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31st March


Jazz: A Film by Ken Burns.

Nonsense Books by Edward Lear. Victorian nonsense verse.

Korda's Che: The Story of a Portrait. The famous photo of Che Guevara.

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 Staffordshire.
'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.

The Pulp. All about pulp fiction.

Oyunbilig's Great Mongol Homepage. Celebrating Mongolia.

Creole Culture.
'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. '

Jewish Funerals, Burials and Mourning.

Virtual Tour of Chicago Botanic Gardens.

Virgen de Guadalupe. Photography.

This thread is the anonymous sticky note you always wanted to leave your coworker.
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30th March


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." ...'

Random Acts of Reality. The doings of a London ambulance medic.

The Beatles.

Michigan Lighthouses.

Vertigo.

History of Sumitomo. Going back to a 17th century book and medicine shop.

Marx and Engels' Writings.

NASA Eclipse Home Page.

The Skool Rools. A funny role-playing game set in the British public (i.e. private) school system.

Hooting Yard. "A haven for people who like words they can savour, and lots of them." "A haven for people who like words they can savour, and lots of them."

Sacred Destinations.

Molecule of the Month.

School of the Americas Watch.
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29th March


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 agonized 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." ...'

Lonely Islands: The Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Remote islands in the Indian Ocean, and the people who live there. Via Incoming Signals.

gmtPlus9.

Sacramento Is the New New York.

Letters from Voltaire.

Kinkaku-ji. A Japanese temple with an interesting history.
'Its famous Golden Pavilion (Kinkaku)- actually a pagoda made to house the sacred relics of the Buddha- 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...'

A Meandering Tale.

The Computer History Museum.

LA by Day and Night.

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 destruction...'

Guinness Advertising Posters.

Famous Last Words.

History of the Second International (Social Democracy) 1880-1917.
'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 International...'

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.'

How to Catch a Mouse Without a Mousetrap.
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28th March


Soviet Children's Picture Books from the 1920s and 1930s.

African Liberation Movement Posters.

The Secret History of the Mongols. Part of Lingua Mongolia.

Weddings in India.

New York Times Timeline.

Carmontelle's Transparency.
'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...'

Great Images in NASA. Astro images.

Medical Notes. Useful BBC site.

Utopian Socialism. '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 polemics.'

Aftermath. World War I and its legacy.

George Thiery. Outsider artist.

Glenn Brady. Outsider artist.
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27th March


Eggi's Village: Life Among the Minangkabau of Indonesia. A matriarchal society in Sumatra.

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.'

The Center of the World: New York, A Documentary Film.

Eugene O'Neill.
'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. '

The Oliver Tambo Page. ANC leader.

The Revolution of 1848. Marxist writings - Marx, Engels, Blanqui, revolutionary ephemera.

West Point in the Making of America.

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 Ronald Reagan Trail. 'A self-guided driving tour that celebrates the hometown values and heritage of our 40th President. '
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25th March


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 embedded poems...'

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 eighties. '

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 research...'

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.'

Time.
'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. '
Via MeFi.

Isambard Kingdom Brunel's Obituary, 1859.

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 Holy Island of Lindisfarne.

Poems of Daniel Viglietti. Uruguayan songwriter.

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 battery. '
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24th March


The Influenza Epidemic of 1918.

Fashioning Kimono: Dress in Early 20th Century Japan.

An Ideal City: The 1912 Competition to Design Canberra.

Africans in America. 'America's journey through slavery is presented in four parts...'

The Fabulous Ruins of Detroit.

History of Dublin Castle.

Rajasthan and Her People.

It's A Wonderful Life.

History of Deutsche Bank.

Hieronymus Bosch.

Greenwich Mean Time.

Report from the Future of Iraq Project. 'Over 1,200 Pages of Previously Unavailable Reports From State Dept Planning for Post-Saddam Iraq'
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23rd March


Sleepy Days. Someone's beautiful life.

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 Companies.
'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...'

Eclipse 1999.

The Kiss.

Guernica.

The Palaces of Iran.

Penwill Cartoon Gallery. 'For over fifteen years Roger Penwill has been drawing cartoons about computer aided design (CAD), having experienced the delights and hassles of using the program AutoCAD as an architect.'

British Big Cats Society.

The Brahmins.

The Night Sky Live.

Leo Garza. Editorial cartoons.

Deleted Webpages from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Minsk News. Online protests against the fraudulent election results in Belarus. Babelfish (Russian to English - when it works) gives you an idea as to what is being said.
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22nd March


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.'

Michelangelo Buonarroti.

One Day in Afghanistan.

Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics 'Hot Images'.

The Birthday Paradox.

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. '

Religion of Comic Book Heroes.

The Faroe Islands.

Vietnamese Poetry.

Tour of 10 Downing Street.

Mystic Places.
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21st March


Mythic Visions: Yarn Paintings of a Huichol Shaman.
'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. '

Laurence Hutton Collection of Life and Death Masks.

The Ogiek People.
'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 immemorial...'

Hokusai.
'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. '

Festivals of India.

Virtual Tour of St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin.

Sir Joshua Reynolds. 18th century British portrait artist.

Men Knit.

Nelson Mandela.

LabLit: The Culture of Science in Fiction and Fact.

Errol Morris Commercials.

The Literacy Site. Clicks for charity.

Mutiny at the coffeeshop.
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18th March


The Antique Corset Gallery.

The Lower East Side Tenement Museum.

Degas at the Getty.

The Sopranos.

Unicef: Voices of Youth.

NASA Deep Impact: Mission to a Comet.

Bodh Gaya: Where the Buddha Was Enlightened.

The Ten Oxherding Pictures. A Buddhist parable.

A Tale Alphabeticall of Hard English Words (1604).

The Berkshire Way. A walk across Berkshire.

Gadling: The Traveller's Weblog.

Astrophotography by Noel Carboni.
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17th March


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")...'

This Dynamic Earth: The Story of Plate Tectonics.

Seasonal Imagery in Japanese Art.

Art of the Mughals.

The Global Spread of HIV.

The Official Bob Marley Website.

The Virtual Guide to Belarus.

Guide to Flirting.

Night of the Lepus. Giant rabbits take over!

The Digits of Pi.

Surviving Somalia. Photo gallery.

Surviving in Africa on a Low Income. Stories from around the continent.

Origins of Modernity. 'These are the books that shaped the modern mind. These are the books that changed the way we view the world and our place in it.' Via Incoming Signals.

Bus Stop Shelters in Ukraine. '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.' Via Incoming Signals.

How Not To Commit Suicide. Via MeFi.
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16th March


Cultural Entomology. Insects in human culture: Japanese family crests, Native American mythology, the butterflies of ancient Mexico.

Piet Mondrian: The Transatlantic Paintings. Rectangular art, occasionally Pac Man-esque.

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. '

Early Disciples of the Buddha.

The Heart Sutra.

The Florence Art Guide.

Stoke & Staffordshire Local History.

The Leon Trotsky Internet Archive.

Solar Eclipses. Image gallery.

Sunspots. Image gallery.

Josh Slavin. Outsider artist.

Memory Alpha. Star Trek wiki.

The Annals of Ulster.

Cooking for Engineers.
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15th March


Hay in Art. Over 5000 great works in hay.

Insectia. On humans and insects.

Interesting Buildings in Wolverhampton.

Medicine in Maryland 1752-1920.

Unicef Goodwill Ambassadors.

Hmong Studies Internet Resource Center.

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. '

So Somerset. Somerset stories.

Real, Imaginary, and Holy Animals from India.

Lady of the House: First Ladies and Official Hostesses of Maryland 1777-2000.

The Dismissal of Gough Whitlam, Prime Minister of Australia, 1975. From the Whitlam Institute.

Almanac of Theodore Roosevelt.
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14th March


Improbable Research. Strange science. 'Improbable Research makes people laugh, and then makes them think.'

Modern Mongolia: Reclaiming Genghis Khan. Modern (post-Communist) Mongolia, unlike most of the rest of the world, sees him as a national hero.

St. Custard's. Skool satire. Fine cartoons. Chiz!

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...'

The Hilltribe Museum. Hill tribes of Thailand. The site is the product of hill tribe members.

Fishstiks. Funny cartoons about business.

Museum of Childhood.

History of Greenwich, the London borough.

Rabbit Behaviour. Why rabbits behave the way they do.

Best Images from the Kitt Peak Advanced Observing Program. Astronomy images.

The Internet Speculative Fiction Database. Science fiction.

The Financial Dictionary.
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13th March


Modernism. Thanks, peacay.

James Cook: Celebrated North Country Explorer.

The Civil Rights Movement in Virginia.

Early Images of Virginia Indians.

Virginia's Colonial Dynasties.

Chinese Arts and Crafts.

Persian Paintings.

Shakespeare's Sonnets.

American Visions of Liberty & Freedom.

The Virginia Landscape.

Z Communications. The American left.

Ludwig van Beethoven: The Magnificent Master.

Emese Saga: Hungarian Prehistory from the Beginnings to King St. Stephen.
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9th March


Theories about Friendship.

Handel.

Introduction to Buddhism.

A Parody Outline of History.

Sutton Hoo. Anglo-Saxon royal cemetery.

The Exquisite Marx Brothers Web Museum.

Bikini Science. May not be quite suitable for work.

City of Dallas Fair Park.

Pop Art.

Astro Photo.
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8th March


Emile Berliner and the Birth of the Recording Industry.

Nanking 1937. The Nanking Massacre.

Cupid and Psyche.

Elvis Presley in Scotland.

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps of South Carolina.

Cellblock Visions. Prison art in America.

Shakespeare: A Lover's Complaint.

Grace Kelly Online.

National Tribal Justice Resource Center. Native American law.

Hansard. The UK parliamentary record.

Plan, an international development agency working with and for children.

Injustice Busters. 'A living scrapbook of injustices in progress and the tools to set them right'.
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7th March


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.'

Hurricane Digital Memory Bank: Preserving the Stories of Katrina, Rita, and Wilma.

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.'

War Letters.
'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.'

Einstein Archives Online.

Virtual Worlds of Girls.
'An ebook about girl power, girls' school stories and the future of reading in an electronic age.'

Country Studies: Former East Germany.

Voice from a Thai Girl.

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.'

Puritan Sermons.

Country Studies: United States. Comprehensive history.

The Pill.
'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. '
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6th March


The Sudbury Archives. History of Sudbury, Massachusetts.

Rev. Desmond Tutu Excerpts.

Restoration Theatre. From the English Restoration, 17th century.

Vatican Secret Archives.

Sepher Yezirah. '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 exposited. '

Burmese Language.

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. '

The Poetry of Emily Dickinson.

The Young Lords. The Puerto Rican 'Black Panthers'.

Wilkie Collins.
'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. '
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4th March


Eye of the Goof. New site, new look.

Anaheim Colony Historic District, California. Googie architecture, old photos and postcards, and Disneyland history.

New Deal Network. Documenting the Franklin Roosevelt administration.

Towards Racial Equality: Harper's Weekly Reports on Black America 1857-74.

Jainism.

Elizabeth Cook: Court Artist. She makes drawings of trials in the UK, which are then shown on news programmes and in the press.

Chinese Architecture.

Aurorae.

Great Ships. Postcard and ephemera collection.

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. Sherman.
'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.'
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3rd March


Sufism. Especially Sufi poetry.

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.'

Monumental Inscriptions and Gravestones in Lancashire.

Prague Spring 1968.

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.'

Paul Kane.
'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 work.'

Birds and Flowers: Japanese Woodblock Prints from the Seymour and Shirley Lehrer Collection.

Volga Germans.
'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. '

Zion National Park, Utah.

Yale Law School: The Truth About the Billable Hour.
'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 client...'
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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. '

Pere Lachaise Cemetery, Paris. History and links to biographies of the many notables buried there.

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, 1898.
'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. '

Collecting Hollywood Autographs. Actors, actresses, and astronauts.

Mots Francais. 17th century French aphorisms.

Photo Journal: Cameroon Dancer. 'Almost every night I dance in clubs in Douala. It doesn't pay much but if you love your work it is not difficult. My dream is to be a famous singer. '

In Pictures: Nepal Village Life. Manang, in central Nepal.

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.'

Am I Free?
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The Olney Pancake Race.

Civil Rights Era Photos from Birmingham, Alabama.

Welcome Back to New Orleans.

Canonical Buddhist Literature of the Theravada School.

The Golden Years: Classic Movies.

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 identity.'

Pennsylvania Bigfoot Society.

Petworth Photos. 'Pictures taken in and around Petworth, West Sussex including photos of Pulborough, Pullman coaches, Petworth Park, Arundel, railway stations, landscapes, and streets. '

Dr. Strangelove.

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.'
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