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Specialization?

einstein (10761) writes | more than 10 years ago

User Journal 1

Perfessor Multigeek's latest journal got me thinking.. my response to the journal is reproduced below:

  • Obvious Ones:
  • Troubleshooting. It's my job when it comes to computers, but I'm also good at engines, and gadgets in general.
  • Communication. Verbal or written, I have to do a lot of this for work as well.

Perfessor Multigeek's latest journal got me thinking.. my response to the journal is reproduced below:

  • Obvious Ones:
  • Troubleshooting. It's my job when it comes to computers, but I'm also good at engines, and gadgets in general.
  • Communication. Verbal or written, I have to do a lot of this for work as well.
  • Less Obvious:
  • Animal Husbandry. I grew up on a small farm with cattle, sheep, a few horses and various poultry. Helped with many a breach birth.
  • Horticulture. Give me .25 acres of decent soil and some tools, and I keep a family feed all summer and fall.
  • Perserving Food. Extra food from the garden? Great, lets can it and put it in the root cellar to get us through winter.
  • Basic Carpentry/Building. Spend enough time working for Habitat for Humanity, you pick up a few things.
  • Basic Elctrician work. Before you put on that drywall, you'll want to wire the place with electric, phone lines and data. I'm a little rusty, so no guarantees that it'll be up to code.
  • Marksmanship. Pretty handy with a Bow and arrow. Guns too, for that matter.
  • Butchering. Well, either you raised it or you hunted it, but if you want to eat it, someone has to know how to cut it into pieces that will fit on the grill.
  • Cooking. I make a mean spaghetti sauce. my barbeque is quite good. I grill. Don't ask me to bake things.

This is all I can come up with before lunch. This whole discussion reminds me of this:

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects. - Robert Heinlein

last time I read this quote, I think counted 13 of these I could do. I'm now at 15, not sure what I added though.

So, how are you doing?

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already there, baby... (1)

mekkab (133181) | more than 10 years ago | (#8952743)

I can do all that shit and more. Never mind that most of it I haven't yet done and have no idea of how to do it, but fuck that shit. Training? Life is fucking training. You "specialize" as you go, task gets done, you move the fuck on. As long as I got a need, I do the deed.
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