click links in text for more info

Elihu Vedder

Elihu Vedder was an American symbolist painter, book illustrator, poet, born in New York City. He is best known for his fifty-five illustrations for Edward FitzGerald's translation of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. Elihu Vedder was born February 26, 1836 in New York City, the son of Dr. Elihu Vedder Sr. and Elizabeth Vedder. His parents were cousins, his father, a dentist, decided to try his luck in Cuba, this had a profound impact on Elihu Jr.'s childhood. The remainder of his childhood was spent between his maternal grandfather Alexander Vedder's house in Schenectady and a boarding school, his mother supported his goals to be an artist while his father reluctantly assented, convinced that his son should try a different occupation. His brother, Dr. Alexander Madison Vedder, was a Navy surgeon who witnessed the transformation of Japan into a modern culture while he was stationed there. Vedder trained in New York City with Tompkins H. Matteson in Paris with François-Édouard Picot, he completed his studies in Italy - where he was influenced not only by Italian Renaissance work but by the modern Macchiaioli painters and the living Italian landscape.

He first visited Italy from 1858 until 1860, becoming emotionally attached to fellow painter Giovanni Costa. Their idyllic trips through the Italian countryside were cut short because Vedder's father cut off his financial allowance. Penniless, Vedder returned to the United States during the American Civil War and made a small living undertaking commercial illustrations, he was involved in the bohemian'Pfaff's' coffee house group and painted some of his most memorable paintings notable for their visionary nature, romantic imagery and Oriental influences. Paintings of this time include'The Roc's Egg','The Fisherman and the Genii' and one of his most famous works,'Lair of the Sea Serpent.' In the United States, Vedder sought out and befriended Walt Whitman, Herman Melville and William Morris Hunt. Vedder became a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1865. At the end of the Civil War, Vedder left America to live in Italy, he married Caroline Rosekrans on July 13, 1869 in New York.

Elihu Vedder and his wife had only two of whom survived. His daughter Anita Herriman Vedder played a vital role in handling the business of her father, notorious for his general aloofness towards details. Elihu's son Enoch Rosekrans Vedder was a promising architect who married jewelry designer Angela Reston. Enoch died while visiting his parents in Italy on April 2, 1916. Elihu had a home in Rome and - after the financial success of his 1884 Rubaiyat work - on the Isle of Capri a haven for male aesthetes. Vedder visited England many times, was influenced by the Pre-Raphaelites, was a friend of Simeon Solomon, he was influenced by the work of English and Irish mystics such as William Blake and William Butler Yeats. In 1890 Vedder helped establish the In Arte Libertas group in Italy. Tiffany commissioned him to design glassware and statuettes for the company, he decorated the hallway of the Reading Room of the Washington Library of Congress, his mural paintings can still be seen there. Vedder returned to the United States, but lived only in Italy from 1906 until his death on January 29, 1923.

He is buried in Rome. There are no known living descendants of Elihu Vedder. In 2008, the Smithsonian American Art Museum organized an exhibition of Vedder's Rubaiyat illustrations that toured several museums, including the Phoenix Art Museum. Soria, Regina. Elihu Vedder: American Visionary Artist in Rome. Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press. ISBN 0-8386-6906-9. Taylor, Joshua C.. Perceptions and Evocations: The Art of Elihu Vedder. Smithsonian Books. ISBN 0-87474-902-6. Vedder, Elihu; the Digressions of V. New York: Houghton Mifflin. Vedder, Elihu. "Reminiscences Of An American Painter I: Art Education Fifty Years Ago". The World's Work: A History of Our Time. XIX: 12459–12470. Retrieved 2009-07-10. Vedder, Elihu. "Reminiscences Of An American Painter II: Florentine Years In Retrospect". The World's Work: A History of Our Time. XIX: 12559–12570. Retrieved 2009-07-10. Vedder, Elihu. "Reminiscences Of An American Painter III: New York In War Time". The World's Work: A History of Our Time. XIX: 12684–12694.

Retrieved 2009-07-10. Vedder, Elihu. "Reminiscences Of An American Painter Last Article: Paris and Rome". The World's Work: A History of Our Time. XIX: 12815–12824. Retrieved 2009-07-10. Vedder, Elihu. Miscellaneous Moods in Verse: One Hundred and One Poems with Illustrations. Boston: Porter E. Sargent. Vedder, Elihu. Doubt and Other Things. Boston: Porter E. Sargent. Www. 80 works online at Elihu Vedder virtual Gallery Artcyclopedia: Elihu Vedder Online Smithsonian Archives of American Art: The Elihu Vedder Papers

De Peyster Brown

De Peyster Douw Brown DFC was an American fighter pilot who volunteered to fly for the Royal Canadian Air Force in World War II. He was one of 11 American pilots who flew with Fighter Command between 10 July and 31 October 1940, thereby qualifying for the Battle of Britain clasp to the 1939–45 campaign star. Brown joined the Royal Canadian Air Force claiming to be of Canadian nationality on 9 September 1939 and was posted to No. 112 Squadron RCAF. On arrival in England he was sent to No. 5 OTU RAF Aston Down to convert to Hurricanes and to No. 1 Squadron RCAF at RAF Northolt on 2 September 1940. On 27 September 1940 he claimed a Dornier Do 17 destroyed and a shared Junkers Ju 88. On 5 October he was badly shot up in combat with Bf109's but pursued one into cloud, being credited with a'damaged', his own aircraft crashed on landing back at Northolt but he was uninjured. Brown transferred to the United States Army Air Forces on 25 May 1942, he was given the rank of lieutenant promoted captain, held the rank of major when he retired.

He remained in the service for 12 years after the end of World War II and after the war was involved with the Berlin Airlift and served in Korea. Brown died in hospital in Santa Maria, California in August 1991. List of Battle of Britain pilots Non-British personnel in the RAF during the Battle of Britain

Walt Disney Treasures: Wave Nine

The ninth wave of the Walt Disney Treasures series of DVDs was released on November 3, 2009. This wave comprises each containing one season of the 1957 -- 1959 Zorro TV series. Note that these episodes were released through the Disney Movie Club, but those releases were colorized whereas these releases are the original black-and-white format; each release includes two of the four hour-long Zorro episodes aired on Walt Disney Presents in 1960 and 1961. This wave is the first wave to not include any animated sets, the last wave, released to date. Despite being the last wave, this was the only wave to feature standard size DVD cases, while the tin size remained the same. For the first time the tins were colored black, was the second time featuring another colored tin since Oswald the Lucky Rabbit; this wave brought back the side straps, now colored yellow instead of blue. This was the first wave where no original animated set came out, it was speculated on Disney fan forums that animated set would contain animated left overs from Disney era, including animated shorts not released on previous sets, including the Chip'n'Dale solo cartoons, Educational shorts from mid-1960s, as well as the animated episodes from the anthology series some of them hosted by Ludwig Von Drake, was rumored the Complete Series of many The Disney Afternoon shows will be on this wave.

This set includes all 39 episodes from the show's first season. 30,000 sets produced. Bonus Features The Walt Disney Presents episodes "El Bandido" and "Adios El Cuchillo" "The Life and Legend of Zorro" Excerpt from the Walt Disney Presents episode "The Fourth Anniversary Show" This set includes all 39 episodes from the show's second season. 30,000 sets produced. Bonus Features The Walt Disney Presents episodes "The Postponed Wedding" and "Auld Acquaintance" "Behind the Mask" A Trip to the Archives Walt Disney Treasures official website

Terror Australis: Best Australian Horror

Terror Australis: Best Australian Horror was Australia's first original mass-market horror anthology for adults. It was edited by Leigh Blackmore.. Terror Australis the anthology grew from the magazine Terror Australis and drew on the talents of horror writers centred on Sydney's Gargoyle Club Horror Writers and Artists' Society. Most contributions were original; the quantity of internal artwork featured, designed to showcase horror work in art as well as fiction, made it something of an innovation amongst paperbacks of the time in Australia. A companion volume of sf stories, Mortal Fire: Best Australian SF, edited by Terry Dowling and Van Ikin, was issued by Coronet the same year. Robert Bloch, author of Psycho, called the volume "a landmark - a monument to the genre". Seven of the included stories have since been reprinted, some several times. Leanne Frahm's story from the anthology won the Ditmar Award for Best Australian Short Fiction. There was to have been a follow-up volume, Hodder & Stoughton were bought out by UK publisher Headline to form Hodder Headline, the new owners did not take up the option for a continuing series.

Leanne Frahm, "Catalyst" Terry Dowling, "The Daemon Street Ghost-Trap". This story has been reprinted multiple times including in Datlow and Windling Year's Best Fantasy and Horror Vol 7, in Dowling's collection An Intimate Knowledge of the Night, in Ken Gelder, The Oxford Book of Australian Ghost Stories, in Dowling's collections Basic Black: Tales of Appropriate Fear and Cemetery Dance Select: Terry Dowling Paul Lindsey, "The Wolves Are Running" Sharon A. Hansen, "Chameleon" Eddie van Helden, "Mabuza's Plum". First published in EOD 7. Dr John Hugoe-Matthews, "Hantu-Rimba" Louise M. Steer, "Losing Faith" Robert Hood, "Openings" Guy Boothby, "Remorseless Vengeance". First published in... Bryce J. Stevens, "A Gift from Gehenna" Kendall Hoffmann, "Johnny Twofeller" Steven Paulsen, "In the Light of the Lamp"; this story is reprinted in ed, The Cthulhu Cycle: Thirteen Tentacles of Terror. Chris G. C. Sequeira, "Feeling Empty" Ann C. Whitehead, "The Nicholas Vine" Geoff O'Callaghan, "The Keeper" Rick Kennett, "Out of the Storm".

First published in Chills An audio production of this story can be heard at: Sean Williams, "Twist of the Knife". First published in Esoteric Order Of Dagon Magazine #5, December 1991. Reprint in Tenebre, November 1999. Sheila Hatherley, "The Hut" Leigh Blackmore, "The Hourglass" Michael Bryant, "A Dangerous Thing" Sue Isle, "Makeover" Dirk Strasser, "Dear Reader"; this story is included in the author's collection Stories of the Sand Eddie van Helden, "The Vivisector" Cherry Wilder, "Anzac Day". First published in Lisa Tuttle, ed Skin of the Soul: New Horror Stories by Women Womens Press, 1990). Bill Congreve, "Red Ambrosia"; this story is reprinted in the author's collection Epiphanies of Blood: Tales of Desperation and Thirst Stephen Dedman, "Heir of the Wolf". This story has been twice reprinted - in'Tales of the Unanticipated and in the author's collection Never Seen by Waking Eyes Greg Egan, "Neighbourhood Watch". First published in Karl Edward Wagner; the Year's Best Horror Stories XVI. Available as digital download on Pseudopod.

Bill Fewer, "Denials" Mike Ashley & William G. Contento; the Supernatural Index: A Listing of Fantasy, Occult and Horror Anthologies. Wesport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1995, p. 733 Paul Collins. The MUP Encyclopedia of Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy. Melbourne, Vic: Melbourne University Press, 1998, p. 46. Steven Paulsen. "The State of the Australian Horror Fiction Magazine". Bloodsongs 1 and online at


Indriyam is a 2000 Indian Malayalam horror film directed by George Kithu. The film is about a group of college friends who go into a haunted forest, with Vani Viswanath, Nishanth Sagar, Boban Alummoodan And Lena appearing amongst others in the cast; the initial collection was astonishing. The Film was used possibilities of DTS sound system, it was dubbed and released in Tamil as Manthira Kottai in December 2000, shortly after the success of Sethu, in which Vikram had featured. A college group of anthropology students go to the remote forest are of Muthuvan Mala, under the oversight of Prof. Shankaranarayanan, in order to study the tribal life which had existed there. A student, unknowingly unleashes the spirit of Neeli, a ghost seeking revenge against the Thripangod royal family, one of whom had killed her and her lover. Neeli starts killing off the students one by one and the police call for sorcerer Vadakkedath Namboothiri to be summoned. Vani Viswanath as Neeli Vikram as Udhaya Nishanth Sagar as Sunny Lena as Sreedevi Yadu Krishnan as Vijay Boban Alummoodan as Hari Varma Raghavan as Shankaranarayanan Ravi Vallathol as Ravi Varma Sharath Das as Anoop Devan as Rajaraja Varma Thirumanas Aranmula Ponnamma as Muthassi Geetha Nair as Hari Varma's mother Prathapachandran as Vadakkedath Namboothiri Nandhu as Prof. Joseph Erumeli Kochu Preman Cochin Haneefa as C.

I Theepori Veerabhadran Azeez as Kittuni Narayanankutty as Hamsa Yamuna Mahima as Omana After release, a film critic noted that "It has a creditable screenplay which develops the vendetta plot convincingly." In December 2000, the film was dubbed and released in Tamil as Manthira Kottai to make most of Vikram's new found fame following the success of Sethu. Indriyam on IMDb


Themeda is a genus of plants in the grass family native to Asia, Africa and Papuasia. There are about 18 to 26 species. SpeciesThemeda anathera Hack. - Afghanistan, Tibet Themeda arguens Hack. - Christmas grass - Sri Lanka, Southeast Asia, northern Australia Themeda arundinacea A. Camus - Indochina, southern China, Indian Subcontinent, Indonesia Themeda avenacea Maiden & Betche - oat kangaroo grass - Australia Themeda caudata A. Camus - Indochina, southern China, Malaysia, Philippines Themeda cymbaria Hack. - Tamil Nadu, Sri Lanka, Kerala Themeda gigantea Hack. - Southeast Asia, New Caledonia, Vanuatu Themeda helferi Hack. - Myanmar, Andaman Islands, Yunnan Themeda hookeri A. Camus - Tibet, eastern Himalayas Themeda huttonensis Bor - Assam Themeda idjensis Jansen - Java Timur, Bali Themeda intermedia Bor - Southeast Asia, Indian Subcontinent, Queensland, Vanuatu Themeda laxa A. Camus Indian Subcontinent Themeda minor L. Liou - Tibet Themeda mooneyi Bor - Odisha Themeda novoguineensis Jansen - Papua New Guinea, Lesser Sunda Islands Themeda palakkadensis Chorghe, Prasad & Lakshminarasimhan - Kerala Themeda pseudotremula Potdar et al - Maharashtra Themeda quadrivalvis- grader grass Kuntze - Indian Subcontinent, Andaman Islands.

& V. J. Nair - India Themeda saxicola Bor - Odisha Themeda strigosa A. Camus - India, Bangladesh Themeda tremula Hack. - India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh Themeda triandra Forssk.- kangaroo grass, red grass, rooigras - Africa, Australia, New Guinea Themeda trichiata S. L. Chen & T. D. Zhuang - Guangxi, Hainan Themeda unica S. L. Chen & T. D. Zhuang - Anhui, Zhejiang Themeda villosa A. Camus - silky kangaroo grass, Lyon's grass - China, Indian Subcontinent, Philippines, New Guinea Themeda yunnanensis S. L. Chen & T. D. Zhuang - Yunnanformerly includedsee Elymandra Germainia Hyparrhenia Iseilema