Although well known to day for its social liberalism, Massachusetts was formerly a notorious Puritianic stronghold. This can be easily seen in looking through the current (!) laws.
Although I don’t think I had mentioned it, but can’t remember (which shows what comes of leaving your blog alone for too long), I had been for some time looking for a new posting in the State service. To my enjoyment, last Thursday it came true.
I am now posted to the Health Department as an engineer, environmental. This difference is quite significant for me, as the old one (civil) wasn’t what I went to school for and made me feel out of place.1
In this case, good things did come to those who waited, since I was passed over for one position further north, but made a good enough impression to be recommended by those interviewers for a new position open closer to where I was working already. An interview and some paper shuffling on their part and I was offered the position!
Now I get to go through another year long probational period, but all told I think it will be a nice one. I no longer have a half-office but a full cubicle in the back of the back of a building that houses another State function. Not bad, only there is no way to open the windows and get fresh air, but I can survive I think (:
- Note that my co workers and supervision did not contribute to this problem, only the my self. ↩
An apology for my lack of activity this past long week end.
I am currently staying up late for my favorite activity: watching election returns in well documented races. Right now, it is in Alabama, in the contest for the Senator to replace Sessions.
Anyone else do this at all? I know plenty do, I’m just fishing for your recollections of memorable past counts. I’ll start with mine:
There is a song, “Sitting on the Dock” that has the line about “watching the ships roll in”. I always think of that when watching the returns “roll in”.
If you live in the United States, or are familiar with United States policy disputes, you are probably aware that the (US) FCC is collecting comments on their Internet regulatory policy known as “network neutrality”.
Unsurprizingly, people are accusing other people of astroturfing by making fake comments on the proposed changes. I checked to see if my name was so (mis)used and found that there was someone of the same name – and same views – living on the other side of the country!
I was born far too late to have lived through either of the “Red scares”, but that doesn’t mean their detritus isn’t available for me to find. Here is one example:
The publisher of this one is far from “lost”: The American Bar Association is still around, probably as strong as ever. Their “Standing Committee on Education against Communism”, however, appears to no longer exist.
Do note the “bar” in the ABA’s logo, though.
From the days of Yellow Fever (September 16, 1905):
In the January 8, 1898 Literary Digest, back in the advertising sections where less important news was also posted, a quack patent “medicine” ad started with this:
No, I’m not interested in the almost-swastika between the words, but the clear similarity to another, far more famous, piece of typesetting.
You will probably stand a higher chance of getting this if you are from the United States, but no guarantees. I almost missed it.
Usually the title is cited in data analysis, but it also applies to other situations, such as this one.