The website of the Society for Irish Latin American Studies
is full of information about Irish migration to Latin America. It's divided into four sections: The Homeland
, about the origins of the settlers
; The Journey
, about how the Irish settlers traveled to Latin America, including the infamous Dresden affair
; The Settlement
, about the lives of the Irish in Latin America;
Faces and Places
, which has biographies of a wide variety of people, Mateo Banks
, family murderer, Camila O'Gorman
, executed lover of a priest, William Lamport
, 17th Century revolutionary and Bernardo O'Higgins
, Chilean independence leader, who gets a whole subsection to himself. There is also a list of Irish placenames
and much else of interest to history nerds.
posted by Kattullus
on May 14, 2012 -
Bill Moyers' scathing 1987 special report on our secret government.(SLYT)(via)
(trigger warning: pictures and video of dead bodies) It includes an in-depth look at the Iran-Contra Affair and much, much more. Note: sound cuts out for a couple of minutes during the intro because of copyrighted song. Sound returns around 3:20.
posted by AElfwine Evenstar
on Mar 23, 2012 -
The Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies
is your one-stop shop for pre-Columbian Central America awesomeness. There are so, so many wondrous things on that site, I don't quite know where to begin. I suppose John Pohl's scholarly introduction
is a natural place to start. But maybe you just don't have time to read anything and just want to dive into pretty, pretty pictures. Perhaps the most user-friendly databases are Justin Kerr's photographs Maya Vases
) and Pre-Columbian Portfolio
). From there you can delve into the collection of Linda Schele's photographs
) and drawings
). There are more image databases but let me direct you to the collection of old Maya, Aztec and Mixtec books
which are simply stunning (e.g. 1
, 4 [last link pdf]
). You can read more about Mayan
codices and download high resolution versions of the entire books. There are also Maya dictionaries
, glyph guides
, linguistic maps
and a who's who
. There is also classic Mayan
poetry in translation. I'm telling you, that's not even half of what this amazing site has to offer.
posted by Kattullus
on Nov 29, 2008 -
Airphoto North America
― Jim Wark is an aerial photographer who specializes in capturing unusual landscape and cultural images of North and Central America. The plane used is a small high-wing, bush type (an Aviat Husky) with a large side opening for unobstructed shooting, and with the capability of operating out of small rough areas. A full complement of camping gear and provisions are always on board so that remote sites can be used as operating bases.
posted by netbros
on May 12, 2008 -
Electronic Biologia Centrali-Americana
is a collaboration between the Smithsonian, Missouri Botanical and Kew Gardens, the British Natural History Museum and various other institutions which has enabled the digitizing of 58 volumes of natural history about central America produced between 1880 and 1920. It includes descriptions of more than 50,000 species with images of more than 18,000 birds
, more birds
, more spiders
, more plants
, orthoptera insects
, more butterflies
and their family
and even some historic maps of the region
. There is a parallel project attempting to provide access to much more scientific data and specimens between these institutions.
Note: 'next' button at top +/- bottom of these large thumb pages; large high resolution jpegs work (in most cases) but zoom and .pdfiles are not yet enabled. I've only just scratched the surface.
posted by peacay
on Sep 26, 2005 -
A viilage to reinvent the world : Gaviotas "In 1965 Paulo Lugari was flying over the impoverished Llanos Orientales, the “eastern plains” that border Venezuela. The soil of the Llanos is tough and acidic, some of the worst in Colombia. Lugari mused that if people could live here they could live anywhere.....The following year Lugari and a group of scientists, artists, agronomists and engineers took the 15-hour journey along a tortuous route from Bogota to the Llanos Orientales to settle."
"...they would need to be very resourceful. So they invented wind turbines that convert mild breezes into energy, super-efficient pumps that tap previously inaccessible sources of water [powered by a child's playground seesaw!], and solar kettles that sterilize drinking water using the furious heat of the tropical sun....They even invented a rain forest!" (from "Gaviotas - A village to reinvent the World"
, by Tim Weisman) Amidst the strife of war torn Columbia, Gaviotas persists and even flourishes
" "When we import solutions from the US or Europe," said Lugari, founder of Gaviotas, "we also import their problems."....Over the years Gaviotas technicians have installed thousands of the windmills across Colombia
....Since Gaviotas refuses to patent inventions, preferring to share them freely, the design has been copied from Central America to Chile."
Gaviotas is real
, yes, but it is also a state of mind
- as if Ben Franklin, Frank Lloyd Wright, Leonardo Da Vinci - all of the great those giants who reinvisioned the possible
- were reincarnated : as a small Columbian village on a once-desolate plain. "Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez has called Paolo Lugari the "inventor of the world." "
posted by troutfishing
on Apr 16, 2004 -