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"...another reason I'm intrigued with the hanged of Salem, especially the women, is that a number of them aroused suspicion in the first place because they were financially independent, or sharp-tongued, or kept to themselves. In other words, they were killed off for the same sort of life I live right now but with longer skirts and fewer cable channels." Sarah Vowell, The partly cloudy patriot.


Need to be edumacated?

Every time i hear that Sylvan Learning commercial, at the end I say in my head "1-800-edumacate." I have no idea why.

The university where I have been teaching is trying to create a presence on itunes U, so I went to peruse it. I posted about it a year ago, but since then, it has become more interesting. It looks to me to be an extremely valuable tool for recruiting students and keeping alumni interested. IN particular, Stanford has really done a nice job of putting some really interesting looking lectures on there. They have this thing called "The Aurora Forum" and have the lectures posted. Youc an download talked by Cornel West, Sister Prejean, Angela Davis, Deborah Tannen, Anthony Swofford (Jarhead), and Billie Jean King - among others. And it's all free. If you peruse the site, you can find lectures by Phil Zimbardo, a book salon, a philosophy center, etc. UC Berkeley's is pretty good too. For teachers, it's a great way to get to listen in on the classes of some good people.

If you are interested, just download itunes for free from the apple website. It's worth it for the podcasts too - there are podcasts on everything under the sun, and you can download NPR shows for free there too. You can listen to things on your computer or an ipod, and every week there is free music and free tv show downloads. Plus, you can get edumacated.


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