10 o’clock(ish) List: Get Smart on the Internets

This post was written by Ben Ros ’14, who is one of the Collegian’s opinions editors. Another list was posted accidentally earlier this evening. It was unfinished and will be posted when it is completed.

We all live our lives on the internet in some way. Some more than others. Those of us, however, who want to avoid prematurely starting their “second life” (or at least to justify the ridiculous amount of time we waste watching cats), try to find productive ways to spend time behind our needlessly expensive but nevertheless ubiquitous Macbooks. And so (in no particular order), here’s a list of places on the web where you can get some knowledge, so you can… you know, feel like you’re doing something productive.

1. TED Talks: something for everyone. Originally planned as short lectures about the worlds of technology, entertainment and design, TED has broadened its scope to discuss everything from why SOPA was a bad idea to how YouTube videos go viral. In any case, you’ll find something undeniably cool, and may learn something along the way.

More below the jump.

Crash Course: for the historically and/or scientifically inclined. Kenyon grad John Green ’00 and his younger brother Hank endeavor to decrease “world-suck” by providing free lectures on world history and biology. Both are entertaining and well-produced regardless of whether the information sinks into your alcohol-ravaged dome-piece.

3. CGP Grey: for the generally curious and the anglophiles among us. CGP Grey makes explaining things an art on his YouTube channel. He takes on some interesting topics, like why the penny is useless and where exactly Santa Claus came from, as well as things you’ve always taken in stride, like what defines a continent and why we have leap years.

4. Instructables: for the do-it-yourselfers. Instructables is exactly what it sounds like: instructions on how to make anything from super sweet automated illustration machines to coffee flavored beer. (That last one isn’t entirely advisable — but hey, it’s cool.)

5. Open Culture: for further edification. Open Culture is an aggregator of free courses, films, literature and other resources for smart culture on the internet.

Then again, you could always learn something actually useful.

One response

  1. Great job, Ben!!! John Green’s talk about Kenyon (which was previously posted on the Thrill) was so interesting and inspiring, I’m glad you added him to this list!

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