Sorry to belabour the point, but "intimidated" by a forum thread? Yeah, I'm sitting at my keyboard, just terrified of posting on an internet thread. Seriously? WTF is this world coming to?
Just slowly wade your way through it over, IDK, maybe a month or so? You'll be so much richer in terms of knowledge at the end of it. Fuck instant gratification, it never results in anything good or worthwhile.
Then again, I guess SF is a business after all. The bottom line...