[ Explore The Information Superhighway! ] Plus Ultra: Links to other places....

[ Go to Altavista Search Engine! ] Lots of WEB sites have lists of links to other WEB sites. Here's my (annotated) list. I found many of these and other places on the WEB by using AltaVista (which service also happens to have an evocative logo...).

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Disclaimer: Listing of a link here does not imply that I agree with the contents of the WEB site the link references. It certainly does not imply that I concur with the motivations of the persons who produced and/or maintain the site (which, in general, I have no way of knowing). It does mean I feel the site contains material which will repay time spent studying it, and that, prima facie, the site appears to have a constructive humanistic orientation. Caveat viator! Let the surfer beware!
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Note: My assessment of some of the sites this page links to may have changed since I originally added them here. In particular, the enthusiastic little "plug" at the bottom of the page for Amazon.com may have proven naive. (13 March 1999)
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Giovanni de Dondi's astronomical clock. "More than a hundred years before Christopher Columbus set sail... a superb clockwork of the starry heavens... was made by Giovanni de Dondi in Padua in about 1350. It took him 16 years, and it is sad to say that the original has not survived." (Jacob Bronowski, The Ascent of Man, 1973, p. 194). Happily, there is a fine web site devoted to this noble accomplishment. [ Go learn about de Dondi's clock! ]
http://www.clockmaker.it/inglepresentastrario.htm
The Antikythera Mechanism. Sophisticated astronomical clock from Hellenistic period (ca. 50BCE). Far more complex than anything else which we know of from "antiquity".
http://www.giant.net.au/users/rupert/kythera/kythera5.htm (Links)
http://www.giant.net.au/users/rupert/kythera/kythera3.htm (Derek de Solla Price's 1959 Scientific American essay, incl. illustrations)
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Emmanuel Levinas Web Page. Not only has information about this great humane philosopher, but also links to other philosophical resources related to Phenomenology, etc. Includes a link to The Husserl Page.
http://home.pacbell.net/atterton/levinas/
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The World of KENJI. Lovely site dedicated to Japanese author of fables and children's books. Quality material for "little ones" as well as (and to share with) grownups. (Note: Picture at right, from "The World of Kenji", drawn by Samiro Yunoki, as an illustration for Kenji's "The Restaurant of Many Orders".) Also: read a transcript of e-mail correspondence between myself and the site editor. [ Go to World of Kenji Miyazawa! ]
http://www.kenji-world.net/english/
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Keio SFC Mt. Fuji Server. Real-time images of Mt. Fuji, plus archive of beautiful pictures of the famous mountain. (This WEB site also links to an interesting "performance art" project: Light on the Net.) [ View Mt. Fuji! ]
http://www.flab.mag.keio.ac.jp/fuji/
The Keio Mt. Fuji live webcam seems permanently "down". Here are 2 other Mt. Fuji webcams to try:
 · http://camera.city.fujiyoshida.yamanashi.jp/
 · http://www3.shizuokanet.ne.jp/sinet/cam.acgi$sendImg_now
And even if all these Fuji-cams are "down", or it's the dark of night in Japan, I have saved a few images for you (and for myself...). Greet "Fujisan" first light, 08 November 2000!
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Paris: Urban Sanitation Before the 20th Century. Well researched and beautifully presented site about a prima facie ugly subject. Includes photographs by Nadar and Atget, etc. [ Go to Paris Sanitation History site! ]
http://www.op.net/~uarts/krupa/index.html [22Apr01. Sadly, this site appears to no longer exist. But parts of it may still be seen at the Internet Archive, See below.]
Notes: (1) There is a fine website devoted to photodocumentation of public urinals in The United States of America and all over the world: http://www.urinal.net/. Should you find anything on this website even minutely offensive, I urge you to try to become muchly offended by the existence of the objects it documents. Thank you. (2) See how persons discard used paper towels on the floor instead of in the trash receptacle in the Men's room where I work: Click here[ See paper towels thrown on restroom floor! ]
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Ethics Center for Engineering and Science. Information and references on ethics in technological work, including "Roger Boisjoly on the Challenger Disaster": a case study of one engineer's attempt to prevent the disaster, with study questions for us readers to consider what we would have done in Boisjoly's place. Also: Online Help-Line for engineers facing ethical issues in their work.
http://onlineethics.org/   Online Help-Line for engineers facing ethical issues in their work.
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Col. John R. Boyd invented modern theory of aerial combat. Boyd's ideas, based on Sun-Tzu ("The great general wins without fighting"...), are summarized in his "OODA loop" model of our insertion in life: Observation, Orientation, Decision, Action. Learn about Col. Boyd's military theories, and their application to business and other areas of life.
http://www.belisarius.com/
Strassmann, Inc. Intelligent observations about a wide range of information systems issues and personnel policies by an ex-CIO of Xerox and US Department of Defense.
http://www.strassmann.com/
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Netfuture. Technology and Human Responsibility.
http://www.ora.com/people/staff/stevet/netfuture/
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[ Go to Qualitative Research in Information Systems! ] Qualitative Research in Information Systems. Project to apply information systems technology to humanistic culture. Pedagogical information about qualitative research methodologies. Links to other resources on the WEB.
http://www.auckland.ac.nz/msis/isworld/
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MIT to make nearly all course materials available free on the World Wide Web. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is to be commended for its initiative to put all its course material on the Internet. MIT's reasons are also in a constructive direction: They note that this material is no substitute for the in-person interactions which are integral to an MIT education, nor will it be part of any "distance learning" "for credit" MIT study program. They hope the material shall serve as resources for individuals and other educational institutions, and to stimulate further creative initiatives in education.
http://ocw.mit.edu/index.html
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War Seen from the Grassroot Perspective. A soldier's story about his experience of war and the conclusions he has drawn therefrom. Powerful and thought-provoking.
http://www.delix.de/Kultur/Literatur/Honold/grasroot.html
(This URL has disappeared: Click here, to read a copy I saved, which I have now posted, here on my website.)
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The Tragedy of the Commons. Classic essay on problem of protecting common goods (earth, air, water...) from devastation by private interests, esp.: unconstrained human reproduction (global overpopulation). (Link used to be to Jay Hanson's tellingly named website: http://www.dieoff.com/.)
commons.html (http://www.dieoff.com/page95.htm)
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The Power of Nightmares. In the past, politicians promised to create a better world.... [T]heir power and authority came from the optimistic visions they offered to their people. Those dreams failed. And today, people have lost faith in ideologies. Increasingly, politicians are seen simply as managers of public life. But now, they have discovered a new role that restores their power and authority. Instead of delivering dreams, politicians now promise to protect us from nightmares... dreadful dangers that we cannot see and do not understand. And the greatest danger of all is international terrorism. A powerful and sinister network, with sleeper cells in countries across the world. A threat that needs to be fought by a war on terror. But much of this threat is a fantasy, which has been exaggerated and distorted by politicians. It's a dark illusion that has spread unquestioned through governments around the world, the security services, and the international media. This is a series of films about how and why that fantasy was created, and who it benefits. At the heart of the story are two groups: the American neoconservatives, and the radical Islamists....
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/video1037.htm Note: I have mirrored the transcripts of these shows, in case/for when their original web location [at left...] disappears, at: GO/nightmares1.html.
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[ Visit Chernobyl -- take a tour! ] Ghost town (Chernobyl). Tour "Ghost town" area around Chernobyl nuclear power plant, where "In the night of 25 to 26 April 1986, the explosion of the reactor in Chernobyl, the greatest industrial disaster in the history of humankind, released one hundred times more radiation than the atom bombs dropped over Hiroshima and Nagasaki." (quote from: http://www.chernobyl.com/) [Sign at right is Pripyat, a town built for Chernobyl workers, 2.5 km from the power station.]
http://www.kiddofspeed.com/default.htm
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[ Tour Detroit! ] The Fabulous Ruins of Detroit. Tour landmark buildings of Detroit (Michigan), and their demolition. Excellent pictures and informative text.
http://detroityes.com/index.html
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Vision of the Future. Philips Electronics WEB site explores a wide range of applications of computer technology to enhance daily life. Site itself it well-designed, and the content seriously addresses possibilities of better living through new-technology products.
http://www.design.philips.com/vof/toc1/home.htm
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A hundred highlights from the Koninklijke Bibliotheek. Beautiful pictures, with annotation, from rare books. A fine example of a WEB site with substantive content and esthetic grace, achieved with simple technical means.
http://www.kb.nl/kb/100hoogte/hh-en.html
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Omniview Home of PhotoBubbles. Download browser plugin to view 360 degree panoramas. Site also contains links to other WEB sites where you can view actual "photobubbles", including, e.g., a beautiful view of Carnegie Hall. (Note: In June 1997, Omniview became Ipix.)
http://www.ipix.com/ (If this fails, try the old URL: http://www.omniview.com/)
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[ Go get Third Voice software! ] Third Voice. Web browser add-on lets you add annotations to any page on the Internet. Other people with Third Voice software installed can read your annotations, and you can read theirs. This is a significant step toward making the Internet be a universal hyperlinked information repository, as envisioned by Vannevar Bush in his 1947 Atlantic Magazine article ("As We May Think"), Ted Nelson's Xanadu project, etc. Try it!
http://www.thirdvoice.com/ [Note: This service was discontinued as of 02Apr01.]
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Internet Archive. Where some even though not all old webpages can still be seen even though they are no longer on the web. (E.g., the no longer existing Paris: Urban Sanitation Before the 20th Century website: "http://www.op.net/~uarts/krupa/index.html", above.)
http://archive.org/
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