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Official DP Skill Acquisition Thread

This is a spur from the Piano thread. This should be a new thread, because we started something new.

The Piano thread was the idea generation phase. We read an article and some of us got the idea that we could actually do it.

Thank God for women!

Anyone who would like to pick up a new skill is welcome here. Tell us what skill you want to acquire, and we'll go learning our respective skills in a systematic manner, as described in the Piano thread. while encouraging and helping one another achieve their goals.

If anyone would like to start a spur thread on a specific skill, that would be welcome also. Say someone here is going to do guitar, and they want to have their own "Learning Guitar" thread.

As for me, I'll be taking up the craft of writing. I do a lot of writing every day, but to say that I'm sloppy with my craft would be generous. I would like to put my attention there.

All Comers Welcome! See you down below.

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Update: Ten Principles of Rapid Skill Acquisition, from the book The First 20 Hours

1. Choose a lovable project (one that you love!)
2. Focus your energy on one skill at a time.
3. Define your target performance level.
4. Deconstruct the skill into subskills.
5. Obtain critical tools
6. Eliminate barriers to practice
7. Make dedicated time for practice
8. Create fast feedback loops.
9. Practice by the clock in short bursts
10. Emphasize quantity and speed.

Watch the video on the Piano thread for more, or take a look at the book.

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Great video


This summer I will teach you all how to do this...


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That is awesome!!!

I think I'll get a harmonica and try that!


Super! To play along with this gentleman you'll want to get a

'G Major' harmonica. The 'standard' keying for the diatonic 'blues' harp is 'C' (major) which will run you about 3 bucks at any music store. Cheap Gs can be had in a set of 3 (with a C and a D) Hohners with plastic shells for $10 at Walmart - though the keying is not guaranteed (Hohner is WAY overrated).

The method he is using to play is called 'tongue-blocking', meaning that he is playing all the individual notes out of the right side of his mouth by blocking all the notes to the left with his tongue and all the notes to the right of the desired note with his lips where the crease is.

By invitation on this thread I'll put up soon my harmonica instruction method created by yours truly explaining how to play any song you desire, with hands or without. Incidentally I must add that it is actually easier to play without hands than with. The mouth is MUCH more precise than the hand.

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When "I want to" becomes "I'm doing"

Wicked-nice to see these threads and to feed off the enthusiasm of others as they work to acquire their own skills. There's ongoing feedback here that family and friends, despite their love and support, just can't fill on a day-to-day basis (at least for myself). Simply reading and understanding the nature of this site and its premium on intellectual development and independent self-realization makes this a natural direction for someone who's been vocally missing but still stands stalwart in the shadows of debate, ever paying attention, learning when possible and not letting the dreams that brought me here die, despite the 500lb. life-wrenches that keep grinding my carefully-laid plans to screeching stops.

For my own part, I've been wrestling with several Wants: learning piano, virtual-reality game/simulation development (and starting my first business which would likely be related to such), getting my art into a gallery or museum, and finishing my first martial arts Black Belt. Oddly enough, when all seemed lost in my life I found a surprising new skill: singing (karaoke, but still counts)! Seems a little confidence can go along way, and I see that confidence and willpower to defy and try in these threads, which gives me motivation that I've perennially lacked.

tl;dr - All you Patriots rock my tired and tattered socks off. Still and always proud to be part of this community, however invisible I may be. \m/

For Liberty!! *GONG*

Oh - I got skillz... Conscious Competence, even.

The Conscious Competence Matrix

Put simply:

Learners or trainees tend to begin at stage 1 - 'unconscious incompetence'.

They pass through stage 2 - 'conscious incompetence', then through stage 3 - 'conscious competence'.

And ideally end at stage 4 - 'unconscious competence'.

Perhaps the simplest illustration of importance of appreciating the need for staged learning is that teachers and trainers can wrongly assume trainees to be at stage 2, and focus effort towards achieving stage 3, when often trainees are still at stage 1. Here the trainer assumes the trainee is aware of the skill existence, nature, relevance, deficiency, and that there will be a benefit from acquiring the new skill. Whereas trainees at stage 1 - unconscious incompetence - have none of these things in place, and will not be able to address achieving conscious competence until they've become consciously and fully aware of their own incompetence. This is a fundamental reason for the failure of a lot of training and teaching.

If the awareness of skill and deficiency is low or non-existent - ie., the learner is at the unconscious incompetence stage - the trainee or learner will simply not see the need for learning. It's essential to establish awareness of a weakness or training need (conscious incompetence) prior to attempting to impart or arrange training or skills necessary to move trainees from stage 2 to 3. People only respond to training when they are aware of their own need for it, and the personal benefit they will derive from achieving it.

read more http://www.businessballs.com/consciouscompetencelearningmode...

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Mushroom cultivation




that is a cool video, thanks for sharing it with us.

"We can see with our eyes, hear with our ears and feel with our touch, but we understand with our hearts."

I want to learn how to be a trader

Better investing skills. I have normally been so wrapped up in the job skills that I have completely ignored investing. Dumping money into the mutual fund of the day is not getting anywhere. So I have decided to learn to be a trader.

Any suggestions for books, software, classes, etc. will be greatly appreciated.

You know you're a writer when...

For any aspiring writers out there, Adair Lara's You Know You're A Writer When..." is a riot. More importantly, it's a great litmus test! :) http://www.amazon.com/You-Know-Youre-Writer-When/dp/0811860795

I also recommend her Naked, Drunk, and Writing: Shed Your Inhibitions and Craft a Compelling Memoir or Personal Essay http://www.amazon.com/Naked-Drunk-Writing-Inhibitions-Compel...

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

Any AI-savy software developers

familiar with implementing machine learning algorithms in Octave or any other high-level language?

I am taking a project course pertaining to this. We are using Bishop's Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning and closely following Stanford's Machine Learning course video lectures.


Comp programming language

A couple years ago

I tried to learn to play the piano, it wasn't as much fun as pounding on it, so I gave it away.

I gave up quilting got to expensive and it began to feel like work, so I gave it up.

I'm reading "Tragedy & Hope" the way I am going, I will be finish with it by Spring 2020.

I told my brother I would make him a "Washer Game" found how to make it on the internet, I'm snowed in so I won't get to it for a while.


No desire to learn much anymore, would like to laugh a bit more and joke around with my family and friends. Seems like the only thing the government hasn't tax, fined or regulated yet.

"We can see with our eyes, hear with our ears and feel with our touch, but we understand with our hearts."

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You can joke around with us here, too

Wow, I can't believe you gave up quilting, quilting! You were so into it for a while. We still have the quilt you sent us.

But I know what you mean - "it began to feel like work, so I gave it up."

The Daily Paul has felt like work for a long time now. When I was in Taiwan, I considered giving it up. Just selling it, to whoever would take it, and be done with it. But I couldn't. This place is like family. Kind of like a dysfunctional family, in many ways, lol!

So I decided to transform it, instead. Into something that is not work. Into something that is a joy, that I can learn and grow from.

I also still have the flag you made. I was looking at it last night, in fact.

The washer game looks like fun for a warm lazy afternoon with a beer. Oh, except I gave up beer.

Do you have the tools and skills to build that? That is pretty good! I can't wait to have a basement again.

He's the man.

Just selling it, to whoever

Just selling it, to whoever would take it

"To whoever would take it" sounds as though you were not too sure there would be interest. Let me be the first one to "volunteer" if you ever think about selling again in the future.

My guess, though, is that if you put the DP up for auction you would probably end up with a bidding war.


I must be going though

some weird stage of life but the thrill is gone and attempting to build that game for my brother is my lame attempt to get back into life. I may or may not build it as shown I have considered using baskets or something else. I did build the chicken coop which I amazed myself that it didn't fall down. LOL

Quilting was a perfect fit for my love of color and design a real opportunity to create but the last quilt I realized, wow this is a lot of work. Where previously it seemed to effortlessly all come together.

The Daily Paul has a special place in my heart, in the beginning I was busy learning, discussing and trying to make a difference in the world. Only now I realize the only things that change in the world are names and dates, there is nothing new under the sun, it is what it is.

I still am amazed that I created that crazy flag, that was so fun and everyone was so kind and supportive.

The last year or so I have had a strong desire to move somewhere high up with a beautiful view and just sit there playing solitaire and sipping a cup of coffee or tea. Looking out over creation and being contented just being there. Can't get my hubby in the mood to move, so I guess I will have to content my self with day-dreaming of my special place.

Michael, thank you for these 7 years of opportunity to test my perspective of the world and to connect with others from around this beautiful earth.

My mind and heart has expanded to degrees I never thought capable or even consider necessary, thank you and bless you and all Daily Paul family.

"We can see with our eyes, hear with our ears and feel with our touch, but we understand with our hearts."

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You are a kind person, quilting. Maybe you just need a break

if the mood strikes, you will create again, or just enjoy being contented just being there. You have done a lot so no worries. I still have your flag too! And am proud I got to "sign" the beautiful quilt you made for our First Lady that I'm sure helped pull her through a rough time. Well, it's great to see you here posting again! Take care and stay aboard the Good Ship DP!


Hi! Debbie

Hope all is well with you and yours. I think this cold weather has me down, looking forward to Spring and some warmer weather.

"We can see with our eyes, hear with our ears and feel with our touch, but we understand with our hearts."

I'm learning to

write Android apps.

I've learned a lot about Java and gone through some Android tutorials. Now, I'm taking some courses through Coursera because I can't dump the kids on my husband and lock myself in a back room to study unless I have a deadline.

Defend Liberty!

Maybe this can Help .This is

Maybe this can Help .
This is a list I Extracted from an Excel file I have been working on called Youtube Management. In this file I have created each category in this list as a link to its own sheet which has a list of quality youtube channels based on the category.

I believe in self learning and YOUTUBE is really helping that idea.

Alternative Energy (Including free energy)
Computer Tutorials

Arts And Crafts
3D Printing
Science Experiments
Bird Training
Repair Electronics

Television Show
Retail Arbitrage
Internet Marketing
Wood Working
Survival Outdoors
How To Draw
Piano Tutorials
Security/Self Defense

Food Storage
Self Reliance
Horse Training
Meal Planning
Dolphin Training

I started learning knot tying recently but also

have self taught many things.

My suggestion to all people - pick something you are interested in to learn first.

This suggestion goes further to - just do something new, something you've said that you always "wished" you could do, cook a new dish/learn to cook anything, stretch to touch your fingers to the floor for the first time, lose weight, stop watching TV, fix a bike, quit smoking/eating/yelling/lying...

Just starting by making any change in your life often leads to knew doors and opportunities that are unforeseen.

Getting back to the topic, knots and ropes are important for many reasons in boating, travel,camping, decoration...so many things so I thought that is a great topic - anyone can get their hands on a rope and so many videos on the web. String or rope is literally everywhere to learn as well so no excuses to not be able to.

History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

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Knot-tying - very cool!



I want to learn how to ......

Become hack proof. I'm not skilled in computer security, I don't know how to hack nor how to close off ( let alone find ! ) the open ports on my computer.

My computer is undefended, help!

God bless

Drew, by the very grace of GOD through the blood of Christ Jesus.
"there shall come after us men whom shall garner great wealth using our system, and having done so shall seek to slam the door of prosperity behind them." George Washington

For those that want to know but hadn't thought of it

I'm stating the obvious here:

The most secure system is attached to no network. Unplugged, offline, not internet, no other links to other computers or devices.

Just wanted to make it clear for the uninformed.

History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

But my CPU has a wireless built into it itself

Literly, my Chip, the processor has a wireless. I have a program on my iPad that detects anything connecting to my router...and though I've got my desktop SHUTOFF COMPLETELY it still goes online, all on its own.
I want to shut it off, somehow.

Drew, by the very grace of GOD through the blood of Christ Jesus.
"there shall come after us men whom shall garner great wealth using our system, and having done so shall seek to slam the door of prosperity behind them." George Washington

wow - what type of PC do you

wow - what type of PC do you have?

Also, what is the app you use to see what is hitting your router?

Thank you in advance


Liberty = Responsibility

I built it myself.

The ap is named " camscan " and it detects everything, cams, tablets, PCs, phones, everything.

My PC I assembled myself, because I'm a graphic artist and nothing commercial had the combination of speed, graphics and storage I needed.

My motherboard is an ASUStech and the processor is a dual core 2.8.

Drew, by the very grace of GOD through the blood of Christ Jesus.
"there shall come after us men whom shall garner great wealth using our system, and having done so shall seek to slam the door of prosperity behind them." George Washington

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Changed my mind

Scratch calligraphy. I think I'm going to make one of those blog things that are all the rage with the youngsters these days.

Being that you are active in the blogosphere world I know this might be intimidating news to you. Competition in the marketplace and whatnot.

But no worries, when my blog sweeps the internet I'll keep the little people in mind.

Stick with me kid, I'm gonna take ya to the top with me.

Now I have to go find a robot sidekick.

Hey Jon, is Michael paying you enough for your skills? I have about $120 of dispensable income right now, does that cover buttons?

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.”
― Dr. Seuss

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Its about learning skills

not about paying people to do stuff for you! Anyway, I already told you. Buttons are the easy part. Making them do stuff, that's the hard part.

I like the idea about the blog. But I like calligraphy, too. What calligraphy set are you looking at? In the eighth grade, we used Speedball pens and nibs. I found this on Amazon, my favorite store.


Eight bucks, baby. Maybe 12, with shipping.

I still can't decide. I'm thinking maybe I should switch to guitar. Take the rock world by storm. And then write about it.

He's the man.
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Listen man....I'm going to need you to make up your mind

One min you're all 'Blog...Write...Book....Blog'
Then you're all 'make pretty letters'
I thought you were going to write a book.
Ok, how bout this, you learn the guitar and take the rock world by storm and I'll cover it kinda like in Almost Famous?

How about that?

Or we should both write books and then blurb each others books because we all know how much my name will mean as a book blurb?

For the love of god man decide.

Now if you'll excuse me I have to go over and say something in The Matrix thread.

Make up your mind!!!!!!!!!

I think you're procrastinating to avoid getting started. Is this a dark side thing? I'll have to go find my copy and see if that is what the problem is here.


Hey did you see that? Clearly I'm a tech genius.

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.”
― Dr. Seuss