Thursday, 11 December 2008
The Atlas of True Names.
The real place names of Britain. Hillfort (London), Bear Guard Home (Birmingham), Green Hollow (Glasgow), Blackpool (Dublin).
Sikkim and Sikkimese People.
More on the landlocked Indian state of Sikkim : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sikkim
Found in Mom's Basement: Vintage Advertising.
Advertising from the 1960s and 1970s, and some old motel signs too.
Abandoned Long Island Rail Road Stations.
The Alleys of Canarsie.
'Canarsie, a neighborhood in southeast Brooklyn at the end of the BMT L line, for many decades of its history had been derided as a backwater, a place somehow left behind on the evolutionary scale that other New York City neighborhoods were measured by. Just take a look at how the neighborhood has been described in the WPA Guide to New York City, published in 1939...'
Japanese Science Fiction Landscapes.
'In the early 1970s, artist Kazuaki Saito’s fantastic alien landscape illustrations graced the covers of SF Magazine, Japan’s first successful and longest running science fiction periodical. '
The Legend of the Female Stranger.
'... All agreed, and each took the secret to the grave. To this day, we don’t know the identity of the man or the woman. The mystery is one of Alexandria’s most talked about, and the legend of the Female Stranger continues to this day.'
Comparative Breast Anatomy.
' 'On the Anatomy of the Breast' 1840, by Sir Astley Paston Cooper, is hosted by Jefferson Digital Commons from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. The 2-volume book can be downloaded either as two large pdf files or each section/illustration plate can be downloaded separately. All the plates (extracted from the pdfs) - which includes a few more than those seen above - have been uploaded to this flickr set.'
Les Carnets de Benjamin Lemoine.
'Benjamin Lemoine has posted his seasonal sketchbooks since 2001 online. The interface is fine, it's easy just to flick through. I do like his eye, although there is a fair bit of dross between the islands of delight (for me...today, anyway).'
'The Redman-Hirahira House in Watsonville was built by local architect, William Weeks in 1897 for James Redman, a sugar-beets farmer. '
'In the 1930's, a Japanese-American family, the Hirahira's, bought the house and the farmland surrounding it. During WWII, the Hirahira family vacated the house and lands when they were forcibly re-located to Manzanar detention camp. '
'As many as 10 percent of the population of Watsonville were bused to various internement camps during WWII...'
Querying the Hive Mind.
'Share your clever ideas on how to make a stranger's day'.
'How do I eat out less frequently, when I'm already extremely pressed for time?'
'How do I become a good CEO?'
'What is the best dessert you have ever created? This applies to cakes, pies, cookies, et cetera.'
'When do you stop to help a homeless or disabled person on the street?'
Pearl Harbor in Retrospect - July 1948.
'This exhibition marks the centenary of the Special Theory of Relativity by inviting a number of well-known people in Britain today to chalk on blackboards the same size as Einstein’s. All these guest blackboards have been prepared in the early months of 2005. The result is an exhibition about science, art, celebrity and nostalgia. The blackboard is fast disappearing from meetings, classes and lectures: ‘bye-bye blackboard’. '
Random Numbers Using Atmospheric Noise.
NGC 253 Close Up.
The Pleiades Star Cluster.