What's your occupation? With a twist!

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I'm curious as to what everyone does for a living or more concisely, what is the range of knowledge we have on the board as a whole.

The twist is: Eveybody changes their handle in their replies,if ya don't care for the twist just post as usual.

I think it would be neat to see our collective resources and how we might benefit from each others field of knowledge.

-- capnfun (capnfun1@excite.com), November 11, 2000


Automotive engineer, retired.

-- (ChubbyCheckers@Peppermint.Twist), November 11, 2000.

Hey, capn, great idea!! Project coordinator/business operations analyst in a telecommunications firm. I've only been here since June, so it's still kind of new to me.

-- Patricia (PatriciaS@lasvegas.com), November 11, 2000.

I currently hold down two jobs.

1. I work as a 'chaser' at a lumber mill, which is quite physically demanding and somewhat stressful.

2. I stock vending machines, which is very low stress and quite fun.

-- His Holiness The Rev. Al Sharpton (holier@than.thou), November 11, 2000.

Direct Marketing-Sales of Mailing lists-Sales manager

-- MailboxStuffer (Junk@mail.is.good), November 11, 2000.

Full time beach-bum. (Casino Management in a previous life.)

-- CD (costavike@hotmail.com), November 11, 2000.

Technical writer for a company that makes testers for microprocessors.

-- Brian McLaughlin (brianm@ims.com), November 11, 2000.

Mainframe Programmer by day, Conspiracy Theorist by night.

-- Flash (nazflash@northlink.com), November 11, 2000.

Generation Controller for a group of power stations.

-- Malcolm Taylor (taylorm@es.co.nz), November 11, 2000.

Auditor (financial). That's always been my major bailiwick, along with accounting/taxation, although I had an interlude when I dabbled in the botanical sciences.

But it's fun and challenging to combine my skills; e.g., when I count plants.

-- eve (eve_rebekah@yahoo.com), November 11, 2000.

Occupation, huh.

Naturalist { my nephew thinks that means I work without any clothes on }

& Domestic Goddess

-- flora (***@__._), November 11, 2000.

Present, Domestic Engineer

Former, Quality Assurance Final Mechanical Inspector (for missles).

-- Peg (em@i.l), November 11, 2000.

Systems engineer in the telecommunications industry. Have worked in that role since college, except for a self-financed multi-year sabbatical to teach, write and self-publish on a completely different subject.

-- Going Incognito (Notmy@normal.practice), November 11, 2000.

Present: domestic engineer (well put peg)

Past: bench technician for the cable co. (someone's gotta fix those converter boxes you all beat on!)

-- kritter (kritter@adelphia.net), November 11, 2000.

Present: Customer Service Rep. - water well drilling equipment manufacturer.

Postion Wanted: Wandering Sadhu. This position would include regular stints as a Naturalist (flora's nephew's definition). Warm climate preferred.

-- We Wear the Mask (Paul@Laurence.Dunbar), November 11, 2000.

Have done this before, but will do it one last time. Actually I started a similar thread on the old board.


BS: Major Chemistry, Minors in Physics, Math and Philosophy.

Worked as an engineer in industry.

MS: Chemistry; Analytical Analysis.

PhD: Biophysics and Chemistry.

Experience: Natural products chemistry and molecular biology.

Business Experience: One of several co-founders of a biotech company.

Present: Faculty member at a class I research university. Research in molecular biology. Responsible for a graduate program of ~100 students. Administrative responsibility for rDNA and biohazards, including interaction with the public at the local, state and national level.

Outside consultant for national research and development in 3 countries; etc.

Ok, cin, how is that for pompous. :^)

Best wishes,,,,


-- Z1X4Y7 (Z1X4Y7@aol.com), November 11, 2000.

We wear the mask that grins and lies, It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,--

This debt we pay to human guile;

With torn and bleeding hearts we smile,

And mouth with myriad subtleties.


Why should the world be overwise,

In counting all our tears and sighs?

Nay, let them only see us, while

We wear the mask.


We smile, but, O great Christ, our cries

To thee from tortured souls arise.

We sing, but oh the clay is vile

Beneath our feet, and long the mile;

But let the world dream otherwise,

We wear the mask!


-{ by that Dunbar Dude }

-- Zorro (smile@sing.*sigh*), November 11, 2000.

LOL Z on the cin thing, but you did leave out a lot.

I think that I filled out your last one so I will be brief.

PhD in molecular biology from the school that had a band that lost a football game with Cal. Faculty member at a major university. Mid-life crisis, became a professional photographer. That is where I am now.


-- Gregor 10001 (Gregor10001@yahoo.com), November 11, 2000.

Founder and technical genius (???) of the Mill.We make & match the paper in libraries and archives around the world (including the States) so that books,Ms,maps etc can be restored/repaired or conserved.Specialist knowledge.Islamic & European early papermaking.

Yes,I know.Even my daughter thinks it is kind of wacky.

-- New paper (for old@griffenmill.com), November 11, 2000.


hey-ain't YOU playing your own game??

-- HUH? (Huh@huh.huh), November 11, 2000.

What I've done for a living: computer programming, telephone directory delivery, graveyard shift fry cook, waiter, filing forms

Range of knowledge:

How to cool or heat a rubber band in five seconds using only ones hands (and I don't mean heating it by holding it inside a closed fist or cooling it by dangling it in a cool breeze).

Igpay Atinlay

How to cure another person's hiccups

... and lots more I've done while living, but not "for a living"

-- Changed Handle (guesswho@where.com), November 11, 2000.

Ph.D. in experimental cognitive/perceptual science. Currently working on integrating artificial intelligence with virtual environments. Past work included research in spatial disorientation and motion sickness in aerospace/aviation.

-- Guess Who? (Mask@is.fun), November 11, 2000.


What is my lovely parting gift?

-- flora (***@__._), November 11, 2000.

Ah, Flora,

You're too quick for me.

-- DizzyDude (You@guessed.it), November 11, 2000.


Your right,sorry bout that : |

Wine Guru




Allthough I must admit that if inventing and songwriting were paying the bills right now I'd be living in a cardboard box.

-- capnfun (capnfun1@excite.com), November 11, 2000.


Oh capn, My capnfun -

Methinks mayhaps they mean you should sign off as Blackdog, Black or Bluebeard - or somesuch...

{Scurvy wankers}

Is that a cutlass in your pocket?

-- flora (***@__._), November 11, 2000.

In my above answer, I refrained from mentioning the subject of my sabbatical only because it would have given away my identity to some who might have preferred to guess (although my distinctively sedate writing style is probably a sufficient clue).

Anyway, my sabbatical was with regard to... chess.

-- Going Incognito (Notmy@normal.practice), November 11, 2000.


So is Baker the Bishop or the Queen in you estimation?

Enquiring minds, you know...

-- flora (***@_._), November 11, 2000.

David L,

{Are you talkin' friction above?}

-- too discreet to sign my name (***@__._), November 11, 2000.

Why did I get dragged (kicking and screaming) into the above posts?

Hey...I don't get it

-- cin (cin@cin.cin), November 11, 2000.


Aye matee,the cutlass is indeed a "62 Caddy" ; )

-- Shortbeard (Longbeard@shorthairs.comb), November 12, 2000.

.gov worker (social service agency)-yes I admit it!!

caregiver of man and beast

gourmet cook

collector of southwestern art/crafts, cookbooks, crystal & porcelain


-- Aunt Bee (aunt__bee@hotmail.com), November 12, 2000.

Hi flora. Is your question a reference to Katherine Neville's novel The Eight. (For those unfamiliar with the book, it concerns a quest which unfolds over many centuries. At any given time, each principal corresponds to a particular chess piece. When someone dies, another takes that role. One thing making it tricky is that the people in this "game" don't know most of the others.)

discreet, I'm not sure whether to answer "no" or "huh?"

-- Was Incognito (unmasked@by.flora), November 12, 2000.

Used to be an environmental consultant. Hit the wall and dropped out in 92. Dropped back in, in 96. Developed a little piece of technology, and now travel around a bit, implimenting it. But mostly, I sit on the dock and talk to my dog.


-- Sittin (on@the.dock), November 12, 2000.

Heck, everyone on here is smarter than I.

Oh well, here it goes,

In my past life I was a cable CSR, telemarketer, data entry clerk and full-time home engineer.

Now that I've been reincarnated I am....an Insurance Agent who used to do claims adjusting but company went under.

I work p/t and play fulltime.

I love to cook (yeah right)

I am a connoisseur of finer hemp/marijuana products

I also have a BA degree in ALL of the above.

-- who am I? (in@cognito.sure), November 13, 2000.

Uh, wouldn't BS degree be closer to the truth?

-- TeeHee (howe9@shentel.net), November 13, 2000.

No pun intended. Just get lucky sometimes.

-- Needin' ta howl (howe9@shentel.net), November 13, 2000.

BS, BA, its all the 'same', no?

Hits bong, passes to the right.

-- (BS@BA.now), November 13, 2000.


The discreet question was in regards to your rubber band physics. I'm trying to figure out how you did it - yet realize that this information could well be a state secret & if you told me, you would have to ...well, you know. If it's not friction, does using one's breath count?


The question is, does the beast talk back?


I didn't see water jets mentioned once, you trying to make this difficult, or something?

"Just get lucky sometimes"

Nothing like leaving yourself wide open there, Bongo.

-- flora (***@__._), November 13, 2000.


Of course she talks back. Who do you thinks writes my jokes?


-- Lon Frank (lgal@exp.net), November 13, 2000.

My Dear Mr Incognito,

Please accept me profound apologies. I finally scrolled back up to see that I'd attributed to you the rubber band talents of 'Changed Handle' { good grief - could that be Hawk?}.

Thanks for the chess piece explanation. My question sprang from another thread, where we were discussing the current political game. Do you ever see world events from a chess perspective? { Or should the question be ' do you ever NOT see...}.

I haven't read 'The Eight', it sounds very interesting. Would you recommend it?

In running back up the thread - Chris, your work sounds very interesting to me, I've always enjoyed restoring things & have a weakness for old books & maps. In a nutshell, could you describe the difference between the early Islamic & European papers? How do you find the necessary plant fibers these days?

-- red faced flora (***@__._), November 13, 2000.

rff, thanks for clarifying. You had me totally baffled. I haven't been that confused since graduate school. And I'm not offended by having been mistaken for someone you think might have been Hawk. Anyone who gets ejected from PUBoard can't be all bad.

I understood your Baker question, but since I had no ready answer, I thought I'd try stalling. That having failed to derail you (and my still lacking an answer), I'll say that I don't perceive things using chess as a prism.

I'd recommend The Eight, even to those not particularly interested in chess. A book on an entirely different subject (the American Revolution), which I found unexpectedly compelling, is The First Salute by Barbara Tuchman. The title refers to the first occasion when a foreign vessel acknowledged one carrying the American flag, which was effected by firing its cannon in salute.

-- Was Incognito (discombobulated@by.flora), November 13, 2000.

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