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list of things I'd like to learn

charmedroses contributed this to my question meme:

What's something you'd really love to learn about/learn to do?

everything, really. my mother once said she could just be a professional college student, I immediately felt the same way. so this will be a list... top 10 things I'd like to learn!

1) I would like to take more business classes and/or get an MBA. right now I'm trying to make up for it by reading books. it's not the same.

2) I'd like to get my instrument pilot's license so I can fly through clouds.

3) international travel. I haven't been anywhere, haven't ever left the continent, I've been saving up money but have not started researching this and it needs to happen.

4) this year's new years resolution book learnin' topic was poverty. I haven't made tons of ground, but I'd love to learn how people can break out of those deep generational cycles of poverty, and even more what I could do to help.

5) I never learned to play dungeons and dragons, is that a need?

6) I am well versed in php, but sometimes wish my skillset were more broad when it came to coding. java would be one I'd like to crack.

7) I played some with google sketchup over christmas designing parts that could be produced with a 3d printer but I didn't get very far in it, wish I had more time to really get someplace.

8) being an electrical engineer, people are always asking me how to, like, wire their house. I have no idea. I only live in worlds that are 5V or 14V or 28V. Maybe I should expand.

9) I like sewing but could never figure out how to ease in a sleeve in a way that looks halfway decent. I really just try to not make shit with sleeves.

10) I tried, and failed, to learn to trade stocks in the stock market. I later read that trading stocks is not a good idea for individuals, a lot of people fail. so I should let it go. but every time I hear from someone who bought a few stocks and doubled their money, it makes me wonder. then I try and remind myself hey, I tried to learn, it didn't work out, give it up.

I check the price on AMD when I get tempted, I still have something like 15 shares of that one that I bought $25 each. Yeah, it's now $2.71. okay, lesson learned!


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Apr. 12th, 2015 04:09 pm (UTC)
4) What have you read on this topic? I have a couple of books on my "to read" list about social entrepreneurs and failure states for attempting to alleviate poverty.

5) No.

7) I want to do more with SketchUp too.

8) Being an electrical engineer is different from being an electrician. In electrical engineering land black is ground. In electrician land, black is your A/C power source, and there is something that has to do with three phase power that we never know about in D/C land.

9) I am not very good with sewing, and anything to do with an arm scythe frightens me.

10) I was able to do this, but it required too much of my time and energy so I outsourced it to a professional. Never buy GE stock when some GE owned media outlet attempts to convince you that a owning a conglomerate is the same thing as diversification.
Apr. 12th, 2015 06:18 pm (UTC)
a few years ago I read Toxic Charity (http://spacefem.livejournal.com/732822.html) - a good book about what NOT to do, basically do not descend into a poor neighborhood and go through a bunch of motions without talking to people.

but I have not found good books about what we should do. if you find anything let me know.

I'm especially curious about how to shift course for kids who grow up around so much poverty they don't know anything different, and just think a better life isn't "for them".
Apr. 12th, 2015 10:36 pm (UTC)
I read When Helping Hurts in 2012 which was from the perspective of missionaries on what does not help and what does help. This book was very heavy handed with the Christianity. I think it boiled down to something very much like Relief, Recovery, and Reform.

I also read The Power of Unreasonable People which discusses social entrepreneurs and various models for social entrepreneurship.
Apr. 12th, 2015 04:23 pm (UTC)
SketchUp is nice, but from my perspective, both FreeCAD and DesignSpark are easier for producing precision drawings/models. YMMV.

I didn't realize you flew as well as worked on planes. Man, you have a good life.

D&D is okay, but it's much less about the game and much more about the group of people you're playing with. It's essentially group storytelling, and the mechanics are much less important than the dynamics.

I'm fairly convinced that trying to play the stock market, for people like us, is like taking our Subarus and trying to go do Formula 1 racing. Anything we try to do, some professional with better hardware is going to do sooner and more competently. As such, I'm more of an invest in an index fund kind of guy.
Apr. 12th, 2015 05:01 pm (UTC)
For you, I would run a D&D game. But there are some many more fun RPGs out there. Come up here and I'll introduce you to some! Or maybe I could run something short at a certain upcoming wedding meetup lol ;)
Apr. 12th, 2015 05:10 pm (UTC)
Do you have any plans about where you'd like to travel internationally?
Apr. 12th, 2015 06:07 pm (UTC)
that's a complicated enough question to drive another entry entirely. stay tuned!
Apr. 12th, 2015 07:22 pm (UTC)
I will! I love hearing about other people's actual or theoretical travel wishes.
Apr. 12th, 2015 05:54 pm (UTC)
Is there a particular reason you want to learn java? Seems like kind of a random choice unless you want to do android programming. I don't personally like it very much; it's very verbose, often for no good reason, and unlike C/C++ you don't get those performance gains. If you need speed, it's C, if you need to write/bug fix another programming language (i.e. python), it's C, if you want to do iOS programming, it's C#..

tl;dr I know java and wish I knew C :). Kind of glad I know it in case I want to do any Android programming though.
Apr. 12th, 2015 06:09 pm (UTC)
a lot of our internal website applications where I work are written in java, in fact I was once basically called a script kiddie for doing php. I assumed it was that way other places? maybe not everywhere.
Apr. 12th, 2015 06:25 pm (UTC)
Ah, jsp? If you're building something from scratch nowadays for the backend you'd likely use python (django, flask), Ruby (ruby on rails), or node.js (particularly if it's a restful api - ror/django is more for full web application). Probably they do it at your work because it's what they know. Definitely out of fashion :). At my work we have an old, old php code base that we keep around cause, you know, legacy, but everything new we've built in the last few years have been node.js (all restful apis though).

Also, all the jsp web apps I've used as a user have been absolutely awful and I can't help thinking it's because the framework sucks. I randomly get JSON response back sometimes from this grocery website and I'm having a really hard time imagining how that bug would get introduced in a modern model-view-template system that all the newer frameworks have. Never actually programmed in it though.

tl;dr no one who started web programming in the last 5-10 years would ever write something in .jsp or .NET and you should make fun of *them* for using it :D
Apr. 13th, 2015 01:50 am (UTC)
java breaks all the time, these days, it's really annoying. I plan to update some of the apps I use into HTML5, tbh. Sometime. Idk when. Unless I quit and go flip burgers or something.

But for backend stuff everything that lepid0ptera said, though I do see a lot of jobs asking for .NET still.

I just started learning python. :)
Apr. 13th, 2015 12:58 am (UTC)
My major in college was computer technology and electronics. People always wanted us to fix their televisions.
Apr. 13th, 2015 07:04 pm (UTC)
I prefer Pathfinder to D&D (any version). Sometimes it's described as D&D 3.75. But I'm running a converted version of The World's Largest Dungeon every other Saturday afternoon/evening, and you're welcome to join us for one session or a dozen (or more), just let me know.

As far as PHP and web developing go, I'm using Django a lot now. Haven't gotten uWSGI or Gunicorn running on Ngnix yet (Django no longer supports fastcgi), but once I have a chance (this weekend looks promising) I'll take care of that. Java? It does have its place, but if you're just interested in broadening your programming horizons, play with any object-oriented language. Python is one you can pick up in an evening, and it's the basis behind Django anyway.

SketchUp hasn't been owned by Google for a while (they sold it for $100M in 2012). I've got a 3‑D printer coming supposedly by the end of the month, but I think that such skills might be useful. On that front, have you checked out MakeICT at all? I'm a member, and, though I haven't been to an open hack night since they moved, but there are quite a few Cessnans that are regulars. They've got a 3‑D printer or two, and people who are willing and eager to demonstrate how to make the most use of it and the software.

Edited at 2015-04-13 07:07 pm (UTC)
Apr. 13th, 2015 09:41 pm (UTC)
Java's a perfectly usable language.

But I recommend finding a project, and then working out what language is best to write it in.
Apr. 13th, 2015 09:44 pm (UTC)
Oh. And do not stock-pick. Professionals are generally worse at picking stocks than a passively-managed tracker funds:
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