Vinod Kurup

Hospitalist/programmer in search of the meaning of life

Renaissance Man

I love this post by Austin Kleon. As someone who has found very few things that I don’t find intriguing in some way, it is nice to know that there are others like me and that maybe there’s nothing wrong with that. I love being a doctor and I love being a programmer, and I love honing both of those crafts.

He also links to a 2012 New York Times article about a UCLA sophomore who spends 1 hour each day learning something new, mainly by taking online courses from other universities or watching how-to videos on YouTube. We live in a golden age, don’t we? I mean, sure, people will look back at our period of history and cringe quite a bit, but the idea that I can search just about any term, and find information about it on Wikipedia, and probably find a course on it by an actual college professor…. it’s just mind boggling. I’m lucky as it is, but I often think about if I was a kid growing up in this era. I’d be overwhelmed, sure, but I would totally be taking online courses left and right.

Actually, even if I weren’t a kid. I just googled the subject of that NYT article and found his twitter account. His most recent post is from 2016 but links to a YouTube series from UCLA on the history of India. I am TOTALLY watching that.