Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Irony: incongruity between expectation and what actually occurs

Perhaps the 42 of you who read this blog might remember when, back in June, I teased my friend departing for Microsoft regarding the fact that he was taking what Popular Science considered one of the Worst Jobs in Science.
Well...last month I was invited to interview at MS, did so, was offered a job, and accepted. Some of you may find that ironic in and of itself, but imagine the change in my perception when, with Gmail account, Macbook, and Linux sticker-laden car in the parking lot, I was greeted for the interview loop with a technical acuity and respectful openness I'd not seen the likes of before.
Suffice it to say, that this is a business that gives security more due than any I've ever worked for, from the perspective of the consumer and the company. No, I didn't drink the Kool-Aid.
Call me contradictory if you will, but I am thrilled to be here. If this is the 6th Worst Job in Science, the folks at Popular Science may be smoking the very whale poo referred to in the 10th Worst Job in Science.
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