Welcome, @GastriqueGangster. As you might already have discovered, you've leaped into a very, very deep and very, very wide rabbit hole. Not that that's a bad thing. For someone in your situation, I'd recommend browsing the eG archives, aka The Fridge. It's at the bottom of the main page.
P.S. I also highly recommend that if you do any more long posts, please separate it into paragraphs.