western outlaw, though, in fact, he never went west; America's own Robin Hood, though he robbed from the poor as well as the rich, and kept it all for himself; and a gunfighter whose victims, in reality, were almost always unarmed...'

The Development and Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. Nobel site.

Tokyo Essentials. Online guide to Tokyo.

Cobham Park.
'Cobham Park is a country house located in Downside Road, Cobham, Surrey, England. The house was the family home of the Combe family until the early part of the 20th century...'

Denver Basin Project.
'The Denver Museum of Nature and Science (DMNS) and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) are conducting research on a 2,200-foot, 2.5-inch-diameter core, which was recently "dug up" from the Denver Basin. In the first part of this multiyear project in our own backyard, area researchers searched for information on our geologic past on the Elbert County Fairgrounds in Kiowa, Colorado, which you were able to follow right here on our Web site!...'

6th February

The Illustrated Jataka & Other Stories of the Buddha.

Tower Legends, 1932.

Connecticut History Online. Photographs, drawings and prints about Connecticut history.

Charles Darwin's Crab Collection.

John Donne (1572-1631).
'John Donne was born in Bread Street, London in 1572 to a prosperous Roman Catholic family, a precarious thing at a time when anti-Catholic sentiment was rife in England. His father, John Donne, was a well-to-do ironmonger and citizen of London. Donne's father died suddenly in 1576, and left the three children to be raised by their mother, Elizabeth, the daughter of John Heywood, epigrammatist, and a relative of Sir Thomas More...'

The Maxim Gorky Internet Archive.
'Destitute as a youth, became Russia's foremost writer; he joined the Bolshevik party in 1905 and helped organise their first legal newspaper, but drifted away during the first world war...'

Nigerian Music Directory.

Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation.
'Welcome to the Calvin Coolidge web site, sponsored by the Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation of Plymouth Notch, Vermont. We intend this site to serve as the primary resource for information about our thirtieth president. To that end, we are working with historians, researchers and educators to make available the best and the latest material on Coolidge, his political ideas, and his life and times.'

Flight School.
'At five-feet tall, with a wing span of nearly 8 feet, whooping cranes are among the largest and most beautiful birds of North America. But hunting and other forms of human encroachment drove them to the very edge of extinction in the mid-20th century, when the head count for the last known flock plummeted to an all-time low of just 15. Legal protection, conservation measures, and artificial breeding programs have slowly lifted the number of whoopers to more than 400 today, of which nearly 300 are in the wild. But those are still dangerously low figures...'

Crater Lake Data Clearinghouse. Crater Lake, Oregon.

Philosophy Pages. 'This site offers helpful information for students of the Western philosophical tradition. '

Myths of Babylonia and Assyria, 1915.
'This volume of the Myths and Legends series covers the still nascent subject of ancient Near Eastern mythology. Because the primary documents had only been deciphered a few decades prior to the writing of this book, Mackenzie necessarily has to round out the exposition with a detailed history of the region, Biblical accounts, and speculative cross-cultural comparisons, particularly to Hindu and Northern European mythology and folklore. '

4th February

The Unicorn Tapestries. Exhibition at the Met.
The Hunt of the Unicorn. 'The Hunt of the Unicorn is a series of seven tapestries dating from 1495-1505. The tapestries, often referred to as the Unicorn Tapestries, show a group of noblemen and hunters in pursuit of a unicorn which is eventually captured, brought back to a castle and chained to a tree.'

Gerrit Dou: Master Painter in the Age of Rembrandt.

The End of Life: Exploring Death in America.

Benjamin Franklin: In His Own Words.

American Visionaries: Frederick Douglass.
'Frederick Douglass has been called the father of the civil rights movement. He rose through determination, brilliance, and eloquence to shape the American nation. He was an abolitionist, human rights and women's rights activist, orator, author, journalist, publisher, and social reformer. '

Taoism. Tao Te Ching, Tao stories.

The Missouri Botanical Garden.

Dogs and More Dogs. How and why did Man's best friend evolve from wolves, and why are dogs so remarkably diverse today?

Reconstruction: The Second Civil War.
'Abandoned plantations and the promise of freedom draw former slaves to plant crops and create their own communities. Northern activists like Tunis Campbell arrive to offer help and a vision of black liberty. Emancipation is finally real -- until white planters return to claim their lands...'

World War II Military Situation Maps.
'The World War II Military Situation Maps contains maps showing troop positions beginning on June 6, 1944 to July 26, 1945. Starting with the D-Day Invasion, the maps give daily details on the military campaigns in Western Europe, showing the progress of the Allied Forces as they push towards Germany. Some of the sheets are accompanied by a declassified "G-3 Report" giving detailed information on troop positions for the period 3 Mar. 1945-26 July 1945. These maps and reports were used by the commanders of the United States forces in their evaluation of the campaigns and for planning future strategies.'

Sikh Guru Gallery.

Doctor Who. BBC site.

3rd February

British Surname Profiler. Via MeFi.

Early Encounters in North America: Peoples, Cultures and the Environment.
'This release of Early Encounters in North America contains 1,482 authors and over 100,000 pages of letters, diaries, memoirs and accounts of early encounters. Particular care has been taken to index the material so that it can be used in new ways. For example, you can identify all encounters between the French and the Huron between 1650 and 1700.'

Coit Tower, San Francisco.

Comet Hale-Bopp: The Great Comet of 1997. 'With over 5,100 images, this site has the largest collection of Comet Hale-Bopp images in the world available on the Internet. The home page is maintained solely on the volunteer efforts of myself. '

Japanese Castles, A Complete Guide.

The World in a City. London's immigrant history.

Gypsy Folk Tales, 1899.
'Francis Hindes Groome was one of the small group of 19th century folklorists who immersed themselves in Roma (Gypsy) life. This was in the heroic period of the study of folklore, when devoted scholars built up the field from scratch. Even then, however, it was obvious that there were universal story motifs that spanned continents and cultures. Groome hypothesized that the nomadic Roma had been a primary conduit for the transfer of a common body of stories across a broad region of Eurasia...'

Denis Diderot Archive.

Shaman, Saiva and Sufi: A Study of the Evolution of Malay Magic, 1925.

Dilapidated Railway Stations. Photos of British railway stations in a poor state of repair.

Koffee Corner. Home for the coffee connoisseurs. 'Planet Earth's most passionate coffee website'.

The Horseshoe Crab.
'For many, the horseshoe crab is a childhood acquaintance, first introduced by a fierce-looking shell on a sandy beach.'
'For ecologists, the horseshoe is an important creature - a vastly adaptable generalist that predates most species on the planet, with a lifecyle that is interlocked with other animals.'

Algorithms in the "Real World".

2nd February

Coelacanth: The Fish out of Time.

'These texts describe the esoteric teachings of Tantra, a belief system which originated in India, praticed by a small number of Hindus and Buddhists. Tantra has become a synonym in the West for unbridled sexuality; however sexuality per se is only one facet of this elaborate spiritual practice, as a representation of the union of the soul with the Goddess. Rather, this attitude reflects the spiritual vacuum of mainstream Western religions when it comes to sacred sexuality. A deep study of Tantra can take a lifetime, and is not for the undisciplined or the thrill-seeker. '

The Argonautica.
'The Argonautica tells the story of the journey of Jason and the Argonauts to the land of Colchis in search of the Golden Fleece. The story of the Argonauts was a traditional cycle of myths which Apollonius of Rhodes wove into this saga at the turn of the third century BCE. Apollonius, born about 270 BC, was a librarian at the great Library of Alexandria. He composed the Argonautica in his youth, but it got a poor reception in Alexandria. Rejected, he moved to Rhodes where he gained fame as a teacher, and his poem got more respect. Eventually he returned to Alexandria, where the Argonautica was finally acclaimed...'

Scottish Bookbinding.
'The National Library of Scotland has the pre-eminent collection of decorative bookbindings produced in Scotland during the last five centuries. This section of the Digital Library, which at present includes wheel and herringbone bindings, will be expanded to display examples of other Scottish binding styles, in particular the work of the Edinburgh binder James Scott, and his son William, and also the creations of contemporary binders who feature in the National Library's annual Elizabeth A. Soutar Bookbinding Competition. '

Darfur Drawn: The Conflict in Darfur through Children's Eyes.
'The government of Sudan is responsible for "ethnic cleansing" and crimes against humanity in the context of an internal conflict in Darfur, one of the world's poorest and most inaccessible regions, on Sudan's western border with Chad. Since 2003, the Sudanese government and the ethnic "Janjaweed" militias it arms and supports have committed numerous attacks on the civilian populations of the Fur, Masalit, Zaghawa and other ethnic groups perceived to support the rebel insurgency. Government forces oversaw and directly participated in massacres, summary executions of civilians-including women and children-burnings of towns and villages, and the forcible depopulation of wide swathes of land long inhabited by the Fur, Masalit and Zaghawa. The Janjaweed militias, Muslim like the groups they attack, have destroyed mosques, killed Muslim religious leaders, and desecrated Qurans belonging to their enemies...'

Daylight Saving Time: Saving Time, Saving Energy. About Daylight Saving; California Energy Commission site.

An Introduction to Shanghainese.

IBM Research: Deep Blue. The historic Kasparov vs. Deep Blue chess match.

Ghost Town Gallery. Photos of ghost towns in the western United States. Extensive.

Blue Screen of Death Gallery. How PCs have crashed over the years.

Audie Murphy 'was the United States' most decorated combat soldier of World War II. He later became an actor and singer/songwriter. Among his thirty three awards and decorations was the Medal of Honor, the highest military award for bravery that can be given to any individual in the United States of America, for "conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty." Murphy received every decoration for valor that the U.S. had to offer, some of them more than once, and five decorations by France and Belgium...'

Who's Who in the History of Western Mysticism.

1st February

Tolerance. A web project of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

19th Century Schoolbooks.
'Examine digital editions of 140 schoolbooks and two surveys of historic schoolbooks by John Nietz, the founder of the Nietz Old Textbook Collection. '

The Colors of India.
'The late Raghubir Singh, one of India's most prominent photographers, once said that India is inherently is a colorful nation and black and white photographs can never do complete justice to India's vast diversity. How true! '

The Chagall Windows.
'The Synagogue of the Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center was dedicated on February 6th, 1962, as part of Hadassah's Golden Anniversary celebration. The floors and interior walls are made of Jerusalem Stone, and the Synagogue is illuminated by a hanging lantern and by sunlight which streams through the magnificent Chagall Windows. '
'Marc Chagall, who was present at the dedication, spoke of the joy he felt in bringing "my modest gift to the Jewish people, who have always dreamt of biblical love, of friendship and peace among all people; to that people who lived here, thousands of years ago, among other Semitic people. My hope is that I hereby extend my hand to seekers of culture, to poets and to artists among the neighboring people." ...'

GUIdebook: Graphical User Interface Gallery.
'Welcome to guidebook, a website dedicated to preserving and showcasing Graphical User Interfaces, as well as various materials related to them. '

Learn Cantonese.

The Dickens Project. About Charles Dickens.

The Princess and the Press. About Princess Diana and her relationship with the media.

Robber Flies (Asilidae). Fascinating insects.

Men and Depression.

Anti-Telemarketing Script.

Local Nutters.
'Everywhere in the world has its fair share of deranged people. I grew up in Wolverhampton and remember the Polish tramp who lived in a tent on the roundabout. Legend had it that his coat was stuffed with cash. More recently I notice the guy who spends his day pushing a trolley round Camden Sainsburys shouting, "Best of luck!". Constantly. Tell us about your local nutters. '

Mother-in-Law Language.
'A special language that a man had to use when talking to-or even when talking in the presence of-his mother-in-law, and the mother-in-law would use it back ... They were people who should be kept at arm's length in social dealings-one would not normally look them in the eye or be left alone with them without a chaperon-and the use of a special language, Jalnguy, was an overt index of this avoidance behavior.'