New Course: From Nand to Tetris in 12 steps

I really feel strongly that we should be academically boycotting Israel so perhaps I shouldn’t be posting this? Anyway its a great lecture so I’ll let it slide this once…

I think this is exactly what I was hoping university would be like when I first entered.

Innovative, create, dynamic, useful, involved, challenging.

You learn in a useful way and you learning the whole process inside
and out. Also its entertaining and fun.

I don’t know why University is so stale. Perhaps theres too many money
men and too much bureaucracy?

This course is also worth a mention. By the end of the course the student is able to make there own amazon.com, a bold claim. Whats more the MIT professor has realeased the book/course for free over the internet. Again the kind of thing I believe Universites should be doing.

It was through a talk with the author on IT conversations that I came across it

Software Engineering for Internet Applications

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13 Responses to New Course: From Nand to Tetris in 12 steps

  1. I don’t know what you have against Israel. Maybe their too smart for you to compete with.

  2. Dave says:

    I’m sure a great many Israelis are much smarter than me, infact many of my intellectual heroes are either Jewish, Israeli or have lived in Israel. Chomsky, Pappe, Finkelstein etc.

    I think you know exactly why people want to boycott Israel and rather than trying to put forward a reasoned case you’ve just decided to mock me. Pretty lame.

    As it happens I read a lot about Israel/Palestine/Mideast and am heavily influenced by an Israel scholar Ilan Pappe. He is one of the new historian who examined Israel Government documents about the events of 1948. These documents were declassified over the 80 and 90s and show a very different picture of how Israel was formed (to the standard Israeli Government/national narrative). Pappe shows that the Israeli leaders planned and implemented a program of ethnic cleaning.

    the state was founded on ethnic cleansing and things haven’t got a lot better over the last 60 years. With a 40 year military occupation and settlement on Palestinian lands. Denial of a Palestinian Government and limited chance for them to partake in the Israeli system that governs them. Ex-president Jimmy Carter recently described the situation as apartheid and Nelson Mandela has called justice for the Palestinians the greatest moral issue of our time.

    Pappe while in Israel called for an academic boycott. Israel has had 60 years to end the dispute but has failed to do so. Always choosing expansion over security. therefore Pappe believes the pressure of an academic boycott could help pressure the Israel Government to end its apartheid system, much like how the boycott help the situation for South Africans.

    I don’t have much time at the moment I’ve a lot of work on, so I appologise if I don’t get into a large debate on this.

    try these links

    Norman Finkelstein: An Introduction to the Israel-Palestine Conflict
    http://normanfinkelstein.com/article.php?pg=4&ar=10

    Noam Chomsky: Reshaping History
    http://www.chomsky.info/articles/20041118.htm

  3. Dave says:

    Occupied Gaza like apartheid South Africa, says UN report | Israel and the Middle East | Guardian Unlimited
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,,2019547,00.html

    Ilan Pappe on How Israel was Founded on Ethnic Cleansing
    http://www.ilanpappe.org/Articles/Ilan%20Pappe%20on%20how%20Israel%20was%20founded%20on%20ethnic%20cleansing.html

  4. Dave says:

    My point is that I am interested in a peaceful mideast and I think the Israel Government plays a large role in preventing this and that an academic boycott might change that. Helping both the people of Israel and the native people in the occupied territories.

  5. Dave says:

    Looking back at your previous posting, I think you’ll find this video excellent as it addresses something you mentioned “Third, just like regular school you tend to learn topic by topic and as a result don’t learn how things work together and combine.”

  6. I’ll just take it as your basic anti-semitism and leave it at that.

  7. Dave says:

    Frankly I’m disgusted you would say that to me. Its hardly surprising a lot of people seem to equate criticism of Israel with anti-semitism. Its not the same thing. I’m heavily critical of the UK government too. No one ever calls me anti-christian or anti-uk, people here would laugh at the idea.

    Its interesting that Israel is said to be a democracy, where many people are critical of Israeli policy – just like me. What makes me an anti-semite and their comment legitimate? Or are the critical Israeli Jewish people also anti-semites? Are Jimmy Carter and Nelson Mandela anti-semites too? Are Chomsky, Finkelstein and Pappe?

    Norman Finkelstein on the “Not-so-New New Anti-Semitism” and Shlomo Ben Ami on Terror, Torture, and Peace
    http://www.democracynow.org/2006/2/14/norman_finkelstein_on_the_not_so

    Kill Arabs, cry anti-semitism
    http://www.normanfinkelstein.com/article.php?pg=11&ar=516

  8. Dave says:

    The Holocaust has proven to be an indispensable
    ideological weapon. Through its deployment, one of the world’s most
    formidable military powers, with a horrendous human rights record, has cast
    itself as a ‘victim’ state, and the most successful ethnic group in the US
    has likewise acquired victim status. Considerable dividends accrue from this
    specious victimhood in particular, immunity to criticism, however justified.

    http://www.adelaideinstitute.org/Dissenters/finkelstein.htm

  9. Dr. William Bennett says:

    I have to agree with Mr. Rosenbaum. This is cut and dried anti-semitism, and of the more particularly vile, hateful and deliberate varieties.

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