Tuesday, 3 March 2009
Short of the Week.
The best of online short films.
By genre and country : http://www.shortoftheweek.com/films/
On YouTube: http://www.shortoftheweek.com/category/host/youtube/
One Rat Short : http://www.shortoftheweek.com/2008/09/19/one-rat-short/
Asience: Hairy Tale : http://www.shortoftheweek.com/2008/09/25/asience-hairy-tale/
The Mysterious Explorations of Jasper Morello : http://www.shortoftheweek.com/2009/02/16/the-mysterious-explorations-of-jasper-morello/
Greek to Me: Mapping Mutual Incomprehension.
' “When an English speaker doesn’t understand a word of what someone says, he or she states that it’s ‘Greek to me’. When a Hebrew speaker encounters this difficulty, it ’sounds like Chinese’. I’ve been told the Korean equivalent is ’sounds like Hebrew’,” says Yuval Pinter ... '
'Some old pictures of London I found on the internet.'
Nostalgic Found Photographs.
Aboriginal Languages of Australia.
'There are more than 200 Australian Indigenous languages. Less than 20 languages are strong, and even these are endangered: the others have been destroyed, live in the memories of the elderly, or are being revived by their communities. This site has annotated links to 231 resources for about 80 languages. About 35% of these resources are produced or published by Indigenous people.'
Lewis Hine, Photographer.
'Lewis Wickes Hine (September 26, 1874 – November 3, 1940) was an American photographer. For Hine, the camera was both a research tool and an instrument of social reform.'
A Visitor's Guide to Hell (Chinese Mythology).
'Descriptions of what happens to the human soul after death abound in China, as in other places. An extremely common motif is that after death we are rewarded or punished by a morally concerned universe for the deeds of our lives on earth...'
1965 Boy Scout Handbook.
'I find this old 1965 Boy Scout Handbook so fascinating that it’s hard to choose which pages to scan for you, but here’s a selection from cover to cover.'
Evolution of Art and Design 1845-1980.
Metro Map of Smells.
The Illuminated Lantern: Essays on Asian Cinema.
Governor of Duck Island.
'This 1734 map of St James's Park in London shows a strange, small territory - that of Duck Island. Charles II created the post of "Governor of Duck Island" as a sinecure for one of his favourites, and it was revived by Queen Caroline the year before this map was made, and given to the poet Stephen Duck, presumably because of his name.'
Abandoned Shipyard Covered with Vegetation in Japan.
The Poorest Postal Code: Vancouver's Downtown Eastside in Photos.
The Second Congo War.
The 'Great War of Africa'.
The Westinghouse Time Capsules.
'The Westinghouse Time Capsules are two time capsules prepared by the Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company: "Time Capsule I", created for the 1939 New York World's Fair; and "Time Capsule II", created for the 1964 New York World's Fair. Both are buried 50 feet below Flushing Meadows Park, the site of both world's fairs, the 1965 capsule 10 feet north of the 1938 one. Both are to be opened at the same time in 6939 AD, five thousand years after the first capsule was sealed.'
Connie's Cornish Kitchen.
The cuisine of Cornwall.
Van Gogh's 'Sunflowers' Series.
German and Central European Manuscript Illumination.
'This exhibition explores the tradition of manuscript illumination—book painting using brilliant colors and precious metals—in Germany and central Europe. A beloved artistic medium, illumination began with the flowering of book production under Charlemagne in the early 800s and continued even after the invention of the printed book in the 1400s.'
Querying the Hive Mind.
'Help me make quick and very satisfying breakfasts.'
'I have the attention span of a gnat.'
'What were the social impacts of the lost decade in Japan?'
Suggestions for random acts of kindness.
An Etruscan Vase Moon Rising.
Barnard's Loop around the Horsehead Nebula.
Two Tails of Comet Lulin.