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Totally silly ways to waste time:
The history of perfumes from ancient times to the present.
The word perfume comes from the Latin phrase, "per" meaning
"through" and "fumus" meaning smoke." The French
later gave the name parfum to the pleasant smells that drift through the
air from burning incense. There are few periods of history that have not
been influenced by perfume. The history of perfume is often intertwined
with the history of the human race.
Representing over 400 years of select breeding, Lippizans are Europe's
oldest breed of domesticated horse. Lippizans originated during the late
16th century, when the Royal Court of Imperial Austria imported Spanish
stallions to improve their domestic stock.
Developed during an era when knowledge and beauty were
cultivated to the highest levels, Lippizans are the ultimate embodiment
of classical riding. At the end of WWII, there were less than 200 Lippizans
Judy Garland Database
Judy Garland worked for nearly forty-five of her forty-seven years. She
made thirty-two feature films, did voice-over work for two more, and appeared
in at least a half dozen short subjects. She received a special Academy
Award and was nominated for two others. She starred in thirty of her own
television shows (the programs and Garland herself garnering a total of
ten Emmy Award nominations) and appeared as a guest on nearly thirty more.
Between 1951 and 1969, she fulfilled over eleven hundred theatre, nightclub
and concert performances, winning a special Antoinette Perry (Tony) Award
for the first of three record-breaking Broadway engagements at the Palace.
She recorded nearly one hundred singles and over a dozen record albums;
Judy at Carnegie Hall received an unprecedented five Grammys in 1962 (including
Album of the Year) and has never been out of print.
The History Art and Culture of Ancient Mesoamerica
Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882) was one of the most unusual and original
of all Victorian artists.
He was a founder member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.
In his middle years he created vivid watercolours and intricate drawings
on themes of love and morality. He is perhaps best known for his images
of powerful and mysterious women. These dreamlike and erotic paintings
have a magic that still speaks to us today.
White swan of cities slumbering in thy nest . . .
White phantom city, whose untrodden streets
Are rivers, and whose pavements are the shifting
Shadows of the palaces and strips of sky.
- - - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow "Venice"
Venice is one of my favorite cities. I could spend days there, exploring little hidden alleys and piazzas. I could spend hours sitting in St. Mark's square, people watching and enjoying gelatto.
When I'm not in Venice, I enjoy reading about this charming city:
Venice Blog, by
Norman Hajjar, who lived in Venice on the island of Giudecca 1997-99.
Venetian Blog, by Nicola Fiabane,
was born in and lives in Venice.
Michelle's Mental Clutter, which is "Michell-aneous" musings on Venice, Italy, Maine, History and other fun stuff.
Quotations about Venice
Lonely Planet: Venice
Official Site - Harry Potter and More
Even if you don't give an owl's hoot about Harry Potter, this site offers
the author's mysterious, cluttered workspace to explore -- and Rowling
clearly loves a good treasure hunt. She hides "Potterania" throughout
the site and offers extra-special content to the "curious and clever"
who discover it.
of the absurd
visit to Yesterland
Did you ever wonder what happened to Disneyland's Mine Train, Flying Saucers,
or Indian Village?
These and other attractions, restaurants, and shops are now collected
in Yesterland, a theme park on the Web.
Snapshots of South Louisiana's People, Food, and Culture
Southern Louisiana is an eclectic mix of many different cultures, including
American Indian, African, English, French, Italian, intense, mesmerizing
flavor in our country's enormous melting pot.
Photographs taken during a winter's week in Chicago, Illinois, including
photos of frozen rivers, snow, subways, stations and architecture. (This
should cool us off.)
... and this lead me to discover the Punch
"Punch a celebrity. Smack them in the face. As hard as you like.
And slap politicians, slap celebs, wankers and more!" What fun!
Pool and Spa showcase of some of the most beautiful swimming pools in the world.
Especially great to look at with the 90+ degree days we're having in Chicago, with no rain on the forecast. Hot! (via)
Unbreakable Sports Records
Creatures You Didn't Know Were Poisonous
Move your cursor around the screen after the weather report ends.
Great site for adults with imaginative flash lettering, but even more
excellent to experience this site with a child learning her ABC's. (Turn
up the volume)
Are you the type of person who longs for patience and tranquility in your
life? Of course you are, but in our modern society who has the time? Now
it's possible. With the items contained in this kit you can quickly and
efficiently reach an inner peace that can take monks an entire lifetime
The Art of the Bonsai Potato Kit: Zen — Without
the Wait! contains pruning shears, tweezers, a state of the art replica
of an ancient version of an actual Bonsai Potato altar, and a hilarious
64 page book explaining the rich tradition of the art of the Bonsai Potato®.
Chicago prostitution patron arrest list
The Chicago Police Department in conjunction with the Mayor's office have now made prostitution solicitors' information available online. By using this website, you will be able to view public records on individuals who have been arrested for soliciting prostitutes or other related arrests. (via)
Chicago: an Aerial Portrait
The past, present and future of Chicago, presented through photographs
by Terry Evans. (via)
The legendary date of Venice foundation is year 421 A.D. and it is still
being celebrated annually on March 25.
The city of Venice rose upon the islands of Rivoaltus
in the year 810, when a group of men, at the head of whom was Angelo Partecipazio,
decided to abandon Malamocco and to move over to these islands in the
middle of the lagoon.
Yesterday, our family attended the 2005 Taste
of Chicago. We sampled many great taste treats:
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