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Job meme

Here's my top 10 from that job meme, along with 10 jobs that I've actually done, and a few others.

1. Website Designer - Operational Researcher
2. Desktop Publisher - Data entry clerk
3. Interior Designer - Market Researcher
4. Animator - Roofer
5. Cartoonist / Comic Illustrator - Simultaneous Translator
6. Materials / Metallurgical Engineer - Scenario Writer
7. Operations Research Analyst - Game Demonstrator
8. Astronomer - Pig Keeper
9. Multimedia Developer - Building Labourer
10. Mathematician - English Teacher (EFL)
17. Fashion Designer - Applied Maths Researcher
20. Meteorologist - Statistics Lecturer
24. Helicopter Pilot - French Tutor
37. Director - Website designer

I have the strong suspicion that you can't be a genre writer unless you can put pig keeper in your biog under the list of jobs you've done.


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Sep. 14th, 2007 08:40 am (UTC)
pig keeper Damn, sadly not. I've helped with Brownies, does that count?
Sep. 14th, 2007 08:59 am (UTC)
I raised moths, for what it's worth. (Yes, on purpose as opposed to harboring them in a drawerful of woolens.)
Sep. 14th, 2007 09:35 am (UTC)
So why would you want to raise moths? Concern at their survival as a species, or where you an evil genius using the innocent dusty creatures in your plans for world domination? No doubt some plot involving using moths as a delivery vector for irradiated thalium or something.

I once had a job that involved capturing moths. I spent two weeks on a nature reserve, ostensibly to keep the tourists of a Little Tern colony on the beach. Their eggs are cleverly disguised to look like pebbles. This doesn't actually work very well because people tred on them. We also had to chase foxes and herons away who are equally unimpressed by the terns' attempts at camouflage.

In the evenings we got a lamp and a sheet and did surveys of moths. Not so much, "Mr Death's Head, what are your views on Web2.0?" as counting all the different species we could find. By the end of the two weeks I could recognise about 30 different moths.
Sep. 14th, 2007 06:42 pm (UTC)
It wasn't so much a paid job as a hobby, really. I raised cecropias (one of the largest and most colorful varieties of North American moths) partly because of their beauty and partly because of their scarcity. The fact that some of my peers considered five-inch-long caterpillars icky was a pure bonus.

Wish I'd thought of the thallium, though.
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