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2013-05-10 04:22:22 AM
Link to gong farmer game!
 
2013-05-10 09:35:14 AM
I've held a job that no longer exists (as far as I know.) I was a paste up artist in the late 80s. It was extremely detailed and taxing work. You've not lived until you've had to cover a period with a comma using the point of an Exacto knife. I wonder how many jobs publishing has seen disappear, from the original typesetters to my rather mundane position.
 
2013-05-10 09:48:33 AM
8. Buggy whip manufacturer
 
2013-05-10 09:51:58 AM
i414.photobucket.com
 
2013-05-10 09:53:33 AM
piss boy?
 
2013-05-10 10:07:44 AM
www.usmagazine.com

Modern day sin-eater.
 
2013-05-10 10:21:36 AM
Yahoo portal organizer.

"You see, we're going to put every website into a category and sub category in order to make them easier to find."
 
2013-05-10 10:25:07 AM
octomom farker
 
2013-05-10 10:26:34 AM
Bill Collector
 
2013-05-10 10:35:55 AM

GreatGlavinsGhost: Link to gong farmer game!


Stronghold 2 first introduced me to the concept, and got-damn was that mission annoying.
 
2013-05-10 10:47:23 AM
River pigs have their own waltz...
 
2013-05-10 10:50:56 AM

ginandbacon: I've held a job that no longer exists (as far as I know.) I was a paste up artist in the late 80s. It was extremely detailed and taxing work. You've not lived until you've had to cover a period with a comma using the point of an Exacto knife. I wonder how many jobs publishing has seen disappear, from the original typesetters to my rather mundane position.


Me, too. Loved the gig, actually.
 
das
2013-05-10 10:54:24 AM

ginandbacon: I've held a job that no longer exists (as far as I know.) I was a paste up artist in the late 80s. It was extremely detailed and taxing work. You've not lived until you've had to cover a period with a comma using the point of an Exacto knife. I wonder how many jobs publishing has seen disappear, from the original typesetters to my rather mundane position.


I did that for my High School paper.
 
2013-05-10 11:02:06 AM
No Assistant Crack Whore?
 
2013-05-10 11:03:01 AM

zetar: ginandbacon: I've held a job that no longer exists (as far as I know.) I was a paste up artist in the late 80s. It was extremely detailed and taxing work. You've not lived until you've had to cover a period with a comma using the point of an Exacto knife. I wonder how many jobs publishing has seen disappear, from the original typesetters to my rather mundane position.

Me, too. Loved the gig, actually.


das: ginandbacon: I've held a job that no longer exists (as far as I know.) I was a paste up artist in the late 80s. It was extremely detailed and taxing work. You've not lived until you've had to cover a period with a comma using the point of an Exacto knife. I wonder how many jobs publishing has seen disappear, from the original typesetters to my rather mundane position.

I did that for my High School paper.


Wow! *knucks*

I actually loved it.
 
2013-05-10 11:09:48 AM
Jizz mopper still around or have they automated it?
 
2013-05-10 11:17:33 AM

groppet: Jizz mopper still around or have they automated it?


Webcams have made that job obsolete.
 
2013-05-10 11:19:07 AM

groppet: Jizz mopper still around or have they automated it?


You'll see that iRobot has that covered in the red band version of their commercial
 
2013-05-10 11:21:32 AM

ginandbacon: zetar: ginandbacon: I've held a job that no longer exists (as far as I know.) I was a paste up artist in the late 80s. It was extremely detailed and taxing work. You've not lived until you've had to cover a period with a comma using the point of an Exacto knife. I wonder how many jobs publishing has seen disappear, from the original typesetters to my rather mundane position.

Me, too. Loved the gig, actually.

das: ginandbacon: I've held a job that no longer exists (as far as I know.) I was a paste up artist in the late 80s. It was extremely detailed and taxing work. You've not lived until you've had to cover a period with a comma using the point of an Exacto knife. I wonder how many jobs publishing has seen disappear, from the original typesetters to my rather mundane position.

I did that for my High School paper.

Wow! *knucks*

I actually loved it.


I actually have two cases of movable type (Goudy Old Style 36 pt. and 48 pt.)!
During my lifetime:
I've set movable type.
Typeset via 'CompuGraphic' early computer typesetters.
Used various 'desktop publishing' software.

During just my lifetime the industry has made about a 500 year evolution (from setting type by hand to desktop publishing). I think it's great. (Yes, nothing looks as good as real type and good paper, and a few people still do it).
 
2013-05-10 11:29:21 AM

zetar: During just my lifetime the industry has made about a 500 year evolution (from setting type by hand to desktop publishing). I think it's great. (Yes, nothing looks as good as real type and good paper, and a few people still do it).


CSB:

When cleaning out my Grandmother's basement we came across an old linotype machine, my grandfather had rescued from the trash of the local paper sometime in the early 70s.  What he had planned to do with it we will never know, but this is the same guy who built is own garden tractor from Model A transmissions and gas powered washing machines.

/CSB
 
2013-05-10 11:31:19 AM
Still better than anything the "Featured Partners" have come up with.
 
2013-05-10 11:35:33 AM

GameSprocket: No Assistant Crack Whore?


That's assistant TO the crack whore
 
2013-05-10 11:36:36 AM

zetar: nothing looks as good as real type and good pape


Yeah, it's pretty much incomparable.
 
2013-05-10 11:39:51 AM

Tom_Slick: zetar: During just my lifetime the industry has made about a 500 year evolution (from setting type by hand to desktop publishing). I think it's great. (Yes, nothing looks as good as real type and good paper, and a few people still do it).

CSB:

When cleaning out my Grandmother's basement we came across an old linotype machine, my grandfather had rescued from the trash of the local paper sometime in the early 70s.  What he had planned to do with it we will never know, but this is the same guy who built is own garden tractor from Model A transmissions and gas powered washing machines.

/CSB


I remember talking to an old linotype operator and the gist of it was that you typed with two hands and wielded an oil can with your weener to keep the machine running. I just remember they were gigantic Rube Goldberg machines with a tiny keyboard.
 
2013-05-10 11:45:40 AM

GameSprocket: No Assistant Crack Whore?


Your Mom still has that job.
 
2013-05-10 11:46:41 AM

Tom_Slick: groppet: Jizz mopper still around or have they automated it?

Webcams have made that job obsolete.


They can clean up after the sin eaters.

//that's what sin eaters do, right?
 
2013-05-10 11:52:32 AM

zetar: I remember talking to an old linotype operator and the gist of it was that you typed with two hands and wielded an oil can with your weener to keep the machine running. I just remember they were gigantic Rube Goldberg machines with a tiny keyboard.


They were, we donated that complete machine to museum that actually wanted it for some reason, my grandfather owned 4 Five and Dime stores and had a small printing press he used to make sineage for his stores, he used to get the local newspaper guy to make him linotype block for his press. So we think he wrestled that machine into his basement to actually use it, but he died shortly after he got it.  We found it behind a false wall in the old coal bunker room we figure he hid it as my grandmother would not have consented to having molten metal in the house.
 
2013-05-10 11:58:12 AM
I'm holding out for the corset-inspector position in Virginia.
 
2013-05-10 12:05:16 PM
Photoshop has not eliminated but has changed lots of jobs. Remember the surfing nun from the cover of "Nun's Life" in "Airplane!" They actually had to send a stuntman and a photographer to the beach to get that shot. Today they would just use Photoshop and save all the money they spent. Think of all the work that went into that one visual gag.
 
2013-05-10 12:19:20 PM
Sadly, TSA agent isn't on the list.
 
2013-05-10 12:50:45 PM
I used to attach onions to belts. Invented the concept, actually.
 
2013-05-10 12:52:52 PM
I remember reading about Gong farmers and how people would fight to have those jobs because they paid so well and they got to keep any valuables they found. It was very lucrative IIRC.
 
2013-05-10 01:25:56 PM

groppet: I remember reading about Gong farmers and how people would fight to have those jobs because they paid so well and they got to keep any valuables they found. It was very lucrative IIRC.


It was a veritable golden river, it was.

/ Taking the Piss Recycling Nature's Bounty Since 1961
 
2013-05-10 01:35:32 PM
The Gong Man is still with us, but they call them Honeywagon Drivers these days.
 
2013-05-10 01:38:44 PM

DjangoStonereaver: The Gong Man is still with us, but they call them Honeywagon Drivers these days.


"Cant flush, we rush!"
"#1 in the #2 business"
etc...
 
2013-05-10 01:42:37 PM
I dunno, that "dog whipper" one sounds like fun! No risk of horrible death by being crushed by a log or drowning in shiat...in fact you get to run around all day smacking curs and lazy people with a stick. Everybody else is sitting through a boring sermon, your'e getting paid to slap anybody that falls asleep. Winner!
 
2013-05-10 02:19:53 PM
I would totally be a sin-eater. Profit off of everyone else's superstition? Hell yes. You can pretend to pour your sins into my soul for cash.
 
2013-05-10 02:27:21 PM

Tommy Moo: I would totally be a sin-eater. Profit off of everyone else's superstition? Hell yes. You can pretend to pour your sins into my soul for cash.


No shiat.  I'm already socially awkward and an outcast.  If you feel like giving me money so your imaginary friend is appeased, far be it for me to complain.
 
2013-05-10 02:32:29 PM

Tommy Moo: I would totally be a sin-eater. Profit off of everyone else's superstition? Hell yes. You can pretend to pour your sins into my soul for cash.


I've always thought Sin-eater would be an awesome job. Free food and cash. Even if you did believe, just make sure some else eats your sins before you die. It's like Amway.
 
2013-05-10 02:44:28 PM

abhorrent1: octomom farker


umm.. dont think that job EVER existed.  each one was artificial
 
2013-05-10 02:45:42 PM

Tom_Slick: the same guy who built is own garden tractor from Model A transmissions and gas powered washing machines


My grandfather did something similar to this.  I wish I had grabed the pictures when I had the chance, probably destroyed/lost by my cousin.
 
2013-05-10 02:48:47 PM

Metaluna Mutant: Tommy Moo: I would totally be a sin-eater. Profit off of everyone else's superstition? Hell yes. You can pretend to pour your sins into my soul for cash.

I've always thought Sin-eater would be an awesome job. Free food and cash. Even if you did believe, just make sure some else eats your sins before you die. It's like Amway.


yeah.. but no one wants to be around you at all whilst you are alive.
 
2013-05-10 03:13:33 PM

ginandbacon: I've held a job that no longer exists (as far as I know.) I was a paste up artist in the late 80s. It was extremely detailed and taxing work. You've not lived until you've had to cover a period with a comma using the point of an Exacto knife. I wonder how many jobs publishing has seen disappear, from the original typesetters to my rather mundane position.


During college, I was a stripper:

www.metropostcard.com
 
2013-05-10 03:16:20 PM
Hey, the "powder monkey" job isn't obsolete:

i52.tinypic.com
 
2013-05-10 03:19:30 PM

groppet: I remember reading about Gong farmers and how people would fight to have those jobs because they paid so well and they got to keep any valuables they found. It was very lucrative IIRC.


Not to mention that you could make potassium nitrate from what you collected, and sell that to gunpowder manufacturers.
 
2013-05-10 03:40:22 PM
The River Pig is a job that every Canadian sings about in childhood, thanks to the CBC.
 
2013-05-10 03:43:29 PM
Herb Strewer?  i think i knew his sister
 
2013-05-10 04:56:25 PM

Bennie Crabtree: The River Pig is a job that every Canadian sings about in childhood, thanks to the CBC.


Yea, I didnt post that video 6 hours ago at all.  :)
 
2013-05-10 06:46:54 PM

Hack Patooey: River pigs have their own waltz...


Bennie Crabtree: The River Pig is a job that every Canadian sings about in childhood, thanks to the CBC.


Leaving satisfied!
 
2013-05-10 09:04:08 PM
Manual Draftsman.
 
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