Monday, April 21, 2014

More Applications...

I applied for more than 10 jobs today, mostly at the former Medical College of Georgia, doing clerical work. I also accidentally applied for a Deanship there, because their employment system is not seeker-friendly, and while you could "add jobs to basket" you couldn't actually LOOK at them once they were in the basket, and if you tried to look at them individually from the search-generated list, you had to re-search for relevant positions every time you tried to go out to the master list.  ARGH!  I also spent half an hour entering in application data for any and all available positions at the local Costco.

I am halfway through the TESOL course--when the site claimed that it was a 180-hour course, they were in no wise exaggerating.  I need to finish soon, so I can look at available placement abroad for this coming academic year.  My hope is to let this house, furnished, to a furloughed missionary family while I take one suitcase and head overseas.

Had dinner with a group of international military folk last week, which was fascinating--mostly Eastern and Central European, but a few from the Caucasus, South East Asia, and Africa.  Most were multi-lingual, all fluent in English, though they said they were having difficulties with the jargon in their training classes--what "think outside the box" meant, for instance, not to mention an avalanche of acronyms.  One guy joked that the reason that there are fences around military installations worldwide is to "keep out logic", and the very notion that they were being instructed by fellow military folk to eschew the rote thinking that all armed forces are based on was hilarious.  I did find out that a man whose wife used to be my elementary school principal was instrumental in developing an anti-biochem warfare remedy for the American Army (he published his findings in a professional journal to do an end-run around the institutional lawyers who wanted him to patent the process--he said that the government had paid him handsomely for his research for decades, and to profit additionally from them by patenting the process they'd financed the creation of seemed truly unethical--the lawyers were beyond pissed--they'd anticipated making a fortune off this, but once it was published in the public domain, it was out of their reach).  Very cool, both for the science he described (really neat gene modifications and use of substances already occurring in nature) and for the moral integrity displayed.

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