I think you're missing a great opportunity here. Please ask questions about all the thing that Erik is presenting and you don't understand. I bet you would get a lot of help in the forum. That would help a lot of people that might be having the same issues as you. Also it would give Erik an inside of what concepts are difficult to grasp and help him to better present future chapters.
Another think hat you can do is read the chapter of the book that Erick is going to present in advance. That way you know what's going to be covered. If you don't have the book, the slides are here: http://www.cs.nott.ac.uk/~gmh/book.html#slides.
I hope this helps.