MIT OpenCourseWare

August 18, 2010

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I’d like to direct your attention to a truly praiseworthy endeavor: MIT OpenCourseWare!  The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has taken a vast portion of their course content and published it on the internet for you to use completely free of charge.  Aside from some particular materials included under special licenses or fair use rules, the […]

Posted in: 6.002, General Interest

Rotarium

August 14, 2010

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Here’s my video!  It’s far from flawless, but I’ve decided to stick a fork in it.  Thank you to all who gave me some excellent constructive criticism.  I’ll be sure to apply it to my next video! Alright, let’s talk about toilets… … and tornadoes.  My dad, Stanley Schleifer, happens to be the chair of […]

King Under the Mountain

August 10, 2010

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I have returned! I was abruptly derailed by life complications and it’s taken me some time to work myself up to posting again.  But I figure I’ll start posting as often as I can and go from there. In the interim, I’ve had some time to think about The Grok Project and how to improve […]

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On “Becoming Human” – Part 2

February 24, 2010

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LINK TO: Part 1 WARNING: This post is jargontastic.  I’ve included lots of Wikipedia links, but it still may be difficult for readers unfamiliar with certain concepts or unaccustomed to my blather.  If this is a greater challenge than you find enjoyable, then do skip it.  I hope to return to these concepts in a […]

Home Depot

February 14, 2010

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I’ve been to a magical place!  I mean … I’ve been there before, but this time it really impressed me.  Home Depot had everything I was looking for. I can see why the foil tape would work so well.  When I unwrapped it there were indentations on it from the imperfections in the shrink wrap […]

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Phonograph Materials

February 9, 2010

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In trying to gather up the materials I’ll need to build my phonograph, I have come to the conclusion that I’m way more likely to end up with a working phonograph if I follow these instructions: http://www.christerhamp.se/phono/matteson.html.  That means I’ll be trying for a tinfoil (or something similar) cylinder, not a wax one. Things I’ll […]

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An Excursion to the 19th Century

February 4, 2010

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Starting this blog in the paleolithic era was almost an afterthought.  In retrospect, I’m glad because the questions I’m examining here are very important and will become a point of reference for the entire project.  Questions like, “What is technology,” and, “What are human beings in the first place?”  Nevertheless, it has gone kind of […]