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(a week later - I should read this more often)

I'm a technical project manager @ Nokia. Was software developer for years before turning into the "dark side".

My life-long dream is to be a history teacher for kids though, maybe one day I'll have the guts to do it :-)

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I'm a technical project manager @ Nokia. Was software developer for years before turning into the "dark side".

It is hard to avoid being tempted by the dark side. It is strong :-) It must be yearly review time or something...

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Wow, lots of IT guys here...... Well, I'm Senior Manager Human Resources ... of course in an IT company :-)

Ganzohnesushi

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I do not know anything about computers except how to turn them on and type. I can't even figure out how to use my photoshop program or my Nero Dvd burning software. I'm a dork in the computer area! :-)

I bet you didn't blow yours up 5 minutes after you got it home.....I did :-P

As for typing,I'm the classic one finger typer.

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Former radiation safety specialist (at power plants), turned software developer (for the financial services sector), turned full-time substitute teacher (mainly middle schoolers (~11-14 year olds)), turned OSHA inspector (occupational health and safety - I try to keep employers from killing their employees).

I really should found Career Changers Anonymous some day....

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I'm a Professional Sumo Gamer (Neener, neener...)

Actually, I fall into the geek squad category -- System Engineer working with communications gear. Mostly transmission stuff, but I dabble in VoIP, and networking, too. I do a lot a integration testing with other company's equipment, so I'm very acquainted with the following emoticon. ;-) :-)

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I guess I have the job most sumo fans would like... I am paid money to write about sumo in English.

It didn't start out that way - I was a noob in the news section of the Daily Yomiuri. But the sports guys heard I liked sumo, knew enough about it to string a sentence together and the rest is... 6 tournaments a year, 15 days straight, plus banzuke plus stupid sekitori getting stoned and getting caught. The coolest thing I have ever done on the job was following the Tohoku/Hokkaido jungyo two years ago.

Unlike the Japanese papers, who have a squillion guys on the sumo beat full time, I do it between other jobs in the office... mainly page layout, subbing, other sports (I should be going to Japan F1 Grand Prix next month). So honestly speaking, someone like Nishinoshima, who lives in Ryogoku, does sumo and is an uber fan, has a better grasp of what it is about.

The view from the press seats is different, and in a way, more distanced even though you have more access. I'm friendly enough with some of the guys, but there is always the knowledge that you are a press person and they are a potential story.

(Reason for edit: grammar)

Edited by James H

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Off topic for this off-topic but does anyone know the etymology of 好角家? It is koukakuka which means 'sumo fan'. Kou is 'likes' or 'fan of' but kaku must be a short form (perhaps the whole thing is? such are common) as 角力 is a synonym for 'sumo' (we are accustomed to seeing 相撲 which is pronounced the same) and ka 家 means 'practitioner'. If I just heard koukakuka I'd think of 'someone who likes competitions', perhaps? (角 alone means 'compete', 'angle' or 'corner').

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Off topic for this off-topic but does anyone know the etymology of 好角家?

Well seeing as how I wrote it I should...and indeed I do. 角 comes from 角界 which means the "sumo world"

The three kanji together give a kind of sumo version of "Otaku" which also uses the same 家 kanji (I think).

So, kakukai 角界 is the world of sumo. Thanks.

I think Otaku is お宅 or 御宅. Same radical and similar meaning for taku and ka (well, ie used alone) when used by themselves, house or home. Otaku has a bit of a sarcastic meaning now as it used to mean honoured house guest.

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Financial trading systems programmer, hoping that not too many more banks collapse.

Financial economist, fortunately in the public sector -- even most banks become public sector now (Shaking head...).

Edited by HenryK

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Just started my 26th year as the Music Director at the same high school. Also have taught Visual Arts and Drama, and have spent some years as a member in a few prominent Symphony orchestras in Canada.

Hence the nickname.

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