A few things I want to learn

March 29th, 2009 § 5 Comments



Some time on Friday I came across a blog post (via the power of Twitter) by @pipstar called 100 Things I Want to Learn which really got me thinking.  Its come about due to her thinking about the idea of a DIY Masters (something that Andy Gibson at School of Everything has also been writing about) and as I have thinking about maybe returning to uni and doing a Masters or at least looking to get involved in education of some sort again it struck a bit of a nerve.

Now anyone who knows me could tell you I’m not good at lists so the idea of coming up with 100 things to learn was a bit beyond me!  I have however come up with a list of 30 which I’ll try and add to over time.

So here are Things I Want To Learn (More) About…

1.   Anthropology
2.   Making pasta
3.   Speak basic Japanese
4.   Video editing
5.   Make Naan bread
6.   Boxing
7.   Sub editing skills
8.   Script-writing
9.   Illustration
10. Creating WordPress themes
11. Home brewing
12. DJ (Grandmaster Flash rather than Pete Tong)
13. Play golf
14. Basic carpentry
15. Better presentation skills
16. Ride a bike (yea I know this is pathetic – can’t swim or drive either but don’t want to!)
17. Basic Sysadmin skills
18. Basic plumbing
19. Interviewing skills
20. Read maps properly
21. Play tennis
22. Animation
23. Wine appreciation
24. Book keeping
25. Programming either in PHP or Ruby on Rails
26. More English history (especially 18th and 19th Century)
27. British and European politics
28. Typography
29.  Qualify as a football referee
30.  Photography

§ 5 Responses to A few things I want to learn"

  • Laura says:

    LOL! I’ve been following Pippa too and was planning to write something on this today. Great minds, eh? I can help you out with 2, 4, 7 and 15 and I know someone else who can help you with 3 and 14. Now all I need is to win the lottery so i can skill swap all day long.

    • Matt says:

      Might take you up on some of those offers! I had a bit of a burst of learning motivation yesterday and signed up for a video editing course, a photography summer school and applied to do modules in Online Journalism and Investigative Journalism at UWE..not sure where I am getting the money from for all this though..

  • That’d be an impressive set of skills to master – best of luck!

    > 15. Better presentation skills

    I’ve been trying to get the time to do a netskills workshop on this for about a year. Got as far as reading the excellent book ‘Slide:ology’ (Nancy Duarte) and Presentation Zen (Garr Reynolds), both of which I’d recommend.

    Think my kids could help you out with 16 ;-)

    • Matt says:

      I am hoping to just tick a couple of them off – and with a list that long I figure I’ve given myself enough opportunities! I’ve got the Presentation Zen book somewhere – don’t think I’ve ever opened it but I’ll check the other book out. I think a Presentation Skills course would go down a treat in JISC world :)

      As for 16 I think it is destined to remain on the list a long, long time!

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