Wednesday, 16 January 2008

The World at Night.

The Aberdeen Bestiary.

12th century illuminated catalogue of beasts.

The Bureau of Atomic Tourism.

'The Bureau of Atomic Tourism is dedicated to the promotion of tourist locations around the world that have either been the site of atomic explosions, display exhibits on the development of atomic devices, or contain vehicles that were designed to deliver atomic weapons.'

Tribes of Burma.

"There is in this particular region a collection of races diverse in feature, language and customs such as cannot, perhaps, be paralleled in any other part of the world". - [Gazetteer of Upper Burma and the Shan States, Sir George Scott, 1899]

1930s Health and Safety Posters.

More here :- .

James A. Scott San Francisco Photograph Collection.

'The collection contains over 4,000 photographs of San Francisco taken by James A. Scott over a period of 40 years, beginning in the 1960's. Shown here is a selection of 27 pairs of before and after images accompanied by photographer Scott's notes and comments.'

William E. Worden San Francisco Plate Glass Negative Collection.

'The Willard E. Worden Glass Plate Negative Collection SFP-22 contains 432 glass plate negatives taken by San Francisco photographer Willard E. Worden ca. 1911-1912...'

'227 of the images depict the building of the Ingleside Terraces residential neighborhood by the Urban Realty Improvement Company. The remainder includes residences in Jordan Park and Visitacion Valley, various residential interiors, Sacred Heart School the Y.M.C.A. building at Golden Gate Avenue and Leavenworth, Y.M.C.A camps, and views of Berkeley and Piedmont. '

Illuminated Hebrew Manuscripts.

'Over 100 illuminations selected from the 1,156 extant pages of the Padua Ashkenazi Mahzor, a medieval Jewish festival prayer book; Hamburg Haggadah (1731); Ketubbot (1638); and Xanten Bible.'

AFSCME, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Strike.

From Wikipedia ( ) - 'The Memphis Sanitation Strike began on February 11, 1968 in Memphis Tennessee. Citing years of poor treatment, discrimination, and dangerous working conditions, some 1300 black sanitation workers walked off the job in protest ... Over the next 64 days, the strike grew into a major civil rights struggle, attracting the attention of the national news media. AFSCME and the workers demanded union recognition, wage increases, and an end to discrimination. Local clergy and community leaders also undertook an active campaign, including boycotts and civil disobedience.'

Fidel Castro Speech Database.

'This database includes speeches, interviews, etc., by Fidel Castro from 1959 to 1996. All texts are in English.'

Querying the Hive Mind.

'Give me your best games to play while waiting in line, going on long car trips, or on airplanes.'

'What is a good breakfast?'

'What are you thinking about when you pray?'

'How to be homeless? Yes, step one, lack a home. Then what?'

Scientific Instruments of Medieval and Renaissance Europe.

St. Augustine, Florida: America's Ancient City.

'Seventy three years after Columbus sailed to America, another Spanish admiral, Pedro Menéndez de Aviles, landed in Florida and established a colony among the Timucua Indians. He named it St. Augustine on September 8, 1565. The settlement was already forty two years old when Jamestown was founded, and has survived until today as the oldest European town in the United States. Over the two turbulent centuries between St. Augustine's founding and the departure of the Spaniards in 1763, the city was home to Spaniards, criollos (people of Spanish ancestry born in America), Indians, Africans and mixed blood people. Together they created a lively multi-cultural and multiethnic society that was unique in colonial North America...'

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