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faults in the clouds of delusion

Sunday, October 07, 2007


So I was interviewing freshmen who'd applied to work as assistants on this research project of mine. It's about emotions. The first person to show up was a thin reedy ABCD math geek with eyes pointing in different directions -- superbright, superintelligent, but hadn't read the project description. The next one was a typical slacker sort, slumped all over the chair, vacant eyes, backpack thrown at his feet. Two in a week - I was considering delisting the project - then a third applicant emailed. Turned out to be a small bouncy African-American girl, big smile, wide-eyed. I launched into my brief spiel and to my very pleasant surprise she seemed absolutely transfixed by what I was saying. So I stopped to let her respond. Her words:

"Oh my God! I was just thinking as you talked, this sounds SO INTERESTING it sounds JUST like something I saw on Oprah!"


I told her that I thought it was cool that she thought it was cool, because there's no point doing research once you stop thinking it's cool. She accepted the offer on the spot.


Blogger km said...

superbright, superintelligent, but hadn't read the project description

Arrggh. That's got to be the *most* annoying habit of about 80%* of all job applicants.

*purely made-up stat, but I seem to interview a lot of those people.

10/07/2007 1:29 AM  
Blogger ??! said...

so now you script-write for Oprah? way to go, masterji.

10/08/2007 2:09 AM  
Blogger Tabula Rasa said...

glad to know i'm not alone!

yeah, that's my moonlighting. the pay's okay but you should see the groupies.

10/10/2007 1:07 AM  
Blogger Revealed said...

Hahahahaha. So gimme tips for interviews for pity's sake.

10/11/2007 1:41 AM  
Blogger Tabula Rasa said...

watch oprah.
the new plastics.

10/11/2007 4:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like you're the dude, what with Oprah-esque research and all.

Hope all's well with you - no contact for a while, though I've been reading now and then. I remain the Drinker, but now in Dubai rather than NZ with Cambridge waiting for 08. Write sometime when you have a moment.

T20 World Cup was fun, no?

10/18/2007 5:03 AM  
Blogger Tabula Rasa said...

ha! nice to hear from you again. you're really sheikin' it, eh?
heck yeah, t20 was a lark - but as you can see we're back to real life once more.
keep checking in.

10/18/2007 10:57 AM  

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