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Brainstorming a how to video / podcast / blog series

 
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Being a bit of a jack-of-all trades with a little experience in a very wide variety of skills I thought it would be fun in my free time to create an informational series of how-to video series. I figure there will be some overlap with SKIP skills.

The gist: "How to ... (reasonably well)"

Here is the list of things I've thought of and some things to talk about on each, based on what came to mind among my skill set. I am however always picking up new skills, so if there are any tasks you would like to learn how to do reasonably well, feel free to reply and I'll consider adding it to my list.

  • How to do stuff (reasonably well) - fundamental guidelines - RECORDED AUDIO

  • Talk about learning, YouTube, books, podcasts, seminars, workshops, apprenticeships
    Talk about sensory feedback and cues
    Talk about learning the reasons why not just the rules.
    Talk about learning human limitations and whether tools are necessary or just efficiency boosters or even just time savers.

  • How to cook (reasonably well)

  • Edibility, safety and sanitation, appetizing appearance and smell, flavor, temperature and texture.
    Freshness. Recipes. Cookware, ovens, fancy devices, fire.

  • How to make things with wood (reasonably well)

  • Purpose, wood type, tree vs boards, wood dryness, design, wood grain, layout, remove waste, put together, finishing.
    Narrow lines, saw kerf, sneaking up, sawing straight, fixing mistakes

  • How to sharpen a blade (reasonably well - RECORDED AUDIO

  • Abrasives, grit, bevels, angles, water holding, sharpening, burr, honing or stropping

  • How to change a diaper (reasonably well)

  • Tape or pull ups, baby mobility, crying, upset, wipe all the things, check the wipes for color, check for diaper rash

  • How to put a child to sleep (reasonably well)

  • Moving, vibrations, rhythm, sound of your voice, touch hands, separation switch, nurse lying down, routine time, after a bath, not hungry, doesn't need to poop.

  • How to do yoga (reasonably well)

  • Feel your body in each pose, listen to instructor cues and visualizations, ask questions, keep yourself comfortable, don't forget to breathe, the point is yoking body and breath

  • How to calm down (reasonably well)

  • Know your triggers, create space, breathe, realize the chemicals keep pumping, occupy your mind, music, white noise, lie down, get cool

  • How to talk to strangers (reasonably well)

  • First impressions, stay in safe topics, reading body language, subtle hints, smile

  • How to grow fruit (reasonably well)

  • from seed vs nursery seedlings, nutrients, soil, roots, sunlight, airflow, polyculture, pruning or not

  • How to grow vegetables (reasonably well)

  • seed vs seedling, weeding or not, digging or not, nutrients, garden types, management, water, sunlight, spacing and thinning

  • How to get to sleep (reasonably well)

  • routine, darkness, temperature, blue light, calm, exercise, try again every 45 minutes

  • How to prune trees (reasonably well)

  • purpose, fruit set, ornamental, disease, timing, technique

  • How to make iced tea (reasonably well)

  • so easy - bag in container of water

  • How to paint or finish things  (reasonably well)

  • surfaces, paints and finishes, brush vs spray, thin coats

  • How to write a book (reasonably well)

  • write what you know, have a deadline, create a routine, edit later

  • How to tell stories or read aloud to others (reasonably well)

  • watch others, mirror, tone, pause, know the story, gestures and facial expressions, tension, voices

  • How to mend clothing (reasonably well)

  • thread vs yarn vs patch, hand sewing vs machine, types of stitching, darning

  • How to make pour over coffee (reasonably well)

  • timing, temperature, smell, bubbles

  • How to learn a language (reasonably well)

  • purpose, impetus, interaction cycles, culture, input, ouput

  • How to wash dishes (reasonably well)

  • sound of clean ceramic/glass, oily feel, hot vs cold water, water conservation vs over soaping, oil, compost

  • How to organize your things  (reasonably well)

  • grouping, visibility, safety, ease of access, near area of use, label vs no label, reduction

  • How to make compost (reasonably well)

  • organic material, avoid rats, consider bokashi, slow vs hot, use pile vs constant build-up, air, water, green vs brown

  • How to have a (reasonably) good time at a party or social function

  • hold a cup, listen more than you talk, find someone interesting, read cues, mingle don't cling

  • How to get people to like you  (reasonably well)

  • ask about them, find their interests, ask about their interests, give sincere comments when interested, avoid negative comments

  • How to cut your own hair (reasonably well)

  • mirrors, finger measure, scissors, wet or dry, clippers, around the ears. shaving

  • How to draw (reasonably well)

  • pencil grip, proportions, pull don't push, perspective, points of interest, area fill, light, shadow

  • How to play ping pong  (reasonably well)

  • comfortable grip, racket angle, spin, serve, read opponent, weak spots, avoid offering smashes

  • How to play soccer (reasonably well)

  • conserve energy, play the ball, read the waist, foot angles, heading, throw ins

  • How to swim (reasonably well)

  • bouyancy, breathing, goggles, ear plugs, stroke, rhythm

  • How to choose a (reasonably) good walking course

  • distance, access, traffic, greenery, water, fauna, sounds, air quality, night safety

  • How to drive a car (reasonably well)

  • aim high, be aware of corners, blind spots, know the bumper heights and clearance, understand gears, uphill, downhill, parking, mirror tips, seat belts and safety margins, pulling out or merging with confidence, using blinkers proactively

  • How to stop being angry at your kids all the time (reasonably well)

  • comedy, pretend, race, give reasons, deep breath, take a step away

  • How to solder (reasonably well) - BRUSH UP

  • heat wire not solder, clean the iron,

  • How to lacto ferment vegetables  (reasonably well)

  • salt ratio, anaerobic, botulism, bad ferments

  • How to make quick pickles (reasonably well)

  • vinegar, flavor

  • How to dry herbs (reasonably well)

  • time, dust, quality, storage

  • How to take pictures and videos  (reasonably well)

  • composition, f value, iso or film speed, lighting, shadows, glare, art of seeing

  • How to design a poster (reasonably well)

  • typical direction of eyes, text backgrounds, information vs attraction, printing

  • How to make svg or png illustrations  (reasonably well)

  • software, vectors, transparency, bezier curves, shape tools, transform tools

  • How to remove the background from a photo (reasonably well)

  • magic select, color select, layers, brush

  • How to do photo editing and touch-ups (reasonably well)

  • contrast and brightness, levels, curves, white value, highlights, shadows

  • How to make sushi (reasonably well)

  • rice prep and type, vinegar, nori, neta, roll vs nigiri vs gunkan, soy sauce, gari, tea

  • How to reduce the number of things in your home (reasonably well)

  • focus on your own items, start with obvious, reduce in stages, don't over reduce, enjoy the process
     
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