Posted 19 December 2008 - 08:45 PM
Posted 19 December 2008 - 10:19 PM
Some sites I go to, regularly or rarely (all safe for work):
www.studystack.com <<< good for flashcards for foreign languages and other study tools for pretty much any subject
http://www.hickorytech.net/~nic111/ <<< stuff for learning japanese
http://www.timwerx.net/home/index.htm <<< Tim Takamatsu's site for learning Japanese, and other Japanese information. Really thorough...
http://www.bbc.co.uk/a-z/ <<< lots of random information... found this while looking up information on world religions
http://www.splingual.com/ <<< spanish lessons I found helpful plus an unfortunately dead spanish chat
http://market-ticker.denninger.net/ <<< Blog by Karl Denninger. Lots of financial jargon , especially in the forum.
http://www.investopedia.com/ <<< Personal finance education. Hang out for investors. Place for people who want to educate themselves about the financial system.
http://www.freemathh...forum/index.php <<< Very active math forum. Get help in math. Help others in math.
http://www.fastweb.com/ <<< Scholarships and financial aid search for students.
http://www.globalsec.../war/index.html <<< Read about current international conflicts.
http://wakachan.org/ <<< Another *chan board. Hang out for white people who wish they were Japanese.
The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy and the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy are really good, but those have already been mentioned.
http://www.biblio.com/ <<< Your source for used and new books. Massive.
Also, I idle in #japanese on IRC on the Rizon network.
That's about it...
Edited by Oneiromancy, 19 December 2008 - 10:56 PM.
Posted 20 December 2008 - 02:43 AM
I sometimes visit a carving forum. The person who started it, Janel Jacobson, has a great website of her own work. She is an accomplished and successful carver who most often does small carvings called netsuke, a form developed in Japan in the 17th century, according to wikipedia. There are antique netsuke carvings that people collect, and there are also artists like Janel who are carving the form today. Her website has many pictures of her beautiful work.
Here's a good website for looking at more traditional netsuke, and also modern ones.
Another odd type of carving I found a while ago while wandering the web is the carving of misericords that you can find in medieval churches. The interesting thing about these carvings is that that although they're in churches, they were hidden and so the subject matter carved was often not something you'd normally associate with churches. It can be racy or bizarre. Here's a site I like with lots of pictures of these strange and wonderful carvings.
Edited by AllBlue, 20 December 2008 - 02:55 AM.
added another website link
Posted 21 December 2008 - 03:10 AM
A proposal to research solar power satellites has also been submitted to the Obama transition team and is being discussed on change.gov: "Space Solar Power (SSP) - A Solution for Energy Independence & Climate Change"
This is the idea I'm most excited about as far a plausible response to the energy crisis that has been discussed elsewhere on this forum. But The Economist article is a sobering, though not completely pessimistic, look at the economics of this technology.
Posted 21 December 2008 - 04:11 AM
www.sciencedaily.com <<< Research news for the masses.
Posted 25 January 2009 - 06:11 AM
Posted 26 January 2009 - 04:53 PM
Posted 05 March 2009 - 12:03 AM
Some very cool photos!
Posted 18 August 2009 - 07:15 PM
"Among the theoretical sciences [of discovery], I distinguish three classes, all resting upon observation, but being observational in very different senses.
Class II is philosophy, which deals with positive truth, indeed, yet contents itself with observations such as come within the range of every man's normal experience, and for the most part in every waking hour of his life. Hence Bentham calls this class, coenoscopic. [CP 1.241n1: "Coenoscopic . . . from two Greek words, one of which signifies common -- things belonging to others in common; the other looking to. By coenoscopic ontology, then, is designated that part of the science which takes for its subject those properties which are considered as possessed in common by all the individuals belonging to the class which the name ontology is employed to designate, i.e. by all individuals." The Works of Jeremy Bentham, Edinburgh, 1843, viii, 83, footnote.] These observations escape the untrained eye precisely because they permeate our whole lives, just as a man who never takes off his blue spectacles soon ceases to see the blue tinge. Evidently, therefore, no microscope or sensitive film would be of the least use in this class. The observation is observation in a peculiar, yet perfectly legitimate, sense. If philosophy glances now and then at the results of special sciences, it is only as a sort of condiment to excite its own proper observation.
I think a lot of us have wondered what distinguishes science from philosophy. The above is interesting in that I haven't heard this one before.
Posted 24 August 2009 - 03:52 PM
I have now found our local pubic library in Barbados gives free access to computers - its a great place to retire. Should I give some websites? No, that would be advertising, perhaps!!
Posted 31 August 2009 - 08:44 PM
Kind of makes you mad, doesn't it? I'm only now beginning to undo some of the psychological damage inflicted by school.
Posted 31 August 2009 - 09:40 PM
Posted 01 September 2009 - 04:41 PM
Posted 01 September 2009 - 04:55 PM
There is a fine website I found, not very long ago, called Astronomy Cast.
Is a collection of weekly podcast (with transcripts) about everything related to astronomy (the name says it); from theory of relativity to dark energy, etc.
The basic idea of the site is to introduce the reader/listener to the most important ideas in contemporary cosmology on layman terms.
I reccomend it.
Posted 09 September 2009 - 05:54 PM
Posted 19 September 2009 - 09:59 AM
I found that site while reading an article on wikipedia about McLuhan.
It is a fine site, with an introduction to Media (its concepts, purposes, methods and the rest) and it gives examples of how to analyze and create media.
The web site is allegedly influenced by McLuhan.
P.d: I still have to read Understanding Media, Society of the Spectacle and Simulacra and Simulation (this one seems hard to my present knowledge and philosophical ability:mrgreen:)... which others books are influential and related to Media Theory?
Posted 19 September 2009 - 05:42 PM
Posted 19 September 2009 - 05:54 PM
For instance, if you want to draw attention to an article about how more teens are being pulled over for drunk driving, it would be appreciated if you add to your link that the article is distributed by MADD, an advocacy group who wants to increase the penalties for drunk drivers (I don't actually know if this is true, I'm just demonstrating a point). Then the immediate questions that comes to mind to me, or anyone else, why is the author of this article telling me this? is answered.
Posted 19 September 2009 - 11:06 PM
Posted 20 September 2009 - 09:37 AM
Additionally, I have another point: Yes, these social networking sites are attempting to privatize their data on specific users. But notice I do not want those sites to share my data with anyone. If I put I'm friends with X on Facebook, that should only ever (commercially, anyway) show up on Facebook. If I want to spread the info around, then I can. If I don't, then it doesn't get spread. I personally see the privatizing of information on these social sites as enabling me more control over the information and where it is being published. Not all information "wants to be free".
Posted 20 September 2009 - 05:52 PM
This Web 2.0 is beginning to look more and more like a bad thing, overall, for the internet. There is no contradiction between this sort of thing being a bad thing for the internet, while people enjoy the service. This should produce conflict among people who use the service if they see the big picture.
I think maybe the principle that should be followed is that the provider should be distinguished from the service. Anything else creates the possibility of lock-in, if not now then down the road.
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