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MOOCs for Fall 2014

It’s been a year since I’ve graduated and I’m afraid to admit that I miss school, because admitting it means that (1) I start daydreaming about grad school; and (2) I feel a deep regret for not taking advantage of my education and pursuing a more interdisciplinary approach to my degree. And I tried, I swear.

There’s some good news, though – you don’t need to go back to school for a good interdisciplinary mindf*ck. Pardon my French, but I’m really excited about this curriculum I’m building through Coursera and would love if other people are interested to sign up + discuss with me. There’s some basic math and computer science, political economy, behavioral economics, game theory (added bonus: in artificial intelligence, too!!!) and is centered around my interest in having a better understanding of systems, networks, and a data-centered approach to causation.

Configuring the World: A Critical Political Economy Approach
from Universiteit Leiden, Sept 1-Nov 3 (8 weeks)
In today’s world, politics and economics are inextricably interconnected, but what is the nature of this connectivity? What are the power relationships that shape the world economy today and create new challenges for international institutions facing globalization? What makes some countries wealthier than others? Do we face cultural diversity or fragmentation? Does the type of governance effect economic development and social change or is it the other way around? How do we measure it and how trustworthy is the data? These issues and many more will be examined in this course along with up-to-date sources and biting criticism.

Data Analysis and Statistical Inference
from Duke University, Sept 1 – Nov 10 (10 weeks)
This course introduces you to the discipline of statistics as a science of understanding and analyzing data. You will learn how to effectively make use of data in the face of uncertainty: how to collect data, how to analyze data, and how to use data to make inferences and conclusions about real world phenomena.

The Age of Sustainable Development
from Columbia, starts Sep 9 – Dec 10 (14 weeks)
Sustainable development is the most urgent challenge facing humanity. The fundamental question is how the world economy can continue to develop in a way that is socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable. The course describes the complex interactions between the world economy and the Earth’s physical environment.

An Introduction to Legal and Political Philosophy
from Penn, Sep 21 – Nov 2 (6 weeks)
Political and legal institutions are built on foundational, philosophical ideas–ideas about freedom, equality, justice, and happiness. In this course, we will explore those ideas, taking the institutions around us not as fixed and unquestionable, but as things to evaluate and, if necessary, to change.

Social and Economic Networks: Models and Analysis
from Stanford, Sep 21 – Nov 23 (9 weeks)
Learn how to model social and economic networks and their impact on human behavior. How do networks form, why do they exhibit certain patterns, and how does their structure impact diffusion, learning, and other behaviors?

Game Theory
from Stanford University, starts Oct 5 – Dec 7 (9 weeks)
The course covers the basics: representing games and strategies, the extensive form (which computer scientists call game trees), repeated and stochastic games, coalitional games, and Bayesian games (modeling things like auctions).

Would love friends to join me in any or all of the courses! Leave a comment or e-mail me at stella [at] daintily [dot] org.

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I’m the man, the man that will find you

Connan Mockasin – I’m the Man That Will Find You

What’s on your mind? What keeps you up?

On this week’s segment of “over-sharing”, here are my own:

  • Dissecting human rationality, and if there’s a place for human rationality in programming artificial intelligence
  • Capital in the 21st Century – inequality, wealth distribution, political economy
  • User experiences, helping Not For Sale build their brand spankin’ new website
  • Trying to convince my boyfriend to wear lipstick
  • Daydreaming about taking a sabbatical from my cushy venture capital job and working with social entrepreneurs in Philippines
  • Turning Dani’s, Chloe’s, and my 2-bedroom apartment into a 3
  • Grocery shopping
  • Birkenstocks
  • Looking like a bag woman during next week’s forced Vegas trip, and dreaming of winning a Camaro, but like I’d rather die
  • Being less of a negative Nancy
  • Wine + hot showers
  • China pulling out their dicks and claiming the ocean, while Vietnamese civilians suffer
  • Jamming to this month’s edit
  • Community vs. organization
  • How do you build a community?
  • How can your community be a experiment on social organization, radical governance?
  • Organic vs. fundamental values, and what are the implications of defining them for your community?
  • A come to Jesus with your best friends, and how good it feels
  • Moving forward & onward, and a bright(er) future
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Sugar and spice in everyday life

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Getting older and the days are starting to blend into each other.

I’m trying to add some jazz with (feel free to join):

  • The End of Capitalism (As We Knew It): A Feminist Critique of Political Economy
  • Vice: New & Selected Poems by Ai (Read 20 Year Marriage for taste.)
  • Burning in Water, Drowning in Flame, Selected Poems 1955-1975 by Charles Bukowski (“all your chinaware crashing to the / kitchen floor, your girl will enter / and you’ll be standing, drunk, / in the center of it and she’ll ask: / my god, what’s the matter? / and you’ll answer: I don’t know, I don’t know …”)
  • The everything bagel with farmer’s market cheese from Marla’s Bakery
  • Thinking about collective liberation
  • Thinking about my place in collective liberation
  • 45-minute bus rides to work
  • Thoughts about my privilege
  • Daydreams of making out with Mac Demarco while he’s wearing lipstick
  • Dreams about my next weekend road trip to Los Angeles
  • Attempting to make #TushTuesdays a regular hashtag on Instagram
  • #selfie art show with @alecmolloy
  • Amazon Prime
  • Enjoying my old Russian professor in Data Analysis
  • Sitting on my couch, trying to figure out how to use a DVD player so I can watch my box set of Seinfeld
  • Wishing that I were Megan Amram
  • Anxiety about getting priced out of my apartment in San Francisco
  • Anxiety about paying bills
  • Anxiety about parking
  • Making dinner for friends
  • Learning about good coffee, good food with our new Dignitá cafe, and my bad ass team
  • Jiving to Kendrick Lamar’s good kid, m.A.A.d city all over again

What about you? What are you reading? What are you thinking about? What keeps you up at night?

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I’m keeping all the old themes, I’m keeping my loose ends

Something peculiar began to happen, a humming in the neighborhood that she could no longer ignore. She had to go outside; she no longer wanted to lay there on her cold bathroom floor, while the silence peeled away at her skin. She would rather be dead, rather be dead, so help me God! she thought. She contemplated screaming, but went out to the porch and pulled out a Pall Mall, the kinds that her father had smoked during the war, and watched her neighbor through the window, a young Cambodian girl dancing in the living room. What a beautiful girl, she was! Such golden, olive skin, with thin, bruised gangly legs that ended in white ankle socks.

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