Unfortunately, the films are not narrated by a talking tortoise
April 12, 2008 3:00 AM Subscribe
posted by orthogonality (28 comments total)
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MITOpenCourseWare offers an online high-school course
on Douglas Hofstadter's
much-loved 1980 Pulitzer-winning exploration of maths, patterns, music, art, recursion, and computability, Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid. Previously,
some here had indicated an interest
in such a course.
There are two unfortunate drawbacks to the online course:
1. it is not narrated by a talking tortoise;
2. and, the course videos are in RealPlayer format, and installing RealPlayer means an eternal rusty chain of spamming by Real.com. And buf-buf-buf-buf-er-er-ing.
There is a great work-around to the second problem, Real Alternative, which a) actually works, and b) doesn't spam. That codec and the Media Player Classic viewer (which is also a great substitute for the Microsoft's MediaPlayer), can be found here.
Anyone interested in organizing a group or groups to buy copies of GEB:EGB, "take" this "class", and meet virtually to discuss it?