in order to be productive in this city, you’ve got to learn to get things done from your parked car. making plans, breaking plans, reading, writing, outlining, people watching, eating, drawing—i’ve done it all behind the wheel with the engine off.
the other night i was checking email from the driver's seat on a beautiful residential side street while waiting for yoga. i saw a new message from edX, a nonprofit founded by Harvard and MIT offering online courses on all subjects from schools and universities worldwide. many are self-paced and most are free.
although i’ve been on their mailing list for a while, i'd never come across anything that interested me. while "Systematic Program Design- Part 2: Arbitrary Sized Data" and "Autonomous Navigation for Flying Robots" aren’t my bag, i'm sure they're awesome and i recommend checking out the site.
i scrolled through the list of new course offerings and there it was—Introduction to Human Evolution.
this is exactly what i wanted. within minutes i’d watched the course description video, remembered my password for my edX account, and registered for the class.
it doesn’t start until May 6 but i am ready for back to school. i have so many questions on this topic. here’s a sampling:
- why can’t we take good, safe care of our ears?
- why is the neck—the fragile, sensitive neck—what keeps our heads upright?
- isn’t there a less-agonizing way to loose our baby teeth?
i’m so excited. i can probably even watch the lectures from my car.