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(Or too geeky. Or too broke. Or too old. Or drunk.)

As long as you've got access to a computer, you needn't leave the house or spend another dime to get some university enrichment.Your friend the Internet is here to provide the ultimate in affirmative action at the click of a mouse.

Here are 5 choice picks to enrich your commute, impress your friends, inspire hallucinations, or maybe even help you get smart:

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1) Sci-Fi author and BoingBoing co-editor Cory Doctorow's USC COMM499: PWNED:

The DRM basher who brought us "Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom," is a visiting professor for the '06-'07 school year at USC. He poses the following question to his class: "Is Everyone on Campus a Copyright Criminal?"

For our sake, we can proudly report that none of the universities in LAist metro managed to make the RIAA's just-released list of the Top 25 universities handing out piracy notices.

The first six podcasts of PWNED class lectures (still in progress) are posted for streaming, download, or podcast subscription. There's also a class blog.

2) UCLA's video archive of Media Arts and Design events and lectures.

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Recent lectures include (RealMedia only):

-- Nicholas Negroponte, founder and chairman of The One Laptop per Child initiative.

-- Peter Sellars, professor of "Art as Moral/Social Action" and a 1983 recipient of a MacArthur "genius" fellowship.

-- Rene Daalder, Dutch filmmaker on the life of Bas Jan Ader