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The Collapse @ The Palomino:

Getting back into concert photography, and hoping I can find a few fresh angles while doing it.
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G+ folks, what do you use to cross-post content here? All the classic programs like tweetdeck, hootsuite, etc. only handle Twitter & Facebook, but no G+.... Manual cross-posting means I just don't post content here....
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I'm pretty old-skool; I write my updates in twitter (to use the ingrained character count feature) and then just copy-paste into the other sites...
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Paired photos from Elliott Erwitt that tell such concise & impactful visual stories (via @AmericanPhoto)
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Going through them backwards is great!
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Yup. Truths.
Lab work left you feeling dissatisfied? Our Experimental Error columnist feels your pain.
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A good overview for you U.S. folks about the terrible (and ineffective) nature of both the SOPA and PIPA acts before Congress.

Here's crossin' my fingers the protest helps (and that nothing similar gets introduced into Canadian Parliament).
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Ooh. And in even greater detail (but nicely explained!):
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"Fail your way to success"
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CRAZY wonderful awesome.

XCKD April Fools comic: There are actually over 72 different comics; you get one that's relevant to you specifically based on your location, browser, ISP, resolution and OS. One particular comic alone has 64 permutations based on your resolution.

If you're interested, reddit has compiled a list of all the comics and variables:
If you go visit [xkcd]( it may appear to be just a normal, though perhaps surprisingly relevant comic. But in fact, there's a massiv...
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With the KONY2012 video campaign going viral on the internet, it seems like a good time to make sure you're doing your research before you support a cause before getting caught up in the storm.

Some other perspectives you should read and think about:

Think before you link, and all that jazz. ;)
Unless the Kony 2012 campaign can be channelled into a set of truly workable solutions, a great opportunity for Central Africa will be lost
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"Proposition 8 serves no purpose, and has no effect than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California" -- as quoted from the 9th circuit court's decision to declare Prop 8 unconstitutional:
SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - California's voter-approved ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional, but it may remain in effect until the U.S. Supreme Court hears an eventual appeal, the 9th Circuit ruled T...
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This list of free online edu resources is so extensive is to be almost daunting. But it's a good reference! (cc +jason Donev)
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Over 200 Free Online Educational Resources (v.2.0)

Warning: Very long post. Please open in a new browser tab.

Here is decades' worth of knowledge freely available online for those who love to learn. Links that fit under multiple categories are listed only once.

What are your favorite sites to learn from? What sites would you add to this list?

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I. Top Picks
II. Universities and Higher Education (updated to v.2.0 on 1/27/12)
III. General Collections (updated to v.2.0 on 1/27/12)
IV. How-to & DIY
V. Studying with Peers
VI. Online Books, eBooks, & Journals
VII. Computers, Software, & Programming (updated to v.1.2 on 1/26/12)
VIII. Science & Math (updated to v.2.0 on 1/27/12)
IX. Logic, Words, & Memory
X. Languages
XI. Music (updated to v.1.2 on 1/26/12)
XII. History
XIII. Business, Economics, Finance, & Investing (updated to v.1.2 on 1/26/12)
XIV. Food, Nutrition, & Cooking
XV. Survival Tips
XVI. Documentaries (updated to v.2.0 on 1/27/12)
XVII. Other



Khan Academy

Academic Earth - Online courses from the world's top scholars

TED - Technology, Entertainment, & Design

MIT Open CourseWare

Stanford Engineering Everywhere

Open Yale Courses

About U. - Collection of free online courses from


YouTube EDU

The Open University - Study at the OU

University of the People

University of Reddit

Open Culture - The best free cultural & educational media on the web

VideoLectures - Exchange ideas & share knowledge

CosmoLearning - Free educational website with thousands of courses & documentaries



Lecture Fox - Free university lectures

Faculty Project - The best professors from the world's leading Universities

More Open Courses:

OCW Search - Find free university courses online

Open Courseware Consortium

Harvard Extension School - Computer Science & Technology

Johns Hopkins University

Kaplan University

Notre Dame

Princeton's Institute for Advanced Study


Utah State

Google in Education

ArsDigita University - Computer science and math lectures

UC Berkeley Webcast - Central service for online video & audio for learners around the globe

UC Berkeley Video Courses - Free education online

Capilano University

Carnegie Mellon Open Learning Initiative

Delft University of Technology

Rice University Connexions - A place to view and share educational modules

Stanford on iTunes U - Stanford-related digital audio content

UC Irvine

UC San Diego Podcasts

University of Chicago's Mind Online - Thought-provoking samples of critical thinking & debate

University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

University of Massachusetts

University of Michigan

University of Southern Queensland

University of Sydney - Podcast episodes

University of Virginia - Podcasts & webcasts

University of Washington - Computer Science & Engineering

Utah Valley University - Online courses & open educational resources

YouTube Channels:


Stanford Class Central - YouTube summaries of Stanford's online courses

UC Berkeley

University of New South Wales


India's NPTEL



Udemy - Take and build online courses on any subject

Free Video Lectures - 800+ Online Courses and 19,000+ Videos from Top 30+ Universities on 35+ Categories

100 Intro Open Courses on Everything You've Ever Wanted to Learn

Annotum (formerly Google's Knol)

IncrediCampus - Lectures and preparation/admission advice for college & graduate schools

Learners TV - Thousands of downloadable video lectures on liberal arts, science, engineering, and more

Online Education Database - 200 free online classes to learn anything

Infoplease - All the knowledge you need

MERLOT - Multimedia educational resource for learning and online teaching

Internet Archive

101 Online Self-improvement Resources

Alison - 300 free online courses at certificate or diploma level (sign-up required)



WikiHow - The how-to manual that you can edit

How Stuff Works

Wonder How To


Make Magazine

How-to Help & Videos for Dummies

VideoJug - Get good at life

How to Create a Book in Wikipedia

Let's Make Robots



Open Study - Study together

P2P University - Learn anything with your peers

Study Blue - Your digital backpack



Google Books

WikiBooks - Open-content textbooks collection that anyone can edit

Project Gutenberg

Planet eBook - Home of free classic literature

Open Book Project

The Free Library

Many Books - Ad-free eBooks

WorldCat - Collections & services of more than 10,000 libraries worldwide

iBiblio - The public's library and digital archive

LibriVox - Free public domain audiobooks

The Assayer - Web's largest catalog of books whose authors have made them available for free Free eBook Collection

Scribd - Reading and publishing evolved

Textbook Revolution - Student-run site dedicated to increasing the use of free educational materials

Directory of Open Access Journals

eReaderIQ - Recent non-public domain freebies & price-drop alerts

Longform - New and classic non-fiction articles curated across the web

Flatworld Knowledge - The first and largest publisher of free & open textbooks



W3Schools - The world's largest web development site

Google Code University

The New Boston - Step-by-step tutorials for multiple coding languages

UDacity - CS 101

PHP Academy

Better PHP

NetTuts+ - A large collection of coding tutorials

Tutorial Guide - The site for all your tutorial needs

Codecademy - Fun & interactive way to learn how to code

Free Technology Academy - High quality educational material based on free software & open standards

Higher Computing for Everyone - Writing basic programs

HTML 5 Please

Rails for Zombies

Ruby Warrior - Open source game to teach Ruby language

Got API - Documentation search engine

Coding Bat - Online code practice in Java & Python

Lynda - Online software training videos

Intro to Linux

Stack Overflow - Q&A for professional and enthusiast programmers

DZone - Fresh links for developers

Project Euler - A series of challenging mathematical & computer programming problems

Photoshop & Graphics:

Tutorial Hero - Photoshop & Flash tutorials

PSD Tuts+

Photoshop Tutorials

Graphic Tutorials

Photoshop Pack Graphic Design Resources

PSD FanExtra Tutorials

Vandelay Design - Photoshop Tutorial Hall of Fame

Grokking the GIMP

Video CoPilot - Tutorials for VFx & motion graphics



Google Scholar - Stand on the shoulder of giants

Scirus - The most comprehensive scientific research tool on the web

Cite Seer X - Access scientific and scholarly knowledge

getCited - Academic database, directory, & discussion forum

National Science Digital Library - Explore, share, create

Science Magazine Podcasts

National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning - Science, Engineering, & Technology

KQED's Quest - Explore science, nature, and environment stories from Northern California and beyond

Freelance Teacher - Videos on physics, chemistry, math, & biology

FHSST - Free high school science texts in physical sciences & math

Free Science Lectures - Free Science Videos & Lectures

Physicist TV - Collection of science & documentary videos

Educated Earth - Videos on astronomy, biology, chemistry, earth sciences, math, physics, and more

cK-12 Flexbooks

Paul's Online Math Notes

Reddit's List of Useful Online Math Resources

Math, Better Explained

Astronomy & Outerspace:

Space Engine - Free space simulation software

Google Sky

NASA for Students

Scale of the Universe - Interactive Flash Animation


Vassar Stats - Concepts and applications of inferential statistics

StatSoft Electronic Statistics Textbook

Connexions Collaborative Statistics

Handbook of Biological Statistics



Mind Tools - Memory improvement techniques

The Nizkor Project - List of logical fallacies

Wikipedia's List of Logical Fallacies

Wikipedia's List of Figures of Speech

Tool Kit for Rhetorical Analysis

KnoWord - Expand your vocabulary - Learn new words & explore language

Brain Workshop - A Dual N-Back Game

Argument Mapping Tutorials

Philosophy Bites - Podcasts of top philsophers



Basic Composition - Reading & Writing

BBC Languages - Beginner courses in multiple languages

Foreign Service Institute Language Courses

Language Guide - Foreign language vocabulary, grammar, & readings

eLanguage School - Free foreign language lessons online

Free Online Language Courses via

DuoLingo - Learn a language for free & simultaneously translate the web

Babel Nation - Learning languages online for free

Transparent Language - Language learning software & resources in over 100 languages

Survival Phrases - Learn essential travel phrases, tips, and insights

Talk to Me in Korean

Chinese Toolbox - Software for learning Chinese through reading

LiveMocha - World's largest language learning community

American Sign Language (ASL) University

Handspeak - Sign language

Signing Savvy - Your sign language resource



Berklee Shares - Free music lessons from Berklee College of Music

Music Theory - Lessons, exercises, & tools

Ear Training & Music Theory Software

Basic Music Theory Music Education - Music theory

Teoria - Music Theory Web

Ultimate Guitar - Lessons, techniques, & styles

Justin Guitar - The best guitar instruction on the web

Chorder - Chord fingering and guitar resources

Funk University - Assembly of Music's Finest

Play Bass Now - Lessons, licks, and low notes

How to Play Piano



Teacher Resources - Western Civilization (52 half-hour video programs)

Metropolitan Museum of Art - Timeline of Art History




Google Advisor

Google Finance

MarketWatch by WSJ

Main Street - Business & financial headlines & advice

Stanford University's Entrepreneurship Corner

Value Based Management - Methods, models, and theories

Ludwig von Mises Institute - Austrian economics and praxeology

Foundation for Economic Education

Library of Economics and Liberty



Good Eats Fan Page

Jamie's Home Cooking Skills

Chef Todd Mohr's Web Cooking Classes (YouTube)

Nutrition Data - Self nutrition data; know what you eat - Smart nutrition & practical tips

Choose My Plate via USDA

The World's Healthiest Foods

Calorie King

Start Making Choices - Simple ideas for living healthier on a budget

Eat Right Nutrition Tips



Off Grid Survival - Wilderness and urban survival skills

Backwoods Magazine - Self reliance and self sufficiency

Survival Topics - Your online survival kit

Wilderness Survival - Free info covering all aspects of survival

Discovery's Worst-Case Scenario Video Clips



Documentary Wire

Factual TV - The documentary film video store

Documentary Heaven - Food for your brain

Surf the Channel

DocuWatch - Free streaming documentaries on Art, History, Science, and more

Documentary Tube - Watch full-length documentaries online for free

Documentary Log - Watch hundreds of the most interesting, popular, and full-length documentaries

Documentary Stream

Documentary Storm - Free streaming documentaries

Top Documentary Films - Watch free documentaries online

Movies Found Online - Free movies & documentaries

Quick Silver Screen - Movies & documentaries

MVGroup Forums - An education in P2P (sign-up required)


Advanced Yoga Practices - Directory for Main Lessons

Creative Live - A live, worldwide creative classroom
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Really interesting, particularly in the context of the discussions I have been engaging in with students in my science writing class about the changing nature of science communication.
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Chemist, university teacher, science & energy literacy advocate, and sometimes photographer.
A chemist, environmentalist, pragmatist, sometimes photographer and all-the-time teacher. Having so many hats to wear, it is perhaps unsurprising to find me at the occasional Mad Hatter's Tea.