One comment from a recent convert to the horde:
I didn't want to disrupt/hijack the new thread on nation states, but could you do a post on how exactly you can listen to books while gaming? I'm almost 60 years old (with a 16-year-old gaming fool in the house) and I need to know how to do this right quick.
I'm starting to think a thread on how to get a college degree-like education by eavesdropping on survey courses through online mp3 downloads would be real informative.
First, the method. For awhile I would run academic earth lectures in the background through my browser. Now I download lectures from iTunes, and either run them through my iPhone jacked into a speaker, or I just play them through my computer. Then I just game while I listen. Generally I have to replay lectures two or three times to really understand what I'm hearing. If the lecturer is really, really good I can get in one sitting. (I haven't really had to rewind Margaret Anderson, for instance.)
Second, the math. Let's start a running thread on really good lecture series. I know there are quite a few out there from Yale, Stanford, Berkley etc. Please list only the ones you've actually sampled, or found useful. It does no good to post links to lectures that blow.
I would also tentatively offer John Merriman on European Civ 1648-1945
. I only say tentatively because I started, and then stopped listening because I wanted to back up and hear something on the 30 Years War. I'll be able to say more once I get back to his series.
Any contributions you have would be greatly appreciated. Audiobooks (which you have listened to) also work well.