I love love love Ira Glass. I can pretty much guarantee that will be my next pet’s name. This American Life is one of my favorite things ever, and I just adore Ira to absolute pieces. ACK IRA LOVE ATTACK.
If you’ve never listened, seriously just throw a couple of the podcasts on to your phone & go take a long walk. Listen while you’re organizing or doing dishes. Just listen.
I have a ton of favorites if you want a decent place to start.
I’ve also gone to see Ira at speaking engagements. It was beyond fantastic every time.
Great now I have to go listen to some TAL. YAY!
Getting an education from two of the most pre-eminent universities in the world will soon be as easy going online.
At least, that’s the unified goal of Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), which on Wednesday announced they were teaming-up to offer a new online education program, dubbed “edX.”
The inaugural class begins in the fall of this year, and the initial courses are expected to be announced in the summer.
GOOD. Just telling people that I went to Berkeley was getting old.
On a serious note, this is exactly where the future of education SHOULD be going. I’m actually really excited to see what Harvard offers (I’m guessing MIT may be too technical for me). There is something very special about being able to learn from some of the brightest people.
Roget himself turned out humorless and judgmental, beset with a “paranoid streak” as well as melancholy and shyness, not to mention a horror of “dirt and disorder” — the Thesaurus entry for “uncleanness” is a lollapalooza. So one can scarcely be surprised by the refuge he seems to have taken in workaholism and an assortment of small compulsions, including his “obsession with counting.” (“I every day go up at least 320 steps.”) He took particular pleasure in an ability to control the movements of the iris in his own eye.
My god, do I love lists & thesauruses. I’d write a whole list why I do, but it would just be a lot of synonyms and stuff.
A gerund and an infinitive walk into a bar, drinking to drink.
perfect for the drunk dork in your life.
The answer: They’re not.
Luckily, the stupid ugly people reading this article will likely miss what it is implying about their own probable attractiveness.
Just kidding. They don’t read.
In 1944 a children’s book club sent a volume about penguins to a 10-year-old girl, enclosing a card seeking her opinion. She wrote, “This book gives me more information about penguins than I care to have.” American diplomat Hugh Gibson called it the finest piece of literary criticism he had ever read.