iTunes U: Me Feel Smarter

I always wondered why schools like Harvard were unattainable to people like me. Are they really teaching at such a high level that I would be completely lost to their echelon of “higher” knowledge? Or is is their exclusive education really pretension disguised as a top caliber learning?

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Mostly I chalked it up to, yes, I’m a dumbass. In the purest and most lovable form. An idiot savant in one or two areas, none of them academic. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always been interested in generally stimulating overviews of fascinating events in human history and other simple translations of complex philosophies, but never had enough focus to delve deeper into the dedicated learning that requires the exclusivity of serious time and attention investments. Then Scott stumbled upon iTunes U and shared it with me.

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It has been around since mid 2007, so, like my learning abilities, I’m a bit slow on this one. I guess this is one of those cases of better late than never. ITunes U is found through the iTunes platform and is basically a free archive of “lectures, language lessons, lab demonstrations, sports highlights and campus tours provided by qualifying two- and four-year accredited, degree-granting, public or private colleges, universities, elementary, middle, and high schools in the United States, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and United Kingdom.” (Thanks iTunes U Wikipedia)

A bit intimidating? That’s just the start of it. Most of the material is from more than reputable sources, such as Harvard lectures. Face it people, we live in the information age. So why not get some info from some of our top sources? Thanks to iTunes U we now can & or have been able to for a while. Yet for some reason, the more people I survey, the more I realize that no one really uses this service.

Personally, I have started to watch lectures from different universities. Will it make me smarter? Probably not. Maybe slightly. Like my 6th grade homeroom teacher, Mr. Jones, used to love to tell me: once a dunce, always an idiot. Since I will most likely not be watching the lectures on advanced mathematics or quantum mechanics, so I am not going to build you a teleportation portal any time soon. However, I do enjoy listening to stories of Roman intellectual invention juxtaposed with barbarism in pre-modern advanced civilization. So yea, there might be an interesting conversation piece coming to your local bar or a dinner table near you some day soon.(If we are friend that is.) But really, the purpose of this post is to recommend that you, the reader, watch some of these excellently informative academic videos. They may make you seem smarter next time we randomly happen interact, and who doesn’t love a stimulating conversation?

Being the crude gentleman that I am, I frequent places that aren’t generally known for their intellectualism. And, when I’m at these fine drinking establishments, I occasionally engage in conversation with other human beings. It seems to me, and maybe I’m wrong on this, but the level of conversation could be a bit higher? Don’t get me wrong, I love banter and am a professional rambler, present passage included, but those few diamonds in the rough of stimulating interaction in the sea of meaningless drivel, are very much appreciated. So go forth people and join the club.

I , personally, promise to aimlessly meander through the wealth of random learning that is iTunes U and bring forth halfway decent dialogue to a bar near you in the not so distant future. In other words, call me & let’s go get a drink. Oh yea, and check out iTunes U. It’s badass.

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Grubtastical ceviche. You're welcome.

Tarantula Food: “WOWZAVICHE”

I get a lot of requests for this ceviche recipe, so this is what you’ll need for a delectable exploration into grublandia:

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Tilapia – 2 lbs fresh as possible. (Other acceptable fish: snapper, halibut, most white fish) I’ve done 3 lbs for about 10 -12 people before as well. Shit stays good for a day or 2, so making too much isn’t much of a problem. Bad fish will make you sick. Hasn’t happened to me – knock on wood – but remember people: safety first.

Limes – squeeze em before you buy em. As in hold one in your had and squeeze it (you’re not juicing it yet). If they’re soft, they’re juicy. If their hard, they suck. You’ll need more limes if they’re hard. I would get 1.5 – 2 lbs of limes. Size & quantity doesn’t really matter on this. You’re going for right around 500ml of juice.

Avocado – I used 3 whole avos today. Pretty fu*king good.

Red Onion – 1 medium sized minced.

Mango – 2. Riper the better. Duh.

Olive Oil – 2-4 tablespoons. This is not exact science…

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Grubtastical ceviche. You're welcome.
Grubtastical ceviche. You’re welcome.

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Chips – Maybe a bit of salt to taste, but I recommend just getting Casa Sanchez chips from Walgreens:
Get the “Thick n crispy” ones. With the right chips, no salt is needed.

Tapatio – a must have. really pulls everything together.

Recipie:

1. Squeeze limes.

2. Cut fish into 1/2 – 1/4 inch cubes. Small is good cause more lime touches the surface of the fish that way and “cooks” it. It’s actually called denaturation:  & technically, it’s not cooking. It’s changing the chemical make up of the proteins, or some shit like that.

3. Once that is done, put the lime juice on the fish in a big bowl & stir it up. The fish will be submerged in the lime if you did it right. If it’s not, you need a better container or more lime juice. Cover and let sit in the fridge for 1hr – 1:20 or so. Drain lime juice off when done. Take cubed mango & avo + minced onion + olive oil & throw it all in. Stir & serve it up! – with chips & Tapatio of course. Enjoy eating awesomeness.

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Listen to Phantogram

We were watching videos on the Moog Sound Lab and heard Phantogram. They are a great duo from upstate NY Josh Carter (vocals, guitars) and Sarah Barthel (vocals, keyboards). We dig it. The song 16 years is worth listening to at least 5 times in a loop. We really like their production and her voice has such a great tone. Really good stuff.Check them out:

 

 

You should ALSO check out their album on Spotify:

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Our new website is up!

It worked. Or, I should say, it’s in the works. We will be getting the kinks ironed out and content posted here very shortly.

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