Wikipedia 10K Redux by Reagle from Starling archive. Bugs abound!!!
AyeSpy has no college degree, and has not attended an accredited InstituteOfHigherLearning. He declares that his ramblings should not be regarded as authoritative or mainstream, but rather the IdiosyncratiC, (though hopefully well-considered) views of one looking from the outside in. AyeSpy has over 3900 classroom and field hours in investigative and intelligence training - including classes in ethics, human behavior and psychology, methods of managing interpersonal interaction; the equivalent of more than a master's degree in his field. He has 21 years as a private investigator for law firms. He writes science fiction. He has worked professionally in over 30 different fields, from horse husbandry, auto mechanics and home construction to photography, marketing, personnel management and counseling. He is a vocalist, guitarist, and song writer. His last IQ test came in at 154. (as though anyone cares) He has made a lifelong study of education technology as well as philosophy and comparative religion. He has an interest in quantum physics, and the concept referred to as Quantum Consciousness. What on earth does AyeSpy do with himself all day? AyeSpy as Investigator - Job Duties: Photos/videography/diagraming of accident scenes, plaintiff and defendant vehicles, client injuries, scars, disfigurement, disabilities. Photos/videography of Photos or micro-photography of physical evidence and of purportedly defective products, food adulteration, etc. Obtaining of photos or video taken by others and analysis of same. Includes: Police, coroner, private security officers and/or investigators, adjusters, aerial photos Inspect vehicles for evidence of impact force, accident causation reasons, crashworthiness, mechanisms of injury causation. Supervise vehicle tear-down for these purposes. Secure, preserve and regulate access to accident vehicles as appropriate Obtain, Inspect, analyze, and preserve physical evidence and purportedly defective products of all kinds in order to determine facts and liability. For instance: failed ladders, chairs, tires, mechanical car parts, stair elements, stoves, electrical parts, lights, ropes, cable and webbing, hinges, frames, stands, glass items, clothing, hand tools, power tools, fuel systems and tanks, bikes, motorcycles, medical appliances, springs, tensioners, latches, valves, etc. Investigation to determine the manufacturers and distributors of products when not clearly stated on same Obtaining of exemplar products for comparison and testing Inspection and analysis of premises (including plumbing, wiring, framing, glazing, roofing, masonry, stairs, floors, railings, drywall) in order to determine code compliance and to determine accident causation facts and liability. Premises illumination analysis Investigation and analysis of job safety factors and plant operation to determine when ordinary negligence is exceeded or third party liability enters in. Locate and interview witnesses, record witness statements. Sitting in on (to observe and regulate) recorded statements of clients by insurance reps Analysis of potential toxic exposure and causes for environmental illness Analysis of compliance or lack thereof with safe animal restraint and handling practices Investigation of compliance with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety laws Inspection and analysis of roadways, traffic control elements, traffic control plans for safety, compliance with laws and codes, visibility, etc. to determine possible contribution to accident causation. Accident reconstruction from physical evidence and witness accounts including: vehicle movement, speed from skid, speed from crush, speed from roll, vehicle attitude, occupant impact, elapsed time between events, avoidance factors, braking performance, visibility and vehicle illumination, use or non-use of restraint, etc. Obtaining of outside reports from police, coroner, other jurisdictions, etc. Videotape scenes, client activities, defendant activities, statements, other evidence Obtain police and television and other public-source videos Video copying and editing Find and hire consulting and testifying experts in all fields and liaison with same. Unsnarl difficult property damage issues and P/D value disputes Investigate to locate insurance and analyze insurance exposure under case facts Evaluate questionable incoming cases as to worth and sufficiency. Locate missing persons including defendants, witnesses and clients. Identify and locate defendants and their agents for purposes of service and correctly naming in complaint Attend and record salient facts of plaintiff and defendant traffic trials. Prepare plaintiff for traffic trial. Police, fire, coroner, prosecutor liaison to assist prosecution and conviction of defendants Review of medical and coroner records to determine causation of injury or death. Liaison with coroner to get erroneous causation corrected on official report Back-up prospective case interviewing Prospective case interviewing in hospital or home setting Rapid service of process on friendly witnesses Surveillance Public records research to determine history of accident site, and identities and zones of responsibility of potential defendants Defendant asset and criminal and civil record searches - background investigation for credibility purposes Legal research and statutory and case citation to assist attorney in case analysis Writing of some pleadings in state and federal court. Determination of relevant discovery issues as requested Assisting clients in response to discovery if necessary American Trial Lawyers Association research of current and past similar cases against same or similar defendant or product Premises security plan and execution analysis Area crime trend analysis Travel as necessary to conduct any and all of above out of town and/or out of state. Represent firm to other firms, public agencies, witnesses and to potential clients in the most capable and professional light possible To see the list of fields in which AyeSpy has earned $$, look at the AyeSpyList. Included under separate heading are activities pursued out of necessity or for pleasure, but without remuneration... ---- Bruce, I think you underestimate the value of SeriousScholarship. -- LarrySanger ---- ''Au Contraire, mon ami''. I esteem it highly. Why do you think I added the warning to readers that I have no degree and no college education? I don't want anyone to place undue reliance on my musings. I only wish I'd had the opportunity to pursue it in my youth. I am frustrated when I lack time and resources to pursue any given line of enquiry to its absolute conclusion, either academically or in life. I have been repeatedly encouraged by professionals to pursue a professional degree, even at this late stage in my life. Economic realities have prevented it, however. My family would starve. One of my great points of pride as a parent has been paving the way for my kids, the eldest of whom enrolls in her post-grad program in the fall, the youngest of whom is already positioned to out-earn me in the field of IT. On the other hand, it has been my experience that SeriousScholars, highly valuing (and justly so) the effort with which they exhausted themselves to come by knowledge hard-won, tend to jealously guard the status which the successful completion of their studies confers. As such, they tend to be reluctant to acknowledge that the observations of those "uneducated" persons around them, sans-degree, might have validity - exceeding even, at times, the validity of those by the expert. I have thought up, composed, and written pleadings which, filed with the court and considered ''in camera'' without oral argument, defeated the motions or counter-motions of experienced lawyers. I have averted courtroom defeats by catching factual or legal errors in pleadings before they were filed. I have brought to the attention of engineers errors in their observations, assumptions or calculations which invalidated their conclusions. I have brought medical technical data to the attention of medical examiners, with the result that they corrected an erroneous finding on cause of death. I have found results in patient medical testing, and material in medical texts, which proved malpractice. Did you know that a "right bundle branch block" finding on an ECG is a differential for diagnosing pulmonary embolism (instead of, say, gastritis) and that failure to immediately start a prophylactic course of of anticoagulants could kill the patient? I know of at least two emergency docs who either overlooked or forgot that fact, in spite of 7 years of SeriousScholarship. I deal on a daily basis with experts of all kinds, their contributions to legal cases, and am regularly confronted with the fact that their pursuit of SeriousScholaship gives them an ability which I will never possess to a) analyze, interpret and form accurate conclusions from technical data and b) testify to same in court. Hell, I can't even testify to my own investigative results, because I work for the firm. So, I hire, brief, and manage experts of every stripe. I could not live without them. But some of those experts whom the firm winds up using on a regular basis have developed a habit of having me vet their reports before finalizing them. They value that little extra insurance against being caught with their pants down. In 21 years of very active trial practice, this 11-lawyer firm is undefeated at trial. That record is unmatched in this state. (They'll get us sooner or later, I'm sure. But not yet.) So, from the viewpoint of a total generalist, I tend to correlate data from diverse fields, test various hypotheses, and come up with what I, in my vanity and arrogance, sometimes think of as insights that others might find interesting. This is not to say that the professionals in these fields are not better informed that I. Within the confines of their field, they doubtless are. I hope that my occasional irreverance for convention does not leave readers with the feeling that I do not respect SeriousScholarship. Nothing could be farther from the truth. ---- I stand corrected! -- LarrySanger