Extreme Web Surfs!
Sunday, November 30, 2003
 
CLASSICAL COMPOSERS

A superb database here..

BRITISH FOOD

Notice I don't say 'cuisine' - no, you'll find only redblooded British stuff here , stuff like roasts and bacon and jellied eels..

I particularly think the cheese section is well done..

AMERICAN ARCHITECTURE

A great database for it here

And, a Rhode Island site that brings warms my post-industrial heart, Art in Ruins. Devoted to decaying mill buildings, which dot my daily landscape as windmills might mark Maartens...

SPEAKING OF RHODE ISLAND...

A few sites on the history of my native state. Founded and populated by rebels booted out of nearby Massachusetts by the contentious Puritans, Rhode Island was known as "Rogue's Island". A haven of smugglers, freethinkers, emancipated women, and people who dared treat Indians like human beings. And (gasp!) even Jews..

Read this radical proposition from our founder, Roger Williams

Touro Synagogue , first Jewish congregation in America..

And, Samuel Slater, who brought the Industrial Revolution to America, in my hometown.


Yes, short list tonight, I'm a bit tired. If you crave more, visit Maarten's Blog, which henceforth will be permanently linked (at the right) for your delight and edification..

"Curiosity is, in great and generous minds, the first passion and the last."

Samuel Johnson




Saturday, November 29, 2003
 
BOUNTY, BLIGH, PITCAIRN, MUTINY

Whether through the novel by Nordhoff & Hall, or through one of the many movies made about it, most of us are familiar with the story. Less wll known is the story of Pitcairn Island, where the surviving mutineers settled. It remains one of the most remote destinations in the world. Here's some links on these subjects..

HMS BOUNTY - the ship itself, or a reconstruction, rather..

William Bligh - his hometown is proud...

Bligh as fodder for motivational study..

Mutiny (the word)

Pitcairn Island - this huge site not only covers everything about the island, but also the mutiny as well. Of particular concern seems to be the fact that 1/3 of the adult male population is now facing sex crime charges in New Zealand courts. If they're convicted, it could destroy this society..

More on Pitcairn ; and More; and More...

And nice account of a journey there..


The 1935 Movie

More on the 1935 version, with links at bottom to three others..

Nice overview of the novel, and two movie versions..

DIFFERENT MUTINY

This is a very broad topic, one that I will probably return to. Mutinies are a theme which pervades human history and mythology. In Eden there was mutiny. However, I chose to link to one I had previously known nothing about, and which might be of interest to some readers, that of African troops against Dutch authorities in Java

GAMES

Zapspot has some interesting games available for free download. However, note that you pay the usual price in spyware for this freebie. After seeing what Spybot Search and destroy found, I decided to get rid of it..

FOOD

Famous Chefs and Gourmands ; this person's entire site is also interesting..

Candy USA - nice stats on chocolate consumption etc. Those Swiss, where do they put it all?

History of Chocolate

INSTRUMENTS

Recorders

Dobros

Tubas


"It is better to lose health like a spendthrift than to waste it like a miser."

Robert Louis Stevenson
Friday, November 28, 2003
 
BRITISH HISTORY




A huge site devoted to The Age of George III , which is linked to an equally huge site about The Age of Peel..

A more specialized site is Stephen's Study Room, an exhaustive look at 20th century british criminal history, with a focus also on military criminology, and the War crimes trials following WWII..which leads us to:

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT (MOSTLY PUNISHMENT)

Pierrepoint is a site devoted to that lovable and energetic family of hangmen, England's last such dynasty..

Now such peccadilloes as murder and arson earn you a stay as a guest of Her Majesty's Prisons

My interest in prisons is more than a search for a vicarious shudder. I work with many parolees, and at one point could have wound up there myself. I think it's a tremendous admission of failure when a society is reduced to locking up its citizens at the rate we do here in the US. Yes, there are those whom it's not safe to have anywhere else, but do we produce so many? And if so, why? And what must we change? My state, Massachusetts, home of Harvard University, of MIT, of Amherst and Williams and Smith and Brandeis, this year, for the first time, joined many others in budgeting more money for corrections than for higher education. We can't find $5,000 to send a kid to school, but we can find $45,000 to keep him locked up in a maximum security cell. And unlike Pierrepoint's clients, he will get out someday. And he will probably not love us..

Drop the Rock addresses the Rockefeller laws, an example of the vote mongering "get tough on crime" approach that has resulted in today's prison population..

The AFSC Report on Torture in US Prisons

NY Prisons Offical State Site

History of New York Prisons

More Prison History

One of the most dreaded institutions in America is Angola State Prison in Louisiana, known simply as The Farm. Few leave there alive, it is mostly for lifers. It has a history of outrageous brutality and despair. However, it must be said that the current warden is by all accounts a humane and competent man, who has done a great deal to create a safer and more positive atmosphere, in so much as that is possible in a prison. One of the huge annual events there is the Angola Prison Rodeo.

In 1959, a musicologist made some very important recordings of work chants and such sung by the inmates, read and hear some here..

An Episcopal church was led to start a ministry there, which now thrives..

A collection of photos, from Angola and other institutions is here

Private Prisons are a growing trend in America and Europe..

Finally, to explore this subject internationally, and to consider possibilities for reform, check the International Centre for prison Studies..

ACCENTS

Volunteers read a sample paragraph, speaking English with 289 (last count) different accents, to create this audio database..

PBASE ALBUMS

Alaska

Boston Cityscapes

Wales ; I found each of these galleries so well done that I couldn't decide which to choose - select your own favorite..


ALFRED HITCHCOCK

Best Overall Website

Site for those who've taken Hitchcock study to advanced levels

Related Site: Mystery Net ; has Hitchcockiana, and also mysteries for YOU to solve..

KOYAANISQATSI AND HOPI STUFF

The Movie Trilogy by Reggio ( score by Phillip Glass )

Official Hopi Website

Hopi Mythos , links to Hopi Prophecy , which inspired the films..

GAMELAN

(I'm sure Maarten could elaborate on this subject..)

American Gamelan Institute is a great web portal on the subject, they also host here am internet radio station of gamalan music..

See The Instruments

Hear Them

Play them yourself, online!


"Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself
(I am large, I contain multitudes.)"

Walt Whitman , Leaves of Grass


Thursday, November 27, 2003
 
COMICS ETC.

Gay Truckers in Denial is a riot. Be sure to click at the bottom, to read earlier panels..

Here's a link to many online comics

Finally, the "Seanbaby" site, which has comics and much more..

CULTS

Cultnews is, for the most part, a lighthearted news source on the activities of these folks..

The Attleboro Cult Unfortunately, there's little amusing in the story of the cult which existed in the town where I've lived the last six years; their bizarre beliefs led to the deaths of two small children. I saw these folks around town, distinguishable only by their old fashioned clothing and in the case of the men, Old Testament beards. One of their leaders grew up with a friend's sons, and was just an average teen 20 years ago. As someone whose personal faith is an important part of life, I am reminded by this of the constant vigilance required to keep from wandering way offtrack..

ART AGAIN

Prato, Italy, has a strong artistic tradition. Contemporary artists are celebrated here. Again, scroll down to get to the artist links. It confused me for awhile!

AskArt is a tremendous resource for American art.

If you enjoyed yesterday's Gaither link, then you'll like the weird art at Vomitus.

I found in their links, a bizarre Gothic girl's site, Wurzeltod . Actually has some interesting stuff there, such as the history of "curiosity cabinets" . She would do well in one of Maarten's hearse societies..

UNUSUAL PETS

Not a lot in these photo albums, but anyone who has worms and hedgehogs for pets deserves mention here..

PHILOSOPHY

When the mood for deep thinking hits you, take a journey through one of these philosophy portals..

Site 1.....................................Site 2.........................................Site 3

COMPLETELY JUVENILE GAMEs AND MOOS

After all that deep thinking, relax here

And if that's not enough, listen to people moo like cows..


FOOD

By some decree of fate, two rather remote areas, Cornwall and Upper Peninsula Michigan, share a devotion to a food called the pastie. Explore the subject in depth, and cook it wourself!

Mimi's Kitchen is a huge recipe database. You'll probably find it here!

"A bore is a man who, when you ask him how he is, tells you." Bert Liston Taylor




Wednesday, November 26, 2003
 
2 JIM THOMPSONS

The Silk King

..and His House


The "hardboiled" thriller writer

Good overview of his work..


FILM NOIR

..Jim Thompson wrote for this genre... film noir


HARRY PARTCH

A unique American composer, huge site here

He designed his own instruments, see them and hear them here..


ART

The 'Criminally Insane' Gaither ; he maintains this site, it's somewhat geared to sell his talents, but there are good pages of paintings and line drawings...

Post your art here, or critique others. Or just browse...

Feminist Children's Art from Zagreb. Here



MILITARY

The Air Force (US) University's Guide to Great Warriors/Thinkers

Links relating to the American Civil War

"Everything is a dangerous drug except reality, which is unendurable."
Cyril Connally
Tuesday, November 25, 2003
 
Just a few tonight, the day was long, the surfing short...

CATS, OTHER ANIMALS, AND THE ADVOCACY THEREOF..

...for my friend Patrick, a lawyer with a heart...

Merjatee has lots of cats in his PBase Gallery..

The Messy Beast Cat Archive is a huge source information and ideas..

Critter Advocacy ..seems to focus on veterinary issues, such as unnecessary and perhaps harmful vaccinations..

A more general advocacy organization, the Animal Protection Institute

Animal Sentience - focuses on the question of animal awareness and thought..


CHINESE CUISINE PHOTOS

..or should I say, Porn for Gourmands? Visit here and see..

CHIPS GALORE

At the opposite end of the gustatory spectrum, find out everything you need to know about chips here. I especially enjoyed the reader's reviews.

MAARTEN
If you haven't visited MAARTEN'S BLOG lately, I suggest you do! He has outdone himself the past few days!


"There are several good protections against temptation, but the surest is cowardice."
Mark Twain


Monday, November 24, 2003
 
LIFE TICKS AWAY

Ponder the brevity of (your) life at Death Clock

ANTON BRUCKNER

Two nice pages devoted to this fascinating late romantic composer are:

Here; and Here


JAMES MADISON

The James Madison Center has a huge selection of resources on America's 4th president, a leading Federalist.

STUPID COMPUTER PEOPLE

Laugh at people we're obviously better than here

MORE MARINE LIFE

Marine Life and Oceanic Research are both megasites with all types of marine life categorized and described.

ASININE POETRY

Lovingly compiled and celebrated here

A PERSONAL RECIPE COLLECTION

A huge labor of love, worth a look, here

AMERICANS BEHAVING BADLY

Right Wing snickers here

SEARCH SPY

Find out what others are searching for, 15 second refresh. MetaSpy

"Setting too good an example is a kind of slander seldom forgiven." Benjamin Franklin

Sunday, November 23, 2003
 
THE EDMUND FITGERALD



Like so many, I first heard the story of "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitgerald" through Gordon Lightfoot's haunting song. (Listen here)

A geography class assignment here discusses the environmental factors involved in the wreck.

It has also been the inspiration for a symphonic work
by the composer Nikola Resonovic.

A web site for a movie on the wreck has more information..

WRECKS IN GENERAL

Wreck Hunter is a fascinating guide to shipwrecks worldwide..

WHALES AND WHALING

This summer, I went on a whale watching cruise in the Stellwagen Banks , off the coast of Massachusetts. A lively young naturalist from the Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown taught us much about these fascinating mammals.

The whaling industry was huge in the history of the Massachusetts coast. New Bedford, Captain Ahab's home port in Moby Dick, now has a fascinating whaling museum.

Of course, the contemporary whaling industry threatens the very survival of these creatures. Some links which provide history and activist info are: site 1 ; site 2 ; site 3 ; site 4 ;

Finally, a nice whale Photo Gallery .

NICELY DESIGNED FLASH SITE
Have fun with Mustard Lab

POP ART

Artist Index with many links

SENSUALITY OF CEMETARIES

I would not want anyone to think I've got over my morbid streak.

Great Essay

Pere Lachaise

CURRENT CONFLICTS

Flashpoints Info

International Crisis Group

"In dreams begins responsibility"
W.B.Yeats


 
ROCK MOUNTAIN OYSTERS

Net Relief Recipe - no pictures for here, just the recipe. Part of a great cooking site, mostly texas stuff..

OK, a picture of them cooked, and another recipe..

Another recipe - and a picture of 'em RAW (yechh!)

PBASE

Painted Breast Festival

Saturday, November 22, 2003
 
VOLCANOS

Decade Volcano is a great site, with pictures and vids of nice eruptions..

FOR NEW STARGAZERS

Kevin's Astro-Nuts features good directions for finding many celestial bodies..

NUT RECIPES

Speaking of Nuts, if you like them, check these recipes

FORMER SOVIET PEOPLES

The Red Book is a great reference, passionately put together by some Estonians, which documents many diverse people groups..

ANARCHISTS

The Anarchist Archives has the writings of all the heavies..Bakunin, Proudhon, etc..

INTERESTING ARTICLES

Counterpunch

Abrax

MYSTICAL CRAP

The Mystica

SLOVENIAN SANTA'S VILLAGE

Santa

PRE-RAPHAELITES

Nice selection of works and links here


Thursday, November 20, 2003
 
MICRONATIONS

Micronations can be in an actual physical place, or, more frequently these days, in cyberspace. Some are obviously just drawn-out jokes, others are painstakingly designed modern attempts at Utopia. The following sites will give a good introduction to these fascinating places!

Pat Silor has a good study here, with classification..

Micro-nations.org

League of Micronations

Micronations Varied 1

Micronations Varied 2

Micronations varied 3

And finally, Lucastan, an example of the "joke" micronation..


ONTARIO FALL COLORS

Fall in Niagara

ANOTHER CLASSICAL MUSIC SITE

Classical Notes some superb articles, if you scroll down..

DUTCH IN AMERICA VIRTUAL TOUR

New Netherlands (Hey, I'm grateful, without pancakes and donuts, I'd be a much lesser man..)

URBAN AMERICA

Times Square

Greenwich Village - a great PBS site with many links to the artists who made the Village famous..

Boston - overall resource for geneology and family history, best part is the "neighborhoods" section..

CRIME

Gang Rule

Crime Magazine


"To be great is to be misunderstood."

Ralph Waldo Emerson




Wednesday, November 19, 2003
 
MUSIC



Duke University Classical Music Database is an awesome collection of organized links to music sites..

One I found there is this Dutch Microtonal Music Site ,in either English or Dutch. This stuff will probably never beat out Britney Spears on the pop charts, but I'm glad SOMEONE is doing it..


COLLECTING

Rubber Ducks

Surgical Instruments

..but if you buy some, please don't try this: trepanning


"BLACK" RHYMES WITH "HACK"

Black Sun Tutorials will teach you a lot of skills you have NO legitimate use for - and maybe a few you do..

Black Coffee is a less edgy site, primarily tools, tips and phreaks for web designers..

ALTERNATIVE INFORMATION SOURCES

Disinfo.com is a really strong, thought-provoking site..

Index on Censorship Online

FOOD

This site is to review all the world's Best Restaurants ; so far, however, they've only done Tokyo and the Benelux nations..

They do have a delectable bunch of articles on food, cooking, dining and eating here..
Tuesday, November 18, 2003
 
CHARLIE PARKER

Charlie Parker was the dominant force behind the bop revolution in jazz, and ranks among the very greatest American creative artists of all time..


Site 1

Site 2

His House

Dutch page

ANOTHER DUTCHMAN'S LINKS

Somehow, I found myself at this page which seems like a very strong selection!
 
BRAZIL

Maria maintains a great site with all kinds of Brazilian stuff on it, including some tantalizing recipes..

ONLINE ART GALLERY

Olga's Gallery (over 8000 images)


HIERONYMOUS BOSCH


The town of 's-Hertogenbosch maintains the Bosch Universe ..


 
MEXICAN AND SOUTH AMERICAN TRIBAL CULTURES

Hands Around the World is a superb site, each culture has its own page, which includes exhaustive links on it's history, anthropology, current issues, photography and more..






Monday, November 17, 2003
 
NAVAHO STUFF

The Navaho are the largest Native American nation.

Their art and crafts are highly prized, and include sandpainting and weaving.

These two personal homepages, Lapahie and Guanjatoo, present a more detailed look at this rich culture..


ANOTHER GOOD MP3 PLAYER

My preference is for Ultraplayer...

THE LEFT AND THE RIGHT IN AMERICA

Progressive Magazine Homepage

Right Wing News

A NORWEGIAN ARTIST....

Edward Munch

Munch Museum

One More Munch

...AND A DANISH COMPOSER

Carl Nielsen

Ray Ashley's Nielsen Pages

By the way, Ray Ashley seems to be a very versatile fellow, and his other pages are worth viewing as well!

HEROIN TIMELINE

Here

EVERYDAY LIFE?

Journal of Mundane Behavior


Saturday, November 15, 2003
 
WORLD TV STATIONS SOURCE

If you downloaded this software (see link to Maarten's Blog in yesterday's post) , WWITV is a great source for additional channels...

GLASS HISTORY AND COLLECTING SITES

These two sites are nice enough on their own merit, but their real strength is in lists of links that cover this topic exhaustively..

Site 1

Site 2

UKRAINIAN RECIPES

A childhood friend of mine was blessed with a Ukrainian mother. Even today, as she hits her 80's, I'd sooner go a few rounds with Mike Tyson than cross her... but she did initiate me into the pleasures of this cuisine..

Ukraine Recipes

Ukraine Cuisine

ART

Contemporary Russian (great discussions of and links to the entire current scene..)

AES GROUP found at the above site..

Vancouver Art Gallery

GREGORIAN CHANT

Gregorian Chant Home Page

Gregorian Schola

GRAPHICS FUN

Photoshop Contests

GIF Artists

ODD

And of course, one bizarre link: Dolphins - More than friends..

"Thou shalt not steal; an empty feat,
When it's so lucrative to cheat"

Arthur Clough
Friday, November 14, 2003
 
If you have been keeping up with MAARTEN'S BLOG , you'll have noted that he posted some cemetery links today, and supposed I'd like 'em. Well, HE WAS RIGHT! Not only did I like them, I was inspired to start off this posting with some mortuarial splendor..

MOUNT AUBURN CEMETERY

This cemetery, located in Watertown Massachusetts, is eternal home to, among others, the Boston Literary Elite. Moreover, the influence of it's beautiful and well-planned garden grounds had a profound effect on cemetery development in America. Let's take a look at some aspects of this great necropolis:

Mount Auburn Home Page

See who's buried there!

Mount Auburn Photo Galleries

Birds like it too!

It has diverse fans..

OTHER CEMETERY STUFF

Read a four part series on the history of a cemetery (Willimantic, CT) influenced by Mount Auburn..

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

An English Cemetery Research Site

And, the Anthropology of Grave Markers!


OK, back to the living, sort of...

CHEESE

Cheese Net

Wisconsin Cheese

TODAY'S INSTRUMENT: THE BASSOON

General Bassoon Stuff

Baroque Bassoon Stuff

And, before you run out and buy one for Junior, read here: So, You Want to Play a Musical Instrument?


GAME

In the delightful WRATH, you get to be God, and smite your disappointing creation..

PBASE GALLERIES

Kiev

Bahamas (underwater, mostly)

Rapa Nui

Bryce Canyon National Park (Utah, US)

Autumn

Swiss Guy, does great animations..

A FEW VARIED..

Appropriate Technology (learn to do all kinds of things!)

Aesthetics of Protest

Supplies for Villains


"I must Create a System or be enslav'd by another Man's." WILLIAM BLAKE, Jerusalem
Thursday, November 13, 2003
 
FOLKLORE

Folk Legend

Urban Legends

Solar

Jewish Folklore in Israel

Guinness (folklore and fact)

Ireland (more than just folklore, links to sites and articles on many aspects of Irish Literature and Culture as well..)


WORST JOBS IN SCIENCE?

Here

..and an in-depth look at the holder of one of them, Dr. Michael Leavitt

DUCK PERVERSION IN NETHERLANDS

Here (2nd pdf file link on this page has story in Dutch)

TOO PRETTY TO SMOKE?

Marijuana Photo Galleries

SUPERB SOURCE OF FREE LITERATURE DOWNLOADS

Blackmask not only has a HUGE selection, you can also choose among several download options and file types..

PHOTO GALLERIES

A Fotki Animal Collection

Belize

Australian Flowers, Roses, and Scenery

also, Latin American Art ( discussed as well as sampled)

KISSIN' COUSINS

Huge and well put together resource for VERY close families: Cuddle


FUNNIEST AMERICAN NOVEL OF 20TH CENTURY

..was "A Confederacy of Dunces" by John Kennedy Toole, who tragically, committed suicide before it was ever published..


"The lion and the calf shall lie down together, but the calf won't get much sleep." Woody Allen
Tuesday, November 11, 2003
 
FREEWARE

The Bookmark Wizard is a handy utility which will make html pages out of your "favorites" links, or any sub-folder thereof..


ART

Rocsdad maintains a HUGE assortment of albums, by painter, at Webshots..


LEECHES

Learn about 'em

Buy 'em

GREAT SILENT FILM ACTOR
Lon Chaney

Lon Chaney 2

HISTORY

Arab-Islamic

Capital Punishment

Anglo Saxon (annoying music warning!)

WEIRD

Back Door to the Morgue



Monday, November 10, 2003
 
Although Freud is "out" , and serotonin is "in" , I still find stuff like this book on PSYCHOHISTORY fascinating..

The political situation in Northern Ireland is compex, frustrating, and often as sticky as a bog..elements in my family background, political views, personal studies and religious affiliations place me firmly....in the middle. Here's a selection of sites from various viewpoints...

The background: Huge internet reource CELT

History of Ireland in Song

Ulster Scots Resources

Easter Uprising 1916

James Connolly(Marxist Republican)

Republican Writer's Guild

Stubborn and Dogmatic : Ian Paisley

Stubborn and Violent: Continuity IRA

The Good Guys: Peace People



A very different Celt from these was the Welsh author, Arthur Machen. He wrote weird and mysterious tales, with a Celtic background, and was a great influence on my local hero, H.P. Lovecraft.

Friends of Machen provides a variety of info and links..

Caerleon was his home turf, and he's remembered on these pages as well..

Here's a GALLERY of book and magazine covers featuring his work..

Alan's Site This guy has a nice page on Machen, but also a lot of other great stuff, including his own work..

Three of Machen's stories online: The Great God Pan Different Format

The White People

Hill of Dreams


A great, eccentric, one-of-a-kind American composer: Charles Ives

Dutch Divas primarily singers, but a good section on conductors as well. In English or Dutch.

This page from Wisconsin Pottery links to many great sites about American pottery. The fact that "yuppies" and wealthy little old ladies collect it on ebay, and have jacked the prices out of my range, has not dimmed my love for these pieces. I just have to enjoy them at someone else's house..

More History: World War One (huge, good - the site, not the war!)

Workhouses

Eating Utensils

Even Clauswitz has his fans..


Dull Men's Club

What to say to Girl Scouts selling cookies...

"In the morning when thous risest unwillingly, let this thought be present - I am rising to the work of a human being."
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
Saturday, November 08, 2003
 
GUSTAVE DORE

Famed for his illustrations of Dante, the Bible, and Don Quixote , here are three sites devoted to his work.

Overview

Dante

Bible


MITES - THEY'RE EVERYWHERE!

Dust Mites

More Mites

AND WHAT ABOUT MARMITE?

A British lady friend introduced me to this esoteric treat, and I've found that it is not just a food, it's a cultural icon..

Marmite

Marmite FAQ

I Love Marmite

Speaking of food and culture, this is in interesting site on food, gender and meaning (in Charlotte, NC)

This site led me to a recipe for Cambodian Spring Rolls, which I've developed a taste for as I live in a town with lots of Khmer ex-patriates, I searched for more Cambodian recipes, secure in the knowledge that at least one reader of this blog is adventurous enough to try a few ( if he doesn't already know them, that is..)

While searching for more, I ran across this guy's page: Clay which includes Cambodian and much more...

OK, how about: The Scoop on Poop

Bonsai Kittens

Aliens Stole My Pants!

Things That Don't Work

Those Quirky Japanese!


Another great and distictive conductor I have always admired is Sir Thomas Beecham ; he not only was a red hot interpreter, and early champion of Delius and Sibelius, he also was a noted wit! For example, his snipe at folk dancing is still quoted...

Language Museum - samples of many...

Finally, an opinionated, funny and well-constructed site: Heisenberg's Funhouse


"An improper mind is a perpetual feast." Logan Pearsall Smith



Thursday, November 06, 2003
 
Crystals

I'm not into the New Age stuff about 'em, just think they're 'pretty rocks' ! Exquisite Crystals

Now THIS one is neat: Snow Crystals


GARLIC

Good for warding off vampires, good in spaghetti sauce.

Garlic Central

Garlic World

Garlic - Botany

UK Garlic

Garden Garlic

Garlic recipes

and, er, Knoflook..

Malleus Maleficarum

"The Hammer of Witches" , a late medieval rant responsible for untold thousands of deaths. Online text, the 1928 translation by that neo-Inquisitor, Montague Summers, who believed every word of it!


Tabasco - in Rhode Island, we prove our masculinity by how much of this we pour on a stuffed quahog..

Trombone Players are more intelliigent, spiritual and loving than any other instrumentalists! Don't believe me? Check out these sites:

Trombone Org

Trombone USA

Doug Yeo ( bass trombonist for the Boston Symphomy orchestra)

Finally, CHRISTMAS COOKIE RECIPES from around the world!

"The great nations have always acted like gangsters, and the small nations like prostitutes." Stanley Kubrick

Should you wish to express your utter adulation of this blog, you may: EMAIL MATT

 
Botanical links, many,many, lifted from Maarten's Agave group.. Scott's Links

Like the Golden Age of Televison?Classic TV Database
Wednesday, November 05, 2003
 
The Complete Computer Resource is a great compendium of information, started off as an MSN Group , which is packed now, so they also opened at a New Domain.. ,which seems to be still unutilized..


A thoughtful exposition and defense of Christianity, many topics examined, at the Christian Think Tank

Huge collection of RECIPES

Fall River, Massachusetts, a fading seaside industrial town a few miles from me, has a single claim to fame: it was the home of Lizzie Borden, charged with (and acquitted of ) the axe murder of her parents as the 19th century came to a close. In this day and age, when serial killers chalk up body counts by the score, it is hard to grasp the sensation that Lizzie caused - she dominated headlines around the world. As a child, I learned the classic nursery rhyme, "Lizzie Borden took an axe / and gave her mother forty whacks / and when she saw what she had done / she gave her father forty-one" ..

This site is designed as a learning tool for students, to explore the case on their own, as amateur historians. They can access digital versions of original source materials, and so on. It is a very impressive use of the web! Here it is: Borden Case Study

Roadside America is a great celebration of the offbeat, eccentric, and just plain weird, from coast to coast..
Tuesday, November 04, 2003
 
CHARLES BUKOWSKI

Charles Bukowski, known to many as both the inspiration and author of the screenplay for Barfly was an idol of mine when I was an alienated young alkie. I've sort of "moved on" , but still retain an admiration for the honesty of the man, and his ability to create poetry from the most unusual subject matter. He is quite well represented on the web - here are a few sites, which can lead to many more if you follow links..

An Intro to Bukowski

Bukowski, The Great Poet

Anti Hero Art Tribute

The Beat Page

Poem for Peace Ants

In French In German In Dutch

And, my personal favorite, Charles Bukowski Ate My Balls


Americans tend to feel awkward and inferior when it comes to fine arts; certainly, we can't compete with Europe's riches and heritage. However, a recent day at the Museum of Fine Arts, in Boston convinced me that some of our finest painters have yet to be appreciated fully..

Fortunately, several of the best seem to maintain galleries in Webshots:

John Sargent
Winslow Homer
Thomas Cole
William Merrit Chase
Maurice Prendergast

This actually seems to be a project from someone with the Athenaeum which seems like a very worthwhile site indeed!



HISTORY ON THE NET

Two good portals: History Net , Best History Sites

Subjects: Naval , Art, Christian, Holocaust, New York , California, Kansas

Finally, 3 sites on blogs, lots of good links on each : Varied Canadian Boing

Suggestions, comments, criticism, praise, worship? EMAIL MATT
Sunday, November 02, 2003
 
Some of my favorite movies of all time have site(s): Nosferatu , the great early vampire film; Sunset Boulevard , , film noir Hollywood by Wilder..

Two sites on Dreyer's Jeanne d'Arc: in English , in French

Griffith's Intolerance

Watch bits of it Here

The Janacek museum and archives in Brno

A great resource on Polish Music. The composers section includes many other links...


Mengelberg, great Dutch conductor, controversial life..


And speaking of the Dutch, a site for a book that purports to explain their ways to English speakers (I'm skeptical)..or at least laugh at them.. The UnDutchables includes interesting message board to discuss all things Dutch , or maybe pick up a Dutch girl?

"Laughter is nothing else but sudden glory arising from some sudden conception of some eminency in ourselves, by comparison with the infirmity of others, or with our own formerly." Thomas Hobbes
Saturday, November 01, 2003
 
First, some business: Blogwise was nice enough to list MY blog, so I will show enough gratitude to link back to THEM. Seriously, a very good directory..

Ok, stop wasting your time, learn something! This is a great site for free tutorials, I'm going to try the html one myself..

Camaldoli, a historic monastery. In Italian, other languages coming, so they say..

Silly Kids ; Muddy Kids

Haiku sites 1 2 3 and make yer own here...


Absurd Inventions

A resource for serious vampire researchers..

Online Sacred Texts - from all traditions..

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