Not sure how I came across this thread but It sure is interesting knowing what people think. Sorry if I'm bringing up an old post.
I think nrml pretty much hit the nail on the head, I had the top marks, but not from a well off background and like you say unless you go to the top school and know the right people it's hard to get anywhere. The reason I created my website and embark on sometimes crazy projects is to put myself out there, attract attention and maybe get someone to sponsor me or just to show an employer I'm not your average Joe, that I'm ambitious and I will be seen for what I can do and not what my "social" status is on paper.
I have to say though, selling the nuclear project, some deuterium and something call an exploding wire attracted quite a lot of attention, they were all bought, some Cambridge professor shared his nuclear research notes with me, and I'm pretty sure the government was onto me too,
, and then I looked at the traffic on my website and places like South Korea and Russia have looked at it. I did keep the project mostly secret and only posted it on places like facebook when I sold it, not that I was doing anything wrong, but people always get the wrong end of the stick.
So I guess I was stuck in a rutt for a while at work, when you've finished college, started earning good money you've never had before, bought the workshops you've dreamed of its hard to make a change. I was a cnc machinist in my last job, age was always a big factor, age counted more over experience to begin with, then there was all the maintenance I did, the early starts, the late finishes, the apprentice training, the tool making, and the actual machining, the poor working environment, etc... Put it this way, it was a company of 20 people, and 4 including me left in the last 6 months, not in bottom roles either, in the 5 years I worked there about 14 left, that's the kind of place I worked.
So when work really starts affecting your health you must really think of yourself, so after a lot of consideration moving to Canada was a fresh start. Hopefully the grass is greener, but hey if we never throw ourselves in the deep end we always think what if, or we drown,
I sure wish I could have continued with the nuclear project, or my batman grappling gun project, :P. But I don't have a garage here in Canada "yet" so just gonna do electronic projects for now.
I'm sure I might drop a few post here and then, more crazy projects probably.