About that woman Lynda.

Champion of justice, wielder of bullet reflecting bracelets, looping lassoer of truth (ugh, that’s terrible – yet truthful), and pilot of invisible airplanes.   The world knows her as the iconic Wonder Woman but those who really knew her, remember who played her best – Lynda Carter.

Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman

Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman

…..hold it!  Hold the press!  Why am I writing about Wonder Women?  I know nothing about Wonder Woman other than the above and that she was played by Lynda Carter who played a staring role in many fantasies during the 80’s.  No, this isn’t about Lynda Carter (and with all due respect she maintained a beautiful presence  after all these years and apparently championed the cause of feminism – you go girl!)

This isn’t about a woman named Lynda.  Well, it isn’t about Lynda directly but it is about what she (Lynda Weinman – a Wonder Woman in her own right)

Founder Lynda Weinman

Founder Lynda Weinman

…started and what now bears her namesake.  This is about Lynda.com

I’ve always had a thirst of curiosity and, one could argue, a thirst for education.  This is especially true later in my life when learning really meant something more than “All I have to do is survive K12” syndrome.  I did well in college and even put myself back in college 20 years later to earn a degree in business.  My most current degree has meant more to me than any previous formal education I’ve had.  It came at a time in my life when I did it to earnestly learn from it rather than just going through the motions to earn a document saying I DID IT!  Well, I did do it and I did it during the most turbulent time of my life (perhaps another article, another time).  After completing my degree I still had a thirst for knowledge.  I don’t ever want to stop learning.  There is so much to learn and so little time to learn it all.  In fact, it seems the more you know, the less you realize you know.  I.E.  There is MUCH to learn. I also have a fear of no longer being relevant (Is this a known phobia?  Does it have a name? Surely it must).  So off to the videos (and books) I go.

I discovered Lynda.com through a friend, then my son showed an interest in it, I purchased a subscription, he learned what he wanted and then my relationship with Lynda(.com) blossomed into a consuming pastime. Even since the first time I laid eyes on Lynda and now, their course offerings have grown beyond what I would have imagined.  As of this writing the number of courses are 1599 (update: just flipped to 1601) and my queue is growing.  Lynda.com is changing the face of traditional education and I love it!

The staff of Lynda.com are driven with passion and a mission of making complex things simple.  I know this because I watched the Lynda.com story on their web site and I’m sure this isn’t biased at all.  OK, I’m being a little facetious but I really do believe they are for the most part genuine.  If you want to know more about what they do, check out their Press page.  They provide a really fantastic product and it shows.  What I love about Lynda is:

  • The vast library of courses available anytime, almost anywhere. (It is a SaaS product if you don’t purchase the DVDs so provided you have a decent high speed connection you are good to go)
  • Access to repeating instruction when you need it.  Watch that video as many times as you want.
  • Professionally produced videos.
  • Progress indicators.  Know where you left off.  What % of the course have you completed and which videos have been viewed.
  • Certificates of completion
  • Transcripts!

So, just a handfull of many great things about Lynda.com.  Co-founders Bruce Heavin and Lynda Weinman – to you I am grateful for taking a leap of faith and starting something grand and of such value.  To the staff and authors of Lynda.com – you rock!  Seriously.  Thank you for your passion, insight, and willingness to share.

Now, get out there and learn!

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TED talks are great sources of inspiration. Insightful, funny, mind-blowing, innovative, creative, are just a few adjectives that come to mind describing these masterful vignettes of Technology Education and Design. I’ve been pouring over TED talks when I can find the time (or if I feel the need to balance out my binges of wasteful time from watching Fringe, The Walking Dead, or Burn Notice which can be argued isn’t a waste of time…but I digress). I recently watched a TED talk that I felt was particularly spot-on. I did not grow up with all the cool toys (tools) my children have never known life without (Wireless, smart phones, social media, awesome video games, and a host of other distractions). I also grew up when personal communication was either face-to-face, through snail mail, or on a landline. Face-to-face communication was a necessary skill and I was taught to look people in the eye. It’s a show of respect and attentiveness. Even as I have adapted to the tools we have today I have caught myself deviating from the old ways. It is for this reason I find this talk particularly poignant. It is one of the longer talks I’ve viewed on TED so if you can keep your ADD in check it will be worth it. Enjoy.