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DoggerDan
2012-Aug-29, 04:08 AM
Regardless of one's IQ, everyone has at least one talent in which separates them from the crowd. Sometimes it's mental, sometimes it's physical, and sometimes it's a combination thereof. It's nothing to be ashamed of, or to hide.

What's yours?

R.A.F.
2012-Aug-29, 04:14 AM
Regardless of one's IQ, everyone has at least one talent in which separates them from the crowd. Sometimes it's mental, sometimes it's physical, and sometimes it's a combination thereof. It's nothing to be ashamed of, or to hide.

What's yours?

Why would you think that someone with a talent would be ashamed of that talent, or try to hide it?

HenrikOlsen
2012-Aug-29, 06:24 AM
Regardless of one's IQ, everyone has at least one talent in which separates them from the crowd. Sometimes it's mental, sometimes it's physical, and sometimes it's a combination thereof. It's nothing to be ashamed of, or to hide.

What's yours?
Why would you think everyone has such a talent?

danscope
2012-Aug-29, 07:17 AM
Just a note on talent. If you really.....really want to work hard and long enough and associate yourself with those who have that like discipline, in time, you shall have developed what for some is mysteriously called talent. Even higher mathematics can become a little clearer to one who will persist in that theater. Will there be others of more skill? Certainly. And in your persistance,
you may,perhaps offer some help to those others who ask you,....who seems so talanted.
And so you shall become a teacher as well, to some degree. There is some give and take in most any endeavour. Press on. You have the luxury of time.

Dan

Strange
2012-Aug-29, 09:01 AM
It appears after 6 decades that my special talent is being mediocre at everything. Except I once got 100% for a history essay once, so I am not even very good at being mediocre.

grapes
2012-Aug-29, 09:41 AM
My talent is dictionary :)

A savant is a person, not a talent. But I knew exactly what you meant. :)

DonM435
2012-Aug-29, 12:41 PM
A person with absolutely no talents at all would be remarkable for that fact alone.

Trebuchet
2012-Aug-29, 04:00 PM
Mental arithmetic.

primummobile
2012-Aug-29, 05:13 PM
Electronics circuits.

jokergirl
2012-Aug-29, 06:52 PM
Are we My Little Ponies now?

My cutie mark is a joker hat.

Fazor
2012-Aug-29, 06:56 PM
My talent is being slightly (and I mean slightly) above-average at a lot of things, but excellent at none.

Or I just haven't found my "savant'ery" yet. Maybe I'm the world's best free-style skydiver, and I'll just never know that.

My biggest complaint is that nobody asked me what I'd like to be good at when they put together my genetic goo and built me from the ether.

primummobile
2012-Aug-29, 07:06 PM
My talent is being slightly (and I mean slightly) above-average at a lot of things, but excellent at none.

Or I just haven't found my "savant'ery" yet. Maybe I'm the world's best free-style skydiver, and I'll just never know that.

My biggest complaint is that nobody asked me what I'd like to be good at when they put together my genetic goo and built me from the ether.

Funny. I was actually going to reply that I know a little about almost everything, and a lot about almost nothing.

Swift
2012-Aug-29, 08:59 PM
I think my greatest talent is serving as a bad example. ;)

Slightly more seriously, I think what "separates me from the crowd" are the things I do, like my volunteer work, rather than some innate ability that genetics and luck has happened to endow me with.

danscope
2012-Aug-29, 09:24 PM
Many people will learn well from a bad example. It's all written down in chapter 13:
" DON"T LET THIS HAPPEN TO YOU " !!. I think one of the first examples is about lighting a gas grill . :)

This is in a book called " The Book of Ponder " written by Hee Chose Wong , co-authored by
Hee Chose Poh Lee .
Ancient proverb: He who looks for matches may find no eyebrows .

closetgeek
2012-Aug-30, 12:46 AM
Can blowing just about every potentially special moment by saying something really stupid actually be a savant?

Fazor
2012-Aug-30, 02:47 AM
Thread (and ClosetGeek's post) just reminded me of my old signature line, "I'm like one of those idiot savants . . . without the savant part."

Solfe
2012-Aug-30, 04:06 AM
Absorbing huge amounts of information in short periods of time.

I know every thing... just not all at once. Yesterday, I knew the Sesame Street song... all DAY long!

Luckmeister
2012-Aug-30, 05:12 AM
My ability to shine in the 12th hour after 11 hours of procrastination. Fear and panic seems to be my preferred avenue to inspiration and focus.

HenrikOlsen
2012-Aug-30, 06:20 AM
Are we My Little Ponies now?
Thanks for putting my question into better words.

Moose
2012-Aug-30, 01:27 PM
I know what I don't know.

I'm a generalist. I have no major talents, but within my range of "know something about most topics", I do have a number of minor talents, including (according to my unofficial niece and nephew) the ability to pick fun presents for kids. (Actually, that may well be my superpower. I've lucked into some grand slams with those two.)

primummobile
2012-Aug-30, 01:45 PM
My ability to shine in the 12th hour after 11 hours of procrastination. Fear and panic seems to be my preferred avenue to inspiration and focus.

Ah, yes. The old "Hey Mom I need to go to the store right now!" famously uttered at 8:00PM on the eve of a major science project being due. I was guilty of that many times growing up, and still am today, only now it's expense reports instead of science projects.

jfribrg
2012-Aug-30, 02:26 PM
Billy Currington is pretty good at drinking beer (http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/billycurrington/prettygoodatdrinkinbeer.html)

DonM435
2012-Aug-30, 02:35 PM
When I was a kid, I had a 1.000 fielding percentage in three years of Little League play. I never messed up a play during a game. (I worked at it, spending all my spare time bouncing a ball off any handy wall and going after it.) However, my hitting wasn't very good (relatively speaking: .300 on mostly singles doesn't cut it in an environment when the better kids hit over .500 and hit lots of home runs).

When they make you a late-inning defensive specialist at age 10 (which they did), you can abandon any hopes of diamond glory (which I did).

PetersCreek
2012-Aug-30, 05:24 PM
When it comes to non-work interests, I have the focus of a naked flash bulb. My avocations have varied widely (or wildly) over the years, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. While I wouldn't say that I've mastered any one pursuit, I did become competent in many and have a pretty broad skill set as a result. It's come in quite handy at times. The non-exhaustive list, past and present, includes:

Karaoke
Beer, wine, and spirits (single malt, in particular)
Cigars
Woodworking
Home improvement (carpentry, drywall, tilework, plumbing, electrical, etc.)
Meat smoking & curing, making sausage/salami
Cooking, grilling
Fishing
Flyfishing
Fly tying
Shooting (casual, CCW proficiency, and competetive)
Ammunition handloading
Hiking, backpacking
Flight sim pilot
Photography (film/darkroom and digital/advanced Photoshop)
Birding (casual)
Hunting
Taxidermy
Leatherworking
Lapidary, gem faceting, lost wax casting, silversmithing
Rocketry (small scale)
Radio Control Airplanes (building & flying)
Scale modeling (mostly aircraft, tall ships)
Sewing, cross stitch
Electronics, computer programming
Calligraphy
Drafting/mechanical drawing
Art (mostly oils, pen & ink, color pencil)
Astronomy, armchair (binoculars)
Dog training
Special effects/prosthetic makeup
Magic, balloon twisting
Community theatre
Music (cello, saxophone, bassoon)

starcanuck64
2012-Aug-30, 05:29 PM
That's an impressive list.

I think my best talent is writing poetry although I haven't done much in recent years.

Solfe
2012-Aug-30, 10:52 PM
Are we My Little Ponies now?

My cutie mark is a joker hat.

Just for the record, my daughter watches this show. There are 700+ named ponies... Pick a name. :)

Male:
Atlas, Chip Mint, Featherweight, High Score, Lance, Lickety Split, Pipsqueak, Pound Cake, Rumble, Shady Daze, Snails, Snips, Strike, Truffle Shuffle, Ace, Affero, All Aboard, Apple Strudel, Baritone, Bastion Yorsets/George Washingtony, Big McIntosh, Black Stone, Blue Bonnet, Blue Skies, Braeburn, Brindle Young, Brolly, Bruce Mane, Burnt Oak, Caboose, Caesar, Cappuccino/Luke, Caramel, Cherry Cola, Cherry Strudel, Chocolate Sun, Chocolate Tail, Clip Clop, Coconut, Comet Tail, Concerto, Cormano, Cosmic, Crafty Crate, Crafty Crate, Creme Brulee, Daddy Hooves/Daddy Doo/Nimbos, Davenport, Dewdrop, Doctor Stable, Dollar/Cashier/Money Shot, Dumb-Bell, Earl Grey, Eiffel, Evening Star, Fancypants, Felix, Filthy Rich, Fire Streak, Flam, Flash Bulb, Flim, Frederic Horseshoepin, Fuzzy Slippers, G. Raff, Geri, Gizmo, Golden Delicious, Goldengrape, Granny Smith's father, Pokey Oaks, Graphite, Great Scott, Green Gem, Green Gem, Hairy Tipper, Happy Trails, Hard Knocks, Harpo Parish Nadermane, Harry Trotter, Hay Fever, Hayseed Turnip Truck, Herald, Hercules, Hoity Toity, Hoops, Hors D'oeuvre, Horse, MD, Horte Cuisine, Horte Cuisine, Hugh Jelly, Icy Drop, Jack Hammer, Jack Hammer, Jazz, Jeff "The Dude" Letrotski, Jess Pezua, Jet Set, Jim Beam, Joe, John Bull, Karat, Kazooie, Klein, Lightning Streak, Lincoln, Lucky, Madden, Master, Master, Meadow Song, Meadow Song, Melilot, Milky Way, Mochaccino, Morton Saltworthy, Mr. Breezy, Mr. Carrot Cake, Mr. Greenhooves, Mr. Waddle, Mr. Zippy, Neon Lights, North Pole, Noteworthy, Oregon Trail, Orion, Orion, Palmer, Papermoon, Pegasus royal guards, Perry Pierce, Persnickety, Pigpen, Pine Breeze, "Pinkie's dad, Clyde", Pokey Pierce, Ponet, Poppycock, Post Haste, Prairie Tune, Prince Blueblood, Prism Strider, Pristine, Promontory, Raggedy Doctor, Rapidfire, "Rarity's dad, Magnum", Red Delicious, Rick Shaw, Rivet, Rivet, Royal Riff, Salt Lick, Score, Serenity, Shamrock, Sheriff Silverstar, Shining Armor, Shortround, Silver Lining, Silver Script, Snow Catcher, Snowflake, Soarin', South Pole, Spectrum, Spectrum, Squeaky Clean, Star Bright, Star Dream / Sky Dream, Star Gazer, Star Hunter, Star Hunter, Starburst, Steamer, Stinking Rich, Strawberry Cream, Sunburst, Sunburst, Sunlight, Tenth DoctorThe Tenth Doctor / Doctor Whooves #3, Theodore Donald "Donny" Kerabatsos, Thorn, Thunderlane, Time Turner, Tin Tailor, Tin Tailor, Top Notch, Tourist Trap, Tux n' Tails, Twilight Sky, Twilight Sky, "Twilight's dad, Night Light", Uncle Orange, Unicorn royal guards, Unnamed teacher Earth pony, Vance Van Vendington, Vigilance, Wacky Hair Day and Spray, Walter Coltchak, Wave Chill, William Wright, Wisp, Written Script, Mr. Kingpin , Star Swirl the Bearded , The and The Unicorn King.

Female:
Alula, Apple Bloom, Apple Bytes, Archer, Bee Bop, Berry Pinch, Bloo, Blueberry Cake, Checkered Flag, Cheery, Coronet, Cotton Cloudy, Cotton Top, Cream Puff, Cyan Skies, Diamond Tiara, Dinky Doo, Firelock, Fruitbasket, Grace Lightning, Half Note, Honey Drop, Hot Wheels, Key Lime, Lemon Daze, Lily Dache, Little Hoof, Mango Dash, Muffin, Noi, Nursery Rhyme, Peachy Petal, Peachy Pie, Pia Colada, Pinkie Feather, "Pinkie's sister, Blinkie Pie", "Pinkie's sister, Inkie Pie", Pumpkin Cake, Purpletastic/Purpleskies, Rainy Feather, Royal Blue, Scootaloo, Silver Spoon, Sun Glimmer, Sunny Daze, Sweet Pop, Sweetie Belle, Tootsie Flute, Tornado Bolt, Twist, Airheart, Allie Way, Aloe, Ambrosia, Amethyst Star, Apple Bumpkin, Apple Cider, Apple Cobbler, Apple Dumpling, Apple Fritter, Apple Munchies, Apple Pie, Apple Tarty, Applejack, April Showers, Aunt Orange, Ballad, Banana Fluff, Beauty Brass, Bell Perin, Berry Frost, Berry Icicle, Berry Punch, Big Wig, Blaze, Blossomforth, Blue Belle, Blue Harvest, Blue October/Blueberry Muffin, Blueberry, Blueberry Cloud, Bon Bon, Bon Voyage, Bonnie, Bottlecap, Buttercream, Candy Mane, Candylicious, Caramel Apple, Cheerilee, Chelsea Porcelain, Cherry Berry, Cherry Jubilee, Chilly Puddle, Chocolate Blueberry, Cinnabelle, Cinnamon Swirl, Cloud Kicker, Cloud Showers, Cloudchaser, Dainty Dove, Daisy, Daring Do, Deep Blue, Derpy, Diamond Mint, Dizzy Twister, DJ Pon-3 / V?n?yl Scratch, Doseydotes, Drizzle, Dust Devil, Electric Blue, Eliza, Elphaba Trot, Emerald, Endless Clouds, Fiddlesticks, Film Reel, Fleetfoot, Fleur de Lis, Flitter, Flounder, Fluttershy, Forest Spirit, Ginger Gold, Giselle, Glory / Spring Fresh, Golden Glory, Golden Harvest, Granny Smith, "Granny Smith's mother, Sew 'n Sow", Helia, High Style, High Winds, Holly Dash, Honeysuckle, Icy Rain, Ingrid Marie, InquisitorThe Inquisitor, Jangles, Jenny, Jolene, Juicy Fruit, Junebug, Katt Apples, Knit Knot, Lavender Skies, Lavenderhoof, Lemon Chiffon, Lemon Hearts, Lemony Gem, Lightning Bolt, Lily, Link Pink, Linked Hearts, Little Po, Lonsdaleite, Lotus Blossom, Lucy Packard, Lucy Packard, Lyra Heartstrings, Lyrica, Majesty, Mane Goodall, Mango Juice, Marey Fetlock, Marigold, Marmalade Jalapeno Popette / Orange Wafer, Maroon Carrot, Masquerade, Maxie / Madmax, May Ball, Maybelline, Mayor Mare, Medley, Merry May, Midnight Fun, Millie, Minuette, Misty, Mjlna, Mrs. Cup Cake, Nana Knits, Nixie, North Star / Rosaline, Northern Lights, Nurse Coldheart, Nurse Redheart, Nurse Sweetheart, Nurse Tenderheart, Oakey Doke, Octavia, Opal Water, Orange Blossom, Orange Box, Orchid Dew, Pacific Rose, Parasol, Parula, Peachy Cream, Peachy Sweet, Peppermint Crunch, Petunia, Photo Finish, Picture Perfect, Pink Cloud, Pink Lady, Pinkie Pie, "Pinkie's mom, Sue", Pish Posh, Pixie, Powder Rouge, Pretty Vision, Primrose, Princess Cadance, Princess Celestia, Princess Luna, Pumpkin Tart, Purple Haze, Purple Wave, Q. T. Prism, Quake, Quick Fix, Rainbow Dash, Rainbowshine, Raindrops, Rarity, "Rarity's mom, Pearl", Raty / Polly, Raven, Red Gala, Red Gala, Reflective Rock, Regal Candent, Rhythm / Night Shade, Riverdance, Roma, Romana, Rose, Rosewing, Rosewood Brook, Roxie, Royal Ribbon, Sandstorm, Sandy Soles, Sapphire Shores, Sassaflash, Screw Loose, Screwball, Sea Swirl, Serena, Sharpener, Shoeshine, Silver String, Silverspeed, Skyra, Snappy Scoop, Soigne Folio, Spitfire, Spring Water, Stardancer, Starlight, Starsong / Sugar Apple, Stella, Storm, Strawberry Lime, Strawberry Sunrise, Sugar Grape, Sugarberry, Sun Streak, Sunny Rays, Sunset Bliss, Sunstone, Surf, Surprise, Swan Dive, Swan Dive, Sweet Dreams, Symphony, The Rani, Tiger Lily, Toffee, Tracy Flash / Shutterfly, Tree Sap, TrixieThe Great and Powerful Trixie, Tropical Spring, Turf, Twilight Sparkle, "Twilight's mom, Twilight Velvet", Twinkleshine, Under D. Weather / Tropical Storm, Upper Crust, Vanilla Skies, Vanilla Sweets, Vera, Violet Fritter, Welly, Wild Fire, Wildwood Flower, Wind Whistler, Wing Wishes, Winter Withers, Yooess Dee, Yo-Yo / Gumdrop, Apple Brown Betty, Ditzy Doo, Granny Pie and The Princess Platinum.

Maybe I should should have named data manipulation as a talent?

Moose
2012-Aug-31, 12:39 AM
Solfe, ya Brony slacker, why isn't that sorted into something cool, like 'in order of appearance', or 'by number of minutes on screen'?

DoggerDan
2012-Aug-31, 12:48 AM
The non-exhaustive list, past and present, includes...

I'm impressed! I've enjoyed all of your answers, folks - thanks!

I have just two savant talents.

It's been years since I played around with statistics, but back in college, and again in graduate school, I aced (100%) every test, even though my overall math grades were average. I think I'd make a wicked actuary, but these days, I kind of hate stats. Might be worth looking into, though, as I could work from home.

I'm also ridiculously strong, but I don't know why, as I'm not buff, even though I work out regularly. I can walk up to any machine at the gym, throw the peg in the bottom slot, and do ten reps. I never work out at those levels, though, as it really hurts my joints, and I'll feel it (joint pain) for days, if not weeks. I actually have to be careful when I exercise or engage in physical activities so that I don't develop tendinitis or injure a joint.

There are many things I'm good at, but these two are the only ones at which I soar above the crowd.


Can blowing just about every potentially special moment by saying something really stupid actually be a savant?

Lol, does that have anything to do with your avatar? :)

Solfe
2012-Aug-31, 12:54 AM
Solfe, ya Brony slacker, why isn't that sorted into something cool, like 'in order of appearance', or 'by number of minutes on screen'?

That would have made "Tenth Doctor/The Tenth Doctor/Doctor Whooves #3" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_U0QDt8wiCs) stand out more than it already does. The link is to the Youtube video.

mike alexander
2012-Aug-31, 01:15 AM
I can make people laugh pretty reliably.

Cougar
2012-Aug-31, 02:26 AM
Music: piano, synth, composition, multitrack recording - playing all parts, by ear.

Aced all high school math, mediocre in college calculus, better with abstract algebra.

English: communication.

High school varsity basketball starter. High game: 31 points. Golf, on the other hand, tough game!

Photo, art composition.

Fazor
2012-Aug-31, 03:54 AM
I can make people laugh pretty reliably.

My "successful joke" percentage is fairly low, but I tell so many of them that I get a good overall quantity of laughs. I call it the "machine gun approach" to comedy. I'm okay with that.

schlaugh
2012-Aug-31, 04:16 AM
Hmmm...I'm told that I tie nice-looking flies. At least, the fish like them. :)

danscope
2012-Aug-31, 05:43 AM
Hi Cougar, Yes, golf is a difficult game. And when you start to get better, your body tests what you did better last year. It's always something. Shot 37 last tuesday. 41 the week before.
Go figure. (Well, it was wet ).

Best regards,
Dan

Ara Pacis
2012-Aug-31, 11:04 AM
Can blowing just about every potentially special moment by saying something really stupid actually be a savant?

Maybe it depends on the motivation or cause. Chanelling the Jim Carrey 'before' character in a Rom-Com might be savantish.

I don't think I have any savants. I tend to be a jack of all-trades, a master of none. I don't think that's from a lack of talent, but from not developing the several talents I have.

DonM435
2012-Aug-31, 12:51 PM
I hadnt thought about it very much until now, but I used to be able to type almost flawlessly. I acquired a typewriter when I was perhaps ten years old and taught myself to use it. Lacking proper training, I developed a technique using only two fingers plus occasional assistance from the others. I typed schoolwork when it was permitted, and on lots of projects of my own.

Now, I was never very fast. I was once tested and clocked at 45 words per minute, though with no errors. Working on school newspapers in high school and college, they used to rely upon me to enter items at the last minute, on those long, narrow sheets upon which the printer insisted, and I could always come through. (My typing always looked good, too, because the impressions were even. Touch-typists often betrayed the weakness of the outer fingers of their left hand in those days.)

Im sure that this will come as a shock to anybody whos read my material on this board, as I am now very prone to typing mistakes. Im sure that you can find some right here. Im thinking that the old, manual typewriters were just right for my style. With these you had to hit the keys just right, with enough force, and follow through. I suspect that this enabled me to halt in mid-stroke and correct errors before the character was committed to the paper. Its as if the hardware was just slow enough so that my mind couldnt outstrip my fingers.

However, once we went electronic, I lost my built in error detection, as now just touching the keys was enough for them to do their thing, even when it wasnt exactly as intended.

Because I never hand-wrote anything when I could avoid it, my penmanship suffered greatly, and only got worse from lack of practice. Today, (at times when I have no alternative) I can write notes that no one else can decipher. I stopped writing in script about 30 seconds after eighth grade graduation, and now I print everything but my signature in jumbled and disjointed letters.

SeanF
2012-Aug-31, 01:46 PM
I can notice misspelled words without actually reading them. I once noticed a misspelled word on a road-side sign and actually looped back around so I could drive by the billboard again and make note of what it said and which word was misspelled - all I knew after the original drive-by was that something was wrong with it.

Now, of course, I don't remember what it was... :(

And anybody who's read my posts on this board knows that I don't always notice misspelled words. :)

Which reminds me of another one, that I just noticed in another thread - I can apparently make invisible posts sometimes. :lol:

Moose
2012-Aug-31, 01:56 PM
Did somebody say something?

( ;) )

DonM435
2012-Aug-31, 03:51 PM
I can notice misspelled words without actually reading them.

I'm like that too. I was a pretty good proofreader because I could pick out misspelled words at a fast glance. The words somehow looked too long, too short, too heavy on one side ...

However, there are a few words that are fixed in my brain with incorrect spellings, so I cannot detect these, no matter how hard I might try.

publiusr
2012-Sep-01, 07:17 PM
Some of my talents.

With the power of my mind I can:

--cause traffic lights to go from green to red--even when no one is coming from the side street.
--make people really hate me just by standing still and minding my own business
--cause whichever lane of traffic I'm in to slow to a crawl.
--never win at anything.

Luckmeister
2012-Sep-01, 09:36 PM
Some of my talents.

With the power of my mind I can:

--cause traffic lights to go from green to red--even when no one is coming from the side street.
--make people really hate me just by standing still and minding my own business
--cause whichever lane of traffic I'm in to slow to a crawl.
--never win at anything.

That's nothing! Here's what I can do:

--Cause Boeing to cancel their SST program soon after I'm brought in as a consultant editor on their FAA Proposal.

--Cause the demise of the Beta tape format soon after I've convinced all my friends and relatives to buy Beta VCRs.

--Cause Commodore to stop production of the Amiga computers soon after I go to work selling them and designing systems around them.

My skill as a cutting-edge technology killer is unsurpassed.

SeanF
2012-Sep-01, 10:46 PM
--Cause Commodore to stop production of the Amiga computers soon after I go to work selling them and designing systems around them.
Gosh darn you, Luckmeister! I liked Amigas!

DonM435
2012-Sep-02, 12:33 AM
Bah! there are all kinds of people who say they can make it rain by washing their car, forgetting an umbrella, or wearing new shoes.

closetgeek
2012-Sep-02, 02:00 AM
I apparently can make any company stop producing/selling a product simply by uttering the words, "I love this stuff!"

Romanus
2012-Sep-02, 03:56 AM
I pick things up and put them down.

DonM435
2012-Sep-02, 04:32 AM
I pick things up and put them down.



Doesn't Britain have a Royal Society for Putting Things On Top of Other Things?

TJMac
2012-Sep-02, 02:20 PM
I can win at Minesweeper in world record times. This includes all three levels, beginner, intermediate, and expert. :o (According to times posted at Minesweeper.org)

I once shot a 40 in IHMSA competition. I suspect it was just a very good day for me, as my usual scores were low to mid thirties.

I apparently have a well developed spatial awareness. (not even sure that is how to describe it)

My best time with a Rubic Cube is 42 seconds. I have no idea if that is really good or average, or makes me sound like a bumbling idiot. :)


I have no musical, or artistry talents.

I have some obsessive compulsive issues about my precision tools and my work environment. (not sure if this has anything to do with "my savant")

TJ

Nick Theodorakis
2012-Sep-02, 04:40 PM
I am really good at molding the last sliver of bath soap onto the new bar until they become one so that no soap is wasted.

Nick

Moose
2012-Sep-02, 05:08 PM
I apparently can make any company stop producing/selling a product simply by uttering the words, "I love this stuff!"

Yeah, come to think of it, I'm an expert at making products disappear from my grocery store's stock lists, simply by buying it thrice.

Trebuchet
2012-Sep-02, 06:45 PM
Somehow today's SMB (http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2722)C made me think of this thread!

Ara Pacis
2012-Sep-03, 06:47 AM
I do seem to make streetlights go out. I'm not sure how.

pzkpfw
2012-Sep-03, 07:35 AM
I do seem to make streetlights go out. I'm not sure how.

Me too. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Street_light_interference_phenomenon

I used to do a lot of walking at night. So many lights seemed to go out as I passed under them...

jokergirl
2012-Sep-03, 09:24 AM
Me too. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Street_light_interference_phenomenon

I used to do a lot of walking at night. So many lights seemed to go out as I passed under them...

Hee. I've also noticed that at times. It's a fun little game of confirmation bias. ;)

Solfe
2012-Sep-05, 02:03 PM
Me too. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Street_light_interference_phenomenon

I used to do a lot of walking at night. So many lights seemed to go out as I passed under them...

I've always found street lights turning off to be weird. Now that there is a wikipage, it is even weirder.

Fazor
2012-Sep-05, 02:31 PM
I tend to lean towards the confirmation bias explanation.

I used to work second and third shift at an abandoned Children's Services housing complex - about 100 acres of dorms, administrative buildings, infirmary, gymnasium, etc that were all empty / used for storage. The job required me to check the grounds on regular intervals to make sure no one was breaking into the buildings or vandalizing the property. The grounds were lit by street lights installed in the 70's, and they regularly "cycled." But it seemed like lights would go out as you walked under them. That's because the complex was extremely creepy, and when a light would suddenly go out as you were near, the sensation of suddenly being enveloped in darkness was . . . memorable. But the other times, when the lights would stay on, you were just walking through an unremarkable scene, probably thinking about a million things that aren't street lights.

pzkpfw
2012-Sep-05, 07:35 PM
I tend to lean towards the confirmation bias explanation.

Nah, it's the awesome power emitted by my brain.

(Give me one thing, please!)

Noclevername
2012-Sep-05, 07:44 PM
I complete the carbon cycle, allowing plants to grow.

Van Rijn
2012-Sep-05, 11:18 PM
Nah, it's the awesome power emitted by my brain.

(Give me one thing, please!)

Er, okay . . . you have awesome confirmation bias power.

Moose
2012-Sep-06, 12:23 AM
I am the King of modesty, long may I reign, and my honesty is legendary.

schlaugh
2012-Sep-13, 03:17 AM
I was repeatedly reminded this past weekend that I have the keen ability to turn birdies into bogies - over and over again.

Trebuchet
2012-Sep-13, 03:00 PM
I was repeatedly reminded this past weekend that I have the keen ability to turn birdies into bogies - over and over again.

Every hole is a hole-in-one until clubface meets ball on the tee. It's usually all downhill from there!

danscope
2012-Sep-13, 05:19 PM
Help yourself to success. Practice chipping in your back yard untill you can toss the ball into a hula hoop from most anywhere.
This is the surest way to take a stroke off the hole. Takes a lot of pressure off the putting game as well.
And you'd be surprise how well you can manage a 7 wood on that approach shot. It doesn't stab into the ground like some irons in certain situations, and there is no question about the ball getting up, even from the rough. It can be a game saver. And with the success of the seven wood, you may gain confidence with your 3 wood , giving you some welcomed distance to the target and generating confidence. That is how I improved my game and my fun. Also, water is your friend. Save that beer for the last two holes.
It tastes much better when you score well. :)
Best of luck,
Dan

ps. I shot 37 tuesday. Not bad for a once a week game.

starcanuck64
2012-Sep-13, 05:53 PM
I shot an Eagle once on a par four, when I told my mom over the phone she got very upset...until I explained I was golfing.

Fazor
2012-Sep-13, 07:29 PM
I could probably count on one hand the number of birdies I've shot. Don't think I've ever shot an eagle, though I know I came close once, missing the cup by inches as it rolled to a rest a few feet away. Two-putted for par instead. Dagnabbit.

For a man of a mere 5'6", my short-game is terrible.

(Puns - my savant'ism?! I think those are just a side effect of BAUT, really. You're all master pun'smiths.)

DoggerDan
2012-Oct-21, 10:03 AM
Why would you think that someone with a talent would be ashamed of that talent, or try to hide it?

Because they often do.

DoggerDan
2012-Oct-21, 10:17 AM
Just a note on talent. If you really.....really want to work hard and long enough and associate yourself with those who have that like discipline, in time, you shall have developed what for some is mysteriously called talent. Even higher mathematics can become a little clearer to one who will persist in that theater. Will there be others of more skill? Certainly. And in your persistance,
you may,perhaps offer some help to those others who ask you,....who seems so talanted.
And so you shall become a teacher as well, to some degree. There is some give and take in most any endeavour. Press on. You have the luxury of time.

Dan

Thanks. I stopped paying attention to credentials after two things. First, I could no longer recount my own in less than ten seconds, and second, when I realized those who got the job down far outnumbered those with the credentials who were claiming they could get the job down "only if," but a day late and many dollars short.

Those of us who're in business pay attention to credentials for two reasons: Legal liability and profit. They're sometimes in synch, but not often. Profit rules (we don't run businesses cow-tow to ever whim on the planet - we run businesses to make money)., but limiting legal concerns remains a clear concern. Unfortunately, the overwhelmingly vast majority of those "legal" concerns involving some schmuck trying to legally, if not illegally, obtain bucks from those of us who're trying to get the work done. We avoid breaking any laws at all costs, yet they're there like leeches, claiming we do, if nothing more than to tie their and our lawyers in court, getting rich while sucking us try.

My firm's lawyer retired to a a $1.9 Million mansion, while I did all the work and risked my life to retire in a $900+/month apartment. Clue?

DoggerDan
2012-Oct-21, 10:19 AM
Back to my savant, it's figuring things like this ^^^ out. Usually after the fact, I'm afraid. Too busy working to figure it out on the fly.

danscope
2012-Oct-21, 06:15 PM
Hi Doggerdan , I find that those who are in business, after hiring those who claim credentials, will scrutinize those individuals and
prove for themselves if that person has the right stuff. They will take them on permanently or just as a temp untill they find the
right stuff.
Real talent is seldom suppressed.

Ara Pacis
2012-Oct-22, 06:09 AM
Thanks. I stopped paying attention to credentials after two things. First, I could no longer recount my own in less than ten seconds, and second, when I realized those who got the job down far outnumbered those with the credentials who were claiming they could get the job down "only if," but a day late and many dollars short.

Those of us who're in business pay attention to credentials for two reasons: Legal liability and profit. They're sometimes in synch, but not often. Profit rules (we don't run businesses cow-tow to ever whim on the planet - we run businesses to make money)., but limiting legal concerns remains a clear concern. Unfortunately, the overwhelmingly vast majority of those "legal" concerns involving some schmuck trying to legally, if not illegally, obtain bucks from those of us who're trying to get the work done. We avoid breaking any laws at all costs, yet they're there like leeches, claiming we do, if nothing more than to tie their and our lawyers in court, getting rich while sucking us try.

My firm's lawyer retired to a a $1.9 Million mansion, while I did all the work and risked my life to retire in a $900+/month apartment. Clue?

Why didn't you try to buy in as a partner or start your own business?

closetgeek
2012-Oct-22, 11:08 PM
Yeah, come to think of it, I'm an expert at making products disappear from my grocery store's stock lists, simply by buying it thrice.

Closetgeek strikes again. I found a coffee brand that not only makes an ultra-yummy cup of coffee but it is also free-trade. I've been using it for a few weeks now. They still sell that brand of coffee, just not organic whole bean French roast. I think I am going to start paying other people to buy my coffee, for me.

Durakken
2012-Oct-22, 11:24 PM
I'm a generalist... I have talent in just about everything to a moderate level and because of that it leaves me unmotivated to actually become skilled in things... this has caused me problems my whole life. Because I am such a generalist it allows a much higher level than most people are at due to stuff being easier when you're able to use knowledge from other areas for projects and insights, but at the same time it leaves a lack of motivation to become great in any area thus even though I'm better than most in most areas I'm worse than someone specialized and there is almost no way to make that transition one way or the other or to get people to help you with anything where you find yourself lacking...

If I had to pick one thing that I excel at though I'd say it has less to do with any particular thing but rather something like recognizing problems, fixing them, and understanding the talents and skills of others and utilizing them. Unfortunately this isn't very useful when you have to deal with being a generalist like I am lol and not being very charismatic so meh.


Anyone trade me talents? And life in general?



Oh also... I differentiate skill and talent. I have talent, but I'd say barely any skill. People skill will always be better than people with talent. Talent is something you are more or less born with while Skill is something you work for. Some people have talent and then build skill in the same area, but most people who do that are not the greats you'll ever remember, because most of those people are only concerned with what they are good at and how to best look good where as people who pick the thing they are worst at and build that up as a skill will generally be best because they are always concerned with challenging themselves and being the best rather than looking the best.

Noclevername
2012-Oct-23, 12:06 AM
Anyone trade me talents?

I'd like to have a little talent at many things, as opposed to a little talent at few things which I have now. Skill, I can get skill anytime, but I can't learn talent.

Durakken
2012-Oct-23, 04:23 AM
I'd like to have a little talent at many things, as opposed to a little talent at few things which I have now. Skill, I can get skill anytime, but I can't learn talent.

While that is true... It doesn't really work with my personality which is more that I like challenge. When you can without effort trounce what most people work hard to do it's no fun. It's hard to explain but because the way the world works and how system are set up it really is more of a pain than a benefit. Every college class I ever took drove me nuts because it was just way to easy, and it when you have to keep on forcing yourself to maintain an interest in a lower level of something for months just to get to a level where you can start learning again...before the system lets you start learning again... it is nothing but frustrating.

Although i would assume that if you don't have my mental problem of "this is pointless I'm not going to do it no matter how much i try to force myself" that you could probably achieve a lot more with a generalist talent pool. Oh well. Woe is me and all that.

Ara Pacis
2012-Oct-23, 06:58 AM
I'm a generalist... I have talent in just about everything to a moderate level and because of that it leaves me unmotivated to actually become skilled in things... this has caused me problems my whole life. Because I am such a generalist it allows a much higher level than most people are at due to stuff being easier when you're able to use knowledge from other areas for projects and insights, but at the same time it leaves a lack of motivation to become great in any area thus even though I'm better than most in most areas I'm worse than someone specialized and there is almost no way to make that transition one way or the other or to get people to help you with anything where you find yourself lacking...

If I had to pick one thing that I excel at though I'd say it has less to do with any particular thing but rather something like recognizing problems, fixing them, and understanding the talents and skills of others and utilizing them. Unfortunately this isn't very useful when you have to deal with being a generalist like I am lol and not being very charismatic so meh.


Anyone trade me talents? And life in general?



Oh also... I differentiate skill and talent. I have talent, but I'd say barely any skill. People skill will always be better than people with talent. Talent is something you are more or less born with while Skill is something you work for. Some people have talent and then build skill in the same area, but most people who do that are not the greats you'll ever remember, because most of those people are only concerned with what they are good at and how to best look good where as people who pick the thing they are worst at and build that up as a skill will generally be best because they are always concerned with challenging themselves and being the best rather than looking the best.
...
While that is true... It doesn't really work with my personality which is more that I like challenge. When you can without effort trounce what most people work hard to do it's no fun. It's hard to explain but because the way the world works and how system are set up it really is more of a pain than a benefit. Every college class I ever took drove me nuts because it was just way to easy, and it when you have to keep on forcing yourself to maintain an interest in a lower level of something for months just to get to a level where you can start learning again...before the system lets you start learning again... it is nothing but frustrating.

Although i would assume that if you don't have my mental problem of "this is pointless I'm not going to do it no matter how much i try to force myself" that you could probably achieve a lot more with a generalist talent pool. Oh well. Woe is me and all that.

Are we twins separated at birth?

Durakken
2012-Oct-23, 06:55 PM
Are we twins separated at birth?

Maybe... I'm the awesome one though.

danscope
2012-Oct-23, 07:05 PM
The day you know everything is close to the day you stop learning, and you will never suspect that you have a negative learning curve.
I have had the privilige of working with some gifted and brilliant people who, to the man, said " I learn every day. That's what makes it interesting."
The dust never settles on a learned man.

Ara Pacis
2012-Oct-25, 05:19 AM
Maybe... I'm the awesome one though.

So you're saying that you only have some awe... I am all awe, I am full of it. I am Awful!

...wait.

Durakken
2012-Oct-25, 06:02 AM
So you're saying that you only have some awe... I am all awe, I am full of it. I am Awful!

...wait.

As long as you are full of the proper things it is alright.

DoggerDan
2012-Dec-10, 09:09 AM
Real talent is seldom suppressed.

Agreed. We can't afford it.

Hlafordlaes
2012-Dec-10, 03:05 PM
Apart from the ability to seriously irritate people, I have no special talents.

Due to the interplay of a lifelong illness, secondary effects of medication and age, I spend anywhere from 25%-75% of the day in a mental fog of sorts. My one accomplishment in my late career was being able to compete with smart kids under half my age with only 2-3 days of intense output per month, all I could muster. I also became adept at re-learning everything before business meetings, since every day was like starting over. I guess I was good at inhaling info and making sense of it quickly back in the day, not so much anymore.

Moose
2012-Dec-10, 03:16 PM
Apart from the ability to seriously irritate people, I have no special talents.


This seriously irritates me.

starcanuck64
2012-Dec-10, 07:41 PM
Does idiot qualify as a savant, I'm able to do some really dumb stuff with the right motivation.

publiusr
2012-Dec-15, 06:52 PM
Are we twins separated at birth?

Triplets. I'm a generalist too. Under-employed as well.

vonmazur
2012-Dec-16, 07:50 AM
Remembering obscure facts from ages ago,(or even recently!) and being able to quickly bring it to mind, and foreign (to me) languages...Other than that, Idiot....(I did learn to fly Helicopters at age 18, and survived two tours in Nam, but I suspect it was luck, not skill!) There are other things as well, that other people have noticed, but I do not think they are really all that big of a deal....

Dale

Hlafordlaes
2012-Dec-16, 05:06 PM
This seriously irritates me.

I rather thought it might, and was harking back to the day. Bygones, now.:D