What's Your Job IRL?

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  1. Velomane

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    I sure hope so. I'm an air traffic controller, and the skies are awfully devoid of aircraft.
     
  2. MichaeLeroy

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    Bureaucrat

    I supervise a state government unit responsible for collecting, processing and disseminating motor vehicle crash data. This is a recent change from being the data definition, collection and quality geek on that unit. I still get to have fun every so often using Julia to develop data checks and quality trend analyses.

    Prior to being a bureaucrat I did odd jobs for a string of tiny medical device startups: science, engineering, IT, clinical trial management, data collection and analysis. A PhD in experimental nuclear physics got me started with a company developing a novel x-ray therapeutic device. I built a weird and diverse collection of knowledge and skills because I gladly take on work that has others shrugging shoulders or throwing up hands.
     
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    High school vice-principal and senior math teacher.
     
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    I find the qualifier "vice" in a school principal's title to be a trifle...misleading.
     
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    Lmao sometimes a hyphen can make all the difference.
     
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    Very cool! What type of stuff do you work on if you don't mind me asking?
     
  7. Vtory

    Vtory Illogical Spock

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    @dncnexus Largely work with patient and physician records. Most projects I'm working on focus on how to motivate them better or how to obtain meaningful insights from incomplete data. Recently involved in some Covid monitoring projects, too.
     
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    I am my wife's gopher. She says "go for this, go for that" and that's what I do!

    We own a medical practice togther (she is a physician) and I run the business side of things. The last few months I have been more of a stay at home dad and teacher. Things are piling up however on the business side of things, looking forward to getting some of it done.

    A small part of my job is to find ways to make @Vtory's harder - or at least look for ways to work around the powers he works for - in that physicians are spending too much time in front of a computer managing "records" already and it is trending worse - it's approaching Kafka levels of irrelevancy to the physicians actual job and the reason we all go to the doctor. I fail miserably at this because the bureaucracy always wins ;)
     
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  9. Vtory

    Vtory Illogical Spock

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    Lose-Lose-Lose game. Maybe someone or some groups may earn big money coming from everyone's pain though.
     
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    Oh yea, the middle men (both government and private) are the main beneficiaries from the data and technocratic manipulation - the private firms obviously get well paid to "control costs". There is of course a real scientific/medical benefits as well, but those are secondary to the real motivations. The human costs to how medicine is actually practiced, on the ground, between doctor and patient, well those are not easily quantifiable and at the end of the day not a priority.
     
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    And I never remember to spell it v-i-s-e when tool shopping on Amazon. Luckily, Amazon is not big on the -c- version, or my search results might be embarrassing.
     
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    In a previous life, I was a computer architect for a major semiconductor company for many years.

    In this life, I am head cat box cleaner and butt warmer for her majesty Isabeau.
     
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    <<-- This fellow is called Chinacat too, after the Grateful Dead song, Chinacat Sunflower. :) Although he usually just gets called "Beast."

    @MrChinaCat
     
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    The origin of a nym (not that anyone asked :))....

    On my first day as a member here, I used a nym that I was shortly informed was too similar to one reserved for a good Friend here. No problem; my wife went for many years by the nym “ChinaCat” on the travel forums that she frequented/moderated, and there she always referred to me as “MrChinaCat”.

    *She* picked that name from the Grateful Dead song. I thought it was perfect; the first concert I ever went to was a Grateful Dead concert in Boston, and our first date 12 years later was a show in Providence, RI.

    “And now you know the rest of the story...” :)
     
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    I work in the Electrical Drives Reliability center (VFDs 5kW to 1MW, prototype reliability testing/ "torture" heat cycles) in a big company as the reliability technician in a smaller team who run the center. Basically 6 engineers, one technician (me), and one intern as tech to maintain the projects + testing/config and installation. Workflow seems to be great & "stuff" is in order and working properly. Lots of different projects and testers running so there is always something to do.

    Before this, I worked in industrial product testing(electrical + HV) /final inspection in another company.

    So I have learned that a lot of people come in the center occasionally. They have Software team running stuff there plus new tester projects stuff with separate people. Just we happen to be there every day of the week now. Well, I like it. Interesting stuff going on there.
     
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    I manage the front end of a grocery store in an impoverished highway town. Every day of my life is a waking nightmare.
     
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    I think I saw this movie...;)
     
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    Great avatar, man. Sorry you're sailing the Ocean of Suck.
     
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    I sense a higher-level P.O.V here, between the evocative avatar & literature-worthy final sentence.

    "Paging Franz Kafka. You have a call on the black courtesy phone."
     

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