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Learning a skill in isolation

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by 2013, Apr 4, 2020.

  1. Orionaut

    Sgarrista

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    Problem is. most of those sorts of project involve tools/materials. Much of which are hard to get hold of just at the moment. :/
     
  2. malachi

    Capodecina

    Joined: Jun 27, 2006

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    Location: Earth

    Learning abit of German and cracking on more with my Security+ studying.

    Also purchased an Pi4 to see what projects I can do with that.
     
  3. alexakasloth

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Aug 13, 2004

    Posts: 7,578

    Location: Sussex

    Spent this time working on my open uni course module (TM112) and going through some small projects with raspberry pi that i've been meaning to get around to.

    @Janesy B - pluralsight looks interesting, thanks for posting that.
     
  4. FBi7

    Hitman

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    Location: Central Scotland

    FTFY. :p
     
  5. dowie

    Caporegime

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    Posts: 47,113

    Might try a language. Obvs good time to look at any work/professional skills or side hussstles/projects.

    Plenty of free courses/lectures/notes etc... out there.
     
  6. ajf

    Mobster

    Joined: Oct 30, 2006

    Posts: 2,932

    Location: Worcestershire, UK

    I’ve got quite a few different fountain pens and ink so have spent quite a bit of spare time practising better writing and calligraphy styles.
    Not very good at it, but it’s very relaxing and the time flies by.
    Stops me staring at screen for too long.!
     
  7. PinkFloyd

    Capodecina

    Joined: Sep 21, 2005

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    Location: Bradley Stoke, Bristol

    I've had a 3d printer, and have been tinkering with Raspberry Pis for some time. I've stepped it up a notch now I'm not able to leave the house! Printing more complex models that I've designed myself in Fusion 360 to make lamp enclosures for my Hue bulbs, plus a replacement bedside light. On the Electronics/coding side, I got myself some NodeMcu ESP8662s and some more sensors, LCD screens, RGB LEDs and other accessories and getting familiar with that. Once I've come up with a proper design my next step will be a fancier bedside lamp with clock, information like weather (maybe?), and some smart RGB lighting that changes colour temperature to be less strain on the eye, not super bridge if I turn it on in the middle of the night etc! This of course all sitting in a custom-designed and printed case :)
     
  8. randomshenans

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    Joined: Sep 11, 2009

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    Location: France, Alsace

    I want to learn how to weld... but not sure it'll last long enough for me to be able to do it. It's a 2020 mission...
     
  9. Yucca

    Wise Guy

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    Location: Nock/Leicester


    For free? If so please share how.

    Edit; I mean the language learning.
     
  10. malachi

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    I have a few books I purchased and watch a few Youtube channels.

    Also helps having Netflix in German with English subtitles if it lets me.
     
  11. da_mic_1530

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    Location: Leeds (from Durham)

    Guitar. So rewarding
     
  12. alexakasloth

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    Get a small mig machine to learn, the difficult part can be getting the settings right but these machines generally have settings depending on thickness of the metal.
     
  13. Fusion

    Capodecina

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 10,337

    Location: Notts

    Not really a skill in the classic sense, but chess is perfect for a time like this.
     
  14. Kol

    Don

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    Location: London

    Why not use Duolingo, that’s free.
     
  15. randomshenans

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    Need to persuade the wife I can buy something else first haha that's harder than learning to weld!
     
  16. Maccy

    Commissario

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    Location: Herts

    Ah sie sie comprendo!
     
  17. alexakasloth

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    Fair point! My fiance has cottoned onto my spending on tech over the last week :o
     
  18. randomshenans

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    Snap. Mine has on car parts... go kart parts... stuff! :O I can normally sneak it in but when we're both stuck at home it's impossible haha
     
  19. Derek W

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    True to a certain degree i guess. Places like B & Q and Screwfix still open with a click and collect service but possibly frowned upon as its not 'essemtial' as such. Relieves the boredom of staying in though.
     
  20. Orionaut

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    An experienced welder can manage just fine with a cheap £150 Sealy/Clarke.

    For a beginner, especially if you are wanting to deal with thin stuff like car bodywork. A more expensive machine using proper argoshileed rather than disposable O2 cylinders is much more forgiving (And satisfying)

    This is the modern equivalent of the welder I bought some years ago.

    https://migtigarc.co.uk/tecarc-prof-mig-c181-compact-mig-welder-241-p.asp

    I have always been very pleased with it. They even supplied mine with a plug weld timer on request at very little additional charge.

    of particular note is the low amps rage, this you need for thin metal.

    Your cheap 180 amp sealley/clarke will often only go down to 40 amps (or even higher). Ok for shipbuilding (Until it overheats) but not much good for welding up ones MX5 :p

    Hobbyweld https://hobbyweld.co.uk/ can provide exchange rent free cylinders so you can get propper gas without having to have a BOC/AP account.