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Aug. 22nd, 2010 12:42 pm
kutsuwamushi: (korra)
Cleaning out my bookmarks.

Photographs of Kaiping. Most photos in this flickr set are of diaolou, residential towers built by wealthy Chinese who needed protection against bandits--and to show of their status. They're fascinating; many were built in the early part of the 20th century by merchants who had business abroad, and have a lot of Western influences. It's also interesting how the builders took the largely horizontal layout of traditional Chinese dwellings and made it vertical.

Neda Lives An article about another Neda, whose life was thrown into chaos because she had a similar name. Neda Agha-Soltan died, and Neda Soltani was eventually forced to leave the country.

Monkeys hate flying squirrels, report monkey-annoyance experts

Mila's Daydreams. Photographer has baby and lots of time.

Professor Newt's Distorted History Lesson. The medieval history blog, Got Medieval, takes on some of the misrepresentations of history being used to argue against the "ground zero mosque."

Colonialism, Soap, and the Cleansing Metaphor. Sociological images has some old advertisements for soap.

The most isolated man on the planet. His tribe was murdered for their land. Now he lives alone in the jungle, rebuffing all attempts at contact--sometimes violently--by outsiders. He's still a target for land developers, because according to the Brazilian government, the land he lives on is his own. The story is tragic in so many ways.

A Lifetime, Washed Away. A New York Times op ed by a Pakistani reflecting on the incomprehensible destruction there.

Linguistics Challenge Puzzles. Ranging from really easy and suitable for children to pretty difficult. Some of the pages seem to be broken, but most work for me.

Russia in color, a century ago. An amazing Big Picture post of pictures taken in Russia at the turn of the century. The colors are as vibrant as if they were taken yesterday... or maybe in 1980.

A Secret History. A New York Times article on the history of female Islamic scholars.

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