Watergate Trial Sketches.
'The four courtroom sketches you see throughout this
site depict scenes from the 1974 Watergate trial of
White House aides H.R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman and
former attorney general John Mitchell. They were drawn
by the late nationally renowned artist, John D. Hart,
whose estate Eric Turkewitz represented in a 1992
medical malpractice trial. Mr. Turkewitz received
them from his widow after successfully trying the
case to verdict before a jury. '
In Loving Memory: Commemorating Death in
'Death is a traumatic event. Mourning processes have
developed as a means of giving death a structure in
our lives, and to rally the support of friends and
family. Objects are used as a part of this process
to help keep alive memories of the dead person. '
The Onion's 9-11 Edition.
US vows to defeat whoever it is they're at war with,
God clarifies 'thou shalt not kill', woman bakes
cake with American flag, hijackers shocked to find
themselves in Hell.
'Although Creole communities exist on several
continents, the most widely known Creole communities
are those of the West Indies and the southern United
States. A commonly accepted definition in Louisiana
is that "Creole" is a culture, rooted in French and
Spanish Colonialism, that involves adaptations of
French, Spanish, African and American Indian people
to each other in the New World. Creole culture
manifests itself in multiple ways. Louisiana Creole
culture is seen in architecture, language, folklore,
music, religion, foodways, and other customs. The
culture combines European, African, and often American
Indian traditions. The ports and trade routes of the
area made Louisiana a cultural crossroads and, as a
result, the inhabitants of this region were also
exposed to additional cultural influences. '
Earth as Art.
'Here you can view our planet through the beautiful
images taken by the Landsat-7 satellite - and most
recently, the Terra Satellite's Advanced Spaceborne
Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER).'
Duke Ellington's Washington.
'Duke Ellington's life and success were woven from
the fabric of the black community in Washington that
nurtured him. Ellington was born in 1899 into a
middle class family - his mother's father was a
policeman, his own father was a butler, sometimes
serving in the White House. In his teen years,
Ellington picked up keyboard techniques by hanging
around veteran pianists like Doc Perry and Lewis
Brown. "There were a lot of great piano players in
Washington," he later raved. "It was a very good
climate for me to come up in, musically." ...'
Terror and Gallows Humor: After September 11?
Interesting article on humour as a way of dealing
with bad things.
'... For weeks after that, professional comedians
over when it was safe to joke, and about what sorts
of jokes were permissible and which were not. Articles
started appearing in the New York Times entitled
"Comedy Returns, Treading Lightly" [September 26]
and "Live from New York, Permission to Laugh"
[October 1]. Entertainment Weekly on October 12 ran an
article entitled, "Comic Relief," with examples of
jokes that worked and did not work in a September 29
revue: one that worked occurred when one comedian
flubbed a line and another spontaneously ad-libbed,
"Hasn't there been enough bombing in this city?"
(bombing being show-business slang for total failure);
one that got nothing but scattered boos was, "I
wanted a direct flight back to L. A., but apparently
they have to make a stop at the Empire State Building."
Kinkaku-ji. A Japanese temple with an interesting
'Its famous Golden Pavilion (Kinkaku)-
actually a pagoda made to house the sacred relics of
has given this temple the popular name of Kinkaku-ji
("Temple of the Golden Pavilion"), however the official
name of this branch temple of the Rinzai-sect Zen
temple of Shôkoku-ji is Rokuon-ji. The temple was
designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994...'
The Vishnu Purana.
'The Vishnu Purana is a primary sacred text of the
Vaishnava branch of Hinduism, which today probably
has more adherents than any other. It is one of the
canonical Puranas, a branch of post-Vedic sacred
literature which was first committed to writing during
the first millennium of the common era. Like most of
the other Puranas, this is a complete narrative from
the creation of the current universe to its
History of the Second International (Social
'In 1880, the German Social Democratic Party supported
the call of its Belgian comrades, to call an
international socialist congress in 1881. The little
town of Chur was chosen and the Belgian socialists,
the French Parti Ouvrier, the German social
democracy, and the Swiss social democracy,
participated in the preparations for the congress
which would lead to the founding of the Socialist
3 Church Lane.
'In 1976, a strange force invaded one family's home
in a peaceful Kent village. Bill Love investigated
the unusual events at 3 Church Lane, and discovered
that when fortean phenomena strike, the authorities
are neither particularly helpful nor particularly
scientific in their approach.'
'This exhibition spotlights one of the most unusual
objects in the Getty Museum's collection-a
12-foot-long transparent drawing by Louis de
Carmontelle. Depicting elegant figures in a
sun-drenched landscape, it was meant to be unrolled
in front of viewers, section by section, through a
backlit viewing box...'
'Links to the writings and biographies of Utopians and
Marxist commentaries on them, and material on 20th
century utopian movements and the use of utopian
and dystopian visions in literature and political
John Heartfield: Agitated Images.
'At a time of great uncertainty, Heartfield's agitated
images forecasted and reflected the chaos Germany
experienced in the 1920s and '30s as it slipped
toward social and political catastrophe. In this
climate, communists, Nazis, and other partisans
clashed in the press, at the ballot box, and on the
streets. The impact of Heartfield's images was so
great that they helped transform photomontage into a
powerful form of mass communication.'
Photographs of Old Worsley.
'There are a number of web pages available about
Worsley, near Manchester UK, many of which show
pictures of the village as it is now. I thought
it may be interesting to delve into my collection
of old pictures and postcards to show how things were
around the early 1900's.'
'Eugene O'Neill tells the haunting story of the life
and work of America's greatest and only Nobel
Prize-winning playwright -- set within the context
of the harrowing family dramas and personal upheavals
that shaped him, and that he in turn struggled all
his life to give form to in his art. '
The Radiant Buddha.
'This majestic sculpture of the Buddha Sakyamuni,
the historical Buddha, standing with his hand raised
affirming his role as a protector of devotees with the
gesture of benevolent reassurance (abhaya-mudra), is
the achievement of an anonymous master sculptor of
seventh-century eastern India. '
The Syrian Goddess, 1913.
'Lucian recounts, in the manner of Herodotus, his
personal observations of the worship of the Goddess
Atargatis (a form of Isthar or Astarte) at the temple
of Hierapolis, in what is today Turkey. He describes
huge phalliform idols, cross-dressing priests who
castrated themselves, ritual prostitution of female
worshippers, and occasional infant human sacrifice.
Unlike most of the other writings of Lucian, he is
not being satirical or ironic, nor is he writing
fiction. As this edition documents, this was a
historically valid description, supported by other
writers and archeological evidence. '
Food for the Hungry: Ethiopia, March 2000.
'As a photographer, I was asked to go to Ethiopia in
March 2000 by Food for the Hungry, an established non
profit NGO that has been involved in relief and
development projects through out the country for over
15 years. My role was to produce images in an effort
to help communicate the condition of the children and
people in the areas affected by the drought emergency,
unfolding across the country. '
The Tale of Genji.
'The Tale of Genji (Genji-monogatari), written by a
court lady, Murasaki Shikibu, is the product of an
aristocrats culture that flourished during the eleventh
century at the height of the Heian Period (794-1192)
in Japan. It is not only one of the great achievements
of Heian culture, but also of Japanese literature
as a whole. Recognized as one of the oldest novels in
the world, it is concerned with the life and loves of
Prince Genji and the affairs of his children and
grandchildren. It is written in a prose style, with a
vocabulary of more than 12,000 words, with nearly 800
Goya's Last Works.
'The Frick's 1824 portrait of a woman identified as
María Martínez de Puga is the starting point of this
exhibition. The show focuses on the years from 1824 to
1828, which Goya spent in Bordeaux in a community of
fellow Spanish exiles seeking refuge from the
absolutism of Fernando VII and his vengeful purge
of liberals, as well as on the years in Madrid shortly
before the artist's departure. Though aged, in poor
health, and long deaf, Goya produced a remarkable body
of innovative work in his late seventies and early
The Boy in the Bubble.
'When David Vetter died at the age of 12, he was
already world famous: the boy in the plastic bubble.
Mythologized as the plucky, handsome child who had
defied the odds, his life story is in fact even more
dramatic. It is a tragic tale that pits ambitious
doctors against a bewildered, frightened young couple;
it is a story of unendingly committed caregivers and
resourceful scientists on the cutting edge of medical
Daily Life in Sierra Leone: The Sherbro 1936-37.
'In 1936-37 Henry Usher Hall, Curator of General
Ethnology, led the first Museum-sponsored expedition
to sub-Saharan Africa. He spent seven months
conducting ethnographic research among the Sherbro
peoples of Sierra Leone...'
Murder of the Century.
'In 1906, the murder of Stanford White, New York
architect and man-about-town, by Harry Thaw, heir to
a Pittsburgh railroad fortune, was reported "to the
ends of the civilized globe"; much of the focus,
however, was on Evelyn Nesbit, the beautiful showgirl
in the center of the love triangle. It was a
sensational murder story that had everything: money,
power, class, love, rage, lust and revenge.'
'On June 17th, every year, the family goes through a
private ritual: we photograph ourselves to stop a
fleeting moment, the arrow of time passing by. '
The Quest for Dots.
A Pac Man-style text adventure, funny.
'With a cautious "waka", you eat the dot.
An ungodly howling begins from underground.
You have eaten all the dots.
You are never heard from again. '
Shotgun House. Typical of New Orleans.
'The Shotgun house is a narrow one-story dwelling
without halls. Each room is placed behind the other
in single file. The roof ridge is perpendicular to the
street. The traditional description of why these
houses are called "shotgun" is that if one fired a
shotgun through the front door, the shot would pass
through the lined-up doors of each room and out the
back door. This description does not really fit most
shotgun houses, because the doors of the successive
rooms don't usually line up...'
The Labyrinth of
East London Lore. East London, South Africa.
'East London is a harbour town in the Eastern Cape,
South Africa. It was founded as a military camp in
1847, became a municipality in 1873 and was elevated
to the rank of city in 1914...'
Edison National Historic Site, New Jersey.
'For more than forty years, the laboratory created by
Thomas Alva Edison in West Orange, New Jersey, had
enormous impact on the lives of millions of people
worldwide. Out of the West Orange laboratories came
the motion picture camera, vastly improved
phonographs, sound recordings, silent and sound
movies and the nickel-iron alkaline electric storage
The Crash of 1929.
'In 1929, while the stock market was rising, seemingly
without limits, there were few critics. Based on eight
years of continued prosperity, presidents and
economists alike confidently predicted that America
would soon enter a time when there would be no more
poverty, no more depressions -- a "New Era" when
everyone could be rich.'
Inventing Entertainment: The Early Motion Pictures
and Sound Recordings of the Edison
'Prolific inventor Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931)
has had a profound impact on modern life. In his
lifetime, the "Wizard of Menlo Park" patented 1,093
inventions, including the phonograph, the kinetograph
(a motion picture camera), and the kinetoscope (a
motion picture viewer). Edison managed to become not
only a renowned inventor, but also a prominent
manufacturer and businessman through the merchandising
of his inventions...'
Penwill Cartoon Gallery.
'For over fifteen years Roger Penwill has been drawing
computer aided design (CAD), having experienced the
delights and hassles
of using the program AutoCAD as an architect.'
Online protests against the fraudulent election results
(Russian to English - when it works)
gives you an idea as to what is being said.
John Brown's Holy War.
'Martyr, madman, murderer, hero: John Brown remains
one of history's most controversial and misunderstood
figures. In the 1850s, he and his ragtag guerrilla
group embarked on a righteous crusade against slavery
that was based on religious faith -- yet carried out
with shocking violence. His execution set off a chain
of events that led to the Civil War. '
Jamaica Anansi Stories, 1924.
'The trickster Anansi, originally a West African
spider-god, lives on in these tales. Why is this
figure so universal? And why did so many African
American folk tales recount his exploits, under one
name or another? Anansi is the spirit of rebellion;
he is able to overturn the social order; he can
marry the Kings' daughter, create wealth out of thin
air; baffle the Devil and cheat Death. Even if Anansi
loses in one story, you know that he will overcome
in the next. For an oppressed people Anansi conveyed
a simple message from one generation to the
next:--that freedom and dignity are worth fighting
for, at any odds.'
The Bath School Disaster.
'On May 18, 1927, 45 people, mostly children, were
killed and 58 were injured when disgruntled and
demented school board member Andrew Kehoe dynamited
the new school building in Bath, Michigan out of
revenge over his foreclosed farm due in part to the
taxes required to pay for the new school. '
Mythic Visions: Yarn Paintings of a Huichol
'Mythic Visions focuses on the work of one
shaman-artist, José Benítez Sánchez (shown here on
left), considered the leading Huichol artist
currently using this medium. He is well known for the
fluid, curvilinear style he pioneered in the 1970s.
His skillfully rendered yarn paintings offer a
seamless flow of interlocking elements that fill
the entire space. According to curator Peter T.
Furst, Benítez's wide-reaching fame comes from his
unique ability to translate his ephemeral religious
visions into a two-dimensional art form. '
'The Ogiek, an indigenous people living mainly in
Kenya's Mau and Mt.Elgon Forests, are fighting to
remain in their ancestral homeland. The former
government tried to force them out of the forests,
allegedly to protect the environment. But the Ogiek
pose not only no environmental threat, but are
actually the guardians of these forests since time
'An unprecedented exhibition of works by the Japanese
artist Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), whose iconic
woodblock print "The Great Wave" is one of the most
recognized images in the art world, is on view at the
Sackler Gallery March 4 through May 14, 2006. '
Stephen Foster's Sketchbook.
'Pittsburgh-born composer Stephen Collins Foster
(1826-1864) is considered America's first professional
composer. Over his brief lifetime, he composed some
285 songs, including "Camptown Races," "Oh! Susanna,"
"Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair,"
"Beautiful Dreamer," "My Old Kentucky Home,"
and "Old Folks at Home" (or
"Way Down Upon the Swanee River")...'
Bus Stop Shelters in
'Some are frescoed, some are etched, some are tiled mosaics -- all are
beautiful. Most have fallen into a state of disrepair because the local
governments can no longer afford to maintain them.'
Hobo Signs & Symbols.
'Some hobos now communicate via cellular phones and e-mail. But the classic
American hobo of early this century communicated through a much more basic
system of marks--a code through which they gave information and warnings to
their fellow Knights of the Road. '
Negroes with Guns: Rob Williams and Black Power
'tells the dramatic story of the often-forgotten
civil rights leader who urged African Americans to
arm themselves against violent racists. In doing so,
Williams not only challenged the Klan-dominated
establishment of his hometown of Monroe, North
Carolina, he alienated the mainstream Civil Rights
Movement, which advocated peaceful resistance. '
The Raphael Cartoons.
'The Raphael Cartoons were commissioned from the great
Italian Renaissance painter Raphael Sanzio (1483-1520)
in 1515 by Pope Leo X (reigned 1513-21). They were
planned as full-scale designs for a set of ten
tapestries that Leo X intended to cover the lower
walls of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican. The
cartoons and tapestries depict the acts of St. Peter
and St. Paul, represented as twin founders of the
early church, and the Papacy...'
Chambers's Book of Days.
'A Miscellany of Popular Antiquities in connection
with the Calendar
an electronic reprint of the original:
Chambers's Book of Days. Philadelphia: J. B.
Lippincott & Co., 1879.'
The Great Family Cookbook Project.
'We have developed this site to help families and
individuals create and print personalized cookbooks
easily and affordably.'
'Family cookbooks are an important way to preserve our
mealtime traditions for future generations. With the
passing of our loved ones comes the loss of treasured
food traditions. A family cookbook ensures that the
recipes from one generation can be passed on to the
next as a treasured family heirloom. Once the recipes
are preserved online, they can be shared with other
family members by email, individual printed recipes or
your own professionally printed cookbook.'
'Based on newly discovered personal correspondence
from the Revolutionary War to the Gulf War, War
Letters brings to life vivid eyewitness accounts of
famous battles, intimate declarations of love and
longing, poignant letters penned just before the
writer was killed, and heartbreaking "Dear John"
letters from home.'
Silk Road Guide.
'China's vast western region is accessible to
travelers along the classic Silk Road, although
historically, the trade route was never called
such until a German geographer gave it that romantic
name in the late 1800s. In AD 200, this
transcontinental route linked the Roman Empire in the
west with the imperial court of China. Trade along the
route was carried on by foreign traders who belonged to
neither of the two old empires.'
'In May 1960, the FDA approved the sale of a pill
that arguably would have a greater impact on American
culture than any other drug in the nation's history.
For women across the country, the contraceptive pill
was liberating: it allowed them to pursue careers,
fueled the feminist and pro-choice movements and
encouraged more open attitudes towards sex. '
'The Sepher Yezirah is the central text of the
Kabbalah, in which the doctrine of the 'mother
letters' is expounded, and the associations between
the other letters and the 'tree of life' are
The Impeachment of Andrew Johnson.
'From the leading weekly newspaper of its time,
HarpWeek presents exclusive online access to Harper's
Weekly coverage of the historic 1868 Johnson
Impeachment - with over 200 excerpts from 1865-1869 -
selected specifically for this site. '
'Wilkie Collins was born on 8 January 1824 and died
on 23 September 1889. In those 65 years he wrote 27
novels, more than 50 short stories, at least 15
plays, and more than 100 non-fiction pieces. A close
friend of Charles Dickens from their meeting in March
1851 until Dickens' death in June 1870, Collins was
one of the best known, best loved, and, for a time,
best paid of Victorian fiction writers. '
Fernando Tarrida del Marmol. 19th century
Cuban anarchist writer and political prisoner.
'He was arrested in 1896 in a roundup after an
attentat in Barcelona and held in the torture prison
of Montjuich. After his release he moved to Paris,
where he wrote a number of articles for the
avant-garde literary journal La Revue Blanche,
recounting his prison experiences, attacking Spanish
authorities, and defending the cause of Cuban, Puerto
Rican, and Philippine independence...'
Sherman House Museum: Birthplace of William T.
'The original frame home built in 1811, consisted of a
parlor/dining room, kitchen, master bedroom, and
children's bedroom. These rooms have been restored
for visitors today. An 1816 addition to the front of
the home included a parlor and study for Judge
Charles Sherman on the first floor, and two bedrooms
on the second floor. These two bedrooms now house an
exhibit of Sherman Family memorabilia and a
re-creation of General Sherman's field tent.'
New England Towns.
'NewEnglandTowns.org brings together historic accounts
of New England places that not only tell us about
times gone by, but also offer hints and revelations
for the modern visitor. Searching for a scenic getaway?
Want to visit ancestral towns and villages in search
of genealogy and family history? Looking for the best
fall foliage? Like the bustle of city life? Or
cottages overlooking the ocean? New England has had
all these things and more for generations.'
Malcolm X: Make It Plain.
'If any man expressed the anger, struggle and
insistence of black people for freedom in the sixties,
it was Malcolm X. In Omaha, he was Malcolm Little;
later he became "Detroit Red," a small time street
hustler. From prison emerged another Malcolm, the
fiery, eloquent spokesman for the Nation of Islam.
After a trip to Mecca, there was a last transformation
-- a new willingness to accept white allies. Who
killed him and why has never been fully explained.'
'Even in his own lifetime, Paul Kane was hailed as
the "grandfather" of Canadian art. But surprisingly
little is known about the full extent of what he
achieved. Between 1846 and 1848, Kane traveled the
Hudson's Bay Company fur-trading route from Toronto
to Fort Victoria and back again, sketching landscapes
and Native peoples. These sketches provide a visual
record of Native ways of life, which would soon be
changed forever by expanding European settlements.
But in his studio, Kane produced large canvas
paintings that were often highly embellished versions
of his sketches. And while they were painted in a
Romantic style that made him a popular artist in his
own time they lack the ethnological value of his field
'From 1764 to 1767, 104 German villages, or colonies,
were established in the Volga valley of Russia. Over
the first 2 decades a few villages were abandoned and
new ones were established. Due to population growth,
68 new villages, called daughter colonies were
established from the late 1840s through the 1860s.
They were predominately located to the south east
of the original villages. By 1865 there were 170
German Volga villages. An additional 10 small
Mennonite colonies were established from 1854 - 1875. '
Yale Law School: The Truth About the Billable
'As you try to choose a path in the law, or choose
among various law firms, you will often hear mention
of the billable hours that are expected of the
associates in a law firm. Most law firms make their
money by billing their clients by the hour. If you
do not bill a certain number of hours, you do not
bring in enough money to cover your salary, not to
mention the profit share for the partners and
overhead. The more hours billed, the more profit for
the firm. Government and public interest employers
do not typically have any billable hour requirements
because they do not bill their hours to a paying
The Tale of Genji.
'This site aims to promote a wider understanding and
appreciation of The Tale of Genji - the 11th Century
Japanese classic written by a Heian court lady known
as Murasaki Shikibu. It also serves as a kind of travel
guide to the world of Genji. '
Public Enemy #1.
'From 1933 to 1934, America was thrilled and terrorized
by John Dillinger, a desperado, a bank robber, a bad
man no jail could hold. His reputation grew until he
was named the country's first Public Enemy #1 and
hunted by virtually every cop in America. Operating
during a time of great hardship, Dillinger became a
mythic figure who struggled against authority and
garnered the support of many ordinary Americans,
particularly those hardest hit by the Great Depression.
Dillinger finally met his match in J. Edgar Hoover,
who used the outlaw's celebrity to burnish his own
reputation and that of his national law enforcement
agency, the FBI. Hoover won the day making sure in the
process that the moral of Dillinger's tale was "crime
doesn't pay." '
Tales of the
Enchanted Islands of the Atlantic,
'This book covers many of the best-known (and some
lesser-known) legends, from Atlantis, the Irish voyages
of Bran, Maelduin and St. Brendan, the elusive
Antillia and the Fountain of Youth which the Spanish
sought, and the mysterious city of Norumbega.
Rounding out the book is a mass of scholarly notes
which identify the sources of each tale. '
Edward Teller's FBI File.
'Of all the scientists who worked on the U.S. nuclear
weapons program none have led more controversial a
career than Edward Teller. Described by one Nobel
Prize winner in physics as "one of the most thoughtful
statesmen of science," and by another as "a danger to
all that's important," Teller was recognized by most
of his colleagues as being one of the most imaginative
and creative physicists alive. But at the same time,
his single-minded pursuit of the hydrogen bomb, and
his autocratic style alienated many of the scientists
he worked with.'
The Jeronimos Monastery, the Tower of Belem and
St. Jerome's Chapel, Portugal.
'The historic buildings in Belém, near Lisbon, are
part of the Portuguese heritage and we are taking
advantage of the Internet to make them more accessible
to a wider audience. Since cultural activity is a
powerful means of abolishing barriers and bringing
people together, our ancient buildings are a precious
resource, connecting us with the richness of the past.
Such buildings are a guardian of the Portuguese
The Law and the Word, 1917.
'Thomas Troward was a leading proponent of the 'New
Thought' movement, a forerunner of what is now known
as 'New Age' thinking. In this book he attempts to
elucidate what he calls the 'Promise' of the Bible:
Eternal Life, and of the Word made Real. He dresses
up the text with analogies and references to
contemporary science and technology, such as the
telegraph, radioactivity, and 'flying machines.'
This usage will be familiar to anyone who has sat
through the recent movie What the Bleep do We Know?,
which uses special-effects film vocabulary, quantum
physics, and string theory to similar effect.'