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2014-02-03 02:23:43 PM  
I actually think that's kind of cool.  And the commercial was certainly better than the crap Go Daddy's done in the past.
 
2014-02-03 02:49:42 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2014-02-03 04:05:37 PM  
I was thinking, You go, girl. The entire time I watched that.
I have a lady friend that is going to quit her job repairing Hospital equipment (Mechanical Engineer) and build battle bots one of these days.
 
2014-02-03 04:29:29 PM  
is this the new fark? one day behind the curve?
 
2014-02-03 04:49:38 PM  
This is not a story about Boris Yeltsin.
 
2014-02-03 05:24:35 PM  

naughtyrev:


Thanks. We're done here.
 
2014-02-03 05:25:36 PM  
Was the entertainment tab on vacation?
 
2014-02-03 05:25:43 PM  
Just how much money is there in puppet manufacturing these days? I can see the occasional welthy-suburban-mom-hires-you-to-make-half-a-dozen-for-her-kid's-birth day-party every now and then, but how often do you find yourself unable to complete a particular task because you're just short a puppet?
 
2014-02-03 05:27:05 PM  

Uzzah: Just how much money is there in puppet manufacturing these days? I can see the occasional welthy-suburban-mom-hires-you-to-make-half-a-dozen-for-her-kid's-birth day-party every now and then, but how often do you find yourself unable to complete a particular task because you're just short a puppet?


I have a friend in the theatre industry in New York. You'd be surprised how often those plays use puppets. Ever seen The Lion King?
 
2014-02-03 05:28:24 PM  
First, I don't buy it.
Second, why is this on the politics page?
 
2014-02-03 05:29:06 PM  
Politics tab?

Another casualty of the Obama recession!!?
 
2014-02-03 05:30:32 PM  
Politics eh?  Did she do this to go galt?  Too many oppressive taxes in the engineering business?  Paul the Puppeteer hitting the tea party lecture circuit any day now?
 
2014-02-03 05:31:30 PM  
Thanks Obama!

/Politics tab after all
 
2014-02-03 05:32:11 PM  
Puppeteers hate the Ringworld engineers.
 
2014-02-03 05:32:29 PM  

Nina_Hartley's_Ass: First, I don't buy it.
Second, why is this on the politics page?


PINO. Puppeteer in name only. She's just trying to act like she's a dyed in the faux-fur puppeteer, but her moves betray her evil, deeply held beliefs about engineering.
 
2014-02-03 05:33:02 PM  

Uzzah: Just how much money is there in puppet manufacturing these days? I can see the occasional welthy-suburban-mom-hires-you-to-make-half-a-dozen-for-her-kid's-birth day-party every now and then, but how often do you find yourself unable to complete a particular task because you're just short a puppet?


Apparently she also performs (the website has a "Book A Show" page).
 
2014-02-03 05:36:43 PM  
1.bp.blogspot.com
Approves.
 
2014-02-03 05:37:09 PM  
She's doomed.
 
2014-02-03 05:37:21 PM  
www.lightmasterstudios.co.uk

/Malkovich?
//more like Milkovich if you know what I mean
///and I think you do
 
2014-02-03 05:38:06 PM  
If it weren't for my irrational fear of puppets I'd consider tapping that
 
2014-02-03 05:40:21 PM  
I will engineer no more forever.
 
2014-02-03 05:42:34 PM  
Will bread be served?
 
2014-02-03 05:46:35 PM  
Puppetry of the Penis?
 
2014-02-03 05:48:07 PM  

Nina_Hartley's_Ass: First, I don't buy it.
Second, why is this on the politics page?


It's an industry that depends on puppets. Usually they're manipulated by lobbies and corporations, though, and they put on a pretty drab show. Maybe they're bringing this woman in as a performance coach.
 
2014-02-03 05:48:30 PM  
p the boiler:

If it weren't for my irrational fear of puppets I'd consider tapping that


static3.wikia.nocookie.net

Agrees.
 
2014-02-03 05:50:37 PM  
I could see her lips move.
 
2014-02-03 05:57:30 PM  
Wait, i think I have it....this exemplifies the upturn in the economy that a solidly employed engineer can toss it all away to follow her dream in a field where success could be somewhat more stochastic.

freemasonry.bcy.ca
 
2014-02-03 05:58:37 PM  
She's starting a movement - I can see it already:

Occupy Sesame Street.

/thanks Big Bird.
 
2014-02-03 05:59:16 PM  
What's the big deal?  Engineers are used to having to dance when their strings are pulled by those geniuses in marketing.
 
2014-02-03 05:59:46 PM  
img.fark.net

...has gone into hiding.
 
2014-02-03 06:01:19 PM  

p the boiler: If it weren't for my irrational fear of puppets I'd consider tapping that


Me thinks it would prefer a fist to a tap.
 
2014-02-03 06:14:35 PM  

uncleacid: I could see her lips move.


she's not  a ventriloquist, dummy.
 
2014-02-03 06:29:48 PM  
Most engineers do it full time already.

img.fark.net

/yes I know someone else posted it
/who attends such a show
 
2014-02-03 06:31:18 PM  

wanquere: uncleacid: I could see her lips move.

she's not  a ventriloquist, dummy.


that's not her mouth, pal
 
2014-02-03 06:38:38 PM  

vudukungfu: I was thinking, You go, girl. The entire time I watched that.
I have a lady friend that is going to quit her job repairing Hospital equipment (Mechanical Engineer) and build battle bots one of these days.


Battle Bots is still a thing? Cool.

/Ziggo 4 EVER
 
2014-02-03 06:40:12 PM  

johnny_vegas: Wait, i think I have it....this exemplifies the upturn in the economy that a solidly employed engineer can toss it all away to follow her dream in a field where success could be somewhat more stochastic.

[freemasonry.bcy.ca image 670x510]


1) Is she already rich?
2) Is [Utility of being a puppet manufacturer] > [Utility of having extra cash from being an engineer]?
3) If it all goes terribly wrong, can she turn around and go back?
4) Was it all made up?

At least one of those answers HAS to be yes.
 
2014-02-03 06:41:43 PM  

vudukungfu: I was thinking, You go, girl. The entire time I watched that.
I have a lady friend that is going to quit her job repairing Hospital equipment (Mechanical Engineer) and build battle bots one of these days.


Why not keep the job AND design bots? What part of the job is burning her out?
 
2014-02-03 06:54:15 PM  
FTA: explaining: "I finally convinced my father these were completely translatable skills to puppetry."

Why did she needs her father's approval?
 
2014-02-03 06:55:11 PM  
But now she's ready to embrace a new career, explaining: "I finally convinced my father these were completely translatable skills to puppetry."

As I consulting engineer I would concur. The further up your client's backside you can get your arm the better.
 
2014-02-03 06:55:15 PM  

Ranger Joe: ...has gone into hiding.


Barlowe's Guide to Extraterrestrials

I have that book, it's awesome.
 
2014-02-03 06:57:39 PM  

johnny_vegas: Wait, i think I have it....this exemplifies the upturn in the economy that a solidly employed engineer can toss it all away to follow her dream in a field where success could be somewhat more stochastic.

[freemasonry.bcy.ca image 670x510]


Actually, economists do look at how many people are quitting their jobs as a metric in evaluating how strong the economy is. The higher the quit rate is, the more economically secure people tend to be feeling.

meyerkev: johnny_vegas: Wait, i think I have it....this exemplifies the upturn in the economy that a solidly employed engineer can toss it all away to follow her dream in a field where success could be somewhat more stochastic.

[freemasonry.bcy.ca image 670x510]

1) Is she already rich?
2) Is [Utility of being a puppet manufacturer] > [Utility of having extra cash from being an engineer]?
3) If it all goes terribly wrong, can she turn around and go back?
4) Was it all made up?

At least one of those answers HAS to be yes.


3 is probably almost certainly the case- she's not giving up her degree or experience, and will remain employable. Not everybody is a marginal employee who tenuously clings to the one job they'll ever be able to get.

C'mon- this is what entrepreneurship is. She has an idea and wants to start her own business, and is willing to take the risk to do so. She just had a superbowl ad pumping her site, giving her a pretty big head start on what most web based businesses get as a launch.
 
2014-02-03 06:58:30 PM  

meyerkev: johnny_vegas: Wait, i think I have it....this exemplifies the upturn in the economy that a solidly employed engineer can toss it all away to follow her dream in a field where success could be somewhat more stochastic.

[freemasonry.bcy.ca image 670x510]

1) Is she already rich?
2) Is [Utility of being a puppet manufacturer] > [Utility of having extra cash from being an engineer]?
3) If it all goes terribly wrong, can she turn around and go back?
4) Was it all made up?

At least one of those answers HAS to be yes.


#3 is true. Sure, she won't get rich, but why do you have to be rich to do something you want? No, it's probably not as lucrative as the engineering gig, but then again, TFA says she's been doing this for years on the side, probably has enough contacts. Nothing about this takes away her knowledge and experience though, so I fail to see why she could t go back to engineering if she wanted to.
 
2014-02-03 07:01:23 PM  

Ranger Joe: [img.fark.net image 282x450]

...has gone into hiding.



I've always pictured them as much more graceful than that... More modeled after a herd animal than a chicken.
 
2014-02-03 07:09:19 PM  
You can do this without a Masters in Puppetry?  I didn't think a mere Engineering degree would give you the chops to make it as a puppeteer.
 
2014-02-03 07:14:13 PM  

Mikey1969: meyerkev: johnny_vegas: Wait, i think I have it....this exemplifies the upturn in the economy that a solidly employed engineer can toss it all away to follow her dream in a field where success could be somewhat more stochastic.

[freemasonry.bcy.ca image 670x510]

1) Is she already rich?
2) Is [Utility of being a puppet manufacturer] > [Utility of having extra cash from being an engineer]?
3) If it all goes terribly wrong, can she turn around and go back?
4) Was it all made up?

At least one of those answers HAS to be yes.

#3 is true. Sure, she won't get rich, but why do you have to be rich to do something you want? No, it's probably not as lucrative as the engineering gig, but then again, TFA says she's been doing this for years on the side, probably has enough contacts. Nothing about this takes away her knowledge and experience though, so I fail to see why she could t go back to engineering if she wanted to.



I was a software engineer (and a good one!) before I left the cube to try my hand at photography for a living.  Now, 9 years later, I've shot covers and campaigns and met a lot of interesting people in interesting places.

There's easier ways to make a buck, but the part I like most of all is the freedom to choose my projects.  No, not everyone will succeed doing it - there is luck involved - but you'll never know until you try.  What's she have to lose?  Time?
 
2014-02-03 07:28:50 PM  

WordsnCollision: [www.lightmasterstudios.co.uk image 600x400]

/Malkovich?
//more like Milkovich if you know what I mean
///and I think you do


Everyone stop saying Malkovich or the bunny gets it!

img.fark.net

/recycled my own joke :-/
//http://www.fark.com/comments/7788593/Malkovich-Malkovich-Malkovich -Mal kovich-Malkovich?sticky_host_f=1
 
2014-02-03 07:29:18 PM  

TheDirtyNacho: Mikey1969: meyerkev: johnny_vegas: Wait, i think I have it....this exemplifies the upturn in the economy that a solidly employed engineer can toss it all away to follow her dream in a field where success could be somewhat more stochastic.

[freemasonry.bcy.ca image 670x510]

1) Is she already rich?
2) Is [Utility of being a puppet manufacturer] > [Utility of having extra cash from being an engineer]?
3) If it all goes terribly wrong, can she turn around and go back?
4) Was it all made up?

At least one of those answers HAS to be yes.

#3 is true. Sure, she won't get rich, but why do you have to be rich to do something you want? No, it's probably not as lucrative as the engineering gig, but then again, TFA says she's been doing this for years on the side, probably has enough contacts. Nothing about this takes away her knowledge and experience though, so I fail to see why she could t go back to engineering if she wanted to.


I was a software engineer (and a good one!) before I left the cube to try my hand at photography for a living.  Now, 9 years later, I've shot covers and campaigns and met a lot of interesting people in interesting places.

There's easier ways to make a buck, but the part I like most of all is the freedom to choose my projects.  No, not everyone will succeed doing it - there is luck involved - but you'll never know until you try.  What's she have to lose?  Time?


Very cool... I love to hear when people make a change like this and it works for them. Some day I'll figure out how to get out of the office, too, it's boring me to absolute death, and everything I do is basically a dead end after a point.
 
2014-02-03 07:37:31 PM  

fanbladesaresharp: vudukungfu: I was thinking, You go, girl. The entire time I watched that.
I have a lady friend that is going to quit her job repairing Hospital equipment (Mechanical Engineer) and build battle bots one of these days.

Why not keep the job AND design bots? What part of the job is burning her out?


Being an engineer.


At my last job, cooking dinner was the most creative thing that I did during the week. The job (95% people, politics, meetings, ppt) was so tedious and frustrating that I had no energy at the end of the day.

Large aerospace and infrastructure companies in particular have "evolved" their processes such that they no longer need good engineers. They just need average engineers-- generic engineers who are easy to manage and interchange. Any time you read or hear a potential employer say "we hire the best and brightest," RUN!  Because no company that is technically competitive needs to say that to attract highly qualified applicants.

It's like a restaurant printing "a classy place to eat" on the menu.
 
2014-02-03 08:10:49 PM  
Maybe she could hire this Oobama supporter, I mean moran.

http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2011/11/03/occupier-finds-out-that-expensiv e -degree-in-puppetry-is-really-paying-off/
 
2014-02-03 08:33:17 PM  
Nice. Here's hoping she's the next Jim Henson.

/it wasn't just the muppets, it was the dialogue
//if she wrote this, she has a good shot at it
 
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