The Grumpy Polymath

What is a polymath? According to Wikipedia, it's "...an individual whose knowledge spans a substantial number of subjects, known to draw on complex bodies of knowledge to solve specific problems." To be sure, I've had a very full life, rich with experiences, and these are the things I've done and learned. Note that I would never claim to be an expert at anything listed here, and my accomplishments have admittedly had mixed results. But regardless of any outcome, learning is never a bad thing.

Professional Skills and Experience

  • sign painting
  • advertising
  • graphic design (Bachelor of Arts)
  • print collateral design and production
  • annual report production
  • layout and comp production
  • technical illustration
  • typography and pasteup
  • font design
  • proofreading
  • pre-press darkroom work
  • stripping and platemaking
  • press operation, including four-color
  • printing finish work and equipment operation/maintenance
  • print shop management
  • print buying
  • magazine production
  • studio layout design and management
  • multimedia program production
  • media equipment operation and maintenance
  • studio photography
  • film development and printing
  • special effects photography
  • special effects camera design and construction
  • videography
  • video editing
  • audio engineering
  • video and motion picture sound design
  • narration and voice talent
  • video production
  • 2D computer animation
  • traditional cell animation
  • stop motion animation
  • short film production
  • stage set design and lighting
  • technical writing, including scientific papers
  • creative writing
  • scriptwriting
  • book editing
  • trademark registration
  • technical documentation
  • user manual production
  • desktop publishing
  • marketing
  • sales management
  • product design and management, including scientific instruments
  • trade show booth design, up to $1 million
  • communications
  • retail sales
  • store management
  • digital image restoration and manipulation
  • commercial website design, development, coding, publishing, and management
  • web application development
  • software development:
    • robotics
    • instrument control
    • genetic engineering
    • data collection, analysis and display
    • workflow management
    • time and project management
    • interactive knowledge bases
    • discussion forums
  • user interface design and consulting
  • software usability study
  • spreadsheet programming
  • database architecture
  • PC assembly and maintenance
  • technical support
  • research
  • tutoring
  • presentation
  • energy use analysis and conservation
  • volunteer organization secretary and vice chairman

Practical Skills

  • architectural design
  • carpentry, from framing to finish work
  • wiring (220V and below)
  • septic system design
  • HVAC system design and construction, including custom sheetmetal work
  • plumbing, from cast iron and copper to PVC and Pex
  • tiling, flooring, siding, and roofing
  • masonry
  • drywall
  • painting and finishing
  • custom fixture design and construction
  • furniture design and construction
  • landscaping
  • demolition
  • crew management
  • cooking, sewing, and gardening
  • appliance repair
  • auto repair and maintenance
  • railroad trainman
  • narrow gauge track maintenance
  • antique railroad equipment repair and restoration
  • small locomotive rewiring and maintenance
  • equipment operation, from Bobcats to 10K# forklifts
  • animal habitat construction
  • cancer patient caregiver

Hobby, Craft, and Fine Arts Skills

  • model railroading, including HO, N, Z, and T scales
  • track planning and layout design
  • benchwork, including wood, steel, and foam board
  • handlaying track
  • kitbashing and scratchbuilding, in wood, metal, and plastic
  • fine soldering
  • all aspects of scenery
  • electronics design and wiring
  • IC logic system design
  • miniature mechanical animation and visual effects
  • mechanism design and construction
  • special lighting effects, including fiber optics
  • backdrop painting
  • article writing
  • model photography, including image stacking
  • model product design and documentation
  • miniature mill and lathe work
  • master fabrication and small part resin casting
  • laser cutting design and art production
  • packaging design
  • model product patenting
  • message board management
  • fine art illustration and caricatures
  • etching and printmaking
  • needlepoint
  • music production
  • audio equipment design and construction
  • media equipment repair and restoration

Studies and Interests

  • cinematography
  • special effects production
  • science fiction literature, art, film, and television
  • musicology
  • railroad history
  • industrial revolution
  • science and technology
  • robotics
  • optics and spectroscopy
  • physics, including theoretical
  • astronautics and space exploration
  • astrophysics/astronomy
  • metaphysics/cosmology
  • planetary geology
  • speleology
  • paleontology and zoology
  • dendrology, pteridology, bryology, mycology, and lichenology
  • etymology
  • perception
  • philosophy

I was born modest, but it wore off. Mark Twain

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