Hi! This was a strange week. I did a lot of things that made me smile, such as exercise, playing with my dogs work (well…), decorating the Christmas tree, playing with musical instruments, finishing editing of my book The Old Mill and sending it off to two people for their editing skills, reading, eating cookies ;) (yes,it is that time of year), and more, but nothing stood out. I don’t want to do another “it is all of the small things in life!” post, so I will choose something odd.
I like exploring the Universe. A few weeks ago people were surprised that I was reading math books in my spare time. Why not? The Universe is fascinating and mathematics is the most elementary building block of the Universe.
This week I decided to take it a step farther. I joined one of those on-line education things.
There are many I am interested in! I love The Teaching Company, and have done many of their courses, but I do not want to do their unlimited one yet, since I have several courses I haven’t completed – I want to do those first. There is also Master Class, a YouTube thing that is mostly arts based, though also science (a lot of acting and music production). They have award winning artists and scientists, like Steve Martin, Samuel L. Jackson, Ken Burns, Jane Goodall (!!), and Herbie Hancock (!) teaching lessons. I will most likely do this later, but not right away. I chose one called Brilliant, which are interactive courses that go from very simple math and logic and push them through very advanced mathematics, computer science, physics, etc. I am talking beyond differential equations, just shy of graduate level courses.
So I started with some basic courses, which was a lot of fun! I do want to work my way up to the most advanced courses that they have. Yep, I am a nerd ;)
That is my smile this week, starting a new learning experience.
Come on, I’m sure you smiled at least once last week. Why don’t you share it? I hope you can join in!
Here is list of “rules” and guiding ideas. If you don’t have time to read it right now, just remember that this is an exercise to spread positivity. Don’t smile about the misfortune of others. Don’t smile in a way to excludes others. Make sure a 12 year old can read it.
To join in, write a post to share your smile and then leave a comment on this post with a link to your smile. Or, if you prefer, do a pingback to this post (pingback = have a link from your post to this one) (Note – pingbacks have been very inconsistent – please leave a comment :) ). You can post any time until next Sunday evening (to be simple, I will say midnight GMT, which is 7 PM Sunday for me). Next week I will compile all of the Smiles and do a separate post of them on Monday morning just before the smile. (I will shoot for around 7 AM EST).