Extreme Web Surfs!
Friday, April 30, 2004
 
ON MY WAY TO THE NUDIE BAR..

..leaving you with three links!

Unrepresented Nations and Peoples - great site devoted to issues affecting these people groups..

One such group greatly threatened by current events is the Assyrians..

And learn microbiology here. I might need your expertise if I catch something tonight..

OK, I'm just joking. I don't go to nudie bars. I could never lend my support to such exploitation, such commercialization of of the human form, created in God's image..But mostly, I refuse to spend $6.00 for a beer...

"One should not lose one's temper unless one is certain of getting more and more angry to the end."
William Butler Yeats
Thursday, April 29, 2004
 
JUST HANGIN' AROUND...



Enjoy a few more random ones. Until I'm inspired with a topic!

Tyburn Tree - Public Executions in Early Modern England

Hans Kuiper - superb computer art. Available in Dutch too..

A play a day - archived from Usenet groups..

The Stroganoff's - more than just a tasty beef dish!

Into the Russian Revolution(s) ? Find many links here!

National Railway Museum (UK) One of the best online choo-choo sites..

Brian's Page of Antique Weirdness . Cute.

And, as if you needed to be told - People Are A**holes.com

Remembrances embellish life but forgetfulness alone makes it possible. [Fr., Les souvenirs embellissent la vie, l'oubli seul la rend possible.] General Caldini

Wednesday, April 28, 2004
 
WEDNESDAY BUDGET VARIETY PACK!

..no stolen picture tonight, sorry..

Museum of Computer Art - I've probably posted this one before, but it's worth a reminder! One of the classic sites, belongs in your bookmarks!

Now on to Cat Bowling..

..the Viking Kittens do 'Gay Bar'..

And Cow Hurling..

Checklist for wannabe Evil Overlords

Thomas Lovell Beddoes 'The First Goth'

Post Modern Physics?

The Tolkien Sarcasm Page

Alternative Photographic Processes (real info, for serious photographers..)

Houston Chronicle Comix Section - great selection, and online daily. Don't miss your favorites because your local rag's comic section sucks!

Finally, Extreme Ironing!

What is mind? No matter. What is matter? Never mind.
George Berkeley

Tuesday, April 27, 2004
 
ART! ART! FINE ART!



One of the greatest things about the Web is the ease with which it allows us to sample and access works of art from every age, culture and media. And some of the folks dedicated to making that access possible have developed some truly outstanding sites. Here's just a brief sample of some recent finds..

If you're looking for the Masters, I can recommend no starting point more highly than Artcyclopedia

The Hudson River School of painters are favorites of mine - possibly due to the great amount of works of these Americans in museums within my reach. However, they also were among the first American painters to look not to European models, but rather to the sublimity of the American landscape for inspiration..

World Art Treasures from the Berger Foundation..

Ancient Art Images

Very well categorized site of Ancient Art

Han's Zimmerman's Site - actually, a huge, linked assortment of sites, in German as well. But so much is visual that one can navigate it quite easily even ohne deutsch

And while we're nearby, how about nude artists (er, the art, not the painters. I think.) from the Benelux nations?

Science Fiction Art

Links to Native American Art Online - so much here, you can choose your own to examine! Canadian native peoples especially well represented..

Great Album Cover Artists site devoted to the best in the field..

Psychedelic Album Covers from the '60's - many obscure ones here..

Imperial Russian Porcelain Easter Eggs - sound weird? Maybe, but they're very beautiful and rare..

OK, and for you computer nerds who've patiently made it this far, ASCII Art!

Art happens. No hovel is safe from it, no prince can depend on it, the vastest intelligence cannot bring it about.
James Whistler

Monday, April 26, 2004
 
A LIGHT AND VARIED ASSORTMENT



World History - nice site!

Blind Tom - legendary musical phenomenon of the 19th century

Tontie - cool Flash Game

Knots - excellent java site, you can manipulate them in cyberspace as you learn about the mathematics of 'em..

Worst Car Commerical Concept?

The Ugly Zoo - bizarre manipulated photos..

You Know You're Canadian If... (dedicated to Christopher!)

Elmo Autopsy

Hamster Assassin

If toast always lands butter-side down, and cats always land on their feet, what happens if you strap toast on the back of a cat and drop it? - Steven Wright.

Sunday, April 25, 2004
 
FRENCH FOREIGN LEGION



Many don't realize that this legendary fighting force still exists today. Bills piling up? Marriage gone sour? Cops on your trail? They're still looking for a few good men...

Official French Government Pages

Foreign Legion Life - the 'inside scoop' for wannabes..

Cervens - extensive site developed by the son of a Legionnaire..

Music of the Legion (in French)

Foreign Legion Art

Come Back Alive (mercenary site) review of career opportunities

Amicale - organization of ex-legionnaires

Susan Travers- "La Miss" - the only woman legionnaire..

Play at Home

Read All About It!

Dien Bien Phu - where they fought to the last man..

Death rides a fast camel.
Arab Proverb
 
NEWSFLASH!



If you enjoy cooking - or even eating - check out Maarten's new Yahoo group, TNT-RECIPES ..

Maarten, whom regulars here will recall is also a veteran 'link-blogger' has a tremendous background in cuisine of all types. He is Dutch, but has traveled all over the world, living for many years in Indonesia as a chef at the finest hotels. He is also an artist and a sailor, and in fact has served in the galley on the private yachts of some of the wealthiest gourmands in Europe.

However, he also loves acquiring and discussing new recipes, even our simple American creations. He started this new group because a recent message of his in reference to 'extra virgin' olive oil apparently didn't pass the group censors in the last recipe group he was in. So he has assured me, in HIS group your olive oils can be complete sluts, and he will still allow them in!

There is no love sincerer than the love of food.
- George Bernard Shaw

Saturday, April 24, 2004
 
WEEKEND SLOWDOWN

..

It seems weekends are the time of the least activity here. Even by me! So I have designed a poll to guide me in the future..


Meanwhile, here's a few links!

Unsolved Murders

A Few More from Illinois

And from Florida

Beautiful PBase gallery of New England Butterflies!....We Rule!

Rob's Game Cheats - nice popup free site of 'cheats and hints' for every type of video game..

They're Coming to Get You Barbara! Well done site by two sisters who review horror movies..

Fred Camper's site. Fred writes very well on art, experimental and classic films, and some other topics. Well worth a visit!

A little Madness in the Spring Is wholesome even for the King.
Emily Dickinson


Friday, April 23, 2004
 
URBAN WARFARE



This seems to be the trend for military operations in the future, despite the fact that it is despised by most military personnel and strategists, for good reason.

The US Army Manual , Military Operations on Urbant Terrain (MOUT)

Army Magazine Article

MIT Lecture

So there's some theory, let's look at some historical examples..

In the ancient world, urban warfare primarily meant siege warfare. Here's some from Egypt and Greece..

A case of urban warfare closer to today's varieties was the suppression of the Paris Commune

Paris Magazine Article ; Marxist Links (includes great image galleries) ; Anarchist Links

The struggle between the Germans and Russians in WW2 resulted in two of the most brutal, city-leveling urban operations ever : The Battle of Stalingrad : Russian Site ;Military History Online ; and the Battle of Berlin..

That war also saw the valiant Warsaw Uprising..

For contemporary examples, I can give no better advice than to peruse some of the many outstanding blogs - from various points of view - which focus on conflict in the contemporary Middle East. You should find some starting points in the links to the right..

Do not thwart an enemy returning homewards. To a surrounded enemy you must leave a way of escape. Show him there is a road to safety, and so create in his mind the idea that there is an alternative to death. Then strike. .
Sun Tzu
Thursday, April 22, 2004
 
I'M FEELING A BIT CRABBY TONIGHT...



..so I'll post a few!

Chesapeake Bay Blue Crabs

Texas Crabs

The State of Washington is a bit xenophobic about crabs - no Europeans or Chinese wanted..

You won't find crabs in an Authentic New England Clambake...

..but you will certainly find them on Clipperton Atoll - one of the TRULY remote places on Earth!

(although the remoteness hasn't prevented the Dominion of Melchizedek from staking a claim..)

Awhile ago, I made the comment that the Australian government maintains exceptional websites of all types. This one, for the Victoria Museum, confirms that opinion!

This guy has great collections of clocks, metronomes, coin operated gadgets, and so on..

Finally, Sheila's Corner is a delightful personal site by a woman who obviously loves the violin, and teaching it to kids.. tons of resources for musicians, young or otherwise..

I went out to Charing Cross to see Major General Harrison hanged, drawn, and quartered; which was done there, he looking as cheerful as any man could in that condition.
Samuel Pepys
Wednesday, April 21, 2004
 
ASYLUMS, CATS,CHEESE & MUSIC!

..got sick of saying 'varied'...

Northampton State Hospital - beautiful, eerie abandoned insane asylum..

Fullerton (Missouri) Hospital- the oldest west of the Mississippi, this one's still functioning..

American Bobtail - nice cat..

American Curl - a new breed, weird!

Stilton Cheese

Cheese recipes from New England Chefs

If you like free music, but don't like file sharing programs, or breaking the law, check this site out, part of the internet archive..I'm downloading 344 MB of Grateful Dead from 1973 as I type..

Rock journalism is people who can't write interviewing people who can't talk for people who can't read.
Frank Zappa

Tuesday, April 20, 2004
 
LIGHTEN UP, MATT!



After a couple of days of death, doom and disaster, I've begun to even depress myself! So, as promised, here's a night devoted to laughs! (OK, even some of my laughs are of the sicko variety, but I'm doing my best..)


A Site Whose Name I Can't Print! (..but good Flash humor..)

Terrible Puns

And More of Them!

OK, you literary types, can you tell the difference between Faulkner's prose and machine generated translations of German? Find out here..

Name That Porno!

The most sacriligious site I've ever encountered - I don't approve, but I don't censor either..you might like it..

Prison Bitch Name Generator

Spazmonkey

Manbottle Database of Arcane Stories and Bad Humor ..or something like that..

Tits or Eyes?

Lunch Clock

Dogs in Cars

Dirty Sounding Names - great resource for 10 year olds! Or my old drinking buddies...

Balls! (No not THOSE - just BALLS!) In German or English.

Twisted Mindz - home of the original, interactive Gay Duck game!

Scary Russian Flash Movies ..somehow, not knowing what they're saying makes 'em worse!

The first man to use abusive language instead of his fists was the founder of civilization.
Sigmund Freud
Monday, April 19, 2004
 
THE CRUELEST MONTH?



"April is the cruelest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.
Winter kept us warm, covering
Earth in forgetful snow, feeding
A little life with dried tubers."


This begins 'The Wasteland' by T.S. Eliot. having an April birthday, I used to resent this assertion...but a look at the many tragedies and disasters that happened right in the middle of April makes me wonder..

Going back to 1947, a freighter carrying ammonium nitrate (sound familiar?) exploded in the harbor of Texas City, Texas..

The tragedy - see pictures here - still reverberates in the memory of this small town..

In 1993, in one of the greatest gaffes of the Clinton administration, Federal law enforcement agents waged war on American civilians,including women and children, in the Waco Branch Davidian showdown..

Here's a website by the survivors..

A Far Right perspective

A Documentary

An essay

Two years later, perhaps in revenge for Waco, the Federal Building in Oklahoma City was blown up - with an ammonium nitrate bomb..

A psychiatrist's view..

OK, let's hear from the conspiracy theorists!

Finally (one hopes..) in 1999, two high school misfits ran amok in Colorado..

A Nurse's Perspective

50 Things You Can't Do After Columbine - a bitter, but perceptive rant by a teen..

The inhabitants of every civilized country are menaced; all desire to be saved from impending disaster; the overwhelming majority refuse to change their habits of thought, feeling and action which are directly responsible for their present plight.
- Aldous Huxley
Sunday, April 18, 2004
 
ALL DEATH SPECIAL!



Well, it's that time again - time to up my ratings with a gruesome, gory death post!

No one reveled in death quite so much as medieval Europeans! In fact, it inspired some of their best art as well..

Lenin's Mausoleum has this site of staunch defenders, from the desecrations planned by post-Communist partypoopers..

If you're in Drexel, PA, check out the Museum of Mourning Art..

The Death Penalty - from ancient times till the present..

Of course, Monstruous.com handles death in depth!

This sheriffs department recovery diver team site shares good info about the process of drowning - and the process of underwater decomposition..

Children Primed to Die - a truly sad and disturbing topic...

Death borders upon our birth, and our cradle stands in the grave. Our birth is nothing but our death begun.
-- Bishop Hall

 
VARIED, FROM MAARTEN

Optical Illusions

More Optical

Kid of Speed - fascinating site by a girl motorcycle rider from the Ukraine. Who loves to cruise the abandoned highways of the Chernobyl area...

Subservient Chicken

Mayhem and Chaos Hair

Fight Man Game

Netherlands National Archives Online

A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents.
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
Friday, April 16, 2004
 
TWO GREAT AMERICAN CYNICS



Ambrose Bierce and H.L. Mencken. Two of the crustiest curmudgeons who ever lifted a pen. And in this age of phoniness, of political correctness, of lies from both the right and the left, of Hollywood soundbites and Washington spin doctors - well, we could sure use a few of their ilk around..

Good intro to Bierce

Biercephile Site

Ambrose Bierce Site

All of the above contain links to his works, online. If you're looking for pithy and cynical quotes, check out 'The Devil's Dictionary' . However, Bierce also excelled in other genres. In horror fiction, he occupies a place between Poe and Lovecraft. Read 'The Damned Thing' and see for yourself..

Bierce had a most romantic ending - he disappeared into Mexico, which was in the throes of revolution, in 1913, and was never seen again. Carlos Fuentes wrote a book imagining his last days, 'El Gringo Viejo' , which was made into a surprisingly good movie, 'The Old Gringo' , starring Gregory Peck and Jane Fonda..

H.L. Mencken occasionally got together for drinks with Bierce, before his disappearence. I'd have rather quaffed a few with them than with Hemingway in Cuba..

Being Baltimore, Maryland's most famous son, the state university maintains a nice collection of his works and effects..

Mencken - The Joyous Libertarian - perceptive essay by Murray Rothbard (from 1962)

Mencken on Democracy..

KLEPTOMANIAC, n.
A rich thief.

--Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary

Evil
That which one believes of others. It is a sin to believe evil of others, but it is seldom a mistake.

H.L. Mencken
Thursday, April 15, 2004
 
VARIED AGAIN!



Well, I'll start out with Charlie Chaplin, as he shares my birthday - April 16!

Weird Tales - nice site devoted to the pioneering horror magazine, where H.P. Lovecraft flourished..

Another Form of Intervention II site devoted to modernism, includes some great flash art..

Dada Online

Literary Kicks - areas for the Beat Generation, The Flower Children, the Decadents, and more..

Prisoner Art - three very good artists showcased here..

Cellblock Visions - exhibition of prison art

PBase Galleries

Downington PA - smalltown America lovingly captured here..

Scotland's Far North

Family Slide Project - Lisa has done superb work, using PhotoShop and other tools, to restore over 50 years worth of family slides. Some are set in California, most seem to be in Saskatchewan. To me, this work transcends the specific people involved, but rather speaks to fading memories of family and place that we all share..

The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm.
Aldous Huxley
Wednesday, April 14, 2004
 
SOME GEOLOGY



Just a few tonight, major posts upcoming!

Geology and Paleantology in Jordan

Places Every Geologist Should Visit

Cape Cod Rocks

Mineral Microscopy

The Rock Doctor's Guide

Jamaican Caves and Sinkholes

Isn't there any other part of the matzo you can eat?
-- Marilyn Monroe, after being served matzo ball soup three meals in a row.
Tuesday, April 13, 2004
 
A VARIED LOT


Otters and Butterflies Go to the pages for 'Otters" and "Butterflies'. When you move your cursors around, flocks of same follow it. Yep, cheap web effect - but I found it strangely soothing..

Dolmens in the Netherlands

Borobudur - site devoted to the great Javanese Buddhist temple..

Bornholm Island - a quirky personal site, but I learned stuff I never knew about this tiny island in the Baltic Sea..

Valley of the Shadow - superb internet 'project' from Virginia, tracing two communities- one northern, one southern- before ,during and after the Civil War.

Virtual Pet Cemetary - moving site, for animal lovers. The rest of you will probably laugh..

Zompist Phrasebook - useful phrases for unashamedly 'ugly Americans'! Love this one! Another set of languages (including Dutch) here..

Votre pays a une saleté vraiment charmante.
-courtesy of the Zompists!
Monday, April 12, 2004
 
ANCIENT MEDICINE



There are few more fascinating subjects than the history of how we have dealt with our messy, oozing, mortal and recalcitrant bodies. Every culture has had to develop, alongside their ethereal theories about the meaning and poetry of life, strategies to deal with broken heads, leaky plumbing and bad digestion. Let's take a look back..

Prehistoric Trephination

More on Trephination

Ancient Egypt has left a wealth of material on medical practices..

More here..

A 3500 year old amputation

Menstruation and other Women's Medical Concerns in Ancient Egypt

The Edwin Smith Papyrus - complete, online. Oldest medical text extant!

Medicine in Ancient Mesopatamia and Iran

Ancient Indian Plastic Surgery

Decircumcision- Ancient techniques; Schultheiss article; Hodges Article

Disease Archaeology

..and finally, although not really ancient, I need to post this somewhere: the evolution of the toothbrush (from a mechanical engineering perspective!)

Medicine can only cure curable diseases, and then not always.
Chinese Proverb

Sunday, April 11, 2004
 
INDONESIAN CUISINE



It was for very good reason that early European explorers came to refer to the Indonesian Archipelago as 'the Spice Islands'. The richness, variety, and yes, spiciness of the cuisine found there is remarkable even today, and offers new delights and sensations for the most jaded palate..

This collection of recipes from Cooking by Country includes some good background..

..as does this site on Balinese cuisine..

Here's a few recipes from less well known provinces, such as Sulawesi and Kalimantan (part of Borneo)

And here's an enormous collection of Indonesian recipes from all over the archipelago..

And some from Asia Online..

A product of the Dutch plantation system was the superb feast of Indonesian delights, the rijsttafel

A Spicy Sumatran Vegetable Stew

Indonesia produces some of the worlds most exquisite coffee varieties..

..as well as many types of exotic and succulent fruits..

Enjoy! And if you try any, let me know how they come out!

Tripas llevan corazon, que no corazon tripas. (The stomach carries the heart, and not the heart the stomach.)
Miguel Cervantes
Saturday, April 10, 2004
 
HAPPY EASTER!



I wish a joyful day to all who celebrate it. And if you celebrate Passover, or some other religious tradition, or even none at all - I still wish for each visitor here a sense of potential redemption, of joy, peace and hopefulness. The message of Easter to our violent, confused and uncaring world..

OK, if you like the painting above, check out this set of links to Resurrection Art!

Most of the Dutch will be eating this - though Maarten might be working through these..

Other Easter traditions worldwide (nice set of links)

St. John Chrysostom's Easter Sermon (short, poetic, still the best after 1600 years!)

Oswald Chambers Easter Sermon - great Evangelical message

Chekhov's Short Story "Easter Eve"

And my Irish blood demands I include Yeat's powerful poem on the Irish Rebellion, "Easter 1916"

Ok, Ok, you still want cute bunnies? Well, PBase has a few, here and here..

And he departed from our sight that we might
return to our heart, and there find Him. For
He departed, and behold, He is here

St. Augustine

Friday, April 09, 2004
 
READ A GOOD BOOK

As I'm (somewhat) taking a break tonight, I refer you to one of the best web resources, Online Books Library, a listing of over 20,000 books online (free).

You might want to start with these 'banned books'.

Ulysses

Fanny Hill

Rousseau's Confessions

Lenin's 'The State and Revolution" (seized by the Providence post office in 1954, en route to Brown University..)

E is for Ecstasy - about MDMA , banned in Australia..

Free speech is the whole thing, the whole ball game. Free speech is life itself.
Salman Rushdie
Thursday, April 08, 2004
 
LINKS FROM MAARTEN



As longstanding visitors here will know, my 'link blogging' began when I copied the idea from my friend Maarten. His blogs, "Me and the Web" -in English - and "Spinneweb" - in Dutch - were a treasure trove of links emanating from his many interests and diligent searching. Though now dormant, they are tremendous archives of links, and if you haven't visited them, you should!

Well, Maarten is a man of many hobbies, passions and interests, and he has , at least for now, abandoned the blog mode. He oversees a world empire of agave interests - see here - ,and also lectures adoring American housewives on how to cook like a European in various forums. He has inspired many to eat parts of a pig they normally wouldn't even THINK about..

And he still finds time to send me a few links daily, to use if and when I wish. I've let them build up, so I figure it's time to unleash them on you! Be warned, some of them might be considered 'R' rated, though all are in good fun..

Your Death Date - with a twist..

Shi*tty Advice

Office Stress Relief

Bloop.Tv

The Mystery of Britney's Breasts

Bush Shootout Game

Perverted Justice - controversial semi-vigilante site, of folks who seek out and expose predators on the net..

AOL's paternalistic anti-spam strategy

Bush - read my lips.. and United We Dance

More Flash Stuff

Nasal News

Dove switches to Real Women!

Kid's Games

Thanks, Maarten! Keep 'em coming!

I have learned that to be with those I like is enough.
Walt Whitman
Wednesday, April 07, 2004
 
IF THERE'S A THEME, IT'S "WEASELS"



The Weasel's Place (ferrets, really..)

Cartoon Weasels

Real Weasels

Discover Life

Colorado Wildlife

Nuclear Ferret (cartoons)

YukYuk (timewasters - from me, that's a recommendation!)

Nice Pbase Gallery (flowers, bees, landscapes - but amazing colors..)

Proofread carefully to see if you any words out.
—Anonymous

Tuesday, April 06, 2004
 
VARIED

Here's a great site devoted to the Orkney Islands..



(..be sure to read up on their death customs )

A really nice site from a Quechua community in the Ecuadorian jungle..

More on the Quechua language..

And, though I don't often give 'blurbs' here, even for charities, while surfing in Ecuador I found this organization that seems to do really admirable work with street kids in Guayaquil...

Joyce Mann is a forensic artist, and has a fascinating site..

And, on the theoretical side of criminology - is crime healthy for a society?

What happened today in history? There are many sites doing this, but this one is exhaustive!

However, if you're a radical, you might prefer this one..

"The smallest feline is a masterpiece."
Leonardo da Vinci
Monday, April 05, 2004
 
BHUTAN



A fascinating nation, tucked away high in the Himalayas. One of the truly remote places, and probably a better travel destination than Nepal right now, due to the Maoist insurgency there..

Official Site

Lonely Planet Site

The Last Shangri-La (PBS site)

Ihayul

Daily Newspaper (English)

Another good news site

Annette Solyst's Travels

"There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge."Bertrand Russell

Sunday, April 04, 2004
 
A FEW PRIME

Back to work tomorrow, lazy night, not psyched for big post. But as my neurotic and obsessive/compulsive nature would not allow me a good night's sleep if I posted nothing, I present you with a few choice morsels..

Keo They are taking messages here, which will be loaded onto a satellite, to be launched in 2006 or so. It will return to Earth in 50,000 years -assuming, of course, there IS an Earth then. So, this is a chance for everyone to send a message into the distant future! Several language options, tell it like it is..

American Museum of Photography - often sited as one of the best sites on the web. The current exhibits are really nifty, including one on photographs of ghosts..

Two nice animation sites: Homestarrunner , and Mark Fiore

(Be sure to check Mark's "Attack of the Gay Agenda")

There. Now I can sleep!

If you've got them by the balls, their hearts and minds will follow.
-- John Wayne
Saturday, April 03, 2004
 
FAIRY TALES



You don't need to be a Jungian scholar to know that fairy tales are far more than just the 'Gameboys' of the past...in fact, they contain archetypal symbolism and potent constructions of reality meant to be passed on to the next generation... In this politically correct era, of course, we bowdlerize them. We shield our children from the collective wisdom of the race about evil, and then send them off into a world where predators of every description,con artists and suicide bombers reign. Far better to be honest: ...'yes, dear, there really IS a Big Bad Wolf..'

Let's start out with a 'family friendly' site, but well done, nonetheless..

One of the early repositories of fairy tales (broadly defined) is the 'Arabian Nights'. Sir Richard Burton is so closely connected with these tales in the English speaking world, and there are so many online versions of the tales to choose from, that I recommend you go here and make your own choice..

The Italian Giambattista Basile penned "Lo Cunto de li Cunti". For some strange reason, it is usually called Il Pentamerone in the English speaking world..:)

Charles Perrault wrote the great French work 'Ma Mere l'Oye" (Mother Goose). This version is in English, but includes the splendid and disturbing original illustrations by Gustave Dore . This French version is a facsimile of a book from the Librairie Hachette, with milder but quite beautiful illustrations by Felix Lorioux..

Hans Christian Anderson - this site covers him in depth..

Hauff's Fairy Tales

Jacob's Celtic tales

Bilingual Grimm Brothers

..and here's a few individual tales, treated variously..

The Shoemaker and the Elves - kiddie site , well constructed..



The Pied Piper of Hamelin , etext

Little Red Riding Hood - many versions compared..

Tom Tit Tot - analysis by Edward Clodd

Sleeping Beauty - and varied analysis here..

Puss in Boots - another page scan, great illustrations..

And finally, if you haven't had enough, go to this great fairy tale site..

If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.
When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than any talent for abstract, positive thinking.

~Albert Einstein~
Friday, April 02, 2004
 
SLUGS AND FRIENDS



Time for a humble yet fascinating beastie, the slug!

Real Slugs - from Cyberslugs site. The story of a lifelong relationship with slugs..

Slugs and Snails - basically the same thing, but the snail carries a house around..



Links to all kinds of slug pictures..

And OK, related more by name than anything else, Sea Slugs!

How to eat 'em.. ..from a 1910 description..

And the Sea Slug forum.. There is a story here, and a mission for those of us who believe in the importance of the WWW as an educational, research and communications tool. If you go to 'review messages' and look at the latest, you'll read this: Bill Rudman, who has run this forum for 7 years, is a 'Principal Research Scientist' at an Australian Museum. After all this time, in which he has united the small but dedicated world scientific community in the sea slug field with the forum, the powers that be have decreed that leading this forum is not a part of his 'job description', and forbidden him to continue. Sounds like the Wicked Witches are back in Oz.. will we idly stand by and watchg the sea slugs lose their best friend on the web? I leave it to you to decide..

MILITARY ETC.

History of Trench Warfare

The Trenches - BBC site on WW1 Trench Warfare

History of Chemical and Biological Warfare ..these pages are found on Greg Goebel's superb project, 'In the Public Domain' , where he has some great writings on a variety of topics. Check it out!

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.
Soren Kierkegaard
Thursday, April 01, 2004
 
ABANDONED TUNNELS



A while back, I posted a set of links on abandoned subway sations in NYC; I decided to flesh the concept out a bit here by including other cities and locales..

Inflitration.Org is an association of folks who basically explore places they're not supposed to be in.. got a few of these links from them..

Abandoned Chicago subway..

Another Chicago Link

Abandoned Boston Subway Stations

Cincinatti's abandoned subway

London Underground

PA Turnpike - abandoned section..

"Do you know what Freud said about dreams of flying? It means you're really dreaming about having sex."
"Indeed? Tell me, then, what does it mean when you dream about having sex?"

Neil Gaiman

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