Today's edition of Saturday Sharing gives you plenty of reasons to stay online and increase your brain power. Start with the more than 400 free online courses listed at Open Culture or with TED-Ed, then go look for a writer in a map or check out some "Top 10" lists. Just don't let the robot show you up!
✦ If you've never visited Open Culture, here's one very good reason to do so: You don't have the time to put together a compilation of 425 free online courses from top universities.
✦ If you like "Top 10 Lists", you can get your fill of them at The Criterion Collection, which each month asks a filmmaker, writer, actor, artists, or programmer to select their 10 favorite movies from those available from the film publisher. All of the lists to date are here. The site also features essays, videos, interviews, and film features.
The Criterion Collection on FaceBook
And, speaking of what's tops, be sure to visit TweetSpeakPoetry for its regularly featured column "This Week's Top 10 Poetic Picks." The blog also issued "The Unofficially Official List of Top Poetry Sites" to help you find the best Websites for all things poetry.
✦ Chattanooga, Tennessee, is getting its own custom-designed typeface. Find out why this is a big deal for the city at Chatype: The Typeface for Chattanooga, Tennessee. A Kickstarter campaign to crowd-fund the project, and thereby make the municipality the first in the country to get its own typeface, was a success. (My thanks to Walker Art Center's Off Center blog for the site link.)
Chatype on FaceBook
✦ At Literature-Map, find a writer in the map and then take a journey; you're bound to find other readers who share your literary affinities. (My thanks to Paris Review Daily blog for the link.)
✦ "Lessons Worth Sharing" is the tag line for TED's latest offering, TED-Ed, which aims to "capture and amplify the voices of the world's greatest educators" who are paired with animators to produce educational videos. The site's definitely worth visiting!
TED-Ed on FaceBook and Twitter
✦ Fraunhofer Institute scientists have created a robot that photographs its subject, analyzes the subject's face, then sketches what it "sees". You be the judge of artistic quality. (My thanks to ArtInfo for the link.)