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A lot of good teaching goes on at dailyKos.  But a lot of it doesn't get read by everyone who wants to read it, because diaries scroll by so fast.
This series is about diaries that teach and about things you want to learn.  Could be any subject - an academic subject, a skill, a hobby, almost anything - but not diaries that simply inform, or it would include all of daily kos.  

What I do is, each week, search for the tags 'teaching' and 'learning' and for diarists whom I know write diaries that teach.  Then I'll post the list, with perhaps some brief comment, and open the floor to people who want to learn something specific.

You can help me by tagging diaries with 'teaching' or 'learning' when you see diaries that merit those tags, by reminding me of what I've missed, by recommending this diary, and by commenting.

For a list of some series and diarists that might appeal, see my diary What are you teaching/learning? and the comments to it

Here we go (in alphabetical order, by diarist

A Siegel discusses a proposal to ban incandescent lightbulbs, which waste a huge amount of energy

bonddads diaries are always educational, I'm never sure whether to link them here.  This one, on income inequality seems to belong.

boran2 has volume 78 of Saturday painting palooza; if you like to paint, this is for you!

claude has another in the home repair series; this one appears to be open for questions.

Frankenoid has another in her gardening series.

Global warming was a hot topic this week, and hekebolos talked about how we can turn their own theories against them

Jerome a Paris talks about the causes of our addiction to oil

Mark H talks about the short big-eye in his Marine Life series

Miss Laura starts a new series on class and labor issues

mkfox has found another founding father I've forgotten: Benjamin Lincoln (and rserven found the diary which I somehow missed)

OrangeClouds115 has some travel tips in the Kossacks under 35 series (but we old folks need help, too!)

She also wrote another in the vegetables of mass destruction series; this one on organic standards.

Your very own plf515 had another stunningly brilliant Statistics diary, this one on the nondurable goods index and time series.

I also wrote about geothermal energy - A more substantive diary on the same topic will follow next week.  But some people at MIT are VERY excited about deep drilling geothermal energy.

Another diary about global warming was posted by rktect.  This one concentrates on sea level changes.

shirah discussed whether squirrels are intelligent life.  Yup.....squirrels.

The inimitable Unitary Moonbat talks about cynical philanthropy, when people who make money in unsavory ways do good things with it.  Very interesting!

Winter Rabbit discusses the Washita flood of 1934; with global warming, I am sure floods will be a hot topic

But that's just the first part!

In the comments, please tell us what you want to learn.  Likely someone here is an expert!

Originally posted to plf515 on Sat Feb 03, 2007 at 07:08 AM PST.

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by rserven on Sat Feb 03, 2007 at 07:15:21 AM PST

  •  Hi plf. I am so glad that you have added the (7+ / 0-)

    teaching tags to garden blogging and painting palooza. I have learned a lot from both of those series.

  •  I gave easy talking points on evolution (5+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Shadan7, cookiebear, plf515, possum, profmom

    Darwin's theory on Natural selection for junior high.

    But people here already know it so it didn't get much notice.

  •  Winter Rabbit (3+ / 0-)
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    plf515, bigchin, possum

    I am so happy you added Winter Rabbit's diary/diaries to your list.  They are fascinating but way under read.

    "Man's life's a vapor Full of woe. He cuts a caper, Down he goes. Down de down de down he goes.

    by JFinNe on Sat Feb 03, 2007 at 07:45:34 AM PST

  •  Here's a great one from long ago... (2+ / 0-)
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    plf515, possum

    This was the first diary I hotlisted after joining dkos: Titus Andronicus Explains It All For You

    It's still germane and a great read... also a deserved plug for Julie Taymor's must-see film Titus.

    "...history is a tragedy not a melodrama" - I.F. Stone

    by bigchin on Sat Feb 03, 2007 at 08:28:23 AM PST

  •  And here's a detailed history of (2+ / 0-)
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    plf515, possum

    the US economy during the last three decades by New Deal Democrat: Calling BS on right wing economic theory

    ... a decidedly FDRish view and one that I believe goes a long way in explaining where the Democrats went so wrong.

    "...history is a tragedy not a melodrama" - I.F. Stone

    by bigchin on Sat Feb 03, 2007 at 08:38:24 AM PST

  •  I'm interested in... (2+ / 0-)
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    plf515, possum

    collecting sites and information about how the government publishes data, and researching ways to make that publication process more friendly to those finding new ways to make that information user friendly.

    PLF, you may get a kick out of this: followthemoney's scatterplot analysis of the influence of fundraising on state elections.  An awesome new tool.

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