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.

April 2016 Learn Certificate
Watched and took notes on 13 college lectures:
Learned 2 vocabulary words:
Learned about 2 people:
Corrected 8 misspelling:
Bhuddha, armorment, fuelled, mercantalism, extravagent, desolving, magnificante, opulance
Recorded 312 Flashcards from MOOC lectures:
  • And in fact
  • But not enough because
  • Dante pretends to begin the journey
  • Everything works with this idea
  • From the first verse
  • I would say
  • In short
  • In short, this comedy is really the registry to understand Dante
  • In truth, however
  • It is therefore not only
  • It's up to you to
  • Its classification stems from the desire of the pioneers
  • Looking closely
  • Oedipus wins the duel with the sphinx
  • Reference book
  • Should therefore be
  • So it is a poem about Christ
  • The earth moved by this dramatic fall
  • The eternal in time
  • The third guide
  • a broader ecosystem conservation
  • a pattern that had already been tested
  • a recovery
  • a unique landscape
  • all over the known world
  • also a signal of its long continuity in the collective memory
  • and is the character who speaks
  • and it ends well
  • and so on
  • and that is that Dante
  • and then be worthy of atonement and glory
  • as a game reserve
  • as he also said
  • as he wrote later
  • as well as the database
  • at a certain point
  • at the dawn of the 20th century
  • bad start
  • because his dialogue-story lasts as many as three songs
  • because in the last verse
  • because of its rich
  • because the blame is revealed
  • becomes the king of Thebes
  • before the conclusion of the poem
  • begins to cough as to say
  • blinded and guilty
  • but above all
  • but also related the whole story of mankind
  • but first in the order of time
  • but it brings us back slowly
  • but it is also a poem
  • but then it ends up very badly
  • but this comedy is still alive even in Paradise
  • call to cover more area
  • coastal areas in general
  • consciousness
  • current coverage
  • each
  • each of us has in mind
  • even in the last song
  • far from being a place of abstraction
  • few resources
  • following extensions
  • for example in the central songs
  • for supplying railroad coal
  • from any of the other characters
  • game reserves
  • green spots
  • has appropriately recalled
  • he has to leave Thebes
  • hitherto neglected
  • how many human feelings also live in Hell
  • human pressures such as poaching
  • in different planets and stars of the cosmos
  • in front of a church which has degenerated
  • in front of the correctness of the world
  • in order to begin a new impetus
  • in the face of vicious priests
  • in the most literal sense of the term
  • is not homogeneous nor representative
  • is not so much a trip to Beatrice
  • it makes my veins and wrists tremble
  • it was determined from the first moment of the universe
  • it's like a kind of point from which everything radiates
  • namely
  • not only summarizes the cosmos then known
  • obtained from
  • of perfection
  • of sin that we must take upon ourselves to realize our limitations
  • our life takes place in time
  • please finish because this story has already gone on too long
  • pr. Lucifero
  • pr. c'è
  • pr. cantiche
  • pr. centro
  • pr. ci
  • pr. cioè
  • pr. conosciuto
  • pr. cornice
  • pr. coscienza
  • pr. finge
  • pr. irraggia
  • pr. leggiamo
  • pr. numericha
  • pr. precede
  • pr. produce
  • pr. quasi
  • pr. quel
  • pr. quindi
  • pr. riunisce
  • pr. simbologia
  • pr. svolge
  • pr. viaggio
  • reached its current size
  • reliable
  • remains not only in hell
  • responding primarily to the interests of focused use
  • reunites all space and time
  • simply by being together
  • since hundreds if not thousands of years
  • since when he reaches the top
  • so the tragedy is not the register in which he wants to write his poem
  • so there
  • sometimes
  • sometimes
  • songs
  • spatial
  • spread all over the globe
  • tell how much affection
  • that becomes
  • that colonization was likely to eliminate
  • that descends to the center of the earth
  • that enabled him
  • that is what hastened the numbers
  • that many of the verses of the Divine Comedy have become
  • the course aims to help us understand
  • the most vivid interpreter
  • the pit of hell
  • the prayer
  • the tirade of St. Peter brings us abruptly to earth
  • then
  • then known
  • then takes over as the guide
  • there is a walking trail
  • these evictions have led to the expulsion
  • this poem ends in this great, universal choir
  • this unique moment of the revelation of grace
  • this world map
  • through me is the way into the suffering city
  • throughout this Mooc
  • to contemplate the mystery of the Trinity
  • to get to know it
  • toward more protected areas
  • until reaching
  • wandering livestock
  • we are in the middle
  • when he speaks
  • whether at the gloabl level or
  • which allows Dante to have the privilege
  • which are also evoked in everyday conversation
  • which at its center has the image of Christ
  • which explains how he found himself in that dark forest
  • which is made worthy to ascend
  • which the donors
  • which was fully protected from the onset
  • while the tragedy starts well
  • while to the right
  • who is next
  • who is sent by Maria
  • wild game
  • And originally (FRENCH)
  • He's coming from the idea that (FRENCH)
  • The superman (FRENCH)
  • The superman brings out new ways (FRENCH)
  • The weak wills (FRENCH)
  • a form of asceticism (FRENCH)
  • a text taken from the book (FRENCH)
  • all these mediocre aspirations of weak wills (FRENCH)
  • around which other wills will aggregate (FRENCH)
  • as it has been forged over the centuries (FRENCH)
  • because at its base (FRENCH)
  • by those who are able to want to create (FRENCH)
  • carries a meaning (FRENCH)
  • comes from a desire that the world meet our desires (FRENCH)
  • consolidated in the spinelessness and weakness (FRENCH)
  • cutesy (FRENCH)
  • does not constrain his power (FRENCH)
  • he has a strength (FRENCH)
  • in a sometimes questionable way (FRENCH)
  • it imposes a duty (FRENCH)
  • it is full of irreducible diversity (FRENCH)
  • it's about his words (FRENCH)
  • live as one is (FRENCH)
  • master of none (FRENCH)
  • may emerge (FRENCH)
  • most acute (FRENCH)
  • not even bothering anyone (FRENCH)
  • not have to face an uncertain future (FRENCH)
  • of what he calls weak wills (FRENCH)
  • pr. les hommes en fait (FRENCH)
  • pr. mais que valent (FRENCH)
  • pr. pouvait être (FRENCH)
  • pr. soit fait émerger le surhomme, soit renoncer (FRENCH)
  • reassure (FRENCH)
  • refuses the test of transcendence (FRENCH)
  • ruthlessly (FRENCH)
  • saying that weakness is at its base better than force (FRENCH)
  • seeing me integrate myself (FRENCH)
  • thanks to new interpretations (FRENCH)
  • the challenge of what he calls contemporary nihilism (FRENCH)
  • the cruelty (FRENCH)
  • the desire to excel (FRENCH)
  • the excesses of some of these claims (FRENCH)
  • the result of a throw of dice (FRENCH)
  • the struggle of the will to power (FRENCH)
  • the will to power (FRENCH)
  • thus is born (FRENCH)
  • to enjoy without trouble (FRENCH)
  • to go beyond ourselves (FRENCH)
  • to supress the creative diversity (FRENCH)
  • to whom life is scary (FRENCH)
  • towards oneself (FRENCH)
  • was also recovered (FRENCH)
  • where only the strong survive (FRENCH)
  • which gives rise to new vocations (FRENCH)
  • who consent to give up (FRENCH)
  • who he calls the last men (FRENCH)
  • who submits himself to everything around him (FRENCH)
  • with the goal to generate new creative efforts (FRENCH)
  • Despite the success (SPANISH)
  • Dürer got to be so famous (SPANISH)
  • Here we see him at 26 years (SPANISH)
  • I find that (SPANISH)
  • In fact (SPANISH)
  • It belongs to (SPANISH)
  • It's interesting to ask such questions (SPANISH)
  • Look at the variety of lines (SPANISH)
  • On the back part (SPANISH)
  • On the floor (SPANISH)
  • The surrounding wood (SPANISH)
  • This is Dürer (SPANISH)
  • This other self-portrait (SPANISH)
  • This reminds us that (SPANISH)
  • We see it for example in this picture (SPANISH)
  • a great subtlety (SPANISH)
  • a young, elegant man (SPANISH)
  • are beautiful and interesting (SPANISH)
  • as a source of inspiration (SPANISH)
  • bluish green (SPANISH)
  • confidence (SPANISH)
  • copper has been called (SPANISH)
  • drawing and engraving (SPANISH)
  • drawings and paintings (SPANISH)
  • fighting with a lion (SPANISH)
  • fought against (SPANISH)
  • had spread to Germany (SPANISH)
  • has been emptied leaving the raised letters (SPANISH)
  • he also travels a lot (SPANISH)
  • he praises the art (SPANISH)
  • his fame served an example to other painters (SPANISH)
  • his knowledge (SPANISH)
  • his paint brushes (SPANISH)
  • his pictures (SPANISH)
  • his workshop (SPANISH)
  • how to draw (SPANISH)
  • in support of this thesis and the opposite (SPANISH)
  • in themselves (SPANISH)
  • indentations and engravings with a chisel (SPANISH)
  • is one of the several that he drew (SPANISH)
  • it is a simple drawing (SPANISH)
  • liberating (SPANISH)
  • looking in a mirror (SPANISH)
  • mark the shadows (SPANISH)
  • not been drawn (SPANISH)
  • not for what they represent but as works of art (SPANISH)
  • of the dog (SPANISH)
  • on how to draw a silhouette of a thumb (SPANISH)
  • pencil (SPANISH)
  • poured it into his art (SPANISH)
  • that echo the mood of the author (SPANISH)
  • that was around him (SPANISH)
  • the artist draws (SPANISH)
  • the background blank (SPANISH)
  • the drawn lines (SPANISH)
  • the first artists whose prints were (SPANISH)
  • the judge ruled that (SPANISH)
  • the pillow (SPANISH)
  • the rest in blank (SPANISH)
  • the signature (SPANISH)
  • the size (SPANISH)
  • the strokes (SPANISH)
  • their changes in direction (SPANISH)
  • they remain subject to the prjudices (SPANISH)
  • to look at something carefully (SPANISH)
  • to reach its essence (SPANISH)
  • was highly praised (SPANISH)
  • we saw him in a painting (SPANISH)
  • we saw it when studying (SPANISH)
  • we see on the screen (SPANISH)
  • what had been merely a tool (SPANISH)
  • when he was already a very successful artist (SPANISH)
  • which are still preserved (SPANISH)
  • which brought him fame and money (SPANISH)
  • which expands our mental world (SPANISH)
  • which in the mirror looks as if it were the left (SPANISH)
  • which only uses (SPANISH)
  • which will later be called woodcut (SPANISH)
  • who exanded (SPANISH)
  • who sought to reduce (SPANISH)
  • who was a goldsmith (SPANISH)
  • with a lion (SPANISH)
  • wood block (SPANISH)
Saturday, April 2, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
GESTION DES AIRES PROTÉGÉES EN AFRIQUE, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
plus de 15 % de la surface terrestre bénéficie d'une forme de protection formelle
on appelle ces territoires des aires protégées
1872 Yellowstone en Amérique du nord
le premier parc formellement reconnu comme aire protégée
son classement découle de la volonté des pionniers américains de préserver un paysage exceptionnel... view all notes
Sunday, April 3, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
The Daodejing
"Classic of Way and Virtue"
earliest transmitted text after the Analects
and early Warring States text
archeological versions of it have been found... view all notes
Thursday, April 7, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
DESCUBRIENDO LA PINTURA EUROPEA DE 1400 A 1800, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
Alberto Durero (1471-1528)
un pintor alemán que nació en Nuremberg
un artista muy original
que amplió el potencial expresivo de la pintura, el dibujo y el grabado
con veintiséis años fue un artista de mucho éxito... view all notes
Saturday, April 9, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
A HISTORY OF THE WORLD SINCE 1300, Princeton University
colonies, once marginal outposts of the global system, now emerging into dynamos
receiving migrants
de Tocqueville witnessed and Europeans watched
these colonies began to be the envy of Europe
societies that could be created as freed trade societies that could export agrarian products back to Europe... view all notes
Monday, April 11, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
at the end of the 19th century, the territorial expansion of the United States across the continent came to an end
new existential threats could now only come from abroad
Theodore Roosevelt knew this and sought to promote an international police power
to prevent other nations' chronic wrongdoing
The Roosevelt Corollary to the Monroe Doctrine... view all notes
Friday, April 15, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
Genesis chapter 26
the story of Isaac
the son of Abraham, the father of Jacob
the story tells of Isaac living in the Philistine land of Gerar
to the west of Judah... view all notes
Monday, April 18, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
Jews have long been called the people of the Book
the book that is usually presumed to give Jews this title is the Bible
for a thousand years, another book has been slowly displacing the Bible as this book, the Talmud
Jews continue to venerate the Torah, the Hebrew term for the first section of the Bible
the Torah is crucial to the Synagogue service where the Talmud is nowhere to be seen... view all notes
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
Nietzsche est un philosophe essentiel dans l'histoire de la philosophie moderne
il a été un des critiques les plus aigus de la modernité
il a choqué par la radicalité et la démesure de certaines de ces affirmations
sa critique radicale de la décadence correspond dans les temps modernes, au triomphe de l'affirmation de ce qu'il nomme les volontés faibles
les volontés faibles... view all notes
Friday, April 22, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
was ist Geschichte
es gibt heute keine allgemeine gültige Definition, die allen Ansprüchen gerecht werden könnte
Leopold van Ranke (1795–1886)
der Urvater der kritischen Geschichtswissenschaft
1824, "Man hat der Historia das Amt, die Vergangenheit zu richten, die Mitwelt zum Nutzen zukünftiger Jahre zu belehren, beigemessen; so hoher Ämter unterwindet sich gegenwärtiger Versuch nicht: er will bloß sagen, wie es eigentlich gewesen."... view all notes
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
1961 the Israeli Secret Service, the Mossad
discovered that Eichmann was living under an assumed name in Buenos Aires
they went there and kidnapped him
brought him back to Israel... view all notes
Leopold van Ranke (1795-1886)
German historian and a founder of modern source-based history
  • implemented the seminar teaching method in his classroom and focused on archival research and analysis of historical documents
  • set standards for much of later historical writing, introducing such ideas as reliance on primary sources (empiricism), emphasis on narrative history, and especially international politics (Außenpolitik)
  • Ranke rejected the teleological approach to history, by which each period is considered inferior to the period which follows, thus, the Middle Ages were not inferior to the Renaissance, but must be considered on their own terms
Saturday, April 23, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
SEXING THE CANVAS: ART AND GENDER, The University of Melbourne
Tiepolo's Banquet of Cleopatra, 1744
set in the Palace of the Pharaohs in Alexandria around 140 BC
it's about a competition that Cleopatra made with her husband Marc Anthony
a bet about who was the most extravagant and therefore the most powerful regent in Rome of the day
Cleopatra wagered that she could spend the equivalent of 80,000 pounds of gold on one feast... view all notes
bodice, n. [BAW-diss] an article of clothing for women covering the body from the neck to the waist  "The brooch in the center of her bodice shows a classical female figure."
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
the Narmer Palette (31st century BC)
one of the oldest and most important artifacts from Ancient Egypt
thought by some to depict the unification of Upper and Lower Egypt under the king Narmer, which is the founding of the unified Egyptian kingdom under one pharaoh
a stone palette
on the pallete, Narmer is wearing the crown of Upper Egypt about to hit a prisoner with a club... view all notes
Queen Hatshepsut (1507-1458 BC)
The fifth pharaoh of the eighteenth dynasty of Egypt who ruled jointly with her son, Thutmose III, who had ascended to the throne as one-year-old child after the death of his father
  • instead of being satisfied as the queen mother who was in charge until her son grew up, Hatshepsut actually took over the office of pharaoh
  • while women had a relatively high status in ancient Egypt and enjoyed the legal right to own, inherit, or will property, a woman becoming pharaoh was rare
  • generally regarded by Egyptologists as one of the most successful pharaohs, reigning longer than any other woman of an indigenous Egyptian dynasty
  • she was successful in warfare early in her reign, but generally is considered to be a pharaoh who inaugurated a long peaceful era
  • reestablished the trade networks
  • one of the most prolific builders in ancient Egypt, commissioning hundreds of construction projects throughout both Upper Egypt and Lower Egypt, and of course her own temple, the Temple of Hatshepsut
  • "the first great woman in history of whom we are informed"
Saturday, April 30, 2016
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
LA COMMEDIA DI DANTE, Università della Svizzera italiana
la Divina Commedia è un poema cosmico
poiché la sua struttura impegna tutto il mondo allora consosciuto
il pozzo dell'inferno
che scende sino al centro della terra
è stato determinato sin dal primo istante dell'universo dalla caduta del ribelle angelo Lucifero... view all notes
gnomic, adj. [NOH-mik] pithy, concise, and pompously moralizing, attempting to strike a mysterious tone and often incomprehensible yet seemingly wise  "Gian Luigi Beccaria has appropriately recalled that many of the verses of the Divine Comedy have become proverbs and gnomic formulas which are evoked by us even today in everyday conversation."
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