52skillz

52skillz.com is a video blog about freedom, curiosity, adventure and the power of learning through doing. Having a desire to learn something, and taking action on it! I am taking an entire year of my life to learn a new skill every week of the year and document it. You can watch it for learning, you can watch it for inspiration, or you can watch it to just be entertained.

Recent Blog Posts

Ep 6 | How to Dance on the Peak of a Mountain
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Tap Dancing is Tough, Tap Dancing on a piece of plywood on the side of Mt. Hood is really tough.  Dancing is one of my favourite things to do. If I could die an old man, dancing to a funky beat, with a bunch of other old people dancing around me, I would die a happy man. That said, the only style...
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Ep 5 | How to Hitchhike (while knitting a Canadian flag)
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Ep 5 | How to Hitchhike (while knitting a Canadian flag)
No you probably won’t die, and yes, knitting is lovely.  Growing up, it was rare to ever hear anything positive about hitch hiking. A united front of “it’ll get you killed” was shared between media, parents and schools. And for good reason. As a middle class white kid, growing up in rural A...
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Ep 4 | How to Flip a Car while Doing the Splits
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Like a lot of kids, I grew up watching Mythbusters and thinking “that would be the coolest job ever”, and a goal of mine ever since has been to build a full sized remote control car. Last spring, I got an opportunity to do that for How to Learn Anything  and with the help of a very ta...
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Ep 3 | I Ate Spicy Food for 70 days Straight, to See if I Could Finally Appreciate it
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Ep 3 | I Ate Spicy Food for 70 days Straight, to See if I Could Finally Appreciate it
Is it possible to increase your tolerance for spicy food, and if so how long does it take? Since I can remember, I’ve hated spicy food. Sriracha was hot and a dose of Jalapeño would have me sucking back milk the rest of the night . Maybe its my masculinity feeling threatened,  or a genuine ...
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Ep 2 | How I Learned to Build a Cake Baking Robot
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Ep 2 | How I Learned to Build a Cake Baking Robot
Exactly one year since writing this post, I began the process of learning basic robotics in an attempt to build a cake baking robot. Below, is the first  video documenting that process.  The PottsBott 2000 Alright, so $1000(ish) and 200(ish)hrs later, I still was not able to build a robot that ba...
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Ep 1 | How I Learned to Solve a Rubik’s Cube while Skydiving
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Ep 1 | How I Learned to Solve a Rubik’s Cube while Skydiving
More than a year ago, without attempting either in the past, I learned how to solve a Rubik’s cube while skydiving. Three months before attempting the solve, I began the process of learning how to solve the cube, how to solve it in under 60 seconds (on flat ground) and finally, solving it while s...
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Learning to Role a Coin Across my Knuckles
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Time: 5.5 Hrs Cost: $7.50 in Lost Change Do you remember that cool coin role Captain Jack does with knuckles in the first pirates of the Caribbean? I re-watched the first pirates of the Caribbean this weekend and thought it would be cool to see how long it would take me to learn how to do it.  &#...
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A Brief Guide to Becoming Talented, and my Band Styrofoam Apache
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Time: 8 years Cost: Not sure this works for this… Difficulty: This one also doesn’t really work….maybe just watch the video? That should explain everything.  Enjoy, I love every minute of this thing, I hope you do too.   The post A Brief Guide to Becoming Talented, and my B...
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How to be a Youtuber- New Series Announcement!
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Time: Guess we’ll find out! Cost: Hope its your passion! Difficulty: Super, super difficult. But totally worth it…probably. Really excited to get started with this! Let me know in the comments if there’s any type of channel you’d like me to try and recreate. Its gonna be g...
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How to Make Fishing Less Boring
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How to Make Fishing Less Boring
Time: 8hrs Cost: A Bit of Gas, and $$$ for Food Difficulty: Not too bad with a guide, but super difficult on your own   The Quick Version As a kid, I never imagined myself willingly spending an entire day, standing by the side of a river, tossing a piece of string attach to a rod into the wa...
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