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Learn something new

bva-moocHere we go again.
As I usually do when the season changes, I went and enrolled in a number of online courses.
The reasons are the usual:

  • learning is more fun than watching the TV
  • it’s a good way to have something to do that does not kill my brain cells
  • there’s so much out there…

So I joined three courses

. one on podcasting, that will go to complement the two courses on the subject I have followed so far, in the hopes of launching something of mine sometime in the next months.

. one on digital wellbeing, that is on the way in which the digital age impacts our mental and physical health, that can have both practical uses and provide ideas for stories.

. a basic course in Mandarin Chinese – because it is wise to learn the language of the new masters, and after all, this is Karavansara, right?

Should you be interested in learning something new, online, for free, here you’ll find a huge list of university-level free courses, in a variety of languages and on a variety of subjects.
And then there is the equally huge list of online courses and MOOCs provided by Open Culture.


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Other People’s Pulps: Weird Tales Online

A quick heads-up, tonight, for a very thorough and interesting article on OpenCulture.org, about the available contents of Weird Tales magazine online.
Turns out you can download, or browse online, a number of issues of The Unique Magazine, for free.


And it is indeed an illuminating experience – if you like pulps, or supernatural fiction – because you can read the stories in their natural environment, together with the illustrations, the ads, the letters column etcetera.
Quite a different feeling compared to reading the same stories in an anthology.

The article also points to a number of other resources, and it is quite a find.


At the movies for Christmas

Back when I was a kid, Christmas meant a night at the movies, or a night at the circus.
Now circuses are out of fashion, but movies are still all-right.

The only problem is, here where I live, there’s only two cinemas, and they are showing the latest Hollywood blockbuster (you know, the new Star Wars movie) and one of the stupid stupid stupid comedies that are the only thing that gets produced in Italy for the festive season.

But thank goodness there’s the web.
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