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« on: November 12, 2006, 08:59:46 AM »

I tend to go through phases of learning stuff.  This has, over the years, taken me through everything from sculpting to my latest focus:  knots.  Yep, I am learning how to tie different knots.  Funny, but in many ways I wish I had known half the knots I have learned in the past two weeks.  It would have made my life easier in the past.

I can make an alpine loop, both in a standing line and around something.  Also the alpine bend, water knot, double tucked overhand loop, figure eight stopper, figure eight loop, double figure eight loop, turn and two half hitches, halyard hitch, clove hitch, square knot, taunt line hitch, bowline, ashley's stopper, dropline loop, and cobra stitch.  Not trying to learn everything, but simply good knots that meet any needs I encounter.

So, what weird thing are you learning and why?
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« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2006, 04:58:51 PM »

I'm the same way, I go through spells where I want to learn something. Once a read an entire book on sign language and learned it - unfortunately I had nobody to sign with.

The same went for learning German, I picked it up fairly good but had no german friends. I taught myself to juggle. Right now i'm not learning anything except how to find people on the internet - i'm learning as many tricks to perform more specific searches to locate the hard to locate. Don't ask.  I've also been getting the urge to paint but I can't bring myself to buy the paint and canvass, god knows i'd make something only a 5 year old would love.

The knot thing might come in handy. You might end up on a train that is seized by Serbian terrorists and have to think quick on containing the situation. ;-)
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« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2006, 06:29:27 PM »

Good to hear you learning knots - very useful.  I've done a fair amount of mountaineering/rapelling and sailing, and knots are important in those activies.  To your list I'd add the "bowline on a bight" and the "rolling hitch," both of which are very useful.  (The rolling hitch is a derivative of the tautline hitch that is on your list, but I THINK it is a little stronger).

When big into climbing, I used to practice tying with one hand (both strong hand and weak hand), with my eyes closed, behind my back, etc.  When my wife and I first started dating, she was amazed out how fast I could tie something like a bowline onehanded behind my back.  This came in handy while climbing.  One time, while hanging by one arm, I had to tie a knot one-handed to get out of the predicament.

As for learning new stuff, that is the story of my very existence - it both in my personal nature and the nature of the business that I run.  I do research and scientific consulting, which means I "advise" other scientists when they have problems or need a service.  I'm constantly learning new things and adapting to some new field or specialty.  I hunger for it - thirst for it.

Of course, the biggest new learning thing for me is being a parent.  That's a daily challenge.  Learning to communicate with an opinionated, indepdendent minded four year old is a constant process.  I'll probably never be good at it.
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« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2006, 01:59:49 AM »

I went through my "dictionary phase" awhile back.
I became obsessed with learning new words. 
I would spend hours going through this mammoth Illustrated Oxford Dictionary that I own.
It has over 1000 pages of really cool pics and definitions.



Lately I've been on a huge Wikipedia phase.
Several nights ago after I got off work, I spent almost 4 hours on it.  I think I had somewhere around 20 seperate windows open at one time.

Yeah...I need to get a life!  LOL!   TongueOut
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« Reply #4 on: November 13, 2006, 12:31:56 PM »

Ash, I've had that same phase where I study the dictionary, just going through it page by page and looking at all the words. Now I'm in the habit of writing down any new word I see and looking it up later, then trying to use it at some point in my day. Just call me Mr. Excitment.  TeddyR
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« Reply #5 on: November 13, 2006, 01:43:59 PM »

I have opportunity during the work day.  I have a long drive to and from work (about an hour) so I try and find audobooks a the library.  I try and find stuff that I wouldn't read normally.  SO I have been exposed to many new fiction books, but I also try and pick non-fiction.  I just finished a comprehensive study of Napoleon's Reign. I have also found books on the effect of Cod in Western civilization, Great Tales of English History (a series) was fun, the Great Fire of London, and the effect of Aristitle's work on the formation of the scientific method (too much ecclesiastical history)  One that found absolutely fascinating was "Higher" by Neil Bascomb.  It is about the attempts to build the tallest buildings in the 20's ad 30's. 
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« Reply #6 on: November 13, 2006, 03:53:57 PM »

I have also found books on the effect of Cod in Western civilization

Interesting.  Are the effects of Cod more or less than the effect of Grouper?

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« Reply #7 on: November 13, 2006, 08:08:22 PM »

Well, I'll be going into an alchohol rehabilitation center  next Monday-I wan't to learn not to be a drunk.  Drink
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« Reply #8 on: November 13, 2006, 08:42:10 PM »

I'm the same way, I go through spells where I want to learn something. Once a read an entire book on sign language and learned it - unfortunately I had nobody to sign with.

The same went for learning German, I picked it up fairly good but had no german friends. I taught myself to juggle.

The knot thing might come in handy. You might end up on a train that is seized by Serbian terrorists and have to think quick on containing the situation. ;-)

Growing up, we had a deaf boy who lived on our street.  I was the only one who learned a good bit of sign language.  Since we were all about 11, I was probably one of the few people who could sign, "Time out, do not throw that dirt clod." in a quick and clear manner.  It is a wonder what is critical at that age.

My German is awful now.  My grandparents spoke it well, along with some of my aunts.  Unfortunately, I have not lived near them for around 15 years.  About two years ago I was able to help out some German tourists in New York.

Let's just hope that it is a train moving a shipment of rope.  Then the terrorists are really in for it.  Think "Home Alone," but with less screaming and more use of rope (suspended weights, triplines, snares).

Good to hear you learning knots - very useful.  I've done a fair amount of mountaineering/rapelling and sailing, and knots are important in those activies.  To your list I'd add the "bowline on a bight" and the "rolling hitch," both of which are very useful.  (The rolling hitch is a derivative of the tautline hitch that is on your list, but I THINK it is a little stronger).

Of course, the biggest new learning thing for me is being a parent.  That's a daily challenge.  Learning to communicate with an opinionated, indepdendent minded four year old is a constant process.  I'll probably never be good at it.

Rock climbers and SAR types are perhaps the most serious about knots that you will ever meet.  Not hard to see why.  I will check into those two knots you mention, though the bowline seems like it meets the same needs that the alpine loops answers.

I am pretty certain that, just about the time you feel you are getting the hang of parenting, they get older and change into something new.

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« Reply #9 on: November 13, 2006, 08:43:56 PM »

Well, I'll be going into an alchohol rehabilitation center  next Monday-I wan't to learn not to be a drunk.  Drink

If this was a serious remark, my best wishes.  My father fought alcoholism and I am certain it greatly shortened his life.  His smoking did not help either. 
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« Reply #10 on: November 13, 2006, 09:12:32 PM »

Can you tie a hangman's noose?   Buggedout



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« Reply #11 on: November 13, 2006, 09:43:59 PM »

b It wasn't a wisecrack. I just like to joke about it,even though it's not funny at all. I AM an alchoholic, and drinking quit being "fun" a long time ago, but a good sense of humor helps wonders.  A toast to those who CAN drink-I'll stick to blood for now on(hehehehe) Cheers Cheers
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« Reply #12 on: November 13, 2006, 10:14:35 PM »

I'm still learning all the crap you've introduced here -- what the (swear word) do you think?!!?
No, the real REALOTHER THINGi'VE INTRODUCED HERE TO MYSELF IS tHEREMIN!~!
LEARNING ALL ABOUT THE THEREMIN!!
IT BEGGARS
THE IMAGINATION
i MEAN IT
IT WILL HAUNT ME UNTIL I DIE . . .
. . . not that that's a bad thing . . .
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« Reply #13 on: November 13, 2006, 10:15:58 PM »

Isn't that brilliant?
I managed to X through everything I'd written previously  . . .
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« Reply #14 on: November 13, 2006, 10:20:17 PM »

Why don't you guys learn to brew your own beer? It's not bad, my brother taught himself to do it. Makes good christmas gifts ;-) Drink

When I was a kid I had this hand radio - it was black and it ran on a 9 volt and opened up like a book where you could see the inner workings. That was so fascinating to me that in later years I actually took apart my stereo so I could figure out how it worked. I wouldn't dare do that now with all the hokey pokey electronic stuff in there that would probably short out and ruin something expensive. i Guess i havent' been into anything lately because my job is a rubix cube which i'm constantly trying to figure out, by the time i get home my brain just wants to explode. hot

What i'd really love to learn is how to make a lot of money

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