Category Archives: Just Fun

Top 10 DIY Scholar posts for 2010

According to the stats that WordPress.com keeps for me, these were the most popular  Do It Yourself Scholar posts for 2010. 10. How to record a streaming lecture 9. The Challenge of Translating the Bible 8. What Every President Should … Continue reading

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Remodeling at DIY Scholar

Maybe it’s spring fever, maybe it’s the new look at my friend Anne’s blog Anne is a Man!, but I felt inspired to do some remodeling here at The Do It Yourself Scholar. Let me know how you like the … Continue reading

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Time for a stretch

If your aching back and shoulders are telling you that you’ve been staring at your computer too long, help is at hand from UCLA’s Recreation Department, via iTunes U. I’ve already tried out 15 stretches that will change your life … Continue reading

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DIY Scholar’s top 20 posts of 2009

The votes are in. Here are the top 20 posts of 2009 on The Do It Yourself Scholar. Thanks for dropping by. Best free courses & lectures Guide to iTunes U Thousands of free books in your pocket The Structure … Continue reading

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The REAL story of Thanksgiving (redux)

In honor of turkey day, I pulled this from the DIY Scholar archives: Yeah, yeah, yeah. The Pilgrims, the Indians, the feasting — we learned all that stuff in school. But what’s the real story? Check out American as Pumpkin … Continue reading

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The Russian revolution on Mars

Here’s an offbeat bit of cinema for your weekend viewing pleasure: Aelita: Queen of Mars, a 1924 silent film made in the Soviet Union about space travelers who arrive on Mars and help the downtrodden workers unite and throw off … Continue reading

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Back from the (American) Alps

I’m back from a lovely vacation in Glacier National Park, an area once advertised to potential tourists as “the American Alps.” I’ve never been to the Alps, but my husband assures me that the comparison is apt — snow capped … Continue reading

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American Football–survival of the fittest?

In honor of Super Bowl Sunday, let’s look at American political theory through the lens of foobtall. Yes, I’m serious. In the May 15, 2008 lecture of his course United States Political Thinking from 1865 (website), UCLA professor Brian Walker … Continue reading

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You are invited to the Podcast Parlor

University lecture courses usually come packaged with seminars or discussion sections where students can ask questions and kick around ideas. Wouldn’t it be nice for us cyber-students if we could have something similar? Well, thanks to the work of blogger … Continue reading

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DIY Scholar’s top 25 posts of 2008

Here are the top 25 posts of 2008 on The Do It Yourself Scholar. Thanks for dropping by. Best free courses & lectures Two views of ancient Rome Yet more Harvard for free Go to Harvard for free The best … Continue reading

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