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.

Thursday, March 23, 2017
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
SEXING THE CANVAS: ART AND GENDER, The University of Melbourne
1754: Pastel of Madame de Pompadour
François Boucher
the official mistress of Louis XV
came from the bourgeoisie rather than the nobility
ennobled by the king upon becoming his official mistress... view all notes
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
Second Intermediate Period (Dynasties 15-17)
1800-1500 BCE
the most important center in Egypt was the Delta city of Avaris
ruled by the Hyksos King Apophis
Hyksos means "foreign ruler" in Egyptian... view all notes
putto, n. (plural "putti"), a figure in a work of art depicted as a chubby male child, usually naked and sometimes winged, often called a cherub although unlike the Biblical cherub which were sacred, putti are secular and usually represent a non-religious passion  "Madame Pompadour's bust is framed by little putti which are characteristic of 17th century French and Italian art in particular."
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
HISTORY OF ROCK, 1970-PRESENT, University of Rochester
among the commercial enterprises in the late 1980s
the was developing an alternative, off-the-radar music community
brought music to people in other ways
hard core punk did this as well
college radio and college rock... view all notes
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
il y a deux types de théâtres depuis l'Antiquité
1. les théâtres en plein air
l'amphithéâtres sur le modèle des grands théâtres grecs ou odéons sur le modèle des théâtres latins
les théâtres circulaires
qui détermine la construction des premières théâtres italiens... view all notes
Friday, March 17, 2017
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
Castle of Weimar
center of Goethe's social and work life
the duke had brought Goethe to Weimar as a budding writer
Goethe began to assume more and more public functions
theater... view all notes
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
pourquoi il y a une propension chez les êtres humains à mal agir
il y a du mal parmi les êtres humains
partout ils sont dans les chaînes
nous mentons aux autres
nous nous mentons volontiers à nous-mêmes... view all notes
Pierre Bayle (1647-1706)
A Protestant French philosopher and writer best known for his seminal work the Historical and Critical Dictionary in 1697
  • a forerunner of the Encyclopedists
  • an advocate of the principle of the toleration of divergent beliefs
  • his works influenced the development of the Enlightenment
  • his Dictionnaire Historique et Critique is a biographical dictionary
  • the overwhelming majority of the entries are devoted to individual people, whether historical or mythical, but some articles treat religious beliefs and philosophies
  • many of the more controversial ideas in the book were hidden away in the voluminous footnotes, or they were slipped into articles on seemingly uncontroversial topics
  • influenced many thinkers of the Enlightenment, including Denis Diderot and the other Encyclopédistes, David Hume, and George Berkeley
  • born in Carla-le-Comte, later renamed Carla-Bayle in his honor
  • educated by his father, a Calvinist minister
  • entered a Jesuit college in Toulouse
  • became a Roman Catholic a month later, 1669
  • with two years, returned to Calvinism and fled to Geneva
  • in Geneva, became acquainted with the teachings of René Descartes
  • returned to France and went to Paris, where he worked as a tutor
  • 1675 was appointed to the chair of philosophy at the Protestant Academy of Sedan
  • 1681 university at Sedan was suppressed by the government in action against Protestants
  • fled to the Dutch Republic, appointed professor of philosophy and history at the École Illustre in Rotterdam
  • 1693 became embroiled in internal quarrel in the college, deprived of his chair
  • remained in Rotterdam until his death in 1706
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