I think Deb Hoag suggested this idea somewhere somewhen. I propose a directory of the expertise of Hatrackers who are willing to answer related questions for writing projects (but not for your kid's homework ). For example, I'd like to communicate with a physicist for a story idea.
It would probably be best to use this thread only for the directory, not for questions, which would be better served offline. Perhaps you could rate your expertise as professional, advanced amateur, or amateur (or something else meaningful).
After awhile, if there is interest, this list should be combined and inverted.
Proposed Principles of Use: 1. the expert does not owe you an answer, but might help if time allows. 2. the expert will not fix your story (unless s/he is a writing expert and agrees to). 3. thank you, expert.
WouldBe: software engineering and development (professional) telecommunications (professional) photography (advanced amateur) granddaughters (got the best, ever)
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I'm a multiple award-winning artist in a couple of different mediums: Custom Fantasy Painting (prefer acrylics) - professional Portraits - professional Dermagraphics (Tattoo) - professional Poet - hobby
Musician - amateur Guitarist (rhythm/lead 18 yrs experience), Drummer (four yrs.), and Bassist (10 yrs.) Logo Designer Comic Character Design (penciler, inker, color separation. Professionally apprenticed.) History Enthusiast mixed martial arts
Not what most people need help in.
(Surprisingly unmentioned) Like most Hatrackers: aspiring writer.
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Photographer (amateur, but once almost got professional qualty) bicycling theory (amateur, knew theory) wood carving (amateur practicing and have made sales) wood turner (amateur practicing, have made sales, and getting better) metal working (beginner can talk a good story) Draftsman (by hand and CAD) professional General Science (self educated)can spin a good science theory painting (amateur) story idea generator (unpaid)nearing 4000 so far good at speaking american
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Mine are going to sound funny in comparison. Reminds me of what my DH used to say about his double major in college (Chemistry and Psychology) - it most qualified him to be a bartender...(mix the drinks and talk to the folks.)
But meanwhile - trouser, cool! I have an MS in CS w/emphasis on AI. I sneeze acronyms. LOL
Program/Project Management (boring business stuff, many different industries) - professional Breastfeeding - professional User Interface Design and Human/Computer Interaction - professional Corporate culture in the US, big corporations - professional Online learning/instruction - professional
Parenting/Mothering - umm, can one claim professional status on this? Sure, I'm a pro. But also have written on and researched many parenting and mothering topics.
Photography - amateur Gardening - amateur Vegetarian - uh, amateur? I have been vegetarian for 5+ years. LOL Piano - rusty amateur
Interesting that writing this list has given me all kinds of ideas of things I could write about.
OK I feel really stupid asking this question but it is one I would like to know.
How does Gravity work? (Now I wish I had paid attention to physical science in 9th grade but I was more of a English student. /shrug)
OK first let me explain my question a bit better. If I had a ball and I put water on it, in the weightlessness of space. Now I start to spin it, the water would be flung off. Right? If that ball was super dense, with the center denser than the surface, the same ratio as our planet just smaller. I would assume it would do the same thing regardless of its density.
So at some point, I assume, mass of an object generates gravity, but how? And, does the centrifugal(sp?) force of the planet repel us away from the surface to an extent that we aren't squished like ketchup packets under a bike tire, or is the centrifugal force creating the gravity that holds us in place? If it is the centrifugal force creating the gravity why aren't we flung from the planet?
See, it's like this. Contrary to popular belief, it's similarity that attracts, not opposites. Almost every fat married guy I know has a fat wife, for example, and you'd never see Brad Pitt going out with someone like Julia Roberts, who has a freakishly wide mouth and is therefore u-u-u-gleee.
So these fat bodies in space are naturally attracted, and, just like in humans, this follows an inverse-square relationship with distance, scaled by both bodies' masses. (This is why fat people bump into each other more often than thin people do.) Further, planets are generally androgynous and quite promiscuous by nature, finding themselves attracted to not only each other, but also to people, dust, comets, and even television satellites.
"Ah hah!" you say. "I've discovered a hole in your theory! What's the planetary analogue for thin people?"
You silly person. Whoever heard of a thin planet?
Ahem. I did that because the real answer is even sillier. According to general relativity, a mass curves the space around it. In this curved space, things actually move in a straight line (because it takes the least energy to do so), and mapping the linear trajectory in curved space back to normal, non-curved space makes the trajectory curved.
I told you it was silly. It's only one theory, anyway, but it tests very well. The biggest problem is that it's inconsistent with quantum mechanics, which also tests very well. Some physicists actually laugh themselves to sleep over this.
(BTW, KayTi: 'grats on the degree. I'm working on the thesis right now... or, um... I should be.)
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Law (professional) Let's narrow that a mite, things I do regularly: Employment Law, including anti-discrimiation laws Business law Real Estate and transactional Bankruptcy - both old and new code Litigation (civil - ie not criminal or domestic law) Trade secrets (litigation and protection)
Law things I know about or can get answers reasonably quickly Criminal Defense Guardianships Immigration (little but know the people to talk to) Domestic Trademark
Horses/riding English and a bit of Western Training amd care Tack and equipment Riding for the disabled
Theatre (techie side) Wreath making and other misc. crafts Gardening Canning
Psychological testing (I use to administer and score the tests) ADD - raising and living with children who have Bi-Polar or manic depressive disorder - dealing with friends, family and clients who are
LOTS of experience with:
pets of many kinds - care, illness and such Greek and Roman Mythos
Kay Ti You are a breastfeeding professional? Cool. I am a WIC breastfeeding peer councelor. I want to be a IBCLC but I am moving away from my chance .
I have experience in: breastfeeding, childbirth rasing kids yoga and firearms. I love the Chinese and Japanese culture but by no means am an expert at enything but making eggrolls. Not much, but my kids have been my life up untill now..... ~D
Semi-proficient? So, like, you can play piano in the dark and somebody'll die just a little? Or you can shoot them and they'll become undead? Or make them wish they were dead?
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well you try shooting at Hajj in the hills from a HUMVEE moving 20-30KM/H down a unimproved road, oh and they are shooting at you with RPG'S and small arms. it is not easy. Rommel Fenrir Wolf II
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A linguist who doesn't want jokes? That's like a flying pig, sure it's fun to see but how on earth do you pen the darn thing.
As for me: I'm in the middle of an internship as a technical/layout editor. General troubleshooter Grand Master of the Sticks Full Pokedex Professional Pants Presser (Also known as Slacker) Vacuum jockey, porcelain polisher, duster. Attention Deficit Disorder (not a professional, but diagnosed fourteen years) Strategist And I have seen a live Dik Dik.
Kathleen, is there a way to make this sticky or something? I guess we could always just search for it later, but it will likely be quickly buried here. Or maybe we could move it to FAQs? Though it doesn't quite fit there it would be easier to find.
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Professional: * Software Engineering * Software and internet accessibility * Assistive technology * Accessibility standards and evaluation (including ADA, 508, WCAG, etc) * Social and legal aspects of technology and persons with disabilities.
Amateur and interests: * The Mozilla Project (including the documentation and accessibility groups) * Autistic spectrum disorders (autism, aspergers, PDD-NOS, etc). * WWII (mostly European Theater from Normandy to Berlin) * Physics, Linguistics, Statistics * Portuguese, Latin (and related Roman history), Braille
I second the request to make this sticky, or at least find some more permanent home for it; also, can whoever started this thread edit the first post to include an alphabetical list by topic, with names or those who are experts/interested? (I'd be willing to compile the list from these posts, I just couldn't add it the top since my first post (this one) is clear down at the bottom).
Some knowledge: photography (there seem to be a lot of us) astronomy (that is, looking through telescopes) mathematics (PhD but not professional... getting a degree is easy, getting a job is hard) biological science/chemistry/biochemistry (not an expert)
Fluent in Mandarin Chinese. Probably won't help anyone unless they want characters to swear in Chinese.
Verb tenses *grins* Horseback riding - both English and Western The Care and Feeding of Horses Swordfighting (Eurpoean not martial arts style) English Literature - history of it (I guess-have a couple of degrees so I might be proficient in it)
I do have the habit of getting interested in a subject and then diving in and learning as much about it as I can lay my hands on. The information tends to be still there, just waiting for the appropriate jog-of-the-memory. And some things get added to.
In the past, well, my whole life, I've gotten interested in:
science fiction the Beatles popular music 1955-1980 (the "rock 'n' roll" era) Buddy Holly polar exploration the Civil War American History in general Warner Bros. cartoons "The Simpsons" TV show "Daria" TV show contemporary American politics
I wouldn't limit it to that: there are doubtless things I've forgotten. And some of them interconnect as well. I may not know the answers, but I know where to look for them.
Add me to the list of Telecommunications experts.
Other than that, I'm a sciolist. I have dabbled in archeology, paleontology, ancient languages (Egyption, Greek, Latin), modern languages (Japanese, Navajo, German, Spanish), Philosophy, Pedagogy, and many religions.
I have a pretty fair knowledge of many thing Catholic, too. (Doctrine, history, practice, etc.)
I also have a very short memory, so if you want input on any of the above, you better act fast...
I'm into microbiology, and a little with molecular genomics, but that's about it. I may be able to answer some questions about disease, but I haven't taken virology or immunology just yet and for now it's just a hobby.
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It would do little good to keep this thread on permanent file. When you've been on Hatrack for a couple of years, you will notice that people come and go. The vast majority of "regulars" who were a part of Hatrack when I joined are gone now, or rarely heard from.
But temporarily, it's useful to see where people have their expertise.
For myself, I've worked as: --Print shop manager --Graphic designer --Web designer --Advocate for victims of domestic violence --Violence prevention advocate --Salesperson - business to business and cold-call residential --Worked in a large church with a variety of well-known visiting speakers. Volunteer --Volunteer with a non-profit agency serving the homeless --Co-founded a Montessori school --History of the Pacific Northwest (on the board of the Fort Dalles Museum) Kicking and Screaming --Survivor of oral cancer Life Experience -- Raised 2 kids as a single mother. -- Went from 0 to 5 grandchildren over the course of this past summer.
History Topics: History of medicine (Hippocrates to 19th century with knowledge focus between 14th and 18th centuries, primarily Western - advanced amateur; Eastern - amateur) History of sexuality (European and Asian, not so much middle eastern - advanced amateur) Art history (primarily European - amateur) Over-arching trends and developments in education, travel, technology, social mores, philosophy, religion, urbanization, daily life - anything other than detailed politics and military history - (advanced amateur) Area focus: Europe (advanced amateur), England (slightly lesser advanced amateur), China & Japan (decent amateur) Time Periods: 800CE - 1850CE overall; 14th-18th centuries focus (advanced amateur)
University/student life (professional) Video games (professional player, not professionally involved :p) Japanese language (advanced amateur) Modern Japanese culture (advanced amateur) Research (advanced amateur) Library work (advanced amateur) Journalism (advanced amateur) Organic/health food/green living and products (advanced amateur) Photography (amateur) Music - composition, violin, guitar, voice (amateur) Mixology (amateur) Food - past and present (amateur)
sorry to bring this up again but is there anyone who knows anything about engines? what i am wondering is where to find a airworthy Rolls-Royce Merlin engine for a good price. ie less than $10,000 U.S. found some junked ones used on speed boats in fl. my time is up gtg RFW2nd
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-Martial Arts (Soo Bahk Do, Tae Kwon Do, various others) -Military History & Tactics -Ancient Weaponry (bronze age to arquebus) -Modern Weaponry (small arms on up) -Hunting/tracking -Psychology -Philosophy -Western Civilization (History) -Weight Training -Acting/Theatre -British Literature -Writing (speculative fiction, primarily) -Filmmaking -Technical Director (TV), Assistant Director (TV), Stage Manager (TV), etc.
-Industrial Supply Inventory Management & Database Entry -Computer Upgrade/Repair -TV Camera Operation -Special (Visual) Effects Creation - Digital -Digidesign Protools Audio Editing -Video Editing -Grocery Store Ops -Distribution Center Ops -Copyediting
Inkwell ------------------ "The difference between a writer and someone who says they want to write is merely the width of a postage stamp." -Anonymous
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Rommel, I did a search for airplane building kits a few weeks ago, and turned up several websites that have all kinds of useful parts. You are building a plane, right? A few of them had rolls engines for sale. Good luck!
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