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Postby van » Wed Aug 01, 2007 3:29 pm

Kia ora

What have you learned?
I am not speaking about "formal" education as such, but rather the things you have learned as you go thru life
Over the yrs I have learned many things, simply because something caught my interest and I followed this up by reading about the subject and having a go
I am reminded of the boy scout who started to collect defunct smoke detectors for the radio active ingredients so he could experiment

So many nowadays seem content to either dump things that have stopped working or send them to a "specialist" rather then have a go themselves
In that sense I have found the net invaluable
Using a bit of "common"sense , Google etc there are so many answers out there, often with step by step instructions as to how to go about doing things

Have people lost the ability to follow instructions, or is it that they can't be bothered?
Are people obsessed with ever more complex technology and a disdain for the simplistic approach?
Thoughts?

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Postby threenorns » Wed Aug 01, 2007 6:30 pm

i found quite the opposite. it used to was that if i had an interest in something, i'd hit the library, select the best texts on the subject,. and drop out of the world for a few hours. with google, however, it's awful!

example, i have a headache and i want to find natural pain relief methods. well, now, what kind of headache is it? don't know? use our handy-dandy online headache-evaluator! half a million questions later, "you should see a specialist immediately because you have a brain tumour. pain relief can best be accomplished by removing your head."

and don't even get me started on looking up anything to do with infant sicknesses - for about a second, i was horribly certain saari had rhabdomyelysis!
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Postby van » Wed Aug 01, 2007 6:53 pm

Kia ora 3ns

While I can see where you are coming from, libraries also have their limitations
Prior to the net, while I was living in a large city, I used to visit the library regularly
Requesting books not on the shelf was free and in a big city many titles are available
Where I am now the library, perhaps 1/20th the size, has limited stock, and requests cost a fortune
Any search for a specific topic requires discernment , be it at the Library or the Net but certainly the Library is not commercially driven as is the case with many sites on the Net

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Postby ohlia » Wed Aug 01, 2007 7:08 pm

I have learned the meaning and value of life. I've learned how to survive by improvising and becoming innovative. I've also learned tolerance, patients, how to save my money.

On my own with a do-it yourself manual, I was able to install additional telephone jacks in my home, replace the broken part of the iron cord, change the washer in the faucet, change the radiator valve, fix the hose on my washer, paint my home all alone by myself – going to the hardware and buying paint, brushes, rollers, thinners, potty etc. and mixing the paint and applying it to the walls. I saved a lot of money doing this. And my body ached for days.

And last but not least, I've learned how to rebuild my computer with the ceaseless help and inexhaustible patients of Yogi. Big Thank You Again Yogi! :woot:

For me, there's no fun in doing things that are not challenging. I love learning and doing new things. I'm always looking for something to do.
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Postby bermbits » Wed Aug 01, 2007 7:09 pm

I have learned that the more I know, the more I realize how much I don't know.
"Veritas et probitas super omnia."
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Postby meadow » Wed Aug 01, 2007 7:33 pm

i've learned that when push comes to shove that humanity will almost always choose the low road. and then revel in the results. yes, there are miracles, people who rise above to show us and give all of us hope. but in the end: humanity is human. and that means that there will always be someone out there to hurt you, stab you in the back and do whatever they can to drag you down with them.

i also know now that life is neither fair nor easy. some days are diamonds, some days are rocks.

and there is always someone in the room that is smarter, prettier, richer and happier than you. and they will never hesitate to point it out to you and make you feel like crap for it.
"i hope you flip your bike over and knock your two front teeth out, you selfish son of a bitch!" ~Wedding Crashers
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Postby van » Thu Aug 02, 2007 1:54 am

Kia ora Lia

For me, there's no fun in doing things that are not challenging. I love learning and doing new things. I'm always looking for something to do.


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