21 Artists Give “Advice to the Young”  

Vital Lessons from Laurie Anderson, David Byrne, Umberto Eco, Patti Smith & More”

Advice to the Young YouTube playlist

How to Write an Essay, and other stuff you need to know to thrive in college.  

If you are considering college, there are a few preparations you should make.

1. Learn how to write the most basic, formulaic kind of essay. You’ll need this, and once you master it, you can mess with the form and get more creative with your written arguments, but master the basic form first, please.

TAKE THIS CLASS! (It gets good reviews.)

How to Write an Essay, from UC Berkeley, yo.
“An introduction to academic writing for English Language Learners, focusing on essay development, grammatical correctness, and self-editing.”

2. Take note taking seriously. Use Google docs or Simplenote, or some combination of cloud-based, searchable, simple writing tools to take notes live, in class.

3. Learn a couple of very basic math tricks. Don’t be ashamed if you don’t know how to calculate percentages and proportions , or to compute volumes and area. They’re all simple, but you need to ask for help. Being too ashamed to ask for help will mess you up, forever. Get passed it.

4. Don’t delude yourself into believing some of the stoopid things college kids tell themselves:

a) “I actually study/write/drive better when I’m stoned.”

Don’t argue with me. You might think, for a moment, that you are more creative or concentrate better when you’re baked, but when you get up the next morning that brilliant paragraph always sounds childish and incoherent, and you will not remember much of what you studied. Don’t argue with me.

As you get older, you will notice (and it is kind of sad) when people you care about tell themselves lies that mess them up. It is a bad habit. Watch out.

b) “I’m going to study at my dorm desk tonight, and I will get a whole lot accomplished.”

Nope. Too many distractions. Go eat dinner then directly to the library and study in a cubical. You will get tons done, and when you return to your dorm room and your roomy is all stressed from getting nothing done, you can relax, hang with your friends without guilt / stress.

Self-paced EdX classes  

These are all classes that do not begin on a certain date and proceed at a fixed pace — you can begin taking at any time.

PredictionX: John Snow and the Cholera Epidemic of 1854 [ HarvardX ]
An in-depth look at the 1854 London cholera epidemic in Soho and its importance for the field of epidemiology.

Religious Literacy: Traditions and Scriptures [ HarvardX ]
Learn how to better understand the rich and complex ways that religions function in historic and contemporary contexts.

How to Save a Life: CPR, AED and First Aid
Learn how to deliver critical medical help, including CPR, AED and first aid. And save 15% on CPR certification!

Philosophy and Critical Thinking
META101x: Thinking about thinking.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) [ ColumbiaX ]
Learn the fundamentals of Artificial Intelligence (AI), and apply them. Design intelligent agents to solve real-world problems including, search, games, machine learning, logic, and constraint satisfaction problems.

Smithsonian’s Objects That Define America [ SmithsonianX ]
Explore the history of America through the view of key historic objects, inventions, and exhibits in the Smithsonian collections.

From Atoms to Stars: How Physics Explains Our World [ National Research Nuclear University (Russia) ]
Explore the universe through physics from the smallest micro particle to the vastness of galaxies.

Lectures on Digital Photography  

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Stanford professor, Marc Levoy’s, course description:

“An introduction to the scientific, artistic, and computing aspects of digital photography. Topics include lenses and optics, light and sensors, optical effects in nature, perspective and depth of field, sampling and noise, the camera as a computing platform, image processing and editing, and computational photography. We will also survey the history of photography, look at the work of famous photographers, and talk about composing strong photographs.”

Music courses @ EdX  

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