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2014-02-03 02:49:42 PM  
3 votes:
i.imgur.com
2014-02-03 04:49:38 PM  
2 votes:
This is not a story about Boris Yeltsin.
2014-02-03 07:37:31 PM  
1 vote:

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 07:14:13 PM  
1 vote:

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 06:54:15 PM  
1 vote:
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 06:41:43 PM  
1 vote:

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 06:40:12 PM  
1 vote:

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 06:14:35 PM  
1 vote:

uncleacid: I could see her lips move.


she's not  a ventriloquist, dummy.
2014-02-03 05:59:46 PM  
1 vote:
img.fark.net

...has gone into hiding.
2014-02-03 05:59:16 PM  
1 vote:
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 05:37:21 PM  
1 vote:
www.lightmasterstudios.co.uk

/Malkovich?
//more like Milkovich if you know what I mean
///and I think you do
2014-02-03 05:27:05 PM  
1 vote:

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 05:25:43 PM  
1 vote:
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 04:05:37 PM  
1 vote:
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 02:23:43 PM  
1 vote:
I actually think that's kind of cool.  And the commercial was certainly better than the crap Go Daddy's done in the past.
 
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