50 Things Everyone Should Know How To Do

From EvenCool:

Self-reliance is a vital key to living a healthy, productive life.  To be self-reliant one must master a basic set of skills, more or less making them a jack of all trades.  Contrary to what you may have learned in school, a jack of all trades is far more equipped to deal with life than a specialized master of only one.

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Everything is Fiction

About writing fiction, from The New Yorker. Best line:

I have no idea what I’m doing.

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10 Reasons There is an Excess of Lists for 10 Things

From Discover:

Lately I’ve noticed lots of articles with titles that are variations of “Ten Things You Should Know About X.” I became so convinced this was not just a figment of my paranoid imagination that I did a search for “10 things” OR “ten things” in Google News (with quotes) and was immediately rewarded with more than 676 hits.

I liked the thinking behind 6, 7, and 8.

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Free Online Lectures & Universites

An article in the Telegraph explains, “why free online lectures will destroy universities—unless they get their act together fast.” And in the body of the text, author Adrian Hon, mentions four free online lecture sources where anybody can educate themselves on a wide range of topics: (1.) Prof Michael Sandel’s Harvard philosophy lectures on Justice; (2) MIT’s OpenCourseWare; (3) The Open University; and (4) Khan Academy.

One aggravating idea underpinning this trend is that university degrees may not be worth what one must pay for them and costs continue to increase at an alarming rate. Is there an education bubble in our future? Is it about to burst?

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Book Review—All the King’s Men

All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren (1905-1989); published 1946

Robert Penn Warren, America’s first Poet Laureate, won a Pulitzer Prize for this 600- page novel, considered by many as one of the greatest works by any American author. Set in the 1930’s, it traces the rise and fall of a dictatorial demagogue loosely based on Huey “Kingfish” Long, governor of Louisiana from 1928 to 1931. Long was loved by his supporters and hated by his detractors and ultimately assassinated in 1935 after he announced his run for the Democratic nomination for presidency against FDR. Warren was a professor at LSU during Long’s rise in politics.

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