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Anita Bora |
June 28, 2003 13:19 IST
Browse through an art gallery made of Post-it stickers or enjoy some odd music
Next time you scribble on a Post-it note, maybe you can do what Mathieus Sylvain did. Create your own artwork on these small bits of paper.
All his work is now displayed on his site, appropriately called The Little Yellow Gallery. Sylvain displays his work in the form of a blog, which enables people to comment on his art and also place an order if they are interested in buying the piece. From the Sunny heads in Spain, Frustrated artist to Lady Picasso, check out this really innovative gallery.
Others are also encouraged to participate. There's Maureen Anderson's Moona Lisa, Stephanie Troeth's Teardrop and Francois Mercier's Modern Art. So what are you waiting for? Get that Post-it and start doodling!
While on the topic of art, this informative site showcases pigments through the ages. Pigments are the basis of all paints and the site throws light on early use of this material. The complete oil painting process during the Renaissance is explained in detail; from planning the scene, preparing the canvas, making the paint to sealing the picture.
There are also interesting tidbits about colours. Purple, for example, is worn by old women and in China is a sign of mourning. Yellow is associated with sunshine, knowledge and flourishing of all living creatures, and also with autumn and maturity. A must visit, especially if you love colours and art.
Popular music is easy to find. It's sites like these that are more unique. Oddmusic.com is for "anyone interested in unique, ethnic, or experimental music and instruments". Browse through the gallery to listen to the collision of dulcimer, bass, koto, slide guitar (Amazing Pencilina), circular harp or the biggest woodwind in the world.
Launched in 1999 by John Pascuzzi, Oddmusic provides a place where instrument makers and musicians can show off their inventions and unique musical products, as well as links to other interesting sound and music sites. There's a discussion group and you can also shop for an instrument or CD that catches your fancy. An odd collection, but definitely interesting.
Danuta Bois has taken on the challenging task of compiling a directory of distinguished women through the ages. She explains her reason: "Even today, women's contributions are acknowledged less readily than men's. I think it's time to give women their due."
The site has "biographies of women who contributed to our culture in many different ways. There are writers, educators, scientists, heads of state, politicians, civil rights crusaders, artists, entertainers, and others. Some were alive hundreds of years ago and some are living today. We've heard of some of them, while many more have been ignored by history book writers." Bois would like to acknowledge as many as possible. You can search the list by subject and by name. She's also looking for references to accomplished women of the non-Western world, who do not find much representation right now.
Do you believe in God? A question most of us encounter at one time or another. And many of us are unsure as to how to answer that question. Here is a list of all those celebrities who have been public about their lack of belief in deities.
The atheist and the materialist has no need for gods and the supernatural. Among this category are humour columnist Dave Barry ("I decided I was an atheist early on") and Bjork ("I've got my own religion"). The agnostics are those who have no belief. Uma Thurman, Roman Polanksi and Martin Amis belong to this list. Then there are the ambigious, apparently skeptical of theism or religion. John Perry Barlow, Liam Gallagher, Arthur C Clarke and Bruce Willis are in this category.
In case you're wondering, the list was created "to demonstrate the diversity of atheists and agnostics. It provides ammunition against those who would pigeonhole the godless as being a narrow class of unpopular and amoral individuals. It further demonstrates that atheists share no ideology other than their shared lack of belief."
If you're trying to figure out which side of the fence you're on, The Atheist Web might provide some answers.