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Crowdsource My Life II: This Time It’s Personal

Ok….Tomorrow we’re having an “idea party” for me to see what I can do to raise more revenue/ find more work/ do more crazy stuff.

Amba suggested I write up stuff about my life/skills/interests and here it is!

 

What I do/know

Programming
Many years of writing in C,  also C++
Fortran, Pascal are among my languages
Nearly all this programming is “process control” programming;  controlling sensors in Auto emissions test equipment, steel mills, water treatment plants

I also have done a lot of “simulations” programming where you simulate a process like an assembly line or a queue like  a hospital with a very specific language
I have taught many other professionals in this language, both formally and informally.  I have also given many simulation presentations to groups.
I have also written technical materials for the ACT.
Obviously, I’m pretty Internet aware, and was in a startup for an internet bookstore.
I’ve taught adults in many programs, and progamming languages, both formally and informally!

Interests
I do have academic interests,  so let’s deal with those first.
Many of my interests center around History, specifically Roman History, Military History, and 20th century History.  I have done a lot of reading in those areas, and have some experience doing academic research in libraries.
I also have a large Philosophy/Literary interest ( one of my two college majors being Philosophy) with a pretty strong specialized knowledge of Nietzsche.

Pop Culture stuff.
Strong Movie History knowledge.  (Specialty in Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers, Kubrick)
Very strong Baseball knowledge; I’ve done quite a bit of work for Project Retrosheet, an attempt to get every play by play of every major league game.
Quite a bit of pop music knowledge (Specialty in The Beatles)
I have large music, comic book, and movie collections.   I even have a collection of art created for me from comics artists around a theme…. Comic Book characters attacking computers!
I have a game collection of over 300 games…and have designed a card game.  I was a playtester for a game that sold thousands of copies.

Now, I may have missed a thing or two…those of you who know me….goading/prompting is accepted.  We stress the positive here, but not the dour; the more ‘out of the box’, the more intriguing…..the better!   As we have said…I’m the guinea pig, and how well I do will connect with we do this for others.

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Crowdsource My Life…Please!

No, Uncle Miltie will not solve the nation’s problems….though not for lack of trying!  No, we’re about to try something exciting here at EOW.  We’ll be having something like one of Barbera Sher’s “Idea Parties”  very soon!   Watch this space for further developments!

 

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Ultimately….whatever you want.

Yay!  Our first EOW video…and it’s about 3D printing.  How is this an EOW idea?  I’m struck when I read remarks about how younger people have less and less attachment to the physical objects related to music; CD’s and for an even older crowd, records.  All their music is on an iPod or in the “data cloud.”   I’m of the age where I still have an attachment to my CD’s….and I still have albums (no record player,though!), but I was glad to make the transition from records.  But there are advantages to not being beholden to the physical objects, right?  Maybe  I don’t want to read all my books on a Kindle, but if I can carry — how many?  hundreds? thousands? — books, all at the same weight, in the same physical space, a much, much smaller space than the actual books….there’s a lot to be said for that!

I thought about 3d printing when I needed a certain type of pliers the other night, a kind I didn’t have.  Did I really need to buy those damn needlenose pliers to use once every few years?  But if I had this device….I could ‘print’ one.

Indulge me a little here.  Imagine that these things get cheaper, better, faster….but not to the point they could replace everything, obviously.  But what if they could ‘print’, say, 40% of the basic physical objects of your home?  That would be amazing!  Let’s say you could ‘print’ a lot of your furniture (at least frames, say) in some sort of Frankenstein-meets-Ikea experiment gone mad!  Today you want Danish Modern, tomorrow…who knows?  Who cares?  Your mood can set the decor.  The term ‘bespoke’ which is now a fancy term for hand-made goods like suits may devolve to mean ‘not printed’.

Your EOW future may have you owning less and less…but having ‘access’ to everything.

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