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Monday, February 26th, 2007 | Author:

the brain

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OK, so it is no secret that I am a huge information junkie. I mean, I think I am the only person only the planet who prays for the toughest syllabus before heading to the college bookstore. Fortunately for me, the magazine Real Simple made my “wildest dream come true” on Saturday with their most recent edition. MIT, yes the MIT where the smartest people on the planet attend, has made their undergraduate and some graduate courses free to the public on their website. Now, before you start fantasizing about getting a degree their in your down time, these classes are for edification only. You receive no credit and cannot register for other MIT classes.

You may be thinking, “What is so cool then?” The cool thing is the wealth of information provided. Some of the text books are available free online. If you happen to be a teacher (like a nursing professor….) you can supplement information you offer in your classes. Or, heaven forbid, you are a huge geek like me….you can download and read through course curriculum just for the hell of it.

So, I know…I know…it is not free health care or the discovery a subterranean race of beings, but it does present interesting insight and dialogue about the purpose and use of information. How with effort or curiousity we can work to improve ourselves, for ourselves, just a little bit each day.

So, if you are a super geek like me, or are just plain curious, go to their website: www.ocw.mit.edu

Happy Learning!

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Monday, February 26th, 2007 | Author:

A teacher friend of mine started a clothing line called Okfitz.com. He gave me a complimentary hat last fall, and it is my favorite beanie. Check out his site and show him some love!

Friday, February 02nd, 2007 | Author:

While there are many tragedies that befall individuals on a daily basis, when they happen to one’s self you start to scream “WHY” to the heavens. While I have yet to get a grey hair I have started being victim to the ravages of age and I am regularly getting evaluations for routine health issues. Soon I will be wearing glasses and talking about my migraine medication to all who will listen. I will find it binds me to nameless persons as we wait patiently in line at the local pharmacy. Discussing “tips” we heard on NPR and what we have read on WebMD. Of course, we are just finding solace in small talk with others, but this fleeting sense of connectedness to another is comforting in the current world.

For those who don’t know, I am having a small mass removed from my genetically enhanced cartoon action heroine breasts and having it biopsied. I am not concerned there is anyting to worry about, but I do find the whole situation a bit unsettling. If I had been lucky enough to be a freakishly cartoon-like women, like Bridgitte Nielson perhaps, I would have some ridiculously stupid line to say like “The changes from the nuclear waste made me invincible to the instruments of man. Now, I might die from a small mutation of my own making.” Not the best written line in comic book history, but surely paints a picture of how powerless not knowing makes you feel.

To add insult to injury, I open my trusty laptop, courtesy of the kind parentals, and the liquid screen is broken. Sure, I can see a small corner of the screen. The microsoft blue shining like the sky after a storm, but I am powerless. Luckily, a compassionate IT guy who does not look down on his tech ignorant friends assisted me in connecting my laptop to my old IBM desktop monitor. God bless him.

So, I find on this lovely Friday evening that the hard drives of both men and God have gone astray in my personal universe and without the proper technicians I have little hope in saving either of them myself.

In Peace….