Wednesday, 5 March 2008

Stuff Your Doodles.

Your doodles, stuffed.

American Geographic Society Photo Archive.

'The AGSL Digital Photo Archive presents over 2,500 images from the holdings of the American Geographical Society (AGS) Library. The current selection focuses on the countries of Asia and the Middle East. The images come from the collections acquired over many decades by the AGS Library including an extensive photographic print collection.'

Siberia Diary.

'The Post's Robert G. Kaiser and Lucian Perkins spent the month of August 2001 on a 3,700 mile journey across Siberia, reporting almost daily on the people, culture and natural resources of Russia's most abundant region'.

Solemates: The 20th Century in Shoes.

Suharto: A Declassified Documentary Obit.

'As Indonesia buries the ex-dictator Suharto, who died Sunday at the age of 86, the National Security Archive today posted a selection of declassified U.S. documents detailing his record of repression and corruption, and the long-standing U.S. support for his regime.'

American Patriotic Melodies.

'Patriotic Melodies tells the stories behind many of the songs that have now become part of the American national heritage. A combination of hymns, national songs, music of the theater, radio and television, military themes, and poetry, all of this music demonstrates that while over history many things have changed, this expression of pride and hope remain a constant part of the American experience.'

The Calvin Shedd Papers.

'The Archives and Special Collections Department at the University of Miami Library houses a series of remarkable letters written by Calvin Shedd, a carpenter from New Hampshire, who enlisted in the Seventh Regiment, New Hampshire Volunteers and served the Union Army during the Civil War from 1862 - 1863. In these letters to his wife and three young daughters, Shedd recorded the debilitating physical hardships, the incredible tedium and the ever-present dangers of military life in Key West, Fort Jefferson and St. Augustine, Florida. Shedd wrote these fifty-three letters with great love, painstaking attention to detail, and a calm, reassuring hand. '

The Shaker Historic Trail.

'Originating in the religious ferment of Manchester, England, in the mid-18th century, the "Shaking Quakers" reached fruition after settlement in America in 1774. "Mother" Ann Lee, the English-born leader of the Shakers, began her public ministry in America in 1780. By 1784 she had died, but her charismatic preaching had sparked a revolutionary new movement that had enduring impact on American religion and culture. The Shakers were ardent believers in the millennialist principle of establishing "heaven on earth" through the practice of communitarian social organizations, pacifism, celibacy, gender equality and the confession of sin. The Shakers offered an intriguing alternative to mainstream culture in post-Revolutionary War America.'

Volcano of Delight: Historic Sheet Music 1800-1922.

'Notable in this collection are early pieces by Irving Berlin and Jerome Kern, as well as music by other popular composers such as Victor Herbert, Jean Schwartz, Paul Dresser, Ernest R. Ball, Gussie L. Davis, Charles K. Harris, and George M. Cohan. Numerous arrangements of classical tunes by Bach, Beethoven, Schubert and other famous classical composers are also well-represented.'

Graveyard of the Pacific: The Shipwrecks of Vancouver Island.

Milwaukee Repertory Theater Photographic History.

The Book of Tea by Kakuzo Okakura.

Astro Pics.

Sand Dunes Thawing on Mars.

Mauna Kea Shadow Play.

Twelve Lunar Eclipses.

German Decorative Bookbindings.

Querying the Hive Mind.

'Unlike most other places I've been in the world, people didn't beg for money. They begged for bread. They begged for clothes. Old t-shirts back in your hotel room. Your hat. Your shoes...' On poverty in Zimbabwe.

Some more information on microcredit lending.

RIP Gary Gygax.

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