January 2nd, 2003

Brian and Anne

A meditation from Shadow Puppets by Orson Scott Card


In the college she had briefly attended, [...] she had quickly realized that intellectuals seemed to think that their life --the life of the mind, the endless self-examination, the continuous autobiography afflicted upon all comers-- was somehow higher than the repetitive, meaningless lives of the common people.
Virlomi knew the opposite to be true. The intellectuals in the university were all the same. They had precisely the same deep thoughts about exactly the same shallow emotions and trivial dilemmas. They knew this, unconsciously, themselves. When a real event happened, something that shook them to the heart, they withdrew from the game of university life, for reality had to be played out on a different stage.
In the villages, life was about life, not about one-upmanship and display. Smart people were valued because they could solve problems, not because they could speak pleasingly about them.

(p 298-299, hardback edition.)
Brian and Anne

hey hey!

that was nice. I just spoke to a woman at Proquest who sounded interested in my skills and background. I'm going to send her a resume. I sent a resume to them last month and got no response, so I just called in and was transfered to this Jacki person, who recruits for their technical positions. She gave me her direct email and extension and invited me to check back with her about positions in the future.

it's nice to get a feeling of positive feedback.