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.

Learning

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.

Reading

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. 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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