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Re: Skills sharing
« Reply #25 on: May 10, 2013, 08:50:38 pm »
Right, given the amount of interest, I will start work on how we can make this happen.
Obviously, some skills will require equipment and a more specialist facility so this will take a bit of planning.

Watch this space.
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Re: Skills sharing
« Reply #26 on: May 10, 2013, 10:42:07 pm »
I don't know what my skills are either.

We could do BSL 101?  I've got some hands you can borrow...

That's actually a very good idea - I'd be genuinely happy to do this.  I did a session in 2006 at BiCon with 30+ humans, 2 able handed co-signers (one of who now works as an interpreter) and last year met someone at a small pub bi event who still not only remembered my session but a considerable part of the content both signing and cultural wossnames.

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Re: Skills sharing
« Reply #27 on: May 10, 2013, 10:54:10 pm »
Can do most things. DIY and or motor related.

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Re: Skills sharing
« Reply #28 on: May 11, 2013, 09:35:50 am »
We could do BSL 101? 

I'd be definitely up for that class.

Sign me up too.. (groan).

Is there a class on bad puns - for YACF that would probably be an advanced class.
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Re: Skills sharing
« Reply #29 on: May 11, 2013, 09:47:06 am »
We could do BSL 101? 

I'd be definitely up for that class.

Sign me up too.. (groan).

Is there a class on bad puns - for YACF that would probably be an advanced class.


Bad Puns could be a symposium. ;D

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Re: Skills sharing
« Reply #30 on: May 11, 2013, 09:52:13 am »
I can offer:

Cooking (basic, intermediate and advanced)
How to be one half of a comedy double act (Torslanda would have to attend to be the other half)
Advanced Linux and Oracle server fettling.
How to swear in several furrin languages (an underrated skill, imo)
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Re: Skills sharing
« Reply #31 on: May 11, 2013, 10:13:44 am »
Can you offer basic Linux?

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Re: Skills sharing
« Reply #32 on: May 11, 2013, 12:12:25 pm »
Anybody know anything about sharpening things?

Re: Skills sharing
« Reply #33 on: May 11, 2013, 12:16:02 pm »
Wot, like minds, do you mean?

Re: Skills sharing
« Reply #34 on: May 11, 2013, 01:16:28 pm »
Anybody know anything about sharpening things?
how

Charlotte does... she showed E Minor the basics at Spoonfest. I'm trying to learn, too.

Re: Skills sharing
« Reply #35 on: May 11, 2013, 01:36:14 pm »
Anybody know anything about sharpening things?
Srsly?

I can sharpen things to within an inch of their lives.
I can also do a varied host of other things more than reasonably well - my career path has been errr.... chequered.
What I'm not sure I can do is to teach those things to others.
That's a skill in itself.

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Re: Skills sharing
« Reply #36 on: May 11, 2013, 04:56:44 pm »
Anybody know anything about sharpening things?

Although I'm sure that Jurek would be equally if not even more qualified than I am at making pointy things sharp, I can *definitely* teach this, too.  For a skills day, sharpening as a subject works incredibly well because I can give people a good working knowledge of how to do it to a fairly reasonable standard in an hour or two.  I've actually done courses which involved sharpening and learned how to teach the theory and practice (with a variety of methods)  and I think I could make a good job of showing how to sharpen several different kinds of blades.

In fact, this is a great illustration of the *sort* of skills that we should be aiming to learn/teach at this kind of gathering.  Generally speaking, I think we need to find things which can be learned in a couple of hours and which don't require any more equipment than can reasonably be carried on a bicycle.  The ideal subject would be something with which you can go from zero to reasonably confident in the basics in about two hours and something which can be taught and practiced in almost any location.
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Re: Skills sharing
« Reply #37 on: May 11, 2013, 05:14:21 pm »
Anybody know anything about sharpening things?
Srsly?

I can sharpen things to within an inch of their lives.
I can also do a varied host of other things more than reasonably well - my career path has been errr.... chequered.
What I'm not sure I can do is to teach those things to others.
That's a skill in itself.

How well you can teach can be dependent on how well the class can learn. At a basic level, if you can do something well, and talk through what you're doing and why you're doing it, at the same time, you can teach, if your pupils are the sort of people who can take that on board quickly. With many skills, people either 'get it' quickly, or they don't - if the latter, then they may just need more showing, or they may need someone to explain it in a different way, or they may just never get it!

I've taught a couple of people to knit, and totally failed to teach one person to knit, even though he claimed to have done it before and just need reminding - but he simply couldn't get the wool round the needles, no matter how many times I showed him. Presumably, there was a teaching technique that would have worked for him, I just couldn't find it!

So, I guess I could show and tell knitting, and some rather specific things like making flower and butterfly ornaments out of old coke cans, and other recycling/upcycling. More like craft workshops for fun than learning a useful skill.

I have been drafted in at work to lead some craft sessions for over-55's, so I'll let you know how well I do at teaching them!

My academic speciality, the analysis of archaeological animal bone assemblages, would require a rather specialist reference collection!
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Re: Skills sharing
« Reply #38 on: May 11, 2013, 05:26:53 pm »
Oooh! Don't get me wrong, I think the ability to learn is an equally important skill, and these days, when *stuffs* are changing at a rate which we are (mostly) unaccustomed to, leaving formal eduction with a qualification in *ability to learn* is an asset to be desired if one is to 'get on'....

Re: Skills sharing
« Reply #39 on: May 11, 2013, 06:01:40 pm »
I can show you how to strip and rebuild a hub gear.
Never tell me the odds.

Re: Skills sharing
« Reply #40 on: May 11, 2013, 06:48:04 pm »
I can show you how to strip and rebuild a hub gear.
Would that include non-SA hubs? I have a SRAM S7 I'd like to look at at some stage.
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Re: Skills sharing
« Reply #41 on: May 11, 2013, 06:51:22 pm »
I've done an S3.  I expect we could work it out with the exploded diagram from the SRAM website.  Generally SRAM hubs are easier to dismantle without brute force (the RH ball ring on an SA hub gets very tight) but they do have a penchant for circlips.
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Re: Skills sharing
« Reply #42 on: May 11, 2013, 07:13:23 pm »
I can show you how to strip and rebuild a hub gear.

How many bits, on average, will we have left over?
 ;)
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Re: Skills sharing
« Reply #43 on: May 11, 2013, 08:14:23 pm »
I can show you how to strip and rebuild a hub gear.
Oooh yes please. That's a skill I've wanted to learn for years and years.  I have a couple of AW hubs I could bring along for practice at stripping/servicing/rebuilding, and a SRAM S7. 

This proposal is a great idea.  Another skill I've wanted to learn for ages (and in fact I have an immediate need) is lock picking, perhaps including making the picks out of old hacksaw blades, etc. It's one of those skills with a big gulf between theory and practice that could be bridged at an event like this.

Like many I'm not really sure what skills I can offer to pass on to others. I have lots of skills at an amateur level, often with only limited competence. A few others (mostly computer related) at a more professional level.  As Charlotte says, it needs to be something discrete that can be passed on at a starter level in a couple of hours or so ... giving people the basics which they can take away and develop through practice. I guess we are looking for practical skills rather than (or as well as) their underpinning theory. Conjuring tricks, juggling, how to track stand might be fun. How about a GPS workshop? A session on Open Street Map? So many skills to learn ...
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Re: Skills sharing
« Reply #44 on: May 11, 2013, 08:42:20 pm »
A 'how to add stuff to Open Street Map' would be well worth doing. It can be a very much 'learning by doing' activity.

I can teach the basics of writing a computer program in a short session.
Learning how to sharpen knives properly in a time efficient manner would be good. I have a drawer full of knives that need doing and I seem to be failing to get anything remotely approaching an edge on them.
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Re: Skills sharing
« Reply #45 on: May 11, 2013, 09:01:54 pm »
A good venue for outdoorsy stuff may be Squidders wood? Caveat I haven't actually asked her or anything but, spoon carving, sharpening, fire starting and other bush crafty things lends itself to a woodland venue.
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Re: Skills sharing
« Reply #46 on: May 11, 2013, 09:03:54 pm »
Fairly well equiped bike workshop in west london available, either for bike nonsense or just a venue.
A shitter and a giggler.

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Re: Skills sharing
« Reply #47 on: May 12, 2013, 01:19:17 am »
I would like to learn archery. That takes a couple of hours right?
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Re: Skills sharing
« Reply #48 on: May 12, 2013, 08:00:15 am »
Thanks to the kids the most useful modern age skill I've acquired recently is stripping and rebuilding a mobile phone to do standard jobs like screen replacements (iPhone 3g a speciality).

All you need are a set of chisels and a nerve of steel.

Ok, I was joking about the set of chisels.

But think of the fun we could have gathered around an evening campfire dismantling your latest pride and joy, then putting it back together to find out if it still works?  Probably not...

Re: Skills sharing
« Reply #49 on: May 12, 2013, 01:05:27 pm »
I would like to learn archery. That takes a couple of hours right?

Me too.  Would I be dangerous do you think?  ;D