Friday, December 30, 2011

Around the intertubes

This has nothing to do with the post.  I just liked it.
Do you want to recyle and make some money? Here is how you can do it.

You know how MIT pioneered the idea of Open Course Ware, where you can have access to lecture notes and readings and other resources for MIT classes for free?  Yes, other universities have followed suit on this.  MIT's taken it a step further now: for selected OCW courses, you can take an OCW Scholar Course.  What's the difference?  According to MIT, "They differ from our other OCW courses in that the materials are substantially complete, limiting the need for textbooks or journal articles to facilitate learning. The materials are also structured with independent study in mind, with content arranged in logical units through which learners progress."  If you want to learn online, have a more structured curriculum, but are okay with not having access to instructors or teaching assistants (or getting credits), this is a great solution.  I like this idea, because I like learning things just for the sake of learning.

This is not good newsEven with the clarification, it's sobering.  For what it's worth, I don't think that the 50% of people in the census survey who are "poor" or "low income" are slackers or spendthrifts.  I think this economy is terrible.

However, those who have means (or at least a high credit limit) are keeping the overpriced handbag business afloat.  Perhaps the solution for all of us is to get jobs in the handbag industry?

This extreme couponer found some deals and donated them to the area's needy.

Different places have different ways to mark the new year, and they often have foods that are known as New Year's food.  You can learn about some of them here

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