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Old 01-21-2006, 04:09 AM   #1
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What's your expertise?

Not what you'd put on a job resume (unless it's also a personal interest), but what is your individual expertise(s)? Narrow it down. If it's history, what period? If it's music, what genre or artist? If it's science, what branch? Economics, what philosophy? You get the picture. (U2 excluded)
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Old 01-21-2006, 04:44 AM   #2
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What's yours?

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Old 01-21-2006, 05:07 AM   #3
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Let's see--Neil Young, Buffalo Springfield, Henry VIII era England, Philip Roth, Dostoevsky (favorite: The Idiot), late 60's and early 70's history and pop culture.
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I don't think I have one, I consider expertise to be some sort of lofty goal that one never really attains
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Old 01-21-2006, 09:20 AM   #6
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I don't think I have one, I consider expertise to be some sort of lofty goal that one never really attains

My goals are not lofty. What do you study up on or consistently keep up on? If they were giving a degree for individual research for any esoteric or mainstream interest you might have, what would be your concentration--major or minor? What would you talk about with passion? What do you know more about than the average person/novice?
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maybe movies, I dunno know

gemstones, jewelry-but I have so much more to learn about that. I am certainly no expert.
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maybe movies, I dunno know

gemstones, jewelry-but I have so much more to learn about that. I am certainly no expert.
you forgot photography. you downplay it, but you've got talent.

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Medieval history and art. There are plenty of people better at these things than I am, trust me!
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Old 01-21-2006, 10:40 AM   #10
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empathy.

finding connections between seemingly disparate things so that things that appear to be opposites are actually implicated in the same paradox.
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American politics-more specifically Virginia politics.
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Old 01-21-2006, 11:07 AM   #13
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empathy.

finding connections between seemingly disparate things so that things that appear to be opposites are actually implicated in the same paradox.

I like your answer. It goes beyond what many people would consider expertise, but is. Thank you for adding that element.
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(1) Scepticism

(2) The novels of certain British novelists of the mid-twentieth century.

(3) Sports cars of the 1970s and 1980s.



Things I would like to learn more about include:

(1) Geology

(2) Esoteric philosophy and its influence on music

(3) The congruences between art and political movements and how one affects the other - e.g. the surrealists and Dadaists.
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^What novelists?
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Old 01-21-2006, 11:29 AM   #16
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^What novelists?
Graham Greene and Anthony Powell

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Powell

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graham_Greene
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Old 01-21-2006, 01:12 PM   #17
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in a more literal sense, i have a photographic memory for certain things in popular culture that i enjoy -- i can usually quote, word for word, skits from, say, the sketch shows The State or Mr. Show, also reviews of some U2 albums or shows or some movie reviews about films i get obsessed with (there are usually a few every year).

i can also wiggle my ears.
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OK, these are REALLY random, but this is what I know the most about (besides U2 stuff):

computers (Windows)
HP LaserJet printers (3M, 4M, 5M, 4000 series and 8000 series)
cheetahs
HTML code
Protestant church history and theology, specifically Calvinism
gymnastics (not so much doing it, but history, Code of Points, technique, etc)
our family genealogy
companion animal care (I want to be a vet tech or run a dog kennel some day)
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i am an encyclopedia of Olympic swimming knowledge.
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Language assessment (work-related)

Victorian literature and history (for enjoyment)
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