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Mr. D. Plus / August 17, 2009 5:38 AM

Which questions to ask.

Val / August 17, 2009 7:25 AM

My future.

C.M. / August 17, 2009 8:38 AM


dm60462 / August 17, 2009 8:59 AM

I wish I understood the logic behind @GBtips not following back but excpecting people to send an @ message

Andrew Huff / August 17, 2009 10:03 AM

Well, there's not a whole lot of reason to follow back. The point of GBtips is to send us story tips and ideas -- individual tweets, not everyone's stream of conscience. We get that with our @gapersblock account. GBtips is basically a bot account.

Meems / August 17, 2009 10:25 AM

Everything at my newish job in healthcare. The patients know more than me!

Mo / August 17, 2009 11:37 AM

what the guy i'm dating wants from me.

also, how to fix cars.

printdude / August 17, 2009 11:38 AM

Music Transcription
Desalination of Water
Electrical Conversion

David / August 17, 2009 1:08 PM

Lip reading.

maardvark / August 17, 2009 1:20 PM

How to get my novel published. (Not novels in the abstract, which I think I understand. I mean specifically the one that I've written)

Dennis Fritz / August 17, 2009 1:29 PM

I'd like to know exactly how one goes about teaching a bear to ride a bicycle.

Baldeesh / August 17, 2009 1:44 PM

Computers and cars.

Mostly computers.

Jim / August 17, 2009 2:17 PM

I'd like to know how this Universal Health Care is going to work. There aren't too many specific details out there.

Guy Smiley / August 17, 2009 3:23 PM

The stock market. I bet there's some money out there to be made for someone who really understands that stuff.

Also Dreamweaver.

paul / August 17, 2009 3:35 PM

Law and Accounting.

I have no wish to learn either one, just to know them, so I don't have to pay those who do.

Also, Actionscript 3, carpentry and brewing. These I actually have a desire to learn. And again, it would be nice not to have to pay people for those services..

Robyn / August 17, 2009 3:56 PM

Financial investing, medical care, veterinary care, auto repair, and chess

crystal clear / August 17, 2009 5:43 PM

about marketing and getting the word out about my business, about computers and tech stuff, about designing websites, graphic designer stuff, and finance stuff like investing and IRAs and stuff...

Ben / August 17, 2009 7:40 PM

How to find a job. How to stop worrying. How to remember that eggs should always be cooked slowly.

fluffy / August 17, 2009 8:33 PM

I wish I knew more about how people's minds work, what makes them tick, how they think, etc. - No one specifically, just general people stuff. I'm somewhat of a social retard and this information would be handy.

PMan / August 17, 2009 11:12 PM

Pretty much everything, for instance the French Revolution. Who wouldn't want to have conversational zingers about say, Voltaire's role in the whole thing. In my dreams people like Newt Gingrich and Antonin Scalia are reduced to stammering apologies when I embarrass them with my extreme erudition. In real life it's just too hard to learn all that stuff.

Cletus Warhol / August 18, 2009 1:46 PM

The Main Ones Right Now:
Color Theory, History of Antiquity, Pottery, Painting and other visual arts, Music (playing and composing rather than just history and appreciation), Thai Chi, Pre-British Invasion Irish History (esp. storytelling guilds), the actual math behind Quantum Physics and Systems Theory, French (so I can read Voltaire, Cocteau, etc. in the original language).

I have long dreamed of being able to travel the world and study selected curricula at all the greatest universities, institutes, and conservatories- a la Swedenborg.

This thread is making my feet (and mind) itch.

Fortunately I can always use that there internet until I manage to become some global intellectual bon vivant.

@ PMan- Voltaire died before the French Revolution happened, but was probably more responsible for it than any one individual. The US also owes him a huge debt of gratitude, as his writings on Democracy and Jurisprudence (and many other subjects) inspired much of the framework for the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

BTW- How is it hard to learn "all that stuff"? Just type "Voltaire" into a search engine and start clicking. Good lord, you don't even have to go diving into the stacks at a library any more and you're whining about... [INSERT CRANKY OLD PERSON RANT ABOUT HOW HARD IT USED TO BE].

Amanda / August 18, 2009 3:32 PM

I wish I could figure out how to make restaurant quality food at home. I try to recreate stuff, but it never quite works out. maybe it's the magic of having others cook for me.

Carrie / August 18, 2009 5:04 PM

Chemistry and Physics. I actually wish I had a better memory so when I do learn something, I could remember it better.

PMan / August 18, 2009 7:42 PM


Thanks, I know the internet can be a positive force in a life of learning, but history shows that I've used it to waste more time than I the knowledge I've gained from it.

Irisheyes1212 / August 19, 2009 7:22 AM

Money management, how to curb an addictive personality (without group nonsense), creative writing, cooking (on my own ideas, not recipe books), letting go and being a nicer person. *grumpy*

Spook / August 19, 2009 4:47 PM

space, black holes, stars,........,
sh*t like that.

Cletus Warhol / August 19, 2009 10:24 PM

Yeah, I hear you, PMan. Everybody dreams of being a rock star, but few are willing to practice guitar for 5 hours a day.

V / August 20, 2009 1:25 PM

I wish I know how to prosecute Ticketmaster for what's got to be illegal activities with these Perfect Game tickets.

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