Extreme Web Surfs!
Wednesday, June 30, 2004
 
VARIED AND SKIMPY..

Snuff Site- that's tobacco, you sickos!

Poetry from a Borderline Personality

Beans Around the World - er, that's a CAN of beans. That travels.

Adzuki Beans - real beans, oriental, with recipes..

Absurdist Interactive Flash

Conclavum Obscurum..Eerie Flash

Men have become the tools of their tools.
- Henry David Thoreau
Tuesday, June 29, 2004
 
AUSTRALIAN HISTORY



Ned Kelly's World - Australia's most famous outlaw..

19th Century Explorers of Australia

History of Australian Places Index

Lismore's Glowing Cross - spooky mystery..

Frank Cook's Living Memories - Radio personality who in 1996 did a series on each of the previous 50 years..

Cabinet of Curiosities - '200 Years of Australian Science'

LIFTED LINKS

I have to give credit to The Presurfer for the these three. If you don't already check his blog frequently, you're missing out. On the other hand, if you start doing so, I won't be able to get away with mining his finds on slow days..:)

Recast Your Favorite Movie With Animals - hilarious photoshop contest, you just have to see it for yourself..("Cowmeron Diaz' - need I say more?)

Colorful Flash

Serious Flash - The Last Request , on capital punishment..

"I don't know why we are here, but I'm pretty sure that it is not in order to enjoy ourselves."
Ludwig Wittgenstein
Monday, June 28, 2004
 
A LIGHT NIGHT!

Yep, it's my night to take it easy, and just post a few here.

Where does tequila come from?

Ukrainian Museum in New York

Providence Architecture - dug this one out to send to Larry of 'Narrowlarry', who not only has good taste, but turns out to be a nice guy as well!

Small's Jazz - really nice site discussing various jazz styles and history..

PBase Galleries : Wasps, Bees and Flies ; and Northern Europe

Finally, tonight's bizarre feature: these folks will extract the carbon from your cremated remains, and use it to create synthetic gemstones which your loved ones can then wear!

When I woke up this morning my girlfriend asked me, 'Did you sleep good?' I said 'No, I made a few mistakes.'
Stephen Wright

Sunday, June 27, 2004
 
ECCENTRICS AND ECCENTRICITIES



Did Beethoven have Asperger's Syndrome?

Eccentrics of Oxford

Oberver's Top 10 Pop Music Eccentrics

A.E.Pickard, Glasgow's Eccentric

Alternative Culture Portal

Sydney Eccentrics

New Orlean's 'Ruthie the Duck Girl'

Eccentric Chess Masters

Bikwil's Eccentrics Page

More UK Eccentrics

Celebrity Recluses

Eccentric America

Narrow Larry - 'explorations into the undisney' (Larry's site may be eccentric, but I find myself agreeing with his tastes more often than not. See his top movie choices, for example..)

Eccentricity has always abounded when and where strength of character has abounded; and the amount of eccentricity in a society has generally been proportional to the amount of genius, mental vigor, and moral courage which it contained.
John Stuart Mill
 
TWO QUICK NOTES

I realized when looking over last night's post that it was a tad unfair to throw the St. Pius Society link in with the 'extremists', without at least some caveat. These folks are not so much 'extremists' as they are sincere conservatives who are committed to the pre-Vatican II tradition of the Latin rite, and all that goes along with it. Not looked upon favorably by the Church, but still, not hatemongers either!

And Jan (of Oregon) has posted some wonderful berry pics, and mentioned the story of the Oregon post. So see, Maarten, your little request for Oregon info has had a ripple effect throughout the world of American blogging!


Saturday, June 26, 2004
 
EXTREME CATHOLOCISM & ANTI-CATHOLICISM

I did a search on 'Vatican Secrets" , expecting to find a few interesting tidbits about the archives and such. Instead, I found a whole slew of outre sites from the wildest fringes of Christianity. Why do I post them when I find them? To laugh at them - no, though some might. To get angry and disgusted? No, not that either. Faith is important to me, and I seek to understand the viewpoint of these extremists. Ecumenism is probably not possible, and perhaps not even desirable. But surely we can do better than this!

St. Pius X Society - Marcel Lefebvre's proteges..

Virgin Mary's Endtimes Site

Life Enterprises

Priests of Darkness and Satanism in the Vatican - will be deeply offensive to Catholics..

..and am not really sure WHAT this guy's point is. But I know it's weird..

Peace begins with a smile.
Mother Theresa
Friday, June 25, 2004
 
OREGON REVISITED

My request for further links on Oregon, was surpisingly answered. Doug referred me in the comments to Jan, an Oregonian. I visited her blog, and she showed up and included some nice links, and 'waxed lyrical' a bit about her beloved home state. Read it in the 'comments' for yesterday! meanwhile, just adding her blog to my blogroll made the day worthwhile. I am always pleased to find blogs by 'thinking Christians', folks who combine their faith with questing and reflective journeys into art, literature, and culture - contemporary or otherwise.

I also went back and delved further into the Noll's Site, and was very glad I did. Most people, if they created a site devoted to their lives, experiences and hobbies, would come off as a bit egotistical (bloggers, of course, being excepted..lol). Not this couple; they have HAD interesting lives, and I am grateful they chose to share much of it online. Paul spent some time in a depression era orphanage, joined the army after high school, was in the Korean War, later got a pilots license and flew around the Wild West with his wife. Bernice shares many wonderful skills and recipes . They lived through a lot of history together, and write about it in a direct, humble way. An exemplary personal website.

LEMURS



These primates, found only in Madagascar, impressed me the most during my trip to the zoo the other day.

See them AND hear them here..

A somewhat scholarly site here, which includes great old plates and drawings of lemurs..

Lemurs in General

Lemurs 'R Us (or something like that..)

MONEY TALKS

Augustus St. Gaudens - I came to admire this sculptor when I was a youthful numismatist; he designed a $20.00 gold piece which is often considered the most beautiful of US coins..

Slavery Images on Confederate Money nice online exploration from LSU..

Too much vigour in the beginning of an undertaking often intercepts and prevents the steadiness and perseverance always necessary in the conduct of a complicated scheme.
Samuel Johnson

Thursday, June 24, 2004
 
OREGON, BY REQUEST!



Well, my Dutch friend Maarten sent me an email, saying, 'Do a post on Oregon! We never hear anything about it in Europe. And they have great relishes!'

Maarten, WE never hear anything about them either! But I'll still do a post, because it is actually a beautiful state, one I hope to visit some day. And if any Oregonians are visiting, feel free to share any good links you care to in the 'comments'!

First off, did he mean THIS relish? Or, did he want to can his own? (that one from the Nolls, who have a whole bunch of nice Oregonian pages up!)

And since we're on food, we can't forget the Dungeness Crab..

Oregon is noted for wilderness and natural beauty. Volcanos, wildflowers, and much,much more..

It is the home of some Native Americans who still live as their ancestors did, in balance with their natural surroundings..

The Oregon Trail played a substantial role in the settlement of the west..

Ken Kesey, though born in Colorado, is most associated with Oregon, the setting for his greatest novels..

Portland, seen in this PBase Gallery, boasts a world class art museum

And, to catch up on current news and happenings in Oregon, check out 'Oregon Live'

To be just without being mad (and the madder you get the madder you get), to be peaceful without being stupid, to be interested without being compulsive, to be happy without being hysterical. . . . smoke grass.
Ken Kesey

Wednesday, June 23, 2004
 
QUALITY, NOT QUANTITY!

Again, not a large post, but includes some sites I really like; added a few to my own favorites.

Spent the day with my brother and his family, visiting from Colorado. Keeping up with three kids, under the age of eight, was quite a workout! We went to the Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, and had a great time. I will share what I, at least, thought was a great witticism from my brother. We were looking at some type of dwarf donkey creature, and my sister-in-law said, "I don't think I've ever seen an ass that small." To which my brother, God bless him, replied, "Me neither, since I've been married." (..lest you feel bad for his wife, she can more than hold her own. She's from Oklahoma..)



Museum of Communism ..the curator is no fan of this ideology!

Kyoto National Museum - very nice site, all the 'bells and whistles' one expects from a premium museum site..

Cardinal Ratzinger Fan Club - the jolly old Grand Inquisitor himself!

Jewish-Christian Relations Index - fine resources and articles here..

Ceramics Today - online hub for pottery fans, many artitsts and galleries featured..

Fethard, Co. Tipperary - I had never heard of this small Irish town until I discovered this site. But it is a beautiful place, and this site could serve as a model for a small town website. It includes some fantastic photo galleries, present day and historical..

When people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each other.
Eric Hoffer
Tuesday, June 22, 2004
 
ALL ASIAN



Pax Mongolica - scholarly reassessment of the Mongol's impact on history..

Chinese Abacus - how DO you use them, anyway?

The Western Quest For Secret Tibet

Old China Hands - Westerners in China, interned by Japanese during WWII

Friends of the Desert - some in English, lots in German

Center for Study of Eurasian Nomads

The goal of Computer Science is to build something that will last at least until they've finished building it.
Anonymous
Monday, June 21, 2004
 
JUST A FEW

Inuit Life

Wild and Wacky Arctic

Wumpa's World - cool kid's flash site..

Alternative Dictionaries - a great find, learn filthy expressions in many languages. If you know an obscure language, or even some obscurely filthy expressions in a common one, they also welcome your input! I must say, I found the Dutch particularly colorful in this area.'Broekhoesten' - to fart - literally means 'to cough in one's pants'...

2 Nice PBase Albums - Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens , and The Mississippi Delta

The probability of someone watching you is proportional to the stupidity of your action.
- Hartley's First Law
Sunday, June 20, 2004
 
CARE TO JOIN ME IN HELL?

Well, I had thought myself one of the elect, but we all know web tests don't lie. And I took this one as honestly as I could, and found out:

The Dante's Inferno Test has banished you to the Second Level of Hell!
Here is how you matched up against all the levels:
LevelScore
Purgatory (Repenting Believers)Very High
Level 1 - Limbo (Virtuous Non-Believers)Very Low
Level 2 (Lustful)Very High
Level 3 (Gluttonous)High
Level 4 (Prodigal and Avaricious)Very Low
Level 5 (Wrathful and Gloomy)Low
Level 6 - The City of Dis (Heretics)Very Low
Level 7 (Violent)Low
Level 8- the Malebolge (Fraudulent, Malicious, Panderers)High
Level 9 - Cocytus (Treacherous)Low

Take the Dante's Inferno Hell Test

Hey, at least I'm at the level with the sexy babes!

Here's a bit more Hell for you all. And by the way, a comment now and then would be welcome!

The Truth About Hell ..I like the info about the Worm that Dieth Not..

What-the-Hell-is-Hell.com when you care enough to register this name, you get my hit!

Swedenborg's Heaven and Hell

Hell's Greatest Illustrators; Both Dore and Blake illustrated Dante's Inferno in masterworks of morbid art..

Where In Hell is Dante Alighieri? The professor who deviloped this online game HAS to be a crowd pleaser!

How About Matt Groening's 'Life in Hell'?

Or Etiquette Hell? ('The Internet's Largest Repository of Bad Etiquette')

Dates From Hell

..and finally, a very useful site of html tips, HTMHELL

Hell is paved with priest's skulls.
St. John Chrysostom
Saturday, June 19, 2004
 
A BIT ON CULTS



The very term 'cult' is a loaded one. After all, one person's 'cult' might be another person's religion. I am not going to make judgments here; rest assured, though, that several of the sites I include here have no such reservations!

Two Good Academic Resources, from the - University of Calgary , and University of Virginia

Some Specifically Christian Resources - If you disagree with the Christian worldview, you might be a bit prejudiced against them at the start. But consider this point - concerned as they are with doctrinal issues, and the nature of truth, the better of these sites actually tend to examine cults, particularly their belief systems, in greater depth and with more acuity than many of the secular sites, who are primarily concerned with their social, historical and psychological aspects.

Walter Martin Religious Infonet. The late Dr. Martin, who wrote 'The Kingdom of the Cults', was perhaps the preeminent Christian authority on 'cults'.

Watchman Fellowship a serious and exhaustive site..

Apologetics Index - one of the very best resources. You can find links here to the sites of the cults themselves, as well as 'pro and con' sources..

Dr. Rodriguez has done a very personal, earnest examination of many of the world's religions and cults..

OK, enough academics and theology. Let's dive into some cults headfirst!

Two Ancient Greek Cults: Cult of Dionysus , and Cult of Mithras

Killer Cults!

UFO Cults

The Swinging Swami's Secret Life!

Ordo Templi Orientis - the website of the US Grand Lodge of the cult started by Alistair Crowley

And, a nice friendly wrap up from our friends at Crank Net!

The various modes of worship, which prevailed in the Roman world, were all considered by the people as equally true; by the philosopher, as equally false; and by the magistrate, as equally useful.
Edward Gibbon
Friday, June 18, 2004
 
PREPARE YE FOR THE WEEKEND



..with yet another varied batch of fun!

Bus Station Central - if you're into public transportation, this is the site for you!

Can you Spot the Duck?

Japanese students put English Dialogue in comix.. amusing, in a smug, ethnocentric sort of way..

Pascal's Triangle

Strindberg and Helium - morbidly funny Flash characters..

Atlas of Medical Parasitology - thinking of a fattening late night snack? Go here instead..

Theatre of Electricity - from the Boston Museum of Science. We got kickass museums in every category, folks! I've seen this live - indoor lightning!

Atlas of US Regional Dialects - a bit technical, geared towards the academic linguist set, but still it's interesting to see where we fit into the picture. If you're IN the picture, as we are graced by visitors here from dozens of nations..

Poulaga Challenge - cool game! You throw a huge pig at someone else playing, he throws it at you, etc. I lost to some Malaysian guy..

Wildfireland - site for those who fight the huge wildfires, pics, info, job opportunities even..

Find info about just about all of the world's boundary disputes here..

And finally some truly weird Flash Movies: Hatt Baby from Sweden,
Pika and Pokerap, from Japan (I think), and Darkwing from who knows where..

Obsessed by a fairy tale, we spend our lives searching for a magic door and a lost kingdom of peace.
Eugene O'Neill
Thursday, June 17, 2004
 
SCIENCE HISTORY & MORE

The Art of Renaissance Science - Galileo and perspective, MANY nice illustrations..

Florence Museum of Science History

Medieval and Renaissance Scientific Instruments - great database!

Great Lectures in Accounting!

Yale Divinity School Library

Psychology of the Arts online magazine

Sikh Scriptures, online English translation

JFK Assasination Resources

It is the job of thinking people, not to be on the side of the executioners.
Albert Camus
Wednesday, June 16, 2004
 
VARIED STUFF



Cats, of course..

Whoever 'Carol' is, she's assembled a super collection of recipe links..

Greece says to Britain: Give us back our marbles!

Ceola's Celtic Music Archive

If you're looking for the lyrics to an 'oldie' , chances are they'll be here..

Two nice Poe sites: House of Usher, & The Poe Decoder (serious literary essays)

..and 3 native American sites: The Trail of Tears , People's Paths (mostly Cherokee)and Wounded Knee revisited..

Don't hit at all if you can help it; don't hit a man if you can possibly avoid it; but if you do hit him, put him to sleep.
Teddy Roosevelt

Tuesday, June 15, 2004
 
ERIKSON & PIAGET

Piaget formed highly influential theories as to stages of knowledge acquisition..

But I have found Erikson to be much warmer and human. He developed a schemata of 8 stages of life, which seems on target in many ways..

Another look at Erikson, and also, the Erikson Institute

VARIOUS

Beautiful PBase album of Pompeii

Infrared Photography by Andy Finney

The Zine Site - all kinds of info and links on these 'little magazines' , including some classics you can download completely. Where the underground was BEFORE the Net - and now a presence on it as well..

The '60's British Pop Culture Site

If you were an intellectual teen rocker like me, in the '70's, you read Creem Magazine(if you weren't an intellectual, you read Circus. Of course, we read it too..) Well, you might remember Lester Bangs - his exchanges with Lou Reed were historic. He raved about this band, The Dictators, as 'The Next Big Thing'... well, they never really were, but I'm happy to see they have a nice site. I recently downloaded 'Two Tub Men' from a newsgroup, along with their classic Beach Boys parody, 'Cars and Girls'..

Lou Reed is my own hero principally because he stands for all the most fucked-up things that I could ever possibly conceive of.
Which probably only shows the limits of my imagination.

Lester Bangs
Monday, June 14, 2004
 
SAMURAI!



Let's start the new week off in a martial spirit - with a touch of Zen!

A Brief History of the Samurai

A Slightly Less Brief History

Every Damn Thing You Ever Wanted To Know About Them!

Samurai Gallery (paintings of famous Samurai)

Bushido - The Samurai Creed

Samurai Swords

Gay Samurai!

Zen and the Samurai - nice essay

'Zen - The Religion of the Samurai' by Kaiten Nukariya - online text..

Finally, a great site devoted to not only Samurai, but also Ninja and Yakuza movies..

The man whose profession is arms should calm his mind and look into the depths of others. Doing so is likely the best of the martial arts.
Shiba Yoshimasa (1350-1410)
Sunday, June 13, 2004
 
PUGS AGAIN!



Pug Club

Seattle Pug Gala

CONDUCTORS

The house where Mengelberg was born! From Maarten, who has a family connection to this conductor, one of the greatest of all time..

Eugene Ormandy Quotes - collected by orchestra members, seems he was the Samuel Goldwyn of music!

(MOSTLY AWFUL) HUMOR!

Imaginary village of Trepanning

Anti-Social Society (A.S.S.) of America - a few good cartoons here..

Curmudgeon Pages - truly bottom of the bowels humor here..

Toby Vision - ok, some of THIS stuff is actually funny. I mean, who can resist the adventures of Jose the Magic Tampon? Also, read the advice of Kitty van Buren..

OK , a rather anemic post. But after a weekend filled with opium, absinthe and gerbils, most of my loyal readers can't take too much tonight anyway..

"Republicans understand the importance of bondage between a mother and child."
J. Danforth Quayle
Saturday, June 12, 2004
 
SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER

...Matt Maguire is the hot one and hes not skinny either...

That's what I learned about myself- among other things - from the hilarious Googlism ! Enter your name and it comes up with a selection of statements about you, drawn (assumedly) from websites containing it..

Slash Dot - 'News for Nerds' - good computer stuff...

Ancient Egypt Megasite

Jim Morrison's Last Days

Adrian Arbib - photographer, focus on worldwide social issues. Worth a visit, I enjoyed the Mongolia gallery especially..

History of Money

Cliff Dwellers - Real and Fantasy

Scandals in Justice - important site, bringing attention to the cases of people worldwide, who just might have been 'railroaded' by justice systems..

Scratching is one of nature's sweetest gratifications, and the one nearest at hand.
Michel de Montaigne
Friday, June 11, 2004
 
A LITTLE SOMETHING FOR (ALMOST) EVERYONE!



Yes, it's Absolute Gumby!

Early Comics (from 300 AD on!)

Wildlife of Pakistan

Greek Recipes

Canadian Governor General's Website

OK, here's one for you: if you can upload your mind into a machine, will it then be you? The hows,whys and what ifs are here..

This Australian performance artist explores cyborgian stuff

Erich Mangl's German Cemetery Photos

And one for the raincoat brigade: Hooter's Waitress Galleries!

"It is well known, that time once past never returns; and that the moment which is lost is lost for ever. Time therefore ought, above all other kinds of property, to be free from invasion and yet there is no man who does not claim the power of wasting that time which is the right of others."
Samuel Johnson

Thursday, June 10, 2004
 
ART, ANIMATION, AARDVARKS



The British Museum has a great online database, called COMPASS..

The Hecht Museum, at the University of Haifa, features nice archaeological finds..

The Yard Art Project

The Bogside Artists - painters of those stirring murals in Derry during the 'Troubles'

The SmartAss Guide to Art

Brain Juice - superb collection of biographies, most submitted by brainy college kids, of important folks in art, music and literature..good site to bookmark!

Barb's Animation Gallery - excellent gif animations, at PBase. read instructions, check her other galleries out too!

Animations - fun Flash stuff!

And REALLY excellent Flash Movies!

OK, the Cyborg Fish too..

,,and lest I forget, Aardvarks..

I broke something today, and I realized I should break something once a week...
to remind me how fragile life is.

Andy Warhol
Wednesday, June 09, 2004
 
A SIX PACK

Just the thing for our first little heat wave of the year here in New England!

Duckcentration - my new favorite online game - what more can I say. Except that I was getting tired of thwacking the penguin..

West Virginia Cemetery Photos - very nice, as are his other galleries, linked at top of page..

Bad Fads Museum!

Echoes of Enoch - a great site, from Roswell. A Christian ministry that counsels UFO abductees. Seems it's all connected with those mysterious 'sons of God' mentioned in Genesis who were interbreeding with humans. Well, guess what, they're BAAAACK!

And two great online magazines for these particular subcultures:

Modern Drunkards..

..and Heartless Bitches!

To be nobody-but-yourself?in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else?means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight: and never stop fighting.
e. e. cummings
Tuesday, June 08, 2004
 
LATIN MUSIC



OK, as promised, something a bit more substantial than dancing badgers tonight! Although dancing might definitely be in order..

Latin music - what a gigantic topic. So let it be said that the following links just scratch the surface. However, should you engage it a bit of 'link crawling' you can probably get just about anywhere, using these as a starting point.

Being on the East Coast, I tend to hear more music of the Puerto Rican / Dominican variety. Perhaps Mexico and South America will get a whole other post some day..

The Guide to Latin Music is a great introduction to the whole field..

A good glossary of terms here..

Latin Beat Magazine

Just Salsa is truly a megasite. Many great photo galleries , and some sound clips..

Along with the Salsa goes Mambo dancing..

One of the true pioneers was Tito Puente.. Did you know he composed Santana's hit, 'Oye como Va'..?

Even more than salsa, I personally enjoy merengue and bachata, the delightful music of the Dominican Republic..

Jazz and Latin music have had a rich relationship. Latin Jazz is a great source for contemporary happenings..

Arguably, Arturo Sandoval, a Cuban emigre, is the finest example of a contemporary jazz musician who seemlessly navigates both musical worlds with ease..great musical sample at the intro page of this site..

The truest expression of a people is in its dance and music.
Agnes de Mile
Monday, June 07, 2004
 
CONTINUING WITH WEIRDNESS..

According to my schedule, I should be doing something serious today. However, I discovered such a treasure trove of bizarre stuff today that I can't resist passing some along..



World Beard and Mustache Championships

What about Bones? Very weird site about a guy's dog, and his relationship with Jesus..

Perverted Justice - Oregon TV stations posts film clips of morons who were trapped thinking they were meeting underage girls they hooked up with in chatrooms..

Autobiography of a Female Sneeze Fetishist

Sweater Fetishist? - at the very least, the Imelda Marcos of wool...

Struck by Lightning - it's no laughing matter, as these survivors will tell you!

Largest Roadside Attractions - and I mean, find the largest of ANYTHING!

Toaster Museum

..and now, The Darker Side..



Serial Killers: Ed Gein, Richard Speck (the infamous prison clips) and Jeffrey Dahmer (extensive)

Strange Death Info - (I wouldn't laugh too hard, if I were you..)

And finally, one of the most truly disgusting sites I have ever come across. All About Adipocere . That's corpse wax, for you normal folks. Why I clicked on it, I don't know. And why you would want to, I don't know either. But if pics of decomposing corpses, along with some scientific info of the processes occurring is your thing, look no further!

OK, expect something with dignity and intelligence tomorrow! And no, I'm NOT taking the day off!

Misers get up early in the morning; and burglars, I am informed, get up the night before.
Gilbert K. Chesterton
Sunday, June 06, 2004
 
MOSTLY FOR FUN!

The Truth About Chain Emails!

Surrealist Compliment Generator - ok, these things are getting better!

Badger Weirdness

Spot the Clifference! silly, but addictive game!

Vomitus - the art of Robert Steven Connett..

..and a few a bit more serious..

Excellent Collection of Online Historical Film Footage from India

Support the Monarchy!

Whole Brain Atlas..from Harvard Medical School..

Humankind cannot stand very much reality.
T.S.Eliot
Saturday, June 05, 2004
 
CASTLES



..as I'm in a medieval mood today..

A good starting point..

..as is this one also..

Life in a Medieval Castle

The Evolution of British Castles - nice article, certainly much could apply to continental Europe as well..

I find the castles of the crusaders particularly interesting. In Petra, Jordan, there are quite photogenic ruins..

..whereas Crac des Chevaliers in Syria is still extremely well preserved..

Wawel Castle in Krakow, Poland

French Chateaux - this page in English, can switch to French if you wish..

One of the more fascinating castle builders was Ludwig II of Bavaria , Wagner's sponsor.. his castles here.. The most famous, of course, is Neuschwanstein; see it live, from webcams..

And finally, I might add that my ancestors had a castle. Here it is.. my brother visited it, at the height of the 'troubles' in Northern Ireland. He said half the town of Enniskillen has our surname. Unfortunately, his wife had the same name as an IRA fugitive, and was detained and searched..

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.
Henry David Thoreau
Friday, June 04, 2004
 
A QUICK FOUR!

Make your own snowflake!

Travel through Brazil!

(thanks to Maarten for those two..)

Enjoy Female Comedians..

..or 'full-figured' burlesque!

"We sometimes congratulate ourselves at the moment of waking from a troubled dream; it may be so the moment after death."
Nathaniel Hawthorne
Thursday, June 03, 2004
 
BOTTLES



Collecting and otherwise celebrating old bottles is a pastime well represented online. It's sort of painful to view these, brings back the following memory from my childhood. My moronic country cousins and I, around age 10, were traipsing through the woods with our BB guns. Deep in a thicket behind a long abandoned old Yankee farmhouse, we found a stash of hundreds of old bottles, looked like many on these sites...well, within an hour, with the mindless destructiveness of children, we had shot, smashed and otherwise transformed into tiny fragments what today would probably equal a year's wages for me..

English Bottles From Victorian Era

Patent Medicine Bottles

Torpedo Bottles

Poison Bottles

Coke Bottles from all over - this site is in Japanese, but if you're at all interested in the subject, it's worth clicking the links on the front page to see a huge assortment, arranged by country, well photographed..

Fruit Jars close enough to bottles, I guess. But at the bottle club meetings, these folks probably have to sit on the floor..

Milk Bottle Museum

Baby Bottle Museum - this site is way more interesting than the name might indicate. Great articles, including a fascinating one about the bad 'killer' baby bottles..

Ships in Bottles

..and many other things in bottles at this Folk Art Site. 'Crucifixion in a Bottle', anyone?

Chinese Snuff Bottles - this is a highbrow British commercial site, but I included it because of the great photos of these beautiful objects..

And, for those of you who don't give a bunny's butt about bottles in any shape or form, here's two entirely off-topic links.

Klingon Language Site - yep, THOSE Klingons..

And find the leading causes of accidental death, by year, here..

My idea of an agreeable person is a person who agrees with me.
Benjamin Disraeli
Wednesday, June 02, 2004
 
A FEW NICE FLASH SITES

Shadow and Light

Atle Mo

Explore an old Hospital

..or London's Streatham Cemetery

North Island, Seychelles

And if none of that grabs your fancy, maybe you should visit the Australian Xena Site!

If I were one of those bloggers who whined into the void, looking for cybersympathy, I'd regale you with the tale of how I managed to step on a nail today, driving it a half inch into my heel. I'd make a shameless ploy for your pity by describing the blood, the gore, the pain. The throbbing, the aching. The agonizing walk to and from work. But I'm not like that at all. So I won't.

"To change ones life: Start immediately. Do it flamboyantly."
William James
Tuesday, June 01, 2004
 
NO GARRULOUS CHAT, JUST LINKS!



Teslamania - weird science, you don't have to be a scientist, just weird is enough..

Rink Works - huge online gaming site. Join in involved games with other geeks just like yourself!

Small Parts - hardware for mad scientists, inventors, developers.. Find that widget here you've been looking for for years..

Are you a 'Child of the '80's'?

Neurotransmitter Pathways - site explains it, with visuals, so even I could understand it!

But if you'd rather just see pathology photos of tons of sliced brain sections, go here..

OK, all I can muster tonight, back to work after long weekend, etc.etc. (that's not garrulous, is it?)

"Beware that, when fighting monsters, you yourself do not become a monster...for when you gaze long into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you."
Friedrich Nietszche

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