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miscellanous flotsam and jestsam
the news, history,
education, family matters,
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Chinese Community Center (CCBA)
Mott Street - NYC - watching the dragon dancers
Explore and discover the
featured on our site...
Arts > Illustration >
Whimsical and Humorous
The internet public library
reference dept. f.a.q.'s
Access all 50 US State libraries
National Archive & Records Admin. research room
Building an internet library - Archive.org
Martindale's online calulators
Weights and Measures - refdesk.com
The next few sites are designed specifically for young people raised overseas
- Third Culture Kids-homepage
Global Nomads Virtual Village
TCK-third culture kids
Studying in the US?
Ship your goods home.
Want to study language in the US or abroad?
Access Sefco's Expat Connections
- international exchange and education.
...report on their adventures abroad:
- Students as Guests
Do you know the local customs?
- The contemporary relevance of cultural history.
- Get Customs.com
- Learn about cultural customs from around the world.
Sister Cities International
- Find partner cities around the world
- The latest news from the WN network
...the Real Africa.
Images from Africa
- Johannesburg, RSA
"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those
who matter don't mind."
- Dr. Seuss
"Instead of trying to reproduce exactly what I have before my eyes,
I use color more arbitrarily so as to express myself more forcibly."
Vincent Van Gogh
...serves as the artist's sounding board:
sent him 21 pencil-and-ink drawings of trees, an accompanying letter explained
'I am told that Chinese teachers
taught their students that when you want to draw a tree, feel as if you were
climbing it when you start at the bottom,' he wrote."
[explore fine art]
For more familiar quotations,
passages, phrases and proverbs, see
John Bartlett's familiar quotations -
"good quotations by famous people" -
Aesop's Fables -
Add a Moral
Do frogs have tales?
The myth of Sisyphus
A "dutch treat"...
Teddy Roosevelt's "History of
From Ship to Shore:
Nautical Expressions in the Vernacular
more colloquial expressions.... "It's a dogs life..." ... "Don't give cherries to pigs..." (can you complete the saying?)
Not planning to move overseas anytime soon?
Photos Show Titan Has Orange Surface
Learn more about Nasa's vision.
"Clearly there is liquid matter flowing on the surface of (Saturn's moon) Titan."
View scenes from the probe, named after Titan's discoverer, the 17th-century Dutch astronomer
"I think all of us continue to be amazed as we watch our solar system unveil,"
NASA science administrator Alphonso Diaz said... (AP)
See the Earth and Moon
Full Moon days
- Earth from Space
- NASA Space Shuttle
Earth Observations database of over 250,000 images -a national treasure.
"Fly from space to your home town. Visit exotic
locales such as Maui, Tokyo, Rome and Paris.
Satellite imagery makes it real."
Come along and have a look:
No space-suit for you? How about wet-suit?
Go "down under" in Key West, Fla:
Jules' Undersea Lodge
There's something fishy going on here!
Plot your course: Commerce, Navigation, and Maritime Museums
- The Year in Science:
Top 100 Stories
- DISCOVER MAGAZINE No. 01
- The National Academies
- Advisors to the Nation on Science, Engineering, and Medicine.
Access Sefco's expat resources section on health, medicine and insurance.
Have some mathematical challenges? Add it up, divide it, multiply it using our free online calculator [tool box].
Scientific Direct (News) -
- "Most contemporary practice tends to discriminate against radical ideas that conflict with current theory and practice.
Medical Hypotheses will publish radical ideas, so long as they are coherent and clearly expressed."
Scientific American (News) -
- Full coverage, daily news.
Country Studies - Area Handbooks
U.S. Library of Congress, Federal Research Division
Access one of the most concise resources about various nations.
Worlds Fair Grounds, NYC -
localized online communities,
and expat oriented websites
"LunarStorm, an online community in Sweden that has the attention of most Swedish youth --
and which turned out to be an unexpectedly useful resource in the aftermath of the tsunami.
If those cool-hunters who hang out in Harajuku and Harlem don't speak Swedish,
they probably don't know about LunarStorm, an equally likely if less celebrated habitat
of young culture-makers. I can't think of an institution, brand or subculture anywhere in the
world that could compare with LunarStorm's mindshare among Swedish youth. "
site citations: lunarstorm.se
Democracy links and world affairs
current new and
two way street
Search the latest news...
"All news all the time"
Financial Times www.ft.com
New York Sun
Wall Street Journal
The Washington Times
The Los Angeles Times
Diario Las Americas
CNN en espanol
Dutch: De Groene Amsterdammer
"Onafhankelijk Weekblad Sedert 1877"
The Danish Pioneer
Christian Science Monitor
"Another talent show, Inner Mongolian Cow Sour Yoghurt Supergirl, has been China's leading TV show of recent months. More than 400 million people tuned in to August's grand final of the programme, based on the UK's Pop Idol format and named after its dairy sponsor.
" [attrib: BBC]
Explore > Wikipedia > Random Articles
CD DVD: The History Channel
Search the news > About > TIBET
Official: Tibetan areas closed to foreigners
"Wary of potential unrest, China last month launched a security sweep in Tibet, with state media saying at least 81 people were detained during raids on residential areas, Internet cafes, bars, rented rooms, hotels and guesthouses.
Though they normally focus on criminals, the "strike hard" campaigns have also targeted people suspected of anti-government activities in places like Tibet and the restive, largely Muslim region of Xinjiang."
International Herald Tribune
Horoscopes by Holiday
check out your daily horoscope
From Russia (in English)
Worldwide News coverage
Kees van der Griendt's
But, is it true?
Check your news source at:
For the inquisitive.
Listings of political sites sorted by country, with links to Parties, Organizations, Governments, Media and more from all around the world.
the fourth estate
"networks of trust"
What is psiphon?
psiphon is a censorship circumvention solution that allows users to access blocked sites in countries where the Internet is censored. psiphon turns a regular home computer into a personal, encrypted server capable of retrieving and displaying web pages anywhere
Who will use psiphon?
psiphon operates through networks of trust. There are psiphon providers who install and administer a psiphon server (psiphonode) in an uncensored country, and psiphon users (psiphonites) who login and access the server from a country that censors the Internet.
Psiphon is part of the CiviSec Project run by the Citizen Lab at the Munk Centre for International Studies at the University of Toronto.
The CiviSec Project is funded by the Open Society Institute.
"As long as there are such things as Printing and Writing,
there will be libels.
It is an Evil arising out of a much greater Good.
And as to those who are locking up the Press,
because it produces Monsters, they ought to consider
that so do the Sun and the Nile; and that it is something
for the World to bear some particular Inconveniences arising
from the general Blessings, than to be wholly deprived of Fire and Water."
- James Madison
Polar Bears in a multi-polar world...
|click photo to see big image|
night and day |
Supreme Court, Washington, DC
LISTEN to the
World Radio Network
tv webcasts -
Supreme Court of the United States
FIND the US Electoral Congress
Global Intelligence Updates.
Latest news on Hotspots, commentary by region.
Information retrieval and analysis, not slanted reporting.
An open-source information company
Transnational issues - Google: international affairs
- Exceptionally diverse research and analysis: Rand.org -
Find a Member of the US Congress
Searchable database of members US Citizens: write to your representatives,
express your opinion.
Foreign policy think tanks:
CSIS - The Center for Strategic & International Studies
US Library of Congress:
The Empire that was Russia
Visit the most popular web destinations in mainland China
Calligraphy of the Masters
Inside China Today
EIN News - Country information
Local color: Chinatown, NYC
"An informed public makes for a strong republic."
-- Martha Rountree
pioneering tv journalist, co-founder/producer "Meet the Press" 1945
A TREASURY OF PRIMARY DOCUMENTS
Primary Source Documents Pertaining to
Early American History
A massive collection of historical works, literature and documents which
contributed to the formation of early American politics, culture, and ideals.
EAWC - Explore Ancient World Cultures
Musei Vaticani -
Art, archeology, museums.
Primary Historical Documents from Western Europe
The Internet History Sourcebooks Project
Collection of online historical texts.
Access electronic texts, images and historical maps.
Museum of American Financial History
Dedicated to chronicling the role of finance and the capital markets in American history.
National Maritime Museum, UK
- Maritime Art, Greenwich
Search the collections.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Art and the Empire City
- since 1870.
the Metropolitan Museum's collection.
Visit and see -
the lower east side -
new york historical society -
rebuilding nyc - one persons' tribute
- forgotten new york -
NYC micro-tour - NYC photo-gallery
- The Digital Journalist
- Pictures from the staff at
The Washington Post - (Books) New York Works:
Anatomy of a City -
Perched on a ledge atop the Chrysler Building - Here is New York.org -
Build the Memorial.org
The world's first digital news archive:
photo: FDR Drive, NYC
The Straight Dope
[questions and answers]
"Fighting ignorance since 1973"
(It's taking longer than we thought!)
Mystery Animal Spotted In Central Maryland
What is it ?
photos [jersey devil]
photo: New York World's Fair site, Corona, NYC
literature, occasional bargains, amusements, light hearted diversions
"Colorado Man Resuscitates Chicken."
* Sports *
Haiku * Classics Library *
| "Reading Comprehension"
Can you raed tihs? Olny srmat poelpe can.
cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg.
The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy,
it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng
is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses
and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef,
but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt!
Moma.org Photography -
Art.net Free Expression -
c r e a t i o n
Artcyclopedia.com - Art History on the internet
Art of Haiti
Haitian Art Gallery dot com
Art Crimes- the writing on the wall
graffiti from around the world
Folklore and Mythology
photo: near 31st St, Astoria NYC
Norse mythology > Odin
The chief divinity of the Norse pantheon, the foremost of the Aesir. Odin is a son of Bor and Bestla. He is called Alfadir, Allfather, for he is indeed father of the gods. With Frigg he is the father of Balder, Hod, and Hermod. He fathered Thor on the goddess Jord; and the giantess Grid became the mother of Vidar.
Odin is a god of war and death, but also the god of poetry and wisdom.
He hung for nine days, pierced by his own spear, on the world tree. Here he learned nine powerful songs, and eighteen runes. Odin can make the dead speak to question the wisest amongst them.
His hall in Asgard is Valaskjalf ("shelf of the slain") where his throne Hlidskjalf is located. From this throne he observes all that happens in the nine worlds.
The tidings are brought to him by his two raven Huginn and Muninn. He also resides in Valhalla, where the slain warriors are taken.
Odin's attributes are the spear Gungnir, which never misses its target, the ring Draupnir, from which every ninth night eight new rings appear, and his eight-footed steed Sleipnir. He is accompanied by the wolves Freki and Geri, to whom he gives his food for he himself consumes nothing but wine. Odin has only one eye, which blazes like the sun. His other eye he traded for a drink from the Well of Wisdom, and gained immense knowledge. On the day of the final battle, Odin will be killed by the wolf Fenrir.
He is also called Othinn, Wodan and Wotan. Some of the aliases he uses to travel icognito among mortals are Vak and Valtam. Wednesday is named after him (Wodan).
- separating fact from fiction -
Photos: Real or Fake?
The Federation of Rodent Cheesemakers
Welcome to the fascinating world of rat cheese.
Frog Fables - Aesop's Fables
Sabrina's Chinese Astrology
Vietnamese Zodiac - The proud pig.
What's your fortune, cookie?
Find out your sign
* Rat *
* Tiger *
* Rabbit * Dragon
* Monkey *
* Pig * [learn more]
Inca trails |
Andean Gallery |
Go South |
World Heritage List
Over 630 culturally important sites around the world
Useless fact of the day.
Andy's amazing card trick.
- Certified Child Rental Agency
zippy the pinhead
The best medicine: [laughter - cartoons - The Bishop and the Donkey]
TEST YOUR REFLEXES|
The object of the game is to move the red block around without getting hit by the blue blocks or touching the black walls.
If you can go longer than 18 seconds you are phenomenal.
It's been said that the US Air Force uses this for fighter pilots. They are expected to go for at least 2 minutes.
click image at right
Good grief !
"Travel is fatal to prejudice,
bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people
need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable
views of men and things cannot be acquired by
vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime. Mark Twain"|
further reading: ACA newsletter
American Citizens Abroad (ACA)
Expat Connectivity: Travelers Message Board
Enjoy Mark Twain's wit
"If you don't read the newspaper, you are
if you do read the newspaper, you are misinformed."
"Never try to teach a pig to sing.
It wastes your time and annoys the pig."
On politicians: "Don't applaud, it only encourages them."
||"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. |
Inside of a dog it's
too dark to read." - Groucho Marx
"Nostalgia is like a grammar lesson. You find the present tense, and the past perfect."
Project Gutenberg gives to all web-surfers,
free access to Online Books
by major authors, including Mark Twain: click here
Have a look back in time:
Rare postcards from another era.
Where in the world are you?
The Astro Atlas:
Find Geographic Locations
Enter at least the first few letters of the name of the city to search for (not the country).
About this Atlas:
"...a reference source for private use...
to find longitude, latitude and time zone information."
Countries Worldwide: ranked by population size, and population density
Country types: the Federation
Here's some numbers to call: www.payphone-project.com
Payphones from around the world.
Don't Call ! [get on the list]
Do Call ! [get SKYPE free worldwide internet calling]
"The National Do Not Call Registry is managed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC),
the nation's consumer protection agency." www.donotcall.gov
Traveling within Europe? Find out about the low fares airline:
Peruse our Expat Travelers Message Board
Buying clothes online? Try My Virtual Model.com
Great Outdoor Recreation Pages
Taking the subway?
Global Subway Navigator
On-line route finder, using public transport in over 60 major cities worldwide.
Search: [earth science]
Georgia Strait Coastal Waters...
The Strait of Georgia is 220 km (135 miles) long and from 25 to 55 km wide (15 to 35 miles).
Some people call it the "Gulf of Georgia", as that was the name Captain Vancouver first gave it - and the reason why the hundreds of islands here are called the Gulf Islands.
The Earth does strange things [online photo gallery]
Earthquakes - Tsunamis - Floods - Sink Holes - Volcano...
Tornados, Funnel Clouds - Wall Clouds
Back in business: New Orleans
Re-opened - the Cafe Du Monde on Decatur Street.
The Culture Corner
E pluribus, unum. Out of many, one.
Second Avenue, NYC - Beauty
...exchanges, people, ideas, art
Yahoo's Society and Cultures on the Net
- search: intercultural diversity
Buddhist Association |
of the United States
- After 7 decades of slumber,
the dragon dances once more...
traditional chinese dancers perform
Dragon of the Hearts Delight (movie clip)
at Ng Shing Gung, San Jose, California
The Chinese Historical and Cultural Project
searching for balance * Feng Shui * Falun Gong
* nine commentaries
access hundreds of links
on the Asia Art Archive
2010, 2009... 2008 was year of the rat.
2007 year of the wild boar,
2006 year of the dog, 2005 year of the rooster,
2004 year of the monkey, 2003 year of the ram, 2002 the horse... [learn more]
Legends of China
Atlas: Turkish Travels
"The Holy Qur'an" [click prayer rug image above]|
Electronic Text Center, University of Virginia Library
(Washington, D.C., 7/28/05) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
today offered its support for a fatwa, or Islamic religious ruling, against terrorism
and extremism issued by the Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA) and endorsed by more than 120 U.S. Muslim groups,
leaders and institutions. The fatwa, released during a news conference this morning at the
National Press Club in Washington, D.C., states ... [read more]
"Science without religion is lame; religion without science is blind." - Albert Einstein
On religious liberty
photo: 54th and Lex, NYC
NYC Architecture: The Austrian Cultural Foundation acfny.org
"Once organic character is achieved in the work of Art, that work is forever.
Like sun, moon, and stars, great trees, flowers and grass it is and stays on while and wherever man is."
Frank Lloyd Wright
"What Wright does in his architecture is make poetry.
He makes images that people can relate to
and he makes buildings that celebrate the various purposes for which they were designed."
The Virtual Smithsonian
U.S. Library of Congress loc.gov
Some People in the News
- Norman Rockwell -
100 American speeches
of the 20th century
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
the philosophy of science
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