A zombie infestation has broken out beyond the halls of the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con at nearby Petco Park and horror fans are invited to see if they can survive it. The experience is called The Walking Dead Escape, named for the popular comic book (and subsequent AMC TV series) “The Walking Dead.” In celebration of the comic’s 100th issue, participants can immerse themselves in what’s both an exhaustive and exhausting adventure that puts survival skills to the test.
The Walking Dead Escape not only requires a love for all things zombie, but also the stamina to make it through a grueling obstacle course while avoiding each walker’s touch and infection. Much like a real zombie apocalypse might be, this course is no easy task. Those who take on the challenge can expect commotion, panic, and startles. Moreover, survivors are expected to run, climb, slide, jump, dodge, duck, crawl nearly non-stop for at least 20-30 minutes. It may sound like a lot to expect out of paying participants – and it is – but as soon as the first zombie breaks loose and begins its hunt, survival instincts kick in and there’s no looking back.
The most extensive listing of free online education I have ever seen. Bookmarking for later.
All education is self-education. Period. It doesn’t matter if you’re sitting in a college classroom or a coffee shop. We don’t learn anything we don’t want to learn.
Broken down by subject and/or category, here are several top-notch self-education resources I have bookmarked online over the past few years.
- History/World Culture
- Computer Science/Engineering
- Foreign/Sign Languages
- Multiple Subjects/Miscellaneous
- Free Books/Reading Recommendations
- Educational Mainstream Broadcast Media
- Online Archives
- Directories of Open Education
// Photo – Ed Yourdon
New company Coursera is targeting higher education by offering university-level courses from top institutions to students all over the world, all for free.
The company launched with $16 million in Series A funding and is announcing partnerships with four schools:
- Princeton University
- Stanford University
- University of Pennsylvania
- University of Michigan.
Coursera will offer over 30 courses from its partner schools across a variety of disciplines, including computer science, sociology, medicine, and math.
A selection of the classes:
Classes typically last for five to ten weeks, and during that time students commit to watching the lectures, and completing interactive quizzes and assignments, which are auto-graded or graded by peers. Upon completion, the student receives a statement of accomplishment, a letter from the professor, and a score, but the course doesn’t count for any actual credit with that specific institution. The site also features a Q&A forum where students can ask questions about the course material and get answers from fellow students.