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Postby Token » Thu Jul 29, 2010 6:51 pm

I'm a really bad egg, gentleman farmer, brewer, blacksmith, welder, carpenter, glass blower, electrical engineer, plumber, and a kept man.
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Postby EmilyD » Thu Jul 29, 2010 6:55 pm

I'm an artist, (nah it doesn't pay) I run the ArtCar Fest here in Northern CA, I work part time for Moveon.org doing customer support, and when things get really tight I waitress. I also do improv. The mister, (aka my patron) is a tech writer for a giant tech firm. He is also a visual artist and sings.
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Postby existential_renewal » Thu Jul 29, 2010 7:24 pm

I've got my own consulting practice that focuses on helping technology based companies (mainly life sciences) define their ideas and focus their businesses. And I've got a tiny photography side business and a part-time job in a business development group for a Canadian government department.
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Postby LemurLad » Thu Jul 29, 2010 7:59 pm

I'm working on a degree in Art(focus in crafts) as well as a degree in Biology. Currently, I've got two sign-twirling jobs and also work at a pizza place. My newest hobby is aquascaping, the art of aquarium design. :) And all that stuff eats my days up, but I'm making time for my first burn!
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Postby geospyder » Thu Jul 29, 2010 8:26 pm

dinks - notice one of the headlines on the news tonight "US suing Oracle alleging software contracts fraud."?
Don't believe everything you think.
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Postby ygmir » Thu Jul 29, 2010 8:30 pm

I'm a stonecutter......one year of junior college, graduate of the school of hard knocks, and, "jack of all trades".........

I do, though, remember a thread that dealt with this, I'm pretty sure.
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Postby dr.placebo » Thu Jul 29, 2010 8:46 pm

I'm a long-time computer geek. My spouse (about to be a first year burner) teaches buddhist meditation. Among my burner friends are more computer folks, several teachers, a law professor, a bartender, a lawyer, a graphics artist, a fetish model, several students, a videographer, two geographers specializing in resource mapping, a waitress, a contractor, and a couple of musicians. There are a lot more where the occupation is unknown.

In almost every case it makes no real difference.
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Postby Trishntek » Thu Jul 29, 2010 10:43 pm

Trish is a commission sales rep

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Postby Trishntek » Thu Jul 29, 2010 10:45 pm

Token wrote:I'm a really bad egg, gentleman farmer, brewer, blacksmith, welder, carpenter, glass blower, electrical engineer, plumber, and a kept man.


*hi five*
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Postby swampdog » Fri Jul 30, 2010 2:18 am

Dinks, Geospyder - I'm a long term Oracle IT guy. Looking for my 20 year pin sometime soon. Nice to hear that it works out for "victims" of our acquisition spree. I work from home. My free time is mostly devoted to sleep.

I once told someone that since I work all day behind computer terminals (that's what we used ta call 'em) I'm a terminal case, but she didn't get the joke and her look of shock and sympathy has prevented me from ever using that joke again until now.
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Postby gyre » Fri Jul 30, 2010 2:48 am

lol

not that subtle
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Postby hollywallydoodle » Fri Jul 30, 2010 3:25 am

freelance designer + illustrator + photographer.

but I WISH people would pay me to be a professional organizer—i try to charge my hoarder family, but they just laugh. :(
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Postby Fire_Moose » Fri Jul 30, 2010 8:08 am

ygmir wrote:I'm a stonecutter......one year of junior college, graduate of the school of hard knocks, and, "jack of all trades".........

I do, though, remember a thread that dealt with this, I'm pretty sure.



Who controls the British crown?
Who keeps the metric system down?
Wee Doooo.

Who keeps Atlantis off the maps?
Who keeps the martians under wraps?
We Do. We Do.

Who holds back the electric car?
Who makes Steve Guttenburg.....a star?
Weeeeeeee Doooooooooo.
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Postby jkisha » Fri Jul 30, 2010 8:10 am

Web application development and hosting company here.

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Postby ygmir » Fri Jul 30, 2010 8:11 am

Fire_Moose wrote:
ygmir wrote:I'm a stonecutter......one year of junior college, graduate of the school of hard knocks, and, "jack of all trades".........

I do, though, remember a thread that dealt with this, I'm pretty sure.



Who controls the British crown?
Who keeps the metric system down?
Wee Doooo.

Who keeps Atlantis off the maps?
Who keeps the martians under wraps?
We Do. We Do.

Who holds back the electric car?
Who makes Steve Guttenburg.....a star?
Weeeeeeee Doooooooooo.


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Postby Fire_Moose » Fri Jul 30, 2010 8:20 am

"Did you eat all this acid?! You better pray to God there is Thorazine in here!"
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Postby flatlander13 » Fri Jul 30, 2010 8:49 am

I’ve been working in the Biotech industry for over 18 years. My current job title is: Sr. Manager, Sourcing & Materials Management……..which means that I get paid to keep other people organized……..the job ranges from boring to dull as shit……but it pays the bills.

In real life, I’m a sculpture artist. I also make stone necklaces that I give away at Burning Man.
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Postby Boijoy » Fri Jul 30, 2010 8:57 am

I'm a stay at home artist. My art never seems to leave the house. :)
My lifes ambition is the make the perfect crispy pizza crust at home.

40 hours a week I am a slave to the man in the corporate world. <sigh>
Never thought it would work out that way, but it pays the bills.
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Postby lucky420 » Fri Jul 30, 2010 9:34 am

If I told ya, I'd have to kill ya...
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Postby theCryptofishist » Fri Jul 30, 2010 9:34 am

LostinReno wrote:I break slot machines.

Is this some cutsey way of saying you gamble for a living, or do you actually break up old slot machine into pieces?
I'd ask for pieces, but I suspect that those are not given out.
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Postby googbox » Fri Jul 30, 2010 9:36 am

I get paid to sit in a cubicle, and much like Dougy I write manuals that nobody ever reads. I also create online material that nobody ever watches.

I don't feel like my life's purpose is to sit in this cubicle, but it does afford me the ability to pay my bills and a few extra things like sporadic road trips, and of course Burning Man.

My dream is to get into some sort of counseling and then expand that into more alternative healing/counseling/ spiritual guidance type work. Not sure what yet, but my wheels are spinning. Oh and I write things that are more creative and risque than the things my company pays me to write.
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Postby theCryptofishist » Fri Jul 30, 2010 9:37 am

Secratary in a government bureaucracy.

You'll all just jelous of my glamour...
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Postby peacefulhuman » Fri Jul 30, 2010 10:14 am

Boijoy wrote: 40 hours a week I am a slave to the man in the corporate world. <sigh>
Never thought it would work out that way, but it pays the bills.


I, too, am a slave to the man in the corporate world, though they haven't gotten an honest 40 hours outta me ever since I decided to go to BM this year. (Well, in truth, they didn't get an honest 40 hours outta me throughout most of 2009, but I had legitimate reasons for that.) I do property & contracts management for a wireless phone carrier, and I often wonder how I ended up in an office.

My divine purpose is to write, and the Universe keeps whapping me upside the head with this fact. So I write because I am meant to. I love to act but cannot find opportunity to do it much more than the occasional make-believe time with the kids. I can easily think of ten careers I would be better suited for than business. Photographer, chef, gardener, forest ranger, butcher, baker, candlestick maker... all more suitable than a desk jockey. Hell, I would model or provide erotic services but it turns out there's not much of a market for pale, freckly red-headed 40-something men.
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Postby LostinReno » Fri Jul 30, 2010 12:09 pm

theCryptofishist wrote:
LostinReno wrote:I break slot machines.

Is this some cutsey way of saying you gamble for a living, or do you actually break up old slot machine into pieces?
I'd ask for pieces, but I suspect that those are not given out.


No, sooooo do not gamble for a living. We basically do firmware regression testing. Test the new vs. the old. (common in most firmware companies) Find problems with code before it leaves the building....That said, I'll answer the next questions....No I don't know how to make them win, yes its random number generation, no there isn't a "trick" to any of it.

Vegas wasn't built on you winning. :wink:
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Postby LostinReno » Fri Jul 30, 2010 12:11 pm

theCryptofishist wrote:Secratary in a government bureaucracy.

You'll all just jelous of my glamour...


I am 8) ........you just might end up with an actual pension? No?
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Postby geekster » Fri Jul 30, 2010 12:50 pm

I doubt it. Private industry discovered that defined benefit pensions are unsustainable 30 years ago. Government is going to learn that lesson here in the next few years. They have reached the limit of which they can continue raising taxes to pay pensions that are way out of line with the population in general. If I worked for a government, I wouldn't be counting on seeing that pension for very long.
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Postby Risky » Fri Jul 30, 2010 1:04 pm

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Postby crstophr » Fri Jul 30, 2010 2:05 pm

I work in technology management for a major studio in the entertainment industry. I help make animated movies and TV shows.
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Postby gyre » Fri Jul 30, 2010 4:32 pm

Any connection with Mission Hill?

Best overly hip cartoon about an overly hip fictional area of a overly hip fictional city ever!!!
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Postby ygmir » Fri Jul 30, 2010 4:41 pm

FIGJAM wrote:Ok, as long as thats clear, I move cactus.


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