What do you call yourself?

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What do you call yourself?

Postby fnirt » Mon Jan 19, 2009 10:47 am

I hesitate to call myself an "artist" as sometimes I'm the only one who appreciates my work as such.
Calling myself a "maker" confuses common folk.
"Mad Scientist" comes close to what I do, except for the Mad part. And the Scientist part.
My wife probably has a word for what I do but I'm not going to use that one.
"Crafter" doesn't seem to fit either, as folks think immediately of felt.

How do you explain away the magical things you do in your workshop?

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Re: What do you call yourself?

Postby Christopher Weeks » Mon Jan 19, 2009 12:58 pm

I don't really call myself something like that very often. If I'm among people who'll understand that I don't just mean computers, I'll use <i>hacker</i> sometimes.

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Re: What do you call yourself?

Postby paulsobczak » Mon Jan 19, 2009 1:18 pm

Christopher Weeks wrote:I don't really call myself something like that very often. If I'm among people who'll understand that I don't just mean computers, I'll use <i>hacker</i> sometimes.


I stray away from using "hacker" because of the negative connotation it has in the general public's eye. Not that I personally have a problem with it, but it seems that the first reaction of people when confronted with the term is a negative one. As such I would advise against using any form of hacker for our name in the future.

In my personal life I don't title it anything though. I do consider myself an artist (and for that matter artist has in itself also a negative connotation).

Two quotes come to mind, but I cannot remember the specifics exactly. The first being something along the lines of "judging your artwork from the impressions of family members and close friends almost certainly will result in a feeling of inadequacy"

and the second comes from an interview of Anthony Braxton talking about his music, why he does it, and why music does not need to be so rigid which concludes with the feeling that we shouldn't be so afraid of making mistakes, as they have a sort of magical quality to them.

Anthony Braxton interview

An artist to me is a very broad category, and holds in it a broad range of people and professions and works.

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Re: What do you call yourself?

Postby escherblacksmith » Wed Jan 21, 2009 10:05 am

duct-tape engineer.
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You keep using that word, I do not think it means what you think it means.

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Re: What do you call yourself?

Postby metis » Wed Jan 21, 2009 10:27 am

a designer, craftsman or hacker depending on what i'm doing.

the bathroom remodel is more designer
leatherwork, pipecarving, props making (hopefully boat building) sorts of things is more craftsman
cludging together a widget for a one off, or a quickie costume bit is hacking it together.

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Re: What do you call yourself?

Postby twofish » Wed Jan 21, 2009 4:44 pm

I still call myself a hacker from time to time.
others call me a mad scientist, evil genius, and some other less colorful names.

But mostly, I just call myself Dustin... or daddy. :)

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Re: What do you call yourself?

Postby pyrodogg » Wed Jan 21, 2009 5:03 pm

Broke College Student :lol:

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Re: What do you call yourself?

Postby noise » Wed Jan 21, 2009 7:16 pm

What did Da Vinci or Michelangelo call themselves? It's for future generations to figure that out. ;)
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Re: What do you call yourself?

Postby Theo » Wed Jan 28, 2009 5:26 pm

Geek. Doesn't cover everything, but then no 1-syllable label does. :ugeek:

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Re: What do you call yourself?

Postby hootenanny » Thu Jan 29, 2009 4:46 pm

usually either a nerd or a crafty lady... sometimes i refer to myself as a bumbling sidekick, but that's reserved for when i assist people with large projects that provide ample opportunity for injury.


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