James Marshall's Learning Page

I've always enjoyed learning, so I have many interests, some of which are described on other pages in this site. Here, I'm going to focus on two general topics: educational sites and reading.


While science, technology, computers, and the like are some of my primary areas of interest, I enjoy learning in general. I tend to prefer colloquia/seminars over more complete courses (e.g., college classes) now, but here are some sites of both types I found that seem like good places to learn new things, in no particular order: MIT's OpenCourseWare, UC Berkeley web casts, Open Yale courses, TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design), Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, FORA.tv, Gresham College, Annenberg Media's teacher resources (it looks like a free account is required here), and Khan Academy A few sites have compiled places with online learning material, including (again, in no particular order): Free Academic Podcasts, Directory of E-Learning Tools, Free Science and Video Lectures, Online Libraries, Academic Earth, and YouTube EDU. A few other places that I thought had interesting content include (once again, in no particular order): MinutePhysics (YouTube), The RSA and in particular RSA Animate, and Shady Characters about punctuation.


I generally like to read, but don't seem to have enough time to do a lot of it anymore. One thing that helps with that though is DailyLit. They e-mail you books and stories (mostly older classics) in small parts that only take about 5 minutes to read, so it's a pretty convenient way to get some fun reading in. You can see a little bit of what I'm up to on their site via my DailyLit profile, though I'm not very active there. Another new option is Mouse Books, which is printing curated selections of literature of various types in pocket-sized books with just 48 pages each (so they take excerpts from longer works). Similarly, True Story by Creative Nonfiction is a pocket-sized mini-magazine with each issue containing one essay, and the series covers a "variety of voices and styles and subjects." I also like how StoryBundle offers bundles of books matching a theme, as does Humble Bundle's Book Bundle, but I don't buy too much from either place because I know it will be hard for me to get around to reading them. If you're a frequent reader though, these are nice options for expanding your library at relatively low prices. I also get a few magazines, newsletters, etc., mainly from my professional societies and honor societies. I don't always read everything in them, but I do usually try to read the articles that look the most interesting to me. I also like to read manga, which are basically Japanese comics, and I subscribed to the US version of Shonen Jump magazine to get manga on a regular basis until they became Shonen Jump Alpha and went digital-only. I know there are advantages to this format, but I'm just not interested in paying for electronic copies of a magazine that I can't access after a year. So I'll get print manga elsewhere from now on or read digital ones on Crunchyroll where they're already included in the membership I pay for there.

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