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Hi guys

 

I look forward to flying with you guys and getting back to null. I've been around since 2006 and instantly fell in love with Eve. Despite unsubbing a few times, and losing a girlfriend over the game, I keep coming back. 

 

I spent the first couple years mostly care-bearing solo through highsec, until I stumbled onto the first solid corp, Gallente Mining and Manufacturing Inc (GMMI), previously named Phalanx Expeditionary Conglomerate. It was a strange circumstance of how I found this corp: I was working the market, as I still do, and the CEO made a rather large purchase and overpaid by quite a bit. I thought it was cool, but soon he messaged me and asked if I could give him a refund, since he made a mistake. Without thinking about it, I gave him a refund, and one thing led to another and soon he invited me to join. I made many lasting friendships in that corp, some drifted away or left the game, some I stil have on my contact list. In fact one of the directors of my very last corp, Ghosts of New Eden, is from those days. As an indy corp, this was a proper bunch of care-bears, but we cut our teeth together in our first pvp (still remember my hand shaking), and eventually moved to Vale and joined the original Northern Coalition as a corp.

 

Being mostly indy, eventually the corp decided to leave nullsec, but I was having too much fun joining fleets and gate-camping so I stayed with one of the other corps, Sankkasen Mining Conglomerate. Eventually we got rolled over by NC. and our alliance got pretty much decimated with everyone going off in different directions. 

 

I joined a couple of corps after that, but everyone was moving around too much, I think I unsubbed briefly at one point, but essentially spent the next 2 years care-bearing again in HS. At one point, GMMI merged with a few other miners, formed Sundown Logistics and moved up to join SMA and the CFC. I ended up joining them and lived up in Pure Blind for a while. SMA had a reputation, as an indy alliance, as being soft, so we had tons of reds in our pocket constantly. From my perspective, it was a good opportunity to gain more pvp experience, if not roaming, protecting our space. There were also quite a few CTAs, the CFC had many enemies. Around November 2012, Sundown Logistics was looking to leave CFC and I decided to give away all my stuff in RL and moved to Hawaii, which, as you might guess, heavily interfered with my gaming =)

 

After Hawaii, I traveled around the country a bit, lived in Austin TX for 5 months and the last few years I've been on and off in Eve, mostly joining corps that my old friends started up, and they decided to move into a WH about 3 years ago. I wanted to give it a go, but really WH life is not my thing and these corps, although based around a core of close friendship and trust, have always been very small and it's always been tough finding enough of them online to motivate that re-sub finger. So once I came back with Ascension, I decided I wanted to pursue the things that interest me in Eve, and provide a steady stream of content. I posted a message on the recruitment forums a few nights ago and got quite a few offers, but the one that stood out the most was the message from Solomon. And here we are.

 

In RL I've been an interactive/visual designer for about 20 years, specializing in UI design. Currently I am working a freelance contract for a bio-tech firm application re-design, but this year in particular has been difficult to find good projects, so I supplement driving for Grubhub. In a way, delivery driving is the perfect job, and I often compare it with contract hauling in Eve. But just like in Eve, the pay is not that great. However, things have started to turn around and I have a few things in the works. Ultimately my typical work schedule would be a 9-5 CST position, but right now my schedule is all over the place, although the freelance project is pretty flexible.

 

I've always been an active gamer, anything from Ultima Online, WOW with my kid, and of course Eve Online. I also enjoy Crusader Kings II, most of the Total War series, The Witcher and was quite addicted to Fallout 4 last winter. I'm decidedly very interested in history and fantasy, as well as sci-fi, and many of the games I play reflect that.

 

At some point when I was 21 I fell in love, it was one of those storybook romances, had 2 beautiful kids with her, but eventually things soured and we parted ways. Perhaps we married too young, but love is what it is. Trying to catch up to the past, my Eve career is sprinkled with all sorts of RL Casanova activities, perhaps the only silver lining in a painful divorce. But those days are behind me as well, I'm now pushing 50, and if you're my age you know what I'm talking about: the desire is still there but reason is a thing now =)

 

Anyway, I could ramble on some more but don't want to scare you (too much). If you have any questions, please feel free to ask, I love a good conversation. 

 

Jonni

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Welcome to the corp.  I look forward to flying with you, and it will be interesting watching you and the other market moguls at work.  It sounds like you've led quite the interesting life, and it was very enjoyable to read about.

 

Let's see...a few random questions to get to know you better...

 

1.  What are your favorite fantasy books/series/authors?

2.  Same as above for Sci-Fi

3.  Favorite kind of sandwich?

 

Welcome and let the explosions begin!

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Thanks Oshri. I think life just is interesting =) But quite often, like in Eve, you have to make your own content! And sometimes you get podded..

 

To your questions:

 

1. Tolkien - LOTR - before you say, ah that's everyone. I read The Hobbit when I was 9 and pretty much thought that was the end of it, until I moved to US and at 15 I stumbled onto a bookstore and pretty much had a nervous breakdown when I glimpsed at one shelf, a beam of light on it, and behold: the LOTR series. Not one book, but THREE and some supporting literature, which Silmarillion is definitely top contender. Although I lump the Tolkien experience all in one, it's not just one book, it's a universe!

 

After Tolkien I would have to go with the Elric saga, I'm actually due for a re-read! I'm benefiting from the corp already =)

 

2. Asimov - I, Robot series - it was the first series I read by him, followed by Foundation. It's a close call between the two!

 

3. Favorite sandwich - It's impossible to have just one =) I love cooking and sandwiches are one of my specialties, my son says I make the best, but maybe all kids say that? Here are a few favorites though, in no particular order:

 

a. Bánh mì, vietnamese sandwich - a recent discovery, and like any sandwich, much of the heavy lifting is done by the bread, it must be fresh, quality French bread or baguette. I lean with the bbq pork.

 

b. Simple french bread or baguette with a bit of ham and mustard, butter if you want to splurge. There's a divine event that happens between the crispy bread, smooth butter and a good cut of ham. The mustard just seals it all together. My death row last meal, and I've thought about this) would be a Pret A Manger ham sandwich. Warm bread of course!

 

c. What's better than French bread? Probably a pretzel bun. Pick your mixins, it's all good. Mustard of course!

 

d. Schawarma sandwich - is this technically a sandwich? I think so, bread and filling. Chicken for me.

 

e. My own sandwich - usually created with whatever's in the fridge, the best way to cook. I tend to go with some crispy bread, but a pita will sometimes work just fine. Stack a few things - grilled red onion if you have it, roasted red pepper, some cold cuts or maybe some roasted type meat from last night, stir fried again for proper goodness. Throw a sunny side up egg on top of it, but it must be perfect so the yolk is not fully cooked but only breaks when you take a bite in it, spreading the goodness everywhere, like a party in your mouth!

 

Aggghh, I could go on and on about sandwiches, what a marvelous invention!

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Oh also re sci-fi, a graphic novel The Incal by Moebius and Jodorowski is one of my all time favorites. It was originally intended to be the first ever Dune movie, but Jodorowski's dream was too big for Hollywood. Many sci-fi movies borrow heavily from his vision. It would've been great. Anyway, after Hollywood turned him down, he turned much of the screen play concepts into this amazing graphic novel. A must read!

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That was the most awesomely detailed sandwich answer I've ever seen.  Now I'm really really hungry.

 

My turn for questions.

 

1) Favorite place you've ever been and why.

2) Weirdest thing you've ever delivered working for grubhub.

3) Coolest animal on the planet.

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Ha, yeah a huge part of good cooking is presentation, and that's often just talking about it. Probably why specials at high end restaurants are not usually listed, but recited as poetry by some french accent waiter =) French itself is such a beautiful language that probably has something to do with why the cuisine has such a prominent profile. Liver stuffed duck with leeks sounds ok, but in French it sounds soooo delicious!

 

To your questions:

 

1. I had a hard time picking this. I grew up in Romania and my dad took us on many road-trips. I've visited so many castles, any one of which could easily take top place. But I think I have a soft spot for the Black Hills in South Dakota. Perhaps it was the company and the circumstances of the trip, but I think the serene beauty of the place and the chill nature of the population, really makes it stand out as one of the favorite places I've ever been to.

 

2. I think it would have to be ice cream. I thought it was weird at first, but I've had quite a few ice cream deliveries, mostly in summer. Which makes sense I guess, ice cream in summer, except that I have to drive it in rather hot weather. One shop in particular specialized in fancy ice cream, like shaved snow, very delicate. There's no way that was going to reach the destination the same way it left the shop. I've even had conversations with the owners if there were ever complaints, which there were, customers always wonder why the ice cream is melted by the time it arrives. Helloooooo! Besides that, 2 shakes were probably the strangest. You just spent an extra $10 for 2 shakes. Ok, I guess if you have disposable income..

 

3. Bears have got to be the coolest animals. And literally too. For the most part they're pretty chill, they like to keep to themselves and are not usually aggressive by nature. But mess with them and you get flattened into the ground. Turtles are a close second!

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Well reasoned on 3.  Bears are in fact super chill.  I've been within about 10 feet of a large, for a black, bear on a golf course and he just did his thing hunting down berries and the whatnot once I left.  I still have the picture somewhere in my phone.

 

Pretty sure I could have pet him if i'd wanted, he was definitely interested in my bag. Probably the sandwich in there.

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Welcome fellow marketeer! Part of the SOHCO price of admission is revealing all your trade secrets to the SOHCO Market Cabal. Please send them to @Simone in an itemised list starting with the most profitable. 

 

Kidding! Just kidding!  I am curious though about what markets you work. I dabbled in inter-regional hi-sec trading, but marketeering didn't really click for me until I got to Branch.

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Wow!  I can see that you are not someone who's forum participation I will need to worry about, which is excellent.  We definitely recruit for people/community-first folks, and you've consistently given me that vibe.  So I think you're going to enjoy your new home (for others - Jonni's been invited, but needed a day to consolidate some hi-sec assets before coming under the gaze of our current war-dec).  But out of everything you wrote that I could have responded to, I share Mathias' reaction, below.

 

7 hours ago, Mathias Pitsman said:

That was the most awesomely detailed sandwich answer I've ever seen.

 

We have a forum where we discuss cooking / recipes, and I definitely think you should copy-paste some of that and start a sandwich thread.

 

I've gone ahead and set up your forum access.  Feel free to start cruising (especially the EVE forum), but for the next day or two, you'll probably spend most of your time on our New Recruits Orientation post.  You won't be able to start until after we get you in the corp, but then... let the registration of 1,000 IT services begin! :jump:

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