Monday, 6 April 2009
Cynthia Korzekwa: Los Ojos.
An artist's studio.
A friend of a friend has this in their back porch.
The Hammered Dulcimer.
An ancient stringed instrument.
More : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELWbrfZ2OL0
Smithsonian article : http://www.si.edu/Encyclopedia_Si/nmah/hdhist.htm
"...everyman that shall hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, shall fall down and worship...." - Daniel 3:10.
My Pal Norlina's Photos of Malaysia.
'All photos posted to the Free Verse project must include lines from a favorite poem written off the page in an unexpected or ephemeral way. Please include the author's name and poem title in the photo caption. '
Queen Anne's Revenge: Investigating, Interpreting and Preserving the Remains of Blackbeard's Flagship.
'In November 1717, English pirates captured the French slave-ship La Concorde near the island of Martinique. Led by the notorious Blackbeard, the pirates converted La Concorde into their flagship and renamed the vessel Queen Anne's Revenge. After spending the winter searching for prizes in the Caribbean the pirate fleet consisting of Queen Anne's Revenge and three smaller sloops, blockaded the port of Charleston in May 1718. Continuing up the coast, Blackbeard lost his flagship while attempting to enter Beaufort Inlet, North Carolina and five months later he was killed in a bloody battle at Ocracoke...'
'As a struggling and relatively unknown artist of Czech origin living in Paris, Mucha achieved immediate fame when, in December 1894, he accepted a commission to create a poster for one of the greatest actresses of this time, Sarah Bernhardt. Though the printer was apprehensive about submitting Mucha´s final design because of its new unconventional style, Bernhardt loved it and so did the public. '
The Mucha Window, St. Vitus' Cathedral, Prague : http://www.flickr.com/photos/uncle_buddha/1741956654/
The Nouvelle Vague: 50 Years On.
Nice collection of French New Wave posters.
Seattle World's Fair 1962 Photos.
'See you in Seattle
See you at the fair
Take a way ahead look at tomorrow
Just as if you were there
Take a rocket trip to Mars
Have your dinner way up in the clouds
Stroll the boulevards of the world
Have fun with the happy-go-lucky crowds
See you in Seattle
At the big World's Fair'
Nicaraguan Primitivista Art.
'Indigo Arts features paintings by self-taught artists from the Sutiava Primitivista painting workshop, in Léon, Nicaragua. This exhibition includes new work by noted artists Alejandro Benito Cabrera, Victor Santiago Crespin, José Ignacio Fletes Cruz and Rosa Delia Lopez Garcia.'
Japanese Postcards Archival Replica Prints.
'Japanese artists traveling to Europe to study oil painting at the beginning of the twentieth century became enthralled by the postcard, which was then enjoying a veritable boom. Immediately they sent cards to their friends and began to create their own compositions--many of which were influenced by contemporary European styles, particularly Art Nouveau.'
'Odd architecture and eccentric houses of all sorts. Everything from weird architect-designed houses to obsessive home-built outsider art is welcome here, with a preference for the truly uncommon and unusual.'
Hometown India: The Village of Bellave.
'Bellave is a little village, about 8kms. from Tumkur city in Karnataka. The name is believed to have been derived from Kannada words Bili + Ave / Ame (White Tortoise). Lord Someshwara temple is a very nice little temple on the outskirts of this village; the premise oozes with tranquility.'
The 1911 Encyclopaedia Britannica.
'The LoveToKnow Free Online Encyclopedia is based on what many consider to be the best encyclopedia ever written: the eleventh edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, first published in 1911. At a time when many encyclopedias have capsulated and condensed important knowledge, the 11th edition is generally much more in-depth and thorough on its topics. '
The Obscure Store.
Weird and wonderful news.
Billie Holiday: Strange Fruit.
Querying the Hive Mind.
'Wanted: YOUR easy and delicious meal recipes!!'
'Obscure New England? I've seen the best, what about the rest? What quirky, "second tier," and out of the way places have I missed?'
'How to I get better at connecting with people on an emotional level? I have lots of friends - but on a superficial level. How do break through?'
'What are some video games where unique gameplay complements a great story?'
'What's the difference between Michael and Vito in the Godfather trilogy?'
'What are some fun hobbies for a crafty, nerdy couple to pick up?'
'How can I focus when severely depressed?'
An Introduction to Vodou.
' 'Voodoo curses', pin-sticking dolls, flesh-eating zombies and devil worship... if any religion has been deliberately maligned, it's Vodou. In fact, the anti-Vodou propaganda machine has been so effective that many people don't even know that Vodou is a religion and not simply a system of harmful magic. This entry provides some very basic information about the sophisticated religious tradition that became an integral part of the African diaspora. '
The Art of Constant Niewenhuis 1920-2005.
Burgkmair Tournament Book.
'As best I can make out this paper manuscript, featuring exquisite hand-painted illustrations, is a copy after (unpublished) designs by the great Renaissance woodblock artist and painter, Hans Burgkmair the Elder, from around 1511-1520.'
'Burgkmair, along with Albrecht Dürer and Albrecht Altdorfer, prepared a large number of book illustration woodcuts, intended for a propaganda tribute book ('The Truimphs'), dedicated to Maximilian I. The Emperor died in 1519 and 'The Triumphs of Maximilian' wasn't published until 1526.'
'Drinking Alone' by Li Po.
More poetry by Li Po: http://www.cscs.umich.edu/~crshalizi/Poetry/Li_Po/
The Buddha's Way of Virtue (1920).
'This is a translation of the Dhammapada, one of the central sacred texts of Buddhism. This primary document embodies key concepts of Buddhism expressed in simple parables and metaphors.'
RIP Dave Arneson, co-creator of Dungeons and Dragons.