Open Culture



Michael Sandel’s Famous Harvard Course on Justice Now Available as a MOOC: Register Today
Dan ColmanDan Colman, Open CultureOpen Culture, 2012/12/25

This post focuses on a new MOOC being offered by Harvard, a reprise of Michael Sandel's 2009 course, Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do? (YouTube - iTunes - Web). It also notes that EdX is offering a slew of ither new courses this spring, including The Challenges of Global Poverty, Justice, and The Ancient Greek Hero. All this makes me think of one aspect of these courses that has not really been discussed: coming from these major U.S. private universities, these courses offer a certain point of view and political perspective.

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How to Operate Your Brain: A User Manual by Timothy Leary (1993)
Dan ColmanDan Colman, Open CultureOpen Culture, 2012/11/28

I met Tomothy Leary in 1984. He was doing a university tour and I was one of the student journalists at the time who interviewed him. His new updated slogan at the time was "Turn on, tine in, boot the mind." I agreed with the message - and with the content of this video (you dowant to watch it, it's very good) but at the time I also remember thinking his running shoes didn't match his white suit, and that he seemed to be very burned out and unclear. This video - created almost ten years later - seems a lot sharper. "Let the waves of chaos flow over your mind..." Good advice.

"The aim of human life is to know thyself. Think for yourself. Question authority. Think with your friends. Create, create new realities. Philosophy is a team sport. Philosophy is the ultimate, the ultimate aphrodisiac pleasure. Learning how to operate your brain, learning how to operate your mind, learning how to redesign chaos." I should do some videos like this, I really should. "Who controls your eyeballs controls your mind... imprinting values, imprinting messages... who controls your screens controls the programs in your mind."

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Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) Go International
Dan ColmanDan Colman, Open CultureOpen Culture, 2012/11/06

Dan Colman is one of my favorite bloggers. But he's terribly misinformed when he says today that "the first major providers of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) got their start in Silicon Valley and Cambridge, Massachusetts." and that "now we’re seeing them sprout up outside of the United States." Additionally, his "complete course list" contains only a fraction of the offerings these providers offer.

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Download Hundreds of Free Art Catalogs from The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Dan ColmanDan Colman, Open CultureOpen Culture, 2012/10/23

Just what the art doctor ordered: "the Metropolitan Museum of Art has launched MetPublications, a portal that will 'eventually offer access to nearly all books, Bulletins, and Journals' published by the Met since 1870." That means I can read things like Al-Andalus: The Art of Islamic Spain for free online. Oh, where does all the time go?

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Do Khan Academy Videos Promote “Meaningful Learning”?
Kate RixKate Rix, Open CultureOpen Culture, 2012/06/22

If he really wanted to change our minds about this, he would have come to us and shown us in person, right? "It’s no small irony that Muller’s argument, that online instructional videos don’t work, has reached its biggest audience in the form of an online video. He launches right in, lecture style, with a gentle attack on the Khan Academy, which has famously flooded the Internet with free instructional videos on every subject from arithmetic to finance." This whole 'meaningful learning' argument is a canard. If the methods didn't work, critics wouldn't use them to criticize them. They'd do, well, whatever works. Whatever that is.

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Why the University System, as We Know It, Won’t Last …. and What’s Coming Next
Dan ColmanDan Colman, Open CultureOpen Culture, 2012/05/14

Dan Colman points to two trends that, to him, signal the end of the university system as we know it:

  • First, Silicon Valley is finally focusing on e-learning. Udacity, Coursera, Kahn Academy, EdX — they’re all looking to lift e-learning out of a long period of stagnation.
  • Second, paying for a college education is getting unsustainable - as noted by the New York Times this weekend and Planet Money in audio.

"And then," he writes, "you consider this. Many universities seem indifferent to the difficulties students face, if they’re not intentionally exacerbating the problem."

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1200 TED Talks Listed in a Neat Spreadsheet — And More Stellar Culture Links on the Web
Dan ColmanDan Colman, Open CultureOpen Culture, 2012/05/11

I'm no great fan of TED talks, but I am a great fan of great gobs of useful bibliographical data arranged in handy online tables, so this presentation of 1200 TED talks in an open spreadsheet format speaks to me.

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Coursera Adds Humanities Courses, Raises $16 Million, Strikes Deal with 3 Universities
Dan ColmanDan Colman, Open CultureOpen Culture, 2012/04/23

So how long before Blackboard buys Coursera (and then claims it invented the MOOC)? Coursera "has added humanities courses to its upcoming fall curriculum — a departure from the MOOC norm of only offering courses in computer science & engineering. Courses include:
- A History of the World since 1300 (Princeton)
- Fantasy and Science Fiction: The Human Mind, Our Modern World (Michigan)
- Greek and Roman Mythology (Penn)
- Listening to World Music (Penn)
- Modern & Contemporary American Poetry (Penn) Today: Total:147 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Isaac Asimov Imagines Learning in the Digital Age … and Gets It Quite Right (1989)
Dan ColmanDan Colman, Open CultureOpen Culture, 2012/04/23

Of course, this may be one of those self-fulfilling prophecies. After all, I was influenced by Isaac Asimov in my youth, having read dozens of his books. Other e-learning and web developers may also have been influenced by Asimov. So we had a picture in our mind of what future learning should look like, and went out and developed that. So Asimov's predictions made his predictions come true. Today: Total:67 [Comment] [Direct Link]

The Alan Lomax Sound Archive Now Online: Features 17,000 Recordings
Dan ColemanDan Coleman, Open CultureOpen Culture, 2012/03/29

Maybe we could just do a reset on our musical tastes and go back as a society to these standards and start over, remixing them and sharing them as a culture this time, instead of spawning a proprietary music industry. Or - ah - maybe I'm just dreaming. "

It’s an amazing resource. For a quick taste, here are a few examples from one of the best-known areas of Lomax’s research, his recordings of traditional African American culture:
- “John Henry” sung by prisoners at the Mississippi State Penitentiary, Parchman Farm, in 1947.
- “Come Up Horsey,” a children’s lullaby sung in 1948 by Vera Hall, whose mother was a slave.
- “In a Shanty in Old Shanty Town” performed by Big Bill Broonzy, 1952.
- “Story of a slave who asked the devil to take his master,” told by Bessie Jones in 1961." Today: Total:62 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Michel Foucault: Free Lectures on Truth, Discourse & The Self
Mark LinsenmayerMark Linsenmayer, Open CultureOpen Culture, 2012/01/23

I'm not really a Foucault person, but a lot of people are, so it's definitely worth passing along this information about open online versions of his lectures on truth, subjectivity, discourse and the self. If you are not familiar with Foucault, you should definitely check out his Wikipedia page. Today: Total:53 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Celebrate Stephen Hawking’s 70th Birthday with Errol Morris’ Film, A Brief History of Time
Mike SpringerMike Springer, Open CultureOpen Culture, 2012/01/05

Stephen Hawking's 70th birthday, to be celebrated this Sunday, is remarkable for several reasons. The most notable is that he is having it at all, after having being diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, at the age of 21 which a physics student at Cambridge. But also, given two and a half years to live, Hawking was transformed from a bored unmotivated student at an elite university into one of the most celebrated scientists of our time. And small wonder he focused his energies on the study of time. This link is to Errol Morris’s 1992 film of A Brief History of Time, which can be viewed in its entirety online. People say this sort of resource does not support online learning. I'm not so sure. Films like this reach people. "This feeling of time, of aging, of mortality combined with this search for the most basic and deep questions about the world around us and ourselves," Morris said, "is pretty persuasive stuff." Today: Total:50 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Chet Baker’s Soulful Version of ‘Time After Time’ (Under the Snow)
Mike SpringerMike Springer, Open CultureOpen Culture, 2011/12/23

Just some really ncie jazz as an interlude in today's newsletter. As much as I've enjoying the rich soft tones of his singing and playing on the flugelhorn, I'm enjoying this look at the way the world was in 1964. People were still named Chet. Musicians stood and waited patiently for their cue. Major stars could appear on Belgian TV missing a front tooth. Baker was 34 when he played this "melancholy interpretation of the Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne standard, 'Time After Time.'," I was five years old at the time, and the show could have appeared on our television set one December evening as the snow fell and my mother made supper in the kitchen (who knows?). Today: Total:73 [Comment] [Direct Link]

The Dark Knight: Anatomy of a Flawed Action Scene
Mike SpringerMike Springer, Open CultureOpen Culture, 2011/12/08

This is really interesting. What I want you to notice is that the medium of film is a language, with ways of saying things and rules - like the '180 degree rule' - of discourse. The understanding of these rules - whether it is intuitive or tacit - is what makes someone a more or less film-maker. These rules also tie into out understanding of the film action we are seeing. Now the discussion here suggests overtly that our comprehension of film is natural and intuitive. But it also remarks that we can be more or less illiterate film viewers - as, for example, when it cites various critics who have recognized, for whatever reason, that the action sequence in Batman is incoherent. Is it big news that there's such a thing as film literacy? No. The big news, I think, is that all perception, all endeavour, is like that. Which is why the depiction of knowing as the acquisition of knowledge is so flawed. Today: Total:62 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Mathematics in Movies: Harvard Prof Curates 150+ Scenes
Dan ColmanDan Colman, Open CultureOpen Culture, 2011/11/23

Get your copy of this quickly before studios ignore fair use and shut this site down. "Oliver Knill teaches calculus, linear algebra and differential equations at Harvard, and, several years back, he pulled together a fairly nifty collection of Mathematics Scenes in Movies. Over 150 films are represented here, everything from Good Will Hunting, A Beautiful Mind, Jurassic Park... You can watch each scene in flash format on Knill’s site, or download them as a quicktime file." Today: Total:96 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Stanford Opens Seven New Online Courses for Enrollment (Free)
Dan ColmanDan Colman, Open CultureOpen Culture, 2011/11/21

Following from their successful Artificial Intelligence course, Stanford will offer seven new courses in January and February. They're open for enrollment today:
Computer Science 101
Software Engineering for SaaS
Human Computer Interfaces
Natural Language Processing
Game Theory
Probabilistic Graphical Models
Machine Learning
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Math Doodling
Dan ColemanDan Coleman, Open CultureOpen Culture, 2011/10/26

I draw complex maps of urban landscapes when I doodle, but this is good too: "Doodling — it’s usually a sign of boredom, an escape from tedium. Vi Hart turns it all upside down, and shows how doodling can be an engaging form of pedagogy. On her web site, you will find other math doodling videos called StarsSnakes + Graphs, Binary Trees, Sick Number Games and Squiggle Inception. The video above is called Infinity Elephants." I'm wondering what doodling will look like in an all-electronic world (or whether it will become a lost art). Today: Total:50 [Comment] [Direct Link]

James Taylor Gives Free Acoustic Guitar Lessons Online
Dan ColmanDan Colman, Open CultureOpen Culture, 2011/08/24

So, will this work at all? Are online guitar lessons, even if they're offered by James Taylor, a good idea? I guess my view on this is, they can't hurt, and they may help some people to learn how to play. Which, on balance, is a plus. Dan Colman writes, "Now let’s get this out of the way: The jury is still out on whether these video lessons will offer serious guidance or not. The first video offers a somewhat detailed primer on … caring for your fingernails. And it comes coupled with a short lesson, “Little Wheel” in e minor, that is decidedly short on pedagogy. More lessons will be coming soon though. Sign up for JT’s email list, and they’ll ping you when new videos are posted online." Today: Total:67 [Comment] [Direct Link]

William Shatner Narrates Space Shuttle Documentary
Dan ColemanDan Coleman, Open CultureOpen Culture, 2011/07/08

Today was the day of the last space shuttle lift-off. The end of the program marks the end of an era that has characterized pretty much my entire adult life - I remember where I was in university when Challenger exploded, where I was eight years ago when Columbia broke up over east Texas. And yes, I remember the Moon landing as well - I was ten years old. To me the space program has always represented what is best about humanity, a dedication to science and exploration, of expanding our horizons and finding our limits. William Shatner - who probably personifies this best - narrates this documentary on the space shuttle era. Also, the history of the space shuttle in pictures. Today: Total:45 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Renata Salecl: The Paradox of Choice
Dan ColemanDan Coleman, Open CultureOpen Culture, 2011/06/23

Interesting video by the people at RSA Animate of Renata Salecl's talk on The Paradox of Choice. Choices, she says, are anxiety-provoking. We are always worried about how people will regard our choices. We want to make an ideal choice. Choice always involves the loss of possibilities. And there is the aspect of pretending to believe, which involves the idea of belief in the beliefs of others. The idea of choice is that you foster this belief in the ability of others to have choices, even in cases where you don't - if you are ill, for example, or unemployed, or somehow not a celebrity. Capitalism, says Seleci, is a system that feeds on this belief. It fosters the myth of choices being made where none have been made. In this way, it acts against social change, because it attributes causes to (fictitious) choices rather than to the system of government itself. Today: Total:71 [Comment] [Direct Link]

War & Peace: An Epic of Soviet Cinema
Dan ColemanDan Coleman, Open CultureOpen Culture, 2011/06/17

Since I read it a couple years ago, War and Peace has become one of my favourite books - I think back often to some of its more memorable moments. Now the movie is available on YouTube - a four-part eight-hour extravaganza, in Russian, with subtitles. I will be watching it soon. Today: Total:50 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Chemistry on YouTube: Periodic Table of Videos Wins SPORE Prize
Sheerly AvniSheerly Avni, Open CultureOpen Culture, 2011/05/31

The Periodic Table of Videos is a collection of videos created by the University of Nottingham's School of Chemistry and video journalist Brady Haran. There is a video for each of the 118 elements on the table. It's interesting to contrast resources such as this with the top-heavy attempts to turn open educational resources (OERs) into universities. I wonder how wide a gap there is between the people creating resources like this and the people at UNESCO OER conferences. Today: Total:68 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Yale Rolls Out 10 New Courses – All Free
Dan ColmanDan Colman, Open CultureOpen Culture, 2011/04/15

Yale rolls out ten more new open online courses - but with titles like Capitalism: Success, Crisis and Reform, Foundations of Modern Social Theory and The Moral Foundations of Politics they seem to me to resemble a political campaign as much as they do an education. Far more worthwhile, meanwhile, are Walter Kauffman's lectures on Nietzsche, Kierkegaard and Sartre. Kaufmann was a constant in my reading lists in 1992 and 1993. "More than anyone else, Kaufmann introduced Nietzsche's philosophy to the English-speaking world and made it possible to take Nietzsche seriously as a thinker – something there wasn't always room to do in American intellectual circles." If that doesn't grab you, perhaps the eight videos composing American Philosophy the Film might appeal to you. Today: Total:82 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Japan's Earthquake & Tsunami: How They Happened
Dan ColemanDan Coleman, Open CultureOpen Culture, 2011/04/05

One feature of new technology is the detailed coverage of events we have as they happen and the speed with which we can analyze and understand their impact. Following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan thousands of video and data sources made available massive amounts of information, and it took only 20 days for the staff at Nova to organize and present this 47 minute video detailing the nature of the disaster and identifying some key lessons learned. If you sit down to watch this, make sure you have the full hour available, as it is first class material. Today: Total:70 [Comment] [Direct Link]

The First Talk Radio Show on the Net (1993)
Dan ColmanDan Colman, Open CultureOpen Culture, 2011/02/17

"How do you describe the internet? To say that it's a network of over 10,000 computer networks is like saying the telephone system is billions of wires." This link is to an audio recording of NPR's first live call-in show in the internet, in 1993. With all the talk about internet radio these days, it's worth a look back 18 years into what now feels like pre-history. Today: Total:71 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Steven Pinker: How Innuendo Makes Things Work
Dan ColemanDan Coleman, Open CultureOpen Culture, 2011/02/16

Dan Coleman writes, "RSA has rolled out its latest animated video, and it's a good one. This time we have Steven Pinker, the famed Harvard linguist and cognitive scientist, trying to make sense of innuendo. Why do we often say things in veiled terms, especially when everyone knows what's really being said? Pinker breaks it all down, and explains how language provides the grease that lubricates everyday social relationships." Today: Total:56 [Comment] [Direct Link]

NYU Launches Open Courses
Dan ColmanDan Colman, Open CultureOpen Culture, 2011/02/15

As noted here, "NYU announced that it will join the open courseware movement by making free courses available online, all in video. Fast forward several months, and you can now see the first fruits of NYU's labor." But the really interesting bit is not the open courses, but the Open Study system being used to support them. Branded with links to Fox News, CNN and ReadWriteWeb, and sponsored by NSF and NIH, among others, the service links to your Facebook account and lets you join study groups and ask questions. "OpenStudy is a social learning network where students ask questions, give help, and connect with other students studying the same things. Our mission is to make the world one large study group, regardless of school, location, or background." But let's be clear: OpenStudy is a for profit business and there's no open source - or anything like that - around here. Today: Total:81 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Norman Mailer & Marshall McLuhan Debate the Electronic Age
Dan ColmanDan Colman, Open CultureOpen Culture, 2011/01/18

"When you step up the environment to those speeds, you create the psychedelic thrill. The whole world becomes kaleidoscopic. And you go inward, by the way. It's an inner trip, not an outer trip." these words could only emanate from Marshall McLuhan (and it's interesting to contrast them with Sherry Turkle's Alone Together, reviewed recently by David Weinberger). The clip is from a discussion between McLuhan and Norman Mailer (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, or the whole 28 minute video). It's fun to see McLuhan define an environment as information, while Mailer struggles along with the idea of an environment as (mere) physical reality. "The present is the enemy," says McLuhan. "The present is only faced by the artist." The rest of us, meanwhile, live in an environment consisting of unreal (and inaccessible) histories, myths and projections. "The artist, when he encounters the present, is always seeking new patterns, new pattern recognition, which is his task... he alone has the sensory awareness to tell us what our world is made of. He's more important than the scientist." Today: Total:98 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Philosophy with John Searle: Three Free Courses
Dan ColmanDan Colman, Open CultureOpen Culture, 2010/12/08

John Searle is one of the most important philosophers of mind today and it is an absolute treat to be able to access recordings of three of his courses:
- Philosophy of Language – iTunesFeedWeb Site
- Philosophy of Mind – iTunesFeedWeb Site
- Philosophy of Society – iTunesFeedWeb Site
"Searle did important work on 'speech act' theory during the 1960s, then later turned to consciousness and artificial intelligence, out of which came his famous 'Chinese room' thought experiment." Today: Total:93 [Comment] [Direct Link]

iTunes U Introduces Free eBooks: Download Shakespeare's Complete Works
Dan ColmanDan Colman, Open CultureOpen Culture, 2010/11/01

On the one hand, it's nice that iTunes is making free books available. On the other hand, free books were already available, and Apple has simply placed them behind a login window. All this is fine, so long as Apple continues to allow access to Gutenberg. The strategy is pretty clear, though - attract people to iTunes for the free books, and they'll stay to purchase the commercial books. Today: Total:76 [Comment] [Direct Link]

NASA Lauches Photo Archive on Flickr
Dan ColmanDan Colman, Open CultureOpen Culture, 2010/09/04

NASA has "rolled a big archive of historical images into Flickr Commons, giving users access to more than a half century of NASA's photographic history." Words cannot express how cool this is. Today: Total:81 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Bill Gates: The Internet Will Displace the Traditional University in 5 Years
DanColmanDanColman, Open CultureOpen Culture, 2010/08/12

There's been a lot of buzz in the blogosphere about Bill Gates's predictions about education in five years - and especially the prediction that ti will be online, and better, in that time. He argued, "that the cost of college needs to come down, and the only way to accomplish this is through technology and lessening the importance of 'place-based' colleges. That's how you keep college education open to all. During the talk, he went further and asserted, 'Five years from now, on the Web for free, you'll be able to find the best lectures in the world. It will be better than any single university.'"

More on the talk from Bob Sprankle ("Thank god for charter schools. There is no room for innovation in the standard system." - Gates), Donald Clark ("K12 school is designed to baby-sit kids while adults get on with their jobs/lives" - Gates), Presentation Zen (in the improvement of Gates's presentation style), The Chronicle ("Place-based colleges' are good for parties, but are becoming less crucial for learning thanks to the Internet" - Gates), and Eric Stoller. Today: Total:67 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Harvard Releases OpenScholar 2.0
Dan Colman Dan Colman, Open CultureOpen Culture, 2010/08/03

I'm tempted to wisecrack that Harvard professors need something super simple, but I think actually that this software package that helps them build personal and project-oriented web sites is a good idea. OpenScholar, which is available as open source, is in version 2.0 now. Professors can "build an online home for their 'CV, bio, publications, blogs, announcements, links, image galleries, class materials,' and even submit publications to online repositories, such as Google Scholar." There is a caveat: "Before a prof can start using OpenScholar, someone on his/her IT staff will need to install the software on their university's servers." But don't panic - looking at the code I see it's based on a Drupal core, which means a relatively straightforward PHP install. Today: Total:96 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Document the World's Story on 10.10.10.
Dan ColmanDan Colman, Open CultureOpen Culture,

Oh, I like this, and there's plenty of time to plan how to be involved. "One Day on Earth is a documentary and new media project about the amazing diversity, conflict, tragedy, and triumph that occurs in one 24-hour period on Earth. More than a film, One Day on Earth is a multi-platform participatory media project. The flagship of this project is a 120-minute documentary to be released theatrically. Through the One Day on Earth platform we will establish a community that not only watches, but participates." The odds of any of my video ending up in the feature are probably nil, but that doesn't mean I can't make my own 120 minute feature out of whatever I like. Or maybe I should say, no reason why we can't make our own. Worth a thought. Today: Total:68 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Einstein for the Masses
Dan ColmanDan Colman, Open CultureOpen Culture,

From Open Culture: "Who couldn't use this? A basic introduction to Einstein's thinking – one that assumes no prior knowledge, just an open mind. In one short hour, Ramamurti Shankar (Professor of Physics & Applied Physics at Yale) breaks down Einstein's theories and formulas for a lay audience. If this whets your appetite, then you'll want to download Shankar's free course called The Fundamentals of Physics. You can download it here (iTunesYouTubeWeb Site), or find it in the Physics section of our big collection of Free Online Courses." Today: Total:99 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Bill Murray Reads Poetry at Construction Site
Dan ColmanDan Colman, Open CultureOpen Culture,

This is being a good role model - Bill Murray reads poetry at a construction site. "We initially encounter Murray reading lines from Billy Collins' Another Reason I Don't Keep a Gun in the House. Next up? Lorine Niedecker's very pithy poem, Poets Work, and then, of course, a little Emily Dickinson." Today: Total:103 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Philosophy on Late Night TV
Dan ColmanDan Colman, Open CultureOpen Culture,

Imagine what the world would be like if we saw more philosophers - and fewer philanderers - on TV. In this particular ten-minute segment, Craig Ferguson interviews philosophy professor Jonathan Dancy, famous (in his own circles) not for being the father-in-law of actress Claire Danes, but rather a leading moral philosopher and exponent of a thesis of moral particularism. Today: Total:80 [Comment] [Direct Link]

One of the Biggest Risks is Being Too Cautious…
Dan ColmanDan Colman, Open CultureOpen Culture,

One of the biggest risks, says 'Professor Risk' David Spiegelhalter, is being too cautious. This is one of the insights in this short 6-minute video released as part of Cambridge University's Cambridge Ideas series. This video introduces the idea of the "micromort" - a one in a million chance of dying. On a bike, you get 20 miles per micromort, one tenth the 200 you get in a car. On a motorcycle, you get only 6 miles per micromort (presumably these are British statistics). Anyhow, what I like about this is that it's a nice open and informal way of presenting knowledge, using a technology that can be embedded anywhere. Related: TED videos that support learning. Today: Total:77 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Princeton Students Pan the Kindle DX
Dan ColmanDan Colman, Open CultureOpen Culture,

Says one student, "I hate to sound like a Luddite, but this technology is a poor excuse of an academic tool. It's clunky, slow and a real pain to operate." Reading online is coming, and it will replace paper, but it has to have at least the functionality of paper. Related: Clark Alsdrich pleads with his readers, please don't read my book on Kindle. He writes, "I believe the most productive reader will open it up to random places and read an individual entry or two (yes, this is a great bathroom book!). They will bookmark or underline interesting thoughts. They will write questions for themselves, or note their own new ideas. Then they will back up to the start of a section." Today: Total:73 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Never Mind Amazon, Get Your Free Orwell Here
Dan ColmanDan Colman, Open CultureOpen Culture,

Dan Colman links to free audio books of 1984, Animal Farm, and numerous other titles. Also, it took me about ten seconds of Google search to find a full text version of Animal Farm. Also, you can find a copy of 1984 here. Today: Total:82 [Comment] [Direct Link]

The Free Music Archive
Dan ColemanDan Coleman, Open CultureOpen Culture,

I have mentioned Jamendo before, and now want to point your attention to the Free Music Archive, another source of free and legal music MP3s (up to 10,000 tracks to date). If you load them in iTunes (or any similar service), be sure to make a back-up, in case Apple decides to pull an Kindle (see below). Today: Total:64 [Comment] [Direct Link]

How I Sold My Book by Giving It Away
Dan ColmanDan Colman, Open CultureOpen Culture,

People ask, how can a writer make a living in the internet age? My own perspective is reflected more in the experiences of this author. The limited capacity and demands of publishers have been making it increasingly difficult for high-quality work to be published. How can a writer actually become published these days without being a product of a pre-fab 'hot factory' of mass-market novels? the answer lies in open content. "Distribution, creation, marketing and promotion-podcasting has given me the keys to all of these at a time when old avenues have vanished. It gave me control of my career." Today: Total:60 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Introducing YouTube EDU!
Dan ColmanDan Colman, Open CultureOpen Culture,

Google's response to iTunes University: Dan Colman writes, 'Today, Google has launched YouTube EDU, which centralizes the content from over 100 universities and colleges. This robust collection gives you access to lectures by professors and world-renowned thought leaders, new research and campus tours. At the moment, you can access over 200 full courses from leading universities, including MIT, Stanford, UC Berkeley, UCLA, Yale and IIT/IISc. And it's all searchable within YouTube EDU." All very nice, but I would not equate a collection of large American universities with "Education". If Google is serious about 'Google Education', it should be posting educational videos, whatever their source, and not just acting as a proxy for marketing for the U.S. university system. Today: Total:115 [Comment] [Direct Link]

The Top Educational iPhone Apps
Dan ColmanDan Colman, Open CultureOpen Culture,

Since I (sparingl) use a Blackberry (like Barack Obama), I don't pay much attention to iPhone apps. Still, some people will find this list interesting. Still, when considering that most iPhone apps are used just a few times, "how the heck do they know whether people are using these apps or not? Are they pinging the mother ship every time you use them?" Remember - the mobile phone is a controlled platform, unlike your computer - that's why they're being pushed so hard as everything from readers to cameras to, um, phones. You think you don't have rights on Facebook? Try exercising your rights on an iPhone. Just sayin.... Today: Total:81 [Comment] [Direct Link]

The Educational Audio and Video Library
Dan ColmanDan Colman, Open CultureOpen Culture,

Links to a wide variety of open educational resources from various audio and video sources, including audio books, university courses, foreign language lessons and educational YouTube collections. Today: Total:68 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Einstein's General Theory of Relativity: Now Live On YouTube and iTunes
Dan ColmanDan Colman, Open CultureOpen Culture,

OK, these aren't quite free courses - but combined with a serial feed, community, and free range instructor they could be. Watch this space: big changes will be happening very shortly, based on open content,like this. (Oh, I will say I find the whole "What's the theoretical minimum for thinking intelligently about modern physics" a bit off-putting - it should not be a point of pride that your program is dumbing down the material). Today: Total:80 [Comment] [Direct Link]

The Old Man and the Sea Animated
Dan ColmanDan Colman, Open CultureOpen Culture,

While for the old order, it's the politics of hate, as usual, I can't help but think that with the coming election we will see something new in the United States, something represented not by distracting character assassinations but rather by mobile twitter video storytelling, animated poetry readings and the old man and the sea, animated. For the first time in a generation, there is hope. Today: Total:78 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Learn the Art of Photography: The Nikon Way
Dan ColmanDan Colman, Open CultureOpen Culture,

My new Nikon D60 should arrive any day now. I'm getting ready by looking at Nikon's new (free) online learning. Today: Total:88 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Landing On the Moon: July 20, 1969
UnattributedUnattributed, Open CultureOpen Culture,

Ah, I remember it well. I was ten yars old at the time. Video of the moon landing. You never know when that will come in handy. use this toolthis tool to play the Flash video on your computer. Today: Total:70 [Comment] [Direct Link]

MP3 Search Engine: Find Audio in a Snap
Dan ColmanDan Colman, Open CultureOpen Culture,

Very cool. I tested this a bit yesterday. Skreemer is a pretty effective search engine for MP3 audio. Works quite well for now. Enjoy it while you can. If the RIAA doesn't find it illegal, the spammer will pollute the listings (as they already have MP3 searchers on Google). Today: Total:117 [Comment] [Direct Link]


(Still working on this)