Life in Paradise: By Train
Through North Korea.
A North Korean travelogue. Ron Gluckman visits the
route his family used to escape World War II in Europe
(by way of the Soviet Union, Manchuria, Korea, and
across the Pacific to the United States).
"I couldn't help thinking that if aliens ever
landed on earth and you only had a few hours to
help them understand America, all you would have
to do is take them to any state fair. For me, they
are a microcosm of America--in all its glory and
weirdness--at any given point in time." --Arthur
Holocaust Music of the Ghettos and Camps.
'Ghetto songs served three major purposes: documentation of ghetto life, a diversion
from reality, and the upholding of tradition. The ghetto songs reveal the capacity for
suffering and the elemental will to survive and the urge to create, to sing and even to laugh.
The ghetto had its street singers, its coffee and teahouses. It had its beggars and madmen.
One popular tune which was supposedly started by a beggar said, "Me hot zey in dr'erd,
me vet zey iberlebn, me vet noch derlebn" ("To hell with them, we will survive them, we will
yet survive.") '
The Framley Museum.
A joke museum.
'The museum was founded in 1882 when objects of local
interest began to gather in the field where the museum
now stands, due to the natural action of the wind and
'In 1886, visionary Whoft philanthropist, Manimal
MacCorkindale proposed building some walls around the
objects, forming Framley's first museum.'
'A door fitted in 1932 cemented the museum's
Robot Comic Book Cover Gallery.
'These are just a few examples of the robot influence
of comic book art in our western culture. I have
placed them in aphabetical order, not by date.
Some date back to the early 1960's. '
Trance-Dancers of the Goddess Durga.
'A few miles south of Kathmandu, on a promontory of
lush rice fields looking over the Bagmati River,
lies the village of Harasiddhi, named after a Goddess
of the same name. The inhabitants rarely venture
beyond the village. White-robed priests pace the
narrow cobblestone paths, women draw water from
dark wells, and shy children peer at the rare
visitors from behind carved wooden window panels
depicting mythical creatures. In short, everything
in this village gives the impression that it has
been left behind by time...'
Islamic Manuscripts from Mali.
'The manuscripts presented online are displayed in
their entirety and are an exemplary grouping that
showcase the wide variety of subjects covered by
the written traditions of Timbuktu, Mali, and West
Counter Culture: Parisian Cabarets and the
'For adventurous artists of the late
nineteenth-century, Paris was the center of the
universe. For the most avant-garde of the artists,
it was the hilly district of Montmartre, in northern
Paris that was the epicenter. Counter Culture
recreates the heady atmosphere of Montmartre
nightlife at the fin-de-siècle when raucous,
irreverent artists, writers, performers, and
composers formed groups with nonsensical names
such as the Hydropathes and the Incohérents. '
Graffiti in Sydney.
Gallery of graffiti in the inner city suburb of
Newtown. (The big map of Africa is on the side of
a West African restaurant).
Under New York.
'Looking beneath a city street is like peeking under
your skin: the terrain upon which your well-being
depends is so close, yet so full of secrets. Under
New York City there are more than 32 million miles
of utility lines, 22 tunnels in all and 443 miles
of subway tracks. The gas mains and steam pipes
would reach across the United States and back three
Hokusai: Not Only '36 Views of Mount Fuji'
'How many works of Katsushika Hokusai do you know ?
Katsushika Hokusai( 1760 - 1849 ) was very famous
Ukiyo-e artist in Edo period.
He is now recognized as one of the most important
Japanese artists in the world...'
Hokusai's sketches, prints and illustrated
Lucky in Love.
'Every month nine thousand unmarried couples arrive
in Las Vegas and depart married-happily, one
presumes. They come to Las Vegas to do what they
could easily do at home, but chose to do in Sin
City instead, a metropolis that manages to combine
lust and insensibility, danger and boredom, allure
and graceless reality, all in one package, like love
itself. The duly intended hurry toward their fates
from cities as far away as Kyoto and Hamburg and
Sydney, and from places closer to home--towns like
Birmingham and Orlando and Minneapolis, to get the
Imber - The Ghost Village.
A Wiltshire village uninhabited since World War II -
'Plans were made in 1943 to have the community
moved in only one month so that troops could use
the land for training purposes. Over the years there
has been a debate rumbling that the residents were
given some kind of promise that they could return to
their homes once the village was no longer needed.
But, by 1947 most of the original houses had been
wrecked by the army, who then re-built them as
"shells" . To this day public access is kept to
a strict minimum, with only a handful of days
available to the public to visit. '
Asia and the Pacific Rim in Early Prints and
'Over 1,000 prints and photographs (mostly albumen,
hand-colored albumen and gelatin silver prints) of
East, Southeast and South Asia from the 18th century
to the early 20th century, drawn from portfolios,
photographic albums, photographically illustrated
books and archival collections. Subjects include
architecture, scenes of daily life, portraits of
major political, religious and artistic figures
of the time, "exotica," staged photographs for the
tourist trade and travel postcards. '
'A photographic essay
among the Chergari Gypsies
in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria'.
'Far from the image of wandering, mystical
fortune-tellers of the West's collective stereotype,
Gypsies are becoming the scapegoats for escalating
social and economic problems such as unemployment
and climbing crime rates. In this region, beseiged
for centuries by ethnic hatred and conflicts,
minorities are an easy targets for attacks. Gypsies
are the largest minority population, with an estimated
eight million scattered throughout Europe. Yet as
a people without a country, they have no one to
protect their interests and no home where they can
seek refuge from intensifying nationalist attacks.'
Grahamston: Glasgow's Forgotten Village.
'Grahamston is a forgotten piece of Glasgow
history. It vanished beneath the foundations
of Glasgow Central Station more than 100 years
ago, but its memory lives on in buildings, in
street patterns and not least in the urban legend
of an abandoned village beneath the platforms of
Scotland's busiest railway station.'
'Favela Faces is a bilingual web site that uses
photographs and short video interviews to tell the
stories behind the faces of four people living in
or around the favelas of Rio de Janeiro. '
'Hi, we just wanted to touch base with you about
the latest bleeding-edge technologies in the field
of top-down, user-centred, interpersonal solutions.'
Blue-sky synergies. Make it happen.
Think and Grow Rich, 1938.
'This is one of the best-selling self-help books
of all time. Written during the Great Depression,
against a backdrop of millions of people out of work
and a looming world war, Napoleon Hill's magnum opus
held out hope that life could get better. '
huh? Corporation: We Do Stuff.
'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.'
'Our consulting ideas will entice and excite you.
Our professional design solutions will give you the
confidence to succeed. And our web site will make
you think we know what we're doing...'
The Magic Mirror of Life: An Appreciation of the
'Go into a very dark room on a bright day. Make
a small hole in a window cover and look at the
opposite wall. What do you see? Magic! There in
full color and movement will be the world outside
the window - upside down! This magic is explained
by a simple law of the physical world. Light travels
in a straight line and when some of the rays
reflected from a bright subject pass through
a small hole in thin material they do not
scatter but cross and reform as an upside down
image on a flat surface held parallel to the hole.
This law of optics was known in ancient times...'
Cao Dai: Vietnam's Congregation of Kitsch.
'Jesus, Jeanne d'Arc and Thomas Jefferson are
all venerated, alongside Victor Hugo, Julius Caesar,
Shakespeare, and William Churchill. Lest the big
God's Eye and psychedelic colors flash you back to
the Summer of Love, this indigenous alter
belongs to the Caodai, and Vietnam's Congregation
of Kitsch. '
Never Been Photographed.
'My heart feels heavy as I present these portraits
of the poorest of the poor of India. My father
documented these portraits, not for the Internet,
not for the money or artistic effort, but with a
sense of history in his mind. "In a few years, it
will be hard for us to believe that we lived
amongst people like these" he once wrote to me.
The subjects in this series are mostly uneducated,
poor, and never been in front of a camera. Many were
taken in deep forests of India where the technology
was yet to make an impact. Innumerable times, after
a person passed away, the relatives tracked down my
father and had to request the only photograph of
their loved ones. This website may be the only place
that a record will exist of their existence. (No.
India does not have an identification system).'
'Pedro Zamora (February 29, 1972-November 11, 1994)
was an openly gay, Cuban-American, HIV-positive AIDS
educator who became famous for his appearance on
MTV's Real World San Francisco, which then-President
Bill Clinton credited with personalizing and
humanizing those with the disease...'
Coney Island History.
Coney Island was considered the world's largest
and premier amusement area during the first half
of the 20th Century. It was a beach resort that
provided carefree entertainment and thrilling
amusement park rides to the millions of residents
that lived in New York City. It featured three huge
amusement parks; Luna Park, Steeplechase and
Dreamland, and countless other attractions along
the Bowery, Surf Avenue and its numerous side
Articles on an ordinary life in Russia from 1995 to
2004. Family, dacha, the seasons, etc...
. But even amidst a crisis, war or election
campaign (the favorite time for the stinking
voltures of contemporary journalism) there are
smiles in the streets and beauty of sceneries and
in the hearts. May professional journalists, both
Russian and American, forgive me, but life in any
country is much more human than they keep telling
The American Indian Observed.
'... Found among the Archives' collections are many
containing artists' depictions of the American
Indian. While the work of artists like George Catlin,
W. Langdon Kihn, and Dorothy Newkirk Stewart all look
different, they, and the work of other artists
represented in this display, are united in one
respect: their subject matter came from life. Whether
through sketchbooks and notes, or works of art, the
following selections are testaments to the power of
Mail Art Postcard Exhibition.
'This is an exhibit of mail art postcards. All
techniques and works in any medium are welcome,
from cards made entirely by hand to completely
digital creations. '
In Pictures: 1950s South Africa.
'An exhibition now on in Johannesburg commemorates the campaign of defiance
against apartheid during the 1950s. This selection of photos is by Jurgen
Stop Alien Abductions.
'THE THOUGHT SCREEN HELMET STOPS ALIENS FROM
ABDUCTING HUMANS. IT'S A TESTED DEVICE THAT
'Inspired by their passions, with few or no
restrictions, the country's top enthusiasts have
created the Ultimate Garages. We celebrate these
collectors and motor nuts as we visit their secret
automotive shrines and learn how to create a garage
where we can comfortably spend time with cars,
friends and fellow enthusiasts. '
In Pictures: Nomadic Lifestyle.
'I am 37 years old and a Tuareg nomad from Mali's
Iraganatan tribe. There are also Tuareg in southern
Algeria, Burkina Faso, the very northern tip of Benin,
Nigeria and half of Niger. '
'Although we come from different countries we all
speak the same language, called Tamashek...'
'This folklore site contains retellings of
American folktales, Native American myths and
legends, tall tales, weather folklore and ghost
stories from each and every one of the 50 United
'This lovely twilight scene, recorded last April,
finds a young crescent Moon low in the west at sunset.
Above it, stars shine in the darkening sky but they
too are soon to drop below the western horizon. '
A Postcard from John Lennon.
"Wrought with classic Lennon witticisms and
intentionally misspelled words, he starts off
by writing '[THIS IS NOT A BEGGING LETTER]' and
goes on to say 'I am a crippled family who need
som mony to git out of Scotcland a few hundred
will do.' At the bottom of the card he has signed
as 'Jack McCripple (ex seamen).'. The card is
addressed to 'Dirty Tayler M.B.E.' at the Apple
Headquarters address, 3 Savile Row in London.
The front of the card pictures a castle and John
has drawn a line to one of the windows and written
A Morning in Chinatown. Photo-essay.
'This modest exhibit is dedicated with thanks to the
people who live and work in the sometimes magical
neighborhood known as Los Angeles Chinatown. Without
its people there would truly be no Chinatown.'
Depictions of Medicine in Graphic Satire.
18th and 19th century British satires.
'This was the time of the Enlightenment, and the
Industrial Revolution. Rapid and significant changes
in politics, economics, social structure, religious
values, and scientific knowledge created uncertainty
and anxiety among the public. The emerging managerial
and professional classes that included politicians,
lawyers, artists, academics, scientists and physicians
rose in power and status, and became targets of
public disquiet. Graphic satire was one means of
expressing social anxiety that allowed criticism
of the emerging elite. '
An American ghost town.
'Here you'll see what's left of Bodie. An original
ghost town from the late 1800's. Bodie stands today
in a state of "arrested decay". So coined by the
State of California when they took over the town
in 1962 to make it a State Historic Park.'
'West Africa's markets are legendary and none
more so than the famous Makola market in Ghana's
capital, Accra. Run by powerful women traders,
Makola is a place where you can buy anything you
need - manufactured and imported foods, fresh
produce, tools, medicines, shoes, and pots and pans.
It's also a place that's good for the soul; its
humour and energy will recharge your batteries. '
Grandma Prisbrey's Bottle Village.
'You have arrived at the home page for Grandma
Prisbrey's Bottle Village. This folk art environment
is the single handed work of self taught senior
citizen Tressa "Grandma " Prisbrey. '
Photographs of Japanese-American Internment
'In 1943, Ansel Adams (1902-1984), America's
best-known photographer, documented the Manzanar
War Relocation Center in California and the Japanese
Americans interned there during World War II...'
'Although a majority of the photographs are
portraits, the images also include views of daily
life, agricultural scenes, and sports and leisure
activities. When he offered the collection to the
Library in 1965, Adams wrote, "The purpose of my
work was to show how these people, suffering under
a great injustice, and loss of property, businesses
and professions, had overcome the sense of defeat
and dispair [sic] by building for themselves a
vital community in an arid (but magnificent)
environment...All in all, I think this Manzanar
Collection is an important historical document,
and I trust it can be put to good use." '
Georgian Folk Tales, 1894.
'This is a short collection of folk tales from the
nation of Georgia by Marjorie Wardrop. '
'In the well known Pleiades star cluster, starlight
is slowly destroying this wandering cloud of gas and
The Citizen - Travel for the Anti-Tourist.
'theCitizen is a youth culture travel guidebook
written for the anti-tourist. If your idea of fun
is eating a 12-course meal on a cruise ship,
theCitizen is not for you. If you lost your wallet
last summer in a complicated scam run by some junkie
from Berlin, theCitizen might be for you. If you are
that junkie from Berlin, welcome to theCitizen. '
Hidden Lives: Children in Care
'Hidden Lives Revealed provides an intriguing
encounter with children who were in the care
of The Children's Society in late Victorian
and early 20th Century Britain. '
Photographs and case files.
Photos of Telephone Books.
Interesting data point - telephone directories in
Iceland list people by
first name rather than
last name. This is because most Icelandic people don't
have inherited family names, but
instead use patronyms (i.e.
'X's son'/'Y's daughter'). More on that
Mexico: From Empire to Revolution.
Old photographs and postcards.
'Reproduced in the digital resource are cabinet
cards, cartes-de-visite, albums, postcards and other
forms of photography. The Photographers represented
are either Mexican or European or North American. The
work of some thirty known photographers is shown,
alongside that of many others who remain anonymous.
Together they provide a chronicle of Mexico from
approximately 1857 to 1923, a chronicle explored
in the History and Chronology sections of the
Aeclectic Tarot - Tarot Cards, Decks and
The art of tarot.
'See images of Tarot cards from hundreds of
decks, read reviews of Tarot decks and books,
learn more about Tarot and the card meanings,
send Tarot postcards, or join our active Tarot
Beyond the Pale.
History of the Jews of Russia.
"BEYOND THE PALE" refers to the provinces in
Russia where Jews were forced to live during the
18th and 19th centuries, called "The Pale of
'Few groups in history have encountered more
prejudice than the Jews. In Europe, the hatred of
Jews has its origins in Christianity, a religion
rooted in Judaism. For centuries, the Jews were
the only religious minority in Christian Europe,
often misunderstood and eyed with suspicion by the
population, suppressed by the Church and exploited
by the rulers. Religious intolerance led to
discrimination and isolation. A climate developed
in which many legends and myths about Jews and
Judaism seemed credible. Some are still believed
today. But despite of persecution and discrimination,
Jewish communities kept their religious, their
social and cultural traditions alive. '
'This exhibition depicts the history of anti-Jewish
attitudes -- and of anti-Semitism today, a form of
intolerance that in our century caused the death of
millions of people. The exhibition also portrays
the history of Jews in Europe and in Russia to help
understand their life, religion and culture. But
above all, the exhibition wants to warn of the great
dangers of prejudice and intolerance, particularly
in times of political uncertainty and increased
'Feral children, also known as wild children or
wolf children, are children who've grown up with
minimal human contact, or even none at all. They
may have been raised by animals (often wolves) or
somehow survived on their own. In some cases,
children are confined and denied normal social
interaction with other people...'
The Battle of the Somme.
'The Battle of the Somme began on 1 July 1916.
It lasted for five months and was one of the most
bitterly contested and costly battles of the First
New York City
Signs: 14th to 42nd Street.
'This site intends to survey all of the signs in
New York City from 14th Street to 42nd Street. '
'Of course, this is not possible, since there would
be tens of thousands of signs within this area. The
29 crosstown streets are each 10 to 11 blocks long
(1st Ave. to 11th or 12th Aves.). This gives some
300 blocks, each containing, say, 100 signs of one
type or another. This would total 30,000. Even if we
eliminated the repetitive traffic signs (actually,
each one is different, in setting if not otherwise),
the remainder would probably be over 20,000 ... '
The Trixie Update.
'This site is about human babies. Specifically one
named Trixie MacNeill. These pages contain tons of
data regarding the sleep patterns, feeding schedules
and diaper habits of a newborn baby. We also have a
Trixie Picture of the Day for those who don't like
to think about human babies in exclusively clinical
terms. And for the grandparents.'
'My name is Ben MacNeill. I'm Trixie's dad. I
chose to stay at home and take care of her. I
started this blog a few weeks after she was born,
which was July 31st, 2003...'
The Maqamat of al-Hamadhani.
'A Maqama (plural, Maqamat) is an Arabic rhymed
prose literary form, with short poetic passages.
Maqama is from a root which means 'he stood,' and
in this case it means to stand in a literary
discussion in order to orate. '
'The two classical exponents of the Maqama were
Hamadhani (967-1007), the composer of this work,
and the later and better-known Hariri (1054-1122).
Hamadhani was born in Hamadhan, the ancient Ecbatana,
in what is now Iran (to the southwest of Tehran) and
spent his life as a wandering scholar. The Maqamat of
Hamadhani and Hariri have a similar structure. They
both consist of a series of unrelated episodes
involving a wandering narrator, and a trickster
protagonist. In the Maqamat of Hamadhani, the
narrator is an alter ego of Hamadhani, a wandering
scholar named Isa ibn Hisham. In each tale, he
encounters a mysterious rogue named Abul-Fath
Alfred Hitchcock Mosaics, Leytonstone.
'Alfred Hitchcock was born at 517 High Road,
Leytonstone, in the east of London on 13th August
1899. To mark 100 years since this event, and to
commemorate the director's link with the area,
17 mosaics have been installed in the entrance
corridors of Leytonstone tube station. '
Humphrey Spender's Worktown.
'Between 1937 and 1938 Humphrey Spender took
over 900 pictures of Bolton at the request of
Tom Harrisson, one of the founders of the
'Humphrey Spender's "Worktown" photographs offer a
fascinating insight into the lives of ordinary people
living and working in a British pre-War industrial
Recycled Art Bazaar.
'In Senegal, Mali, Kenya and other countries in
Africa, resourceful people have long excelled at
fashioning toys from the available materials -
tin cans, wire and scrap rubber and plastic that
we would discard as trash. In addition to brightly
colored trucks made from beer cans and wire bicycles,
Indigo offers buckets constructed of tomato cans,
and lunch-boxes and suitcases from tuna cans (lined
with Senegalese funny papers!). '
Route 66 Historic Preservation.
A chronicle of historic preservation efforts on
Route 66, 'the Main Street of America'.
'This web site was begun to spread news about an
endangered tourist court called John's Modern Cabins.
The picturesque remains were until very recently
visible from Interstate 44 near Newburg, Missouri.
A recent rerouting of the Interstate in that area
has made the cabins invisible to Interstate
travelers, but as far as I know they still exist.
I have since expanded the site in an attempt to
document and encourage preservation efforts all
along Historic Route 66. '
Deco Orient's Vintage Chinese Poster Gallery.
'This web site has been created to tell the unique
story of these vintage posters and to give the reader
a better description of a little known result of the
merging of the East and West that took place in China,
and more specifically in Shanghai, in the first
three to four decades of the last century.'
The 'Russian Anne Frank'.
'Tanya Savicheva (1930 - 1944) was a Russian
child diarist who died during the German
occupation of Leningrad during World War II.
The diary that survives her is brief yet
The Japanese comic about Hiroshima, by one of the
'Barefoot Gen is a vivid autobiographical story.
Artist Keiji Nakazawa was only seven years old when
the Atomic Bomb destroyed his beautiful home city of
Hiroshima. The artist's manga (visual novel), tells
the tale of one family's struggle to survive in the
dreadful shadow of atomic war. '
Postcards of the Mexican Revolution.
'Much of Mexico's history for the decade of
1910-1920 was recorded by hundreds of photographers
on postcards. Using glass plate cameras and early cut
film cameras, primitive by today's standards, the
photographers faced injury and death to obtain
negatives which would be printed on postcard
stock and sold to the soldiers and general public
on both sides of the U.S.-Mexican border...'
Nigerian Poster: War Against Corruption.
What a fascinating, arresting piece of graphic
'Nigeria's government, police, civil services, and
businesses are plagued by extortion, bribery, and
other forms of corruption. While many point to a
failure of leadership, corruption is largely a
byproduct of an economy fueled almost exclusively
by petroleum exports. With no vested interest in
developing Nigeria's infrastructure and manufacturing
sectors, the wealthy simply profit from oil while the
nation falls ever deeper into economic chaos...'
The lives and opinions of dozens of Iranian
journallers, inside and outside Iran.
'Jose Peñaloza Aguilar is a carpenter and beekeeper
who lives in the remote village of Tablas Monte in
'Nearly a year ago, his wife Lourdes left him and
their three sons to go and work in Spain...'
The 50 Best Robots Ever.
'They're exploring the deep sea and distant planets.
They're saving lives in the operating room and on the
battlefield. They're transforming factory floors and
filmmaking. They're - oh c'mon, they're just plain
cool! From Qrio to the Terminator, here are our
absolute favorites (at least for now).'
Aerial Photographs of Colorado.
'Aerial photographs dramatically portray the changing landscape of Colorado:
a mountain valley can be seen where there is now a reservoir; changes in the
vegetation and ground cover can be traced over the years, and the growth of
towns and cities documented. This website provides access to over 1,700 digitized
aerial photographs of Colorado taken by the U.S. Forest Service in the years from
1938 to 1947.'
Kolyma: The Land of Gold and Death.
An account of life in the gulag.
'Stalin's prisoners, or "lagerniks" as they were
commonly called, referred to the frozen land of
Kolyma as a planet, although it physically remained
part of Mother Earth. This vast piece of Arctic and
sub-Arctic territory, with its undefined political
and geographical borders, was located in the furthest
North-East corner of Siberia...'
Stanislaw J. Kowalski :
'Those few of us who survived must ensure that
posterity holds these crimes as a warning against
ambitious and cruel rulers who have neither
understanding nor compassion for their fellow human
California Sheet Music Project.
A virtual library of sheet music published in
California between 1852 and 1900. African American,
Chinese, Hawaiian, Irish, French, Native American,
advertising, cover art, sports.... etc.
The Urban Etiquette Handbook.
'Etiquette. The word may seem quaint and ironic to
progressive New Yorkers, bringing to mind doilyed
scenes of high tea with extended pinkies and stilted
conversation. After all, many of the original "rules"
were based on traditions steeped in emotional
constipation-hardly appropriate for a modern,
expressive, liberated city...'
Black Farmers in America.
'Those of us concerned with the welfare of meaningful
photography take some heart whenever a worthy project
gets exhibited and published. John Francis Ficara's
elegant take on black farmers in America documents
a vanishing way of life and points to failures of
social justice that sadly contribute to its passing. '
'The poetry of the Yukaghir, a poor hunting tribe in
eastern Siberia, consists of improvisations or verses
handed down from narrator to narrator or from singer
to singer through generations. Verses handed down in
this way can be expected to vary from person to
person. As can be seen, verses from these people
deal with familiar themes in human life: experience
of aging, expression of love, appeals to a harsh
environment for relief, and celebration of a
Tibetan Healing Mandala.
'In response to the September 11 tragedies, twenty
Buddhist monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery
constructed a sand mandala (sacred painting) at the
Sackler gallery. This seven-foot-square mandala,
one of the largest ever created in the West, was
offered for the healing and protection of America. '
The Stone Pages.
A guide to the stone circles of Europe.
'Over the last 14 years we have personally visited
and photographed all 529 archæological sites you will
find in these pages (117 in the six national sections
and 412 in our Tours section), creating the first Web
guide to European megaliths and other prehistoric
sites, online since February 1996'.
Berlin Wall Photographs: East Side Gallery.
'The Berlin Wall at Muehlenstrasse was painted by
about 100 artists from all over the world in the
beginning of 1990.
The gallery has become famous as East Side Gallery
and is the world's largest open air gallery.
The photographs were taken between 1990 and 2001. '
The Valley Observed: San Fernando
Valley History and Sense of Place.
The valley encircled by the city of Los Angeles.
'The San Fernando Valley has no American counterpart.
Encircled by five ranges of mountains and hills, the
basin could hold all of San Francisco, Boston and
Washington, D.C. combined. The population of 1.7
million is more people than live in a dozen states.
Most are formally citizens of Los Angeles, but they
are separated by geography, climate and tradition
from the metropolis over the hill. Mostly they like
it that way.'
'The Nicaraguan Primitivista painting movement
originated in a community of artists founded in the
1970's on the islands of Solentiname in Lake
Nicaragua. The community was based on the principles
of liberation theology and sponsored workshops in
popular poetry, theater, music and painting. The
painting workshops gave birth to the Primitivista
Painting Movement, a school influenced by the Haitian
paintng renaissance of the late 40's and 50's. The
paintings were typified by idealized scenes of
community life, lush natural environments and pastoral
utopias, executed in bright colors and intricate
'This revolutionary vision of hope and possibility
was at odds with the regime of Anastasio Somoza.
The original artists' community was destroyed when
the island was bombed by Somoza's forces, and those
not killed were forced into hiding. But the painting
workshops reemerged after the Sandinista revolution
and still flourish today. '
'Differently gendered." Catchy, perhaps, but it
would be more direct to say that I'm a transsexual.
It's been an interesting life, but the only thing I
can compare it to is pretending not to be
'Stopping the pretense and being true to myself has
been a much better way to live. I hope that these
pages will make the way easier for others who are
differently gendered, along with their families,
friends, and partners.'
NativeWeb. Resources for indigenous cultures
around the world.
'Ortelius's Theatrum Orbis Terrarum (Theatre of the
World) is considered the first true atlas in the
modern sense: a collection of uniform map sheets
and sustaining text bound to form a book for which
copper printing plates were specifically engraved.
The Ortelius atlas is sometimes referred to as the
summary of sixteenth-century cartography. '
Toulouse-Lautrec and Montmartre.
'In the late nineteenth century, Montmartre became
the heart of a daring, often racy, entertainment
industry that lured thrill-seeking Parisians to its
dance halls and cabarets, circuses and brothels.'
Photographs of Old Norwich.
'See 3600 black-and-white photographs my father George
Plunkett has taken of Norwich (England) since 1930:
many of buildings long since gone, victims of the
blitz or slum-clearance.'
'Before I can explain my decades-long quest to map
the starmaze I must acquaint you with a small puzzle.
You will see a simple pattern consisting of circles
and squares. Begin by clicking on the square in the
center. The pattern will change. Keep clicking. You
can make the patterns change in a predictable way by
clicking on various shapes. If you find yourself in a
pattern with nine empty circles you will have reached
a dead-end; click the "Start Over" button to return to
the starting pattern. '
'The puzzle is simply this: figure out how the
patterns change. When you think you understand the
rule (or rules) which determine how the patterns
change, return to this page. '