"Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote."
Greg - when I was little and came up to bat, the school flag flew at half mast. Baseball was the one sport I was terrible at, and the only Little League team I ever
joined was the Indian Res one - I was double pariah both because I was the only
white guy on the team and because, well, ... there's a reason they wanted me way,
way out in left field, past the fence and standing amidst the cow pies. I'll agree with you that some beginners simply make things too complicated and would learn faster if they stuck to a simpler list of options in the dkrm. I've got one of those folks tagging along with me lately. But I'm an omnivore myself, and some of the very best prints I ever made were fortuitous blunders working with unfamiliar materials. It just depends on the individual temperament and budget. So I'm not particularly in sympathy with Michael Smith's doctrine that there's only one correct way to learn contact printing, or with Barnbaum's monopolistic notion of how to learn conventional silver printing. For some folks, the wolverine is a better example of how to proceed: simply devour everything in sight, digest it, and learn from experience.