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Learning is Expensive

Image via Wikipedia The title says it all.  Learning is expensive.

Being really poor (yes, i am barely hanging on to my internet service and my old mac is, well, old), when it comes to discovering cool things (e.g. in science), I have to be content with reading, for example, blurbs of really cool articles on the Scientific American website.  Or samples of books on my Kindle (it was a gift).  I used to be a member of the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery), but the yearly dues are entirely too much for me and to be worth it, really, you need to also purchase the yearly subscription to their digital archive. And so of course I don't have access to all the great historical and modern scholarly works.  Yes, I'm whining.

It's probably that I don't know what all is out there, but I was thinking.  Wouldn't it be nice to have a digital magazine/website like Scientific American, but for free?  A place where science geeks can go to simply learn, and rejoice in the lear…