Saturday, September 15, 2007

Career meme & LOTS of data (updated)

As seen everywhere:

1. Cartographer

2. GIS Specialist

3. Computer Trainer

4. Personal Trainer

5. Environmental Consultant

6. Animal Trainer

7. Paleontologist

8. Professional Athlete

9. Print Journalist

10. Market Research Analyst

11. Writer

12. Translator

13. Kinesiologist

14. Political Aide

15. Activist

16. Veterinarian

17. Critic

18. Marine Biologist

19. Oceanographer

20. Zoologist

21. Communications Specialist

22. Zookeeper

23. Public Policy Analyst

24. Mathematician

25. Corporate Trainer

26. Public Relations Specialist

27. Horticulturist

28. Foreign Language Instructor

29. ESL Teacher

30. Botanist

31. Animal Breeder

32. Fitness Instructor

33. Actuary

34. Meteorologist

35. Biologist

36. Technical Writer

37. Ecologist

38. Criminologist

39. Nursery / Greenhouse Grower

40. Tour Guide

Some of these struck me as quite odd and I wonder which question pointed the program that way- animal trainer? zoo keeper? fitness instructor? Most of the "ists" and science jobs sound pretty reasonable, though. Before I went in and added education level, I also had housekeeper in my list!

In other news, I have taken over some tasks from my grad student because we are working with some data that requires a new software package. S/he has plenty of other things to keep busy for the project, though. I also decided that I needed to download mass quantities of other data and process them in ways that is really taxing my home computer (but I really don't want to go do it at school, since it requires lots of waiting). I queued up four processes to run overnight and only two have finished! I quadrupled my computer's memory yesterday (I only had 1 GB!) However, that doesn't change the processing speed- it just means that my computer won't crash when I have too many programs running at once. I have been doing other things while it runs, like grading and class stuff. sigh.

ETA: I'm at school now checking to see if my *new* Windows Vista machine can process these damn data faster... I'll let you know


Image Goddess said...

I've heard not-so-good things about Vista. How's it working for you?

Addy N. said...

I haven't really had problems with it yet, but I haven't really worked here in the office that much yet! I didn't switch to Office 2007, because I find it too annoying and different from the last version (why do they always have to do that?) I kind of wish I had stuck with XP for now, but so far don't see any reason to switch back. My U doesn't officially support it yet, so that's not the best either! I blame H, because he talked me into Vista! Once Service Pack One is released I'm sure it will be better, but I've heard that won't happen for a while.