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Getting Back Online and Doing Some Learning July 21, 2011

Posted by geoff in News.

Not having posted regularly since April, I’m a little pent up. I finally decided that though I can’t rationalize spending time on blogging, I really don’t enjoy life as much without it. So I’m kind of back, I think.

It was a miracle that I stayed away as long as I did. One thing that helped a lot was the Khan Academy. It’s a very cool site filled with 10 – 25 minute video tutorials on a variety of academic subjects (mostly math, science, and economics, so far). Over 2400 videos, all completely free.

Most of the vids are at the upper high school/lower college level. So far I’ve had no problem finding plenty of tutorials that fill in little gaps in my education, and I’m looking forward to learning new material, such as his series on banking and finance.

The fellow who started the academy (Salman Khan) makes all the videos himself. He does a great job, though you can get a little tired of his voice after an hour. The YouTube video below comes from a recent TED lecture where he introduces himself and the Academy.

So if you’d like to feel like the Internet isn’t a completely unproductive time sink, munch down one or two of these videos every day.


1. geoff - July 21, 2011

I should have mentioned that he’s also talking about changing the education paradigm – something I’ve been begging for for over a decade.

2. geoff - July 21, 2011

…and he’s doing it without any government funding.

3. Jewel Atkins - July 21, 2011

I’d start with different forms of fire: Firing lousy teachers, putting some school administrators in front of firing squads, and burning down crime and filth infested schools, er, warehouses in many urban war zones, just for starters.

4. Tushar - July 21, 2011


5. Retired Geezer - July 21, 2011

Geoff, thanks.
That’s the best thing on the Internet.

6. geoff - July 21, 2011

My wife deserves the credit – she sent me the link to the TED lecture. That was enough to get me hooked.

7. Michael - July 21, 2011

changing the education paradigm

Man, I hate it when people use fancy words that have a “gm” in them, like we’re still a bunch of ass-fucking Greeks. It’s like Geoff is trying to be enigmatic, when he could have said “changing the way we teach kids.”

Poser. I ain’t gonna look up your fancy words.

8. Michael - July 21, 2011

Hey Tushar, how are you?

You should post some pics of the Cutest Anchor Babies In America.

9. geoff - July 21, 2011

Don’t go here.

Anyway, I would have had to say, “changing the way we teach, and think about teaching, kids.”

10. Michael - July 21, 2011

I actually know the meaning of “kerygma.”

I’m kinda ashamed to admit that.

11. Cathy - July 21, 2011

Welcome back Geoff. I’m about 45 miles from ya and will be coming through tomorrow on my swayback to Denver. I’ll wave.

12. geoff - July 21, 2011

If you have any problems with your flight, just give me a ring.

13. Cathy - July 21, 2011

Awesome video, Geoff. I’m blown away and see some hope for the future of education. When I get home I’m going to get more of this to the newest member of our city’s school board whom we conservatives just voted in.

14. Cathy - July 21, 2011

” swayback” = ” way back”

Geoff, I’m driving through Boulder coming back from Estes Park. Not flying. Will be heading back to Texas sometime next week.

15. geoff - July 21, 2011

Geoff, I’m driving through Boulder coming back from Estes Park. Not flying.

Ah. Well, if time permits, I’d be delighted to take you out for lunch or dinner.

16. Michael - July 21, 2011

Free food from Geoff?

*looks at credit card charges*

Cathy, you should do that.

17. Michael - July 21, 2011

And treat yourself to a nice dessert on Geoff’s tab.

18. Cathy - July 22, 2011

Would love to, Geoff, but daughter wants me to stop and visit. You are sweet to offer. Thanks. Say howdy to your wife and kids for me.

19. lauraw - July 22, 2011

(Michael, reviewing Cathy’s cc charges while she’s been away)

7/18….Mary’s Lake Lodge Steakhouse…125.00

(oh yah, she told me she had a good meal and got sauced)

7/19….Tips n’ Toes…..75.00

(oh, that’s probably a nail salon, looks like she pampered herself)

7/20….Pool Service by Julio….500.00


20. lauraw - July 22, 2011

She should have done that one in cash.

21. wiserbud - July 22, 2011

welcome back, Geoff!

I was just talking with someone about you the other night, saying how much the blogs have sucked since you left.

22. geoff - July 22, 2011

Thanks, wiser.

I don’t think I had any impact on the blogs, though – I think it’s the news that has sucked.

Plus Michael’s been a dirtbag reprobate slackoff since he retired.

23. Dave in Texas - July 22, 2011

Boy no shit. The hell does he do with himself all day?

Rhetorical. Purely rhetorical, no need to answer.

24. geoff - July 22, 2011

I’m imagining this.

But solo.

25. geoff - July 22, 2011
26. Michael - July 22, 2011

I’ve posted 1,779 times on the main page at IB (plus 5 posts by Batbear). I admit it — I’m running out of gas. It’s hard to think of something to put up that isn’t repeating myself. I could be like Ace and post a daily screed about the bias of the media, but I just don’t have it in me. I don’t know how Ace manages to keep going.

Next highest poster at IB is Skinbad at 559 posts. He’s been slacking off as well.

27. geoff - July 22, 2011

That’s a lot – I think between here, Uncommon Misconceptions, Ace’s, and Nice Deb’s, I’ve put up maybe 1200 posts.

28. geoff - July 23, 2011

Cathy – sorry to miss your call yesterday. I was napping.

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