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  1. From the discussion the magic of crystal ball

    Fri, 20 Nov 2009 06:46:59 -0000

    Cool!

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  2. From the lesson The "Yellow Brick Road" as Spiritual Journey

    Thu, 10 Sep 2009 18:09:06 -0000

    This lesson is awesome!

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  3. From the lesson Journalist Profile: Lois Lane

    Fri, 12 Jun 2009 19:12:59 -0000

    Love is blind! Har har.

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  4. From the lesson Seven Wonders of the Modern World: Golden Gate Bridge

    Fri, 12 Jun 2009 19:11:51 -0000

    @Malgosia – what pretty pictures! I’m planning to go to San Francisco at the end of the summer.

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  5. From the lesson Albert Camus: The Myth of Sisyphus

    Fri, 12 Jun 2009 19:10:30 -0000

    I think they are similar. Both take a look at how we approach making decisions in our lives and whether or not we can control them. In Myth of Sisyphus, a man is being order to push a rock up a hill by the gods – an act of obedience towards the gods because he cannot control the outcome of his situation. In the Milgram experiment, we see people who are shocking other people because they somehow believe they are no longer responsible for their actions and are instead carrying out another person’s wishes.

    The question is do we care about what we are being told to do? Should we just do what is being required of us? There is something moral here that we should look at. In Milgram’s experiment they are being asked to harm people for no real reason. If you think about it we can apply it to our own lives. Where the does the point cross between us trying to find meaning in our meaningless lives to the point where we may enjoy it without hurting others? When Sisyphus tries to live his meaningless life even though he is just obeying orders, is this right? What if we replaced him having to push a rock with having to hurt somebody? Should he still enjoy his life then?

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  6. From the trivia question Hecatommithi is a work of prose published in 1565 from which was derived which Shakespearean play?

    Fri, 12 Jun 2009 18:58:45 -0000

    Very interesting!

  7. From the lesson Growing Up As Lisa Simpson

    Wed, 15 Apr 2009 06:04:23 -0000

    Awesome! Glad you feel that way! A lot of my friends have become vegetarians. It’s a great lifestyle and there are lots of non-meat options to choose from these days too.

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  8. From the discussion The Big Ticketmaster/Live Nation Debate

    Thu, 02 Apr 2009 22:35:43 -0000

    Although I am happy, I got tickets to the Ray Lamontagne concert for April 15th :)

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    1. oLahav saidFri, 03 Apr 2009 13:04:31 -0000

      That’s pretty sweet. It always feels good to manage to score tickets, especially now when it’s getting so hard. In a way that’s a good thing… have a fun concert.

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  9. From the discussion The Big Ticketmaster/Live Nation Debate

    Thu, 02 Apr 2009 22:35:19 -0000

    Interesting…Ticketmaster is always so shady. Sometimes when I search for tickets on their online system it’ll say it found one for me..then I’ll search again and no results will show. I wish they would just show what tickets are available and let everyone have a chance at them equally….bah

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  10. From the lesson DeVry at Sherman Oaks- Study in Hollywood

    Thu, 02 Apr 2009 22:24:59 -0000

    I would love to live in Los Angeles…

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  11. From the lesson Randy Pausch: Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams

    Thu, 02 Apr 2009 22:16:59 -0000

    @oLahav – Great points, Oren. You’re right, he did a have a good life – and I suppose it can be contributed to following his passions.

    I think we all fail, at one point or another. Some talents may come more natural to others; some are born out of hard work, commitment, and getting back up each time you fall down. I’ve had people tell me to stop chasing my dreams, but that’s no way to live your life. It comes down to personal choice and what will make you happy. In reality it is good to have a steady job, and most people would suggest that you pursue your passions on the side. Either way, you should never give up on your dreams – just remember that they are always with you. I think it’s a very brave thing to go out and be vulnerable to your work. Better to be a dreamer than a critic, in my opinion…

    But yes – you should definitely look out for your personal welfare. We can’t escape from the fact that our world tends to be ruled by money. Sometimes it is ruled by our love for certain things though :)

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  12. From the lesson I'm a U2 Fan, I'm Smart!

    Wed, 18 Mar 2009 18:29:24 -0000

    HAHAHAHa This is a freakin’ AMAZING lesson. Although I am sad to hear “jazz” fans are not that smart, I am delighted to know that Norah Jones saves once again. Maybe it’s the lack of identifying what kind of ‘jazz’ they listen to, although now it seems I’m just making excuses…

    The way we choose to identify ourselves in our public profiles are fascinating…I must say I’m a pretty curious person about other people and their interests. The way they choose to portray themselves through their likes and dislikes is intriguing. And now I will be adding “Beethoven” to my list of Favourite Music…..

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  13. From the discussion Jazz is dead.

    Thu, 12 Mar 2009 05:22:10 -0000

    I don’t think it’s all the same…sometimes you’ll have music that rebels and is just stupid, and then you have music that rebels for a purpose…

    I think it’s funny that there is more supply of jazz school majors than the amount demanded….

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  14. From the discussion Jazz is dead.

    Thu, 05 Mar 2009 01:18:04 -0000

    Hahaha. I think the spirit of jazz lives on in artists like Lauryn Hill and Erykah Badu, but they haven’t been out in a while. Lauryn Hill kind of went bezerk from all these outside influences so she hasn’t done much work in recent years – but she was genius at the time she was out.

    Even Kanye West sort of embodies that spirit of jazz – rebellion, freedom, etc. I think electronica will become mainstream in the future as well…who knows?

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  15. From the discussion Guitar Help

    Thu, 05 Mar 2009 01:15:11 -0000

    www.ultimate-guitar.com has a great collection of songs, either with chords or with tabs. You could probably also take up some flamenco or spanish guitar, I find it’s really fun to practice and it impresses people than regular guitar playing. There are some great lessons on YouTube by the user “csybu” for this. Learning new strumming patterns and stuff can make your playing sound better too! :)

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  16. From the lesson How the financial crisis started...

    Sun, 01 Mar 2009 04:50:47 -0000

    Here’s another great lesson I found, it’s a video visualization of the crisis. Pretty simple to understand: http://vimeo.com/3261363

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  17. From the discussion Toronto's Best

    Thu, 26 Feb 2009 22:22:49 -0000

    I like Metro’s crossword puzzle on the back page. Metro takes condensed articles from other news agencies but I think it’s good to get a quick update on the news when you’re on the subway or something. And since it’s free, I guess you can’t really expect award-winning journalism in it.

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    1. oLahav saidThu, 26 Feb 2009 22:36:13 -0000

      Ok, sure, you’re right about the free part. But I’m not sure there’s a very solid line between unpaid-interns and slave labour. Although it is better than companies where you have to pay in order to get an internship with them…

      Ok, maybe I should stop talking… don’t want to give anybody any bad ideas…

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  18. From the lesson French: les vĂȘtements

    Thu, 26 Feb 2009 22:20:05 -0000

    Yes, I checked Schaum’s Outline of French Grammar book and it says “Je porte un parapluie” is correct. It doesn’t translate perfectly into English as you have pointed out – but I suppose it would be akin to saying “I am donning an umbrella”.

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    1. oLahav saidThu, 26 Feb 2009 22:36:52 -0000

      Interesting, I guess the French think of umbrellas as fashion accessories. Thanks for the info!

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  19. From the lesson Seven Natural Wonders of the World: Rio de Janeiro

    Wed, 25 Feb 2009 23:50:21 -0000

    Great lesson May!

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  20. From the discussion Guitar Help

    Wed, 25 Feb 2009 23:46:42 -0000

    Sweet! Congrats on your anniversary. I guess over time you’ll develop a better tuning ear, that’s how it is for me.

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    1. oLahav saidFri, 27 Feb 2009 21:56:20 -0000

      Thanks, I’ll let my guitar know you congratulated her. She’s probably just going to go out with her friends though, nothing too special.

      I actually find that the regular tuning for a guitar doesn’t work that well for me, so I play around with strings a bit until they sound nice. I’m thinking of getting a real tuner and figuring it all out (if I could do open strumming that would be great, but it requires delicate open tuning).

      And surprisingly enough I just found out I improved with my playing. I can now play more complicated tabs than the ones I used to, and I figured out how to use a sliding-string thing. Any suggestions on where to go with guitar playing without chords?

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