Reblog

Educational Websites —

Courses
Coursera
EDX
University of Reddit
Lynda

Books
Bartleby
Gutenberg
Librivox
Poem Hunter

Videos
Academic Earth
C. G. P. Grey
Crash Course
Khan Academy
Minute Physics
The New Boston Tutorials
TED
Unplug the TV

Documentaries
Documentary Heaven
Top Documentary Films

Languages
BBC Languages
Busuu
Duolingo
Live Mocha
MemRise
Verbling

Eastern Philosophy and Buddhism
Audio Dharma [ podcast ]
Teachings of Ajahn Chah
Alan Watts Lectures

Music
How to Play Piano
Justin Guitar

Music Theory
Play Bass Now
Teoria

Programming / Development
Code Academy
Coding Bat
HTML Dog
Learn Code the Hard Way
Ruby Monk
Trypython

User Experience Design
UXMas
UX How
UX Myths

DIY/How-To
Howcast
How Stuff Works
Instructables
The Daily Miscellany
Wiki How
Wonder How-To

Math
Math Run
Project Euler
Wolfram Alpha

Cooking
Cooking for Engineers
Cooklet
How2Heroes
Reluctant Gormet

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Other cities: Istanbul, London, Chicago, Tokyo, San Francisco.

Musings

Links to check this weekend

Ahh, I kept uncovering way too many interesting links this afternoon. I’ll be setting these aside for after work. Like a pile of good books, I love a nice stack of links!

books
image credit:busybeingfabulous.com

Berg Connbox
Berg + Google
3 paths to a more creative life
World IA Day 2013 Videos
How To Think Like An Architect: Designing From Nature
Using White Space For Readability In HTML And CSS
Gizmodo: Kinetica Art Fair
Kinetica Art Fair
Mechanical Buddhas

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Musings

Gleaning From Twitter

Just a quick post to say that I love the stream of knowledge, controversy, humor, and quotes on Twitter. I had neglected Twitter for a while, but the easiest way to get into it is to install the app for your desktop and leave it open in the corner. You don’t have to pay attention to it all the time, but I am likely to glean a really great link or two when I happen to look over.

A few gems from this afternoon alone

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#7 Assault

MTA assaulting sign
Riding the subway to work in the morning, I kept staring at that #7 ASSAULT sign they have in subway cars. It really bothers me that they have a giant, red number 7 that takes precedence over the rest of the text as though it’s a drop cap (but has no paragraph to follow).

Of course, once read, I understand that it’s a disclaimer about assaulting employees, which results in 7 years in prison. At first glance though, I always think: SEVEN, assault… blah blah blah; as though it’s a coffee table book of possible offenses one could commit during their commute. [see what I did there?]

Does the same ever occur to you? Do you mentally plan what could appropriately fill numbers 1 through 6? I should design some for the MTA. You know, just to keep things sequential.

[update: I attempted to look up some quirky laws which resulted in 1-6 years on prison, but ended up educating myself on NY State penal codes and class D felonies. It turns out that class D felonies are punishable by 2 to 7 years in prison. So, there’s no such thing as a law guaranteeing 4 years for example… just that range. It’s pretty depressing thinking about all this, especially when you consider that “assault” can legally be defined as verbally threatening. So you could (probably wouldn’t) go to prison for years if you threaten to injure or kill an MTA employee. Sounds quite harsh, and spurs a whole tangent of thoughts about what punishment is an adequate punishment, and how a single year can feel like an eternity and is probably adequate for most crimes (at least the ones involving yelling and acting like an asshole). Funny comment turned to serious lesson; oops]
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