Thursday, 1 October 2009
Japanese Magic Lantern Slides.
'The University of Hawaii at Manoa hosts an online collection of about 1,500 magic lantern slides created in the 1930s and distributed around the world to educate people about Japan. Here are a few.'
Photos of the Abandoned Pilgrim State Asylum, NY.
Creepy and interesting.
A brief history : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pilgrim_Psychiatric_Center
The Abandoned Peoria State Asylum, Illinois.
'Crepypasta are short stories designed to unnerve, disturb, elicit a negative emotional response from, and scare the reader...' Many examples.
Cambodians in America, and back in Cambodia again.
'After escaping the long war and the Khmer Rouge genocide, hundreds of Cambodian refugees reached safety in America, only to wind up, decades later, deported to a land many never even knew. Isolated and ill equipped to fit into society, they form a strange sub-culture in one of the world's poorest countries, turned into a human dumping ground in yet another shameful sidebar to America's relentless search for Homeland Security.'
Nightmares and sleep paralysis.
'Common images are bearded, goblin-like demons laughing or whispering sinister speech, a faceless girl (usually covering her face with hair, moving around in bed moaning and feeling my body), hands appearing from the wall and attempting to strangle me. A hung man talking in the corner of the room, and some of the most bizarre experiences may include up to a dozen 'critter' entities (think Gremlins movie) laughing and talking about me...'
Henry Fuseli's 'The Nightmare' : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Nightmare
Japanese Antique Bicycle Gallery.
The Stroud Pound.
A new currency in Stroud, Gloucestershire.
The Illustrated Story of Copyright.
'In this book, I trace the story of copyright from its adoption in this country over 210 years ago through the headline issues posed by the Internet and the digitizing of creative works. Using sidebars and photographs to illustrate the major turning points, I try to explain copyright straightforwardly enough so that teenagers can understand it, and in enough detail to help inform even those who are already familiar with the basics. '
Saturn at Equinox.
Carina Pillar and Jets.
To Fly Free in Space.
Oxford Circus X-Crossing.
Iran: Art in protest.
Anne Frank: The only existing film images.
'July 22 1941. The girl next door is getting married. Anne Frank is leaning out of the window of her house in Amsterdam to get a good look at the bride and groom. '
Nazi film found in English church.
'A film found in the storeroom of a church in rural Devon, made by Nazi officers showing them laughing and joking on a verandah, enjoying coffee and cake with female companions. '
David Attenborough: Life in the undergrowth.
'Sir David Attenborough introduces the amazing world of insects and all other small animals that shape our planet and colonise the world.'
Interview with a Buddhist priest.
'Magic Flute' (Queen of the Night aria).
'Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, "The Magic Flute" - Royal Opera House production Diana Damrau as Queen of Night Dorothea Röschmann as Pamina conducted by Colin Davis '
Querying the Hive Mind.
'Help! My door knob is stuck and I'm trapped in my room!'
'What can some people do that other people can't do? What can some see that others can't?'
'Is there a way to tweak my personal psychology so that I perceive failure and rejection as neutral or even positive, rather than negative, events?'
Avatars of Vishnu.
Some really nice images.
A Short History of the Wheelbarrow.
Native American Sites in the City of Philadelphia.
'This 17th century album, simply entitled 'Turkish Costumes', is hosted by the Digital Library of Poland '
Book Covers from Poland.
Blinky Bill and Friends.
A cute koala in old Australian children's books.
'Dorothy Wall (1894-1942) completed some artistic training in her native New Zealand before emigrating to Australia in 1914 where she quickly obtained work as a commercial graphic artist. It is no little coincidence that another contemporary childrens book artist, the more famous May Gibbs, had also come to Australia at about the same time. Gibbs' work at least partly inspired Wall (and others) to move from the calendar, card and advertising industry into children's book illustration.'
Mexican Vintage Ads.
The Armageddon Flowchart.
Theatres on Postcards.
'CARTHALIA shows my collection of old and new postcards of exterior and interior views of theatres of all times worldwide. The web site does not yet feature the entire collection - "black" text in the menu on the left means that I have not yet scanned my postcard(s) of that theatre. However, you can already have a look at over 4300 images of over 1900 buildings in 100 countries. '
American Environmental Photographs 1891-1936.