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mikejuk writes "Stanford University is offering the online world more of its undergraduate level CS courses. These free courses consist of You Tube videos with computer-marked quizzes and programming assignments. The ball had been started rolling by Sebastian Thrun and Peter Norvig's free online version of their Stanford AI class, for which they hoped to reach an audience in the order of a hundred thousand, a target which they seem to have achieved. As well as the previously announced Machine learning course you can now sign up to any of: Computer Science 101, Software as a Service, Human-Computer Interaction, Natural Language Processing, Game Theory, Probabilistic Graphical Models, Cryptography and Design and Analysis of Algorithms. Almost a complete computer science course and they are adding more. Introductory videos and details are available from each courses website."

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"- My friends, they inspire me even more than all of the above! You can see them in my pictures and I would like to thank them all," Maria Kazvan said after having listed up things she finds inspirational. That was in October 2010. But Maria hasn't changed, she collects memories through the lens rather than constructing fictional ones. So when the Lviv based photographer shoot fashion stories you know that what you see is real and honest.

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Wildfires have blazed across Texas for several days, but the drought conditions that fed the flames have been building for many months. The ten-month period through July was the driest in Texas state history. Entire lakes have dried up. Since last November, almost 1,500 homes have burned in nearly 21,000 fires across the state. Two deaths so far have been attributed to the fires, which have forced the evacuations of thousands of residents. The Texas drought and wildfires come on the heels of the Arizona wildfire, the largest in that state's history. -- Lane Turner (45 photos total)
Two firefighters break from battling a wildfire off Foster School Road near Needville, Texas on September 7, 2011. (Patric Schneider/The Courier/AP)

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These images were considered for The Week in Pictures, and though they didn't end up in the slideshow, they're worth another look:

Charlie Litchfield / Idaho Press-Tribune via AP

Zach Ball, 10, of Nampa, Idaho buries his head in a box full of beans and corn as his twin brother Cody, right, looks on, Friday, July 29, 2011 at the Canyon County Fair in Caldwell, Idaho.

Yevgeny Volokin / Reuters

Sailors from the Mexican Navy sail training vessel ARM Cuauhtemoc line up in the rigging of their ship as it enters the port of Odessa July 30, 2011. Odessa is one of 16 ports of call across three continents for the ship during its "Mediterranean 2011" training cruise.

Leo Solinap / Reuters

An aerial shot shows the sunken M/V Asia Malaysia at the seas of Panay and Negros islands, central Philippines, August 2, 2011. M/V Asia Malaysia, a passenger cargo ship, sank near Iloilo in central Philippines on Sunday and all 147 passengers and crew were rescued after the vessel tilted to its right side due to strong winds and choppy waters, a Philippine coast guard official reported. Picture taken August 2, 2011.

Dibyangshu Sarkar / AFP - Getty Images

Indian man Ashoke Kumar Nayek, of some 55 years, lies on his bed in Gadeem village around 95 km south-west of Kolkata on July 26, 2011. Nayek, a former singer, was left with sever spine injuries after a car accident two years ago and has appealed to the state chief minister to allow for a mercy killing. India's Supreme Court ruled in March 2011 that life support can be legally removed for some terminally ill patients in a landmark ruling that will allow "passive euthanasia" for the first time.

 

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If you can consider a laptop a musical instrument, then twenty-seven year old musical chemist Steven Ellison, better known as Flying Lotus, is a maestro. Since his début album 1983 was released in 2006, FlyLo has been mixing bloops, beeps and beats into a style all his own, and has picked up a sizeable popular and critical fanbase in the process.

His most recent album, 2010′s excellent Cosmogramma, is a frenetic, fast-paced and fascinating piece of work which doesn’t so much ignore traditional musical sensibilities as electro-shock them into another dimension. A gifted composer of experimental music, Ellison’s records are nearly impossible to pin down, challenging the ear and the mind with sounds as diverse as orchestral strings and Game Boy bleeping. At the moment you wrap your mind around one track, another arrives and shifts your musical paradigm.

‘Kill Your Co-Workers’ – taken from FlyLo’s Pattern + Grid World EP – embraces elements of ambient electronica, techno and even drum-and-bass on its way to creating an irresistibly frantic beat/riff elixir.

Its video is similarly miscible; Ellison and animator Beeple conjure a strange contrast, as a geometrically rigid world of pixellated robots stages a huge parade which turns murderous. Combining irreverent humour, largely mocking internet and text speak, with sudden outbursts of 8-bit ultra-violence, its darkly humourous tone is driven by a seemingly benign setting – one which could feasibly be lifted from a 1980s Super Nintendo game for kids – being subjected to a mass robot revolt.

Beautifully coloured and drawn, the video for ‘Kill Your Co-Workers’ is a lot like FlyLo’s music: inimitable, hallucinatory and more than a little nuts. Makes for a volatile, but fun, combination.

Luke Grundy is a fervent assimilator of media living amid the bright lights of London, England. If he’s not watching films or listening to music, he’s probably asleep, eating or dead. An aspiring writer, journalist and musician, he is the creator of movie/music blog Odessa & Tucson and lives for epistemology.

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This tale of an aging Bonnie & Clyde-esque couple in Seoul, South Korea was an entrant in a competition on an Australian music video website. Norwegian electronic duo Röyksopp liked it so much that it became the official video for the song it’s set to, their track ‘Senior Living’ from 2010 album Senior. Irish writer/director Neil Dowling and German cinematographer Nils Clauss are both based in Seoul, and their quirky, entertaining video contains not only a few superbly bizarre jokes, but some gorgeous shots of the South Korean capital.

The two elderly leads are both wonderful in their roles, and the directorial duo’s ability to capture inner youth on film is impressive, managing to be heartwarming and gleefully weird without being saccharine or trite.

The sheer oddness of this video’s storyline may be enough to make Michel Gondry’s head spin, but what really shines through is the wit and originality of its creators. The chopstick duel, the fake-death con and the hilarious-then-moving finale are all highlights, but the quantity and quality of ideas on display is what makes Dowling and Clauss’ video so memorable. An unabashed joy to watch, it’s a hymn to oddity, an ode to creativity and a salute to hilarity all at once.

Luke Grundy is a fervent assimilator of media living amid the bright lights of London, England. If he’s not watching films or listening to music, he’s probably asleep, eating or dead. An aspiring writer, journalist and musician, he is the creator of movie/music blog Odessa & Tucson and lives for epistemology.

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