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Well, I reversed course with respect to lectures. I still like my idea of buying the used audio CD and ripping them into my iTunes, but there are three problems with it: (1) Amazon is not clear whether you are getting the audio CD or the book format of the lecture (hardly a useful thing while I'm working in the field), so one of the three lectures came in book format; (2) The Amazon listings aren't clear about what you're getting, so if you're ordering a huge lecture series, you might only get one part (like I only received part V of Professor Robinson's five-part Great Ideas of Philosophy; (3) iTunes isn't a great mechanism for starting-and-stopping the lecture. Each six minutes is treated like a separate song, so if you stop and go back a few days later, you have to start that six-minute session over again (assuming, of course, you remember at which six-minute session you left off).

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I'm not complaining, btw. I tried something and didn't work as well as I had hoped. Because I touted the system last week, I felt obliged to pass along the shortcomings I discovered, and to mention that, in light of the problems, I think it's simply better to get an Audible membership through Amazon. I pay $15 a month, and for that, I get one free lecture series per month (normal cost of the lectures are much more). Yesterday, I ordered the 43-hour lecture series, Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition. We'll see how it goes.

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I'm about halfway through the Netflix documentary, Wild Wild Country. It's about the Rajneeshee invasion of Oregon in the 1980s. Riveting stuff. When I noticed that Thaddeus Russell had interviewed the Rajneeshee attorney last week for the Unregistered podcast, I immediately downloaded it and listened to it yesterday. I highly recommend it. The attorney came off as a douche bag in the documentary, but now that I listened to him for three hours discussing things with Russell, I kind of like the guy. He said a lot of interesting things, including one thing that Osho (f/k/a The Bhagwan) emphasized: "All men are enlightened, but they refuse to acknowledge it" (not an exact quote). That resonated with me.

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