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What's your day job?

Postby jgriff on Thu Jun 07, 2007 5:51 pm

I think this is something more for the Overextracted forum, but you can't "blog" there unless you're a moderator. I was just wondering what some of the forum contributors on HB do for a living. A lot of testing, conjecture and theory-flinging goes on around here, most of which makes me think there are a lot of engineers and scientists, but I could be wrong. I know the profiles have information on some, but what about everyone else? What about Andy S. with his tricked-out Silvia? Dan? Do you have a day job? :wink: Maybe we should have a poll - how many HB members are mechanical engineers or into some other physical science?

I'll go first: I don't have a degree (yet) and I work for a life insurance company as a Policy Administration Rep. Woo-hoo! Let the fun begin . . . :twisted:

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Postby RapidCoffee on Thu Jun 07, 2007 6:33 pm

jgriff wrote:I was just wondering what some of the forum contributors on HB do for a living. A lot of testing, conjecture and theory-flinging goes on around here, most of which makes me think there are a lot of engineers and scientists, but I could be wrong. I know the profiles have information on some, but what about everyone else? What about Andy S. with his tricked-out Silvia? Dan? Do you have a day job? :wink: Maybe we should have a poll - how many HB members are mechanical engineers or into some other physical science?


Right on target for at least one member. My day job is university professor, teaching computer science at SDSM&T. I've published articles in a number of disparate areas, including protein biochemistry, neuroanatomy, robotics, biomedical imaging, and satellite remote sensing. My current research interests focus on image processing, computer vision, pattern recognition, penetrating radar applications, and (of course) espresso.

Prior to the Titan Grinder Project, I did very little testing and theory-flinging when it came to espresso. I guess you can take the scientist out of the lab, but...
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Postby Randy G. on Thu Jun 07, 2007 7:30 pm

I am retired from teaching- elementary and middle school (well, got tired of it and quit after about 20 years, actually). I have been doing virtually all my own wrenching on cars, trucks, and motorcycles since 1968. You know how folks say "find a guy who works on cars down the street to help with that..."? I was that guy. Still am to some extent (new front brakes and rotors on the Volvo this weekend, as a matter of fact!). Was also a bicycle mechanic.

Got into the coffee thing and sort of fell in with the Prince/Schecter/Scace/Jerrett et.al. crowd (not comparing my knowledge with theirs in any way, mind you- just was sort of a hanger-on). After working on cars it is a joy to deal with something so simple (and clean and light in weight) as an espresso machine.

Put my teaching ability together with my enthusiasm for all the coffee/espresso/home roasting stuff, mixed in my bachelors degree in art, added a good helping of my experience of running the community newspaper for a decade (thanks to Spell Check), and began my website. Was originally motivated by Mark's CoffeeKid back when (before CG) and by Bogie's website, and started my own. That was back in early 2000.

Now... I am/working have/worked for three or four coffee-related companies (manufacturers and resellers) doing graphics, writing, and pagination of various things and web work as well.

But enough about me........ :oops:
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Postby HB on Thu Jun 07, 2007 7:48 pm

jgriff wrote:Dan? Do you have a day job? :wink:

Yes, I have a day job at IBM (and HB is my night/weekend/vacation job). Some of my work involves writing web articles on Eclipse & Java programming. If you Google my name, it won't take long to find my latest "About the Author" blurb:

Dan Kehn is a Senior Software Engineer at IBM in Research Triangle Park, NC. He has a broad range of software experience, having worked on development tools, such as Rational Application Developer, and on operating system performance, memory analysis, and user interface design. He is also co-author of the award-winning book, The Java Developer's Guide to Eclipse. Currently, he is a Technical Enablement Specialist helping business partners integrate their products into IBM Lotus Sametime Connect.


BTW, you can read about the origins of home-barista.com in the site's well-hidden About page.
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Postby OkcEspresso on Thu Jun 07, 2007 7:58 pm

I am a software developer turned IT Manager in business intelligence.

Kind of the worst of both worlds.

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Postby chelya on Thu Jun 07, 2007 9:38 pm

Hmmm, I wonder how many software people are on the board.
My day job is chief software architect in a small software company.
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Postby kinkbmxco on Thu Jun 07, 2007 9:57 pm

I do concrete work, more specifically stamped concrete and other forms of decorative concrete such as acid staining, overlays, etc...
It can be fun :roll:
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Postby RegulatorJohnson on Fri Jun 08, 2007 12:26 am

visual communications.

BFA graphic design/art history

11 years free lance graphic/web design. mac user.

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Postby gtrman on Fri Jun 08, 2007 12:54 am

First and foremost, I'm a student.
I'm also part time at a guitar shop,
and I teach a couple guitar lessons a week.
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Postby TimEggers on Fri Jun 08, 2007 1:46 am

I work for Ingersoll-Rand LCN Division located in Princeton IL where we make all types of commercial and domestic door closers.

The next time you walk through a door at a store or public building look up, odds are you'll see a LCN Closer.

For the company I set-up and operate multi-spindle automatic bar feed screw machines. Basically these are like 5 or 6 lathes joined together where as the bars are rotated around to different cutting stations to make a completed turned part or component. Basically 5 or 6 twelve foot steel bars in one end with completely cut door closer parts on the other end.

(now aren't you sorry you asked? :wink: )
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