Saturday, 1 August 2009
Someone is wrong on the Internet.
The observable Universe.
Gods of Japan.
'This photo library and dictionary is a labor of love. After moving to Kamakura in 1993, I became intrigued by the many deities and faces of Japanese Buddhism and Shintoism. There are dozens of temples and shrines near my home, many dating from the 8th to 13th centuries, many open to the public. There are 400+ deities in this dictionary, and 2,500+ photos of statuary from Kamakura, Nara, Kyoto, and elsewhere in Japan.'
'The ceremony of Crossing the Line is an initiation rite in the Royal Navy, U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, and other navies which commemorates a sailor's first crossing of the equator. Originally the tradition was created as a test for seasoned sailors to ensure their new shipmates were capable of handling long rough times at sea. Sailors who have already crossed the equator are nicknamed (Trusty) Shellbacks, often referred to as Sons of Neptune; those who have not are nicknamed (Slimy) Pollywogs...'
Seurat's 'Grande Jatte' and 'Circus'.
'Read the stories and see the pictures of retail establishments and malls past, and some present. '
King Kong vs. Godzilla.
Outsider Folk Art.
Self-taught folk and naive artists.
'Great artists produce great art, whether they are trained or simply have a natural gift for expressing themselves through the outlet of their art.'
Indian Court: 1939.
'Six of seven WPA posters by Louis B. Siegriest (1899-1989) promoting American Indian art at the Golden Gate International Exposition in 1939. Available as Vintagraph fine-art prints, made from ultra high-resolution scans of the original serigraphs -- very detailed and quite beautiful.'
Vulcan and Vishnu.
A wordless web comic about 'the travels and travails of two honest workmen devising their way around obstacled and through calamities on their way to fortune and glory.'
'Here you will find several photo galleries, all dealing with the punk years 1977 - 1980 in Germany; MP3s of the German Bands mentioned; sample pages of old German Punk Rock Fanzines. And some further links. Have fun and enjoy.'
Capturing Nature's Beauty: Three Centuries of French Landscapes.
The Natural History of Palm Trees.
"The author of over 150 botanical titles, including the great flora of Brazil, Karl Friedrich Philipp von Martius also wrote the still-definitive three-volume treatise on the palm family, one of the first plant monographs. He developed his life-long fascination with palms during an expedition through Brazil [map] from 1817 to 1820, and he worked nearly 30 years to prepare this grand summation, including palms found only as fossils."
Fortune-Telling by Cards (1915).
'This is a short book on telling fortunes, primarily with a standard deck of playing cards. There is a short two-chapter section at the end about the Tarot. Described are several different spreads, including the 32-card method, the French and Italian methods, the Grand Star, and Etteilla's Tarot spread. '
Macedonian Apron Designs.
Querying the Hive Mind.
'Suggest absorbing fiction about mysterious England.'
'Intelligent space opera?'