almost everyone loves space. we are all fascinated by some aspect of the universe at some point in our lives, whether that aspect is the changing colours of the sky or the millions of stars and clusters of stars in our never-ending galaxy. as someone who plans to study astronomy and cosmology when they grow up, space definitely means a lot to me. the sad part is that we know so little about the universe, even after studying it for centuries. but what we do know now is what’ll help us make huge new discoveries, so here’s a masterpost of common questions/answers + resources for learning more about something we know almost nothing about - the universe!

+ studying & learning resources

for beginners

more advanced

+ news and updates

+ fun stuff(!!!)

+ apps

+ my other masterposts

i hope you enjoyed the resources included in this post!!! feel free to message me in case 1) any of the links are broken, 2) u want me to add on to something, 3) u have a suggestion for a masterpost [i would love that so go ahead and ask if u do] or if u just wanna talk! also, feel free to reblog and add ur own comments/resources. hope this helped someone learn and understand more!!!

Another Link Dump: Including Free Lesson Plans and Materials

The Image of the Black in Western Art (9 books)

ArtSTOR Blog: Images for Teaching and Scholarship

The Mismeasure of Man by Stephen Jay Gould

Wikipedia page for Nanban Trade

The Luttrell Psalter (Full Online Readable Text and Images)

The Gorleston Psalter (Full Online Readable Text and [some NSFW!] Images)

Color, Chromophobia and Colonialism: Some Historical Thoughts by Carolyn Purnell

Foreign Tokens: The Blackamoor Brooch on Racialicious

“That Smell”: Sanitation in Victorian London on The Victorian Daily

Norske Folkemuseum: Afrikanere I Norge

The Lost Gallery: Flickr

Art Resource: Database The Getty Museum (Database)

Representation of Blacks and Blackness in the Renaissance by Peter Erickson (Art History/Critical Race Theory) 29 p., full color plates)

Buzzfeed: 20 Bizarre Examples of Medieval Marginalia

Do Clothes Make the Man (or Woman?): Sex, Gender, Costume, and the Aegean Color Convention by Anne Chapin

The Black Presence in Pre-20th Century Europe: A Hidden History

Kawahara Kiega: 18th and 19th Century Japanese Artist

Wikipedia: Sexuality (in Art) In Ancient Rome

Black British History: Representations of Blacks in British Art from the 17th - 20th Century

Decentering History: Local Stories and Cultural Crossing in A Global World

The Cultures and History of the Americas: Online Exhibition (the Jay. I. Kislak Collection at the Library of Congress)

Library of Congress:Exploring the Early Americas (“conflict and accommodation” like wut)

Nanban (Western Style) Armor, National Museums (Japan)

Introduction: Reconstructing the Black Image by Gordon De La Mothe

Rembrandt and the Female Nude by Erik Jan Sluitjer (Andromeda, p. 83; Chariclea, p. 158; Sleeping Negress, p. 299-301;Bathsheba and Attendant, p. 336 & 346, 350)

H.P. Lovecraft’s Madness by Phenderson Djeli Clark (Critical Race Theory)

How “Caucasoids” Got Such Big Crania and Why They Shrank: From Morton to Rushton by Leonard Lieberman (responses, dialogue and works cited included)

The Advantages of Being a White Writer by Justine Larbalesteir (YA, Historical Fiction, Publishing, Representation) (response and rebuttal by Neesha Meminger)

Loretta Ross and the Origin of “Women of Color”; Racialicious Article and Video (transcript available)

Azie Dungey’s Comedy Webseries “Ask a Slave”

Sample PowerPoint: Disney and Diversity (epilepsy warning)

What Does it Mean that Most Children’s Books are Still About White Boys? by Soraya Chemaly

Scientists Reveal the First European faces Were Not White

Vatican Catacomb Paintings Show Female Priests

Indiana University Study: More TV, Less Self Esteem, Except for White Boys

Children Are Not Colorblind: How Young Children Learn Race by Erin N. Winkler, PhD. (University of Wisconsin)

Disability Studies Quarterly: Free Online Full-Text (Interdisciplinary Studies incl.)

Ianthe’s Library: Full Text PDF Humanities, Critical Race Theory, Cultural Studies, History, Interdisciplinary History, Historiography and more

Reel Injun: On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian (History, Historiography and Cultural Studies-Film)

Injunuity: Independent Cultural Film and Animation Project (History, Historiography, Cultural and Gender Studies)

Roman Slavery and the Question of Race by Sandra Joshel

Race Mixture in the Roman Empire by Frank Tenney (American Historical Review, 1916-yes, it’s racist.)

Race: Antiquity and its Legacy by Denise Eileen McCloskey

An Archaeology of Race: Durham University- FREE Downloadable Teaching Resources and Lesson Plans

Lesson 1 - Exploring what it means to be British

Lesson 2 - Exploring immigration to Britain over the centuries

Lesson 3 - Exploring what the Romans did for us

Lesson 4 - Exploring how the Romans influenced the food we eat

Lesson 5 - Exploring how the Romans influenced the language we speak

Lesson 7 - Exploring Emperor Septimius Severus

Lesson 8 - Exploring the North East of England, now and in Roman times

Related Links:

Lesson 1

Lesson 2

Lesson 5

Lesson 6

Lesson 7

Lesson 8


Credible people Who’ve Seen UFOs:

Presidents || NASA Astronauts || 

Pilots Who Have Disappeared Chasing a UFO:

Mantell UFO Incident || Disappearance of Frederick Valentich || The Kinross Incident

Mass UFO Sightings/Highly Credible UFO Sightings:

Belgium UFO Waves || Hudson Valley UFO || Phoenix Lights || Rendlesham Forest Incident || Washington D.C. UFO Sighting || Redlands UFO Sighting || Green Fireballs In New Mexico || California UFO ||

Ancient UFOs:

List of Most Famous UFO Sightings from 214 BCE to Modern Day || UFOs In Old Paintings from the 1100 to 1538 ||


Famous Alien Abductions or Encounters (with multiple witnesses) :

Betty and Barney Hill || Travis Walton || 60+ Children in Zimbabwe Witness UFO and Occupants || Vorenzh UFO Sighting || Father Gill/Papua New Guinea Sighting || Allagash Abduction || Whitley Strieber || Ron Noel Case || 

Well Constructed Conspiracies:

Roswell ||

Online Resources:

Interactive UFO Map || Alien Encounter Documentary Made By Disney || Best UFO Pictures || Declassified UFO and Alien Documents || MUFON UFO Reports || NUFORC UFO Reports || The Original Radio Broadcast from the Roswell Crash || UFO Detection and Tracking  || Alien Imprint||

Six Resources That Have Changed My Life

1. Coffitivity

Work with coffeeshop sounds in the background.

2. Ethan’s Private Stash of Really Good Reads

For one of my recent jobs, I spent a year combing the web for the best long form articles out there. This was the result: the very best reading on the web, curated by me.

3. focus@will

I gotta have music when I work. Since all my favorite Pandora stations now repeat songs, I go there.

4. The Ridiculous Amazing List of Vocab Word Flashcards from Elite Prep

Why is it ridiculous amazing? I’ll just put it this way: the company spent a lot of money figuring out which words are likely to appear on your future standardized tests–SAT, ACT and AP–and it was nothing illegal, the company was just really thorough.

And hear the words read aloud here, if you prefer. Listen while you work or as you go to sleep, as one of my colleagues does (no joke).

5. Meditation

That’s right: our own breath and mindfulness = best resource ever. Ever try meditation and fail? (Yeah, me too.) Here’s an eight-minute meditation exercise that features the most relaxing song ever. Or just listen to the song here.

6. O*Net Online

Amazing resource for learning about different jobs and careers. Not sure what you want to study, or specific jobs exist in your field? Just type a search term like “medicine” into the box at the top right. You’ll learn a lot in a little time.

What resource has changed your life? Share your favorite inspiring resources in comments below or via email at: ethan (at) collegessayguy (dot) com.

Mihongo - a Visual Dictionary of Japanese

(Message from the creator)

“Hi everyone,

I’d like to invite you to visit a new Japanese resource I’ve opened: a visual dictionary called Mihongo (見本語).

This dictionary is meant to offer an effective way of understanding cultural-specific words - for things that exist only in Japan and therefore cannot be accurately translated or explained using text alone. Or, to put it another way: things you have to see to be able to understand.

Have you ever come across a word for something uniquely Japanese, and felt that your dictionary didn’t actually give you a sense of what it meant? Have you ever wished to have one place to look up such items and see them in clear, verified pictures, instead of trying your luck finding them around the web? Then Mihongo is for you.

Please click this link to visit the website:

Mihongo currently contains several hundred entries, and more are being added. Right now most entries are related to traditional things, so the dictionary would be particularly useful for more advanced learners. But I’m looking for more pictures that can be used to define modern entries, such as types of food, wacky appliances, etc. If you happen have pictures that you’d like to incorporate in the dictionary and can be used for new entries, I’d be glad to upload them with your credit.

For more information, please see the "about” and “instructions” pages on the website itself.

See you at Mihongo!“


I love the idea of this website. Some uniquely Japanese words can’t be explained merely through English, and need images. This is a great site for finding images for words of this kind. I personally add images into Anki, and this is a great place to not only source them but also discover some other uniquely Japanese things (the best kinds of things!)

hey guys!

so everyone can accept that language is essential. language of any kind – verbal, non-verbal, written etc. – allows us to communicate, share and exchange ideas, read, learn, scream (ok well tbh u can do that without language too but often screaming out real words is more fun than just screaming) and tbh if we didn’t have language, you wouldn’t even be reading this right now.

the thing is, in spite of the fact that everyone knows the importance of language not a lot of people enjoy studying languages, because they see it as a task, chore or necessity – if one is studying it for a grade/job, for instance. of course, learning anything requires dedication and commitment, but learning a foreign language is something that opens up a world of opportunities and makes you smarter too. quite a few people also look down on language and humanities students, because they’re under the impression that other subjects (like science and maths for instance, maybe) are more challenging and thus require you to be more intelligent. of course, they have no idea how wrong they are, because languages and maths are so closely linked, you almost don’t even notice how they’re related. plus, mastering a language is definitely as challenging as a complex maths equation, if not even more so. but in any case, that’s another topic for another day.

anyways, since so many people still aren’t really eager to learn new languages, here are 50 good reasons which you should definitely consider before you give up and decide to delete your duolingo account, and 50 good reasons to convince you to make that duolingo account in the first place, if you haven’t already.

  1. discover a new culture 
    learning the language of a place helps you connect with that place in a completely different way. you can understand the movies, music, literature, poetry and theatre on a deeper level - for instance, reading an original novel as opposed to the translated version allows you to appreciate the subtle nuances of the language, like the idioms and puns which can’t be directly translated into another language, thereby losing their true meaning and beauty.
  2. learn about the history of a place 
    language and history are very closely linked. learning a language well allows you to understand historical texts in their original language, and for history nerds this is a dream come true. historical texts tell us so much about our origins and roots; furthermore, they give us insight into the lives of people in the past and how much things have changed and evolved since then, and how some traditions, ideas and beliefs have remained the same. plus, compared to the author of your history textbook, the guy who wrote this ancient text is more likely to actually know what happened during his time. now, you might ask: can’t we learn about the history of a place without knowing the language? tbh i gotta admit that yes you can do that, but that brings us to the first point again: reading a translated version = reading a version that doesn’t have those subtle nuances, which literally get lost in translation.
  3. keeps ur brain alive and active 
    studies show that speaking more than one language improves your memory, attention span and the risk of age-related cognitive decline is reduced.
  4. establish new relationships and friendships
    i’m not saying that learning someone’s native language = immediately becoming their friend, but learning someone’s language allows you to become close to them and understand them in a completely different way. for example, i speak bengali and english at home and honestly when i’m with my bengali friends and family and i can talk in bengali, it’s like i almost become a completely different person. i believe that different languages are so closely associated with experiences, memories and relationships, which is why speaking with someone in their native language allows you to bond with them more easily.
  5. english isn’t the most common language
    the most common languages (based on number of native speakers), in fact, are mandarin chinese followed by spanish. think about that for a second: that means that in spite of the fact that most of the popular tumblr posts are in english + most popular blogs are in english + the default language for most websites online is english, it isn’t even the most used language and almost 600 million more people speak mandarin than english. and if we talk about total number of speakers instead of native speakers, mandarin still has the largest number of total speakers (200 million more than total number of english speakers). imagine the outcome of learning a language spoken more commonly than english. it can pretty much open a universe of opportunities.
  6. work abroad 
    speaking a foreign language makes it easier to work and settle down abroad. other countries have exciting job opportunities, and speaking the native language is your true key.
  7. understand society in a foreign country 
    this is a really interesting one and it’s kind of a follow-up to the first point, but it’s also slightly different. i’ll give you an example: in english, we have only one way to speak to someone in second person i.e. ‘you’. however, in spanish, for example, there’s two ways i.e. ‘tu’ (informal) and ‘usted’ (formal). let’s also take a look at hindi, in which there are three ways i.e. ‘tu’ (highly informal), ‘tum’ (informal) and ‘aap’ (formal). as another example, let’s look at the honourifics in japanese: ‘-san’, ‘-sama’, ‘-kun’, ‘-dono’, ‘-chan’ etc. etc. etc. are all added as a suffix to names and mean very different things, used to address different people depending on your relationship with them.
    in every language, there are different levels of formality. learning the language of the person you’re speaking to helps you recognize the level of formality with which you must address them, and the kind of respect you must show them.
  8. impress people 
    this goes without saying, obviously; speaking another language is an immediately impressive factor which makes random people go “wow!!! that is so cool! can u say something in that language???” which is slightly nice because of the amount of interest someone is showing in something you’re used to, but this should not be your main reason to learn a language because a) it makes you lose focus of the goal you’re trying to achieve in learning and speaking the language and makes you forget the point, b) it gets annoying after a while and c) the language is not some america’s got talent magic trick to perform when you’ve run out of things to entertain other people with. treat it with respect. it’s very possible that the people asking you to say something in the language don’t really care about respecting it, and might make fun of it thereafter.
  9. learn english + your first language better
    fun fact: most languages are more connected than you know. the similarities may not be obvious at first, but once you examine them, you realize the likeness.
    for example: ‘mano’ in spanish and ‘main’ in french both mean hand. the japanese word for tea is ‘cha’, the bengali word is literally the same, the mandarin word is ‘chá’ which is just a slight variation in intonation and the hindi word is ‘chaay’. 
    but the similarities, as fascinating as they are, aren’t exactly the coolest part either. the best thing is that a lot of difficult/fancy english words came from latin and french. approx. 29% of the english language comes from french, in fact, as well as ~29% of latin origin and ~26% of germanic origin.
    example 1 (french): ‘péjoratif’ in french = ‘pejorative’ in english; ‘nonchalant’ in french = ‘nonchalant’ in english; ‘insouciant’ in french = ‘insouciant’ in english
    example 2 (latin): ‘relinquere’ in latin = ‘relinquish’ in english; ‘abdomen’ in latin = ‘abdomen’ in english; ‘diurnalis’ in latin = ‘diurnal’ in english; ‘inundāre’ in latin = ‘inundate’ in english
    example 3 (germanic): ‘hūrt’ in frankish = ‘hurt’ in english; ‘gram/grinjan’ in frankish = ‘chagrin’ in english; ‘galgo’ in frankish = ‘gauge’ in english; ‘borganjan’ in frankish = ‘bargain’ in english
    a lot of the words we think of as “fancy” in english are basic words used in latin and french, while the germanic words are less sophisticated-sounding due to the origins (which you can find out more about in these two super interesting videos: [x] and [x] ) so, by learning those language, you are improving your own english vocabulary and, if you are the native speaker of another language, possibly improving your vocab in that language too! 
    furthermore, i’ve noticed that when you’re learning another language from scratch, it’s generally taught in a very structured way which is not something you’re used to. if your first language is english, it’s likely that you’ve grown up speaking english, so you haven’t spent a lot of time thinking or focusing on things like parts of speech, tenses, sentence structures, gender (which, thankfully, doesn’t exist in english) or anything of that sort beyond a certain extent (unless you’re studying grammar) - it comes naturally to you. however, in the process of learning a language you study the grammar of a language extremely well and in the process you get to draw connections between english grammar and the grammar of the language you’re learning + you get to study english grammar properly too.
  10. last, but not the least: it’s fun! 
    if the rest of this post hasn’t convinced you already, learning a language is one of the coolest and most exciting and interesting things on the goddamn planet. with other people who speak the languages i speak, i can pretend it’s a code language that only we understand. and if you think learning a language is not fun because it’s difficult/tedious/time-consuming, just know that if you learn a romance language fluently you find yourself picking up other romance languages easily because of how similar they are, making you a language pro which (in my nerdy opinion) is one of the most beautiful and honourable things to call yourself and be known for.

+ if all that didn’t convince you, here are some more:

+ my other masterposts

i hope you enjoyed this post and that it convinced u to learn a new language!!! feel free to message me in case 1) any of the links are broken, 2) u want me to add on to something, 3) u have a suggestion for a masterpost [i would love that so go ahead and ask if u do] or if u just wanna talk! also, feel free to reblog and add ur own comments/resources. hope this helped someone learn and understand more!!!

The internet is a gold mine of studying goodness so I thought i’d compile some resources i like / obvs not exhaustive this is too short for that..  // *** = fave

01 ; General??

  • Khanacademy (youtube) ; they have a LOT of videos and channels!!
  • ***TED ; the talks are so interesting!!!
  • Futurelearn , Coursera , OpenLearn ; free online learning courses (i’m doing one on FutureLearn atm!! c’est fun!!) 
  • MIT Open Courseware ; online textbooks (scroll down for the pdf links)
  • Wolfram|Alpha ; it’s pretty neat okay + also its demos (u will need to install something for these to work but it’s free dw) 
  • Shmoop ; tbh v useful for book summaries! + a lot more
  • ***Quizlet ; flashcards galore !

02 ; Tips!!

03 ; STEMish (+geography which i consider a humanity but ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ) 

04 ; Writing

05 ; Languages 

p.s yh this is v humanities deprived… i guess i don’t look out for those posts/resources cuz i don’t take any anymore (bar geography) ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 

+ my other masterposts


I have been loving the nihongonomori YT channel and I HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend to anyone studying for the JLPT check it out. I watched the 6th video in their N2 bunpou playlist and found it extremely useful. I’ll be starting the playlist at the beginning and going through each lesson after this. Misano-sensei’s explanations are extremely thorough and easy to understand. She also does a few other types of videos on the nihongonomori channel (including N2 practice questions - which I also love). I like all the instructors that do lessons on their channel, but I’ve warmed up to Misano-sensei since I’ve been watching all N2 videos that she’s taught.

Once again, check out the nihongonomori YouTube channel here:

This is one of the most fantastic language learning tools I have ever encountered. I’ve often tackled books in foreign languages, but it was always a hassle. Even with a dictionary in hand, it took a long time to understand certain passages, and it made reading slow and tedious. I recently started reading Harry Potter in German using Kato Lomb’s method, and admittedly I got further than I ever had in a foreign language book, but still, it was oftentimes grueling.

Using ReadLang, I can progress quickly through a book I’ve never read, and more importantly, it’s enjoyable. ReadLang allows you to click on any word, and translates it in a non-invasive manner, so you can keep focused on the story. It stores the words you translated in a vocabulary list that can be reviewed later on, and it serves a great set of self-made index cards.

You can use the texts they have available in a variety of languages, or upload your own texts (as I have done with Game of Thrones in Spanish). You can translate an unlimited number of words, and for only $3 a month, an unlimited number of phrases of 8 words or fewer. For such a great tool, this is so affordable that I can’t praise it enough. Even when the translations are not exact, once you reach a certain level in your target language, you can use the translation to correctly determine the meaning. If you want more information about a translation, you can click on the little tab to the right (not pictured), and view the dictionary webpage.

For certain public texts in certain languages, there is also audio attached. This program is a lot like Bliu Bliu or LingQ, both of which I’ve tried. The reason I stuck with ReadLang is twofold: 1) RL is a lot less invasive, so I don’t get distracted with bright colors and popups while I’m reading. 2) LingQ and Bliu Bliu both cost over $7 a month, and because of the way the programs are designed, a subscription is almost a necessity because their free versions are very limiting. The “trial” version of ReadLang, however, allows unlimited word translations…which may be more than enough for most users. But, in case it’s not, $3 is undeniably affordable, even for a cheapo like me.

Go on, give it a try. A Master List of 1,200 Free Courses From Top Universities
40,000 Hours of Audio/Video Lectures

For the past ten years, we’ve been busy rummaging around the internet and adding courses to an ever-growing list of Free Online Courses, which now features 1,200+ courses from top universities. Let’s give you the quick overview: The list lets you download audio & video lectures from schools like Stanford, Yale, MIT, Oxford and Harvard. Generally, the courses can be accessed via YouTube, iTunes or university web sites, and you can listen to the lectures anytime, anywhere, on your computer or smart phone. We haven’t done a precise calculation, but there’s about 40,000 hours of free audio & video lectures here. Enough to keep you busy for a very long time.

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Free Online Courses

Some of my favorite Catholic and/or scholarly corners of the internet:
  • James J. Walsh’s 1915 book The Popes and Science. Full text available on and Project Gutenberg. Quoted extensively on my wordpress blog. The book is quite long, but trust me: pick a chapter, a paragraph, a footnote, and you will learn something incredible about the history of science in the Catholic Church. The amount that I realized I didn’t know about my own religion was unbelievable. The chapter on hospitals is my particular favorite. 
  • This website dedicated to Vincent de Beauvais. Vincent was a medieval Dominican friar, who wrote the Majus Speculum - what is considered to be the first encyclopedia, and one of the most important works of the entire Medieval Era. The site gives an inventory of Vincent’s works, as well as images of manuscripts!
  • The online library of the Ludwig von Mises Institute. Not every title has free full text access, but many of them do. I enjoy browsing these titles because a) it’s the best introduction to Austrian economics and philosophy, and b) it’s interesting to see if, where, and how Catholic social teaching threads its way through some of the works. 
  • Henri Daniel-Rops’ article “The Catholic Reformation”. A French historian, Daniel-Rops is one of the most important Catholic writers of the 20th century. I have been reading his book Cathedral and Crusade for about a year now, and similar to my experience with Walsh, there is simply so much that I didn’t know about history and Catholicism! The sheer amount that Daniel-Rops knows is astounding, as is his ability to weave together and present that knowledge. His works are not available for free online, but this article is a great starting point. 
  • Epistolae: Medieval Women’s Letters. The letters are, naturally, in Latin, but English translations are provided. You can see letters arranged by woman, letter, title, receiver, and date. 

Sophomore or Junior Next Year? Or Senior?

Time to start thinking about the SATs! If you’re an upcoming Senior, it’s still not too late!

You can improve your scores with practice (from understanding concepts / types of questions and applying strategy), and the sooner you start the better. Junior year is typically the toughest year, so summer is the best time to prepare!

There are many free online resources, and if you are determined you can absolutely study on your own.

Learn more: 15+ Ways to Prepare for the SATs.

UPDATE: Links to Korean Learning Websites - lessons, tips and tools

anonymous asked:

Hello again GameDev. I'm the guy who asked question "don't you think 'if we haven't announced it, we cant talk about it' is bad approach?" a while ago. And thank you so much for your answer. Here's another one. i'm the one who don't have any coding skills. And sadly, i'm hugely interested in level/game designing (or modding, i say). Specially modding/designing in Source engine. So, do you think someone with no coding skills like me can get himself into designing? If yes, how hard it'd be?

It’s actually incredibly easy. If you specifically want to start creating game content for the Source Engine, there’s no easier way to do it. Here’s a quick step-by-step guide to set up the Source SDK on your computer.

Step 1: Install the Source SDK

Open up Steam, go to your Library, click where it says ‘GAMES’ and choose ‘Tools’ instead. Scroll down to ‘Source SDK’ and install that.

Then select it and choose “Play Game”. It will pop this up:

It’s got everything you need.

  • Hammer Editor: Map creation/scripting tool
  • Model Viewer: For importing your animations, textures, or new models
  • Face Poser: Your cinematic/animation tool for cutscene creation and facial animation
  • itemtest: The utility to package any item you create up for sale/distribution in the steam workshop

Before you run any of the tools, make sure you’ve run the engine and game you have selected at least once so that the correct files are created and initialized.

Step 2: Learn to make something with it

You can find the Source developer wiki by [clicking here]. There are lots of helpful links about how to do things in that wiki. The tools themselves can be pretty daunting - they are not designed for beginners! These are the actual tools that the developers created to build games like TF2, Portal, and Half-Life 2, which means that they are very powerful and robust. This also means that they are built by (and for) professionals. There will be a learning curve for certain. However, if you’re serious about modding and creating content, then you’ll keep at it, you’ll learn to use the tools, and you’ll make something cool happen. That’s really what it means to be a game developer - we spend a lot of time learning or creating new tools, figuring out how to do things, and making cool things happen as we improve. 

There isn’t a lot I can do to make it any easier - the tools are all there, and the documentation is out there. There are tutorials online for creating basic mods - just google for them, and there’s a community of other modders out there that you can try asking for assistance. But at this point, it’s really up to you to find that motivation to step it up and make it happen. Remember, making games is actual work. Nobody is going to do all the legwork for you and present everything to you on a silver platter. One of the most valuable skills in an employee is the ability to make yourself productive with minimal handholding from other team members. You’ve got to grab those reins yourself and make it happen, or you’ll just be another armchair designer while I hire the person that actually did put in the effort, created the content, and showed me what she learned.