Between libraries and the many folks “giving away” education online it is possible to educate yourself on practically any subject. The open source movement champions innovation through access. If you are curious, disciplined and persistent enough to put in the time to learn something, you are the type of person who will enrich the discipline with your own contributions. Go play.
Speaking of play, the 2011 Google Developers Conference is streaming bits live today and tomorrow. Check it out here. The keynote speech can be seen here at 9am PST. If you can put together a basic website or flash bit you can do all sorts of cool stuff with Google’s various tools. Pop your head in and check it out.