Monday, December 14, 2009

Goodness it is a rich and beautiful mass of opportunities!

More of those 'I love the internet' moments.

Here I can, for free, take courses at Yale University.  Did I mention that they are free.  Not for credit, but heck, I'm a little old for that game in many ways.

Here I can see a beautiful Christmas moment from NYC.

Here I can listen about what makes people so vital and how to reach out to that.

I can hear a classic christmas song and read the background story to how it came about.

I can think about taking one of these courses, and even though that isn't going to happen right now, I can note some of the books they mention that I would like to get, and post it on my blog so I don't lose the d*mn list.  If I chose to I can ever go to the omni-present A*a*on and order it to be delivered to my house in the next few days....

I can also go here to get ideas for wacky stories or get my mind blown by this astonishingly intelligent woman - though she doesn't sound it - all while I keep in touch with my friends, family and blog buddies.

It's a pretty cool world out here.

13 comments:

Beth said...

With your mind, your desire for learning and your ever-curious nature, the Internet definitely offers of world of glorious opportunities. It’s good to hear of someone using it in such a positive, fulfilling way.
What did we do before it’s existence? Lots of time spent at the library – for sure.

Anonymous said...

Where do you get the time. This stuff is wonderful. The NYC piece reminds me of my visit to NYC a week ago. I was wandering around at lunchtime and came across a Salvation Army lady on the edge of Rockefeller Centre who had a portable amplifier and who was singing Chritmas Carols. I can truthfully say she is the only person I have met who sings further off key than me. It was a wonderful bit of life
Sea Dog

Lynda said...

I love spending time at TED.. makes me feel intellectual (I can barely spell that! ) Some great sites there. Distracting yourself from the architects perhaps???

hulagirlatheart said...

It IS a wonderful thing, isn't it?

Anonymous said...

Thanks! Those are some sites! So grateful you spent the time finding and sharing them.Am worn out trying to keep my head up in the utter chaos and paranoia of our political-financial and mass media scenes I'd miss all that truly glorious stuff if you didn't take the trouble to blog it. GM

oreneta said...

Beth, there is so much cool stuff out there! The library was, of course, in English for me, which makes a big difference.

Seadog, I subscribe to a few, carefully chosen sites that find these things and pass them on. NYC can be an amazing place.

Lynda, TED is great, that astronomist is amazing!

Hula, truly.

Gm, Your welcome!

Vancouver Isle Doug said...

Gee, I gotta get 'out' more. (must spend less time on Facebook)

Vancouver Isle Doug said...

OK, I quickly looked at the Yale site and the first course listed is on Roman Architecture! Right now I am overcome with so many emotions - memories mainly of my HS days - my eyes are welling up. I HAVE to check that out! I'll keep ya posted. Thanks!

oreneta said...

Doug, glad you're finding cool stuff...I need more of a back story on why Roman Architecture is making you well up! Come on!!!

Vancouver Isle Doug said...

HA HA HA! You are too funny. When I was in high school I studied architecture (gee, I can still spell it!). It really fascinated me but I was let down, and mistakenly listened to, a 'guidance' counselor who told me that I was not smart enough to get into the program at the university in Milwaukee, which is excellent. OK, I admit, I was a bit of a slacker, usually from boredom, and I got some bad grades. But i ROCKED with structural math and engineering! So that is where my comment is coming from. Some days I think, is 49 too old to go back to school??? OY!

oreneta said...

Sometimes adults screw up so badly.

No, I don't think it's too late to go back to school...ever! Unless there is a surprise there and you're actually 97....then you could probably go back to school but I wouldn't lay a lot of money on you graduating...Figure you're still pottering around in the garden so you could make a class or two, no?

Even if it was part time.........

Never say never!!!

Vancouver Isle Doug said...

HA! Yup, just got done touring the yard with doggie. 8.9 degreesC/48F and foggy. Lovely! Loads of berries on the holly bush, heath are just starting to bloom, bay leaf bush, rosemary and thyme are doing well, some mums are still going strong, etc.

oreneta said...

I love your garden and I've never even been there. Maybe I can makes something out of that patch of scraggliness out front at the new house....I am feeling all inspired! Maybe I'll take some photos, post 'em on the blog and pitch for ideas...would you help me?