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 18, 2017 yesterday
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
Sunday, February 12, 2017
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
HISTORY OF ROCK, 1970-PRESENT, University of Rochester
punk arose from an underground scene in New York
you had to be at CBGB to know that it was there
some elements of that, especially the music of the Ramones, translated into a UK scene
Malcolm McLaren put together the Sex Pistols
the bands in New York profited from this... view all notes
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
SEXING THE CANVAS: ART AND GENDER, The University of Melbourne
Boucher's pastoral paintings
a pendant pair
two works that were created to be displayed together
hung on either side of a medallion portrait by John Baptist Lemuel of Louis XV
both the paintings and the medallion sculpture are from 1748... view all notes
coif, v. to style or arrange someone's hair  "When analyzing Boucher's painting Leçon de flute, one must remember that these are not real shepherds and shepherdesses who work in the fields, but idealized shepherds and shepherdesses who wander around the landscape all day with their sheep and think about nothing but love, and therefore the sheep which gather around them in the paintings are always perfectly coiffed."
Madame de Pompadour (1721-1764)
A member of the French court and was the official chief mistress of Louis XV from 1745 to 1751
  • took charge of the king's schedule and was a valued aide and advisor, despite her frail health and many political enemies
  • secured titles of nobility for herself and her relatives, and built a network of clients and supporters
  • she was particularly careful not to alienate the Queen, Marie Leszczyńska
  • she was a major patron of architecture and decorative arts
  • was a patron of the philosophes of the Enlightenment
  • contemporary opinion supported by artwork from the time considered her to be beautiful, with her small mouth and oval face enlivened by her wit
  • her husband was soon infatuated with her and she was celebrated in the fashionable world of Paris
  • she founded her own salon, at Étiolles, and was joined by many philosophes, among them Voltaire.
  • in February 1745, she was invited to a royal masked ball at the Palace of Versailles
  • by March, she was the king's mistress, installed at Versailles in an apartment directly above his
  • by May, the official separation between her and her husband was pronounced
  • on 14 September, she was formally introduced to the court by the king's cousin, the Princess de Conti, and she quickly mastered the highly mannered court etiquette
  • she and Louis XV ended their sexual relationship after 1750, but remained intimate friends
  • Louis XV was devoted to her until her death from tuberculosis in 1764 at the age of forty-two
  • Voltaire wrote of her death: "I am very sad at the death of Madame de Pompadour. I was indebted to her and I mourn her out of gratitude. It seems absurd that while an ancient pen-pusher, hardly able to walk, should still be alive, a beautiful woman, in the midst of a splendid career, should die at the age of forty-two."
François Boucher (1703-1770)
French painter, draughtsman and etcher who worked in the Rococo style, known for his idyllic and voluptuous paintings on classical themes
  • perhaps the most celebrated painter and decorative artist of the 18th century
  • painted several portraits of his patroness, Madame de Pompadour
  • a native of Paris, Boucher was the son of a lesser known painter Nicolas Boucher
  • at his death, along with that of his patron Madame de Pompadour, had become synonymous with the French Rococo style
  • "Boucher is one of those men who represent the taste of a century, who express, personify and embody it."
Saturday, February 11, 2017
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
A HISTORY OF THE WORLD SINCE 1300, Princeton University
after the U.S. Civil War resolved the conflict between the South and the North
United States turned its sights to the West
1867 Indian Peace Commission
under the leadership of Major Joel Elliot
signed treaties with the Cheyennes, Plains Apaches, Comanches, Arapahos, and Kiowas... view all notes
feral, adj. in a wild state, especially after escape from captivity or domestication  "There was a careful, managed balance of forces between Indian peoples and native, feral herds"
equipoise, n. balance of forces or interests  "As the bison were slaughtered and removed from the Great Plains, they were replaced by cattle and cattle ranching, and cities began to emerge on the plains to induct them into a national economic system, Chicago becoming in a sense the bovine capital of the world defining a new balance in the relationship between the city and the country each specializing in a task in relationship to other regions. Humans had coexisted with this macrofauna for centuries if not millennia, but the intensification of land use for commodity production upset this delicate equipoise."
Friday, February 10, 2017
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
DINOSAUR ECOSYSTEMS, University of Hong Kong
features that are shared between groups of dinosaurs
anatomical features that are not found in other dinosaurs
Phanerozoic Eon (542 million years ago)... view all notes
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