February 16, 2004

Post-Weekend Roundup

First, let me re-establish my redneck street cred:

"Junior! Wooooooo!"

And

"Wolfpack! Wooooooo!"

I've enjoyed a leisurely morning, thanks to a couple of inches of snow that delayed schools and daycare facilities. And then I go and read my blogroll. Farewell, blissful joie de vivre! Hellooooo, high blood pressure!

Nothing further to say about this dork except "Please put down the shovel, you sniveling moron." Oh, and, "Haahaaahaaahaa!" What an idiot.

Oh, and BAFTAS? Pbbbttthhtttppptpttth! Yeah, yeah, Master and Commander, Peter Weir, good movie. But best director? Russell Crowe's fat white ass! Yes, I am bitter. Damn you, BAFTAS. You suck.

Seven days and counting until I embark on an Atkins adventure. This is more to address the fact that 90% of my diet is potato than to address morbid obesity. I'm hoping to train myself to curb the carby crap. Plus, I like meat. And then there's that 10-15 pounds that stand between me and picture perfection. We shall see...and pissing off PETA is an added plus. Besides, what better heralds incipient spring than radical dietary change coupled with frantic jogging and weight lifting? Nothing, that's what! In the meantime, if you aren't going to finish those chili cheese fries, could I just...? Yeah, thanks.

Posted by Big Arm Woman at February 16, 2004 01:34 PM
Comments

University hiring: a friend reports that it's fatal to your interview in computer science to say that you're not interested in getting a PhD because it's all just memorization.

``The department head,'' he reports, ``draws himself up and says, `There's a little more to it than that, I'm afraid.' ''

You do this when you see what the situation is. They avoid hiring a troublesome teaching assistant, but he's better at programming than they are.

Industry is much more flexible.

Posted by: Ron Hardin at February 16, 2004 02:54 PM

Ron, what are you saying here? "You do this when you see what the situation is." "This" doesn't refer clearly to anything.

BTW, does your friend really think a Ph.D. in computer science is "all memorization"?

Posted by: Michael at February 16, 2004 04:56 PM

Ron, what are you saying here? "You do this when you see what the situation is." "This" doesn't refer clearly to anything.

BTW, does your friend really think a Ph.D. in computer science is "all memorization"?

Posted by: Michael at February 16, 2004 04:59 PM

Michael, I imagine my friend discovered during the discussion that the place was run by assholes, and just tweaked the interviewer for the reaction at that point.

Yes, certainly it's all memorization. I know lots of computer science PhD's.

Posted by: Ron Hardin at February 16, 2004 05:52 PM

Ron, thanks for the clarification. What on earth makes you think a PhD in CS is all memorization?

Posted by: Michael at February 17, 2004 10:23 AM

"...the only viable hypothesis left is something like the following: There is a statistical association between the qualities that make for good academics and those that lead to left-leaning political views."

Fascinating. Change the nouns and it's the 'logic' used in the past to explain why there were so few Blacks or women on faculties.

Posted by: ManFromPorlock at February 17, 2004 05:48 PM

So, Ron, your friend decided that he didn't like the atmosphere of the place he was applying to, and thought he'd "tweak" them by saying something monumentally stupid. Therefore, he was not hired. And he smugly reports back to you that saying monumentally stupid things---or tweaking your prospective employers, however you choose to look at it---is not conducive to gaining employment. Wow. Who would've thought. I'm sure we all owe your friend---and you!---a debt of gratitude for reporting this valuable job-hunting tip. I don't know what the world is coming to when you're turned down for a job just because you've said something egregiously idiotic deliberately to piss off an interviewer. The shame of it all.

In order to test your theory that industry is much more flexible, your friend should say something equivalent in his industry interviews. Perhaps something like, "All profit is theft. I only want to work here so that I can expose the filthy crimes at the black heart of capitalism, and subvert the corporate state from within." Or possibly, "I'm smarter than all of you here, it's just that the academy will not satisfactorily reward my genius. I expect to be your boss by this time next year." I'm sure that they'll appreciate his candor, and will not hold his opinions against him in light of his brilliant programming skills.

Posted by: Angie Schultz at February 17, 2004 06:37 PM

Ron, I guess you've realized you didn't know what you were talking about.

Posted by: Michael at February 22, 2004 02:37 PM