Sling is off, and shoulder is 90%. Finished a chapter Saturday, started a new one Sunday, but Mondays are all about blogging!

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Today I’d like to share a resource you may not be aware of. It’s called OPEN CULTURE. Self-tagged as “the best free cultural & educational media on the web;” this is not hyperbole.

Ever find yourself looking for free resources, like an online language course? How about art or images for your blog? Audio or e-books? Entire concerts or just music? Free Hitchcock movies? How about a John Wayne flick? That’s just a tiny sample of what you’ll find on OPEN CULTURE.

I happen to admire the work of 19th/early 20th century French photographer Eugène Atget. How much? Here’s a photo of my über tiny living room. Clearly I can’t invite you all over to show you the Atget poster (at left) gleaned during a long ago trip to the Getty Museum.

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But the Getty (and The Met, The Rijksmuseum, The National Gallery, among a bevy of other museums) have made images from their collections available free for non-commercial use on OPEN CULTURE. Now I can share Atget with you on my blog. How cool is that?

Eugène Atget (French, 1857 - 1927) [Staircase, Montmartre], 1921, Albumen silver print 21.8 x 17.8 cm (8 9/16 x 7 in.) The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Eugène Atget (French, 1857 – 1927)
[Staircase, Montmartre], 1921, Albumen silver print
21.8 x 17.8 cm (8 9/16 x 7 in.)
The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

I can even give you a peek into one my favorite artists, German Romantic painter, Caspar David Friedrich.

Caspar David Friedrich (German, 1774 - 1840) A Walk at Dusk, about 1830 - 1835, Oil on canvas 33.3 x 43.7 cm (13 1/8 x 17 3/16 in.) The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Caspar David Friedrich (German, 1774 – 1840)
A Walk at Dusk, about 1830 – 1835, Oil on canvas
33.3 x 43.7 cm (13 1/8 x 17 3/16 in.)
The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Yes, some of these resources are available with a deep Google search. But why go to all that trouble when  OPEN CULTURE has done the work for you by compiling all these amazing resources and creating a one-stop site?

The Alan Lomax Blues and Folk Archive? It’s here. All of Bach? It’s here. 8,976 Grateful Dead concerts? You guessed it, OPEN CULTURE will deliver.

WARNING: you are likely to waste hours on this website.

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Tell me,
do you have a favorite online media resource?

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