Wiki college, Wikiversity

July 21, 2016

Dear Musea Readers,

For years now i’ve suggested a Wiki-college.

Summary: Here is a way to get low cost college to anyone in two words. Wiki-College.
Best teachers, video tape their courses, open up chat rooms to discuss lessons, tape them as they accumulate,
have a final for a fee where part goes to wiki and the other part to the teacher. That’s teacher residuals from now on.

Looks like they have been working along those lines for some time with Wikiversity. https://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/Wikiversity:Main_Page

Here is a list of courses available.
https://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/Category:Courses

They seem to be only steps away from being an online college. Hopefully this can lead to online college where
courses are free, and the final test for a course accreditation is low, say $30.

Three Songs With a Literary Connection

July 21, 2016

Here are 3 of my recordings, original songs with some literary connection. The first two are originals.

1. ALICE.This one builds on her going through the looking glass.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvygK6xtPx4

2. TRISTAN AND ISOLDE. My folk song about the famous lovers.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sofeujrVwpc

3. SUMMERTIME. Perfect for this time of year. The song is from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpc4lo9sTIY

Best when you use headphones.

When I was recording these, I made a point of making the lyrics easy to hear and understand. The first two are originals. Thanks for listening.

Tom

Two Summaries for BookBaby

July 19, 2016

Dear Reader,

Still working on proofreading my sci-fi novel and get it published on line.
Part of the process is to write one short and one long summary of the work for BookBaby my publisher.

Here goes.

BOOK SUMMARY SHORT

Writings in Science, a History of the Future, is a sci-fi novel in stories, essays, poems, and plays. It may not be the thickest Sci-fi book written, but it may be the biggest in scope.
The premise is this: millions of years from now the Earth is dying from the massive changes in our star, the Sun. In the rush to flee the planet, one man named I, collects his favorite writings in science to preserve Earth’s legacy before it is destroyed. He has assembled a history of the future from now to then.
The book is written in two parts. The first is called “I”, and covers the future history of Earth before our first contact with aliens. The second part is called “We” and covers the history of the Earth after first contact.

BOOK SUMMARY LONG

Writings in Science, a History of the Future, is a sci-fi novel in stories, essays, poems, and plays. It may not be the thickest Sci-fi book written, but it may be the biggest in scope.
The premise is this: millions of years from now the Earth is dying from the massive changes in our star, the Sun. In the rush to flee the planet, one man named I, collects his favorite writings in science to preserve Earth’s legacy before it is destroyed. He has assembled a history of the future from now to then.

The book is written in two parts. The first is called “I”, and covers the future history of Earth before our first contact with aliens. The second part is called “We” and covers the rest of the history of the Earth after first contact.
The book covers a lot of ground showing the changes in all aspects of our world. That includes new types of: cities, governments, religions, arts, inventions, ways of society, types of buildings, travel, recreation, education, schools of science, space exploration and more. Plus it includes an atlas of foreign planets, and stories of many Alien visits.
Along the way are hundreds of fascinating characters and their stories told in plays, monologues, poems, journals, essays, graffiti, papers, reports, puzzles, etc.
This novel is big-Big-BIG! I’ve taken notes for 15 years, and been writing and assembling parts for the last two! I really don’t think anyone else could do a novel like this, not even me! I could never do a sequel.

Readymades (found poems.)

July 19, 2016

Readymades. These are poems that I find in the works of others. Small fragments that stand out as poems in themselves.

READYMADES

the nightingale who
with heart rendering voice …
(Sappho fragment)

in the bundle
of the living
(Dead Sea Scrolls)

I frequently tramped
eight or ten miles
through the deepest
snow to keep
an appointment with
a beech-tree
or a yellow-birch.
(Henry David Thoreau)

the sun is but
a morning star
(Henry David Thoreau)

Three Songs for Sunday

July 17, 2016

Sunday and here are three of my recordings for the day

They include a hymn, a spiritual, and the Billie Holiday song, God Bless the Child.

AMAZING GRACE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S87pqC5THRw

(SOMETIMES I FEEL) LIKE A MOTHERLESS CHILD.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmRim-jSNvs

GOD BLESS THE CHILD.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYyXHGoMp1Y


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