So good ......
Friday, March 30, 2012
Did the Supreme Court Chief Justice Kapadia led 3 judge bench exercise an error in judgement in deciding on exempting Vodafone from a Rs 11,000 crore ( $ 2.2 billion) tax demand by the Tax Dept by taking into cognisance a Due Diligence Report filed by Ernst & Young (UK) report, when the Chief Justice's son was employed with E&Y (India) ?
Did Vodafone influence the E&Y (UK) report in the first instance ? The CJ taking into account this report while considering exemptions for Vodafone gives enough cause of reason to doubt the settlement of such a very big tax exemption issue. Vodafone claimed the transaction to be a structured FDI into the country, but in reality not a single penny had entered the country as FDI. Smells fishy !!
Quote : The government listed 121 grounds, each pointing to an error in judgment, to seek review of the January 20 order and said it was surprised by the apex court's decision to give relief to Vodafone on the ground that its offshore transaction was a structured foreign direct investment into the country when in reality not a single penny came as investment into India. : Unquote
Should the CJ have recused himself from hearing this case given the conflict of interest in his son being employed by E&Y India ?
Will the common man get to know the truth behind this ?
Thursday, March 29, 2012
|Old living quarters of Dhirubhai and family|
|House of Anil Ambani, Seawind ..|
|Mukesh Ambani's Antilla on Peddar Road, |
Without a rich heart, wealth is an ugly beggar
- Ralph Waldo Emerson,
Some time back in March 2012, I was passing by Mukesh Ambani's residence "ANTILLA" on Mumbai Peddar Road. Could see a blot on the Mumbai skies rising like an awful creature from around the slums nearby ..
The $ 1 billion ( approx . Rs 5500 crore ) house which has 840 maidservants spread over 27 floors and app 400,000 sqft, living space ( bigger than the Palace of Versailles, near Paris) is presently LYING UNUTILISED. (third one..)
This is the wealth Mukesh made / inherited, but does that mean he can splurge it the way he wants to ? Let us not forget that the society has played a major role in seeing that the wealth remains with him and it is but natural for the society to expect the money handed over by it to him as its custodian, be put to good use ..
When I met him on a couple of occasions in IIT Bombay in the late nineties, he had a composed, cool and dignified persona. Now, I do not know if it is the same person exhibiting this haughtiness with this towering, blotting concrete structure across the South Mumbai skyline .. because he could afford to do so ..!
Is it the outward demonstration of a narcissist mind ?? The darling of the moneyed class of Mumbai, does he make himself, through this senseless act, worthy of respect by the rest of the country ?
Story of Rockefeller and Mallya, Bangalore
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Genghis Khan, tried a misadventure in Afghanistan around 1200 AD, again had to pay with his life. He was cremated in an unknown place in Mongolia, unknown even to this day !
The British empire, the land over which the sun never set, had to beat a hast retreat from South Asia, after a misadventure in Afghanistan, never ever to rise again .. meoooowing all the time ..
The misadventure of Russians in Afghanistan was paid for by their having to flee from the Hekmatyars and finally the breakup of the USSR into many small republics, only Russia can even come remotely near to its former glory ! Pop !!
The spoiled game of US in Afghanistan is waiting to unfold - history will tell what will happen.
The old confucius saying - Afghanistan is the place where empires go to die, could probably be true !
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Sunday, March 25, 2012
The prophesy is working to such precision .. We are all seeing the collapse and disintegration of of US facilitated by Obama .. ( how much a brave face Americans would put to salvage their hurt pride and ego ..) ..
Afghanistan has the uncanny ability to suck in empires and emperors over the years. Take the case of Alexander the Great in ancient history and Russia and US in modern history .. How much resources, people, money and material and armaments any country puts in Afghanistan, it sucks in everything and waits for more and more as if nothing has happened ..
Even Genghis Khan , just 800 years back, repeated the same mistake and he could not hold onto Afghanistan ..
Let India and China the new empires of the 21 st century not repeat history and make the same mistakes ..
Thursday, March 22, 2012
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inviting papers till march 21 for the mega 2 day event on April 28,29 at Kollam.
Sunday, March 18, 2012
56 years in Govt service and to do some of the best, state of the art, impossible projects, which even the British dare not do even now.., were completed by Sridharan in record time, without any shred of corruption or favouritism, bringing name, fame, laurel to the country besides helping it save thousands of crores of INR in penalties, delays and loss of opportunity costs does not deserve a Bharat Ratna .. ..
Instead, scoring a hundred centuries, playing for personal fame and money deserves Bharat Ratna .. ??
Dr Elattuvalapil Sreedharan…..
Dec 31st 2011
India had just lost the boxing day test match, with a day to spare. Star News was deciding who was the 'Match Ka Mujrim'. Others were wondering when Sachin will finally score that created in the boardroom, 100th hundred. If an alien visited India around that time and switched on the tele, he/she would have thought our world started and ended with cricket.
Pretty sad, considering an event that slipped completely under our radar.
Dr Elattuvalapil Sreedharan, affectionately called the 'MetroMan of India', bid adieu to his 56 year long career of creating 21st century monuments. His exit was a reflection of how he lived; simple, elegant and completely inconspicuous.
Just pause for a moment and think.
56 successive years, in a single job, without a break.
In other words, Dr Sreedharan, worked continuously for a duration, in which an average Indian generally goes from the cradle to his/her grave.
And no one in the media was paying a tribute to this great man. They were not even talking about it. All they had was a silly ticker at the bottom of the screen, that said 'Dr Sreedharan Retires'. No ten thousand word articles, no special Dr Sreedharan shows, nothing. It was like, it didn't even happen.
Fundamental question is, Why?
Is it simply because, Dr Sreedharan, is not your quintessential Indian Success Story?
I mean, he is not a IITian, nor is he from an IIM. He is not from a minority community. He did not surmount racial and casteist prejudices imposed by the society. He did not fetch water at 4 in the morning and did not study under street lamps. He did not milk cows to pay for his education. He is neither an actor nor a singer. Neither is he a cricketer nor a cricketer who claims to be an actor.
He was just a simple middle class Indian, who went about his job.
In other words, he does not fall under any bracket that our media terms as 'an Indian Success Story'.
And according to the media, not an 'Indian Success Story' meant 'No tribute'. And this in a day, when even a guy like Chetan Bhagat will get a glowing biography on his life and times, the day he finally decides to stop writing.
OK, sod the the media. They have TRPs and paying news customers to take care of. But what about the government? They don't have to answer to anybody. And this guy dedicated his entire life to them. At least they can do something.
When names were being bandied about for the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honor, everyone, from politicians to Dhanush, had only one name, 'I am stuck on 99′ Tendulkar. Infact lobbying for that guy reached such epic proportions, that the government actually changed the award criteria to accommodate that actor.
And Mr Sreedharan, who triple checks all the existing criteria, was not even being mentioned.
The travesty is all the more acute if you consider what Dr Sreedharan has done for our nation.
Date: 22nd of December in 1964,
Location: Rameshwaram town
For most of the non south-Indians, Madras and South India are interchangeable terms. But what you do not know is, South India also happens a favorite holiday spot for various cyclones brewing in the Bay of Bengal. And this South India is not Madras alone, but the entire states of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.
This geographical part of India has been hit by so many cyclones that nowadays meteorologists have run out of names.
For most of us, This is THANE
One such cyclone, hit the coastal town of Rameshwaram on 22nd of December, 1964. And it was a deadly one.
Not so long ago, south of Rameshwaram, there used be a bustling town called Dhanushkodi. It had its own post office, customs office and even a Railway Station. My bet is most of you wouldn't have heard about it. Why?
Because on that fateful night, the Indian Ocean swallowed the entire town. More than 2000 Indians were killed. The ocean even ensured that, a passenger train which was beginning its last journey of the day at 11.15 P.M, made its last journey ever. If you still can't imagine the ferocity of this cyclone, let me help you
Dhanushkodi, before and after
So where does Dr Sreedharan come in all of this?
As a sideshow, the cyclone destroyed the Pamban Bridge, the only bridge connecting Rameshwaram to mainland India. And this meant Rameshwaram was completely isolated. Considering the above cyclone something had to be done, and fast.
At that time, Dr Sreedharan was a Deputy Engineer in the Southern Railway. And this piece of wreck was in his territory. Indian Railways, gave Dr Sreedharan six months to restore connectivity to Rameshwaram. Which was asking a lot considering
Dr. Sreedharan, had to convert this
IN SIX MONTHS
Dr Sreedharan finished the job in ..FORTY SIX 1962 DAYS.
He took one month and 15 days to restore, THAT bridge, back to full operation. The bridge which was India's longest sea bridge for 96 years, till the Bandra Worli Sea Link was inaugurated in the year 2008.
Forty six days to restore this 2.3 Km bridge in a state where
took six effin months to restore after being washed away by a flash flood, in 2006.
There are some achievements that look cool, but once you get an award, you completely forget about them. And then there are some you won't forget, even if you suffer a total memory loss.
This was one of those things.
For all this trouble, Dr Sreedharan got a Railway award consisting of Rs 100 and an awful looking plaque.
The process of short-changing Dr E Sreedharan, began in 1962.
Even If Dr Sreedharan, sat and twiddled his thumbs for the rest of his life, he would have been considered a superhero for his bridge-building awesomeness alone. Fortunately for India though, he did not like twiddling thumbs. Packing his bags for his next assignment, he set off to Calcutta, where he became the chief designer of the Calcutta Metro. And then, getting bored of railways in general, he took charge of India's largest Ship building company, Cochin Shipyard. There he designed, built and commissioned India's first indigenously built Merchant vessel, the Rani Padmini, in 1981.
After building everything from trains to ships, Dr Sreedharan according to government rules, had to retire in 1990 when he completed 60 years of age.
But, when you are Dr Sreedharan, you don't have the plebian privilege of retirement.
He was asked to go to Mumbai, to take charge of what was then deemed to be India's toughest project since independence. It involved burrowing through basalt mountains, spanning kilometer long marshes and rivers and taking railways to a place where even the Britishers thought it was impossible. This region was the Western Ghats of Maharashtra, affectionately called, the Konkan.
The railway babus simply called this herculean venture, Konkan Railway. Naming things is not really their forte.
And slapped it with a pathetic logo
This is what Dr E Sreedharan had to do,
Lay 760 Kms of railway track, through a terrain
and perennially at the risk of
And to do that, Sreedharan had to
1. Acquire 5000 hectares of land from 42,000 assorted land owners.
2. Build 2000 Bridges, both major and minor, across Marshes, swamps, rivers and backwaters.
3. Blast 92 tunnels, totaling 83 kilometers in length through Basalt, nature's adamantium and soft soil, nature's china clay. You need nuclear weapons and Arnold to bore through the former while the latter generally collapsed on itself, if someone as much as farted.
And then came the most difficult task in the Indian Index Of Difficult tasks
4. Dealing And Negotiating With The Chief Ministers, Home Ministers, Other Ministers And Their Chelas Of Four Different States.
And to complete all of the above tasks, Dr Sreedharan, was given 8 years.
It would be like Hercules being asked to accomplish his twelve tasks, blinded and with one hand tied to his back, in three days.
Needless to say, he would have failed.
Dr Sreedharan, supposedly retired and who qualified for Indian Railway's senior citizen quota, finished the job in 7 years.
Konkan Railway to me, is the second biggest achievement of Independent India, with the first being India remaining India. New standards will have to be invented, to realistically measure the impact of Konkan Railway on the Indian economy.
1. For the first time ever, three largest ports on the Indian coast, Mumbai, Karwar and Mangalore have a direct connection.
2. Travel time from the southern states to the north, have been reduced by upto 40 percent. The crummy old Nethravathi Express, used to take 38 hours to travel from Trivandrum to Mumbai.
Now, thanks to Dr E Sreedharan and the
the same train takes 22 Hours. A 16 hour reduction in travel time. And a 16-18 hour reduction in travel times of all trains going from Kerala,Karnataka, Goa to the North.
All the trains.
Try measuring the impact. Don't bother, you can't.
And new levels of difficulty need to be established to measure the difficulty of this task. The sheer number of architectural impossibilities overcome by Dr E Sreedharan and his team in making this wild dream a reality, is mind boggling. All I can do is suggest you to go here, here and here.
However, there is one thing that encapsulates what all the above links have to say
THIS IS THE VIADUCT OVER THE PANVEL NADI
Which basically is a Marsh
Between two Hills
And to traverse it,
The train has to travel at a height, which is as tall as
In other words,
Dr Sreedharan and his team, built a goddamn Qutub Minar, over a marsh, between two hills, just so that, a train could chug over it.
Need I say more?
You will see this wonder of Modern India immediately after Ratnagiri on the Konkan Railway. In the 15 kilometer stretch between Ratnagiri and Nivasar, there are 3 tunnels and 5 viaducts. The third viaduct is the Panval Nadi viaduct, immediately after the first tunnel. The exact sequence will be —-> Big Tunnel, Massive Gorge, Big tunnel again.
Dr Sreedharan though, never had the chance to taste his success. In December 1997, one year before the Konkan Railway was thrown open to traffic, he was shunted to New Delhi to head a new organization. It was created to find a viable solution to the traffic woes of the aam aadmi in the national capital.
This organization was called the Delhi Metro Railway Corporation.
Of all the railway systems in the world, building a metro is the most difficult in the world. Most difficult, becomes impossible, when you have to build that damn thing under and over a megapolis.
Impossible reaches 'You must be kidding me' levels, when that megapolis in question is Delhi and the country in question is India.
There are more people in this pic than there are in Canada.
Delhi Metro was not India's first metro. Calcutta has that honor. But Calcutta's 'I built my own metro' story, was one sorry tale
1. It took 22 years to build the Calcutta Metro, A metro whose total length was 16.75 kms. In other words, Calcutta Metro construction dudes managed a grand average of, .76 kms a year.
2. The Calcutta metro suffered from debilitating shortages in almost everything. Shortages of funds, shortages in labour and shortages in everything else. The only they had in plenty was those damn shortages.
3. And it was harried by the parent, the Indian Railways, every step of the way.
If the Calcutta metro was any indicator, the 168 Kms long Delhi Metro would have been beset with shortages, harassed by the Railways and would have been completed in A.D 2083.
If ever there was a movie made about Dr Sreedharan's job, it would have looked something like this
But this was Dr E Sreedharan.
When he started off, he put in place some things that were never before done in the history of Indian mega construction projects
1. His appointed himself as the judge, jury and the executioner as far as the Delhi Metro was concerned. No external influences were tolerated. And he took no prisoners. There have been stories were, people walked in with the traditional M.P recommendation letter, walked out of his office, with the paper in two different hands.
2. After giving himself the power, he changed the tendering process, upside down. In a country, where opening a single tender on an average, took six to nine months, Dr Sreedharan got the job done in 19 days. YES, 19 Days.
3. When confronted with the standard Government 'I am short of money' rigamarole, Dr Sreedharan did what any sensible government servant would do. He simply cut out the Government from the funding.
He single-handedly went and got a loan of USD 5 Billion sanctioned from the Japanese Bank of International Co-operation to fund the Metro. Now, 60 percent of the necessary finance secured, Government shut up and stumped up the remaining cash.
4. He then hired top International consultants from an assortment of countries, to cover for the lack of local talent, to supervise and execute the project.
For the first time in the History of India, the entire Delhi Bureaucratic circle was completely circumvented. That too, by one 74 year old dude from Kerala.
As a result
Phase one of the 5 billion dollar metro, was completed three years before schedule, entirely within the initially stipulated budget. And there was not even a single shard of corruption.
In India, that is the closest we can get to walking on water.
If someone had in 1998, said that such a thing would happen in India, He would have been given a priority ticket to Agra/Alibaug/Kilpauk or the nearest mental asylum.
Today, the Delhi Metro is complete and for the first time, Dilliwalas are enjoying the benefits of a full fledged suburban rail system that has a punctuality factor of 99.999 percent. All thanks to this man
Next time, any Dilli boy/girl tries to mock you or anyone with the moniker Madrasi, just mention the words, Metro-Sreedharan-Madrasi in the same sentence. The other side will shut up.
The successful execution of the Delhi Metro, made Dr Sreedharan the Tom Cruise of the Metro Rail universe. Every Indian city worth its salt, now wanted its own metro and Dr Sreedharan as its consultant.
One such city was Hyderabad. And the company executing that metro was a company called, MAYTAS INFRASTRUCTURE.
You know where this is going.
In September 2008, Dr Sreedharan, after observing as a consultant, sent the following report to the Planning Commission, Government of India
Making available 296 acres of prime land to the BOT [build, operate and transfer] developer for commercial exploitation was like selling the family silver. I fear a big political scandal some time later, as it is apparent the BOT operator has a hidden agenda which appears to be to extend the metro network to a large tract of his private land holdings so as to reap a windfall profit of four to five times the land price.
Planning commission, that plans little and develops less, as usual did not pay heed to this report. In fact they chastised Dr Sreedharan, for not backing up his allegation with necessary proof.
This is what happened, three months later
Remember how the scandal started? It started by Satyam Computers, arbitrarily taking over Maytas infrastructure, a company that was neither in IT, nor was a competitor. In fact the only link between Satyam and Matras was that it owned by Ramalinga Raju's sons.
And sensing that Maytas was in big trouble, he 'bought' the company to save it.
And Dr Sreedharan, predicted that the company was in trouble, three months before the world knew it.
So let me just encapsulate, if that can be done, on what Dr Sreedharan has done for the country
1. He restored India's longest sea bridge which was completely destroyed, in 46 days.
2. He designed India's first Metro.
3. Supervised the building of India's first indigenous Merchant vessel.
4. Executed India's most difficult project since Independence.
5. Gave Delhi wallahs, something called the Metro.
6. Predicted India's biggest corporate fraud, three months before it happened.
I don't know how the Bharat Ratna nomination thing works. But I believe you stand a chance if you have done something good for the country. Now tell me, what has Dr Sreedharan not done for the country?
I mean when you can consider a guy who sells a computer anti-virus on prime-time television for India's highest civilian award, Why is there not a whisper about a guy who has ensured 400,000 people on the western coast of India saw a train for the first time?
Or, was responsible for a sharp drop in road-rage killings in Delhi?
Come to think of it though, I really don't want Dr Sreedharan to get the Bharat Ratna. I mean, he will then join a club that is populated by people like Bismillah Khan, Lata Mangeshkar, Bhimsen Joshi etc. No disrespect to them, but they were at best, paid performers who had negligible impact on the population of India. (Lata Mangeshkar in fact has had a negative impact. A flyover which will bring respite to thousands, if not lakhs, of Mumbaikars is not being constructed solely due to her 'privacy' concerns).
Dr Sreedharan should not be given the Bharat Ratna. Because the Bharat Ratna does not deserve a man like Dr Sreedharan.
Sachin who earned crores for entertaining sports lovers (only cricket) deserve a Bharat Ratna?
Always th ink positive ...
HAVE A GREAT DAY !!!!!
Friday, March 16, 2012
The suicide of Rutgers Uty, NJ student Clementi over his Indian-born roommate Dharun Ravi webcamming his encounters with an elder male in their common shared dorm room, and tweeting over it, has landed the judges in a very piquant situation.
A very private incident which could have been settled at the Hall manager level in Rutgers, got blown up after the suicide of Clementi. It has ruffled many a feather among all parents of students of similar age.
The case of the delicate, sensitive nature of Clementi and the fact that he wanted to "cover up his gay nature" from Ravi, which Ravi knew beforehand and wanted to publicise with his friend Wei and others, was what aggravated the matter.
Will the judge indict Ravi to prison or not ? The next few days will be crucial if Ravi's defense is able to prove Clementi's suicide was not related to this issue..
More than whether the grounds of Invasion of privacy or hate crime will be used against Ravi and Wei, this case raises more issues on what constitutes "proper" Internet usage, "what" constitutes acceptable social behaviour and how modern technology has a very deep inseparable impact in the life and behaviour of our youngsters, both boys and girls ..
Thursday, March 15, 2012
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Here is decades' worth of knowledge freely available online for those who love to learn. Links that fit under multiple categories are listed only once.
What are your favorite sites to learn from? What sites would you add to this list?
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I. Top Picks
II. Universities and Higher Education (updated to v.2.0 on 1/27/12)
III. General Collections (updated to v.2.3 on 2/10/12)
IV. How-to & DIY
V. Studying with Peers
VI. Online Books, eBooks, & Journals
VII. Computers, Software, & Programming (updated to v.2.2 on 2/6/12)
VIII. Science & Math (updated to v.2.3 on 2/10/12)
IX. Logic, Words, & Memory
XI. Music (updated to v.1.2 on 1/26/12)
XIII. Business, Economics, Finance, & Investing (updated to v.1.2 on 1/26/12)
XIV. Food, Nutrition, & Cooking
XV. Survival Tips
XVI. Documentaries & Film Studies (updated to v.2.3 on 2/10/12)
I. TOP PICKS
Academic Earth - Online courses from the world's top scholars
TED - Technology, Entertainment, & Design
MIT Open CourseWare
Stanford Engineering Everywhere
Open Yale Courses
About U. - Collection of free online courses from About.com
The Open University - Study at the OU
University of the People
University of Reddit
Open Culture - The best free cultural & educational media on the web
VideoLectures - Exchange ideas & share knowledge
CosmoLearning - Free educational website with thousands of courses & documentaries
II. UNIVERSITIES & HIGHER EDUCATION
Lecture Fox - Free university lectures
Faculty Project - The best professors from the world's leading Universities
Google in Education
More Open Courses:
OCW Search - Find free university courses online
Open Courseware Consortium
Harvard Extension School - Computer Science & Technology
Johns Hopkins University
Princeton's Institute for Advanced Study
ArsDigita University - Computer science and math lectures
UC Berkeley Webcast - Central service for online video & audio for learners around the globe
UC Berkeley Video Courses - Free education online
Carnegie Mellon Open Learning Initiative
Delft University of Technology
Rice University Connexions - A place to view and share educational modules
Stanford on iTunes U - Stanford-related digital audio content
UC San Diego Podcasts
University of Chicago's Mind Online - Thought-provoking samples of critical thinking & debate
University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
University of Massachusetts
University of Michigan
University of Southern Queensland
University of Sydney - Podcast episodes
University of Virginia - Podcasts & webcasts
University of Washington - Computer Science & Engineering
Utah Valley University - Online courses & open educational resources
Stanford Class Central - YouTube summaries of Stanford's online courses
University of New South Wales
III. GENERAL COLLECTIONS
Udemy - Take and build online courses on any subject
Free Video Lectures - 800+ Online Courses and 19,000+ Videos from Top 30+ Universities on 35+ Categories
100 Intro Open Courses on Everything You've Ever Wanted to Learn
Annotum (formerly Google's Knol)
InfoCoBuild's Free Education - Audio/video lectures for academic courses
IncrediCampus - Lectures and preparation/admission advice for college & graduate schoolshttp://www.incredicampus.com/
Learners TV - Thousands of downloadable video lectures on liberal arts, science, engineering, and more
Online Education Database - 200 free online classes to learn anything
Infoplease - All the knowledge you need
MERLOT - Multimedia educational resource for learning and online teaching
101 Online Self-improvement Resources
Alison - 300 free online courses at certificate or diploma level (sign-up required)
The Orange Grove Digital Repository - Online library of openly available instructional resources for Florida's educators
Learner.org - Browse teacher resources
Google in Education - Teacher Resources
IV. HOW-TO & DIY
WikiHow - The how-to manual that you can edit
How Stuff Works
Wonder How To
How-to Help & Videos for Dummies
VideoJug - Get good at life
How to Create a Book in Wikipedia
Let's Make Robots
V. STUDYING with PEERS
Open Study - Study together
P2P University - Learn anything with your peers
Study Blue - Your digital backpack
VI. ONLINE BOOKS, eBOOKS, & JOURNALS
WikiBooks - Open-content textbooks collection that anyone can edit
Planet eBook - Home of free classic literature
Open Book Project
The Free Library
Many Books - Ad-free eBooks
WorldCat - Collections & services of more than 10,000 libraries worldwide
iBiblio - The public's library and digital archive
LibriVox - Free public domain audiobooks
The Assayer - Web's largest catalog of books whose authors have made them available for free
Amazon.com Free eBook Collection
Scribd - Reading and publishing evolved
Textbook Revolution - Student-run site dedicated to increasing the use of free educational materials
Directory of Open Access Journals
eReaderIQ - Recent non-public domain freebies & price-drop alerts
Longform - New and classic non-fiction articles curated across the web
Flatworld Knowledge - The first and largest publisher of free & open textbooks
VII. COMPUTERS, SOFTWARE, & PROGRAMMING
Google Code University
The New Boston - Step-by-step tutorials for multiple coding languages
UDacity - CS 101
W3Schools - The world's largest web development site
Wired How-to Wiki - Teach a kid to program
NetTuts+ - A large collection of coding tutorials
Tutorial Guide - The site for all your tutorial needs
Codecademy - Fun & interactive way to learn how to code
Free Technology Academy - High quality educational material based on free software & open standards
Higher Computing for Everyone - Writing basic programs
HTML 5 Please
Rails for Zombies
Ruby Warrior - Open source game to teach Ruby language
Got API - Documentation search engine
Coding Bat - Online code practice in Java & Python
PySchools - Python programming language tutorial
Python Learn - Provides materials to learn Python on your own
Professor Messer - Free CompTIA A+ Certification Training Course
Lynda - Online software training videos
Intro to Linux
Stack Overflow - Q&A for professional and enthusiast programmers
DZone - Fresh links for developers
Project Euler - A series of challenging mathematical & computer programming problems
Photoshop & Graphics:
Tutorial Hero - Photoshop & Flash tutorials
Photoshop Pack Graphic Design Resources
PSD FanExtra Tutorials
Vandelay Design - Photoshop Tutorial Hall of Fame
Grokking the GIMP
Video CoPilot - Tutorials for VFx & motion graphics
VIII. SCIENCE & MATH
Google Scholar - Stand on the shoulder of giants
Scirus - The most comprehensive scientific research tool on the web
Cite Seer X - Access scientific and scholarly knowledge
getCited - Academic database, directory, & discussion forum
Academia.edu - A place to share and follow research
National Science Digital Library - Explore, share, create
Science Magazine Podcasts
National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning - Science, Engineering, & Technology
KQED's Quest - Explore science, nature, and environment stories from Northern California and beyond
Freelance Teacher - Videos on physics, chemistry, math, & biology
FHSST - Free high school science texts in physical sciences & math
Free Science Lectures - Free Science Videos & Lectures
Minute Physics on YouTube
Physicist TV - Collection of science & documentary videos
Educated Earth - Videos on astronomy, biology, chemistry, earth sciences, math, physics, and more
The Science Network - Videos about science meetings and general science discussions
Paul's Online Math Notes
Reddit's List of Useful Online Math Resources
Math, Better Explained
Astronomy & Outerspace:
Space Engine - Free space simulation software
NASA for Students
Scale of the Universe - Interactive Flash Animation
Vassar Stats - Concepts and applications of inferential statistics
StatSoft Electronic Statistics Textbook
Connexions Collaborative Statistics
Handbook of Biological Statistics
IX. LOGIC, WORDS, & MEMORY
Mind Tools - Memory improvement techniques
The Nizkor Project - List of logical fallacies
Wikipedia's List of Logical Fallacies
Wikipedia's List of Figures of Speech
Tool Kit for Rhetorical Analysis
KnoWord - Expand your vocabulary
Vocabulary.com - Learn new words & explore language
Brain Workshop - A Dual N-Back Game
Argument Mapping Tutorials
Philosophy Bites - Podcasts of top philsophers
Basic Composition - Reading & Writing
BBC Languages - Beginner courses in multiple languages
Foreign Service Institute Language Courses
Language Guide - Foreign language vocabulary, grammar, & readings
eLanguage School - Free foreign language lessons online
Free Online Language Courses via About.com
DuoLingo - Learn a language for free & simultaneously translate the web
Babel Nation - Learning languages online for free
Transparent Language - Language learning software & resources in over 100 languages
Survival Phrases - Learn essential travel phrases, tips, and insights
Talk to Me in Korean
Chinese Toolbox - Software for learning Chinese through reading
LiveMocha - World's largest language learning community
American Sign Language (ASL) University
Handspeak - Sign language
Signing Savvy - Your sign language resource
Berklee Shares - Free music lessons from Berklee College of Music
Music Theory - Lessons, exercises, & tools
Ear Training & Music Theory Software
Basic Music Theory
About.com Music Education - Music theory
Teoria - Music Theory Web
Ultimate Guitar - Lessons, techniques, & styles
Justin Guitar - The best guitar instruction on the web
Chorder - Chord fingering and guitar resources
Funk University - Assembly of Music's Finest
Play Bass Now - Lessons, licks, and low notes
How to Play Piano
Teacher Resources - Western Civilization (52 half-hour video programs)
Metropolitan Museum of Art - Timeline of Art History
XIII. BUSINESS, ECONOMICS, FINANCE, & INVESTING
MarketWatch by WSJ
Main Street - Business & financial headlines & advice
Stanford University's Entrepreneurship Corner
Value Based Management - Methods, models, and theories
Ludwig von Mises Institute - Austrian economics and praxeology
Foundation for Economic Education
Library of Economics and Liberty
XIV. FOOD, NUTRITION, & COOKING
Good Eats Fan Page
Jamie's Home Cooking Skills
Chef Todd Mohr's Web Cooking Classes (YouTube)
Nutrition Data - Self nutrition data; know what you eat
Nutrition.gov - Smart nutrition & practical tips
Choose My Plate via USDA
The World's Healthiest Foods
Start Making Choices - Simple ideas for living healthier on a budget
Eat Right Nutrition Tips
XV. SURVIVAL TIPS
Off Grid Survival - Wilderness and urban survival skills
Backwoods Magazine - Self reliance and self sufficiency
Survival Topics - Your online survival kit
Wilderness Survival - Free info covering all aspects of survival
Discovery's Worst-Case Scenario Video Clips
XVI. DOCUMENTARIES & FILM STUDIES
Factual TV - The documentary film video store
Documentary Heaven - Food for your brain
Surf the Channel
DocuWatch - Free streaming documentaries on Art, History, Science, and more
Documentary Tube - Watch full-length documentaries online for free
Documentary Log - Watch hundreds of the most interesting, popular, and full-length documentaries
Documentary Storm - Free streaming documentaries
Top Documentary Films - Watch free documentaries online
Movies Found Online - Free movies & documentaries
Quick Silver Screen - Movies & documentaries
MVGroup Forums - An education in P2P (sign-up required)
InfoCoBuild's Books and Films - Science and Technology
Film Studies for Free - Web archive of notable film studies resources
Online Film and Movie Image Studies, PhD and MPhil Theses
Online Film and Media Studies Journals
Advanced Yoga Practices - Directory for Main Lessons
Creative Live - A live, worldwide creative classroom
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