Wednesday, 9 January 2008

Strange Maps.

The Minard Map of Napoleon's Russian Campaign.

Papua New Guinea, the Linguistic Superpower.

Europa Polyglotta.

Christmas Island, 1934.

How to Plan and Book a Journey on the Trans-Siberian Railway.


Tiny treasures of Japanese art. Some more here -

Charles Rennie Mackintosh's Sketches of Northern Italy.

'Follow the links below to explore Northern Italy through the eyes of the celebrated Scottish architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928) during his sketching tour of the Continent in 1891. Compare his superb sketches with present-day photographs from the same locations, and retrace his steps with our interactive 19th century Baedeker maps.'

The Water Margin.

The classic Chinese novel told through comics.

'Water Margin is well-known as one of the four greatest Chinese novels in history.It tells stories of a group of heroes,who stand for different classes of people daring to struggle against the evil.There are 105 men and 3 women in all,who are oppressed by the currupt and unjust official and then rise up.These stories take place at the end of the North Song period,describing various vivid pictures of farmers' uprising full of love and hate,ties of friendship, kind and enmity,etc.'

Vintage Aprons.

Historic Lighthouses of the United States.

Click on a state to see brief descriptions and photos.

Astro Pics.

A Jupiter-Io Montage.

Hidden Galaxy IC 342.

Aurora in the Distance.

Vajreshwari Devi Temple.

Part of this India photoset -

Zapatistas! Documents of the New Mexican Revolution.

Digital Durham, North Carolina.

'For many years scholars have recognized that late nineteenth-century Durham, North Carolina makes an ideal case study for examining emancipation, industrialization, immigration, and urbanization in the context of the New South. "With its tobacco factories, textile mills, black entrepreneurs, and new college," the historian Syd Nathans observes, "Durham was a hub of enterprise and hope." By the early twentieth century, Durham became renowned for its vibrant entrepreneurial spirit. Both W.E.B. Du Bois and Booker T. Washington wrote articles for the national press about their visits with members of Durham's African-American community...'

Querying the Hive Mind.

'A good friend just received a brain cancer diagnosis with an estimated one year survival time. She wants to talk about death and time.'

'What significant items have been irretrievably lost?'

'I need friends...'

The best ways to erase your hard drive.

No puzzle this week - taking a little break.

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