Build Your Own Recording Studio Infographic - Great reference. The biggest area I differ is on preamps. I'd highly recommend looking into the Golden Age Project stuff for pres. They make great clones of high end vintage gear.
From the Music Classroom...: December 2011 This is going into my bag of tricks for this year, but with a slightly longer pattern on each half for make your own mix and match ostinato patterns. Now to find leftover Easter eggs!
I sing and write my own music. This way of expression through words and reading music makes my literacy unique in the way that not everyone gets this life experience. I am more connected to reading and writing in this hobbies more than anything. Without the ability to read and write this wouldn't be possible. This is a great alternative to learning.