I’m in the midst of transitioning out of academia and back into the “real world.” It’s been a while. I’m adjusting. Sort of.
Anyway, this site will likely contain my rambling on all sorts of things except politics. Quite a bit will likely be boring, such as whatever programming language or statistical methods I’m learning at the moment for fun.
There’s a good chance that I will post some of the “crazy” research ideas that I never had the opportunity to work on… if you end up running with any of these ideas, please send me a copy of the final paper because I’m curious to know the results.
And you’ll probably also see lots of musings on the job market as I look for gainful employment. Nothing about potential employers – and probably nothing about past employers – but just things I learn along the way that I find interesting or odd. Like, for instance, I learned the other day that rich text format (.rtf) is the best file format for submitting resumes. PDFs are bad. Tables used to make a nice layout are bad. Newer MS Word files (.docx) are bad. The reason makes sense… resumes are automatically machine-read and imported into application systems, and those things are bad because they cause problems with the processing. But I still find it strange that applicants are supposed to know that they should use a file format developed in 1987 when applying to jobs where everyone wants a fancy personal website, LinkedIn profile, and a web presence with all sorts of other things that look fancy and cutting-edge and whatever. It’s counter-intuitive to me. I’ll admit that I like using Notepad++ and LaTeX for all of my word-processing… but I am aware that I am odd. Just saying.