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What the Dickens is Balzac up to? Read this week's New This Week to find out! Also find browse-worthy, searchalicious websites about kitsch, coral reefs, stingrays, fanzines, special military units, airport security humor, writers from Egypt, climate change, the stuff that gave Silicon Valley its name, and much more. Some of the sites in this week's newsletter were underwritten by California Digital Library.
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Balzac's Paris: A Guided Tour
This site provides a virtual "promenade through the monumental heart of Paris in the time of Balzac, as described through some of his works, and as documented in maps and engravings of The Vernon Duke Collection Special Collections Department" at the University of California, Riverside. Also includes a brief biography of French novelist Honor矤e Balzac (1799-1850) and a bibliography.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22405
Days of Infamy: December 7 and 9/11
This site compares and contrasts two very similar projects separated by 60 years: audio interviews with "ordinary Americans," made in the days immediately following the attack on Pearl Harbor and the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Find interviews and transcripts, and discussions with "prominent, thoughtful Americans who've lived through both attacks," such as musician Pete Seeger and U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye. A co-production of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and American RadioWorks.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/9439
Exploring Photography: Photographic Processes
Brief explanations and examples of photographic processes such as albumen print, c-type print, cyanotype, daguerreotype, dye transfer, photogram, photogravure, and platinum print. From the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum in London.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22542
FANAC: Fanzines and Fan Criticism in the Eaton Collection
Exhibit of science fiction fan publications from the 1950s through the 1990s. Features introductions to fanzines and science fiction fandom, annotated images of "semi-prozines and prozines" and fanzine art, descriptions of constituent collections, and related material. From the Special Collections Library, University of California, Riverside.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22406
Idea Photographic: After Modernism
Companion to a 2002-2003 photography exhibition that "draws upon the work of more than 126 artists, ranging from well-recognized masters in the field to emerging young talents." Explore themes (such as "Photogram Aesthetic" and "Beyond Realism"), artists (such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Margaret Bourke-White, and Man Ray), and images. Includes essays and exhibition materials. From the Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22541
It's Kitsch (Not That There Is Anything Wrong With That)
This 2006 paper discusses "the intersection of kitsch, 19th-century art, and contemporary art criticism by those who love/hate what they see" on the walls of New York's Dahesh Museum, "the only institution in the United States devoted to collecting, exhibiting, and interpreting works by Europe's academically trained artists of the 19th and early 20th centuries." Opens directly into a PDF document. By a curator at the Dahesh Museum.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22550
Our Mutual Friend: The Scholarly Pages
Website devoted to "Our Mutual Friend" (1864-1865), the last novel completed by Charles Dickens. Contains scholarly articles and bibliographies, and images of the novel's original woodcut illustrations. Also features biographical accounts of Dickens, correspondence from the author, contemporary reviews, essays and photographs concerning life in London during 1865, and a gallery of "advertisements from the original serial parts" of the novel. From the Dickens Project, University of California, Santa Cruz.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22450
September 11: Bearing Witness to History
This companion website for an exhibit from the Smithsonian National Museum of American History "represents a work in progress. It embodies the best efforts of staff ... to document and preserve a wide range of stories about September 11." The site features clear, well-organized images of objects representing "the material record of this important event in American history." Includes personal narratives by the curators.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/2943
Words Cannot Be Weighed: Literature From Egypt
Collection of stories and poems published in January 2006 from modern Egyptian writers. The authors featured "write fabulism, social realism, modernist irony, and other tongues." Also includes an introductory essay. From Words Without Borders, "the online magazine for international literature."
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22537
AgMRC: Industrial Hemp
This overview of industrial hemp in the U.S. discusses early uses of hemp (such as rope, clothing, paper), the differences between industrial hemp and marijuana, potential markets for hemp (such as food and oil), and hemp legislation. Includes related links. From the Agricultural Marketing Resource Center (AgMRC) at Iowa State University.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22534
Fort Drum and 10th Mountain Division History
These articles contain a history of the U.S. Army's Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division, a "unique organization [that] came into being on July 13, 1943, at Camp Hale, Colorado as the 10th Light Division (Alpine)." Its skiing soldiers were trained "to fight and survive under the most brutal mountain conditions." Accompanied by historical photos. From the U.S. Army.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22547
U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASOC)
Overview and history of U.S. Army Special Operations units, such as the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR), Psychological Operations (PSYOP), Rangers (special light infantry operations), and others "operations conducted by specially trained, equipped and organized Department of Defense forces." From the U.S. Army.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22548
Kids Have Strokes
Site for an infant and childhood stroke awareness campaign sponsored by the Children's Hemiplegia and Stroke Association (CHASA). Features "information on prenatal stroke, infant stroke, perinatal stroke, neonatal stroke, in utero stroke, fetal stroke, stroke in children, and young adult stroke." Includes material about symptoms, diagnosis, causes, treatment, research, and support groups.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22478
World Trade Center Health Registry
Results from a survey of "those most directly exposed to the events of 9/11/01" at the World Trade Center. Provides a FAQ, a resource and referral guide, clinical guidelines, and other related publications. Some material also in Spanish and Chinese. From the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, in collaboration with other groups and agencies.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22524
If I Live to Be 100: Lessons From the Centenarians
Companion to a 2002 book of the same title that "grew out of a radio series on National Public Radio's 'Morning Edition' in 2000 called 'One Hundred Years of Stories.'" On this site find "profiles of most of the centenarians featured, see their photographs, and hear them speak." Also includes links to the radio pieces.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22544
The Nobel Prize in Literature 1988, Naguib Mahfouz
Background for this Egyptian author who won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1988 and who died in August 2006. Includes a biography, bibliography, the text of his Nobel lecture (in English and Arabic), text from a March 2006 interview and a 2001 documentary, and an article, "The Arabic Renaissance and the Rise of the Egyptian Novel." Also includes an excerpt from "Midaq Alley." From the Nobel Foundation.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22535
International Committee on Supercentenarians: Official Tables
This site features "tables [that] describe the known Supercentenarians as maintained by the Los Angeles Gerontology Research Group on a world-wide basis." A supercentenarian is defined as "a validated human centenarian who has attained the age of 110 years or more." Also includes a list of recent deaths and related tables. Provided by the Gerontology Research Group.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22543
Telephone directory for U.S. and Canadian individuals and businesses. Also includes reverse directories for telephone numbers and for street addresses, and direct and reverse directories for area and ZIP codes. "A variety of sources are used to provide the most accurate search results available for publicly available contact information in the United States and Canada."
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22540
This is a "cruise vacation planning guide which includes objective cruise reviews on 225+ ships, 55 cruise line profiles, information on what to do and where to go in 135+ worldwide ports, readers' ship ratings and reviews, cruise bargains and cruise tips." Browse cruises by destination, city of departure, cruise line, price range, interest (such as golf), and lifestyle (such as gay and lesbian). From the Independent Traveler, publishers of a travel exchange website.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22513
California Climate Change Center, University of California at Berkeley
This site features a collection of reports "analyzing the expected impacts of climate change on California," including the August 2006 report, "Economic Growth and Greenhouse Gas Mitigation in California." Includes a "briefing on the state of climate change policy at different levels of governance" with links to related sites in California, other states, for the U.S., and for the globe. From the University of California, Berkeley.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22531
Traffic Safety Center: Newsletter
This online newsletter provides "important information on traffic safety topics most relevant to communities in California." Themes of recent issues include "Safety and the SUV," "Rural Road Safety," "Driving Under the Influence," and "Pedestrian Safety and Roadway Design." The site contains complete newsletters back to 2002. From the Traffic Safety Center of the University of California, Berkeley.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22432
Veterinary Medicine Extension, UC Davis
A collection of publications "that address the issue of animal care relating to food animal production in California." Includes FAQs, fact sheets, and related material on the care of beef and dairy cattle, chickens, goats, sheep, pigs, and turkeys. Also features material about animal welfare, ecology, food safety, and disaster management. From the University of California Cooperative Extension and the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22447
Leavenworth: Washington's Bavarian Village
Tourism website for this Washington state city that celebrates its centennial in September 2006. Features event listings, activities and entertainment, a brief history of the town, photos, trip planning material, and other information for visitors and locals. From the Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22073
An Online Guide to Plant Disease Control
"This site contains the alphabetical (A to Z) text sections of the ... Pacific Northwest Plant Disease Management Handbook, part of the OSU Extension Plant Pathology slide collection, as well as photographs. ... Additional articles from the handbook have been incorporated into the 'Pathogens and Pesticides' section." Includes material about chemical, cultural, and biological control measures for plants in Washington state, Oregon, and Idaho. Also includes a glossary. From Oregon State University (OSU) Extension.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22514
Gathering the Jewels/Casglu'r Tlysau: The Website for Welsh Cultural History
This website about Welsh history provides "over 20,000 images of objects, books, letters, aerial photographs and other items from museums, libraries and record offices in Wales." Searchable; or browse by county in Wales or by subjects such as agriculture, industry, arts, religion, politics, education, transportation, domestic life, and war. In English and Welsh. From the National Library of Wales.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22530
The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park
Extensive material about the Great Barrier Reef, the largest coral reef system in the world, "stretching more than 2,300km along the northeast coast of Australia from the northern tip of Queensland to just north of Bundaberg." Covers tourism and recreation (including snorkeling and fishing), conservation, water quality, fisheries, and more. From the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, "the principal adviser to the [Australian] Commonwealth Government on the care and development of the ... Park."
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22538
Questions and answers about stingrays, marine species "characterized by their flattened shape and long, spine-bearing tails." Topics include types of stingrays, habitat, the sting (or the venom apparatus, "a spine or modified dermal denticle") of the stingray, and more. Includes photos and links to related articles. From the Mote Marine Laboratory, Florida.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22536
Darwin Digital Library of Evolution
This website's goal is to provide the literature of evolution "within a historically and topically coherent structure." The site features the full text of works by Charles Darwin (such as "On the Origin of Species" and images and transcriptions of Darwin's notes for this book), essays on evolutionary science since Darwin and on the cultural implications of the evolutionary theory, and a bibliography. From the library of the American Museum of Natural History.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21456
Polycrystalline Silicon: Technology Overview
Overview about production methods and markets for "polycrystalline silicon, also called poly or polysilicon, [which] is one of the purest materials ever manufactured by mankind," and which is used in semiconductors for computers and in solar fuel cells. Includes market figures for 1990-2004. From Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI), an industry organization.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22546
Airport Security Follies!
A compilation of editorial cartoons about airport and airline security procedures. Includes the name of each artist, the artist's syndicate or newspaper, and contact information. From Daryl Cagle's Professional Cartoonists Index.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22533
Australian War Memorial
This government site "commemorates the sacrifice of Australians who have suffered and died in war." Features material about "Australia's involvement in war from the time of the first settlement at Sydney Cove in the 18th Century to our peacekeeping roles under United Nations auspices and the Gulf War," a list of significant events in Australia's military history, a who's who, statistics, background about military units, a glossary, and much more.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22010
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