Theodore Roosevelt: Icon of the American
'Roosevelt's engaging personality enhanced
his popularity. Aided by scores of photographers,
cartoonists, and portrait artists, his features
became symbols of national recognition; mail
addressed only with drawings of teeth and spectacles
arrived at the White House without delay. TR
continued to be newsworthy in retirement,
especially during the historic Bull Moose
campaign of 1912, while pursuing an elusive
third presidential term. He remains relevant
Someone's self-created dwelling, constructed with
'It started with the winter blues: I wanted my
small rowhouse garden to be aesthetically
pleasing - at least to me - all year, not just
during the growing season. One Friday evening I
discovered a pile of rusted and beautifully shaped
boiler parts in my alley; they became the fencing
for my new rust garden. '
'Although I never was much good at traditional
gardening, it turned out that in the artful
arrangement of trash I had found my calling. The
rest, as they say, is history...'
Lamest Edit Wars on Wikipedia.
'Occasionally, Wikipedians lose their minds and
get into edit wars over the most petty things.
This is to document that phenomenon. This page
isn't comprehensive or authoritative, but it is
designed to show the "worst-case" result of people
attaching so much importance to some trivial
detail that they are willing to engage in the
lame pastime of edit warring over an even lamer
cause. Back in the good old days, people settled
this sort of thing with a gunfight. Now they do
it by screwing with an encyclopedia. '
Colorless Green Ideas Sleep Furiously.
'"Colorless green ideas sleep furiously" is a
sentence composed by Noam Chomsky in 1957 as an
example of a sentence whose grammar is correct
but whose meaning is nonsensical, however some
might argue that Chomsky simply wasn't imaginative
enough to put the sentence into a context which
would give it meaning.'
My own favourite sentence,
'Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana'
mixes syntactic with semantic confusion.
Much of the Internet spam I've been receiving recently
is meaningless in similar ways. Here's a recent
'Now and then, a pork chop eagerly shares a shower
with the tuba player
living with a customer. A plaintiff completely
seeks a polar bear. A
movie theater shares a shower with a chestnut.
An eggplant gives a pink
slip to the tuba player. For example, a
bullfrog indicates that a class action suit
beyond another burglar
somewhat avoids contact with an ocean.'
Maybe I should start collecting this stuff
on a sort of 'best-of-spam' web thingy
instead of just deleting it.
They have a sort of poetic quality to
'This project was a collaboration with Angelo,
an incarcerated artist. He illustrated many
incredible inventions made by prisoners to fill
needs that the restrictive environment of the
prison tries to supress. '
The Cantigas de Santa Maria.
'The Cantigas de Santa Maria medieval-era manuscripts
were written during the reign of Alfonso X "El Sabio"
(1221-1284) and are one of the largest collections of
monophonic (solo) songs from the middle ages. '
Facsimiles and illustrations viewable here.
'Celebrating the iconic cheeseburger and
everything that goes with it. '
Cancer Vixen: A True Story.
'Meet Marisa, a self-described "shoe-crazy,
lipstick-obsessed, wine-swilling, pasta-slurping,
fashion-fanatic, single-forever, about-to-get-married
big-city girl cartoonist with a fabulous life."
Her graphic memoir, Cancer Vixen describes what
happens when she finds a lump in her breast. '
From Terra Australis to Australia.
'In May 1787 the British government sent the First
Fleet 20,000 kilometres around the world. It was the
largest fleet to enter the Pacific. The 11 ships
arrived in Sydney Cove on 26 January 1788 but the
colony very nearly collapsed in the coming years
as they had little success in growing crops and
relied on supplies brought in by sail.'
'atmitchell has an unrivalled collection of original
journals, logbooks, letters, paintings, prints,
drawings and books covering adventures and
achievements such as the voyage of the First
Fleet, the mutiny on the Bounty, Matthew Flinders'
mapping of the Australian coast and other important
events from the early years of Terra Australis.'
The Nazi Olympics:
'This site presents an online version of an exhibition
created by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
in Washington DC that was on display at the Museum
from July 1996 - June 1997. '
In Pictures: Peter Henry Emerson.
'Peter Henry Emerson (1856-1936) took photographs of
those who worked on the rivers and Broads of Suffolk
and Norfolk between 1885 and 1895.' A lost way of
English rural life.
The Plymouth Colony Archive Project.
America's Pilgrim Fathers.
'This Plymouth Colony Archive presents a
collection of fully searchable texts, including:
court records, colony laws, seventeenth century
journals and memoirs, probate inventories, wills,
town plans, maps, and fort plans; research and
seminar analyses of numerous topics; biographical
profiles of selected colonists; and architectural,
archaeological and material culture studies.'
The Complete Works of Charles Darwin.
'This site currently contains more than 50,000 searchable text pages and
40,000 images of both publications and handwritten manuscripts. There is
the most comprehensive Darwin bibliography ever published and the largest
manuscript catalogue ever assembled. More than 150 ancillary texts are
included, ranging from secondary reference works to contemporary reviews,
obituaries, published descriptions of Darwin's Beagle specimens and
related works for understanding Darwin's context.'
Photographs from the Chicago Daily News 1902-33.
'This collection comprises over 55,000 images of urban life captured on
plate negatives between 1902 and 1933 by photographers employed by the
Daily News, then one of Chicago's leading newspapers. '
Inventing Entertainment: The Motion Pictures and Sound Recordings of the
'Prolific inventor Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931) has had a profound
on modern life. In his lifetime, the "Wizard of Menlo Park" patented 1,093
inventions, including the phonograph, the kinetograph (a motion picture
and the kinetoscope (a motion picture viewer). Edison managed to become
a renowned inventor, but also a prominent manufacturer and businessman
the merchandising of his inventions. The collections in the Library of
Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division contain an
range of the surviving products of Edison's entertainment inventions and
This site features 341 motion pictures, 81 disc sound recordings, and
related materials, such as photographs and original magazine articles. '
United States Department of Agriculture Historical Photos.
'Most of the photographs on display in this section were taken between
and 1943 during the Farm Security Administration (FSA) era. The entire FSA
collection of almost 300,000 pictures are housed at the Library of
and the National Archives and Records Administration. Included on these
are other USDA photographs, some of which date back to the
photos are planned to be added.'
Derry: The Troubled Years.
'The eight portfolios contain 348 black and white photographs mainly taken
Derry during the period 1968 to 1974. These photographs give an impression
life in the city during the early period of the current conflict ('the
The portfolios contain photographs that show: street scenes; the British
Republican paramilitaries; civil rights protests; parades; riot scenes;
Sunday'; and children. '
Southeast Asian Images and Texts.
'SouthEast Asian images & Texts brings together, in digital form, two
of primary and secondary resources: research and teaching materials
University of Wisconsin faculty and staff; and unique or valuable items
these fields held by the University of Wisconsin Libraries. '
The Flying Kiwi: Life on Earth.
Richard Seaman's travel photographs.
'Since being infected by the travel bug in my native New Zealand, this
appalling and incurable affliction has dragged me kicking and screaming
to Australia, Belize, Brunei, Canada, Costa Rica, the Czech Republic,
Fiji, Guatemala, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Russia, the
Singapore, the Solomon Islands, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, the United
the United States, Vanuatu and Vietnam. '
Photos of fungi.
Eastern State Penitentiary.
'The Eastern State Penitentiary is located in
Philadelphia PA. The Penitentiary, built in the
1820's-30's, is a National Historic Landmark
now open to the public and is run by a non profit
group who offer guided and unguided tours of the
old prison. It is a unique place and I highly
recommend a visit if you are in the Philadelphia
'This city is chronically underrated. It has
more texture and history in 20 square blocks
than Seattle has left in the whole city.'
Durga Pooja, Kolkatta, India.
'For four days in September-October, Calcutta
comes to a standstill as almost everyone in the
city throngs its streets, visiting the pandals
dressed in their festive best and fêting their
taste buds with food from the stalls that spring
up on the roadsides. Incense, drumbeats, chants,
laughter, the sizzle and smell of food characterize
this festival dedicated to Goddess Durga. '
In the Shadow of Saturn.
'The robotic Cassini spacecraft now orbiting
Saturn recently drifted in giant planet's shadow
for about 12 hours and looked back toward the
eclipsed Sun. Cassini saw a view unlike any
Building the Chrysler Building.
'At the turn of the century, the automobile was
still largely on the drawing boards. By 1910,
there were 458,500 of them sputtering down the
rutted American roadways. In 1920, there were
9,239,000 and in another decade that would triple.
The auto had become an integral part of American
life. Walter P. Chrysler was a mechanic smart
enough to see the future of the automobile.
He was a master machinist and in 1912, he
became works manager at Buick Motor Corporation.
Ten years later, Chrysler was the head of his
own company. In 1927, the mechanic-turned-entrepreneur
from Michigan was ready to build a giant headquarters
in the heart of New York City...'
'Died. Jackson Pollock, 44, bearded shock
trooper of modern painting, who spread his canvases
on the floor, dribbled paint, sand and broken glass
on them, smeared and scratched them, named them with
numbers...; at the wheel of his convertible in a
side road crack-up near East Hampton, N.Y. '
August 20, 1956.
'This web page gathers a host of facts and figures
about mathematical topics such as Pascal's triangle,
Fibonacci numbers, and the Lucas Numbers, as well as
the connections between the concepts....'
Children of Asphalt.
'One third of world's poor children are in India.
For long I have tried to photograph them, but it
never was easy. First of all, they are not orphans,
and their parents always suspect a stranger
photographing their children, which is normal.
It was only after building a trust relationship of
many years that I was able to approach the parents
Profiles in Science: The Linus Pauling Papers.
'Linus Pauling (1901-1994) was an American chemist
who won the 1954 Nobel Prize in Chemistry "for his
research into the nature of the chemical bond and
its application to the elucidation of the structure
of complex substances." He also won the 1962 Nobel
Peace Prize, making him the only person to win two
unshared Nobel prizes. The Oregon State University
Libraries in Corvallis is the repository for the
Linus Pauling Papers. The collection contains
personal and scientific papers, notebooks,
correspondence, research models and memorabilia.'
Ghost Town Gallery.
'This is our photo collection of more then 1300
pictures from 174 ghost towns and historic places
in the United States.'
The 'Endeavour' Botanical Illustrations.
'The voyage of HMS Endeavour (1768-1771) was the
first devoted exclusively to scientific discovery.
This site presents most of the botanical drawings and
engravings prepared by artist Sydney Parkinson before
his untimely death at sea, and by other artists back
in England working from Parkinson's initial
Scale Model of Moscow.
'This is a Moscow city scale model. It is back
from USSR times, when Soviet leaders had a little
craze on making such epic compositions. It was
ordered from an artist Efim Deshalyt in 1976. The
size of the model exceeds 400 sqft.'
'No Child's Play'.
Children and the Holocaust.
'This exhibition opens a window into the world of
children during the Shoah. Unlike other Holocaust
exhibitions, it does not focus on history, statistics
or descriptions of physical violence. Instead, the
toys, games, artwork, diaries, and poems displayed
here highlight some of the personal stories of the
children, providing a glimpse into their lives
during the Holocaust. '
July 1942: United We Stand.
'During July 1942, seven months after the United
States entered World War II, magazines nationwide
featured the American flag on their covers. Adopting
the slogan United We Stand, some five hundred
publications waved the stars and stripes to promote
national unity, rally support for the war, and
celebrate Independence Day.'
'For magazine publishers, displaying the flag was
a way to prove their loyalty and value to the war
effort. For the U.S. government, the campaign was an
opportunity to sell bonds and boost morale. The
magazines brought home a message of patriotism and
ideals worth fighting for.'
'20 Artists from Tibet's capital interpret the
arrival of the Beijing-Lhasa rail service in an
exhibition first shown at Peaceful Wind, Santa Fe,
New Mexico, USA September 22 through October 15,
'isoline, born july 23rd 2003 is my infinite
source of happyness and inspiration'.
'This place was taken out of commission by King
Henry VIII on account of it being a wee bit
Catholic and the monks not recognising said King
as head of the Church in Britain. So King Henry
had it burned down.'
'On the way leaving Lijiang to Dali, the bus turned
to a sharp left, and suddenly all the fancy clouds
were blocked by the mountain. I almost cried.'
The Big Five Personality Test.
'Take this psychology test to find out about your personality! This test
measures what many psychologists consider to be the five fundamental
dimensions of personality.'
FWIW :- Openness to Experience 96, Conscientiousness 97, Extraversion 5,
Agreeableness 90, Neuroticism 9.
Virtual Tour of the Bruce Weiner Microcar
'World War II came to an end in 1945 and Europe
lay in ruins. A shell-shocked population came
out of the bomb shelters and faced an unimaginable
scene of devastation and ruin...'
'...The population collectively rolled up its sleeves
and went to work. The astonishing rebuilding of an
entire continent over a period of ten years was
accomplished through a unity of spirit and purpose
unimaginable today. Bright, talented engineers,
many out of the former aircraft industry, put their
minds to the problems of mobilizing the population
under adverse conditions. It's said that the true
master reveals himself within limitations and so
this focusing of energy and talent resulted in an
enormous variety of small vehicles; some successful,
others less so - but all of them interesting! ...'
Travel sketches by a 17th century haiku poet.
'The stations listed below are from Matsuo Basho's
"The Narrow Road to the Deep North"
(Oku no Hosomichi).
The primary translation is by Nobuyuki Yuasa,
from The Narrow Road to the Deep North and Other
Sheffield and South Yorkshire Navigation.
'The Sheffield and South Yorkshire Navigation
runs for about 40 miles between Sheffield and the
River Trent, England. It is open for navigation
throughout its length.'
'The "cruise" or virtual tour runs from west to
east, but includes views of the canal looking in
Schreber's Fantastic Beasts.
'In 1774 Johann Christian Dan Schreber authored a
multivolume set of books entitled Die Saugthiere
in Abbildungen nach der Natur mit Beschreibungen.
Focusing on mammals of the world, these books were
lavishly illustrated with 755 hand-colored plates.
There was a slight problem though: in most instances
the artists had never seen the animals they were
rendering onto paper. Explorers would return from
their travels and describe the animals in question
to the artists. The end result was that some of the
drawings, though representing real animals, looked
more like they had come from someone's nightmares.'
A free Sikh encyclopaedia that anyone can edit.
'One day I was flipping through a friend's
rabbit book, and in it was a picture of a bunny
yawning. I had never seen anything so adorably
funny. I can't quite explain it, what exactly makes
me smile, but I began searching for pictures of
bunnies yawning. You see, the yawn takes about two
seconds, and then it is over. Therefore, bunny yawn
pictures are extremely rare. Thanks to people around
the world, I've collected a nice bunch.'
Wind Cave History.
'American Indians of the area have many stories
about a hole in the Black Hills that blows wind.
Tipi rings near the natural entrance indicate that
they knew of Wind Cave. In 1881, two settlers, Jesse
and Tom Bingham, were also attracted to the whistling
sound of the wind coming from the cave entrance. As
the story goes, the wind was blowing out of the cave
with such force that it blew off Tom's hat. A few
days later when Jesse returned to show this
phenomenon to some friends, he was surprised
to find the wind had switched directions and
his hat was sucked into the cave. Today, we
understand that the direction of the wind is
related to the difference in atmospheric pressure
between the cave and the surface...'
Khrushchev and Khrushchev.
'Nikita S. Khrushchev (1894-1971) was premier
of the USSR from 1954 to 1964. In 1959 he visited
the USA at the invitation of President Eisenhower
and in October 1960 attended the United Nations.'
'Sergei N. Khrushchev (b. 1935) is the son of
Nikita Khrushchev and his second wife, Nina
Petrovna (d. 1984). Since 1996 Dr. Khrushchev has
been a senior research fellow at the Watson Institute
for International Studies, Brown University.
In 1999 he and his wife Valentina Golenko became
naturalized citizens. In 2000 he donated his papers,
including memorabilia of his father, to Brown
Caer - Deva - Chester.
'I've lived in and around this fantastic little
city for some years now but have taken few pictures
of it. The place is so popular with visitors you
hardly ever get it to yourself - So, I've been
taking advantage of some very early mornings.'
'all the photos were taken during my trips with Orbis
staff to remote areas of Vietnam for campaigns to
save the sights of poor people.'
'The entire senior class of Hamline University,
Saint Paul, Minnesota, 1925, each drawn in one hour
a night--with a few days off--from November 17, 2004
to February 17, 2005...'
'...Each picture description shows the various
clubs that the students belonged to, what their
majors were, and what they wrote in the yearbook.'
The Last Years of the Donovan.
Urban exploration in Detroit.
'Pictures of the explorations and demolition of the
former Motown Records Headquarters located at the
'Our mayor couldn't stand the broken windows and
marred facade so he got it to be torn down for
15 or so spaces for the Super Bowl.' Sad.
An Abandoned City.
Photographs of an abandoned Soviet city.
'Here is a little photo-session of an abandoned
city. When the Soviet Union collapsed, government
didn't have much funds to support some small cities
around strategically import objects. People of these
cities were left all by themselves. Nobody could
support them because any communication with this
places terminated after the army decided that they
now don't have money to support those objects...'
A History of the Internet 1962-1992.
'This Internet Timeline begins in 1962, before
the word 'Internet' is invented. The world's
10,000 computers are primitive, although they
cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. They
have only a few thousand words of magnetic core
memory, and programming them is far from easy. '
'Domestically, data communication over the phone
lines is an AT&T monopoly. The 'Picturephone' of
1939, shown again at the New York World's Fair in
1964, is still AT&T's answer to the future of
'But the four-year old Advanced Research Projects
Agency (ARPA) of the U.S. Department of Defense, a
future-oriented funder of 'high-risk, high-gain'
research, lays the groundwork for what becomes
the ARPANET and, much later, the Internet.'