Tuesday, 31 March 2009
Uighur Music Video.
The greatest living Uighur musician playing in a musical instrument shop in Kashgar here : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6IRSq7pZH3g
More here : http://www.metafilter.com/80539/Abdurehim-Heyit-now-thats-some-STRUMMING-right-there
China - 1983.
'A selection of images throughout most of China, July - October 1983. Many cityscapes have changed beyond recognition since then ...'
London Town 1883.
'London Town 1883
Designed and illustrated by
Thos. Crane & Ellen Houghton
Library of Congress.
Beautiful in every way.'
Images of Russia and the Caucasus 1929-1933.
'This digital collection presents over 700 images of Russia and the Caucasus region, particularly of rural areas in Georgia and Dagestan. The photographs, taken by William O. Field in the late 1920s and early 1930s, are housed at the American Geographical Society Library. '
Gothic Architecture in Portugal.
An Iranian Old Painting.
Answers in Genesis Creation Museum.
Creationist Christians have brought to America's roadsides a number of unique tourist attractions. The Answers In Genesis Creation Museum is the most opulent of all -- an umpty-million-dollar effort to make biblical creationism look like just any other modern science museum. But is that really the best approach? No one seems to be asking the key question: is this place fun?'
Abraham Lincoln and Jesus.
'Religious attractions can deliver a lot of inspirational eye candy statuary -- scenes from the Bible, obscure saints being martyred, demons battling angels, etc. But there's an unlikely trinity at the miracle site where the Virgin Mary appeared in Necedah: George Washington, Jesus Christ, and Abraham Lincoln. They're arranged like an Olympic medal ceremony, with J taking the gold.'
Vintage Restaurant Menus.
Weird illustrations of Japanese folk monsters, Edo Period (1603-1868).
Sounds of the Thames.
'The part of Wapping where I occasionally have to go to work is typical of London in its squashing together of incongruous things. Wailing bankers mill around the bottom of the Lloyds building, Tower Bridge swarms with confused tourists - then on the other side of the river, beyond all the restaurants, there's a completely different atmosphere. '
One of the Lives.
Querying the Hive Mind.
'What are your favourite kitchen and pantry management tricks to avoid the waste of food and money?'
'If you're a heterosexual woman who cares about such things, at around what age do men stop looking at you? I don't mean a husband, or a boyfriend - I mean men on the street.'
Signals of a Strange Universe.
Possible Mud Volcanoes on Mars.
Moon, Mercury, Jupiter, Mars.