Hello to my Japan audience

You know, I have to say that I am surprised and flattered that you are still here! And, from what I can tell, the number is even ticking up a bit over the past couple weeks.

If you remember the clown or clowns who had done that flame blog about Japan blog reviews or something, I think they might have done me a favor. Since their hit piece, which was disseminated over Gaijin Pot or one of the larger websites on September 24, my readership really got a nice bump up that has yet to taper off. They did me a favor, I guess.

It’s like the politician who said, “I don’t care what you print about me, just make sure you get the name right.” Well, I do care what you print about me if it’s defamation. But if you just disagree that the JET is a mistaken program or that Interac disadvantages both Japanese learners of English and American employees who work for them, then I guess you go off and do sites like that.

As it goes . . .

Well, I have been busy doing a lot of other writing lately, and so these blog posts are actually being written in the late hours of Eastern Standard Time here, which I know is a disappointment to those of you who check me early in the day, Japan time. I am considerably into the job search, and I tell you, a lot of it has to do with whether the items you respond to are really jobs or not.

Sometimes you end up communicating with a computer, which is what happened between me and the servers of one drug company in Philadelphia. I applied at their online job page at 12:10 in the afternoon, and the computer sent me a “Thanks for Applying” rejection letter at 12:35, saying they had already found enough resumes that qualified for the position.

I highly doubt that a human being even looked at my resume, since it was lunch hour (12:00 – 1:00). Moreover, if they had enough qualified candidates, why is the job still listed on the job board?

I guess the Future World will be one where “going postal” will mean finding the server of these companies and letting loose on it. “Things were going so well in the evaluation, and then sometime around 12:17:37, the computer decided my course of study in graduate school made it 15% likely that I would leave the job after three years–and REJECTED me! So I got even!”

You know, I am a big fan of the TV game show Jeopardy nowadays, and they are going to have an IBM computer called Watson play Ken Jennings, the all-time winner on the show, and the Number Two guy whose name escapes me. I think that one comes on next week.

It will be interesting to see if Watson wins. You know it’s busy studying in between so called “resource actions”.