My name is Edward Tanguay.
I have a Bachelors degree in Philosophy, a Masters in Education, and am currently working as a web developer in Berlin, Germany.

I watch over 200 college-level MOOC lectures per year in subjects such as history , psychology, science, religion, art, philosophy, and IT development in English, German, French, Spanish and Italian, and record my notes here.
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The primary goal of this Learn Tracker project is to build a web site which serves as one place to record the notes of everything that I am learning from MOOC classes, to foreign languages, to useful code examples and technical how-to notes, so that I not only have an overview of what I have learned, but can search and recall these notes at any time.

The secondary goal of this Learn Tracker project is to work together with companies, universities, and MOOC providers to build software that allows employees, students, and learners to record what they are learning in an efficient way so that it serves not only as (1) a record of what they have learned, but also (2) a place for them to review and search what they have learned.

Since January 2013, I have watched and recorded notes on over 300 MOOC lectures from over 30 different courses in both English and French, and have watched and recorded notes and flashcards on over 50 foreign language videos in Italian, French and Spanish. (I am curently still adding notes I took from 2013 and plan to be caught up by the end of January 2014.

Saturday, February 25, 2017 today!
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
matinée théâtrale
une après-midi de théâtre
commence officiellement à quatorze heures
était constituée, dans un premier temps, par une pièce en cinq actes
mais il faut bien concevoir que la pièce en cinq actes, dans les conditions de représentation de l'époque était une pièce qui supposait un véritable entracte à la fin de chaque acte... view all notes
Friday, February 24, 2017 yesterday
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
what kinds of environments the earliest vertebrates inhabited
paleontology is blending of
to understand how and why certain features evolved, we need to interpret the rocks that fossils are found in... view all notes
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
quelle était la manière dont le christianisme est devenu une religion distincte du judaïsme
dans l'empire romain, l'Église connaît au cours du temps une évolution considérable
d'abord, elle apparaît aux Grecs et aux Romains comme une religion orientale parmi d'autres
parfois mal distinguée du judaïsme
mais elle va en trois siècles à peine devenir la religion officielle de l'Empire romain... view all notes
Julian the Apostate (331-363 AD)
Roman Emperor from 361 to 363, as well as a notable philosopher and Greek author, a man of unusually complex character: military commander, social reformer, man of letters, and theosophist (theosophy, mystic philosophy seeking the origin and purpose of the universe)
  • a member of the Constantinian dynasty, Julian became Caesar over the western provinces by order of Constantius II in 355 and in this role campaigned successfully against the Alamanni and Franks
  • most notable was his crushing victory over the Alamanni in 357 at the Battle of Argentoratum (Strasbourg), leading his 13,000 men against a Germanic army three times larger
  • in 360 in Lutetia (Paris) he was proclaimed Augustus by his soldiers, sparking a civil war between Julian and Constantius
  • before the two could face each other in battle, however, Constantius died, after naming Julian as his rightful successor
  • was the last non-Christian ruler of the Roman Empire, and it was his desire to bring the Empire back to its ancient Roman values in order to, as he saw it, save it from dissolution
  • purged the top-heavy state bureaucracy and attempted to revive traditional Roman religious practices at the expense of Christianity
  • Julian was mortally wounded in a campaign against the Sassanid Empire (224-651 Turkey/Iran) and died shortly thereafter
Saturday, February 18, 2017
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
THE EUROPEAN DISCOVERY OF CHINA, Pompeu Fabra University Barcelona
China didn't enter the intellectual landscape in Europe until the end of the 16th century
Chinese themselves didn't refer to the territory as such
260 BCE Warring States of China
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
les droits de la deuxième génération
les droits économiques, sociaux et culturels
remontent au 19ème siècle
incarnent selon Vasak, la valeur d'égalité
Karel Vasak (1929–2015)... view all notes
Anatole France (1844-1924)
French poet, journalist, and novelist, ironic and skeptical, considered in his day the ideal French man of letters, and won the 1921 Nobel Prize in Literature in recognition of his brilliant literary achievements, characterized as they are by a nobility of style, a profound human sympathy, grace, and a true Gallic temperament
  • as a child, his father's bookstore, called the Librairie France, specialized in books and papers on the French Revolution and was frequented by many notable writers and scholars of the day
  • became famous with the novel Le Crime de Sylvestre Bonnard (1881)
  • in Les Opinions de Jérôme Coignard (1893), he captured the atmosphere of the fin de siècle
  • took an important part in the Dreyfus affair. He signed Émile Zola's manifesto supporting Alfred Dreyfus
  • in L'Île des Pingouins (1908), he satirizes human nature by depicting the transformation of penguins into humans, after the animals have been baptized by mistake by the nearsighted Abbot Mael, a satirical history of France, starting in Medieval times, going on to the writer's own time with special attention to the Dreyfus Affair and concluding with a dystopian future
  • Les dieux ont soif (1912) is a novel set in Paris during the French Revolution about a true-believing follower of Robespierre and his contribution to the bloody events of the Reign of Terror of 1793–94
  • La Revolte des Anges (1914) is often considered France's most profound novel. Loosley based on the Christian myth of the War in Heaven, it tells the story of Arcade, the guardian angel of Maurice d'Esparvieu. Arcade falls in love, joins the revolutionary movement of angels, and towards the end realizes that the overthrow of God is meaningless unless in ourselves and in ourselves alone we attack and destroy Ialdabaoth
  • he died in 1924 and is buried in the Neuilly-sur-Seine community cemetery near Paris
  • is widely believed to be the model for narrator Marcel's literary idol Bergotte in Marcel Proust's In Search of Lost Time
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