Sunday, 23 November 2008

Philip Lieberman's Himalayan Photographs.

Insect Close-Ups.

The John Peel Wiki.

'John Robert Parker Ravenscroft, OBE (30 August, 1939 – 25 October 2004), known professionally as John Peel, was an English disc jockey, radio presenter and journalist. Known for his eclectic taste in music and his honest and warm broadcasting style, John Peel was a popular and respected DJ and broadcaster. He was one of the first to play reggae and punk on British radio.'

Gallery of Electronic Calculators.

'Here at Things to Look at, we've come across one of those great websites which is just the kind of information treasure trove that makes the web great: The vintage Calculator.'

Monkey, Ninja, Pirate, Robot: The Roleplaying Game. -

Possibly the greatest concept for a game in world history.

Some more :

And the quiz :

('You are a sneaky Ninja. We don't even know you're there... before it's too late!')

James Jowers: NYC Photographs from the 1960s.

'This set contains a selection of 50 images from Jowers’ work in New York City. James Jowers donated the photographs and copyright to George Eastman House in 2007.'

George P. Hall and Son: Manhattan Photographs.

'George P. Hall & Son was a commercial photography studio that operated out of Manhattan from 1886 through 1914. The studio produced views of New York City at the turn of the century. '

Even old New York was once New Amsterdam

Why they changed it I can't say

People just liked it better that way


'The photographs in the collection represent a time span from the 1890s until just before World War I, depicting social and political figures and events throughout Europe and the colonial empires in the Near East and the Far East. Featured subjects included activities of the leisure classes or "society," political unrest in Spain and England, and prewar buildup of European military forces.'

East and West.

'If you’re American, geographically inclined and a bit of a stickler, this cartographic incongruity is a bit of an annoyance. From the US, the shortest route to what’s conventionally called ‘the East’ is in fact via the west. Going in that direction, you’ll hit the ‘Far East’ before you’re in the ‘Middle East’. And Europe, or at least that part usually included in ‘the West’, lies due east. So East is west, and West is east, in blatant contradiction of what’s probably Rudyard Kipling’s most famous line of verse...'

The Biology of B-Movie Monsters.

Top 60 Popular Japanese Words / Phrases of 2008.

'19. “The Homeless Junior High School Student” (hōmuresu chūgakusei/kaisan): “The Homeless Junior High School Student” is a best-selling memoir by comedian Hiroshi Tamura, who became homeless as a 10-year-old after the death of his mother and the break-up of his family. Some of the hardships Tamura recounts include spending nights in public parks and eating cardboard and grass to survive. The book sold over 1 million copies within two months of its release, making it the fastest selling non-fiction book on record in Japan. '

Astro Pics.

A Supernova Ribbon from Hubble.

A Darkened Sky.

In the Vicinity of the Cone Nebula.

Querying the Hive Mind.

'I'm starting to have trouble with stress from being perennially "on call" in my IT position. I need some advice on how to deal with it.'

'How can I learn more about a murder that occurred in my house?'

The Temptations of St. Anthony.

'In the 15th and 16th-century depictions of the tale, ferocity and weirdness predominate, and these pictures could more accurately be described as illustrating the torments of the saint, focussing as they do on the physical pain and fear which the demons inflicted on him...'

Four Centuries of European Tapestries.

Vintage Rail Travel Photo Gallery.

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