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October 16, 2003

The site:

www.laborarts.org

The grocery workers and MTA strikes are just the latest in a long line of U.S. labor uprisings. From the picketing garment workers of the early 20th century to the miners of the '30s and '40s and beyond, the Labor Arts Web site chronicles the images and cultural objects that have moved workers into action through the years. A virtual museum, the site features cartoons, buttons, posters, pamphlets, photos, even songs like the contentious "Which Side Are You On?"

The site: www.cabinetmagazine.org/art/index.php

Admiring the colorful lines and contours, some people love the look of topographical maps as much as the information they provide. Now map aficionados can get a bit of history with an artistic look at a drawing of the U.S. Scroll to "There There" by artist Jackie Goss and click on his name to start this animated program that zigzags across the American landscape, zeroing in on language filled with colorful commentary and obscure facts about how maps came to be.

The site:

www.sh1ft.org/26things/

Free-thinking photographers with a lot of time on their hands may want to check out the upcoming 26 Things Photographic Scavenger Hunt, a game that provides the names of 26 items and invites participants to interpret each of them photographically. This no-winners, no-prizes game had its first run in July, with words running the gamut from water to authority to footwear. Log on and sign up to be informed when the next 26 words are posted on the site, then shoot away.

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