Friday, 7 November 2008

Roadside Pictures.

Retro B Movie Posters.

Attack of the Crab Monsters, and much more good stuff.

Hobo Markings.

'Beginning in the 1880's up until World War Two, hoboes placed markings on fences, posts, sidewalks, buildings, trestles, bridge abutments, and railroad line side equipment to aid them and others of their kind in finding help or steering them clear of trouble. Usually, these signs would be written in chalk or coal letting others know what they could expect in the area of the symbol. The classic American hobo of the late 19th and early 20th centuries communicated through a basic system of markings, a code though which they gave information and warnings to their fellow Knights of the Road. Today hoboes communicate with cellular phones, and e-mail. '

Philip Lieberman's Himalayan Photographs.

Black and white photographs of Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, and India.

Marc Chagall and the Bible.

'One of the most beloved artists of the twentieth century, Chagall attempted to reshape the way we see and are seen. From his earliest paintings, depicting the ghettoized Russian Jews in their small villages not as prisoners but as free to explore the unknown world of their fantastic visions, to his last works, which meditate on the mysteries of love, artistic creation, and the joys of life, Chagall demonstrates the triumph of the imagination and celebrates its ability to free us from the constraints of daily life. '

Brooklyn Graffiti.

Vintage Avantgarde Manga by Maki Sasaki.

'“A Dream To Have In Heaven” (Tengoku De Miru Yume) by Maki Sasaki is a surreal non-narrative one-shot manga published in the November 1967 issue of the now-defunct Garo, an alternative manga monthly magazine that peaked in the late 1960s and early 1970s. '

The Paris Exposition of 1900.

'In 1900, Goodyear traveled to the Paris Exposition with photographer Joseph Hawkes. They brought back numerous images from the exposition including street life, vistas, pavilions, statues, and other structures and decorative details.'

Soviet Propaganda Posters.

'Lenin created the first truly modern propaganda machine, and its most colorful, dramatic and original form was the poster.'

Dialogue Among Giants: Carleton Watkins and the Rise of Photography in California.

' In 1850, at the age of 20, Carleton Watkins is believed to have arrived in California from New York via South America. He embarked on a life in photography that began auspiciously during the gold rush (which started in 1849) and ended abruptly with the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire that destroyed his negatives. In between those historic moments, Watkins witnessed an era in which a recurring theme was the enormity of all things in the West. He photographed the expansive western landscape with its miles of coastline, vast natural resources, colossal trees, and the monoliths of the Yosemite Valley using an oversize mammoth-plate camera.'

Some Serpentine Specimens.

'Albertus Seba (1665-1736) was a Dutch apothecary and collector, who, in the 1730s began a project to publish a fully-illustrated catalogue of his renowned collection of naturalia. Seba oversaw the production of the first two volumes of this opus, Locupletissimi Rerum Naturalium Thesauri Accurata Descriptio…, issued in 1734 and 1735. Two further volumes were issued posthumously, in 1758 and 1765.'


Astro Pics.

A Sharper View of a Hazy Giant.

1700 Kilometres above Enceladus.

The Double Ring Galaxies of Arp 147 from Hubble.

The Nenets of Siberia.

'BBC News website reader Ed Vallance spent a week travelling with a group of Nenets, reindeer herders in the Siberian arctic.'

Querying the Hive Mind.

'What are the best liquors for the money?'

'How can I learn to love my looks?'

'Who has interesting ideas about how to live, travel, dress, and eat frugally during a recession?'

Princeton Patagonian Expedition 1896-99.

'Published reports of the Princeton University expeditions to Patagonia. There were three expeditions which took place between 1896 and 1899 to make observations and collections of the geology and palaeontology of the area. Professor William B. Scott, the head of Princeton University's Dept. of Geology and Palaeontology led the expeditions. '

Traditions and Hearthside Stories of West Cornwall.

'In the 19th century William Bottrell compiled three volumes of Cornish folklore, legends and historical tales. This is the first book in that series. Bottrell tells stories of giants, mermaids, and a gallery of Cornish fairies including the spriggan, bucca, and the knackers, the earth elementals who live in the tin-mines. He also describes Cornish folk magic, and folklore about witches. The style is idiomatic, and the episodic stories are told with touches of dialect and localized in specific places in Cornwall. '

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