Thursday, November 13, 2008

11月13日隨即的事情:Black-listed, exams, et seq.

* (EDIT 1.28 PM): Cure for Aids? Really?

* So it looks like we won't be getting that job in the Obama administration after all:

A seven-page questionnaire being sent by the office of President-elect Barack Obama to those seeking cabinet and other high-ranking posts may be the most extensive — some say invasive — application ever.

The questionnaire includes 63 requests for personal and professional records, some covering applicants’ spouses and grown children as well, that are forcing job-seekers to rummage from basements to attics, in shoe boxes, diaries and computer archives to document both their achievements and missteps.

Only the smallest details are excluded; traffic tickets carrying fines of less than $50 need not be reported, the application says. Applicants are asked whether they or anyone in their family owns a gun. They must include any e-mail that might embarrass the president-elect, along with any blog posts and links to their Facebook pages.

The application also asks applicants to “please list all aliases or ‘handles’ you have used to communicate on the Internet.

Righttt. That's one secret I'll never tell. Rule 12 f gets upwards of 10 unique hits a day. That's captive support group we could bring to you for 2012, Obama . . . think about it.

* In other news, with the PILA auction behind us it's that time of the semester again. As alluded to in the previous post, the volume of posting might go down a little bit because we're trying to learn 13 credits worth of the law in the next few minutes. We'll probably still be throwing in the occasional study week fodder (favorite places to study, exam advice, gunnerish activities, and so forth) as well as continuing coverage on whatever we normally cover, so stay tuned.

We'd wish everyone good luck, but given that there is a curve, it's a bit paradoxical. Some of you will do spectacularly, some will do abysmally, most will be some where in between. Where you fall on that spectrum is depends somewhat on a variance of chance/luck and hard work, the relative influence of these alternative factors determined by the professor you have, your own personality, your religion, and so forth. That said, you can't afford not to get super-stressed about exams, especially in this economy. Just remeber that you need to ignore all of that feel-good advice from your PAs, et al, that talk about maintaining a balance: while you are sitting here and reading this someone else is studying, and when it comes time for the exam, that person is going to beat you. HTH and good luck.

* Related note: Anyone else going to see Quantum of Solace tonight? Will be teh sickness.

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