Tuesday, 18 March 2008

Jet Set Ruins.

Photos of aircraft scrapyards.

Modern Military Ruins of San Francisco.

Diseases of the Mind: Highlights of American Psychiatry through 1900.

Early attempts at understanding insanity from a scientific perspective.

The Bedouin Tribes of Petra.

'When Vivian Ronay first visited Petra in 1986 as a tourist, the city was deserted. She saw it almost as it must have looked to Swiss explorer J.L. Burckhardt, who rediscovered it for the Western world in 1812: an empty, ancient city cut into the high desert cliffs of southern Jordan. She has been returning to Petra for almost 20 years to continue the documentation of Bedouin life as they transition from their pastoral pre-market economy to their modern life in the government-subsidized village of Umm Sayhun, with electricity and indoor plumbing...'

British Museum: The Americas.

Online tours of objects from the Americas in the British Museum - annuraaq (or anoraks), kayak clothing from Greenland, objects from the Amazon, and more.

The 'House in the Clouds', Suffolk.

'walking towards the ‘house in the clouds’ in suffolk for the first time can be a confusing experience if you approach from the right angle as the otherwise normal-looking home appears to either float above the trees or perch on a non-existent hill behind the surrounding greenery...
what you’re actually looking at is the top of an old 30'000 gallon water tower, brilliantly designed 85 years ago by architects who were asked to disguise what would have been an ugly 70ft high blot on the landscape of thorpeness - the village who benefited from its water storage capabilities until 1977.'

Spalding Base Ball Guides 1889-1939.

'Spalding’s Official Base Ball Guide was perhaps the premier publication of its day for the game of baseball. It featured editorials from baseball writers on the state of the game, statistics, photographs, and analysis of the previous season for all the Major League teams and for many of the so-called minor leagues across the nation. The 15 Spalding’s Official Base Ball Guides included in this online collection were published between 1889 and 1939. '

The Online Burma Library.

'The Online Burma Library is dedicated to the people of Burma, who have been the last to know what has been written about their country.'

Eastern European Poster Art.

Women of India.

Arts & Crafts Movement: 1880-1920 in Europe and America.

Design for the Modern World: “A group of reformers,
passionately committed to correcting the ills they saw in an increasingly
industrial and urban society, chose the arts as their medium... ”

A Rabbi's Impression of the Oberammergau Passion Play (1901).

'Four centuries ago a village high in the Bavarian Alps, Oberammergau, promised that, if God interceded against the bubonic plague, they would stage a Passion play every ten years. A Passion play is a medieval dramatic form which depicts the life and (principally) death of Jesus. All of the actors are residents, and the entire community participates in one way or another. The pageant continues in the 21st century. '

'This book is an American Reform Rabbi's encounter with this quaint, and at the time insidiously anti-Semitic, production. He vividly describes his own feelings at each stage of the play. Krauskopf uses the 1900 Oberammergau Passion as a springboard to examine a whole set of issues which will make both Jews and Christians uncomfortable, but which need looking at, even today. He is a virtual attorney-for-the-defense, working every angle to clear the reputation of the Jews...'

Querying the Hive Mind.

'Why are the many Indo-European languages considered to have a common ancestor, whereas Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese and other gramatically and lexically similar languages are grouped into separate language families? How did so many different language families arise in the Americas and Australia given that they were populated by the same groups of people?'

'What are retorts for some common sayings? For example, when people say: "The early bird gets the worm", you could retort "The second mouse gets the cheese". Which other ones are out there?'

'Women loners, recluses, survivalists, they lived alone and liked it that way. Which books details their lives?'

'I want to be able to do the splits. Please tell me if this is realistic, and if so, the best way to go about doing it.'

'How can I better understand social cues? '

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