What Do I Do Exactly?

What is it I do, exactly? I write instructions anyone can follow for how to use software or follow an in house procedure. I can make software do things it might not have been originally intended to do as well via macros or other programming scripts.

And more specifically, what can I do to make or save money for a client? I save you time on training and wasted time not knowing exactly how to do something. 

What is it that’s special or unique about me?

In other words, what combination of skills and experience do I have that would make you as an employer want to work with me?

SUPER POWERS

Writing

Short writing pieces like this article or very long items that give detailed, illustrated instructions like my book on Pattern Making for Dolls. I've done several dozen sewing patterns, I've also written many times on using software. My passion is in writing instructions and procedures. Clear, precise instructions that everyone can understand.

Spreadsheets

Excel & Google Sheets are two of my best applications. I can enter the data and setup the formulas to display it in many ways. I can create entire systems to track data and report on the status of a project. I can integrate the systems with Access and SharePoint, Word and even Adobe Acrobat.

Coordination & Organization

I keep entire teams humming with information and systems to track that information. I track who has what, where an item is in the process and how that process can be streamlined. If there is a way to make someone's life easier I suggest and implement it.

Way of the Jedi

Jedi-II

While wandering Facebook in 2017 Guardians of the Force posted this and I couldn’t resist a little update to one of my favorite term papers! 

Note this is an older writing sample and thus I am NOT linking the resources that were used as a few of them have likely been taken down or moved. Yes, for those who are curious I did turn this in as a final term paper and I did receive an “A” on it partially because it really amused my instructor his last semester before retirement.

Update 2: The Way of the Jedi has gained popularity since this paper was written. Still amuses me and is still my favorite paper of all time!

Way of the Jedi

Sue Darby

June 6, 2008

Statistics

Bernard Washington

It started as a practical joke circulated on the internet during the census in 2001. The rumor, circulated by e-mail, was that if enough people entered “Jedi” on the census it would become an official religion. While the governments of Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom later denied that rumor was true, it has become an established church with more following in the last few years.

The number of people who entered “Jedi” on that first census was by country:

Australia – more than 70,000 in 2001

New Zealand – over 53,000 in 2001; 1.5%; dropping to 20,000 in 2006

Canada – 20,000 in 2001 .7%

England and Wales – 390,127 in 2001; .07% Jedi

Scotland – 14,052, .277%

While I find this amusing it did cause more individuals to actually file the census which increased the accuracy (potentially) overall for how many people total and other demographic data.

In 2007 an official Jedi Church was setup and while the above numbers have dropped since the initial joke there is an increasing number of individuals who are Jedi Knights. In Texas there is a non-profit church that will train individuals to become Jedi Apprentices, Knights, Scholars, Masters and High Councilors. While the religion is based on Star Wars it is only loosely so. It is a faith based on peace, justice, love and learning. This particular Jedi group has 874 registered members in just the one Texas “church”. Another more recent article puts the Jedi religion at 400,000 members worldwide. I believe that the Church of the Jedi will only increase slightly in popularity over the coming years even though its core values are for the common good of everyone. It will almost always be viewed as a joke religion. There are many amusing sites and commentary left on each about the whole phenomenon citing Jar-jar as a door to door preacher or the amusing Photoshop picture of squirrels with light sabers making fun of the basis of the religion.

References

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/CCI/nugget.asp?ID=297&Pos=&ColRank=2&Rank=1000

“Canada 2001 Census.” Wikipedia. 26 May 2008

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canada_2001_Census#Religion>.

“Church of the Jedi reaches 400,000 members.” Current. 15 Apr 2008. 26 May 2008

Demography of England.” Wikipedia. 26 May 2008

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

“Force strong for new Jedi Church.” BBC News. 21 Jan 2008. 26 May 2008

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/wales/7200531.stm.

“Home.” Jedi Sanctuary. 26 May 2008

.”Jedi census phenomenon.” Wikipedia. 26 May 2008

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

“Jedi census phenomenon.” Wookieepedia. 11 Jan 2008. 26 May 2008

“Jedi Religion in Australia.” Snopes. 14 July 2007. 26 May 2008

“Jedi Religion.” Jedi Church. 26 May 2008

“Jedi “Religion” Sees Dramatic Growth (we’re not kidding).” Explore Faith. 17 May 2005. 26 May 2008

http://www.explorefaith.org/news/05_17_05.html.

“Religion in New Zealand.” Wikipedia. 26 May 2008

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

“United Kingdom Census 2001.” Wikipedia. 26 May 2008

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom_Census_2001

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