Reblog: 14 Paris Museums Place 100K Works of Art Online for Free Download

Do you want to be able to download free copies of of some famous paintings that just entered the public domain?

My Modern Met just posted:

The start of a new decade has also brought a new wave of art entering the public domain. And in France, a collective of 14 museums is starting this year by placing over 100,000 pieces of art on its online portal—all of which are free to download and use as you please. Paris Musées, which runs the 14 City of Paris museums, uses the latest technology to digitize its work, ensuring high-quality imagery.

Claude Monet (1840-1926). “Setting sun in Lavacourt”. Oil on canvas. 1880. Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris, Petit Palais.

So if you are a lover of Rembrandt, Cézanne, or Monet, get ready to start searching. These great painters are among the artists whose work is available through the portal. Aside from being able to download a high-resolution, 300-DPI digitization of an artwork, the online collection includes basic information about the piece, as well as instructions on how the public domain license works.

Reblog: Southern Comfort–Soups, Stews, and Grits

January is Soup Month.  Since I love soups and do not have any homemade recipes to share, I thought I would share Camilla’s Cottage blog on the topic.  The recipes look warming and delicious on a chilly, grey January Saturday when Winter has decided to make a comeback after a two week hiatus.

To read this tasty blog posting click  here

Bold Rock--Ciders, Potatoe-Sausage Soup, Smoked Turkey Panini with Chips, Side Salad
Picture is from Soup and a Sandwich at Bold Rock Cidery in Nellysford and not from Camilla’s Cottage  blog.


Saving a Local Bookstore

Cynthia Reyes’ blogpost about a British bookstore is heartwarming and how sometimes twitterstorms can be a good thing.

Cynthia Reyes

If you love books, and value bookstores, you’ll want to read this remarkable story. It started with a single tweet:
Petersfield Bookshop@The_PBS


Not a single book sold today…


We think think this maybe the first time ever…

We know its miserable out but if you’d like to help us out please find our Abebooks offering below, all at 25% off at the moment….

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Reblog: How Military Law and Ethics Impacts the Military Medical Officer.

Ever Wonder How Military Law and Ethics Impacts the Military Medical Officer?

by Trudy Hawkins

Providing medical care for soldiers has been a hallmark of civilization and dates as far back as Ancient Egypt. Fundamentals of Military Science defines military medicine as the application of medical art and science in a military setting. The medical doctor and military officer are two of the most prestigious professions in the United States. Military Medical Officers (MMO) are expected to be experts in both fields.

This comprehensive reference provides foundations for a medical response within the battlefield of deployed military personnel by land, sea, or air. It also explores the operational, humanitarian, ethical, and strategic roles of military medicine and all officers, including command staff.

MMOs vow to defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic and to hold faith and allegiance while also following orders of the President. They must adhere to both medical and military ethical standards. Additionally, MMOs ensure that the medical dimension of law of armed conflict is enforced in accordance to the United States’ obligation to the Geneva Convention. In the chapter covering the “History of the Military Medical Officer,” you will learn about some of the most shocking crimes that were conducted by doctors in Nazi Germany, who ran lethal experiments on human beings. These war crimes led to the development of the Nuremberg Code, the regulation of human medical experiments, and the adoption of the Geneva Convention of 1949.

“Military Law and Ethics,” another important chapter, provides several military law definitions and an overview of the military justice system.  Additionally, there are examples of “civilian” offenses, “uniquely military” offenses, military “catchall” offenses, and war crimes. The chapter goes onto to describe how the military justice system works with command discretion, investigations, mental health evaluation, courts-martial, disciplinary rules unique to public health service officers, and more. The section dedicated to  “Enlisted Members” narrates a brief history of the enlisted members in military medicine. Outlines are provided of the rank structure for military service personnel across America’s military branches, such as Junior Enlisted promotions to the Noncommissioned or Petty Officer.  This chapter also includes an overview of medical training of the enlisted personnel, such as laboratory equipment and diagnostic services, nursing and specialty medical care across many areas such as surgery, respiratory, preventive medicine, veterinary, and more.

Task Force Marauder participates in mass casualty exercise. Image from publication (by Capt. Jessica Donnelly).

Fundamentals of Military Medicine provides an in-depth look at various aspects of healthcare that the military prioritizes and includes dedicated chapters within this authoritative volume. Some of these include military law and ethics, physical fitness, performance nutrition, environmental extremes, psychological well-being, recovery, injury prevention, spiritual fitness, family readiness, tactical medicine, CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosive) threats, and more.

The topics in this book serve as an introduction and as a broad overview of the responsibilities of America’s Military Medical Corps. This authoritative work may appeal most to people interested in military medicine and for medical students who want to explore a career in military medicine.

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Maps That You May Have Seen Before

From a multi forwarded email so I don’t know its origins.
1. This map shows the world divided into 7 sections (each with distinct color)  —  each section containing  1 billion people.
2. This map shows (   in white)   where 98 percent of Australia ‘s entire population lives.    
3. It may not come as a surprise   ,   but more people live inside the circle than outside it.   
4. This map shows what is on the other side of the world from where you’re standing.  For the most part   ,   it’s water.   
5. Apparently you can’t get Big Macs everywhere.  This map shows (   in red   ) the countries that have McDonalds.   
6. This map shows the countries (   in blue   ) where people drive on the left side of the road.   
7. This map shows countries (   in white   ) that England has never invaded  There are only 22   (in the whole world)!   
9. This map shows the countries that  have “   heavily restricted  access” to the  Internet in 2013.   
1   0. This map shows (   in red   ) countries that were all Communist at one point in time.   
11. This map shows (   in red   ) the countries that don’t use the metric system.   
12. This map shows (   in blue   ) places where Google  street view is available.   

13. This map shows (   in green   ) all the landlocked countries of the world.   
14.   And this is what the world would look like      if all the countries with coastlines sank.   
15. This is a map of the all the rivers in the United States.   
16.   And these are all the rivers that feed into the Mississippi River   
17.This is a map of the highest paid public employees in the US.  (   It is q   uite telling as to wh   ere   our ‘priorities’  lie   .)   
18. This map shows how much space the United States would occupy on the moon.   

Reblog: How Writer’s Map Their Imaginary Worlds

Writer's MapDo you like to look at maps and wonder who lives there, who drew the map, what world is this? This Atlas Obscura article is a true treasure trove of fictional maps created by some of your favorite authors.  From Thomas More’s Utopia through the Swiss Family Robinson and JRR Tolkien, fiction and fantasy books have taken readers to places they never imagined and only readers can explore.

One of life’s great treats, for a lover of books (especially fantasy books), is to open a cover to find a map secreted inside and filled with the details of a land about to be discovered. A writer’s map hints at a fully imagined world, and at the beginning of a book, it’s a promise. In the middle of a book, it’s a touchstone and a guide. And at the end, it’s a reminder of all the places the story has taken you.

Reblog: 104 year old USMC Vet looking for Valentine’s Day Cards

Valentine’s Day is one-month from today!

Maj. Bill White served in World War II, survived the Battle of Iwo Jima and went on to continue a long career in the U.S. Marine Corps.

White keeps his proudest memories tucked away on his bookshelf and the 104-year-old veteran said he’s hoping his collection grows a little bigger this Valentine’s Day.

To read more about his story, click USMC Logohere.

If you would like to send White a Valentine’s Day card, you can address it to:

Operation Valentine
ATTN: Hold for Maj Bill White, USMC (Ret)
The Oaks at Inglewood
6725 Inglewood Ave.
Stockton, CA 95207

Poem: Slavery by any other name is still Slavery

This is a powerful poem about how many Westerners (both Europeans and Americans) view Asian women.  I have heard many men who were on West Pac cruises or stationed in Korea or Japan or Vietnam or the Philippines use some of these terms and have read them in many novels.   We are monumentally blind to the cruelty we inflict in the name of humor. Poem: Slavery by any other name is still Slavery

Repost: Citroen’s WWII Sabotage

I can’t vouch for the accuracy of this story.  It was part of a forwarded email, but I sure do like what it says.  Clever Citroen.


 You’re likely unaware that this year is the 100th anniversary of Citroën.

While doing some research I happened to stumble upon a fascinating bit of wartime Citroën lore.  It involves screwing with Nazis in a genuinely clever and

 I’ll explain:

When France was occupied by the Germans in 1940, major French factories like Citroën were forced to produce equipment for the Nazis. Citroën president Pierre-Jules Boulanger knew he couldn’t just refuse to produce anything, but he also knew there’s no way in hell he’s going to just roll over and build trucks for a bunch of filthy Nazis.

Pierre had a plan.

John Reynold’s book Citroën 2CV describes Boulanger’s sabotage efforts.
Of course, he instructed workers to set a nice, leisurely pace when building trucks (likely Citroën T45 trucks) for the Wehrmacht, but that’s fairly obvious.  What was brilliant was Boulanger’s idea to move the little notch on the trucks’ oil dipsticks that indicated the proper level of oil down just a bit lower.

Citroen T45 trucks

By moving the notch down, the trucks would not have enough oil, but German mechanics would have no idea, because, hey, the little notch on the dipstick says its just fine.

Then, after the truck has been used for a while and is out deployed somewhere crucial, whammo, the engine seizes up, and you’ve got a lot of angry, stranded, vulnerable Nazis, balling up their little fists and madly barking curses in German.

It’s such a fantastic act of sabotage: it’s extremely cheap to implement, it’s subtle, there’s no way to see something amiss is happening as the trucks are being built, and it delivers its blow away from the site of the sabotage and when it will cause the most inconvenience and trouble.

That’s some mighty good sabotaging, Pierre.
Happy 100th Anniversary, Citroën.

The Free World thanks you.



When the Germans occupied France in 1940, they started sweeping the large factories, shutting down those that couldn’t be useful, while forcing the rest to build equipment for them. Citroën had to build trucks. Obviously, they could not refuse but Pierre-Jules Boulanger, chairman of the Citroën at the time, hatched a brilliant plan to mess things up for the Nazis.

The details of Boulanger’s plan were revealed in John Reynold’s book “Citroën 2CV”. Monsieur Pierre-Jules instructed workers to set about building trucks like the T45 and told them to set the oil level indicator a little higher than it should be, so that it would show more oil than it actually contained and the trucks would constantly run on low levels of oil. The German mechanics couldn’t know that because the notch kept telling them the oil level was spot-on. Eventually, this would make the trucks would come to an unexpected halt, leaving the Germans stranded.


Reblog: The King Tides are Coming

Are you ready for a royal visit, full of high drama and might?


A King Tide is a non-scientific term people often use to describe exceptionally high tides. Tides are long-period waves that roll around the planet as the ocean is “pulled” back and forth by the gravitational pull of the moon and the sun as these bodies interact with the Earth in their monthly and yearly orbits. Higher than normal tides typically occur during a new or full moon and when the Moon is at its perigee, or during specific seasons around the country.


California is preparing for the high tides of Winter.

King Tides are coming January 10-12 and February 8-9!

The California King Tides Project is raising awareness about sea level rise and help communities plan for the future. You can help by taking and sharing photos of the highest high tides of the year. Find out what time the King Tides will be near you. Learn how to participate by uploading your photos via a web browser or app. Check out last year’s photos on our interactive map.
During King Tides you can head out on your own, with friends and family, or join one of the organized events listed on their webpage. As always, please be cautious and respect the power of the ocean.
Learn more at

Reblog: Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity

Adversity can be your boss, your budget (or lack thereof), your patrons, your ancient technology, your colleagues, your disintegrating infrastructure, your bureaucracy, your lack of career mobility or whatever stresses you out…

I do love the word Noble for Librarians.

The Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced With Adversity

About the The Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced With Adversity

It is of the opinion of Lemony Snicket, author, reader, and alleged malcontent, that librarians have suffered enough. Therefore he is establishing an annual prize honoring a librarian who has faced adversity with integrity and dignity intact. The prize will be a generous amount of cash from Mr. Snicket’s disreputable gains, along with an odd, symbolic object from his private stash, and a certificate, which may or may not be suitable for framing. It is Mr. Snicket’s hope, and the ALA’s, that the Snicket Prize will remind readers everywhere of the joyous importance of librarians and the trouble that is all too frequently unleashed upon them.

Deadline for Submissions is February 3, 2020.

Riding With Private Malone

Allen Rizzi has written about a personal experience that closely follows the lyrics of Riding with Private Malone.  Enjoy reading this powerful personal essay about how he acquired someone else’s vehicle and made it his own.  There are just some times you gotta believe and this is one of them.

via Riding With Private Malone

“THIS IS THE ARMY!” part one (1)

Some information that you probably never knew about Irving Berlin’s groundbreaking and highly entertaining “This Is The Army” Part 1 from GPS Cox at Pacfic Paratrooper

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“This Is The Army”

The most successful and popular patriotic show of World War II and one of the most unique productions in the history of entertainment was Irving Berlin’s This Is the Army, which originally began as a Broadway musical. General George C. Marshall gave Berlin permission to stage a morale-boosting revue early in 1942 to raise money for the military.

Rehearsals were held at Camp Upton, New York, beginning in the spring of 1942 in an old Civilian Conservation Corps barracks called T-11. At one end was a large recreation room with a stone fireplace, where Berlin placed his special piano.  It was next to a latrine, which had a hot water tank. Berlin liked to lean against the tank to warm his back.


Berlin completed most of the score by the end of April. The show was then auditioned on Governor’s Island in New York…

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Reblog: 13 Spirited Facts about How the Grinch Stole Christmas

the grinchMental Floss as rounded up 13 spirited facts about how the Ginch Stole Christmas.

Read more about Dr. Seuss.




Is  your favorite Chrismas cartoon classic:

a.  Charlie Brown Christmas

b.  How the Grind Stole Christmas

c.  Mr. Magoo’s  Christmas Carol

d.  Frosty the Snowman

e.  Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer