The Salesman: Do you ah, currently own a set of encyclopedias?
Joey: No! No. But ah, try the classifieds, people sell everything in there.
The Salesman: Actually, I’m not buying. I’m selling. Let me ask you one question. Do your friends ever have a conversation and you just nod along even though you’re not really sure what they’re talking about?
(We go into a flashback sequence with Joey remembering some of those times.)
[Cut to Monica and Rachel’s apartment, all are there.]
Ross: …I’m telling you it’s totally unconstitutional.
Monica, Chandler, Phoebe, and Rachel: Oh yeah, I totally agree.
(Joey just nods his head.)
[Cut to Central Perk, the entire gang is there.]
Monica: …I think he deserves a Nobel Prize. (Joey starts to nod ‘Yes.’)
All: Nooo!! (Joey quickly stops nodding his head.)
Poor Joey. In the end Joey could only afford to buy one encyclopedia from the salesman. He decided to go with the V and read about volcanoes.
Had Joey enlisted the help of our friend the Internet, he would have been directed to a bottomless vault of information and educational materials. The Internet would have let Joey know that everything he needs to know and everything he doesn’t need to know can be found at one particular site.
What’s the site: http://www.openculture.com
What is it: Open Culture.com is a clearing house of lectures, audio books, videos on a wide range of topics. There are over 250 free courses. You can study and learn about anything from Archaeology to Zymurgy. Check out the site and get started on your education. (Soon you will know what Zymurgy is). And of course, this is all free.
Download the course “Dante in Translation” for your commute to work and carpool with Alighieri. (Soon you will find that delightfully droll.)