tear down the wall

” –where we came in?”

I wanna go home. Take off this uniform and leave the show. I'm waiting in this cell because I have to know -

 

My conviction is that I have suffered for things that  I am guilty of.

I am suffering because I am a radical 

and indeed I am a radical;

I have suffered because  I was an Italian,

and indeed I am an Italian. 

      —Bartolomeo Vanzetti, 1927

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“Good morning, Worm, your honor–” 

“– this where we came in?”

 

MOOC Mania

 

I have become a certified MOOC freak. There are several different platforms for MOOCS – Massive Open Online Courses – such as edX and Coursera, and happily many others are available on YouTube. (Many are available through those platforms as well as on YouTube.)

I prefer the edX platform if I use one. I have never gotten a certificate or worried about that at all, so I ride free, just for the joy of cramming my ever-curious mind.

What’s so amazing is that anyone at all can, for free, peek in at some of the most elite and incredible classes being taught today.

Harvard’s most popular course, Justice,” for instance, taught by Professor Michael Sandel, is a class everyone should at least check out. I am big on “archived” courses, because they are always “self-paced,” but Justice actually just began again for real, so check it out.

Here’s the little course intro video and text below:

Taught by lauded Harvard professor Michael Sandel, Justice explores critical analysis of classical and contemporary theories of justice, including discussion of present-day applications. Topics include affirmative action, income distribution, same-sex marriage, the role of markets, debates about rights (human rights and property rights), arguments for and against equality, dilemmas of loyalty in public and private life. The course invites learners to subject their own views on these controversies to critical examination.
The principal readings for the course are texts by Aristotle, John Locke, Immanuel Kant, John Stuart Mill, and John Rawls. Other assigned readings include writings by contemporary philosophers, court cases, and articles about political controversies that raise philosophical questions.

Other favorites of mine are Boston University’s War for the Greater Middle East taught by the amazing Andrew Bacevich – archived now at edX – and all three of the foremost Lincoln/Civil War Historian’s – (Dr. Eric Foner’s) – courses on Civil War and Reconstruction from Columbia University.

Jump in!

 

Violin Frankenstein: IT’S ALIVE!

I am now actively using vaporizer parts inside the electric violins –

and it is awesome.

It’s like a fucking Reeses’ – peanut butter bumping into chocolate.

I have no idea why I didn’t think of this on purpose a long time ago.

I will report back —

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