Archive for the ‘ Education ’ Category

Lara Setrakian: 3 ways to fix a broken news industry


This gal calls herself an Industrious Optimist – and she tells us what she means by that.

She fights against irresponsible news. But judging by my own family – I can see they prefer the sensational and simple – and don’t watch TED at all.

I will even take that further – if our present course is destroying the World, they can’t see much wrong with that either. If it’s defective, they think – why try to save it?

User Experience (UX) Research and Design

Principles of Designing for Humans. edX has courses on this, presented by the U of Michigan.

If I were starting over again, this is what I would do. Every parent, in my opinion, should ask their children to consider this as a possible career choice.

It shocks me to see how many parents do not want their children be be anything.I’m sure this is not a conscious choice. but the results are there for anyone to see.

The Fighter

New York Times Magazine

The Marine Corps taught Sam Siatta how to shoot. The war in Afghanistan taught him how to kill. Nobody taught him how to come home.

This is a very long article, but it does not discuss a fundamental problem – most of today’s youth cannot be productive workers in our highly technical society. Siatta could only be a fighter – nothing else.

This is clearly a deficiency of our schools – but our schools only teach what our parents want them to. They do not want to teach them how to learn.

Machine Learning Cannot be This Simple!

I kept saying this to myself while I read Machine Learning. MIT really wants everyone to learn everything – for free. Anything else is a scam – in their opinion.

I didn’t mind. Even at my advanced age, I don’t mind learning – as long at it’s simple.

And doesn’t require an erection.

Just Money: Banking as if Society Mattered

This is a MOOC sponsored by MIT on the edX platform – that has better graphics capabilities then Coursera does. This course treats its viewers respectfully, and never pushes them around.

I want to emphasize that this is sponsored by MIT, which is about as pro-business as an institution can possibly be. But it also realizes (as many other Business colleges have) that the Business world has to reform itself.

Free Software Books


These books are the right size for me – someone who just wants to get a feel for what is going on.

Software is building a new world – and I assume you want to be part of it.

I’m reading Hadoop: What You Need to Know – it’s an easy read.

Reading these, you can learn anything you want to learn.

DAT203x Data Science and Machine Learning Essentials

This is a MOOC sponsored by Microsoft, and is one of of the edX courses. It is free, but you can get a certificate, if you qualify for it, and pay $50.

The instructors are full qualified – in fact, over-qualified – but, as is becoming normal in the online world – can be contacted easily in a number of ways.

Give the intro the look-see, and see if you are interested.