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Take a Virtual Tour of the Paris Catacombs

The Paris Catacombs is “one of those places,” wrote photographer Félix Nadar, “that everyone wants to see and no one wants to see again.” If anyone would know, Nadar would. He spent three months in and out of the underground city of death, with its macabre piles of skulls and crossbones, taking photographs (see here) that would help turn it into an internationally famous tourist attraction. In these days of quarantine, no one can see it; the site is closed until further notice. But if you’re th...
Tags: Travel, Google, College, Life, History, Paris, Napoleon, Facebook Twitter, Roman, Josh Jones, Nadar, Paris Catacombs, Durham NC Follow, Allison Meier, Felix Nadar, Jean Paul Marat


My Daughter in Law and Granddaughter are visiting us from Texas (this was before we all went into isolation. They were told to do self isolation when they returned to the States.) The first thing we did was walk from our place to the Eiffel Tower. A view with the Eiffel Tower behind the carousel. The Seine is running high as you can see. The ducks are in an area you can usually walk on and no boats are running as they can’t get under the bridge. We showed them the Statue of Li...
Tags: Travel, Photos, Family, Texas, Paris, Flooding, Eiffel Tower, Napoleon, Seine, Beaugrenelle

21 Epigrams Every Man Should Live By

With our archives now 3,500+ articles deep, we’ve decided to republish a classic piece each Friday to help our newer readers discover some of the best, evergreen gems from the past. This article was originally published in January 2018. Editor’s note: This is a guest article from Ryan Holiday.  As long as man has been alive, he has been collecting little sayings about how to live. We find them carved in the rock of the Temple of Apollo and etched as graffiti on the walls of Pompeii. They appear...
Tags: Facebook, Florida, Cheryl Strayed, Life, China, Russia, America, Rome, David, Harvard, Winston Churchill, Oxford, Kansas, Warren Buffett, Jesus, Napoleon Bonaparte

The physics of swarm behaviour

The locusts have no king, and yet they all go forth in ranks, noted King Solomon some three thousand years ago. That a multitude of simple creatures could display coherent collective behavior without any leader caused his surprise and amazement, and it has continued to do so for much of our thinking over the following millennia. Caesar’s legions conquered Europe, Napoleon’s armies reached Moscow: We always think of a great commander telling the thoughtless multitudes what to do.Statistical physi...
Tags: Books, Featured, Moscow, Charles Darwin, Napoleon, Caesar, Solomon, Curie, Science & Medicine, Earth & Life Sciences, Physics & Chemistry, Asiatic, Europe Napoleon, James Wainscoat

Podcast #588: The Audacious Command of Alexander the Great

Alexander the Great became king of Macedonia at age 19. By age 30 he controlled an empire that spanned from Greece to India. In the two thousand years after his early death, his influence has persisted. Military leaders from Caesar to Napoleon studied his campaigns and imitated his strategies and tactics, and without Alexander, the influence of Greek culture on the world wouldn’t have been the same.  My guest today has written a very readable, yet academically authoritative biography of this ...
Tags: Podcast, Greece, Life, India, Macedonia, Napoleon, Philip, Alexander, Alexander the Great, Caesar, Ancient Greece, Philip Freeman, Alexander Alexander, Military History, Philip Philip, Aristotle Philip

Old World Meets Modern: A Casual but Elegant Pre-War Flat on the Baltic Coast

Once again, we find ourselves in the familiar position of being utterly charmed by a Colombe Design project. (We’ve waxed poetic about their projects twice before: here and here.) There are similarities between the residences the firm designs—Old World high ceilings, striking architectural details, an emphasis on sculptural statement lighting—but this one, while just as elegant as the other projects, has a whimsical casualness all its own. This sophisticated but relaxed approach was largely info...
Tags: Europe, Books, Sweden, Ebay, Wallpaper, Ikea, Apartments, Poland, Lighting, Warsaw, Napoleon, House Tour, Baltic coast, Carrara, SOPOT, Architecture & Interiors

Pop star, producer or pariah? The conflicted brilliance of Grimes

Claire Boucher has spent a decade battling the press to reclaim her reputation. Dating Elon Musk means she’s never been more controversial – but could her new album set her free?Grimes has always had a tortured relationship with visibility. No sooner had Claire Boucher broken beyond the Montreal warehouse scene at the turn of the 2010s than she was telling journalists that she only fronted her music because she couldn’t afford to hire someone to do it for her. She wanted to be Phil Spector – tho...
Tags: Music, Elon Musk, Celebrity, Women, Music Industry, Culture, Canada, Pop and rock, Grimes, Electronic Music, Montreal, Experimental music, Napoleon, Phil Spector, Claire Boucher, Boucher

Jeff Bezos buys lavish Beverly Hills estate for record $165m – report

Amazon founder purchases nine-acre estate once owned by Warner Bros president, Wall Street Journal saysJeff Bezos has set a new property price record in Los Angeles with the purchase of a $165m Beverly Hills estate, the Wall Street Journal reported.The Amazon founder’s purchase of the home from the media mogul David Geffen is the largest amount paid for a single-family Los Angeles-area home. The nine-acre estate originally belonged to Jack Warner, the late former president of Warner Bros Studios...
Tags: Amazon, Real Estate, Technology, Internet, Los Angeles, E-commerce, US news, Beverly Hills, Jack Warner, Warner Bros, Jeff Bezos, Wall Street Journal, Napoleon, David Geffen, Bezos, Josephine

Jeff Bezos buys lavish Beverly Hills estate for record $165m – report

Amazon founder purchases nine-acre estate once owned by Warner Bros president, Wall Street Journal saysJeff Bezos has set a new property price record in Los Angeles with the purchase of a $165m Beverly Hills estate, the Wall Street Journal reported.The Amazon founder’s purchase of the home from the media mogul David Geffen is the largest amount paid for a single-family Los Angeles-area home. The nine-acre estate originally belonged to Jack Warner, the late former president of Warner Bros Studios...
Tags: Amazon, Technology, Internet, Los Angeles, E-commerce, Beverly Hills, Jack Warner, Warner Bros, Jeff Bezos, Wall Street Journal, Napoleon, David Geffen, Bezos, Josephine, Warner Bros Studios Warner

Two Napoleons in Brooklyn, One in Timberlands

The Brooklyn Museum has hung Jacques-Louis David’s “Bonaparte Crossing the Alps” alongside an adaptation by Kehinde Wiley. It’s a face-off between two visions of the political power of art.
Tags: Art, News, David, Brooklyn, Museums, Wiley, Napoleon, Kehinde Wiley, Bonaparte, Brooklyn Museum, Jacques Louis David, Race and Ethnicity, Brooklyn (NYC, Kehinde, Jacques-Louis, Apes**t (Song

The Most Complete Collection of Salvador Dalí’s Paintings Published in a Beautiful New Book by Taschen: Includes Never-Seen-Before Works

Salvador Dali was that rare avant-garde artist whose work earned the respect of nearly everyone, even those who hated him personally. George Orwell called Dali a “disgusting human being,” but added “Dali is a draughtsman of very exceptional gifts…. He has fifty times more talent than most of the people who would denounce his morals and jeer at his paintings.” Walt Disney was very keen to work with Dali. And Dali’s own personal hero and intellectual father figure, Sigmund Freud—no lover of moder...
Tags: Google, Art, Books, College, George Orwell, Salvador Dalí, Orwell, Sigmund Freud, Walt Disney, Napoleon, Freud, Facebook Twitter, Dali, Tampa Florida, Taschen, Durham NC Follow

Podcast #582: Essential Lessons From Great Wartime Leaders

War puts leadership to the ultimate test. During a war, a leader must make life or death decisions and be held accountable for those decisions while grappling not only with military strategy, but also political, economic, and domestic dynamics. My guest explores the lives of nine wartime leaders and what we can learn from them in his latest book: Leadership in War: Essential Lessons From Those Who Made History. His name is Andrew Roberts, and we last had him on the show to talk about his biog...
Tags: Podcast, Leadership, Life, Winston Churchill, Hitler, Churchill, Napoleon, Stalin, Marshall, Andrew Roberts, Andrew, George Marshall, Andrew Andrew, Zoro, Manly Knowledge, Military History

Twitter Users Mock Iowa’s Decision To Release Just 62% Of Caucus Results

"I’m 62% of the way through War and Peace and man, this Napoleon character is unbeatable!"
Tags: News, Iowa, Napoleon

The e-Book Imagined in 1935

What is the future of the book? Will it retain more or less the same basic paper-between-covers form as it has since the days of the Gutenberg Bible? Will it go entirely digital, becoming readable only with compatible electronic devices? Or will we, in the comfort of our armchairs, read them on glass-screened microfilm projectors? That last is the bet made, and illustrated as above, by the April 1935 issue of Everyday Science and Mechanics magazine. "It has proved possible to photograph books, ...
Tags: Google, Books, Technology, College, History, Atlantic, New York Times, Smithsonian, Seoul, Napoleon, Facebook Twitter, Novak, Matt Novak, Megan Garber, Colin Marshall, 21st Century Los Angeles

Ears Wide Open: Riki

The music of synth-pop artist Riki — aka musician and visual artist Niff Nawor — traverses the cold, dark hallways of the ’80s underground, not unfamiliar passages for those in L.A.’s vibrant Goth/darkwave/post-punk scene. A former member of Bay Area deathrock outfit Crimson Scarlet, Riki (not to be confused with the Italian talent-show sensation) set out on her own in 2017, releasing a three-song EP. Two-plus years later, Riki’s self-titled debut album is coming out of Feb. 14 via the indie lab...
Tags: Music, Featured, Napoleon, Bay Area, Los Angeles Bands, Latest Music, Krautrock, Riki, Dais Records, Niff Nawor, Crimson Scarlet Riki, EBM Neue Deutsch Welle, Matia Simovich, Amanda Siegel

The Short Student Film That Became Napoleon Dynamite

While in film school at BYU, Jared Hess made a short film called Peluca in just a couple of days for under $500. Two years later, Peluca and its main character (played by Jon Heder) became the basis of Napoleon Dynamite. Here’s the original short — the main character’s name is Seth instead of Napoleon but the moment he speaks his first line, you know it’s the same exact character: See also The Case of the Napoleon Dynamite Problem. (via open culture) Tags: Jared Hess   movies   Napoleon D...
Tags: Napoleon, Jason Kottke, Seth, Jared Hess, Jon Heder, Peluca

Not without Pleasure

Napoleon once said this of coffee: A very strong coffee resurrects me. It causes an internal stewing, a singular gnawing, a pain which is not without pleasure. via American Scientist I find that many things in life are not without an interesting mix between pleasure and pain. There’s so much more to learn about coffee and the science within.
Tags: Council, Start, Napoleon, American Scientist

Scientists Have Been Talking About Climate Change for More Than a Century. Here’s Why It Took So Long for the World to Listen

This post is in partnership with the History News Network, the website that puts the news into historical perspective. A version of the article below was originally published at HNN. The girl got up to speak before a crowd of global leaders. “Coming here today, I have no hidden agenda. I am fighting for my future. Losing my future is not like losing an election or a few points on the stock market. I am here to speak for all generations to come.” She continued: “I have...
Tags: UK, Science, News, Sweden, Washington, Environment, Western, Uncategorized, America, Ipcc, Reagan, Nasa, Earth, Nato, New York Times, John F Kennedy

Watch Peluca, the Student Film That Became the Cultural Phenomenon Napoleon Dynamite (2002)

You could say that Jared and Jerusha Hess got lucky. When first the husband-and-wife team got the chance to make a feature, it turned out to be Napoleon Dynamite, the movie that launched a million "VOTE FOR PEDRO" shirts. But that visually, narratively, and culturally askew tale didn't emerge fully formed into the theaters. Nor did its title character, an extravagantly  nerdy and savagely  defensive high-school student in small-town Idaho. Napoleon Dynamite has a predecessor in Peluca, t...
Tags: Google, Utah, Hollywood, Film, College, Tim Burton, Wes Anderson, North Carolina, Seoul, Jack Black, Luke Wilson, Anderson, Napoleon, Jared, Hess, Facebook Twitter

Looking for Something to Read? (Brief Book Reviews)

Every two to three weeks I write a full-length book review, but for only a fraction of the books I actually read. From time to time I like to provide miniature reviews of some of the others. If you are looking for some reading suggestions, here are notes about some of the books I’ve read recently. Leadership in War: Essential Lessons from Those Who Made History by Andrew Roberts. Albert Mohler recommended this book on his blog. I promptly bought it as a Christmas gift for my so...
Tags: Amazon, Tibet, Resources, France, Russia, India, Blogging, Netflix, George Orwell, Pakistan, Crimea, Queen, Congo, South America, North, Orwell

There Will Be No Christmas at Notre-Dame

Not this year. But out of the ashes, the great cathedral in Paris will be reborn.
Tags: News, France, Paris, Notre Dame, Napoleon, Bonaparte, Macron, Paris (France, Historic Buildings and Sites, Emmanuel (1977-, Notre Dame Cathedral (Paris

Good News from Venice: The Royal Gardens have Re-Opened!

Strolling under the pergola - Opening of the Giardini Royali in Venice - Photo: Cat Bauer (Venice, Italy) After surviving wars, occupations, revolutions and neglect, the Royal Gardens in Venice, the Giardini Reali, re-opened on Tuesday, December 17, 2019. Thanks to five years of effort under the wise, loving and passionate guidance of Adele Re Rebaudengo, president of the Venice Gardens Foundation, the public once again has a place in Venice to pause and reflect, surrounded by greenery, f...
Tags: Travel, Nazis, Austria, United States, Venice, Mussolini, Sissi, Franz Joseph, Napoleon, San Marco, Venice Italy, Santi, Royal Palace, Piazza San Marco, Dario Franceschini, Generali

Venice’s endurance symbolized in Royal Gardens re-opening

The gardens, first envisioned by Napoleon, had fallen into disrepair and underwent an extensive restoration.
Tags: Travel, Business, News, World, Venice, Napoleon, Royal Gardens

Buche de Noel Birthday Cake

Photo Via Buche de Noel Pierre Herme 1988   "Buche de Noel is my favorite cake!" Bright-eyed and hopeful was the response eagerly given by my French Husband, the newlywed. The flavor was a known fac; spread chocolate on anything and it was labeled Yann's. My mother had made jelly-roll cakes for my brothers and me when we were younger, was that the same thing as Buche de Noel? The only difference between the two cakes as I could see was that we could have a jelly cake any time of the year and in...
Tags: Travel, California, France, living in France, Paris, Coke, Provence, Waterloo, Napoleon, Noël, Les Halles, Don, Yann, Peter Mayle, Movable Feast, rue de Rivoli

Road Tested: Gear from Icon 1000, REV’IT! and Saint

I’ve got a thing for stealthy, murdered-out gear. So this week, I’m profiling some low-profile pieces: the Brigand jacket from ICON 1000, the Arch gloves from REV’IT! and a new version of the popular Saint Unbreakable Stretch jeans. Let’s take a closer look. ICON 1000 Brigand jacket The Brigand jacket follows ICON 1000’s tried and true formula of gear that is a little bit retro, a little bit casual and a little bit tactical—while still being unapologetically ride-focused. Icon have absolu...
Tags: Google, Motorcycles, Icon, Levis, Napoleon, Saint, Arch, Cordura, YKK, Motorcycle Gloves, Motorcycle Gear, ICON Motorcycles, Motorcycle jackets, Dyneema, Motorcycle jeans

Elborg Forster on Translation.

Bathrobe is delving into translation studies, and he’s found another good link to send me: The Art and Craft of Translation, by Elborg Forster (from Johns Hopkins Magazine, way back in February 2001). As with the Johanna Hanink piece I posted recently, it’s full of good things, so I’ll just quote a few bits to pique your interest: First, a few words by way of characterizing myself: although my first language was German, I am now a translator with many years of experience translating texts in su...
Tags: Germany, Uncategorized, Rome, Linguistics, Delaware, Napoleon, Louis, Weimar Germany, Johns Hopkins Magazine, Madame, Liselotte, Johanna Hanink, Elborg Forster, Liselotte von der Pfalz, Liebden

Artisan Carnival Masks from Venice

There are numerous places in the world which celebrate what we call carnival. The oldest and perhaps grandest of these Pre-Lenten celebrations is the Carnevale di Venezia, which appears in the late 11th century and had a long run until Napoleon banned carnival completely in 1797—a ban which lasted until early in the 20th century, when Carnevale began to reappear, gaining steam every year until becoming the giant commercial success it is today. Carnival, like the Feast of Fools that preceded it...
Tags: Travel, Italy, Venice, Sardinia, Vivo, Napoleon, James, Carnevale, Lunigiana, carnevale di Venezia, Colombina Barocco Cavalli Bronze, Tuscan Masquerade Party Shipping, Fivizzano Ravioli

Amsterdams new circular archives building sustainably generates all of its own energy

The city of Amsterdam has officially opened the Depot Amsterdam Noord, a new repository for the capital’s Stadsarchief city archives. Designed by cepezed and cepezedinterieur, the new building offers nearly double the amount of space of the existing archive facilities. Even more impressive is its use of circular design principles and energy-neutral operations thanks to an airtight envelope, energy-efficient systems and solar panels. Realized by BAM Bouw en Techniek within a Design, Build & Mai...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Amsterdam, Solar Panels, Solar Power, The Netherlands, Napoleon, Andreas, Climate Control, Stormwater Management, Prefabrication, Airtight, Energy Neutral, Envelope, Lucas van der Wee, Cepezedinterieur

Holiday Gift Guide 2019: For the Discriminating Host/ess, Under-$50 Edition

Truth be told, a bottle of spirits will always be a welcome hostess gift. But if you want to make a really good impression (good enough to be rewarded with secret extra helpings of dessert), cross the threshold bearing one of these considered presents. Above: What we especially love about La Riccia’s free-blown recycled-Glass Ornaments is that they aren’t too Christmas-y and can have a life all year-round; $25 each at Il Buco. Above: Kohchosai Kosuga’s adorable Bamboo Tea Strainer ...
Tags: Books, US, House, Paris, Gift Guides, Hay, Napoleon, Anne Boleyn, Julie, Margot, Henry VII, Nalata Nalata, John Derian, Nickey Kehoe, Product Discoveries, Julie Cloutier

Sigil won't open properly

I have Sigil installed on a Windows 8 PC. Sigil has worked properly for many years. The problem now is that it won't open satisfactorily. If I click on the desktop link for Sigil I get an error : Error info: /OEBPS/content.opf: The system cannot find the path specified. Sigil version: 0.9.18 Runtime Qt: 5.12.3 Compiled Qt: 5.12.3 System: Windows 8.1 (6.3) Architecture: x86_64 If I hit the close button nothing happens - back to a clean desktop. However if I go into Calibre and try to ...
Tags: Books, Sigil, Napoleon, PC Sigil, Thomas Ussher, Napoleon Banished Thomas Ussher