Hello! My name's Liz and yup, I want to learn everything. And while I'm at it, I'll also be making lots of videos to share what I learn. This 3-minute introduction video explains what this crazy project is and why I'm doing it.
- "I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious." – Albert Einstein. (via GoodReads)
- "If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough." According to Wikiquote, this is often misattributed to Einstein.
Hello, there! My name is Liz, and I want to learn... music composition, animation, how to make videos games, engineering, design, the arts, the sciences...
Goal #1: Learn Everything
Phew! So that's probably enough to keep me busy for several lifetimes or so, but that's only half of my plan. I also want to share everything I learn, and to do that, I'm going to make a video on every new concept I come across, teaching what I learn while I'm learning it. And for every educational video I make, I'm going to pin a little sticky note badge onto my lovely corner office. The plan is to start with the very, very basics and work my way up one step at a time.
First of all, the videos will be short and to the point. I'm aiming for about five minutes or less. And whenever I get the chance, I'm going to make good use of images, video clips, famous quotes, cultural references... whatever I can do to get a point across.
I am not an expert. At anything. Like Albert Einstein said, "I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious." And to make up for my lack of expertise, I plan to cross-reference all my information from lots of online resources and, of course, books. I want my information to be 100% accurate, and if it's not, I expect you fine people of the internet to tell me. And my videos will have a section of related links and references on my website, so you can see where I got my information and read about the topic in more detail.
Why Learn Everything?
You know the saying, "Knowledge is power." Well, that's one reason to learn everything: world domination! (Bwahahahaha! ;) Tee hee.) But aside from that, the more you understand, the more you can appreciate. So by trying to learn everything, I'll also learn to be interested in everything.
Why Make All These Videos?
Teaching is the best way to learn. Like that popular quote says it, "If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough." Plus, sharing what I learn with the whole world is a great way to keep myself motivated. But that part that really makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside is giving back to the amazing community that is the internet.
So, I hope my videos are useful in some way, and I hope you join me and never stop learning new things. But, in return, you have to teach me everything you know. I might need a little help once I get to rocket science.
- Sweet, sweet classical music: The Four Seasons: Winter by Antonio Vivaldi, from Musopen.org
- Video game sound effect by HardPCM on FreeSound.org
- Video game music by KatHakaku on FreeSound.org
- Top hat symbol by Umbra Design2 from TheNounProject.com
- Octopus symbol by Carolina Costa from TheNounProject.com
- Calculator symbol by Scott Lewis from TheNounProject.com
- Couple symbol by notnarayan from TheNounProject.com
- All other symbols from TheNounProject.com collection (an amazing resource!)
- Film projector sound by jlozano on FreeSound.org
- Photo of polaroids by Adriano Agulló
- Photo of E.B. White quote by ktylerconk on Flickr. The plaque was created by Greg LeFevre and is located on Library Way.
- Family Guy: Something, Something, Something Dark Side
- Film strip photo by Bart Everson. Film strip from the Coca Cola ad "Black Treasures" (1969)
- Chalkboard image by Timothy Takemoto
- "Online Communities 2" by Randall Munroe (I <3 xkcd!)
Public domain goodness:
- Facts About Film (1948)
- Portrait of Albert Einstein by Ferdinand Schmutzer (1921)
- Video of space shuttle Atlantis launching at the Kennedy Space Center on the STS-129 mission from the NASA HD video archive. Also on YouTube.
- Image of projector from Optic Projection: Principles, Installation and Use of the Magic Lantern, Projection Microscope, Reflecting Lantern, Moving Picture Machine by Simon Henry Gage and Henry Phelps Gage, Ph.D. Ithaca, New York, Comstock Publishing Company. 1914. Page 418.
- Stack of books vector image by J. Alves on OpenClipArt.org
- TheNounProject.com also has some symbols in the public domain.