Open Courses

I've discovered an excellent resource to keep my noggin growing: Open Courses. The idea isn't new (eh hem, Open University), but with the advent of multimedia technologies being widely available, university professors are recording their lectures, and making these audio files (and sometimes transcripts and handouts) available to the general public, free of charge. How valliant, to make their knowledge available to anyone, with no expectation for a fee. I say its awesome.

I'm currently reading the transcripts for Yale's ENGL 310: Modern Poetry. It's extremely thorough, and includes all of the handouts and a selection of transcripts, audio files, and video links of actual lectures. It's a great example of a course I wish I had time to take while I was at university.

MIT Open Course Directory
Yale Open Course Directory
Oculture Directory of Open Courses
OEDB Directory of Open Courses


Meat Pie-lettes

I think it's sad that I can't bake more often; it's definitely my favorite thing to do in the kitchen. I found an excellent recipe for Tourtiere (Meat Pie) on Allrecipes. It calls for ground pork, but I used ground lamb instead. And rather than making one large pie, I made a dozen mini-pies by pressing my crust dough into muffin tins. These were really delicious, and the spices (cinnamon, cloves, allspice) were surprisingly delicious when paired with the lamb and my own addition of garlic powder.


Illustration Friday: Sour

Sour things are like sweet things, only with a tough-guy first glance.


Feeling Printy

3D Papercraft Matryoshka Dolls

I'm always on the lookout for new printables, and this Fried Beef Article is a classic. Say hello to an exhaustive list of free printable items, including, but not limited to, printable lens covers, wi-fi wave reflectors, and even printable wallets and iPod covers. Reading the comments on this page, however, is also very useful. Thanks to a commentary, I found Canon's 3D Papercraft , a collection of printable toys, learning tools, and models. I especially loved the Matryoshka Doll pattern (above). I can't wait to buy some more color ink for the printer.

Illustration Friday: Wrinkles