*Pokes head in* Hi! I’ve been super crazy busy this week doing scary grown-up things and for perhaps one of the first times in my young adult life intentionally severed from the interweb tubes. But I am back and here to fill impressionable young minds with pseudo-educational crap.
Xue found this wonderfully useful website that strives to build simplistic tutorials for common web 2.0 tools like flash, xml, photoshop, etc. Curious?
And if you are really, really bored this summer and become wildly proficient in the ways of web 2.0, you should consider working on Wesleying. For fun and for non-profit!
Hello dears, I bring you today’s assortment of learnings.
- India’s Untouchables – (National Geographic) “In India’s caste system, they’re viewed as less than human. But this in-depth look at their plight helps them in their struggle toward mainstream acceptance. Listen as writer Tom O’Neill reads from his article about India’s Untouchables.”
- Smoke Smoke, Smoke that Cigarette – (BBC Radio) “As July 1draws ever closer and England prepares itself for its own ban on smoking in enclosed public spaces, Mariella Frostrup explores what smoking has given entertainment and popular culture.”
- The Mormons – (PBS Frontline) A documentary about their history, beliefs and practices.
- A Consumers’ Republic – Lizabeth Cohen discusses the subject of her latest book, “A Consumers’ Republic,” and how mass consumption in America has affected social relations, physical landscape and political culture of the postwar era.
- Bob Marley – (BBC London Radio) Miss P takes a look at the man who spread reggae music worldwide with this special documentary. Includes live contributions from Ethiopia and music from what would have been his 60th year.
Please let me know in the comments what you think of the series and what topics interest you. I can keep that in mind when I make the next one because if you can’t tell, my interests are pretty much just random.
Allo friends. Today, I’ll be posting early since I have a ton of crap to do tomorrow. Enjoy your learnings.
- The Storm – “‘The Storm’ an hour-long FRONTLINE investigation, examines how and why government at every level — local, state and federal — was unprepared, uncoordinated and overwhelmed in dealing with the Hurricane Katrina disaster that devastated the Gulf Coast in the late summer of 2005 and killed more than 900 people in New Orleans”
- Charles Dickens – (BBC) A cute, short animation about the life of Charles Dickens.
- An Introduction to Islam – “Director of the Jackson School of International Studies, Jere Bacharach, leads this overview of the basic tenets of the Islamic faith.”
- J.R.R. Tolkien: Father of Modern Fantasy Literature – “Although J.R.R. Tolkien did not invent heroic fantasy, in the latter part of the twentieth century, The Lord of the Rings has become almost a standard literary form for the genre. What is it about Tolkien and his work that has fostered this modern literary and commercially successful phenomenon?”
- How Does the Autistic Brain Work? – “ Crammed into our craniums, the three-pound human brain may be the most complex matter in the universe. And, scientists are learning more about how it works by investigating how it doesn’t work. A 13 year-old young man named Tito Mukhopadhyay may be the Rosetta stone for autism, revealing what it feels like to be autistic.”
- The Hidden Curricula of Education – Douglas Kellner, Professor George F. Kneller Philosophy of Education Chair at UCLA describes how modern education conditions the student for the capitalist workplace. This “hidden curricula” is inherently conservative. Kneller seeks to explore a more progressive approach.
Continuing in my typical fashion of bringing you somewhat educational content at times when Wesleyan sees fit to leave us to our own intellectual devices (WHY?), I think I shall start a summer lecture series to go along with my Fight Winter Brain Rot series. I will unimaginatively entitle this Wesleying’s Summer Lecture Series. Mostly, it is to remind our dear Wesleyan that it is so woefully behind the times so far as open learning and web technology goes compared to other peer institutions* but also partly because some of this shit is so fucking cool, I’d be depriving the entirety of the human race assloads of awe and wonder if I were not to share it. Seriously. Ok, maybe that’s going overboard. But I’ll do my best.**
Today’s lecture is entitled Rip, Mix, Burn, Sue given by Edward W. Felton, who describes the lecture as “a layperson’s introduction to the technology/copyright wars.” If you’re interested in the glory of, say, the network or the RIAA’s inane legal bullshit this is a fun watch.
It also has a pretty sweet quote from Mr. Rogers about his feelings on videotaping when advertisers and production studios tried to make VCRs illegal in the 1970’s.
*If you are a member of the Wesleyan administration and are offended by this, please feel welcome to contact me (or any internet-literate person between the ages of 17 and 24) and I’ll fill you in on your low-cost, high-yield options that other schools are already whipping us in–student-run blogs notably an exception.
**As always, if you find something fascinating, send it my way at hwood@wes with some idea of what it is. I’m looking for videos and podcasts (mp3s).
- The Boy with the Incredible Brain – As the anonymous tipster who sent it says, “I mean HE MEMORIZED 22,500 DIGITS OF PI. And he learned Icelandic in A WEEK. And he sees every number from 0 to 10,000 as a different colorful, textural, moving object.” Yeah.
- The Brain that Wouldn’t Die – a 1962 film with the tagline ” Alive… without a body… fed by an unspeakable horror from hell!” Check it out on IMDB. MST3K that shit. All by yourself. In your bathrobe.
- Revolution OS – a 2001 documentary which traces the history of GNU, Linux, and the open source and free software movements.
(to see any of the past ridiculously nerdy things I’ve posted for the horde, click on the tag “online learning.”)
Many people at this school at any given time are reading books so old that their copyright has expired (or they never had a US copyright). What does that mean? It means it’s perfectly legal for you to read these books online and not buy the book.
So for example, you need to read Pride and Prejudice for class. Where can you read it?
- You can search for it at Netlibrary, a service Wesleyan subscribes to (which contains both ebooks out of copyright and some newer ones).
- Want to listen to it on your iPod? Try LibriVox, it’s a group site where people volunteer to read parts of the book to create an audio version.
- Or you can just google “Pride and Prejudice eBook.” Many sites now redistribute the texts freely.