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'''Don't be shy.''' Can you do something that other people find useful, entertaining, or impressive? Don't hide it under a bushel! Instead, post here. Put your proficiency in parentheses. Add new categories and skills as appropriate.
 
'''Don't be shy.''' Can you do something that other people find useful, entertaining, or impressive? Don't hide it under a bushel! Instead, post here. Put your proficiency in parentheses. Add new categories and skills as appropriate.
  
==Automotive Skills==
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This page was getting pretty big and hard to navigate/read/edit, so it's broken into categories. Consider this the "Miscellaneous Skills" section.
  
===Drive Stick Shift===
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See also:
  
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06emm Evan Miller] (maniacally)
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[[Students with language skills]]
  
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06dpr Daniel Rooney] (erotically)
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[[Students with automotive skills]]
  
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06bwd Brendan Dougherty] (smooth as shit out of a duck's ass)
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[[Students with body skills]]
  
Joe Shoer '06 (that's what she said)
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[[Students with computer skills]]
  
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=07kfm Katie Montgomery] (could drive anything from a '82 Toyota Tercel to a forklift, or so she believes)
 
  
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=07jmc Jessica Chung] (She learned in a week.)
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==Animal Sounds, etc.==
  
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=08sjp Samantha Peterson] (automatics are for women)
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===Caveman Talk===
  
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=07jyl Janey Waney Lee] (She doesn't even need to say anything.)
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[[Chris St.Cyr]]
  
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06ljw Leah Joy Weintraub] (In her other life, she actually is a race car driver.) (So she has problems making right turns.)
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===Dog Bark===
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Danny Fischler barks at cars, beeping alarms, and squirrels with nice legs.
  
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06lc Lucy Cox-Chapman](Better than her brother)
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[[Jono Dowse]] barks back at dogs that chase him on runs; they retreat in fear.
  
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=09jrc Jay Cox-Chapman](Worse than his sister)
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===Cat Meow===
  
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=07hmh Helena Harnik] (I have two driving licenses, one for each side of the road. Yeah that's right- I can use either hand to shift. That makes me 2x more stick-savvy than everyone else)
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Alexa Herlach and she does it often.
  
[[Ronit Bhattacharyya '07]] (Only ever driven stick shift; now I just wish I could drive on the right side of the road)
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[[Julianne Shelby]] is probably just actually a cat
  
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=08amr_2 Anne Royston '08] (can shift from both driver's and passenger's seat; working on backseat)
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===Burping===
  
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=07mse Matthew Earle '07] (Double-clutch downshifts saves wear on synchros, but may have caused the expensive timing chain misalignment he just had fixed)
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Samantha Peterson can burp the alphabet. Backwards.
  
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06tfv Travis Vachon] (Including sketchy old truck clutches)
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===Unbelievably Frightening Subsonic Beast Voice===
  
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06chh Clara Hard] (West Coast style)
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[[Neal Holtschulte]]: enter Rangda.
  
===Drive Really Fast In Reverse===
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Liz Bacon can do some scary stuff. She has breathing issues. -Cat Vielma '09
 
 
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06dsf Danny Fischler] once pulled a k-turn, maxing at around 20mph, across the width of a freeway entrance.  With [http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06rmb Becky frickin' Burditt] in the back seat.  Ca-raaaaaazy.
 
 
 
===Sweet Jumps===
 
 
 
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06dr David Rodriguez] likes to go as fast as he can when he sees speed bumps and likes to think he gets an inch or two of air in his 2-ton SUV every time.
 
 
 
===Change a Tire===
 
 
 
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06dr David Rodriguez '06] has changed more than his fair share of tires and learned that salt+rust will effectively glue a wheel onto the axle. Solution? Wedge the flat edge of your hubcap-removal tool into the jammed area and whack the crap out of it with a hammer. Eventually, if you're lucky, that wheel will pop right off.
 
 
 
===Jumpstart a Car===
 
 
 
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06dr David Rodriguez '06] has also had his fair share of car jumpstarts and knows not to connect the black plug to red and red plug to black. If you do, you will blow the battery fuse in your fusebox and burn out some expensive component in your car. Through his learning processes, he found just how costly it is to replace the stock amp that powers your stereo.
 
 
 
[[Jonathan Landsman]] (who's been zapped)
 
 
 
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06ljw Leah Joy Weintraub] (but only if you ask nicely)
 
 
 
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06tfv Travis Vachon]
 
 
 
=== Parallel Park ===
 
 
 
[[Jonathan Landsman]], native New Yorker, has parked in spots so tight that getting in and out depended on using room provided by nudging cars parked in front and behind, counting on the flexibility of their shocks.  His record in Williamstown was set when moving into his [[Morgan#East|Morgan East]] room for the [[Summer 2004|Summer of 2004]], when he parked at the top of [[Spring Street]], leaving enough room on either end of the car to fit one finger, but not two.
 
 
 
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06dr David Rodriguez] is also a native New Yorker and often takes it upon himself to giggle at the non-city folk that have such a tough time parking in huge spots on Spring Street.
 
 
 
===Get Parking Tickets ===
 
Chris St.Cyr  (5 tickets and the infamous car boot to the front tire in first two months here as a freshman)
 
 
 
Evan Miller (6 in as many days)
 
 
 
==Oral Skills==
 
 
 
===I can blow free-floating saliva bubbles===
 
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06bwd Brendan Dougherty] (Mr. Bubbles)
 
 
 
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06emm Evan Miller] (I can catch it, too)
 
 
 
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06tfv Travis Vachon]
 
 
 
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=08smc Sara Carian]
 
 
 
===I can curl my tongue into a W===
 
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06emm Evan Miller]
 
 
 
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06dr David Rodriguez]
 
 
 
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=09les Leah Shoer]
 
 
 
===I can touch my tongue to my nose===
 
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06bwd Brendan Dougherty]
 
 
 
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06lc Lucy Cox-Chapman]
 
 
 
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=07jfm Jake Manley]
 
 
 
===I can tie a cherry stem into a knot in my mouth===
 
 
 
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06dr David Rodriguez]
 
 
 
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06emm Evan Miller] (gimme 40 seconds)
 
 
 
[[Julianne Shelby '06 | Julianne Shelby]]
 
 
 
===I can turn my tongue so it's vertical instead of horizontal===
 
 
 
[[Diana Davis '07]]
 
 
 
===I can turn my tongue past vertical, until it's upside down===
 
 
 
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06bwd Brendan Dougherty]
 
 
 
==Manual Skills==
 
 
 
===I can snap my fingers by flipping my wrist===
 
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06emm Evan Miller] (right hand only)
 
 
 
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=07rb Ronit Bhattacharyya] (both hands)
 
 
 
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=09jrd Jonathan Dahlberg] - amazingly well
 
 
 
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06tfv Travis Vachon]
 
 
 
===I can pull my fingers back to touch the back of my hand===
 
 
 
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=07jgc John Chatlos] can.
 
 
 
==Other body skills==
 
 
 
===Ear Tricks ===
 
Katie Montgomery can move her ears independently of one another.
 
 
 
Margit Sande-Kerback '05 can wiggle her ears.
 
 
 
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06dr David Rodriguez] can wiggle his ears, but he can only move his left ear independent of his right, not vice-versa.
 
 
 
===I can dislocate my...===
 
 
 
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=09bro Bonnie O'Keefe] can dislocate her right hip.
 
 
 
=== I Can Get a Cool/Rare/Weird Disease ===
 
 
 
Seth Brown '01 (scurvy)
 
 
 
==Computer Languages==
 
 
 
===Assembly Language===
 
 
 
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06tfv Travis Vachon] (kind of...)
 
 
 
===Befunge===
 
 
 
Steve Winslow '04
 
 
 
[[Brent Yorgey]] '04
 
 
 
===C===
 
 
 
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06tfv Travis Vachon]
 
 
 
[[Brent Yorgey]] '04
 
 
 
===CSS===
 
 
 
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06emm Evan Miller] (like butter) (it's not a language)
 
 
 
===Haskell===
 
 
 
[[Brent Yorgey]] '04 (the most beautiful language ever -- don't give me this Ruby crap)
 
 
 
===HTML===
 
 
 
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06emm Evan Miller] (like margarine)
 
 
 
[[Brent Yorgey]] '04 (not a language)
 
 
 
A ridiculously large number of other people.
 
 
 
===Java===
 
 
 
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06dpr Daniel Rooney] (disgusting)
 
 
 
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06emm Evan Miller] (shamefully well)
 
 
 
[[Brent Yorgey]] '04 (I frickin' TEACH this language)
 
 
 
===JavaScript===
 
 
 
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06emm Evan Miller] (just a pinch)
 
 
 
===Lisp===
 
 
 
(cons '[[Brent Yorgey]] (cons '04
 
(cons '[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=07jmc Jessica Chung] '07)))
 
 
 
===Mathematica===
 
 
 
[[Daniel Klein '06|Daniel Klein]] (is too a real language)
 
 
 
[[Joe Shoer '06]] (it's my thesis, and I can do more with it than the math nerds can)
 
 
 
[[Laura Effinger-Dean '06]] (I make pretty pictures for my thesis!)
 
 
 
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06nsy Nick Yates '06] (Pretty spirals!  Ooh!)
 
 
 
[[Diana Davis '07]] (I'll isoperimeterize you!)
 
 
 
===PARI/GP===
 
 
 
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06nsy Nick Yates '06] (For a number theoretic software called [http://pari.math.u-bordeaux.fr/ PARI]; similar to C)
 
 
 
===Perl===
 
 
 
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06cks Kai Steverson] (competent)
 
 
 
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06emm Evan Miller] (wizardly)
 
 
 
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=08jwc_2 Jing Cao] (kind of)
 
 
 
[[Brent Yorgey]] '04 (JAPH)
 
 
 
===PHP===
 
 
 
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=07yfh Young Hahn] (godly)
 
 
 
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=08kch Katherine Huang] (sort of)
 
 
 
===Python===
 
 
 
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06tfv Travis Vachon] (the scripting language of choice)
 
 
 
===R===
 
 
 
[[Daniel Klein '06|Daniel Klein]] (it makes statistics fun!)
 
 
 
===Ruby===
 
 
 
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06emm Evan Miller] (the scripting language of choice)
 
 
 
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=07rb Ronit Bhattacharyya] (the most beautiful language ever)
 
 
 
===WC237 Microcode===
 
 
 
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06tfv Travis Vachon] (well, at one point at least...)
 
 
 
===XML/XSLT/XPath/XQuery===
 
 
 
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=07rb Ronit Bhattacharyya] (hey, at least I'm not claiming CSS + HTML to be languages)
 
  
 
==Circus Arts & other amazing feats==
 
==Circus Arts & other amazing feats==
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Alex Ambros (the 1 in 2000 girl)
 
Alex Ambros (the 1 in 2000 girl)
  
Elissa Brown (in the same entry as Alex - what's the probability of ''that''?)
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Elissa Brown (was in the same entry as Alex - what's the probability of ''that''?)
 
   
 
   
 
Abby McBride can too!
 
Abby McBride can too!
  
 
Bryan Dragon can but doesn't want anybody to know about it.
 
Bryan Dragon can but doesn't want anybody to know about it.
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===I can walk on my hands===
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[[Meredith Sopher]] thinks life is more fun upside down
  
 
===I can slackline===
 
===I can slackline===
 
Elissa Brown (shakily)
 
Elissa Brown (shakily)
  
Alex Ambros
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Alex Ambros
  
 
Dave Kleinschmidt (if I'm lucky)
 
Dave Kleinschmidt (if I'm lucky)
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Evan Bick
 
Evan Bick
  
===I can juggle (balls, clubs, knives, flaming torches, etc)===
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Sean McKenzie (anywhere and everywhere)
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===I can juggle (balls, clubs, knives, flaming torches, etc.)===
 
Alex Ambros (working on passing clubs)
 
Alex Ambros (working on passing clubs)
  
Elissa Brown (see above. We'll get it eventually)
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Elissa Brown(see above. We'll get it eventually)
  
 
Ben Brooks (I can do everything listed in the title except "etc." Whatever that is...)
 
Ben Brooks (I can do everything listed in the title except "etc." Whatever that is...)
  
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=08jcr Jason Ren](I can do everything listed AND Etc. I know what it is)
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Jason Ren (I can do everything listed AND Etc. I know what it is)
  
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Robin Stewart (He's the master)
  
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06rss_2 Robin Stewart](He's the master)
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[[Jacob Eisler]] '04 says his one of his two major accomplishments in high school was learning to juggle.
  
 
==Communication==
 
==Communication==
  
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=07mcp Margaret Pigman] can read and write braille, and has a braille typewriter!  
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Margaret Pigman can read and write braille, and has a braille typewriter! And, and, and! Margaret takes class notes in Braille.
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[[Diana Davis]] can write holding a pencil with her toes.
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[[Jonathan Landsman]] is the fastest two-finger typist there is, and can do so blindly.
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==Impressions==
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[[Joseph Gangestad]] can do an uncanny Gollum (Andy Serkis)
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Dan Wollin can too.
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And Ralph Morrison (rare talent, it seems).
  
[[Diana Davis '07]] I can write by holding a pencil in my toes.
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Joe Shoer '06 can do Stitch <s>fairly okay</s> very well.
  
[[Jonathan Landsman|Jonathan Landsman '05]] is the fastest two-finger typist there is, and can do so blindly.
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Danny Fischler '06 does a decent Donald Duck scream, but is limited to a rather crude vocabulary.
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The entire [[Cross Country Running|cross country]] team imitates Pete Farwell with widely varying degrees of success and/or recognizability.
  
 
==Luck==
 
==Luck==
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06lds Lisetta Shah]
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Lisetta Shah can find 4-leaf clovers pretty much just by looking down at the ground for a couple seconds, and sometimes without even that much effort.
can find 4-leaf clovers pretty much just by looking down at the ground for a couple seconds, and sometimes without even that much effort.
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Alex Ambros see above, plus those trippy five and six leaf ones
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==Martial Arts/Small Arms==
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Michael Anthony Del Rio is surgical with a 12 gauge shotgun.
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Andrew Triska '10 learned to fire a handgun at age 4. He has yet to perfect it.

Latest revision as of 23:13, May 31, 2019

Don't be shy. Can you do something that other people find useful, entertaining, or impressive? Don't hide it under a bushel! Instead, post here. Put your proficiency in parentheses. Add new categories and skills as appropriate.

This page was getting pretty big and hard to navigate/read/edit, so it's broken into categories. Consider this the "Miscellaneous Skills" section.

See also:

Students with language skills

Students with automotive skills

Students with body skills

Students with computer skills


Contents

Animal Sounds, etc.

Caveman Talk

Chris St.Cyr

Dog Bark

Danny Fischler barks at cars, beeping alarms, and squirrels with nice legs.

Jono Dowse barks back at dogs that chase him on runs; they retreat in fear.

Cat Meow

Alexa Herlach and she does it often.

Julianne Shelby is probably just actually a cat

Burping

Samantha Peterson can burp the alphabet. Backwards.

Unbelievably Frightening Subsonic Beast Voice

Neal Holtschulte: enter Rangda.

Liz Bacon can do some scary stuff. She has breathing issues. -Cat Vielma '09

Circus Arts & other amazing feats

I can ride a unicycle!

Alex Ambros (the 1 in 2000 girl)

Elissa Brown (was in the same entry as Alex - what's the probability of that?)

Abby McBride can too!

Bryan Dragon can but doesn't want anybody to know about it.

I can walk on my hands

Meredith Sopher thinks life is more fun upside down

I can slackline

Elissa Brown (shakily)

Alex Ambros

Dave Kleinschmidt (if I'm lucky)

Evan Bick

Sean McKenzie (anywhere and everywhere)

I can juggle (balls, clubs, knives, flaming torches, etc.)

Alex Ambros (working on passing clubs)

Elissa Brown(see above. We'll get it eventually)

Ben Brooks (I can do everything listed in the title except "etc." Whatever that is...)

Jason Ren (I can do everything listed AND Etc. I know what it is)

Robin Stewart (He's the master)

Jacob Eisler '04 says his one of his two major accomplishments in high school was learning to juggle.

Communication

Margaret Pigman can read and write braille, and has a braille typewriter! And, and, and! Margaret takes class notes in Braille.

Diana Davis can write holding a pencil with her toes.

Jonathan Landsman is the fastest two-finger typist there is, and can do so blindly.

Impressions

Joseph Gangestad can do an uncanny Gollum (Andy Serkis)

Dan Wollin can too.

And Ralph Morrison (rare talent, it seems).

Joe Shoer '06 can do Stitch fairly okay very well.

Danny Fischler '06 does a decent Donald Duck scream, but is limited to a rather crude vocabulary.

The entire cross country team imitates Pete Farwell with widely varying degrees of success and/or recognizability.

Luck

Lisetta Shah can find 4-leaf clovers pretty much just by looking down at the ground for a couple seconds, and sometimes without even that much effort.

Alex Ambros see above, plus those trippy five and six leaf ones

Martial Arts/Small Arms

Michael Anthony Del Rio is surgical with a 12 gauge shotgun.

Andrew Triska '10 learned to fire a handgun at age 4. He has yet to perfect it.