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« Reply #60 on: March 21, 2009, 05:20:15 PM »

Well, I have a Bachelors of Science for Computer Science that's currently gathering dust. Compared to some of the other posters on this thread,  I don't think it counts for much, unfortunately.
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« Reply #61 on: March 21, 2009, 07:58:07 PM »

Well, I have a Bachelors of Science for Computer Science that's currently gathering dust. Compared to some of the other posters on this thread,  I don't think it counts for much, unfortunately.

You'd be surprised. No knowledge is unimportant in game design and storytelling. Smiley
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« Reply #62 on: March 22, 2009, 09:50:43 AM »

Damn, here I get some work done offline and Pat's asking about a list of things people can do...
Late as always.

Don't worry - this is a very long-term thread I hope to be drawing upon for projects for many months or even years to come. Smiley
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« Reply #63 on: March 22, 2009, 11:48:23 AM »

What an interesting question... Let's see.. spent considerable amounts of time studying, or researching the following:

Ancient History 50,000 B.P. To 0 B.P.
Biblical Old Chronology
Biblical New Chronology
Minoan Culture
Greek Culture
Early Egyptian Culture
Early Roman Republic
Late Roman Republic
Dark Ages (Europe)
Middle Ages (Europe)
Renaissance (Europe)
Pre-Columbian North American History
Age of Exploration 1492-1740's
American History
Military History (History of War & Conflict)
Colonial Era (1796-1915 Africa)
19th & 20th Century Literature (mainly Philosophy)
Anthropology (The Origins of Cultures)
Electronics (design & repair) includes etching boards (a lost art these days), layout, AC, DC, & Digital circuit theory, Microwave broadcast & operations.
Communications (RF & Microwave, AM & FM, open & encrypted. Encryption Technologies.)
Programming (Assembly, Basic, C, CGI, DirectX, Java, Perl, PHP, Perl)
Graphics Design (formats, codecs, layout, presentation, styles, and methods)
Audio-Video Production (photography, film, digital formats & codecs) (anyone else here ever work in an old reel-to-reel movie theater and have to edit and splice 35mm film when the reels broke?)
Interstellar Physics
Astronomy (Stellar & solar system formation, orbital mechanics, parallax measurement, SETI)
Metrology (Science of four dimensional measurements – Distance & Time)
Firearms (use & maintenance, automatic weapons)
Explosives (some)
Hunting
Fishing
Brewing
Economics (History of Currencies, Trade Patterns)
Navigation (Solar, Stellar (Northern Hemisphere))
Scuba Diving (Sports Diving & Navy Diving)
Event Management & Security (NFL, other major public events)
Medical – Ultrasound Technologies, First Aid Responder, Basic Anatomy, Native American Medicines, & Herbs)
Religions (Ancient religions – Hellenic, Germanic, Persian, and Indian), Judaism, Christianity including Eastern Orthodox, Islam, Buddhism, Taoism, and LDS).
Cartography
Symbols & Keys

Somewhat familiar with:
Russian History & Culture
Japanese History & Culture
Chinese History & Culture
German History & Culture
Arabian History & Culture
Israeli History & Culture

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« Reply #64 on: March 22, 2009, 03:57:53 PM »

Hmm. Trying to think what I can add here...

Degree in Information Systems, 12 years commercial experience in computer programming, database development. Associated experience in IT hardware. Specialism in Web programming and how the web works under the covers.
1 year working as a civilian for the RAF.
1 year of work experience in a UK building society.
6 years experience in a commercial insurance broker and associated knowledge of how insurance markets work.
4 years experience in civil engineering consultancy.
General knowledge of UK culture.
I've been learning fencing (the sword kind Smiley) for a year.
Amateur cooking.
Played trumpet and cornet since I was 8 in bands and orchestras.

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« Reply #65 on: March 23, 2009, 04:57:00 PM »

Well, I have a Bachelors of Science for Computer Science that's currently gathering dust. Compared to some of the other posters on this thread,  I don't think it counts for much, unfortunately.

No worries, 333.  My Bachelors in History apparently qualifies me to work on the receiving dock for a trencher factory.  Smiley
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« Reply #66 on: April 08, 2009, 01:43:19 PM »

My BG: Linguistics (that is, languages, both modern and especially ancient), writing systems (scripts, alphabets, etc.), (and perhaps a bit more of use to Crafty:) cryptography.  Select ancient history, archaeology, folklore/mythology.  I've worked with around 20 languages in college and since as a translator/interpreter and consultant. 

As a wargamer I've been studying the Seven Years War (esp. the battles between Austria and Prussia, and now the Napoleonic period and military org. of those times.  In college I also studied maritime history and jargon ("Avast there, matey!" and "Swab the poop-deck!"  Grin), and now naval wargaming in the Nappy period also.

And, yes, I'm painfully aware all of the subjects are useless in today's job market.  Cry
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« Reply #67 on: April 08, 2009, 01:58:04 PM »

And, yes, I'm painfully aware all of the subjects are useless in today's job market.  Cry

Not quite.  You explain the useful methods of suppressing piracy, and how to apply them now.
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« Reply #68 on: April 08, 2009, 02:03:19 PM »

And, yes, I'm painfully aware all of the subjects are useless in today's job market.  Cry

Not quite.  You explain the useful methods of suppressing piracy, and how to apply them now.

I seem to recall it involves small, fast naval ships hunting them down at sea, arresting them when they come ashore, and killing them.
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« Reply #69 on: April 08, 2009, 11:29:06 PM »

In light of a recent soils discussion, I realize I previously failed to menting having a general grounding in natural resources (wildlife biology, botany, soil science) and a professional background in both water resources and GIS (computer mapping and geographic analysis).

Most of my work these days is project management (not sure how that helps in a consultancy role) with a heavy emphasis on editing technical documents, and a smattering of environmental policy development, process analysis (e.g. Lean Six Sigma), and office management (e.g. developing filing systems).

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« Reply #70 on: April 11, 2009, 01:15:38 AM »

In addition to my CS degree, it should proably be mentioned that I've been tinkering with RPGs for most of my life. I've designed a handful of boardgames, card games, and custom RPG rulesets in my free time, in addition to a computer games I've made for school projects and one arcade style game I made back in high school before my enthusiasm for programming was snuffed out like a discarded cigarette butt. I've played (roughly in order), AD&D 2nd Ed, GURPS (once, a looong time ago), D&D 3, oWoD, Mutants and Masterminds (first and second ed), Spycraft (first and second ed), a handful of other d20 games (including d20 BESM and d20 CoC), Toon (once), Shadowrun 2, 3, and 4 (though I only vaguely remember 2 and 3), and D&D 4E. I'm sure I'm missing some from that list, I've a long and storied gaming career, a couple games are bound to slip through the cracks. That's also not counting a handful of homebrew systems designed by me or my friends. Hell, I started gaming back with a friend's homebrew back in the 4th grade for Gygax's sake.
Also relevenant is a decent knowledge of statistics (in broad terms, don't ask me to do much more than analyze a bell curve), and a knowledge of mathematics advanced enough that I tutored Calculus for 3 years and my boss (also my calc teacher) constantly told me how much positive feedback he got from people I helped. Hell, I could probably have taught that class better than he did... he was a great guy, I don't want to knock him, but he didn't have a lot of time (or patience) for the slower people in the class (which, sidenote to this side note, I've noticed that math teachers in general tend to have a hard time explaining something more than one way, which isn't helpful if you didn't get it the first time. I'm great at attacking problems from different angles till the student gets it).

Alright, I'm digressing again.

...and now I have two wishes I want to make over on the Corrupt a Wish thread but nobody ever granted my last one...

And now I lost the game.

Allright, end transmission.
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« Reply #71 on: April 11, 2009, 11:45:40 AM »

Anyone have any experience or training in admiralty law and/or international law?
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« Reply #72 on: April 12, 2009, 08:08:23 PM »

As a Master Mariner my dad had more than a passing acquaintance with admiralty and international law. However the key word in that sentence is "had." He died last year so that avenue is closed. I still have all his books though. I'll have a look through and see if there's is anything that may be of help to you.

I should probably add that to my list of information. I can provide some info. on maritime affairs. I stress that this is on a case by case basis though as what i was taught by my father is patchy and experience has taught me that the titles of some of the manuals and books appear to have a very patchy relationship with theit contents.
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« Reply #73 on: April 27, 2009, 03:12:36 PM »

Pharmaceutics, History (Mexican and ancient), Physics, Medicine, and food technology are among my most commonly used items in what I call my "knowledge".

I have competent understanding of economics, law, police procedure (Mexican at local and federal levels) and the military throughout the ages.

If that helps, let me know.
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« Reply #74 on: June 15, 2009, 10:24:00 AM »

Interesting. Comparing to most of the previous answers, I don't have much to offer. Though, here it is :
  • Mechanical Engineering: I have a Ph.D., with specialty in aeronautics and aerospace. I'm also teaching technology and materials science.
  • Civil Engineering: Though not my specialty, I have some notions on the topic, including in the field.
  • France: The country where I was born, where I still live and work, and which I'm not always proud of, especially recently. I guess I can give a biased but critical point of view on almost anything related to France history, geography, politics, etc. I also know few things about Reunion island (tropical, Indian ocean island, east of Madagascar), where my wife is from.
  • Germany, England, Benelux, Italy: Neighboring countries, so I can't say I'm a specialist, but I've been there several times and I know one thing or two that might be useful. Same thing for the EU as a global entity and other European countries, though with less accuracy.
There might be other topics, but these are the main ones.
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