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« Reply #60 on: August 02, 2011, 11:20:48 AM »

Mouseman, I have to say that I am shocked--shocked, I tell you!--to see you express interest in attending Ideagirl's training center. You do realize it will be devoted in part to training in occult practices? What has happened to the rational sceptic in you? Has it gone on vacation?

The rational skeptic in him needs its mind expanded. It happens to the best of us.

I like you a lot, IdeaGirl, but in real life, I remain a rational skeptic.  In my ideal alternative dream universe, however, magic exists, and I am teaching natural history in your school of Liberal Arts and Occult, which is awesome (the school and being able to teach there).

Where do you think it should be? I'm thinking in the mountains (not way up high, just enough for a view) near the sea. With a forest nearby. And with a relatively mild climate, but winter available up in the mountains should we choose to go visit it.
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« Reply #61 on: August 02, 2011, 4:06:59 PM »

Mouseman, I have to say that I am shocked--shocked, I tell you!--to see you express interest in attending Ideagirl's training center. You do realize it will be devoted in part to training in occult practices? What has happened to the rational sceptic in you? Has it gone on vacation?

The rational skeptic in him needs its mind expanded. It happens to the best of us.

I like you a lot, IdeaGirl, but in real life, I remain a rational skeptic.  In my ideal alternative dream universe, however, magic exists, and I am teaching natural history in your school of Liberal Arts and Occult, which is awesome (the school and being able to teach there).

Where do you think it should be? I'm thinking in the mountains (not way up high, just enough for a view) near the sea. With a forest nearby. And with a relatively mild climate, but winter available up in the mountains should we choose to go visit it.

Northern California, of course.
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« Reply #62 on: August 02, 2011, 4:24:30 PM »

I want to own and operate my own rural Christian study center, a place for adults to go on retreats of various lengths, read, listen to lectures and participate in seminars, etc., as a way of bolstering their knowledge of the faith, whilst having a nice time.  Think the original vision of the still-wondrous Chautauqua Institution...
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« Reply #63 on: August 04, 2011, 7:31:11 PM »

I'd be an integral member of the collaborative team running a smallish but influential non-profit that is engaged in the real world application of my discipline.

I'd keep a toe in academia by having a position/title at the university -- the non-profit, though separate from it, might even be housed within the university. I'd teach a class each semester and perhaps oversee or run some sort of internship programme for students who want to work in the field (giving them an opportunity to work with the non-profit). My research would primarily be the non-profit's work, but I'd leisurely pursue whatever esoterica interested me at the moment and publish from time to time. The university would of course send me to the three or four or five or six international conferences that interested me in a given year and would fund periodic trips to fascinating places for me to poke around in whatever topic or sub-topic of my choosing.

This would all occur in a place my wife and I loved living. I would be paid enough that she could follow her dream of working half-time and devoting her extra hours to her own creative projects. Our combined incomes would exceed our current household income sufficiently enough that we could live as we wanted.

I'm actually actively pursuing a more realistic version of this. I am part of a group that is working to set up such a non-profit, although any formal affiliation with the university is unlikely and none of us will make a livable wage doing it for a while, if ever.

We do live in a place we absolutely love, though.
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« Reply #64 on: August 04, 2011, 8:35:30 PM »

Mouseman, I have to say that I am shocked--shocked, I tell you!--to see you express interest in attending Ideagirl's training center. You do realize it will be devoted in part to training in occult practices? What has happened to the rational sceptic in you? Has it gone on vacation?

The rational skeptic in him needs its mind expanded. It happens to the best of us.

I like you a lot, IdeaGirl, but in real life, I remain a rational skeptic.  In my ideal alternative dream universe, however, magic exists, and I am teaching natural history in your school of Liberal Arts and Occult, which is awesome (the school and being able to teach there).

Where do you think it should be? I'm thinking in the mountains (not way up high, just enough for a view) near the sea. With a forest nearby. And with a relatively mild climate, but winter available up in the mountains should we choose to go visit it.

Northern California, of course.

Oh yes. Yes yes. Anywhere from Monterey to Mendocino would float my boat.
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« Reply #65 on: August 11, 2011, 3:36:12 PM »

Novelist or columnist; multibillionaire man of leisure; manager of an orbital space colony; tutor at a school for promiscuous nymphomaniacs and probably a variety of other positions.


Technically, that's not a job, I know.
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« Reply #66 on: August 11, 2011, 4:14:27 PM »

Novelist or columnist

What prevents your being a novelist now - part-time or during the summer? As for columnist, how about a haiku blog instead?
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« Reply #67 on: August 11, 2011, 4:16:11 PM »

Novelist or columnist

What prevents your being a novelist now - ...

In my case, talent.
Skill, craft, the ear, the art.
Alas.
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« Reply #68 on: August 12, 2011, 10:17:54 AM »

Novelist or columnist

What prevents your being a novelist now - part-time or during the summer? As for columnist, how about a haiku blog instead?

Oh, I could do that.  I've also considered blogging.  We'll see.  I have some pieces of a novel, but haven't taken the time to pound it out in a while.  It would take a large block of time, and those have been rare and quickly filled up with other stuff.

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« Reply #69 on: September 13, 2011, 2:04:01 PM »

I wonder if I could learn to sew and knit well enough to be a fashion designer with my own boutique in some nice, small, hoitty toitty town.


Or could I make a living as a interior decorator?

The MLA joblist is about to appear and I really just want to run away and doing something that involves being surrounded by and contemplating beauty daily.
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« Reply #70 on: May 21, 2013, 5:30:41 AM »

So, another dream job came to me today as I decided to give a new-to-me TV show a try: Perception.  I like the actor. He is dreamy. He didn't strike me as schizophrenic at all however. I'm not sure I can even accept a schizophrenic Univ. of CHICAGO professor of Psychology as real. Can I suspend my disbelief that long, that far?

Anyway. It didn't quite feel good enough.

SO, dream job Plan B: Write good ole fashion TV Mysteries! or a College Prof show!
Something very Miss Marple on the one hand but then perhaps a little Jane Tennyson on the other. I like that folks want to use someone's heretofore disability to be the ability that allows for solving cases. Cute. Whatevs. But god, I'd like some depth.
Perry Mason depth.
the movie Diabolique depth.

So, anyone know how you get into screenplays for tv mystery series?
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« Reply #71 on: May 21, 2013, 7:49:48 AM »

merce, I don't know how one breaks into writing for TV series, but that is absolutely my dream job, too! An academic mystery series that's darker than "Numb3rs" and much more cynical.

Either that, or ghostwriting monographs for rich clinicians. Or a bit of both.

PoC
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« Reply #72 on: May 21, 2013, 1:19:51 PM »

Oh PoC, we should be co-authors!
Fun!
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« Reply #73 on: May 21, 2013, 1:31:18 PM »

So, anyone know how you get into screenplays for tv mystery series?
If you watch episode 9 of this show you'll learn how a dentist became a writer for Get Smart.  Close enough? - DvF
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« Reply #74 on: May 21, 2013, 5:00:48 PM »

Hmmm... what shall we call the series? "Degrees of Freedom"? "Infinite State of Darkness" (which was actually used in a photophysics paper)? "Degenerate States"?

I'll stop now.
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