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TR Member Spotlight with Dumphrey

TechRepublic's Sonja Thompson shines the TR Member Spotlight on Isaak Dedrick, better known in the TR forums as Dumphrey. This is Dumphrey's third year working in IT, having spent the previous eight years in human services. Find out a few tidbits about his professional and personal life.

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TechRepublic's Sonja Thompson shines the TR Member Spotlight on Isaak Dedrick, better known in the TR forums as Dumphrey.

This is Dumphrey's third year working in IT, having spent the previous eight years in human services. Find out why Dumphrey changed careers, why he picked IT, plus a few tidbits about his professional and personal life. Listen to the podcast.

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Sonja Thompson has worked for TechRepublic since October of 1999. She is currently a Senior Editor and the host of the Smartphones and Tablets blogs.

35 comments
JCitizen
JCitizen

the inspirational writing here on TR! Great to hear about your printing career! My limited exposure to it was facinating to me. "See" ya on TR!

Jacky Howe
Jacky Howe

didn't realise that you were so green when we first met. I am also thinking that you may psychoanalyze me. Good luck ;)

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

For his PHD in Shrinkology. :0 As we are all insane here and way too far gone to even care he has lots of Data to collect and work with. :^0 Col ]:) [i]Edited to add[/i] OH don't tell anyone it's supposed to be a secret. :D

Dumphrey
Dumphrey

nothing for it but to pass judgment... You are all Silly. (Said as if I was Alice to the Red Queen).

JCitizen
JCitizen

So refreshing to hear anything mechanical here at TR, especially in humor!

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

[b]WRONG![/b] Limited Slip Differentials have been around a long time prior to the 1930's. That's one of the few useful things that I actually remember from my time at Uni. :^0 Col ]:)

Dumphrey
Dumphrey

Not sure either alone is enough, though, he was a mathematician was he not? So LSD would have been redundant.

Jacky Howe
Jacky Howe

thanks for the tip. :D It was either that or a very fertile imagination to come up with a story like that. ;)

Dumphrey
Dumphrey

as LSD came about in the late 30's I think. (1938 Google FTW).

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

opiates were likely more common. just ask Oz :^0

Jacky Howe
Jacky Howe

is a classic. Did they have LSD back then. :D

jmgarvin
jmgarvin

;-) Great interview and interesting to hear you're "new" to IT.

Jellimonsta
Jellimonsta

Great job as usual Soni. Nice to hear from you Isaak. I originally worked in the Human Services field myself too. :)

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

:^0

Jellimonsta
Jellimonsta

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The Scummy One
The Scummy One

is easy, just remove a small chunk of the brain in the back of ones head :D For emotional pain, yes, ignore it, bottle it all up until you cannot add more pressure. When everyone around you suddenly dies a horrific and unexpected death, you have an excuse -- the therapist made you do it :D

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

I particularly Liked the form of Aversion Therapy used on Bill Oddie in the Goodies. Every time he started to get worked up over something they hit him over the head with a hammer. Of course the Touchy Feely Therapist started to enjoy the treatment too much and just continued to hit him over the head with a hammer till he escaped by which time he was cured. :D Personally I try to avoid those people they are just strange and not in a good way either. Talk about the Blind leading the Blind to make things worse. :0 Doesn't make much sense to me but then again I tend to ignore most of what they say to begin with particularly after being told I'm suicidal because I was riding a racing Bike on a closed track at 140 MPH. It wasn't the racing bike or the closed track it was the speed which meant that I didn't respect life. But the same person insisting that Speed was bad was sitting in the belly of a aircraft traveling at 660 KPH 4 hours previously and he didn't have any control over what happened. When he left me he as swilling pills like there was no tomorrow. Talk about Drug Addicts I can do without them as I don't need to support the Drug companies any more than I currently do. :D I particularly liked another one who insisted that all pain was in the head and could be ignored. So I asked him to demonstrate this for me I offered to break one of his legs and if he could walk out of the room with bone protruding out of his leg I would then pay some attention to what he was saying but till then I though the was full of it. For some reason when offered a way to prove what he was saying he declined. I really can not understand why though. :D Col

Dumphrey
Dumphrey

continued on in Psychology... PHDs in that field come in 2 categories (major generalization bout to occur)... 1) Anal retentive, neurotic with more issues then a 1980 Ford Pinto in a demolition Derby. 2) Touchy-feely nut jobs sampling way to many meds and telling everyone they just need hugs. I realized I would have to kill myself if I became either type. No really, I would have been forced by myself to put me out of my misery. An act of charity. And as for getting more money kidnapping them, well, yes, I would guess it would be more money. But a were-hore has no choice in their actions. When the big Pimp in the Night Sky is full, and the gaudy makeup and tiny skirt sprouts... brains will be eaten for money.

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

But wouldn't you get far more money by kidnapping them and making them pay to escape the Therapy? It's like this Officer I didn't really Kidnap so & so they where committed to my care and I'm just doing as the Law tells me to. :D I've only knowingly meet one shrink type person once and they went and committed suicide 3 days latter. He even killed himself in his classic Merc so I couldn't buy that car from his estate. :( I don't know perhaps I should be worried but he had other problems and it was nothing to do with meeting me Honest. Well that's my story & I'm sticking to it. :^0 Col ]:)

Dumphrey
Dumphrey

If the moon is full, you take money on the street to eat peoples brains?

Michael Kassner
Michael Kassner

Thanks Sonja for highlighting yet another special member of the TR community. I certainly appreciate his comments and thoughts about my articles.

Dumphrey
Dumphrey

and please keep em coming.

OnTheRopes
OnTheRopes

I find myself looking forward to Spotlights and video. Nice to see this posted this morning. Thanks to the both of you.

jdclyde
jdclyde

Dumphrey, are you one of the white mice? :0 Another good cast. B-)

Dumphrey
Dumphrey

not sure whites my color... I spill to much coffee in my caffeine induced wakefullnes.

jdclyde
jdclyde

how could you not mention your recent big day?

Dumphrey
Dumphrey

No flash photography plz...

Sonja Thompson
Sonja Thompson

With Dumphrey's degree in pyschology, I was a little worried that he'd psychoanalyze me during this interview -- but he was a true gentleman and stuck to the topic at hand, which was all about him, his IT background, and even a little bit about his life outside of IT. Listen to the podcast, and then please chime in the discussion.

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

but the cables shouldnt be the FIRST thing to check. the FIRST thing would be to see if there really is a problem :D Because often it is actually user error :D

Dumphrey
Dumphrey

And so many of them vanish when you ask them to repeat what they were doing. Which I don't mind at all.

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

when I R. clicked and stated to check spelling, all of the underlines went away. So likely I just need to go inter preferences for the checker. However, what a sh!tty default.... Aha -- for some reason it was set to Russian instead of English. Funny, I set the system to English when installing -- oh what fun.....

jdclyde
jdclyde

:p Sure you aren't holding your head on a bit of an angle? ;\

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

I had to do it, I had to post. So even if it doesnt make sense, I just had to -- to get the first post out of my way on this new box. Interesting though -- Every word here is underlined as though it was spelled incorrectly. I guess FF doesnt play as well as it should on this new system??? ?:|

Michael Jay
Michael Jay

Dumphrey, great podcast. And no mention of whatever your wife did with you and World of Warcraft, not going there. LOL