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« on: March 10, 2009, 03:19:15 PM »

Hey everyone,

I'm gonna be working on a number of research-heavy projects across a wide variety of topics over the next while and I'm gonna need help. If any of you feel qualified to speak with authority on anything - specific periods of history, certain agencies in government, economics, space exploration, the chemical content of 1960s toothpaste - post to this thread. No topic is too niche, too bizarre, or too obscure.

Mostly I'll be keeping this as a record of my research options here on the boards but I'll periodically put out a call to see if anyone can help with something specific. In those cases the timing will be tight so respond promptly if you want to get involved.

Anyone I contact to help me with a project will receive credit and a copy of the product.

Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2009, 05:01:51 PM »

1) I am a Dept of Army civilian. My actual work focuses on environmental planning, but that means I touch a bunch of different topics (e.g. training doctrine, vehicle capabilities). Some of the information I touch is classified or has a public release caveat (i.e. isn't technically classified, but cannot be released except for official use or through a FOIA request), but most of the unformation is available for public release. That means I could probably supply information on:
  • Environmental laws/regs (federal, or somewhat dated California-specific)
  • Environmental impact analysis
  • Specific technical answers RE: certain environmental fields (e.g. archaeology, biology, air quality, water quality)
  • Limited .mil subjects

2) I am just recently becoming active in the Society for Creative Anachronism (largely because that allows me to spend hobby time with my family). As a result, I am delving into late-16th century Spanish history, especially related to colonization of the Philippines. While I am still narrowing down my specific areas of interest, my research will likely include:
  • A general overview of 15th-16th century Spanish history (to provide context)
  • A general overview of Spain's late-16th century international relations
  • Period-specific Spanish names
  • Period-specific Spanish clothing (middle- and upper-class)
  • Period-specific Spanish armor and personal weapons
  • Early history of Spanish colonization of the Philippines
  • Influence of Spanish colonization on native food of the Philippines (or vice-versa)
  • Period-specific Spanish views on inter-cultural families
  • Heraldic devices

3) I am currently in a Masters of Public Administration program (basically, an MBA for government). I am also Vice-Chair on a Board of Directors for a non-profit. I could probably provide limited information related to generic governance issues (e.g. budgeting).

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« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2009, 06:02:08 PM »

I guess what I could offer would be information about Norway, and somewhat the rest of Scandinavia. Language, history, geography, etc. Not an expert by any means, but being a local research would be in most cases trivial.
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« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2009, 06:17:09 PM »

I was a Joe, spent almost three years in ADA, and six more as an infantryman in the National Guard.  I did one o' them thar combat deployments to Iraq.  Outside that I grew up in NYC earned my Eagle and was in my local Civil Air Patrol squadron, did a bit of travel about the western hemisphere and really like beer and weapon systems.  The girl takes me to the Ren Faire, so I've got my kilt and can tell you a decent amount about its history.  These days I'm a ship agent in the port of New York.

Alright, let's see about bulleting this:
  • US Army weapons
  • Scots stuff
  • Beer
  • Scotch
  • Firearms in general
  • Low tech search and rescue
  • International Shipping
  • General Logistics
  • Amateur Philosopher
  • Font of Wisdom (Geeze I need new friends when I'm the voice of reason.)
  • The Irish Regiment
  • New York City

That seems to have worked, even if I forgot something.
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« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2009, 06:18:07 PM »

I guess what I could offer would be information about Norway, and somewhat the rest of Scandinavia. Language, history, geography, etc. Not an expert by any means, but being a local research would be in most cases trivial.

How many Kroner is a pint of the good local brew?  (Or did you guys go Euro?)  What is said local brew?
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« Reply #5 on: March 10, 2009, 06:32:10 PM »

I guess what I could offer would be information about Norway, and somewhat the rest of Scandinavia. Language, history, geography, etc. Not an expert by any means, but being a local research would be in most cases trivial.
Same here, this case about Spain...
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« Reply #6 on: March 10, 2009, 06:38:46 PM »

I was an enlisted submariner in the US Navy, and now work as a programmer on US Navy projects related to cruisers and carriers.

I am also a hobby astronomer

I could speak intelligebly about:

- US Navy submarines, surface ships, and aircraft
- Nuclear Power
- Astronomy and Astrophysics
- Computer Science
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« Reply #7 on: March 10, 2009, 06:57:15 PM »

I guess what I could offer would be information about Norway, and somewhat the rest of Scandinavia. Language, history, geography, etc. Not an expert by any means, but being a local research would be in most cases trivial.

How many Kroner is a pint of the good local brew?  (Or did you guys go Euro?)  What is said local brew?

Prices vary quite a bit, but I'd say 50-55 kroner is a good average. 'course, most places don't serve pints anymore, they've shrunk it down to about 3/4 of a pint... bloody thieves, the lot of 'em... Still keeping our own coinage, no plans of changing in the near future. There are several small breweries in or around the area, I'd say Munkholmen is the biggest/most famous local brewery.
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« Reply #8 on: March 10, 2009, 07:17:07 PM »

I suppose I would do especially well in discussions relating to

-Christianity, in both theory and practice.
-The hospitality industry (How hotels run day to day, jargon and other minutiae).
-Public education theory and practice, particularly secondary, and more particularly in southern California.
-Freight handling and receiving docks.
-Cub and Boy Scouting from its inception to the present.
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« Reply #9 on: March 10, 2009, 07:57:01 PM »

Hmmm, I am good for Victorian, and Elizabethan periods, and to an extent WWI.

Militia Jim - by Irish Regiment are you talking about ACW or WWI?  (The Irish fared ill whether it was either side of the ACW or the Brits in WWI....)

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« Reply #10 on: March 10, 2009, 10:34:02 PM »

Militia Jim - by Irish Regiment are you talking about ACW or WWI?  (The Irish fared ill whether it was either side of the ACW or the Brits in WWI....)

My old unit before I left, the 69th New York Volunteers, 1861-Present.  (Though through the melding and splitting of units about the militias that became the National Guard, various companies of the Regiment can trace their history back well before that.)
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« Reply #11 on: March 10, 2009, 11:06:39 PM »

Militia Jim - by Irish Regiment are you talking about ACW or WWI?  (The Irish fared ill whether it was either side of the ACW or the Brits in WWI....)

My old unit before I left, the 69th New York Volunteers, 1861-Present.  (Though through the melding and splitting of units about the militias that became the National Guard, various companies of the Regiment can trace their history back well before that.)
I am sorry to say that I had never wondered what happened to the Irish Regiments after the ACW.  Sad My only possible excuse is that my family came over well after the ACW was finished - my grandfather was the first American born member of my family, on my father's side. (He was also the first child born in Boston in 1900 - on January 3rd. Boston's population was a trifle smaller then.)

On St. Patrick's Day we would go to my grandfather's and he would talk about old Boston, while my great grandfather would tell stories about blowing up police stations.... (There was a reason that he had to leave Ireland. On top of blowing up police stations he was 6'11", in a family that even today averages 5'8" - he was a trifle noticeable. In meat starved Ireland he was far too easy to recognize.)

Sorry for the digression, as St. Patrick's Day approaches I am getting mugged in memory lane.

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« Reply #12 on: March 11, 2009, 12:05:09 AM »

I'm a veritable font of Godzilla/Kaiju lore as well as quite a bit about zoological/paleontological things.  I've pretty much got a few animal encyclopedias memorized, or at least access to info on all sorts of things.  Behavioral studies, bite forces, etc.

Pretty much anything you could find in a bad movie I've got down.  Giant monsters, aliens, slashers etc.

I'm your go to guy for anything Zombie virus related.  Smiley

I also happen to know a good deal about Higher Education in the state (and to a lesser extent the country) as well as a fair amount about politics and lobbying that sorta stuff. I was a lobbyist for the last couple years for student funding in my state and they sent me out to DC for a few days so it was kinda cool.

My working lore of Transformers grows steadily by the day, as does my info on the 40K universe

I think thats just about it.  I'll condense the list for easy browsing:

-Kaiju
-Animal/Insect life
-prehistoric life
-Higher Education in the US
-Bad Movie Monsters/Cheesy movies
-Action movies
-Transformers
-Warhammer 40k
-Zombies
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« Reply #13 on: March 11, 2009, 02:18:17 AM »

  • Finland (native) and to a lesser extent Scandinavia
  • Finnish Defence Forces (non-classified or historical)
  • Finnish Defence Force equipment and weaponry
  • Firearms
  • Metals (family runs a factory)
  • WWII
  • Military aircraft

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 Dogs
 - breeds and general information
 - breeding (wire fox terrier in particular)
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« Reply #14 on: March 11, 2009, 06:58:53 AM »

Here's some of the things I can talk about with confidence....

  • New Zealand - history, geography, mythology, et al. Heck, I even know a little about NZ sports.
  • Biology, geology, with a little information on the other natural sciences.
  • The supernatural and paranormal, including UFO's.

I know about a few other subjects, but nothing specific that I can remember right now.
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