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no one will take this seriously but let's try it anyway...

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Where did it all go wrong?

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I've been looking for a change of direction recently, completely disillusioned with life on land so ideally looking to work on a ship, boat or yacht sailing coast to coast.  I would have taken the plunge earlier but am concerned about my amazon deliveries. I'm waiting for their drone technology that can get your package to you no matter where you are, even on the deck of a boat in the middle of the Atlantic ocean, eliminating the worry of having your shit go missing and the burden of starting a tread about it.

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- nothin much, i liked history, music and art but finnished as a carpenter
- work the machine fields of the masters
- more drugs, love, drink, cod and vote 4 president ye
- it never went wrong, masturbate save my lief

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I've always wanted to be a musician when I grow up.

Parallel interest in computers, self taught myself QBASIC, C at a young age for want of making my own video games... made a couple shitty DOS games

Throughout highschool my main objective was to form a band or play in a band. 

Lots of shitty wannabes in high school, went nowhere of course.

College: I enter the music program. Study music, theory, composition, tech, etc. Combine my skills in programming and music for senior project (algorithmic Foley generation)

Try to network in the music industry: unless you are willing to be a slave to someone you will go nowhere.

Try to network in the gaming industry: awful toxic people, lots of competition.

Went into IT instead so I could pay the bills.

Got several bands going, some record deals, but nothing more than empty promises after that.

Now I have family, kids, which are good, but, trapped in a system I despise.

Should've stayed a poor musician imho. 

 

edit: I can't spell

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it doesn't fucking matter. whatever major you choose you will end up having the job title of computer operator. you will spend day after day looking at a fucking screen where you answer emails, work on some stupid fucking thing for your company, take the odd phone call from time to time, and then jump on some stupid fucking microsoft teams meeting where you will talk about nothing important and keep yourself on mute while you may or may not browse porn and/or watmm. the whole thing is fucking stupid. office space was right. life = idiocracy. any career you dream about will end in disappointment. the grass is always greener. give up now. entertain yourself with drinking and thoughts of a better life. we are all fucked. fucked!

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On 7/24/2020 at 4:21 AM, zero said:

it doesn't fucking matter. whatever major you choose you will end up having the job title of computer operator. you will spend day after day looking at a fucking screen where you answer emails, work on some stupid fucking thing for your company, take the odd phone call from time to time, and then jump on some stupid fucking microsoft teams meeting where you will talk about nothing important and keep yourself on mute while you may or may not browse porn and/or watmm. the whole thing is fucking stupid. office space was right. life = idiocracy. any career you dream about will end in disappointment. the grass is always greener. give up now. entertain yourself with drinking and thoughts of a better life. we are all fucked. fucked!

It's what I do in my leisure time as well, and in professional times. Computing. Just computing... Probably will do the Benzos thing, too.... Benzodiazepines and computing.... I crave nature, being one with nature, cumming into the bonfire etc.... Because I live in a giant city I just crave living in a Tipi or mud house with a shaman who hypnotises me with quantum healing, then rapes me and just claims that it never happened because the past has changed due to the Mandela effect Thanks Mussolini 

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come fucking revolt then. throw bricks through some corporate windows, do the opposite of what you're being conditioned to, read some post-structuralist shit y'all fucking suck arse stop complaining and open your minds. don't be a dickwad braindead capitalist and realise gender is a another construction. yes even for u u little brain - do you really, genuinely, deeply believe that you ARE a "man"?

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37 minutes ago, zero said:

it doesn't fucking matter. whatever major you choose you will end up having the job title of computer operator. you will spend day after day looking at a fucking screen where you answer emails, work on some stupid fucking thing for your company, take the odd phone call from time to time, and then jump on some stupid fucking microsoft teams meeting where you will talk about nothing important and keep yourself on mute while you may or may not browse porn and/or watmm. the whole thing is fucking stupid. office space was right. life = idiocracy. any career you dream about will end in disappointment. the grass is always greener. give up now. entertain yourself with drinking and thoughts of a better life. we are all fucked. fucked!

I bitched about my job in the FWP thread, but it sounds like summer camp compared to this, even if it probably doesn't pay as well. I'd imagine a cubicle would be psychologically akin to a prison cell.

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I learned the trade on my first few jobs as a teen : layout, printing... In school I studied media theory, then 3d animation and programmation, then graphic design (dropped out of that after a few months of fights with department directors about how obsolete the program was compared to what I was already doing in the field).

I worked in the terribly union-unfriendly worlds of publicity and computer games, then dropped it all to start a cartoonists studio co-op, and a publishing house. For about twelve years, that worked, until it didn’t : I burned myself out trying to keep it afloat, and lost doing so important friends (which also answers the "where did it all go wrong" part of the question). These days I’m working as an art director for a small publisher.

No future plans.

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4 hours ago, MadellisTheSixth said:

come fucking revolt then. throw bricks through some corporate windows, do the opposite of what you're being conditioned to, read some post-structuralist shit y'all fucking suck arse stop complaining and open your minds. don't be a dickwad braindead capitalist and realise gender is a another construction. yes even for u u little brain - do you really, genuinely, deeply believe that you ARE a "man"?

I'm conditioned to being an angry man, n*gga. Do you think you ARE? Life is a dream my dude, the dream is real, existence evolves from non-existence. You aren't your body, you aren't even your mind or what you think is your mind. Existence is a scam. Boycott existence. I read 1000 plateaus and it totally bamboozlt me body & mind. Damn Rhizomatix. Now is the time to think & not to act, which in itself is an action, so don't think. DON'T THINK. just feel the vibrations

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4 hours ago, aencre said:

These days I’m working as an art director for a small publisher.

That sounds like a good kind a job, something I would prefer as well. I actually got a similar opportunity some years ago. They were looking for an in-house designer. I was tempted but had other things going at the time so I passed it. Looking back now I kind of regret it. But such is life.

I always wanted to be a pilot, but my color vision impairment screwed me on this. Interested also in arts, design, architecture, and computer science, and nature.

I studied industrial design, but because the school I went to wasn't very good and I realized my four years there were wasted anyway and went for graphic design instead.

The next years were very lively. Got  a good job as a designer in an agency, started an electronic music crew with some friends. We organised events, gigs, I was DJing mashups IDM,ambient, stuff, all that sounded good to me, moved to the city, travelled a lot, our crew got a mandate to curate a most prominent night club in the city, life was good.

I got a leadership position in a fast growing company that was into mobile tech, but later found the director was running shady business practice so I quit. After that I got a good job running spirits brands and a hip bar where I also DJed after work, when absinthe-fueled nights turned into mornings...crazy time..

Things quieted down after that. the crew gradually disbanded - artistic disagreements, personal lives, etc. Circumstantial, also my view on life changed a lot, I went freelance, working only for people I respect what they do, etc. Now, I look for something new in life, but prospects are weird. Started self-learnig programming as I was always interested in computers etc. Will see where this takes me.

 

 

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10 hours ago, timbre monke said:

I'd imagine a cubicle would be psychologically akin to a prison cell.

interestingly enough, the 3 different corporate office jobs I've had in the past 10 years didn't have cubicles. I think the trend shifted toward more open concept office layouts, where everyone is at a desk/table with a lower divider so your screen can be easily seen.

but I've read that thanks to the 'rona, cubicles could be making a comeback since they provide greater separation from others. so I'd expect to see more 5-6ft high dividers coming back again in the corporate world.

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Got a masters degree in mechanical engineering at Warwick, 20 years ago (!!!)

Currently negotiating my exit strategy from the engineering world as its driven me close to a mental breakdown over the past few years.  There was another thread somewhere over the past few years of watmm that touched on this subject, about how many hours you work / vs overtime etc.

Not sure what I will do instead yet, hopefully something environmental where I can spend my days in the great outdoors feeling good about life.

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i have a degree in fine arts. i've worked exclusively in architecture since graduation and i'm now starting my masters in architecture degree this fall. my dream is to become a janitor

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Got a degree in microfabrication, worked at a molecular engineering lab as a research tech for a while after college, pay and hours both sucked, other local jobs were elusive.

Where did it all go wrong? I'm a millennial.

Plans for the future: Stay out of debt.

Honestly I'd like to go back to school to study statistics and environmental science, but there's that whole "stay out of debt" plan for the future above, the prices were bad enough before covid turned campuses into $50k/year coursera tracks. If I'm gonna be learning from my living room, it's me and O'Reilly vs the world, thanks.

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8 minutes ago, dr lopez said:

my dream is to become a janitor

custodial engineering is an exciting, lucrative career path. plus you get your own closet to hang out in. just think, some day you might work your way up to become director of facilities management.

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I got a visual arts degree. Came to the end of my BFA program and felt no real inclination to pursue a career as a painter, still don’t as the end product I demand of myself is ensconced in technical realism that takes ages to realise. Tried making my own iddems track in 2008 and loved the process. Am still doing that and love it as a more immediate creative outlet.

Working as a Barber/Stylist otherwise. The trade has been great to forcibly develop my social skills & has definitely helped me grow in many ways. Unfortunately it is not proving to be an industry that is resilient to the current pandemic context (at least until you decide to start doing your client’s hair at their own houses/apartments rather than waiting for your shop to reopen).

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I once dreamt I was a butterfly... 

Then I woke up and now I can't tell if i'm a butterfly, dreaming I'm a man... 

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Got a Visual Design/Communications degree after realizing being an illustrator is a very niche, very exclusive industry where you have to be very, very good to make ends meet (this was the early 90's mind you) and needed a stable income with a child on the way. Ended up switching my discipline to graphic design, graduated and quickly realized that computers would take a lot of the voodoo and design sense out of the hands of designers and into the hands of everyone, so taught myself HTML/CSS by starting joyrex.com (and later watmm), and eventually coding. Now I am in management and miss the coding, and wistfully think about going back to illustration as a hobby if I could block out the time needed for such a pursuit.

Thinking about getting an iPad Pro like my daughter uses for illustration - she's a chip off the old block and is very talented with her own style and eye for things.

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14 hours ago, dingformung said:

It's what I do in my leisure time as well, and in professional times. Computing. Just computing... Probably will do the Benzos thing, too.... Benzodiazepines and computing.... I crave nature, being one with nature, cumming into the bonfire etc.... Because I live in a giant city I just crave living in a Tipi or mud house with a shaman who hypnotises me with quantum healing, then rapes me and just claims that it never happened because the past has changed due to the Mandela effect & other circumstances etc. Thanks Mussolini 

 

13 hours ago, MadellisTheSixth said:

come fucking revolt then. throw bricks through some corporate windows, do the opposite of what you're being conditioned to, read some post-structuralist shit y'all fucking suck arse stop complaining and open your minds. don't be a dickwad braindead capitalist and realise gender is a another construction. yes even for u u little brain - do you really, genuinely, deeply believe that you ARE a "man"?

I advocate that the two of you join zeff in his yurt/mud house.

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10 minutes ago, Tim_J said:

I once dreamt I was a butterfly... 

Then I woke up and now I can't tell if i'm a butterfly, dreaming I'm a man... 

The old Chinese philosophers are great. Zhuangzi's influence on modern thinking is wildly understated.

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2 hours ago, dr lopez said:

i have a degree in fine arts. i've worked exclusively in architecture since graduation and i'm now starting my masters in architecture degree this fall. my dream is to become a janitor

im also a 'young' architect if you ever want to chat about it or whatever.  i did 5 year undergrad rather than grad school route, but have worked in some of the more design focused offices that abuse your time..  kind of a bitch of a profession while at the same time inspiring and meaningful.

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I hated school. I'm a complete dumbass with attention problems and dyslexia. Strongly considered leaving early and doing an apprenticeship. Stayed on and went to college which I loved. Qualified as a civil engineer. Ended up at a great company for several years that allowed me work on amazing projects all over the world. Firm got bought by a big multinational management consultancy firm, mostly because they wanted our clients. I spend most of my time managing people now and I don't like it at all. My plan is to leave and set up my own consultancy, this will allow me to do what I love and most likely continue working as a contractor for the same company while getting paid more. 

There are some big gaps in my cv when I was off doing drugs and djing and stuff. Nobody cares.

 

 

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At the moment: medical doctor, psychiatry resident (nearly finished), psychotherapist, research scientist, assistant professor, autechre fan. 
 

edit: yes, i hated school too! Music was constantly on my mind since i can remember... still is. 

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