Revised 3rd February 2003
Klimt - A page featuring a fair number of works by one of my favourite
artists. If you are in the market for an arty wrist watch you might
even care to visit the rest of the Laks-Watch site.
Alliance of Literary Societies - Rosemary Culley's definitive compendium
of contact addresses and links. Whether your interest is in Charles Dickens
or Dick Francis, here is the place to find an appropriate society. Has
a link to an excellent on-line bookstore, from which you can obtain that
novel you have long wanted to read, but hitherto been unable to locate.
Timepiece: A Joyce Carol Oates Home Page - A page dedicated to
one of the greatest American writers.
HORROR, SF and FANTASY
Commander's Fright Library - A superb gateway to short stories,
long stories, poetry and even novels, mostly of horror, fantasy and suspense
- old and new. There are also links to similar sites and a very good storehouse
of game-related material, including lots of WADS for Doom, Duke
Nukem, et al.
Despise: Dark Literature - A fine personal appraisal of the horror
genre, with some very useful reviews and select bibliographies.
The H.P. Lovecraft
Archive - H.P. Lovecraft (1890-1937) was a very fine writer of
horror fiction. He is probably best known for creating the Cthulhu Mythos:
a new slant on a very old premise - that Man is not the first monarch
of all that he surveys, but merely a pathetic and puny insect feasting
on the left-overs. Great Cthulhu, a tentacled but variable monstrosity,
is pretty-much out of the picture - not dead, but dreaming in his abyssal
house at R'lyeh. It's a nuisance for him/her/it, but vast telepathic powers
enable C to influence those minions who are free to do evil, including
foolish humans; and as Cthulhu is probably as close to immortal as you
can get, time is of no great consequence.
CINEMA and TELEVISION
G. Robinson - Michael Mills' splendid and elegant tribute to one
of the finest yet most under-rated actors of Hollywood's golden age, including
pictures and a filmography. Why, you can even *listen* to Edward G!
- Matt Herd's ultimate Lexx resource, beside which all others are no more
than Nano Shadows unfit to lick the boots of Stanley Tweedle's worm.
Here you will find a dark universe of goodies, including pics of the players,
informative texts and too-cool java chat enhanced by Matt's animated smileys
- and it's no exaggeration to say that there are almost as many links as
the Giga Shadow has predecessors. If a hopeless overachiever, you might
care to learn the lyrics of those toe-tapping and never-to-be-forgotten
Brunnen-G classics, which should prove invaluable at dull parties hosted
by repressed and easily-embarrassed bores.
CENSORSHIP AND PORNOGRAPHY
Cryptography and PGP Page - With the vast amount of often very
sensitive information now on computers - often being e-mailed hither and
thither - the subject of privacy is something that none of us can reasonably
take for granted .
On this very useful page you will find details of
an excellent encryption program called PGP (Pretty Good Privacy), as well
as information about the science of cryptography in general. Best of all,
you will be shown where you may download a copy of PGP.
Web Page of Sean Gabb - Various writings about truancy, guns, sex,
religion, id cards, money laundering, etc., plus articles from Free
Life, the journal of the Libertarian Alliance. An excellent page.
Association for Freedom of Expression (SAFE) at MIT - Whether or not you
believe in the propriety of censorship, this site offers a significant
gateway, to the smuttly, the eccentric, the bizarre and the potentially
dangerous. Randy Flagg would cheer, Lord Denning would not.
The Ayn Rand Institute - The home of Objectivism.
Church of England -
The official home page of the Church of England.
Catholic Net - For the papists.
Fortean Times - The journal par excellence for strange and unlikely
MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE
Lab - Elegant page devoted to the strangely beautiful world of fractal music.
Tree of Life Homepage - One of my bright ideas that never germinated
was a web-based introduction to animal nomenclature and systematics - a
glossary and survey of the animal kingdom. It was a pleasant reverie, but
a few minutes' consideration made me realise that it was over-ambitious
for the commitment of time and effort involved and for the amount of space
it should take up in my web directory. For it to be of any real use and
worthy of something more than a trivial glance, it would have necessitated
my doing away with all those wonderful and worthwhile things which have
served to make my site so popular with so many people, both young and old
(ie, young boys searching diligently for "pitchers of nekkid loidies",
and retired judges experiencing "this remarkable World Wide Web concept"
(the latter having become so frail and senile that they are envious of
the liveliness of animated gifs). No, I simply could not do without such
jewels in my crown as my exquisite collection of Sian Phillips pics. Just
as well that I didn't bother, really, because I might subsequently have
visited The Tree of Life -and the despair thereafter, at seeing
how paltry and ill-composed my own creation was, should certainly have
rendered me depressed beyond my usual bleakness.
Snake Society Homepage - Obvious bookmark for any self-respecting
herpetologist, with links to ophidian sites elsewhere.
- The Angband Page - Angband is a rather silly little game in which
one must negotiate a series of ASCII-ish dungeons (in the form of a heroic
"@" symbol), as a warrior, rogue, priest, etc. , of any of a number of
Tolkienesque races, such as hobbit and dwarf, gathering treasure, armour
and weapons - which are bought and sold (along with such other things as
one may find and which don't seem intrinsically useful) in the various
shops on the town level. Thus one may amass sufficient funds to purchase
things a bit more spectacular than the standard swords and leather armours,
and so on. In the absence of a decent artifact armour (or - usually better
- some dragon scale mail), I always enjoy the feel of a little mithril
chain mail - a pleasant picture of which I have in my mind. Strangely,
the image of myself therein seems somehow more muscular and comely - which
is hardly necessary, as I am close to seven feet tall and almost 325 lbs
of solid muscle (yet lithe and mobile as a young panther). Had I been born
a few decades before 1960, I might well have been mistaken for the prototype
of Robert E. Howard's "Conan" - though my patrician features and jove like
brow are perhaps more readily suggestive of Lester Dent's "Doc Savage".
Except for those little rolls of fat just above my hips.
Wu's Origami Page- Visit Mr Wu's site and you'll soon be walking
with a cane and dropping annoying and sinister paper figures wherever you
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