Is there something you have always wanted to do in your life – maybe something you did in your childhood and gave up – but this dream has never left you? That something for me has been to play the piano.
I loved this song and was captivated by the exotic sounds of South American instruments including flutes and charango – an Andean string instrument made from the shell of an armadillo.
Paul Simon added lyrics which I have included below. I discovered that the song is not by Paul Simon but composed by the Peruvian composer Daniel Alomía Robles in 1913 and based on traditional Andean folk tunes.
Here is the Simon and Garfunkel version, then the original song.
Every year I take some time to review the past 12 months and plan the year ahead. I use the book Best Year Yet by Jenny Ditzler which has an easy to use process and a list of ten questions. Here are the ten questions.
At the end of the article I include links to the Best Year Yet website which has a free online workshop where you can work through these questions and make 2014 your best!
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 42,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 16 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.
It is now the tradition in many American families to read the poem every Christmas Eve. Although I am in Australia I enjoy this poem as well as the many parodies it has spawned!
I am taking the free online course Web Science: How the web is changing the world. Its goal is to explore how the web has changed our world in the past 25 years and what might happen next.
The first exercise asked me to reflect on my use of the Web and evaluate its impact on my life. I was given a web based tool to analyse my recent browsing history which generates a pie chart showing the most frequently visited web sites. I was then asked to answer four questions.
I discovered the world of free online courses from Coursera in August last year. I took a six-week course on Listening to World Music. It was a good experience and the course opened by ears and mind to new musical experiences.
It was also my first experience in a MOOC – a Massively Open Online Course. I watched lectures, answered quizzes, submitted a weekly essay and assessed my peers.
Now I have become a Coursera addict, signing up to courses, getting started, then often dropping out because I have been overwhelmed by the amount of material I need to watch and read.
The reality is that a free online course is still a course and needs time to watch the lectures, do the readings, watch additional videos (usually documentaries on YouTube), participate in discussion forums and doing the assignments.
In recent months I have become overwhelmed with this abundance of free online learning, and I thought it is time to take a break, and think about how I use my time and participate in these free online courses.