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Media Wednesday [Aug. 6th, 2014|08:12 am]
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* Finished Morse. So so very sad, so we are starting Inspector Lewis over (at least until i start remembering how they end).
* Netflix recommended Royal Pains. I skimmed the first episode. Um, no.
* Watched Romancing the Stone (1984), last watched ages and ages ago. I think i like "Action Adventure Romantic Comedies." There's Crocodile Dundee, African Queen, and ? I guess many Kathryn Hepburn films? Recommendations for Netflix available Kathryn Hepburn films always welcome, any other recommendations? Anything more recent than the 80s?

* Raising Steam (Discworld) by Terry Pratchett - started during the summit week as i thought i needed a diversion, not more thinking. Not particularly excited. I've seen some of the Discworld videos on Netflix and enjoyed those, but the full narrative, listening, misses the power of the skim to edit and the video editor's sharpening of the story.

* Still loving Biology: The Science of Life. At 36 hours plus, i am listening at 2x speed.

Courses: I am happy to discover Coursera has an iPad app that downloads the videos. I've sketched out a series of fall courses for myself. The first is four weeks (20140801-0831) "Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects." This seems rather light. The first week introduced me to a number of techniques i already knew, although it was useful to hear that the number of "chunks" has been reduced from the "four to seven" guideline that was espoused in information architecture menu design to just four.

Next, with a slight overlap, is (20140823-0914) Preparation for Introductory Biology: DNA to Organisms. I think this one will be tough, as it will involve memorization. The audiolecture will have undergirded the conceptual understandings i need, but this will force me to learn language and labels.

I'm not sure whether i will stick with the next, (20140915-1110) Sustainability in Practice. It is, however, buzzword rich. I may spring for a certificate and list it on Linked In, if i think i can keep up.

Finally, the exciting one: (20141026-1214) What a Plant Knows. I think this is Biology for Physicists and Poets: it looks pretty light in the time commitment. There's a Nature episode, What Plants Talk About, that is similar.


[User Picture]From: annie_r
2014-08-07 04:11 pm (UTC)
On netflix, 'The Paradise' got recommended recently, but I haven't watched it yet.
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[User Picture]From: elainegrey
2014-08-11 01:30 pm (UTC)
I watched an episode while sick. It's a bit more straight drama than i enjoy, from just that first episode, but it was fascinating to watch after watching the PBS documentary on Selfridges. (Documentary lite.)
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[User Picture]From: daisydumont
2014-08-07 05:52 pm (UTC)
The last episode of Morse really is so sad, as is the beginning of Lewis. I'm a fool for Hathaway, though. And I love Endeavour.
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[User Picture]From: elainegrey
2014-08-11 01:29 pm (UTC)

Christine and I are running out of British murder mysteries. We're going to have to start rationing them. I wonder if there are episodes of Endeavour we haven't seen yet.
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[User Picture]From: daisydumont
2014-08-11 02:26 pm (UTC)
I think there may be. You know how long the US has to wait for Sherlock once they release them in England! (I finally got to see S3 just a few weeks ago, on Netflix!) The Endeavour cast is so, so good.

It'd be easier for me if I had a television. Ha.
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