No comments | Saturday, September 14, 2013
educate yourself
Missed out on subjects at school? Interested in learning something new? The internet is opening up education to everyone, and now you can be taught by the best educators from the best universities in the world, free. Most won't get you an actual degree, but they will expand your brain. Some ways to access this form of education are:

Khan Academy (khanacademy.org)
Library of 4100 educational videos viewed over 250 million times. 

Coursera (coursera.org)
Online degrees and lectures from the best professors worldwide. 

Download or create lectures for iPod, iPhone or iPad.

TED Talks (ted.com)
Videos of more than 1400 talks from the world's greatest thinkers.

OpenCourseWare Consortium (ocwconsortium.org)
Video courses and lectures from top universities. 

Textbook Revolution (textbookrevolution.org)
Free textbooks on the net.

Wikiversity (en.wikiversity.org)
Open educational resources and collaborative learning communities from the Wikimedia Foundation. 
No comments | Thursday, September 12, 2013

  •  Kids sued their mother for sending birthday cards without  gifts.
  •  A woman disagreed with a store over an 80-cent refund  and then sued for $5 million.
  •  A mother filed suit against an exclusive preschool over her child's college prospects.
  •  A woman sued a theatre over a movie trailer, saying there wasn't enough driving in  Drive.
  •  A man illegally brought a gun into a bar, got injured in a fight, and then sued the bar for  not searching  him for a weapon. 
  •  A convict sued a couple he had kidnapped for not helping him evade police. 
  •  A mother sued a fast-food eatery, arguing that the restaurants's video games  encouraged gambling in  children. 
Academic Idiocy:
Nobody grudges scientific inquiry and research. you should be allowed to study or do a PhD in anything, right? So what's your opinion about US government funding for these?
  •  $113,227 to the international Center for the History of Electronic Games for video game  preservation. 
  •  $492,005 to researchers at Wellesely College to answer the question, Do you trust your  Twitter feed?
  •  $606,000 to Columbia University to study online dating. 
  •  $55,382 to a Virginia Commonwealth University researcher towards a study on  hookah  smoking by jordanian students.
  •  $198,195 to University of California, Riverside, to study whether happy or unhappy  people spend more time on social media.
  •  $592,527 to primate researchers to study in part what feces-throwing among chimps  reveals about communication skills. 
  •  $338,998, granted by the National Science Foundation, to study women, Weaving and  Wool in Iceland, in the years AD 874 to 1800. 

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