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My dogma ate your karma.

Yeah, I don't believe in karma (which is a subject for an entirely different post) but it leaves me without the means to interpret what happened today...maybe a fortuitous tilting of the Luck Plane? Well, Praise "Bob", then, and pass the mid-March blizzards.

I slept in this morning and didn't get up until 9, which was bad since I'm supposed to be at work by 8:30, but it all worked out since by the time I hit the road around 10, most of the other drivers had already made it to work/decided to stay home/wound up in the ditch. Thus I cruised up 35W in low-lock at a respectable 40 mph and got to work by 1030. My annual review meeting ensued. While my supervisor had a few bones to pick with me about neatness, timeliness and excessive socializing with the Controller's secretary, the review was generally adequate and I walked off with a raise slightly over 3%. Yay!

After that, I checked with the college and sure enough, all classes had been cancelled. The poor secretary sounded like she'd anwered that question a few hundred times already by the time I called. Lunch followed that, and when I was done stuffing my face I pitched into the 40+ upload files that had accumulated since 4 PM Friday. It was a good thing I had help from the other two people in the section, who normally do GL research and miscellaneous clerical scutwork for the Bank Accounting side of the department, because about 1230 the controller decided to let everyone go at 3:30. This too worked to my advantage since my boss agreed to let me work until 5:30 instead to make up the lost time from this morning. Roll that in with the short lunch I took, and I'm out of here in ten minutes!

For your consideration today:
Ann Althouse and her commenters rip an article on gender stereotypes in the IT world;

Johnny Rotten explains why the Sex Pistols' touring days are over, and Tom Wolfe talks about W, literature, and the Zeitgeist, also via Althouse.

Cobb and Reverend Sensing have hung up the keyboard to attend to more important matters. I'm going to miss both of them, although One Hand Clapping slipped to my B-list of blogs a while ago due to the increasing number of breaks.

If the war is going so badly, why are recruiting and retention up? (Via Instapundit.)

Finally, the definitive illustration of why "Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus".

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433
Mar. 14th, 2006 12:28 am (UTC)
If the war is going so badly, why are recruiting and retention up?

The one person I know who just re-uped said it's because he "felt [he] should help fix the mess we made".
433
Mar. 14th, 2006 12:29 am (UTC)
Also, because they're loosening standards.
wombat_socho
Mar. 14th, 2006 02:13 am (UTC)
That might apply to the non-prior service recruits, but some of the disqualifiers are obviously relics of a time when they could afford to be really picky (i.e. the draft era and the Reagan years) such as the ban on tattoos, weight limits, misdemeanor offenses, picayune stuff like that. The important part these days is what's between the ears, and I haven't seen any indication that they're relaxing those standards.
433
Mar. 14th, 2006 03:18 am (UTC)
Hm, wasn't there just a story a bit ago about getting rid of the HS diploma/GED requirement? Sometimes I wish I was a web researcher so I could find these things in the back of my mind. :)
wombat_socho
Mar. 14th, 2006 03:30 am (UTC)
I'd be really surprised if they gave waivers for that outside the delayed entry program's split option for high school juniors, since there's a very high correlation between failure to finish high school and failure to complete basic & AIT. I could maybe see it if someone's other test scores on the ASVAB were high enough to make up for a low GT score, but the whole idea reminds me entirely too much of Project 100,000, which the Army was forced into during Vietnam and which proved to be a complete disaster for all concerned.
tjstriker
Mar. 14th, 2006 02:57 am (UTC)
As Usual
As usual Kevin had too much time on his hands at work. :P
wombat_socho
Mar. 14th, 2006 03:03 am (UTC)
Re: As Usual
If I didn't know better I'd think you were jealous or something. ;)
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