Wednesday, 30 April 2008

Thamesmead, Riverside School, 1976-78.

Photographs. 'In my early days I was employed, at my second school, as a science teacher at Riverside School, Thamesmead. Situtated on the Bexley/London border, it was a relatively new school in a "London" housing estate. Riverside School is now Bexley Business Academy...'

19th Century Swedish Copybook.

Minik: The Lost Eskimo.

'In October 1897, the renowned Arctic explorer Robert Peary returned to New York from his latest Greenland expedition. At the request of anthropologist Franz Boas, he brought with him five polar Eskimos for study at the American Museum of Natural History. '

'The embryonic science of anthropology regarded the Eskimos as a rare species, and their arrival in New York caused a sensation. Within months, however, four of the Eskimos had fallen sick and died, leaving a seven-year-old boy named Minik to fend for himself in a foreign land. Eventually adopted by a member of the Museum's staff, it was sixteen years before he was able to return to his native Greenland. '

'This American Experience production retraces Minik's life journey to provide a thought-provoking look at the intersection of race, culture and the nascent science of anthropology in America at the turn of the twentieth century. '

Photos of an Abandoned Library in Russia.

The Virtual Museum of Vintage VCRs.

Field Guide to Traffic Cones.

'Until the late 20th century, traffic cones were not thought worthy of scientific study. It is the Society's mission to counteract these centuries of neglect.'

Beatle Money: An Economic History of the Beatles.

Daisuke Inoue.

The creator of the karaoke machine. 'Inoue Daisuke taught the world to sing with the karaoke machine but never bothered to patent it, losing his chance to become one of Japan’s richest men. Is he bitter?'

ASCII Artwork.

'Not content to be limited by the text of ASCII, people since the beginning of computer communication have used the given character set of a system to express themselves artistically. Ranging from the ubiquitous smiley :) to extreme photo-realistic digitizations of portraits, this art continues to this day and shows no sign of slowing down.'

Punk Rock Photo Pool.

Querying the Hive Mind.

'What is the most beautiful place on Earth? I'd like to make plans to go there.'

'May, 1968 - Paris. I would like to learn about it.'

'I seem to have a very particular social skills deficit. Can you suggest software that might serve as a kind of brain prosthetic for me?'

'Is it the fog from getting older, or is it something else? As I've gone through the years (late 30s), I can clearly feel myself getting less brainy...'

'What are some interesting, uncommon "vocabulary" words that you use regularly or semi-regularly?'

The Corolla: University of Alabama Yearbook 1893-.

Mormon Architecture.

The International Year of the Potato.

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