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28th February


The World's First Photograph.
'Long before the first public announcements of photographic processes in 1839, Joseph Nicéphore Niépce, a scientifically-minded gentleman living on his country estate near Chalon-sur-Saône, France, began experimenting with photography. Fascinated with the craze for the newly-invented art of lithography which swept over France in 1813, he began his initial experiments by 1816. Unable to draw well, Niépce first placed engravings, made transparent, onto engraving stones or glass plates coated with a light-sensitive varnish of his own composition. These experiments, together with his application of the then-popular optical instrument, the camera obscura, would eventually lead him to the invention of the new medium...'

AIDS Posters.
' "The collection provides a fascinating insight into the many approaches that have been used to try to modify risk behaviors," said Roger Detels, MD, MS, UCLA professor of epidemiology and infectious diseases. "The posters range from terrifying to amusing and reflect the many cultures from which they have been drawn, which include national cultures and risk group cultures. The collection should be of interest to anyone interested in the history of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and attempts to control it." '

Baka Pygmies.
Culture, music and rites of initiation in the Central African rainforest.

Build Me a Tapeworm.
The biology of tapeworms. Strange creatures.

The Internet Museum of Flexi / Cardboard / Oddity Records.

Cereal Box Archive.
'Here is an archive of hundreds of cereal boxes, with even more to come. Nothing here is for sale.'

Harlem 1900-1940: An African-American Community.
'Harlem has long symbolized the culture of the African-American experience in 20th-century America. Its history has been well documented in photographs, literature and other media...'

A London Provisioner's Chronicle, 1550-1663, by Henry Machyn.
Antiquarian manuscript.

Photographs of Cambodia in the 1920s.

How to Build a Cloud Chamber.

The Post of Christmas Past.
Exhibit from the British Postal Museum & Archive.

Northern Italian Renaissance Painting.
Nice selection of paintings.

The Art of Books - German Decorative Trade Bindings.
The art of making books, 1870-1920.

The Mirror of Folly.
Illustrations lampooning the world's first great stock market bubble and crash, in 1720.
'... if hyperinflated share prices, pernicious greed, government and company corruption with attendant price crash and wealth destruction sound familiar, it's because the Mississippi and South Sea bubbles were the forerunners to contemporary collapses like Enron.'

Hibernia.
Images from old books relating to Ireland.

Iakov Chernikhov.
(1889-1951). Avant-garde Russian architect and artist.

Images of India.

On One Clear Day.
'On September 5, 1942, the Jews of Wolbrom, Poland were rounded up by the Germans and their collaborators. By the end of the next day, what was once a flourishing community, ceased to exist.' This is their story...'

William Burroughs Book Covers.
Front covers of 'Junkie' and 'The Naked Lunch'.

Cute Little Kittens.
OMG!!!1!!

Mom's Recipes.
'These are scans of all of the recipes in my mom's recipe collection.'

Predjamski.
'Every castle in the world is unique in some way. No two are the same.'
'But this one - even though it's rather small and humble compared to some - is unique in more than one way. Probably the only one in the world, really integrated in a cave system - actually the second largest cave system in Slovenia.'

Five 3's can express 37 :-
37 = 33 + 3 + 3/3.
Find another way to do it.

'How do great IT managers run their departments?'

'What do I need to do in daily life that I don't realize I need to be doing?'

'Help reinvigorate my idealism with books. I am looking for literary inspiration to rise above my emotional rut. The best way to describe my situation: I am bored with my safe yuppie life.'

The Love Letters of Abelard and Heloise.
'Both Abelard and Heloise were prominent intellectuals of twelfth century France. Abelard, of noble birth and eighteen years the senior of Heloise, was a prominent lecturer in philosophy...'
'...At age 19, and living under her uncle Fulbert's roof, Heloise fell in love with Abelard, who she was studying under. Not only did they have a clandestine affair of a sexual nature, they had a child, Astrolabe, out of wedlock. Discovered by the Fulbert (who was a Church official), Abelard was assaulted by a hired thug and castrated, and Heloise entered a convent. Abelard was exiled to Brittany, where he lived as monk... '

Cooking Debauchery.
Weblog for foodies.

Folklore Pamphlets of Wisconsin 1921-45.

Guercino: Mind to Paper.
'Giovanni Francesco Barbieri (1591-1666), nicknamed Guercino ("squinter") after a childhood incident that left him cross-eyed, was an Italian draftsman and painter renowned for his innovative compositions and psychological insight. This exhibition, a collaboration between the Getty Museum and the Courtauld Institute of Art Gallery in London, explores the distinctive qualities of Guercino's draftsmanship.'
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21st February


NYCSubway.
Pretty much everything worth knowing about the New York Subway (history, subway art, abandoned stations, good stuff).

Tibetan and Himalayan Portraits: Nomads of Tibet and Bhutan.
Photographs.
'... The survival of nomads on the Tibetan Plateau and Himalaya provides examples of nomadic practices that were once widespread throughout Asia and Africa, but are now increasingly hard to find. As such, these portraits of nomads offer a rare glimpse into a way of life that is rapidly vanishing.'

Los Angeles Mapped.
'These diverse works of craftsmanship, precision, and imagination provide a guide to some of the most remarkable stories of the city's history: its discovery, its growth, and its industries, as seen by explorers, engineers, artists, residents, and boosters.'

Ashbourne Shrovetide Football.
'Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday herald, in Ashbourne, Derbyshire, one of the world's oldest, largest, longest and maddest football games. Here's the definitive guide to this fascinating, ancient tradition.'

Turn of the Century Posters.
'Hundreds of American posters printed from 1893 through the first years of the 20th-century. The collection represents the inception and heyday of magazine, book, and newspaper posters of the last decade of the 19th-century, and well into the 20th-century.'

Interactive Map of Charles Dickens' London.

Children of India.
Nice collection of images and articles.

Ashes and Snow.
The photography of Gregory Colbert deals with the relationship of animals and humans.

The Envelope Collective.
Mail art.
'The Envelope Collective is an ongoing collaborative experiment in art that uses the transportation of mail as a medium. The website serves as an online gallery for those pieces that we receive. It was started by two fellows named Garrett & Adam who think that art is one of the best things in the whole wide world ever. '
(Art is one of the best things in the whole world ever, but so is receiving a letter - this website combines the two concepts).

Outsider Science.
'Between 1577 and 1580 Adriaen Coenensz from Scheveningen in Holland, wrote and painted over 800 pages for a work that has come to be known as 'Het Visboek' (The Fish Book).'
'Coenensz laid out all the knowledge he had acquired from his time as a fisherman and fish auctioneer and it's obvious he also had access to some of the well known 'natural history' books of his day. There is reference to his earning money from displaying the work at a local fair...'

Codex Magliabecchi.
A Mesoamerican manuscript.
'... Among his collection was an anonymous Mexican manuscript, found by archaeologist Zelia Nuttall in the late 19th century. In 1903 she published The Book of the Life of the Ancient Mexicans in which the glyphs contained in (what would come to be known as) the Codex Magliabecchi were reproduced in lithographs together with the original but incomplete spanish notations by 2 different hands. From reading the introduction, Nuttall concludes that the work must have been completed around 1529...'

The Sartorialist.
Sharing pictures and comments on men's and women's fashion.

The Musical Stones of Skiddaw.
'On public display in the Keswick Museum and Art Gallery in Cumbria, England there are two musical instruments. They look like xylophones, but the notes are not made of metal or wood, but from a local stone. These two objects represent a fascinating 220 year-long story full of obsession, changing fortunes, glory and international fame. The story carries on even today, with a new touring and performance schedule...'

The Great Stalacpipe Organ.
'The Great Stalacpipe Organ, claimed by its owners to be the world's largest musical instrument, is a keyboard instrument that works by tapping stalactites of varying sizes with rubber-tipped mallets attached to solenoids in order to produce tones. The instrument was created by Leland W. Sprinkle and is located in Luray Caverns...'

Immigration to the United States 1789-1930: Social Museum Collection.
Huge collection of pictures and early photographs on the subject of immigration to America.

The Last Jews of Cairo.
'On the eve of Ramadan, in the center of the Arab world, we found ourselves - two agnostic Jews with no interest in or ties to the Jewish community back home - [scrambling] to join in prayer and worship with the remaining Jews of Cairo...'

Russian Postcards from 1914.

History of Cake.
And different types of cake, too.

Photo Journal: Uganda's Jewish Community.
'The eastern Ugandan town of Mbale is home to a small Jewish community, known as Abayudaya, from the Luganda word for Jews...'

Mason-Dixon Knitting.
Two friends from different places knit together. There's even a book.

Love and Death by Sri Aurobindo.
(1921) 'This is a free-verse retelling of a popular story from the Mahabharata, the tale of Ruru and Priyumvada. The hero, Ruru, quests into the afterlife to beg for the resurrection of his beloved bride, Priyumvada, killed by snake-bite. Death's bargain with Ruru is that he is to give up half his life so that Priyumvada can live again. '

The Ex-Girlfriend Project.
'... I'm going to go back through and recount my entire romantic life, chronologically, starting with my first relationship at the age of sixteen. I'm going to write everything I can remember about anything that happened with, to, and because of every girl that I've ever been seriously involved with or seriously affected by. I'm going to be honest to a fault, no matter how much it makes me cringe. And I'm going to try to learn something. Also, I hope to recieve comments from readers who might be able to see things from a different perspective than myself, and hopefully help me to see some things that I might have missed.'

'There's a well-known puzzle which is :- "A bear hunter walks one mile south, one mile east, and one mile north, only to find himself back at his starting point. What colour is the bear he's hunting?" The traditional answer is 'white' because with a starting point of the North Pole, someone walking one mile south, one mile east, and one mile north will find themselves back at the North Pole. Therefore the bear he's hunting must be a polar bear.
There are, however, a number of other points on the Earth's surface from where someone walking one mile south, one mile east, and one mile north will find themselves back at their starting point. Where are they?'

Online Mathematics Textbooks.
'The writing of textbooks and making them freely available on the web is an idea whose time has arrived. Most college mathematics textbooks attempt to be all things to all people and, as a result, are much too big and expensive. This perhaps made some sense when these books were rather expensive to produce and distribute--but this time has passed...'

Nuclear Nightmares: Twenty Years since Chernobyl.
Photographs.

SNCC 1960-66: Six Years of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.
American civil rights history.
'On February 1, 1960, a group of black college students from North Carolina A&T University refused to leave a Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina where they had been denied service. This sparked a wave of other sit-ins in college towns across the South. The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, or SNCC (pronounced "snick"), was created on the campus of Shaw University in Raleigh two months later to coordinate these sit-ins, support their leaders, and publicize their activities...'

'I'm in London with some time to kill, and looking for some interesting places to wander around. '

'What should I put in my spy kit?'
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14th February


Faces of the Fallen: Iraq and Afghanistan Casualties.

Photo Essay: Returning from Iraq, the Damage Done.
'It's easy to send soldiers off to war. It's a lot harder to face them when they come home. '

This is Kurdistan.
Photo essay: northern Iraq.

Emergence of Advertising in America 1850-1920.
'The Emergence of Advertising in America: 1850 - 1920 (EAA) presents over 9,000 images, with database information, relating to the early history of advertising in the United States. '

Armed America: Portraits of Gun Owners in Their Homes.
Photographic portraits of Americans with guns.
'... Whether it's 39% or 50% of Americans, it's still an awful lot of people. I started wondering just who they were, what they looked like, and how they lived. Such was the genesis of Armed America: Portraits of American Gun Owners in Their Homes. The idea was to photograph a hundred gun owners, in their homes, and do a gallery show. I figured this would take about two years. But very soon after I started, it became evident that my ambitions were too low...'

The Story of the PING Program.
'Yes, it's true! I'm the author of ping for UNIX. Ping is a little thousand-line hack that I wrote in an evening which practically everyone seems to know about. :-) '

Railways around Hay-on-Wye, Wales.
Photographs of disused railways.

Butterfly People.
Really nice.
'The anthropomorphic illustrations above come from a 2-volume set: 'Papillons - Metamorphoses Terrestres Des Peuples De L'Air', published by Gabriel de Gonet in 1852. It will come as no surprise to anyone familiar with the illustrations of JJ Grandville to learn that Varin had contributed some engraving work to Grandville's 1843 classic, 'Les Fleurs Animées'...'

Scandinavian Trolls.
19th century illustrations of trolls and 20th century Moomins.
'Romantic fairytale illustrators Theodor Severin Kittelsen (i, ii, iii) John Bauer (i, ii, iii) and Elsa Beskow (i, ii, iii) are regarded as the leading artists of the polymorphic troll figure from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The genre would later be adapted by Tove Jansson for her internationally successful Moomin characters (i, ii, iii)...'

Burma Life.
'These watercolour sketches from 1897 were painted by a local Burmese artist. For each of the ~90 illustrations in the album there is an accompanying description by a missionary. 'Watercolour Paintings of Burmese Life' [Ms. Burm. a. 5] is online at the Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford. '

Pomo Bear Doctors. (1917). Native American lore. 'This is a monograph on a typical variety of native Californian shamanism, the animal-impersonator. This describes the practice among the Pomo, a Northern Californian people. Despite the title 'Bear Doctor,' these shamans did not cure: they were berserkers, as befits their totem, with a license to kill up to four people per year. '

Oxfordshire Church Photos.

The St. John's Bible.
'This exhibition is devoted to a single work of art, an illuminated, handwritten Bible commissioned by Saint John's University and Abbey in Minnesota. This contemporary Bible is at once old and new: a masterpiece of the ancient crafts of calligraphy and illumination that could only be made by artists of today. The Saint John's Bible is being created by professional scribes in a scriptorium in Wales, under the direction of Donald Jackson, one of the world's foremost calligraphers...'

Sheela Na Gig.
Carvings of female fertility figures in medieval churches.

1500-1550 in Fashion.
'Fashion in the period 1500-1550 in Western Europe is marked by voluminous clothing worn in an abundance of layers (one reaction to the cooling termperatures of the Little Ice Age, especially in Northern Europe and the British Isles). Contrasting fabrics, slashes, embroidery, applied trims, and other forms of surface ornamentation became prominent...'
Part of the Wikipedia series on the history of Western fashion ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Western_fashion ) . Each half-century or decade from 1500 to the present illustrated by contemporary art or photographs.

Manuscripts from India.
Nice selection of 16th-19th century Hindu, Islamic and Jain manuscripts.

Kumbha Mela - The World's Largest Act of Faith.
'They came by the millions! Some arrived on overcrowded trains carrying five times their normal capacity. Some came by bus, by car, some by ox drawn carts, and others rode on horses, camels, and even elephants. The rich and famous chartered private planes and helicopters, while the less affluent came on foot carrying their bed rolls and camping equipment in heavy bundles on their heads. Wave after wave, they formed a veritable river of humanity that flowed onto the banks of the Ganges at Allahabad to celebrate the greatest spiritual festival ever held in the history of the world, the Kumbha Mela...'

King Leopold's Soliloquy, by Mark Twain.
Mark Twain's 1905 satirical pamphlet denouncing colonialism in the Congo. Background article here : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_Leopold's_Soliloquy

Indexed.
Nice little cartoons about maths. 'This site is a little project that lets me make fun of some things and sense of others.'

To Whom It May Concern.
The art of amusing letter-writing.
'I enjoy writing to things and people who are unlikely to respond. I write these letters Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Also one time per week I write an amazingly thoughtful and profound essay that will appear, as if by magic, next to the FAQ. '

The Spoof.
Funny satire and parody.

The Trotsky Internet Archive.
Writings, biographies, photographs.

Selected Speeches of Winston Churchill.
Part of the Churchill Centre website.

World War II German Radio Collection.
Antique wartime radios.

Genealogy of Influence.
'a visualization of the connections between the most influential writers, artists, philosophers, scientists, and mathematicians of Western culture'

Airborne Cats.
Photographs of airborne cats.

List of funny short jokes.
In response to a question.
Two peanuts were walking down the street. One of them was assaulted. And more in the same vein!

'I have a co-worker with Asperger's Syndrome and I'd like to learn more to better our working relationship.'

'Is he still grieving his wife, even though it's been so long? Need advice on my relationship with a widower...'

'I need advice on dealing with a desperate mother who wants her adult daughter to stay by her side. '

'Art Relationship Morality Filter - Have recently discovered my newly wed wife has lied to me about the contents of a painting that takes pride of place in our small flat. '
Interesting story and responses.

'What does American English sound like to people who don't speak english?'
rrarr rrarr rrarr rrarr gjsdgk.

'Help me turn my bedroom into a sweet fort.'

'i have a crush on really shy boy and i am not sure how i should approach'

'You have 50 pound coins on the table in front of you. You are blindfolded and cannot discern whether a coin is heads up or tails up by feeling it. You are told that x coins are heads up, where 0 < x < 50. You are asked to separate the coins into two piles in such a way that the number of heads up coins in both piles is the same at the end. You may flip any coin over as many times as you like. How will you do it?'

The Laughing Policeman.
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7th February


The Budget Traveller's Guide to Sleeping in Airports.

Human Billboards.
'This small photo study is dedicated to all those who have endured this horrible job.'

Kyushu Medical Books.
Images of rare historic Japanese medical texts.

Ancient Spanish Ballads.
'The lavish 1841 publication of 'Ancient Spanish Ballads; Historical and Romantic' (translated by JG Lockhart) is considered to be the first of the illuminated 'gift books', popular (it seems) in Victorian England...'

Faces of War.
'Amid the horrors of World War I, a corps of artists brought hope to soldiers disfigured in the trenches...' Facial reconstruction in World War I.

Abandoned Places and Things.
Photographs.

History of the IBM Typewriter.
With old adverts to show what they looked like.

Historic Photos of Trains.

Broken Soviet Monuments.

Morgraig Castle, Wales.
Photographs of a ruined castle.

Tourist Booklet on Iran, Mid-1970s.

Discount Stores of the '60s.
'Variety stores, like this Kresge in downtown Des Moines, Iowa, were the forerunners of the modern discount department store. They both managed, despite several closings, to co-exist in the retail landscape for more than 30 years, but most variety stores--even the larger ones--saw sales decline with each passing decade and eventually closed their doors...'

A Year in Pyongyang.
A traveller in North Korea.

Ballastexistenz.
The weblog of a non-speaking autistic woman. Fascinating stuff.

Manolo's Shoe Blog.
All about shoes and stuff.

Living in Japan.
Views from a Japanese mountainside.

How to Prepare the Perfect Boiled Egg.
The science of cooking.

When the Storm God Rides.
(1936) 'This is a collection of Native American lore from Texas. It is focused on the Tejas, a Caddoan group which called itself the Hasinai. The term 'Tejas' is from a Caddoan word which means 'friend,' and it gave us the name of Texas. '

Prosperity and Thrift: The Coolidge Era and the Consumer Economy 1921-29.
America in the Roaring Twenties.

Camera Obscura.
Photography.
'Photographer Abelardo Morell was born in Havana, Cuba in 1948. He is currently a professor of photography at the Massachusetts College of Art...'

The Mowing-Devil.
An early report of a crop circle!
'The Mowing-Devil: or, Strange News out of Hartford-Shire is the title of an English woodcut pamphlet published in 1678...'

A number with two identical digits is multiplied by 99. What is the product if the third digit is 5?

Police Hat Collection.
Via Incoming Signals.

City Beautiful: The 1901 Plan for Washington DC.
Social reform through urban beautification.
'Generally stated, the City Beautiful advocates sought to improve their city through beautification, which would have a number of effects: 1) social ills would be swept away, as the beauty of the city would inspire civic loyalty and moral rectitude in the impoverished; 2) American cities would be brought to cultural parity with their European competitors through the use of the European Beaux-Arts idiom; and 3) a more inviting city center still would not bring the upper classes back to live, but certainly to work and spend money in the urban areas...'

Tomas Estrada Palma Collection.
'Tomás Estrada Palma (1835-1908) was a general of the Cuban forces during the war of 1868 to 1878 against Spain and delegate-at-large and minister plenipotentiary of the Republic of Cuba in arms. In 1901 Estrada Palma was elected the first president of the Republic of Cuba and was inaugurated in May 20, 1902. This collection contains 270 items including correspondence, photographs, invitations, clippings, obituaries and other documents related to Estrada Palma and his descendants as well as the relationship of the Cuban government with the United States.'

Art Smoke.
Photographs of artistically arranged smoke.

'How do I get over my laziness, procrastination, and foot-dragging in my office job?'

'Is there a term for the phenomenon where one can be studying a subject for months, but not truly understand it until some barrier is suddenly crossed?'

'How do you react to eccentric strangers on public transportation?'

Patterns Taken from Public Transport Vehicles.
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1st February


13 Photographs That Changed the World.
'Any picture can speak 1,000 words, but only a select few say something poignant enough to galvanize an entire society. The following photographs screamed so loudly that the entire world stopped to take notice.'
'Migrant mother', the V-J Day kiss photo, 'Einstein with his tongue out', 'Loch Ness Monster', etc.

A Gallery of Illustrations by Paul Gustave Dore.
'Paul Gustave Doré (January 6, 1832 - January 23, 1883), a French artist, was born in Strasbourg. He became a book illustrator in Paris and his commissions included work by Rabelais, Balzac and Dante. In 1853 he was asked to illustrate the works of Lord Byron. This was followed by other work for British publishers including a new illustrated English Bible. He also illustrated a very oversized edition of E. A. Poe's The Raven...'

What We Don't Know.
'How did life begin? What's the universe made of? Why do we sleep? 42 of the biggest questions in science.'

Arresting Faces.
The mugshot as art.
'The faces are "right out of central casting," says Mark Michaelson. For a decade, the graphic designer collected old mug shots-he got them from a retired cop in Scranton, Pennsylvania, from a file cabinet bought at a Georgia auction and stuffed with pictures, and from eBay-until he had tens of thousands...'

Top Ten Ad Tricks in Tokyo's Train Stations.
'... Everyone heard about over-packed trains in Tokyo, but with train stations such as Shinjuku being the spot on the planet with the largest number of people per day actually rushing through, Tokyo's train stations are a true mecca for advertisement...'

Tulsa Unearthing of the Buried Car.
'On June 15, 1957, a new gold and white 1957 Plymouth Belvedere Sport Coupe was buried in a time capsule in downtown Tulsa, OK. The time capsule was part of Golden Jubilee Week: Tulsa's celebration of Oklahoma's semi-centennial. The car is buried under the sidewalk in front of the Tulsa County Courthouse, approximately 100 feet north of the intersection of Sixth Street and Denver Avenue...'
It's nearly time to dig it up.

Piers.
Lots of photos of piers.

Frisian Historical Children's Books.
'The Frisian Historical and Literary Centre in Holland have 266 pages of old childrens books in a good quality flash site. I think some of the books range back to the 18th century. '

Casino Carpet Gallery.
'I began this quixotic adventure by trying to photograph a sample of casino carpeting in every Las Vegas casino. From there it grew into a national quest: in every casino city I visit now, I make a point of capturing each casino's floor for these pages. '
'Casino carpet is known as an exercise in deliberate bad taste that somehow encourages people to gamble.'

Second Grade Persian Textbook from 1960.

Congress of the People, 1955.
'The Congress Alliance came together in the 1950s to organise the Congress of the People - a conference of all the people of South Africa - which presented their demands for the kind of South Africa they wanted. '
'The demands called for the people to govern and for the land to be shared by those who work it. They called for houses, work, security and for free and equal education. These demands were drawn together in the Freedom Charter which was adopted at the Congress of the People at Kliptown on 26 June 1955. '

Snow.
Photographs.

Apostrophe Catastrophes.
The use and misuse of ' .
'Do you wish people could just remember that one only uses the apostrophe to indicate possession or when omitting characters? '
'Find yourself muttering "the egg's what is on sale?" at the grocery store? '
'You are among friends...'

Felix Nussbaum.
An artist in the Holocaust.
'Felix Nussbaum was born in Osnabrueck, Germany, and studied in Hamburg, Berlin and Rome. He and his companion, Felka Platek, settled in Belgium in 1935. In 1940, he was arrested with all other aliens and sent to the camps of Saint Cyprien and Gurs in southern France. Nussbaum managed to escape, and lived in hiding in Brussels until he was caught in 1944 and sent to Auschwitz, where he perished...'

Salton Sea Roadtrip.
'For those unfamiliar with the Salton Sea, it's the largest body of water in California, at 40 miles long by 25 miles wide. It's an accident of nature, as a salt basin in the middle of the desert was flooded in 1905 by a storm overflow of the Colorado river, and the water instantly created a rival to Lake Tahoe, where Angelenos & San Diegans could go for sportsfishing & recreational waterboating, etc...'

Oyako - Portraying Japanese Generations.
'In 1982 American photographer Bruce Osborn began what has become his lifelong work: the Oyako series. For the last 25 years he took pictures of one parent with one child in a white studio setting. Bruce even introduced its own version of the Japanese "Oyako No Hi" (parent and child) day: he organizes a huge photo session every year. After some time, Bruce would even repeat the same parent-child shoot to reveal the significant changes in the relationship between mother and daughter for example, the differing characteristics of fashion changing over the years or simply documenting people getting older...'

Hawaiian Folk Tales.
(1907) 'This is an anthology of Hawaiian folklore, including pieces by Thomas Thrum and other writers. This includes many articles which were originally published in difficult to obtain journals and now-rare books. All were written in the late 19th or early 20th century, and are mostly based on first-hand oral traditions. Chapters cover topics such as resemblances to Biblical stories, myths of the gods and goddesses such as Maui and Pele, historical legends, topographical folklore, and the folklore of fishing. '

Underground Comix and the Underground Press.
'The late 1960s saw the emergence of underground comics, a new wave of humorous, hippie-inspired comic books that dealt with social and political subjects like sex, drugs, rock music and anti-war protest...'

Mystery House.
A text adventure game from 1980.
'In 1980, a company called On-Line Systems released a game called Mystery House for the Apple II home computer. This would turn out to be significant for a two majors reasons. First of all, Mystery House was the first story-based adventure game to have graphics. Before Mystery House, these games relied entirely on text to tell their stories. This idea would forever change the video game landscape, ultimately leading to the creation of classics such as Uninvited and Myst...'

Nepal Images.
'A British Army Officer has received an MBE for charity work on behalf of Gurkha veterans in Nepal. Lt Col Ade Clewlow sold his photos of Nepal to raise money for children in India.'
Nice set of photos.

The Daily Kitten.
OMG cute cats!!1!!!!

French Manuscript Illumination of the Middle Ages.
'French painting of the Middle Ages is known to us today largely through images found on the pages of books. This exhibition presents some of the most beautiful and important French manuscripts from the Museum's collection, which includes books spanning over 700 years, from the mid-800s through the early 1500s.'

Emanuel Swedenborg.
'Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) was a Swedish philosopher and scientist who, at 56, had a spiritual awakening and wrote numerous books on his theological views and related topics. He advocated a version of Christianity where works count as much as faith, with the trinity existing in Jesus, instead of three separate entities. Swedenborg derived inspiration from dreams and visions, and claimed to be able to visit heaven and hell at will. '

Things Other People Accomplished When They Were Your Age.

'A sheikh tells his two sons to race their camels to a distant city to see who will inherit his fortune. The one whose camel is slower will win. The brothers, after wandering aimlessly for days, ask a wise man for advise. After hearing the advice they jump on the camels and race as fast as they can to the city. What does the wise man say?'

' "Therefore a gentleman sends a man to a distant mission in order to test his loyalty..." What are some modern ways in which to discover others' true character?'
An interesting question and discussion.
Some possible tests : see how they treat waiters; lend them something; ask them for help; watch them when they're drunk; do they say 'Thankyou'?; as one of the posters says, "Never marry someone until you've played a board game and gone on a trip with them." ; as another poster suggests, "Can you take the person into an unfamiliar situation and feel confident that they will find a graceful way to handle themselves?"; how are they around children and animals?

'In languages which use different pronouns to distinguish 'you' (close, informal, equal) and 'you' (distant, formal, hierarchical), how is a shift between the two handled?'

'22 year old female, needing a job. Sucking at life and all things related. Education, experience, and family history inside.'
Helping a depressed person; this is a great great thread.

'How do I wish my programming-geek boyfriend "Happy Birthday" and tell him "I love you" using computing code?'

'I've become dissatisfied with my social skills. Please, help me learn to act more like a normal human being. '

'What works of fiction are most firmly embedded in the American cultural consciousness?'

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