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Posted 8/31/18 , edited 9/1/18
May not count since it was a class I took, but O Chem. Tanked the second midterm and buckled down and solo studied enough that I only missed like 2 points on the final.
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I have self-taught myself several things, but only with the help of instructional books. I bought the book "Drawing from the right side of the brain" and learned how to draw in just one chapter. Never got beyond, mediocre, but was still proud of the accomplishment.

Taught myself how to rebuild a car engine. My wife's car had oil in the water and water in the oil and the dealership declared the car dead. I figure I couldn't make the car any deader, so I bought a socket set and a mechanics manual for the car. Turned out the car had a dumb design flaw. They put the freeze plugs in the cylinder head where you couldn't see them. So, had the head reconditioned and put everything back. No one was more surprised then me when the thing started.

Taught myself numerous operating systems and computer languages, but it was sort of part of my job so maybe that's cheating.

When I bought my first house, had to learn to do carpentry, plumbing and electrical work, masonry, wall repair, tile repair, toilet repair, ceiling repair, floor repair, painting and prep, window repair, roof repair, oven repair, stove repair, lawn mower repair, lawn repair, deck repair, water heater repair, furnace repair. The list was endless.

When I started my own business, had to teach myself a potful of things you don't worry about when you are just an employee. Had to learn how to make a business plan, accounting, payroll and taxes in particular, sales, marketing, Graphics programs to make the logo and marketing materials, networking, cabling, server setup, PC setup, Phone system setup, It was pretty much one thing after another I didn't know how to do.
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Posted 9/4/18 , edited 9/4/18
I taught myself how to draw/create Original Manga Characters - cuz back when I was teen, my country was biast about Anime/Manga, so there was no one around who taught it.
In fact they were so "racist" - (if you want to put it that way) - that most often, if anybody didn't do anything that wasn't local back then, people in my country would try to discourage you/put you down, by telling you how you were worthless and would never make it or that nobody would be interested in buying your work. You draw some cherry blossoms, killer whales or a lighthouse, and you would get shit shamed for that too -.-
Even my name - Anisa Mazaki - was criticized, yet despite all that bs, and eventually attempting suicide, I still drew Anime/Manga Characters - mostly original ones rather than fan art, and at the same time, proved people wrong.

The sad/ironic thing though is that now that I "made it" somewhere, all the people who tried to discourage me from drawing what I wanted to draw, now want to be "buddies" Don't you just hate that?






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Posted 9/4/18 , edited 9/4/18
How to play guitar and make music
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Posted 9/4/18 , edited 9/4/18
just health related stuff
learned how to make tinctures, poultices, oils
exercising efficiently, tabata, stronglifts, etc.
i learned about fasting, dry fasting, making dialysate (sp?) to fast a long time without feeling weak or without energy
memorized the bible basically, studied that like all day every day for a long time
i have been investing and have made 30k so far doing that, its fun to learn how to do that
been trying to get into gardening but its hot where i live.
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Posted 9/4/18 , edited 9/4/18
Subnetting well at least I think I've figured it out. We'll see next class.
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Posted 9/5/18 , edited 9/5/18
how to make art
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28 / M / Toronto, Ontario
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Yes I have self-taught myself many things, but I will just go over a short of the things I've taught myself:

1) How to use the Internet
2) How to write rudimentary coding for computers
3) How to fix and repair computer
4) How to use Linux
5) How to draw and do visual arts

etc, etc, etc.
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Posted 9/5/18 , edited 9/6/18
I told myself to be contented with what I have and be independent enough. I used to ask my Mom for everything but then reality hits me I am getting old and I need to stand on my own. I taught myself how to save for the future.
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Posted 9/5/18 , edited 9/6/18
Guitar and how to use some computer programs like Illustrator. Also, I’m trying to really improve my English grammar and vocabulary. It’s not that I don’t know it pretty decently, but I want to know it well enough to write professionally.
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Posted 9/6/18 , edited 9/6/18
Things I self-taught myself using websites & YouTube:

- Latin
- Knitting
- Foraging edible plants & roots
- Cooking & cutting techniques (though still not quite good at it)
- Writing & editing stories
- Make-up
- Singing higher & longer notes without killing my voice
- How to do my own tax returns (no one teaches you that!! >w<)
Posted 9/6/18 , edited 9/7/18
I've taught myself how to cook, and I think I'm pretty decent in the kitchen.

Also taught myself how to outline, write, and edit novels. My level of talent is debatable.

Don't know if this counts, but I'm also teaching myself to promote myself as a writer on social media. It's...not going well, given my natural inclination toward self-deprecation.
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Posted 9/7/18 , edited 9/7/18
Cooking, knife sharpening, and knife forging.

I've been cooking stuff since I was around 5, so I've gotten pretty decent over the years. Have gotten offers from a friend to help him run a restaurant but I don't have the time.

I'm a decent enough knife sharpener. I don't have enough experience repair something like a crack or a snapped tip, though. I know the principles but it's hard for me to get a perfectly smooth and even finish if I need to grind away a lot of steel.

I've gotten into knife forging lately. I don't have the money to do anything expensive, so my stuff is just a crude charcoal forge, an old sledgehammer head set in a wooden block as an anvil, files for shaping after forging, and a pit lined with rocks. I quench with water or oil and I temper by eye using a charcoal fire and one of those small kitchen broiler ovens. I just use whatever mystery steel I can get, it's hard to find cheap knife steels around here.
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