We have some cool people at MeFi March 28, 2008 5:51 AM   Subscribe

This post is cool, not just because of the answers, but more even more because it shows how very diverse the membership of Metafilter is.

I wanted to say this in the orinal post but thought it wasnt a answer...so I brought it here.
posted by ShawnString to MetaFilter-Related at 5:51 AM (43 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

Of 35 people, many of them have different jobs. (The clear majority of them being well-paying jobs that require a college degree.) Were you expecting everyone to have the same well-paying, degree-requiring job or something? Oy vey.
posted by 1 at 7:00 AM on March 28, 2008


For those looking for a summary, these are the people in your neighborhood:

part-time waitress/cook/Jill-of-all-trades at a small-town diner
lawyer
graphic designer
doctor
translator living in Germany
mathematician
working musician
reference librarian
software developer
knitting/yarn store employee
scientist/programmer
Biochemist
Surgical pathologist
ecologist
technical writer
radio work
software engineer
day job at MetaFilter
book editor
Electrical engineer
manager
Advertising copywriter
work in online advertising
writer
biochemist
technical editor
web developer
writer
flash developer
mathematician/logician and a teacher
teacher of technology subjects
posted by ND¢ at 7:16 AM on March 28, 2008


Not *my* neighborhood.
posted by absalom at 7:26 AM on March 28, 2008


Your e-neighborhood?
posted by ND¢ at 7:34 AM on March 28, 2008


E-borhood?

*Shoots self*
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 7:36 AM on March 28, 2008 [2 favorites]


your neighbourhood:
Estragon: technology consultant
Pozzo: search-engine optimization
Lucky: professional slave
Boy: courier
Godot: cable-guy
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 7:37 AM on March 28, 2008 [4 favorites]


NOOOO! Not En attendant Godot! Our idiot french teacher made us read that in french in highschool in the 2nd year. And attend the play!
I hate that piece of nonsense with the undying fervour of a permanently 14 year old.
posted by jouke at 7:41 AM on March 28, 2008


these are the people in your neighborhood

I managed to whistle a whole cycle of this song under my breath before I realized what I was doing. Dammit.

I guess that's actually kind of part of my going-to-the-gym for music, though. Huh.
posted by cortex (staff) at 7:41 AM on March 28, 2008


Meatfilter: the undying fervour of a permanently 14 year old.
posted by ND¢ at 7:43 AM on March 28, 2008


I'm disappointed that are no Biochemist/graphic designers that work part-time at Metafilter while knitting.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 7:56 AM on March 28, 2008


NOOOO! Not En attendant Godot! Our idiot french teacher made us read that in french in highschool in the 2nd year. And attend the play!
I hate that piece of nonsense with the undying fervour of a permanently 14 year old.


Look at it this way, jouke, at least you aren't waiting for him any more.
posted by misha at 8:04 AM on March 28, 2008


I just stopped sending him evites after a while.
posted by cortex (staff) at 8:06 AM on March 28, 2008 [1 favorite]


I dig the question but I didn't think the results were that diverse. Basically scienists, doctors, editors, writers and ad execs. I was hoping to see answers from an astronaut, a garbage-man, a leg-breaker for the mob, etc.
posted by creasy boy at 8:06 AM on March 28, 2008


> Were you expecting everyone to have the same well-paying, degree-requiring job or something?

I expected more responses from computer geeks and fewer from people whose jobs don't depend on continuous net connectivity. I agree with ShawnString -- the range of responses is fascinating.

The other distinction is that the work of many blue-collar trades is their daily practice. Plumbers only make money while working on pipes, welders while welding. Musicians, doctors, and even web geeks in small shops like mine have a significant part of their work days taken up by doing things that aren't a part of their craft - I figure this week so far I've spent about 28 of the past 32 paid hours on client management, platform research and proposal documentation, in addition to the usual office administrivia. If I didn't have the opportunity to put an occasional fifteen minutes into somebody else's CSS problem, I could spend entire weeks as a web developer, making money without doing any developing.
posted by ardgedee at 8:07 AM on March 28, 2008


Phew!
Misha, you're reality check broke the spell of my dissociative lapse. Thanks
posted by jouke at 8:07 AM on March 28, 2008 [1 favorite]


"I'm a nun, so reading the Bible is my 'going to the gym'."

"I'm a hired thug, so going to the gym is my 'going to the gym'."

"I'm an 19th century phrenologist, so palpating grapefruit is my 'going to the gym'."

That'd be diversity.
posted by creasy boy at 8:15 AM on March 28, 2008 [2 favorites]


E-borhood?

*Shoots self*


There's an advertiser in the DC area right now using the phrase "Informational Webinar" in their ad copy. I die a little inside every time I hear it.
posted by god hates math at 8:15 AM on March 28, 2008


you're=>your. Stupid mistake. I blame the high fever I'm running
posted by jouke at 8:23 AM on March 28, 2008


"I'm a board game repairman, so jimmying the Go is my going to the gym."
posted by Rock Steady at 8:29 AM on March 28, 2008 [4 favorites]


a leg-breaker for the mob,

I don't do that professionally, it's more of a hobby.
posted by quin at 8:41 AM on March 28, 2008


Webinar is an awful word, but it has become part of the vocabulEry. (See what I did there?)

Webinar is the worst portmanteau since "clamato".
posted by Mister_A at 9:01 AM on March 28, 2008


Where's the butcher, the baker, and the candlestick maker?
posted by inigo2 at 9:05 AM on March 28, 2008


They're at the gym.
posted by LordSludge at 9:23 AM on March 28, 2008 [1 favorite]


Despite all these differences, we have three important things in common:

1. We think we're soooooo smart!
2. Linux>>Apple>>>Windoze amirite?
3.
posted by Mister_A at 9:25 AM on March 28, 2008


Webinar is the worst portmanteau since "clamato".

And worse yet, you can't use it to make a refreshing Bloody Mollusk.
posted by cortex (staff) at 9:25 AM on March 28, 2008


Update:

work at an investment firm
chemist but also do some field work and response
Social Studies Teacher
scientist
software engineer/college radio DJ
Research officer at an NGO/singer and choir director
engineer
used record/movie store employee
Motion Graphics/Illustrator/3D
computational linguist
aspiring photographer
singer/songwriter/pianist
supervisor in a technical department
garden designer
usability specialist and web developer
documentary filmmaker and graphic artist
academic-in-training (grad student)
technical writer
work in architecture
sysadmin and support
posted by ND¢ at 9:26 AM on March 28, 2008


I like clamato, not the juice, the word.
posted by OmieWise at 9:27 AM on March 28, 2008


*issues fatwakkawakkawakka on OmieWise*
posted by Mister_A at 9:29 AM on March 28, 2008


It takes a village for a proper mental workout.
posted by Unicorn on the cob at 9:30 AM on March 28, 2008


Webinar is the worst portmanteau since "clamato"

YM "blog". HTH.
posted by dersins at 9:30 AM on March 28, 2008


I hate that piece of nonsense with the undying fervour of a permanently 14 year old.

CRITIC!

posted by Divine_Wino at 9:58 AM on March 28, 2008


That thread is total chatfilter.
posted by mr_roboto at 10:21 AM on March 28, 2008


Hush, mr_roboto! Send them out on chatfilter witch hunts, and next they'll come after the 'Batman vs Superman' thread!
posted by misha at 2:08 PM on March 28, 2008


I'm the knitting/yarn store employees, but really it's cheating. Thursday was my last day. I go back to being a software developer on Monday. That's a lot more boring (but sadly, pays a lot better).

My least-favorite portmanteau is "webisode." They had that one plastered on every bus station in Sydney last year, and it made my blood boil every time I saw it.
posted by web-goddess at 4:56 PM on March 28, 2008 [1 favorite]


mr_roboto writes "That thread is total chatfilter."

I agree. Metafilter has really gone downhill lately.
posted by mullingitover at 6:16 PM on March 28, 2008


Webinar is the worst portmanteau since "clamato".

Clamato is one of the best words ever. Please. It's genius.
posted by LobsterMitten at 6:32 PM on March 28, 2008


I had the Clamato Tortilla Chips once. They were OK, kinda like a crunchy slightly off Bloody Mary.
posted by jonmc at 7:37 PM on March 28, 2008


budweiser Chelada is actually really good.
posted by generalist at 8:07 PM on March 28, 2008


"I'm a hired thug, so going to the gym is my 'going to the gym'."

How does one get into this job field? Maybe I should post an askme... This would be a very enjoyable career for me.
posted by Octoparrot at 8:28 PM on March 28, 2008


your neighbourhood:
Estragon: technology consultant
Pozzo: search-engine optimization
Lucky: professional slave
Boy: courier
Godot: cable-guy


Presumably, I must be Vladimir, then.

Now it all makes sense.
posted by UbuRoivas at 2:53 AM on March 29, 2008


Yeah well the first response was from a programmer/sys-admin.
posted by delmoi at 8:04 AM on March 29, 2008


my profession: cat furniture.

lying perfectly still is my 'going to the gym'.
posted by stubby phillips at 10:13 AM on March 29, 2008


it shows how very diverse the membership of Metafilter is

Uh yup, this one, too!
posted by scarabic at 11:33 PM on March 29, 2008


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