Thursday, 31 July 2008
New Blood Art.
Contemporary undiscovered artists from around the UK.
Glastonbury in 1993.
'It was a hot one. And a good one! '
Bristol Graffiti and Street Art.
Licence Plates of the Caribbean.
The Rat Temple of Rajasthan.
'I worked as a volunteer with Cesar Chavez's United Farm Workers in Texas and in Michigan in the late 60s and early 70s.'
'These photos are from a trip to deliver food to striking strawberry pickers at a migrant camp in southeast Michigan, near Adrian.'
'The Bloop is the name given to an ultra-low frequency underwater sound detected by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration several times during the summer of 1997. The source of the sound remains unknown.'
Is it Cthulhu???????????
Handcoloured Photographs from Meiji Japan.
'Brazilian painter and also a prominent and influential practitioner of the neo-realism style in painting. His career coincided with and included collaboration with Oscar Niemeyer amongst others.(1903 - 1962) '
Querying the Hive Mind.
'I've been feeling slow lately. How can I sharpen my mental powers? '
'Where can I go via train that would be an amazing day trip out of NYC?'
'I'm looking for books and graphic novels that are meant to be read multiple times.'
'Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (March 30, 1746 – April 16, 1828) was an Aragonese Spanish painter and printmaker. Goya was a court painter to the Spanish Crown and a chronicler of history'.
Victorian Back Slang.
'What is it? Well, everybody — in England at least — knows at least one word of it: yob. Boy backwards. Take an ordinary English word and say it backwards is the simple basic principle. Not all words, not even many (the vocabulary was always very small) and mainly verbs, nouns, cardinal numbers, and the occasional adjective...'
'People of the Twentieth Century, the collective portrait of German society made by German photographer August Sander, has fascinated viewers from its earliest presentation in a 1927 exhibition and the controversial publication of a selection of 60 images in the book Face of the Time published two years later. Despite Sander's dedication over five decades to the idea and compilation of this portrait atlas of the German people, the project remained unfinished. Nonetheless, his photographs remain compelling, in part because he chose to categorize his subjects by profession or social class...'
The Encyclopedia of Arda.
All things Tolkien.
Wednesday, 23 July 2008
Medieval Church Carvings.
Cartoon noises from old comics.
Paris in the 1950s.
Sewn Artifacts Based on Children's Drawings.
'We create sewn art and artifacts based on the drawings of our two children using only thrifted and recycled materials. We also make custom pieces with a child's drawing provided or requested by you. '
Vanity Fair: 19th Century British Caricatures.
'From stern judges to fashionable ladies, a wide variety of subjects graced the pages of Vanity Fair . Among the dapper sportsmen and English businessmen are also royal and ambassadorial figures from India , Africa , and China . To sit for one of these portraits was considered an honor, though often the likenesses were less than flattering. Carlo Pellegrini (alias "Ape") was the artist most closely associated with the magazine from its inception. Leslie Ward ("Spy") became known for his methodical renderings of Britain 's most famous people later in the 1870s. But perhaps the most recognizable images from Vanity Fair were the playful portraits drawn by Max Beerbohm ("Ruth") in the early years of the twentieth century. These cartoon-like drawings illustrated his skill at simultaneously capturing the physical presence and personality of each subject.'
The Glowing Gates of Tokyo.
'What a glowing sight - the Kabukicho First Street arcade is so made for the true game lover who is about to enter Shinjuku’s entertainment quarters! Since each of the hundreds and hundreds of Tokyo’s neighbourhoods has its own commercial area with long illuminating signs, animated LED screens, and hectically blinking ticker boards, they are not easy to miss; they glow! Still, each proudly adorns their entrances with a beautiful arch, announcing the merchant thoroughfare you are about to visit. Today PingMag takes a cheerful trip down Tokyo’s Chuo train line to spot of few of these unique gateways that give these villages their distinct atmo.'
Walking from Penn Station to Astoria.
'Is walking the best way for your webmaster to get around in NYC? I think so. When in a car or bus, whatever interests me goes by in a hurry; all I can do is make a mental note or jot it down on scrap paper. On a bike, I tend to concentrate so much on not getting hit by traffic I tend to not notice things as much. '
'New York City still retains many of its bricked and cobblestoned streets, many of which date back to early in the twentieth Century, when horses and carriages ruled the streets instead of automobiles.'
'On this page, we'll show you a few stone artifacts.'
Vintage Cycling Jersey Collection.
Street Vendors of India.
'An exhibition of Indian merchants and their merchandise'
'Was an Italian artist, practicing both painting and sculpture, who pursued his career for the most part in France. Modigliani was born in Livorno (1884 – 1920) '
'French painter and the founder of Neo-impressionism. His large work Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, altered the direction of modern art by initiating Neo-impressionism.. (1859 – 1891) '
Philadelphia City Photo Archive.
Historic and vintage photographs.
Querying the Hive Mind.
'What's with my weird compulsion?'
'How did having a baby change your life?'
'I'm looking for unabashedly happy, feel good music. '
'Recommend some books/collections of short stories or even poetry I would like if I am looking for some disturbing reads. '
'I've long been intrigued by the world of comics, but the recent trailer for the Watchmen has finally pushed me over the edge. Where do I start?'
Shadow of a Martian Robot.
Inside the Coma Cluster of Galaxies.
Ancient Craters of Southern Rhea.
Wednesday, 16 July 2008
Elefanten Civil Defence Operations Bunker, Stockholm.
'Sweden is littered with operations centres, bomb shelters and hidden secrets. Because of Sweden's proximity to Russia, precautions were taken in the 1960s and 70s to prepare for a nuclear war. The Elefanten ("The Elephant") operations center was constructed in northern Stockholm and was ready to be used in 1977. '
Space Invaders in London.
Just a Memory Now.
'Just a collection of photos of places and things around Vancouver that have now completely disappeared within the last 2 or 3 years.'
Monkey: The Deity from Chinese Mythology.
'Star of stage, screen and scroll, MONKEY is the true hero of Journey To The West (Xiyou Ji) — the amazing novel of frivolity and profundity written by Wu Cheng'en in the Sixteenth Century. (It's one of China's Four Great Novels, and we highly recommend it to anyone seeking enlightenment or entertainment.) '
Peter Paul Rubens.
'was a prolific seventeenth-century Flemish and European painter, and a proponent of an exuberant Baroque style that emphasized movement, color, and sensuality. (1577 – 1640) '
'Prolific Moravian painter of the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, a figure in the Art Nouveau movement. His style of painting influenced an entire generation of painters, graphic artists, draughtsmen and designers '
Querying the Hive Mind.
'How do I convince someone Science is real?'
'Who are some great comedians I've probably never heard of that I can watch on youtube?'
'What was the one thing - gadget, gizmo, piece of clothing, etc. - that made your travels that much more enjoyable?'
'I want to be fit, but I loathe "fitness." I want to lose weight, but I become so angry at the whole concept of being another woman on a diet. How can I reconcile my anger with my genuine need to be healthy?'
'Do hillbillies still exist in the US?'
'Do you know of any phrases that can be used to confuse someone in a conversation? '
FDR with a Cane.
'A news photograph of F.D. Roosevelt, circulated in 1928, four years before he was first elected as a president, shows a well-dressed man in a confident posture. It is visually demonstrating his ‘good standing’ to the electorate. '
The Trial of Sacco and Vanzetti 1921.
'Sacco and Vanzetti: for a generation of Americans, the names of the two Italian anarchists are forever linked. Questions surrounding their 1921 trial for the murders of a paymaster and his guard bitterly divided a nation. As the two convicted men and their supporters struggled on through appellate courts and clemency petitions to avoid the electric chair, public interest in their case continued to grow. As the end drew near, in August 1927, hundreds of thousands of people--from Boston and New York to London and Buenos Aires--took to the streets in protest of what they perceived to be a massive miscarriage of justice. '
Miss Neddy's Tea Blog.
Tea commentary from Singapore.
Food and Beverages in Hungary.
Gas and Dust of the Lagoon Nebula.
Eta Carinae and the Homunculus Nebula.
The Southern Cross in a Southern Sky.
Old Sturbridge Village, Massachusetts.
'Old Sturbridge Village's collection consists of over 60,000 artifacts made or used by rural New Englanders between 1790 and 1840.'
Louisiana Aerial Photographs.
Thursday, 10 July 2008
The London Shopfront Archive.
A photographic archive of local traders.
Chinese Theme Park Photos.
Historic Fire Insurance Maps of Hawaii.
'I enjoy the details in life, and felt like I was missing so many of them... so I started this project of daily pleasures... '
From the Land of the Gods: Art of the Kathmandu Valley.
'Watson and the Shark' by John Singleton Copley.
'John Singleton Copley's Watson and the Shark was inspired by an event that took place in Havana, Cuba, in 1749. Fourteen-year-old Brook Watson, an orphan serving as a crew member on a trading ship, was attacked by a shark while swimming alone in the harbor. His shipmates, who had been waiting on board to escort their captain ashore, launched a valiant rescue effort. '
The Chagall Windows, Hadassah Hospital, Jerusalem.
'Marc Chagall, who was present at the dedication, spoke of the joy he felt in bringing "my modest gift to the Jewish people, who have always dreamt of biblical love, of friendship and peace among all people; to that people who lived here, thousands of years ago, among other Semitic people. My hope is that I hereby extend my hand to seekers of culture, to poets and to artists among the neighboring people." '
Querying the Hive Mind.
'Do hillbillies still exist in the US?'
'Please help me out with my doomsday anxiety. I need some respected, rational, realistic stuff to read about economy, oil, food, etc. in the near future and beyond.'
'What vegetables, fruits, fish and animals would be recommended for a self-sufficient survival farm?'
'How can I stop caring what other people think, or might think, about me?'
Planets and Fire by Moonlight.
The Gegenschein over Chile.
Civil War Diary of Sergeant George S. Smith 1863-65.
American Choral Music 1870-1923.
Why Geeks and Nerds are Worth It.
Map of Undersea Internet Cables.
Friday, 4 July 2008
The Toba Catastrophe Theory.
Did the human race nearly die out 70,000 years ago?
Mimic: A Ghost Story.
Fluevog Shoes on Flickr.
Henri Cartier-Bresson's Scrapbook.
'these photographs documented both his extensive travels and his encounters with Surrealism and modern art. They were conceived as an initial selection for a major exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, a show that would catapult Cartier-Bresson onto the world stage and bring him international recognition. All the original photographs have now been brought together for a new exhibition, showing for the first time in the UK.'
WW1 Christmas Truce, 1914.
Pictures of 100 Poems by 100 Poets, Explained by a Wet Nurse.
Japanese prints by Hokusai. 'The very short poems (tanka) were mostly written by noble members (Emperors, princesses) and high functionaries at the Imperial courts between 800 and 1200 AC. 20 poems were written by women. '
Slezer's Scotland: Engraved Views from the 17th Century.
'In 1693 the first ever pictorial survey of Scotland was published by military engineer John Slezer.'
'Theatrum Scotiae is his volume of detailed engravings that shows us what important Scottish towns and buildings looked like over 300 years ago.'
Querying the Hive Mind.
'I love mayonnaise. I just loooooooove mayonnaise. I love it on burgers, on sandwiches, and in deviled eggs. I love it in tuna salad, egg salad, and potato salad. I may have, on occasion, eaten it by itself, but I admit nothing. But what other dishes highlight the diversity and deliciousness of mayonnaise? What can I do to up my mayonnaise quotient? What are your favorite mayonnaise recipes? Is there such a thing as gourmet mayonnaise? Can I find high-class, fancy mayonnaise created by mayonnaise connoissiers? I want to expand my mayonnaise horizons!'
'Can someone tell me what I am doing in my brain to cause this sensation in my body? Am I a monk?'
'Where do I meet other geeky, smart women?'
'I have just found out I'm a big fan of post apocalyptic fiction books. Somehow I like the idea of an individual or small group of survivors almost alone in the world trying to find out what the hell happened to the planet and fighting for their survival. What are some good books and movies the hive mind can recommend? '
'Let's say you're putting together a mix of your favorite obscure 1990s pop/rock music. What are the top couple of tracks you'd be sure to include?'
Barred Spiral Galaxy NGC 1300.
Saturn's Rings from the Other Side.
Come Visit New Jersey: You'll Never Leave.
A prison map of the Garden State.
Old Peter's Russian Tales (1916).
'This is a book of Russian folklore retold for young people and the young at heart. The tales are a good sampling of Slavic märchen, and the luminous prose counterposes the sometimes dark narratives.'
Latte as Art.