So how’s your course at Yale going?

Really well, thanks. It’s just my kind of course: no papers to write, no homework, no exams. The only downside was downloading 1.6 gig of video lectures. Yes, I ended up downloading the lot, and that takes patience on Unwired where download speeds vary from 14k to 110k a second. Initially I had downloaded just one lecture because I thought it would help – as it will – in one aspect of the HSC Extension English course. Then I was hooked.

Point is I like learning this way, better than reading sometimes, especially when the teachers are as good as the ones at Yale – not to mention the guests, Tony Blair being one. You see, I have been struggling with what to make of Robert Shapiro’s Futurecast: How Superpowers, Populations and Globalization Will Change the Way You Live and Work (2008) and this course fills in the background beautifully, as well as tying in with my religious and ethical interests.

The course is very well designed, and its components woven together and signposted with great pedagogical skill. It is Yale, after all, so one might hope for something a bit above average. (Better yet, it’s free!)

In the second lecture “Prof. Douglas Rae, Richard S. Ely Professor of Management and Professor of Political Science introduces students in the Yale University Faith and Globalization seminar to historical forces influencing globalization and major world religions.” He is tentative about the second part, being, as he said, a secular humanist himself.

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Stats: Neil’s second decade, Floating Life, English/ESL


Yes, this blog is not immune from my obsession.

This blog

Only been going for a week, but has had 480 views so far. (All stats are from WordPress.)

Floating Life

74,358 views in 2009. In 2008 there were 78,823 but most of the difference comes from September 08 when I scored a record 11,781. See also Blogging the Noughties 12: Top individual entries posted in 2009.

Neil’s Sydney Photo Blog

14,418 views. December on 1,619 was the second-best month, July (1,827) being the best.

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