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Subject:If there actually is some sort of global crisis, I will be more likely to stick with this
Time:10:45 am
So what I'm going to try to do is learn one new skill every year that would still be useful after an apocalypse.

That is, skills that would still be useful even without adequate electricity, with raw materials I could conceivably get, grow, or make (i.e., it can't require something like transistors, microwaves, or particle colliders). If it just needs a little electrical help that could conceivably be supplied by a generator, it's maybe OK but not ideal. Although there is another class of skills that would just be good to have in a situation where there was just a total lack of first-world services - maybe something like auto repair.

Mostly this is just for fun, and because I have a nagging feeling that I should be better at skills that don't require a keyboard. But also, if there is some kind of global meltdown? I'm ready to go. At present, I'm a little useless. I probably can't trade RefWorks expertise for valuable food tins once we're out of non-irradiated produce. Plus my skills will one day make up an impressive resume (on some kind of papyrus or potato paper) that will help me get a crappy but viable piece of a serfdom.

Some quick ideas:

*Furniture making
*Pretty much any kind of carpentry
*Beer brewing
*Pottery
*Growing various vegetables
*Building small structures, like sheds or porches
*Roofing
*Learning about plants and herbs
*Solar power...at home!

I need a house for many of these, so right now I don't have the space or facilities or need to learn roofing or something. So this year's skill might necessarily be some kind of cooking. Breadmaking or brewing are options.

Anyway, what I think will be fun is picking out a new skill every year, then working on implementation over the subsequent months.
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ethan_greer
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Time:2010-01-05 06:01 pm (UTC)
Learn how to make gunpowder.
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blue_straggler
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Time:2010-01-06 01:24 am (UTC)
I'm going to re-watch the Gorn captain episode of Star Trek and take notes.
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blue_straggler
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Time:2010-01-06 01:27 am (UTC)
These kinds of things are a lot more fun to do when they aren't for a real job. Real jobs are hard work.
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lambwaffle
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Time:2010-01-05 06:29 pm (UTC)
I recently took up knitting. I believe that this is a valuable post-apocalyptic skill. Technically, I should also learn how to spin wool in order for my skill to be completely useful. However, once I've learned that I will have comfortable socks, scarves, and sweaters while the rest of you are going around barefoot and wearing animal pelts.

I'd also like to learn more about wood carving. I have interest in hand tool based carpentry.
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blue_straggler
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Time:2010-01-06 01:29 am (UTC)
Yeah, some kind of sewing would be good, too. I will trade you some pottery for your fine knitted goods so I can upgrade from animal pelts.
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moondispatches
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Time:2010-01-06 02:57 am (UTC)
I'm teaching myself how to fix cars this year. I am supa-psyched about it but damn is it cold for that sorta thing right now.
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blue_straggler
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Time:2010-01-06 02:36 pm (UTC)
It would be a reasonable goal for me to learn to do anything beyond change the tires.
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plantsnbooks
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Time:2010-01-07 05:03 am (UTC)
we totally changed our air filters once.
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