The Ancient Origins of the Olympic Games (Two Free Lectures)

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In anticipation of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, The Teaching Company has made available two free lectures that survey the ancient Greek origins of the Olympics.

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Tsunami Surfing

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A little summer randomness. It’s actually quite beautiful …
(And, no, I’m not sure if this is technically a tsunami.

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George Orwell: Blogger

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What makes a diary like a blog? The Orwell Prize is offering up a new answer to that familiar question in August when it fires up the Orwell Diaries, a blog that will post each entry from George Orwell’s private musings exactly 70 years after it was written.

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Learning Arabic (and Other Languages) with YouTube

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YouTube’s Trendspotting Tuesday focused this past week on the growing number of videos that can teach you a foreign language (for free, of course). Among the 12 video collections featured here, you’ll find ones that offer lessons in French, Spanish, Modern Greek, Latin, Japanese and Swahili, among others.

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The Randy Pausch Video You (Probably) Haven’t Seen

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ji5_MqicxSo&eurl=http://www.openculture.com/”>Really

By now, most everyone knows that Randy Pausch sadly died of pancreatic cancer last week. And, if you have an internet pulse, you’re already acquainted with his lecture that caught the public imagination last year: Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams.

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Cuil: The New Search Engine

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Just in case you haven’t seen it yet, some former Google engineers launched a new search engine, Cuil (pronounced “cool”), which claims to be the “world’s biggest search engine,” indexing 120 billion web pages, or roughly about three times what Google supposedly does. (Get more info on the new site’s schtick here.

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A Year in Antarctica Boiled Down to Six Minutes

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1200 people live in Antarctica during the summer, and about 200 in winter.

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What Wikipedia Founder, Jimmy Wales, Thinks about Knol, the New Google Competitor

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Here is Jimmy Wales, Wikipedia’s founder, being interviewed after Google debuted Knol.

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“Last Lecture” Professor Randy Pausch Dies

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Randy Pausch, the computer science professor from Carnegie Mellon University whose “Last Lecture” caught the public imagination, has died of pancreatic cancer. Thanks partly to a Wall Street Journal article written last September, the public discovered the remarkably upbeat and uplifting lecture Pausch gave soon after getting diagnosed.

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Google’s Answer to Wikipedia Now Live

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Last December, Google announced that it was testing a new content initiative — dubbed “Knol” — intended to rival Wikipedia. The fruits of their labor are now live (in beta), available for all to see.
As we mentioned in our initial piece, Knol caters to the individual author/expert, not to the wisdom of crowds (à la Wikipedia).

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