Education With Open Access

So I recently stumbled upon a company/website called Coursera. The whole idea is to offer University courses to the masses and allow education to reach you even if you aren’t around the university itself. I am amazed by the concept. Of course you’re not going to get college credit for these classes but I do see a benefit. If you have been out of school for a while, why not take a shot at trying out an online class to see if its something that still interests you, or that you want to pursue? And if you just want to better yourself with some education in general – great – since its openly available just go sign up and enroll!

I personally just signed up for an Operations class. It goes with my current job but there are a plethora of classes available from simple things like cooking to theoretical math. Check it out!

PS. The course I signed up for is:



As mentioned, my excitement is on high whenever talking or thinking about the to-be home that’s currently being planned and worked on. But with that also comes a rather high level of stress and anxiety since everything is sequential, many things are yet to be complete, and of course every new bad thing noticed adds to that level. Exactly why I dont need DUMB issues that shouldn’t even exist.

Lets put things into perspective – I walked into buying a home I knew was a project and that had to be essentially torn apart before being put back together. Its nickname should be Humpty Dumpty – completely fine with that. What I am not fine with is kids from the neighborhood who apparently weren’t raised right or are just rebels with a side of idiot who decide windows are an awesome thing to throw rocks at.

More perspective – I don’t even really mind about the windows since I was going to replace them all anyways but throwing the rocks means 2 more important things. A. broken glass that can hurt me, or anyone working on the home, and b. of course these are kids that have aim similar to Michael Vick (burn) and hit the vinyl siding more times than glass so thus cause damage to something I’d rather not spend money to replace.

In the end – I’ll deal, but needed to vent today so why not do it here. My next steps in case anyone is wondering: a. talk to guy running my wiring about putting cameras around the house – always wanted a cool security system, b. call the cops for any tips/see if they can watch the area at all, and c. get a new canister of air for the paintball gun. 🙂

/rant – thanks for listening.

Building A Home [2]

Walking into a house enthused, excited, and antsy to see what it CAN be. I look past the broken sheetrock crumbled to bits on the floor, the duct-work that’s been ripped out, but not taken since it only garners $0.04/lb at the scrapyard, and the stairs and would scare anyone due to the side-to-side wobble they produce when used. Instead I see beautiful wooden floors with an area rug where friends are standing and enjoying music while chit-chatting as Cpigrun cooks something in the kitchen to keep us all going on a nice night in the 2013 Fall/Winter. Focusing on my goals keeps me from being down, and more importantly keeps me sane.

So – it took several days, and 3 30-yard dumpsters, but the house has been gutted to studs. We are though complete with what I am referencing as Phase 2. Met 2 groups of diligent, and hard working demolition crews, and 1 ok-to-talk-to-but-not-so-hard-working carpenter who assisted in getting the house to this point and I absolutely appreciate their time and effort. Looking forward now to what next – talking with the General Contractor about design changes!

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(Super)Man This Better Be Good

Heart pounding. Fists clenching my seat’s armrests. Eyes focused on my monitor. Slight smile on my face. All of this – while watching the new Man of Steel trailer. I like many have been a fan since I had a pair of tighty-whities on with his picture on the backside, and can’t wait to see him on the bigscreen for the 1st time. (Yes, I know I said ‘1st’ even though I saw Superman Returns but, once again like many, have decided to black that out from memory.)

I’ve told everyone I ran into today to join in watching the trailer – so – do it.

Boston In The Media

A day or so removed from the Boston Marathon bombing and as expected the media exposure is at its high. No complaints from me as we don’t have all the information and as it gets pieced together I know a lot want to know – a lot need to know – what exactly happened, and even more importantly – why? I just want to share my perspective on the reports I observed throughout the day.

The Undesirable:

A 20-year-old Saudi national was tacked by a bystander after the blast yesterday for acting suspiciously… while running away from the blast. And today the gentleman went through a home search and questioning by the authorities. I am completely fine with most of this – other than the media needing to repeat the word Saudi 15 times per report. It shouldn’t matter what nationality he is. Hearing that they have a suspect and doing everything they can would suffice.
[New York Post]

After hearing two men speaking in Arabic passengers on a plane felt uncomfortable, the plane was brought back to the tarmac, and the said men were removed from the flight. I understand our panic meters are on high, but we’re a melting pot for cultures and people will speak different languages – don’t let the stereotypes win – ever.
[Herald Sun]

The Amazing:

I am surprised that when I google ‘hero’ Carlos Arrendono doesn’t immediately come up as the top result. He is just that – as are the many in Boston who ran towards the explosions to assist. You are all amazing.

I know Patton Oswalt from comedic roles, and more recently from Justified. More importantly I now know him for a fantastic quote a day after the heinous event.

“I don’t know what’s going to be revealed to be behind all of this mayhem, but here’s what I DO know. If it’s one person or a HUNDRED people, that number is not even a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a percent of the population on this planet… When you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look it in the eye. Think, ‘The good outnumber you, and we always will.’”

He reminds me, and hopefully does the same for all of you, that inherently good is always the victor.
[ABC News]

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