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Sunday, May 04, 2003
Near-permanent Bank Holidays

Bugs and Beasties at Spamula (thanks to Caterina). A truly wonderful weblog. Armed only with a scanner, Mr H delves into the myriad wonders of the visual world: physiognomy, art-forms in nature, star charts, Chuck Jones. It’s the delight in the visual and the sheer quality of the writing (and the images) that marks this site out (see all the image scan posts on one page). Like a modern-day version of the medieval illustrated manuscript, the site amazes through sheer visual erudition.

We haven’t visited Consumptive for a while, but it was well worth it as there are some nice cross-overs with things things. First of all, links to these two Joseph Beuys pieces, 7000 oaks (see the plan of the oak installation in NYC) and Beuys/Logos, a ‘hyper-essay’. Click here to read Hannah Andrassay’s ‘Just do It,’ about Beuys’s Multiples series.

Secondly, Consumptive also highlights this excellent gallery of Frank Hurley’s photography on the Ernest Shackleton exhibition. Read Laurel Blossom’s Tchotke Shlock, which looks at the tacky side of selling the story of one of the world's great feats of endurance to the public. From Hurley’s diary, October 26, 1915:

At 6 p.m., the pressure develops an irresistible energy. The ship groans and quivers, windows splinter, whilst the deck timbers gape and twist. Amid these profound and overwhelming forces, we are the absolute embodiment of helpless futility. This frightful strain is observed to bend the entire hull some 10 inches along its length.

From the unknown mysteries of an icy world, to other persistent uncertainties. Bigfoot is apparently back, although for some, it never went away. Enter the strange world of Cryptozoology, generally shunned by mainstream zoology (and science). This is a shame, as the Cryptozoology sites tend to be a fine source of not only contemporary myth and legend, but historic tales of monstrous and impossible creatures. For example, this link to a NYT story on dragons and their international ubiquity, in one form or another. Dragons, it seems, have been occupying the darker corners of the human psyche since Sumerian times, and were subsequently popularised by Pliny until they were cemented in the popular imagination. One can only imagine the impact the first dinosaur bones had on a dragon-fearing populace - the way such beasts were frequently depicted as living in caves, for example, the source of many major fossil finds. Yet again, how did such well-honed tales as that of the Lambton Worm come into being? Some further reading.

Elsewhere. The usual collection of me-fi sourced links - a lovely triumverate, in fact. The Microcar Museum. Scarce Dinky Toys, and the virtual matchbox labels museum. There was also a great link about pens, but that breaks the triptychal symmetry. Viewing this site in Netscape still looks a bit like David Carson did it. Except it's not cool at all.

The phonograph up there on the sidebar is one of Edisons, and comes from the Office Museum. Strangechord is an elegant weblog, with a nice idea buried within it: 'all the places I’ve lived in Fairfield, Iowa'