I apologize for the extreme lack of content recently, but I have been bogged down with a the combination of finals, job hunting and an impending round of negotiations with representatives from Japan's Technical Research and Development Institute (don't both clicking the 'English' link, a new English website hasn't been put up since they moved to the mod.go.jp address). I do have a few things to report that my readers might find interesting:
PMF Job Fair
The Presidential Management Fellows Job Fair was last week. It was fun. I spent most of the day in interviews with State and Defense Department offices.
The highpoint of the day was when I did an interview in the chair storage room adjacent to the main ballroom floor with guy from the Bureau for Intelligence and Research (INR). Apparently after he came back from his lunch break to find some other State Department office squatting in INR interview booth. The worst interview had to be with the Japan desk at East Asia and Pacific Affairs. The interviewer showed up to the convention center 20 minutes late and the office didn't even arranged for booth space!
The "That's our government" award goes to the Missile Defense Agency. Their description of the PMF job included "Graham cracker duty" -- ensuring that three-star general in charge of the Joint Staff/Service Integration Cell receives his daily ration of junk food. I would have been more surprised if I didn't already have to carry out "Popsicle duty" for my boss when he gets back from his mid-day workout at the Pentagon gym.
"teh funney" and Disruptive Technology
Although the Dresden Files is turning out to be a very watchable show, Acceptable.tv is the show filling the void until Battlestar Galactica starts up again in January 2008. The concept is really amazing -- five shorts are aired on VH1 and on the web then the viewers vote for their favorite online. The two shorts with the most votes are invited to make another episode for the next week.
It is amazing how YouTube has evolved into a media format capable of supporting an entire show in just two short years. If acceptable.tv takes off, the YouTube concept will have fully matured into a disruptive technology. Here is Operation Kitten Calendar, a twist on The Apprentice that has survived two weeks of voting:
I promise to put some more analysis on the blog once I get finals wrapped up in a few weeks.