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Comment: No, its the case for whining (Score 1) 87

by Lawrence_Bird (#49378705) Attached to: No Film At 11: the Case For the Less-Video-Is-More MOOC

If you don't want to watch the video -for whatever reason- almost all of the courses provide the text of the close captioning. Download and read that along with any other lecture notes that are available. Better yet, just troll Amazon for the "best" book on the subject as that is all you really want anyway.

The rest of us, who actually do want the video because, have among many reasons, a) we find the pace to be more conducive to long term learing, b) we like to take notes while we listen, c) (course dependent) we like to see problems worked out with verbal explanation, d) we like to hear the occasional question from those in physical attendance or as result of those posted to message boards.

Comment: Bullshit (Score 1) 1089

by Lawrence_Bird (#49300453) Attached to: Obama: Maybe It's Time For Mandatory Voting In US

I was recently at a homeowners assoc. annual meeting. There were no pitchforks or tar and feathers and yet in person attendance was just over 50% and total (by proxy) over 70%.

When people care about something or some place and feel that their input really does count, they will be engaged.

When people feel it truly does not matter which shithead is elected to Congress or the White Hourse, turnout will be poor.

You can't have everything... where would you put it? -- Steven Wright