by Gerardus Mercator and Henricus Hondius
in Novus Atlas, 1647-62
by Jan Jansson
The Huntington Library
Art Collections and Botanical Gardens
San Marino, California
Xenophobia has caused countless wars and hate crimes.
Ultimately, it's not about the myths and legends one's tribe worships or the color of one's skin, it's about one's heritage: unfamiliar customs and invisible deities are no reason to deny other cultures. They are challenges to enlightenment (and also one's understanding of metaphors) that need to be addressed.
If the citizens of one race accept the citizens of another race the leaders will realize this and be willing to work with them, not against them. Wars will not cease until we all realize that we are all one. Invite your enemy to dinner.
The conspiracies and machinations of a ruling elite are as old as mankind. The rules for implementing and sustaining the power structure are ancient and have not changed. The basic rules used against us are:
- Keep the people in fear of losing their protection from unspeakable evils and remind them of these unspeakable evils often;
- Keep the people afraid of each other so they won't trust each other and won't want to join together in vast numbers. This is accomplished by accentuating the ridiculously reactionary and seemingly pejorative differences between race, religion, sect, class, gender, sexual orientation, age, language, culture, skill set or whatever other differences can be manipulated to help divide people rather than unite them, confuse them rather than enlighten them, and make them misunderstand and mistrust each other: Keep them out of heaven at all costs.
- Create conflict so that the powers that govern can be seen to solve the conflict, thus keeping people submissive.
- Isolate and destroy any independent thinkers.
- Always deny the truth.
Babel seeks multilingual and multicultural writers, editors, bloggers and translators proficient in using web tools to continue building in over 250 languages what has been recognized since 2001 by the United Nations as one of the most import social and human sciences online periodicals.
There are over 250 subdomains of towerofbabel.com ready to be configured by those who are interested in taking the language-oriented subdomains and helping to build the tower, with the ability to install WordPress wordpress.org, Gallery gallery.menalto.com, ZenCart zen-cart.com, PhpGedView phpgedview.net, Pligg pligg.com, dotProject dotproject.net, Moodle moodle.org, Joomla joomla.org, phpbb phpbb.com, MediaWiki mediawiki.org, WebCalendar webcalendar.
php, and Advanced Poll proxy2.de.
The construction of Babel began in January 1996 as the development of a new multilingual, multicultural online journal of arts and ideas, utilizing the new media of the web to reach out to as large and inclusive a world community as possible and celebrate human enlightenment regardless of language, cultural or social restrictions.
Babel is now repositioning itself to take advantage of the advancements in web tools since its inception as well as the opportunities available in the 21st century.
Design your language’s tower however you wish but continue what has already been pioneered as an attempt to build a tower aiming for the highest egalitarian, altruistic, philanthropic and humanitarian structures.
If you’re interested in helping to build the tower contact firstname.lastname@example.org with a resume, bio, and link to your own personal webpage, indicating how you'd like to help build the tower and what your web skills are, especially with the tools mentioned above.
Babel is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization currently seeking funding. These positions currently offer no compensation but a meritocracy has already been established for when funding is secured.
This is a mailing list inspired by that scene in Fahrenheit 451, where the elders sit around campfires passing down to others the information and wisdom of the books they've each memorized.
Subscribe to this list and discuss anything which deals with the world of arts and ideas, languages and linguistic issues, world affairs, or cultural trivia (because trivia is the molecular level of history).
Any member may post in any language. Updates of when new content and new translations are posted on the site are also sent to the list.
Janis Ian discusses the free downloading of music online
Alison Gates recalls the place of Barbie dolls in her childhood
Marjorie Kelly explains what the collapse of Enron has taught us about economic system design and the fatal flaw of shareholder primacy
Dr. Aboudi Jawad Hassan discusses the reasons behind inaccurate and sexually inappropriate translations
Jennifer Prado offers her own way of honoring the legacy of the victims of September 11, 2001
The Battle of Seattle...Not To Mention The Rest of The World: Everything you always wanted to know about the World Trade Organization, what the riots in Seattle were all about, and why it's been the world's best kept secret
Marta Sanz researches hypertext and online publishing possibilities but it bears very much in mind the cultural landscape where social, economic, scientific and technological transformations are taking place
Angeli Primlani on 25 Romany (Gypsy) families, displaced by floods, bringing the community's white Czechs and Romanies together through a mixture of endless energy, diplomacy and pure will
Brian Foley illustrates his pictorial account of Burning Man '97, the primal arts festival in the Nevada desert
Yves Jaques relates his non-fiction tale of a Swiss entrepreneur in Las Vegas
Chance Stevens offers his photographic essay of Tacoma
Malcolm Lawrence compares and contrasts the deaths of Jerry Garcia and Kurt Cobain
Our worldwide stringer section is named after Graham Greene's novel "Our Man in Havana," a story about Jim Wormold, a British man who is the Havana representative of a vacuum cleaner company. His daughter Milly, 17, spends a lot of money, so he accepts a position working for the British secret service, yet has no idea what is wanted of him. He must send in reports, however; so he fills them with inventions and fantasies.
Yup. Sounds like us.
You who write, take a subject equal to your powers, and consider at length how much your shoulders can bear.
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way - in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.
-- Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
Q: What do you think a young poet starting out today needs to learn the most?
Charles Bukowski: He should realize that if he writes something and it bores him it's going to bore many other people also. There is nothing wrong with a poetry that is entertaining and easy to understand. Genius could be the ability to say a profound thing in a simple way. He should stay the hell out of writing classes and find out what's happening around the corner. And bad luck for the young poet would be a rich father, an early marriage, an early success or the ability to do anything well.
-- The Poet's Craft: Interviews From The New York Quarterly.
Edited by William Packard. New York: Paragon House, 1987.
In erotica geared toward men, women are typically depicted as lusty, aggressive, and enjoying sex for sex's sake, without emotional attachments or courtship.
In erotica geared toward women--that is romance novels--sex is part of a greater theme of love, where a man is consumed emotionally by passion for the heroine and no one else. For the heroine, sex is not an act of submission but an act of control, as she masters her man's emotional fate.
In other words, erotic materials for both men and women typically present the opposite sex as a caricature of the consumer's own sexuality.
-- William Allman
If it is indeed the case that people approach literature with the desire to learn something about the world, and if it is indeed the case that the literary medium is not transparent, then a study of its non-transparency is crucial in order to deal with the desire one has to know something about the world by reading literature.
-- Salusinszky, "Criticism in Society," Methuen, 1987, p.166
Never trust an art dealer who'll sit in a room for more than ten minutes with a crooked picture.
-- Brett Whiteley
Ah, that shows you the power of music, that magician of magicians, who lifts his wand and says his mysterious words and all things real pass away and the phantoms of your mind walk before you clothed in flesh.
-- Joan of Arc
When travelling abroad in the continental style
It's my belief one must attempt to be discreet
And subsequently bear in mind your transient position
Allows you a perspective that's unique
Though you'll find your itinerary's a blessing and a curse
Your wanderlust won't let you settle down
And you'll wonder how you ever fathomed that you'd be content
To stay within the city limits of a small midwestern town
Most vagabonds I knowed don't ever want to find the culprit
That remains the object of their long relentless quest
The obsession's in the chasing and not the apprehending
The pursuit you see and never the arrest
-- Tom Waits
That used to be the thing about America: The fact that what Hollywood used to do, and what we did better than anybody else in the world, was we told a really good story. Europe was where you had character-based films, or mood-based films, but in America, we told a story. We're the worst at it now as far as I'm concerned, at telling a story. We don't tell a story. We tell a situation. Most of the movies that you see nowadays you pretty much know everything you're going to see in the movie by the first 10 or 20 minutes. Now, that's not a story. A story is something that constantly unfolds. And I'm not talking about like this quick left turn or a quick right turn or a big surprise. I'm talking about it unfolds.
-- Quentin Tarantino
The appreciative smile, the chuckle, the soundless mirth, so important to the success of comedy, cannot be understood unless one sits among the audience and feels the warmth created by the quality of laughter that the audience takes home with it.
-- James Thurber
When I went to the dance, I went only to see and to learn what the people believed; but now I was going to stay and use the power that had been given me. The dance was over for that day, but they would dance again the next day, and I would dance with them.
-- Black Elk
Oh beautiful for smoggy skies, insecticided grain,
For strip-mined mountain's majesty above the asphalt plain.
America, America, man sheds his waste on thee,
And hides the pines with billboard signs, from sea to oily sea.
-- George Carlin
What good fortune for those in power that people do not think.
-- Adolf Hitler
Interspersed with diverse lectures and classroom activities were periods of financial difficulty, military service, and employment as a private tutor, all of which added to the curious melange of experiences that would ultimately blossom into his unexpected and remarkable life's work.
-- Norman Brosterman, Inventing Kindergarten
The New Man. What's up with that?
by Malcolm Lawrence
The reproductive behavior of seahorses is notable in that the male, not the female, carries the fertilized eggs. This is an apt metaphor for the paradigm we'll be discussing. A forum for the shifting of gender roles in today's society.
Cason Swindle, his father Larry Swindle, Yves Jaques and Malcolm Lawrence inaugurate the forum with our first discussion.
Compensation: We currently have no funding.
Until this changes we won't be able to compensate anyone for whatever submissions we decide to publish, nor do we claim any rights over any content submitted and/or published, but for your own protection we do have a disclaimer on the bottom of this page.
We're writers first and editors second. We understand how precious your words are to you.
towerofbabel.com is a non-profit organization, the translators are voluntary and work on the site because they enjoy it (kind of like Linux).
Simply click on the Translators page, find your native language and the links to the translators mailing list and the proofreaders mailing list for the language you'd like to join.
When you try to join the groups you'll receive emails asking you to submit a resume or CV as a Microsoft Word attached document so we can evaluate your knowledge base and experience when it comes to being a translator or proofreader.
If you're accepted to the groups please read the emails you'll receive explaining to you how the content on the site is organized and how the translators mailing lists work.
Then send a post to the group introducing yourself and simply read the content on the site, choose which pieces you’d like to translate and then send an email to the language mailing list you belong to asking if someone else is already translating or proofreading the piece you'd like to work on. If no one answers, feel free to begin working on it. When you're finished with the translation send it to the Editor-In-Chief. When your work has been posted on the site you'll get your resume or CV featured as a link on the translators page.
There are monthly reminders to find out who is translating which article so the translators don’t tread on each other's toes.
If you’re a undergraduate or post-graduate student at a college or university, Babel also provides an opportunity for you to receive an internship triangulated with your educational institution for the work you do with Babel. The details are at towerofbabel.com/internships.
This is a mailing list where jobs for language translators may be posted. Anyone may post a job by sending it to the mailing list.
Babel is in the process of building a translation agency. We’re currently in need of translators, proofreaders, editors and project managers for all language pairs concerning the following languages.Afrikaans, Albanian, Arabic, Armenian, Bangla, Basque, Bosnian, Brazilian Portuguese, European Portuguese, Bulgarian, Burmese, Catalan, Cebuano, Chinese (Mandarin), Chinese (Cantonese), Cornish, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Esperanto, Farsi, Fijian, Finnish, French, Gaelic, Galician, German, Glosa, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Kannada, Konkani, Korean, Latin, Latvian, Lithuanian, Malagasy, Malay, Malayalam, Marathi, Mongolian, Nepali, NorwegianPolish, Punjabi, Rhaeto-Romance, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Swiss French, Swiss German, Tagalog, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, TurkishUkrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese, Welsh, Yiddish, Yoruba
If you’d like to be considered for these positions send us an email with your current resume or CV attached as a Microsoft Word attached document so we can see what your education, skills and knowledge base are.
Babel has internship programs to offer students practical experience in
Babel offers these internships both to help students prepare for a potential career and to apply and build upon skills learned in the classroom.
- creative writing and editing
- multicultural studies
- art history
- web development
- computer science
- the imagineering fields
Projects are assigned by trilateral agreement between the student intern, the head of the particular department at the undergraduate or post-graduate student’s educational institution, and Babel. Upon completion of the project, the assignment is reviewed for accuracy by a faculty member of the department at the educational institution. The revised assignment is then returned to Babel.
For those who aren't affiliated with an educational institution or already have their degrees, Babel provides an opportunity for worldwide exposure for your work as well as being translated into as many as 75 languages.
Imagine turning the legendary Bruegel painting of the tower of Babel into a three dimensional reality as the focus of a non-profit multilingual, multicultural theme park dedicated to the riches of culture and the world of arts and ideas. A theme park for the rest of us. Like a big bouquet of roses hanging down from the heavens to the ground. Taking the basic passion behind an idea like the Experience Music Project in Seattle and Frank Gehry's structure for it but broadening the scope so it's not so narrowly focused on just rock and roll. If there is serious money devoted to things like the Dracula theme park in Romania and the Holy Land Experience theme park in Orlando....
Babel is redefining the scope and purpose of worldwide websites. Our mission combines goals for product development, social and cultural impact, and profitable growth.
These goals complement one another in our efforts to create a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization which will become a catalyst in the online and physical art communities, spanning the physical and the virtual, the local and the international through the medium of the Internet.
towerofbabel.com's primary product is the creation of Babel, a multilingual, multicultural arts Web publication that is built around interactivity, vibrant personality, and a global outlook toward the arts, under the aegis of Babel Publishing, which plans to make the online content available as a widely distributed print magazine as well.
Join Ronwe, the demon who gives knowledge of languages, as he parades you through all of the names and resumes of the gigantic crew responsible for our little corner of the world.
Worldwide links to
- art museums
- music charts, radio stations (broadcasters and bitcasters)
- movie show times, theatres and opera
- TV schedules
- telephone directories
- international finance and calculators
- hotel accommodations
- airlines/airports, trains, railroads, metros, trams and subways
- ship schedules, cargo ships, ports, ferries, maritime
- sailing, scuba diving, surf reports, windsurfing
- sea surface temperatures, tides and current predictors
- ski maps and ski reports
- global ozone analysis, hurricanes, typhoons and cyclones
- volcanic activity, earthquakes
- the sun's position, sun's daily images, solar wind updates, auroral activity forecasts, solar eclipses
- moon phases and the planets positions, space weather
- current time, and current weather
Discover our language resources. Browse the links we've selected so far and grouped alphabetically by language.
Browse the links we've selected so far and grouped by
- Antiwar Links
- Art History
- Environmental Causes
- Film & Photography
- Humanitarian Causes
- Literary Publications
- Media Links
- Political Causes
Babel is dedicated to the lives and work of a trinity of strong women.
On the following pages we have over two hundred official Babel banners complete with their own individual Babelslogans suitable for display on your website.
Simply provide a link back to the towerofbabel.com homepage so all your visitors can find their way to the Tower effortlessly. Everybody's doing it! Collect them all and trade them with your comrades! Mix and match! Win friends and influence your uncle! You don't want to be the last non-conformist on your block, do you?
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The shirts and tote bags have "Towerofbabel.com. The multilingual, multicultural online journal and community of arts and ideas. There's a heaven above you, baby" written in English on the back in the site's signature Lombardic script.
Coming soon the shirts and tote bags will have the same thing written in the 70 other languages featured on the Babel site.
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the pestle wedges
and cabala, grind of clay
tablets to arcane text-
ture, collects in corners
of the base-
ment of structure. Every
bird and beast swelled from
the ground while Indra
and Odin articulated speech
and Muhammad proclaimed
the grandest name. Royal
cloaked rabbis amass their
hidden dust, blueprint the universe
as a stacked system, build layers
of transcendent verbs
from the granules of foundation
echoes like a well,
rafters rising under
right angles, inscriptions
unwritten like a hushed
crack, falter when mudcakes
dry to sand, crumble
to a cleaved memory of
the billion different
names for god, towers fall into
-- Rachel McLeod
Santosh points out that in the English language the letters "ough" can be pronounced in no less than nine different ways. "A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough; after falling into a slough, he coughed and hiccoughed."
"Santosh forgot, it seems, about the ough in 'lough,' that sort of phlegmy 'och' sound, forced on the Scots and Irish by the rain." -- Eoin
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