I own half of a business that paints custom and off the lot cars. But I do get my hands dirty in the business. I also work on the inside of the cars in installing audio/visual systems as well as do after-market modifications to engines.
That is my 9 to 5 job. The rest of the time I raise a 7 year old. Which in itself is a full time job as well.
I'm the senior designer here: Mainly it's designing the web-based UI to our software suite and when I have the time, working on our eternally unfinished website and marketing materials. And I get to mockup IPTV and Mobile phone proof-of-concept user interfaces too.
And my other venture is:
And moonlight on the side, creating things like:
(Jeez, sorry that was all a bit heavy on the self promotion)
I am a research specialist for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). I work in the Pulmonology and Lung Immunology department and I specialize in the immune response signaling pathways in patients with cystic fibrosis.
Aero: groups are not the same as forums. If you check the other groups, you'll see that there isn't necessarily a specific set of topics.
I look at Groups as sub-communities within the Customize.org community. As the creator of this group, these are the kinds of topics that I'm interested in -- who are skinners, what do we like to do, what do we do in real life, etc.
my guess is that maybe it wasn't intentional on frogboy's part, and possibly he had a different interpretation on groups.
My understanding of groups has been more similar to that of Aero's. If someone starts a group they could post whatever they wanted to. But some of these topics if they were intended for the general audience might fit into the general categories better.
I figured after looking at Groups such as GSM and Disrupted that Frogboy was right, groups are sub-communities of one big community. I guess I was wrong, but this kind of thing would only get mentioned in a "Stardock" related thread. Not something like "CODY" (disrupted) or "HOW TO COOK CHICKEN" (GSM). We all know how the games are played.
Real life? I work at a terrible (fairly decent) multinational furniture store with questionable (almost flawless) practices.Basically I'm a yellow shirt junkie in a boxed furniture world. I'm starting to think I work there just because it's ironic.
Guys, please. Let's not go down this path again. There is nothing wrong with Brad using the features of Customize.org to access this community. There's also nothing wrong with him supporting his product and his business. I don't see anything going on that's being done in a "spammy" way, so I'd really ask that you show some respect and recognize that social sites like this exist for the purpose of sharing information--even if that information is about products.
There's nothing wrong with him asking members of the "Stardock" group what they do.
If you feel you are being marketed to in this group; then simply don't join it. But there's no reason to get hostile.
I like to be social. I drink every Friday with a bunch of friends. I also work as a lead technician for Canada Computers. We play with all the latest hardware the month it comes out. I spend my spare time rollerblading, mountain biking and hanging out with my lovely girlfriend. I use linux, test new software daily, and read 100's of news feeds. I also play World of Warcraft!
Like I said, I look at groups as being different from say forums, that's what I thought was neat.
To some people here, clearly, Stardock is simply just another evil capitalistic corporation looking to drink everyone's blood. But to me, and thousands of people like me, Stardock represents a community of users with their own unique interests (gaming, desktop enhancements, skinning, etc.).
As I said, my interpretation of groups is that they are sub-communities of the Customize.org community. Literally -- the different GROUPS that make up Customize.org.
Talking about what people in the Stardock group do in the real world seems as reasonable as reasonable as Aero's post about "everyone farts" in the GSM group.
I'm not even sure what the "marketing" objective someone imagines a post like this as having.
Sometimes, what people say about others says more about themselves than anything else.
Ah....'real life' [tm] Since 1974 I have worked as a building designer [Architect], mostly residential projects...starting as junior coffee maker....ending up with sole-prop business. Somewhere in between all that I help to administer a website, officiate at Motor Racing [FIM, FIA], and generally try to enjoy things. When I'm being really good I manage to get some sleep, too....;)
well I graduated from University in Teaching English as a Second Language, so I will start up an English School in Thailand soon, but in the mean while I have two jobs assembling Power Suplies and battery chargers, as well as installing Radio and Wireless Links for networks and phone communications etc...