'What do you do?' Talks

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Paul Dart

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May 28, 2013, 6:06:58 PM5/28/13
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Hi all,

Right after drinking with Jonty (where, I think, all the most...er...well ideas come from) I have decided we should probably have a:
What do you do? Talks night

Very roughly: everyone thinks their job is probably quite boring to other people, but everyone is interested in other peoples jobs. What do all you startup people do all day? What interesting things have you done at work this week?

I don't want this to become a pitch for jobs or companies or anything, just a chance for techy people to talk about different industries/jobs etc.

I propose we have an evening of a couple of people talking for say 15 mins about their jobs to anyone interested.
So how about:
Date: Thursday 13th June (free in calendar at the moment apart from music hackers)
Time: 8pm
Rough plan:
Talk 1- 15 mins and 5 mins q&a
Talk 2- 15 mins and 5 mins q&a
Chats and beer after.

So, in anticipation of the well volunteered crowd, I shall go in the first slot and I'm looking for someone for the second.

I'll try and post talk summaries or something a few days before so people can go to ones that interest them.

I reckon if this is popular we could do it every 2 weeks or so?

Anyway, comments/abuse/questions etc?

Thanks,
Paul

Nigel Worsley

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May 28, 2013, 7:36:24 PM5/28/13
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> So, in anticipation of the well volunteered crowd, I shall go in the first
> slot and I'm looking for someone for the second.

OK, I am up for it. I think the most interesting part of my job is a
relatively small part of it, doing field service visits to fix the
diesel electric propulsion systems for a few small ships. This is the
one I get sent to most often:
http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/shipdetails.aspx?MMSI=308261000

The main generators are 3.4MW each, and there are 3 of them!

It spends most of its time in the north sea pumping stuff down oil and
gas wells at scarily high pressures, and when the pressures aren't
scary then the chemicals are. It can carry over 800 cubic metres of
hydrochloric acid, and also has big liquid nitrogen tanks.

Nigle

Jonty Wareing

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May 28, 2013, 7:46:56 PM5/28/13
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I conclude that people should drink with me more often. This is brilliant.

Can't wait for the first one. Nice work Paul.

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tom

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May 29, 2013, 4:40:15 AM5/29/13
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oh can i have a 15 minute rant about my colleagues being useless? :D

Metz

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May 29, 2013, 5:06:34 AM5/29/13
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Depends....can you make it funny?

Dr Thrax

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May 29, 2013, 5:21:10 AM5/29/13
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I could use this as a practice for my transfer viva for my PhD if we continue it.( I do electrophisiological modeling of atria)


:)

Ross

Jonty Wareing

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May 29, 2013, 6:00:21 AM5/29/13
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> I do electrophisiological modeling of atria

I have absolutely no idea what that is and would love to see
you talk about it. Brilliant.

--jonty

Jon Russell

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May 29, 2013, 6:09:18 AM5/29/13
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Who decides if its interesting ? My job can be quite boring on paper, but someone might disagree ? I manage 3 data centres with about 2,000 server ? is that *interesting* ?

Jon.

ross morgan

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May 29, 2013, 6:09:18 AM5/29/13
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might not be able to present on this session on account of not actually having any results yet (pretty pictures) but definitely next session 



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Kimball Johnson

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May 29, 2013, 6:11:31 AM5/29/13
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On 29 May 2013 11:09, Jon Russell <goo...@red-herring.co.uk> wrote:
Who decides if its interesting ? My job can be quite boring on paper, but someone might disagree ? I manage 3 data centres with about 2,000 server ? is that *interesting* ?

Yes, that kind of large scale management is either done with tools that are interesting to learn about, or by hand which is interesting to see how crazy you are :) 

drrk

tgreer

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May 29, 2013, 6:14:33 AM5/29/13
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Now curious who you work for...

Jon Russell

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May 29, 2013, 6:28:11 AM5/29/13
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I'm the Group CIO for LBi, now part of the Publicis Group. I run all our Managed Services, Hosting and Support operation.

Jon.

tom

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May 29, 2013, 7:12:27 AM5/29/13
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can i have a job?

Tim Reynolds

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May 29, 2013, 7:32:29 AM5/29/13
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Get in the queue 
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Paul Dart

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Jun 9, 2013, 6:49:58 AM6/9/13
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Right this is on Thursday. There appear to be no big objections so can we put it in the calendar please?


Date: Thursday 13th June (free in calendar at the moment apart from music hackers)
Time: 8pm

First talk: me, talking about railways. Probably mostly TPWS which I work on at the moment.
Second talk: Nigle, on diesel electric propulsion systems.

See you there :)

Paul

SamLR

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Jun 9, 2013, 7:21:07 AM6/9/13
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Added for you,shame I can't make it. I've nominally put it in the class room

S

Paul Dart

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Jun 13, 2013, 12:28:37 PM6/13/13
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Hiya,

Just a quick bump, this is tonight if you are planning on joining us.

Cheers,

Paul

Benjamin Blundell

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Jun 14, 2013, 4:48:09 AM6/14/13
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I still don't know what I do :S
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