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    • CommentTimeSep 16th 2008
    I look after the IT for a London based charity - network/web/databases/issuing the turn-off-on command etc. Currently seeking a state of motivational nirvana that will trigger focusing more on the web stuff

    I found out last week that we have a regional office at the top of a famous castle, so am currently studying the grounds plans and constructing my own flag..
    • CommentTimeSep 16th 2008
    i work in the services side of engineering. we work in power stations and petro-chemical refineries.
    i have qualifications in both engineering and IT, and have worked in both.
    for the last 3 years, after my last redundancy, i've actually been treated pretty shitty, but it beats the alternative.
    for the last 3 months, i've been bumped into a new dept, combining my skills in order to implement the new initiatives put into place by our parent company who took control at start of 2007. with this comes a sizeable bump in wages, and rank, and generally it finally looks like my patience has paid off.
    which i have to say is a big relief.

    in meantime, while its not paying the bills, i am trying to write. i have a few stories published on an online fiction site. and am focusing on improving my process/discipline so that i can think about actually being at a point i can think about selling.
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    I'm in the signal section for a combat support aviation company deploying in January, I do signal support and RTO work.
    • CommentAuthorpi8you
    • CommentTimeSep 16th 2008
    Tech support monkey for VISI, a local ISP/colo/hosting company, and by far one of the smallest companies I've ever worked for, a refreshing change from years of being a call center monkey for various giant companies. A bit harrowing of late though as there's been a small exodus of support people, regularly leaving me as the lone rep for hours on end(if you're local/tech-literate/looking for work, we could certainly use the help!).
    • CommentTimeSep 16th 2008
    I'm a sell out to the Man. My main source of income is testing video games, my part time job is slinging coffee. Both of these are for the biggest corporations in the Pacific Northwest.
    • CommentTimeSep 16th 2008 edited
    I used to work in the high-end furniture industry. Which basically meant that I painted and built tables for boardrooms, enormous dining rooms and other places which I will never set foot. I got laid off recently, but found a job that suits my current goal quite a bit more.

    I'm renovating a hotel in the Downtown East Side of Vancouver. I would feel like a tool doing it if I hadn't seen the place beforehand. Piles of human feces, blood, cockroaches and rats. I swear to God. Most people that I know are against the idea of renovation, because the local government is the one that decided to buy up 14 or so single-occupancy hotels in the worst part of town. It's seen as a political grab. No one wants that part of town to look like it has once the Olympics come around. My dearest hope is that someone takes advantage of the fact that so much housing has been converted from absolute shit-hole into something livable and they tell the gangs to fuck off. Then they put the effort in and keep it peaceful once the Olympics have gone. No one needs that much bullshit in their day to day lives.

    Uhm, yeah. Anyways, I guess that makes me a carpenter. I break big fuckoff pieces of wood for a living, and I somehow missed the open mic on Saturday.

    EDIT: Orson, good to see you're back among the land of the posting.
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    • CommentAuthorKradlum
    • CommentTimeSep 16th 2008
    I am in IT. I support and develop pharmacy systems and drug databases at a major London hospital.
    • CommentTimeSep 16th 2008
    Things I get paid small sums to do: DJing, performance poetry.

    Things I get paid well to do: Until April I was a part-time web administrator for a local arts college. Then I quit, to start my website. I think I jumped the gun a little though, because now I am nearing brokesville.

    Things that I might get paid for eventually: Editor of Weaponizer, singer in Double Helix, writer of strange fictions.
    • CommentAuthorhank
    • CommentTimeSep 16th 2008
    I'm Hank.

    To pay the Bills, I work IT.
    • CommentTimeSep 16th 2008
    I work in uni library which means I do lots of little things to do with books, IT, Photography, light web design / maintenance, and even some staff upskilling in the IT department.

    It payeth the bills. Just.
    • CommentTimeSep 16th 2008
    I work for the United States Navy as a Senior Operations Research Analyst trying to help the submarine community save money. On my off hours I help my wife to raise our 2 kids who someday will inherit all my comic books. Since the oldest is only 5, I think I'll wait a few years until I introduce her to Transmet.
    • CommentAuthorLA_Gomez
    • CommentTimeSep 16th 2008
    Hello. My name is Louis and I'm an alcho...Oh, wrong group.

    I am a Data Collector for the Federal Government. I really enjoy my job.
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    Computer programmer
    • CommentAuthorhelloMuller
    • CommentTimeSep 16th 2008 edited
    Hello everyone I'm Tom and I'm a Graphic Designer.

    During the day I work at designing mainly sites for the music industry (for clients such as SonyBMG, Ninja Tune, Warp,…), during the nights and weekends I do some freelance shenanigans ( designing mainly for print for a variety of stuff, mostly comic related, for Ashley Wood, Mam Tor Publishing – and recently some Image Comics things (24SEVEN and Comic Book Tattoo). Usually solo, but also with my wife (
    • CommentAuthorDan Kelly
    • CommentTimeSep 16th 2008
    I'm Dan and I work in IT for an engineering company trying to write software to let the engineers get on with their engineering.
      CommentAuthorcity creed
    • CommentTimeSep 16th 2008
    Finished a two year journo diploma in June and currently spend my days in front of the pooter coming up with ideas that seem sufficiently banal and lowest-common-denominator enough to be crafted into features and then spamming newspaper editorial desks with them. Occasionally I go and spend a week or two working on said editorial desks. My success rate so far is best described as 'mixed'. Sometimes I disgust myself with how low I will sink. Then, if my idea gets commissioned, I congratulate myself on my astuteness and affinity for the MSM. Then I feel disgusted again. The best thing about this type of 'work' is that it leaves me with plenty of time and a good excuse to indulge in trawling the internet for new things for hours each day. The worst thing is the feeling that I could do this forever without it ever actually becoming a secure source of income. A steady job in this industry becomes more attractive everyday.

    Before this, I was a chef for ten years. It was never part of my plan (I never had a plan), I just drifted into it and found I was good at it and was rapidly promoted. So easy to become dependent on the good money and the unending stream of hot waitresses. I've worked in all types of kitchens from five-star hotels to greasy spoons and everything inbetween. I was head chef at a large-ish (250 c/s) restaurant/cocktail bar here in Edinburgh until I came to loathe the zombie-infested nightmare that had become my life. I did agency work for a few years after that which was fun until the nomadic lifestyle and endless series of necessarily temporary friendships ground away my enthusiasm. After one experience too many of having it drilled into me exactly how unwise it is to trust any restaurateur as an employer, I turned my back on the kitchen for good and decided to make me a new life doing something that I actually wanted to do. Namely writing. Hopefully, this story will become a little more inspiring when I actually achieve some incontrovertible success.
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    Hello, I'm Brenda. I'm a reference librarian at a university. In a perfect world, I'd be looking up obscure, hard-to-find facts for people who get stuck in their research. Alas, I'm really just a glorified babysitter for self-entitled private school boneheads who are paying a lot of money just to say "do you want fries with that" once they graduate.
    • CommentAuthorOddcult
    • CommentTimeSep 16th 2008
    Alistair - I do PR and handle licensing issues for a group of companies which do toys, mobile phone stuff, t-shirts and various things like that.

    it's not all that exciting really, but it is largely writing for a living. I also get to see previews and early footage of all the big comic and sf films way ahead of time.

    I could make the collective online geek community shit itself with nerdrage if I decided to fuck with them and leak some of the stuff I know. That would lose me my job, but such power pleases me.
    • CommentTimeSep 16th 2008 edited
    I'm Nathan - a Rent-A-Cop (though the boss-man gets irritated if we use that phrase - he calls us "Professional Security Officers", we call him "Idiot"). I'm currently assigned to the (former) World Headquarters of a major tire & rubber company in Akron. Mostly I walk in circles through a big, mostly vacant building that's filled with about 100 years of accumulated junk.