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Re: Pat's Call for Research Assistants
« Reply #75 on: June 21, 2009, 02:56:33 PM »
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« Reply #76 on: June 23, 2009, 12:15:50 PM »
I'm a Finnish academic lawyer currently writing my doctoral dissertation on aviation law, contract law and international law. I also have some knowledge of other forms of transportation law and intellectual property law, as well as the practical sides of these industries. Of course getting to this point (have an LL.B., LL.M. and LL.Lic) means that I've had to study the whole legal system to a degree, but since its, well, Finnish, those are the international fields I know.

I've worked as a trainee district judge and as a district prosecutor (for less than two years altogether, though), so I have a pretty good idea of the local court system and policework - nothing I'd deem interesting, but I do have connections to the force.

Like most Finnish males, I've done my military service, but I bow to the specialists here. I know bits and pieces about a lot of stuff, partially based on my previous work, partially based on the fact both my parents are archaeologists and have dragged me around Europe for most of my life, but I'm really an expert just on legal research :)

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« Reply #77 on: July 14, 2009, 12:46:58 PM »

As you guys have already noticed I'm decent with my research on any topic. Esp those concerning the civilian side of Black world operations, espionage etc. As well as white and black world overlap.

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Re: Pat's Call for Research Assistants
« Reply #78 on: July 14, 2009, 03:18:15 PM »
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« Reply #79 on: July 18, 2009, 03:14:42 PM »
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Re: Pat's Call for Research Assistants
« Reply #80 on: October 03, 2009, 04:34:59 PM »
Just a old GI, with a GED, but 'Well Read' , I may be able to assist.
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Re: Pat's Call for Research Assistants
« Reply #81 on: November 09, 2009, 09:53:34 PM »
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Re: Pat's Call for Research Assistants
« Reply #82 on: December 20, 2009, 06:58:26 PM »
Well, I'll throw my hat into the ring, here.
I'm by no means an expert on any given subject, but its nothing some extra reading can't fix.

I'm a filmmaker so, I'm trained on the subject (storytelling, editing systems, film stock, camera equipment, sound equipment, film theory, lighting, screenwriting and film history).
Under that blanket is also a familiarity with various sorts of cinima: wuxia, documentary, action, etc.
Also, my roommate is also a filmmaker, so any gaps in my personal knowledge/experience, he can help fill in.

I've researched a number of smaller topics, usually specific time periods or historical battles. Some of these things are:
- Dinosaurs. I read a lot about them as a child, so my knowledge of current breakthroughs is limited.
- Ancient Chinese history, specifically the Three Kingdoms Period. I could talk your ear off about that one, in the context of Luo Guanzhong's "Romance of the Three Kingdoms"
- The Battle of Bannockburn, the battle where Robert the Bruce led the Scottish Rebels against Edward II and won, while outnumbered at least 10 to 1
- The Battle of Thermopolae (sp?). Yes, I've read up on it more than just what 300 shows. :)
- The 2nd Crusade. I don't know as much as I'd like about this and I'd have to look a lot of it up again.
- Norse Mythology
- Greek Mythology
- Art History. Its been a few years, so I don't remember everything from my classes.
- Star Wars. Yeah, that's a setting I know a lot about, though I've sortof given up on the novels since the Yuzan Vong were introduced.

There's also a variety of tidbits of information floating around my head, so I can probably add a little bit here and there to other topics.

I also have access to some friends who are fonts of knowledge as well.
One friend knows a lot about the Sengoku Jidai era of feudal Japan.
The other friend... well... he just knows a lot. As an example, he was able to totally justify, with available technology, constructing a long-barrel rifle with precussion caps and some other stuff I don't remember, in a GURPS setting with the tech level being... um... I think at best there were bronze cannons.

I hope I can contribute in a meaningful way. :)
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Re: Pat's Call for Research Assistants
« Reply #83 on: February 08, 2010, 04:05:55 AM »
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 #84 on: March 06, 2010, 09:59:02 AM »
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« Reply #85 on: March 19, 2010, 02:53:04 PM »
Hmmm... thought I had posted something.

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Re: Pat's Call for Research Assistants
« Reply #86 on: March 19, 2010, 11:31:01 PM »
I feel so inadequate compared to many of the people who posted in here, but I will post what little a list that I have:

World War II aircraft and aircraft battles
Roman Catholicism (holidays, rituals, ceremonies like masses and weddings)
Composition and formation of numerous parts for tractor-trailers


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Tabletop and Massively Multi-Player Online Role Playing Games
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« Reply #87 on: March 30, 2010, 10:03:48 AM »
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« Reply #88 on: April 13, 2010, 01:28:21 PM »
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Re: Pat's Call for Research Assistants
« Reply #89 on: April 20, 2010, 04:05:53 AM »
Hello! I'd be very happy to help Crafty Games with research, or anything else for that matter. Some of the potential research subjects I'm familiar with are pretty random, but I could see how it might be handy when it comes to SC / FC / 10kB. The order I'm listing them in is weighted toward familiarity and relevance, but it's not exactly organized.

  • I'm familiar with the illicit drug trade. I've lived in some rough places, and known some rough people. I'm not and never have been a drug user or dealer, but I have known a few, and seen quite a variety. I could give reasonably accurate information on typical street prices, how drug deals go down, slang terms, and the effects of different drugs, including addiction. There's a lot of other information I could probably come up with, if pressed. This subject would be particularly relevant for 10kB, especially for scenarios related to street thugs, police, and any kind of organized crime. In my opinion, it's a subject that can't be neglected when it comes to stories based on crime and street life, but because it's also a touchy subject for some, it's also pretty reasonable that Crafty doesn't want to focus on it much. I'm also of the opinion that honest knowledge is never inherently negative, and some adult gamers may find the information interesting or useful.
  • I'm somewhat knowledgeable about computer security, having learned from both job-related experience and tinkering around as a personal hobby. I'm by no means an expert, but I'm familiar with some of the methods someone might use to compromise a computer network. It sounds like you've got lots of other willing people who work in IT already, though, and from the looks of it, some of them are probably far more experienced than I am.
  • Pornography. Wow, another subject which won't make me look good. ;D Most men on the Internet have seen plenty of it, but I've known some people (both men and women) who've worked in the industry. I also have some experience and knowledge related to its production, including filming and distribution. You might wonder how this would be relevant, but you'd be surprised how closely this industry is related to other gritty street subjects, such as the illicit drug trade and organized crime.
  • I've got some experience with sound production, audio engineering, and audio software. I'm not sure how useful that information might be to your game, but I figured I'd include it on here. I'm also an amateur guitar player, and I'm familiar with some of the equipment related to putting on different musical acts, including instruments usually used during rock shows, amplifiers, microphones, speakers, et cetera. I'm also very familiar with tons of different rock, electronic, and hip hop artists.
  • I know a little bit about Ireland and Irish history (recent and ancient) and mythology. I'm no historian, but it's an interesting subject for me.
  • You could say the same for Korean, and to a lesser extent, Japanese, Mongolian, and Chinese history as well. I'm also somewhat familiar with modern Korean and Japanese culture, though perhaps not as much as some of the people who are anime nuts (I expect there's probably a large crossover here).
  • I've been told I'm a pretty good cook. I'm not a professional chef, but I regularly make tasty food for groups of people. I have experience cooking Indian, Lebanese, Italian, Korean, and Chinese food. I can identify specific ingredients and where you might find them, and what regions different dishes come from, particularly for ethnic food.
  • I love beer, and I drink a fair amount of it. I know a little bit about brewing it, but far more about what tastes good. Contrary to popular belief, there are a ton of great American beers. I could tell you a little bit about them.

That's all I can think of for now. Let me know if any of this sounds useful, and I would be more than willing to help out.