Monday, March 20, 2006
We Now Resume Our Regularly-Scheduled Pointless Rambling, Already In Progress

I've been thinking that it's time I picked up a new skill. I mean, something completely unconnected to everything else I do -- something to learn not because it builds on what I already know, but rather something to expand my horizons and get me involved in something I don't know much about at all. Self-teachability is a big requirement here: I can't afford lessons or classes. Fortunately, I'm a good self-teacher, so even something fairly complex is do-able. Ideally it should be something with a lot of scope and room to grow -- the optimum end result could be, for instance, that in 10 or 20 years I could be really good at something that I'm completely unfamiliar with today. The catch: I have no idea what kind of skill I should try next. There are lots of things I should learn, but I've already got enough of those self-teaching programs on my plate. And anyway, "should" doesn't get you to that learning-for-the-pleasure-of-it state that I'm looking for. Learning with a "should" attached can still be pleasureable, but learning for the hell of it is pure play.

I've also been thinking that I should take my camera out more. Not my video camera -- though that too, admittedly -- but my still camera. I'm only stopped by the simple facts, 1) I can't afford to buy or process much film, and photography's just frustrating if you can't see what you photographed; and 2) I haven't found a processor in Memphis that meets my nitpicky requirements. Oh, and 3) obviously I don't have access to a darkroom that would enable me to side-step 1 and 2. But I love to take photos, and I don't do it nearly enough.

Christ, why does life have to be so full of things to be doing, and so devoid of things that are done? It's not as if I don't have plenty to keep me occupied already: I'm writing multiple screenplays, I'm trying to get good enough with Blender that I can sort out this strange little visual art piece I've got in my head, sharpening up some office-related skills, I've got it on my agenda to finally put together the camera stabilizer I've got all these parts for (except that now there's a truck parked in the workshop, so that's tricky), I'm indulging in some heavy reading on biology and evolution, I'm still struggling towards a Real Job, and now I've got my new little id-baby to work on. It's all a matter of chipping away at all these projects-in-progress, a little every day, while new ones continue to crop up -- most of them come without deadlines, but it still leaves me with a lot more to do than stuff I've already finished.

Not that I'm complaining or anything.
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