Music fans who won't forget where they were when news of Tupac Shakur's death first surfaced nearly 16 years ago may now add the tall tale about where they were when word hit that he had risen: at their computers, dutifully checking Twitter. For those lucky enough to score festival passes to Coachella's opening weekend, the headlining combination of Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg did not underdeliver on weed, beloved hits and reflection on a 20-plus year partnership. Reports that the ghost of Nate Dogg past would appear via super fancy technology during the pair's set arrived last week, but it was the very lifelike, hologram image of a Tupac (sculpted abdominal muscles and tattoos included) that trumped any living specials guests (50 Cent, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Tony Yayo, Warren G, Wiz Khalifa) or hypothesized collaborations that preceded him.

With an energetic "What the fuck is up, Coachella?" Tupac appeared beside Snoop and Dre before launching into "Hail Mary" and "2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted," shimmying, swaying and did we spot some crotch-gyrating? (Technology!) It was all very realistic and eerie, particularly when the reimagined Pac interacted with his collaborators as if they were just shooting the shit back in Long Beach instead of from beyond the grave. And just like that, he disintegrated into thin air. Whether it was the Ghost of Pac, the man himself or just a regular ol' hologram, this feels like a Choose Your Own Adventure story; approach the video below with whatever works best for the conspiracy theorist/realist deep within you. Also, Eminem's three-song guest appearance included a dubstep version of "Forgot About Dre," which you won't forgive yourself for missing out on.


Learning the Digital Way

Soldiers May 1, 2008 | Kring, Meggan; Thomas, Addison At the end of the day, when he's completed his duties in the field, PFC James Tollefson tackles a new mission: furthering his education.

Every night he turns on his computer, logs on to Army Knowledge Online and studies Arabic.

"I want to be able to communicate with Iraqi soldiers and civilians to help my platoon be more effective in gathering intelligence," said Tollefson, who's assigned to an airborne unit at Fort Richardson, Alaska. "By the time my company deploys, I'll have a solid understanding of the language." Until a few years ago, Tollefson would have had to jump through hoops to learn a foreign language in the Army, with lengthy application processes, inconvenient commutes and other constraints of classroom-based courses. But the Army's traditional approach to training has gone the way of the abacus. Today, Soldiers can receive an education online, anywhere in the world, absolutely free, Training at Your Fingertips To achieve mission-essential tasks, Soldiers must be equipped with the right information. That need is met through the Distributed Learning System, an Army-funded program that delivers training through computers. go to website army e learning

Supported by the Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems, DLS ensures mission readiness through programs like Army e-Learning, a cost-free, Web-based application supported by Skillsofr PLC, an organization that provides innovative commercial-off-the-shelf learning products and services.

Since its launch in 1999, Army e-Learning has given users the training tools they need to advance their careers. Originally designed to assist only the acquisition workforce, the program has grown to meet the Army's demand for more versatile Soldiers. According to Army e-Learning project officer Stan Davis, DLS's digital service has emerged as the blueprint for Army training.

"Army e-Learning started off with only 800 courses. Today, we offer more than 2,600 courses on numerous topics. That's the perfect testament to how successful the program has become," said Davis. "Whether you're preparing for the civilian world or simply want to do your job better, Army e-Learning provides the tools you need at absolutely no cost." Army e-Learning's courses are available for the entire Army workforce, including active-duty and Reserve Soldiers, Army civilians and cadets. From classes on leadership and business to foreign language and information technology, users can conveniently earn promotion points, credits toward college degrees, and retirement, at the same time they fulfill mandatory training requirements.

And they can learn when and where they want to.

Available 24 hours a day, Army e-Learning is universally accessible through the Army Knowledge Online portal.

SFC Jason Borgeson of the 1st Cavalry Division is one of the most recent enrollees.

"Given my current duty position, and the fact that I have two kids, a wife and in-laws who live about 10 minutes away, I'm very busy when I'm not at work," said Borgeson. "I can complete Army e-Learning courses at my own pace. Even when I have as little as 20 minutes to myself, I can fire up the computer and learn something." For students who don't own or have access to a personal computer, connecting to Army e-Learning can be done through DLS digital-training stations that support on-duty training. Since 1999, 232 of these sites have been installed at 94 installations worldwide.

Rosetta Stone In November 2005 DLS paired with Fairfield Language Technologies - the maker of Rosetta Stone languagelearning software - to implement a comprehensive foreign-language curriculum.

Rosetta Stone teaches students how to speak, read and write in 30 languages.

According to Linda Trude, Fan-field Language Technology's vice president of institutional sales, Rosetta Stone is an ideal component to meet the needs of students at the beginner and intermediate levels. see here army e learning

"Our language-learning software is comprehensive enough to serve as a primary language-learning tool and flexible enough to complement other training methods," said Trude.

Rosetta Stone teaches foreign language through a complete immersion process, whereby students learn by associating words and phrases that are commonly used.

For Soldiers like Tollefson, the language program is priceless.

"I spent a year unsuccessfully trying to teach myself Arabic through other methods," he said. "Rosetta Stone provided me with the instruction and guidance I needed to learn the language." Like his peers, Tollefson is training and saving at the same time. Without Army e-Learning, the Arabic courses would have cost him roughly $400 to complete. The Army anticipates the program will save all users money and time, while significantly increasing foreign-language skills across the force.

Commercial Courses As an Army civilian based in Darmstadt, Germany, former signal-support specialist Jason Hinkley has had plenty of experience with computer programs. Before he became a systems administrator, he was asked to take an on-site security course. One of the prerequisites involved obtaining a Certified Information Systems security Professionals certification. Doing so was both expensive and time-consuming.

Hinkley heard about Army eLearning and decided to enroll.

"The CISSP course offered by Army e-Learning gave me a good background to understand my courses," said Hinkley. "Plus, it was online. I was able to complete it in about 25 hours during free time at work." Like those before him, Hinkley was able to advance in his field, thanks to Army e-Learning's A-to-Z approach to training. Whether it's a course on Arabic, leadership or the fundamentals of business, Army e-Learning affords all users plenty of advantages, including the ability to train on and off the battlefield.

For more information about Army e-Learning, or to access courses, visit Once online, click on the "Self Service" tab, select "My Education" and then click on "Army e-Learning." First-time users will be asked to register. Upon completion, you can start your training in 30 languages and 2,600 courses.

[Author Affiliation] Meggan Kring is a marketing communications analyst for the Army Distributed Learning System. Addison Thomas writes for CorpComm, Inc.

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