Saturday, 25 October 2008
Birmingham, Alabama Roadside Art.
'U.S. 11 as it runs between Birmingham and Bessemer, Alabama, is an outdoor vernacular art gallery that gives even my beloved Western Avenue in Chicago a run for its money. This page merely samples the great handmade typography on the stretch I traversed, while showing the best of the graphical images there.'
Manhole-Infested Tokyo Back Street.
'Poor planning? Engineering gone wrong? Unconventional street decor? Whatever the explanation, this quiet residential street in Tokyo’s Setagaya ward boasts perhaps the highest manhole density in town, with 85 of them scattered along a 200-meter stretch of pavement. Fans of the curious street call it “Manhole Ginza." '
The Women of ENIAC.
'It's hardly the case today (unless you live in Iran), but once upon a time, all computer programmers were female. While the (male) engineers who built ENIAC, the world's first modern computer, became famous and lauded, the six women who actually programmed ENIAC have been largely overlooked.'
Film, opera, theatre and exhibition posters. Some of the posters for Western films dating from the Cold War period are very interesting.
Star Wars : http://www.polishposter.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=4078&Category_Code=USA
British Columbia Medical Museum Collection.
Old and historic medical instruments.
Images of Florida's Black History.
Former slave Charity Stewart, born 1844 : http://www.floridamemory.com/PhotographicCollection/displayphoto.cfm?IMGURL=http://fpc.dos.state.fl.us/reference/rc02016.jpg
Chinese-Australian Historical Photos.
'Kinshasa, DR Congo, March 2008'.
Plaid Stallions: Rambling and Reflections on 70s Pop Culture.
'This exhibition features images of Christ in illuminated manuscripts of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. '
Powers of Persuasion: American Poster Art from WW2.
Nice collection of propaganda posters. 'In these posters, pictures of fists, muscles, tools, and artillery convey American strength. Patriotic colors of red, white, and blue predominate as national symbols and heroes appeal to patriotism. '
A Telling of Wonders: Teratology in Western Medicine through 1800.
Teratology = the study of monsters and other abnormalities of nature. I guess the modern term would be 'cryptozoology'.
'The term “monster”, which is derived from the Latin verb “monstrare” meaning “to show”, was used to describe a visually unusual creature from the 1st century B.C. onward. Greek and Roman authors had already developed scientific, ethnographic, and cosmographic interpretations of “the monstrous”. These classical interpretations were to remain influential until the end of the 17th century.'
Querying the Hive Mind.
A queue-jumping tale.
How to find decent pet food.
'I can't make myself do anything. I've never been able to. I want to accomplish so much, I have goals, but for some reason, I just can't make myself do all the things I know I'm capable of. How can I turn this around?'
'What are your favorite unconventional novels and short stories?'
'Help me find my next favorite graphic novel.'