atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#3592: I lived through the job fair.

I did. I don't quite feel as if I did, but I did.

So how did it go, you ask? Let me cut-and-paste from the e-mail I sent to Lemonzen about it.
1) Submitted 2 applications for warehouse/logistics jobs, both in the immediate area.

2) Got pointed to a similar position on-line (Michael's craft stores' distribution center in New Lenox)

3) Got pointed to a railroad that's hiring, also an on-line application

4) Gave my resume to DeVry, me old alma mater. The person there said she'll forward it to their employment assistance office, which I guess I'm still able to use.

5) Gave resume to staffing agency and the recruiter gave me his card and said, "Call me tomorrow morning so we can talk a bit more." It's for a warehouse/inventory job, but it's south side of Chicago so I'm not sure....

6) Got pointed at PACE's web site for several different job openings. We'll see how this turns out.
I got there about 9:15 and there was a line, and the doors didn't open until 10. So, plus-minus: plus, I didn't have to wait long before I got in once the doors opened; but minus, I had to wait in line for 45 minutes for the
doors to open.

There were 2-3 school bus companies looking for drivers, and I don't want that job for a variety of reasons. Two financial services recruiters looking for salespeople, which I am emphatically not. Trucking company looking for drivers and trainees--no. Illinois State Police, but I'm not a good candidate for that job either.

All told, I'm not disappointed or displeased. The only downside of me going there this morning is that I am now totally exhausted.

[Here endeth the cut-and-paste.]

So that makes 6 leads I either got or applied for, which is durn good in a shootin' match. Also I got a free pen and two pads of Post-its, which will be useful for various things.

* * *

Look at the pic heading this Michelle Malkin post.

Egyptian-Americans think the Muslim Brotherhood is a bunch of no-goodniks. Why would that be?

* * *

We're in a recession!

AoSHQ discusses the numbers released yesterday infoming us that the economy grew at the stunning pace of 1.3% in the second quarter of this year, rather than the 1.7% it was initially reported to be.

1.1% annualized, which means "multiplied by four". The economy therefore grew at an actual rate of 0.275% from April 1 through June 30, instead of the 0.425% it was initially reported at.

But it's still growth, which means (according to the government and the media) we're not in a recession--because a recession is defined as two or more consecutive economic quarters which feature zero or negative economic growth.

Of course, that's horseshit. We're in a recession; the recession never ended. The numbers are being gamed and adjustered and fiddleated to save Obama's bacon.

Karl Denninger says durable orders "collapsed" in August which is a dire predictor of recession.

Also from Denninger, Demand for steel is weakening. Making steel is an inherently dirty process, and the Chinese can make steel cheaply because they don't have any environmental controls over there. China therefore can make steel cheaper than anyone.

Steel prices are at a three-year low because there's too much supply; demand is weakening because steel is a raw material used in the manufacture of durable goods, for which demand is also dropping preciptously (see the first link from Denninger).

AP's article linked for the sake of completeness.

By and large, though, the media is doing its best not to report that the economy is well past the shitter and headed for the septic tank.

* * *

TSA doing racial profiling. Oh, not muslims and such, but blacks and hispanics...because apparently blacks and hispanics are more likely to be trying to move contraband.
Officers said managers' demands for high numbers of stops, searches and criminal referrals had led co-workers to target minorities in the belief that those stops were more likely to yield drugs, outstanding arrest warrants or immigration problems.
TSA can't point to any success at preventing a terror attack, so in order to justify their existence they've started looking for evidence of other crimes.

And this contradicts various civil rights as enumerated in the Bill of Richts. TSA is government's end-run around the Constitution and must be abolished.

* * *

One can only hope that Weer'd is right when he says, "Looks like the International Environmental movement is fading."

* * *

OSHA is another government agency which Nixon saddled us with which does absolutely nothing but waste money and make it harder to run a business in this country.

* * *

So, I've got this spare mini-ITX computer case laying around. The other day I was thinking about that, and figured I might as well get a motherboard to stuff into it.


...even if I wanted another Foxconn motherboard, you can't get one with a dual-core processor for $40 any longer. Boards with dual-core Atom processors start around $70. That's not a bad price, but it's not as inexpensive as I'd hoped.

I did find an Intel board which can use a Core i3, Core i5, or even Core i7 (!) processor. Wouldn't that be a hoot? "My itty-bitty computer runs WoW better than my regular desktop does! Pity it can only handle 4 GB of RAM and doesn't have a PCI-E expansion slot...."

I really like mini-ITX computers and can see using them for retro games and set-top boxes, but I need to find a decent motherboard for the second unit that won't cost a ton of money, and which preferably won't need active cooling.

Well, we'll just have to see how the job thing turns out.

* * *

As for me, I'm totally wiped out. I slept from around 1 AM until 5, when I woke up long enough to hit the can; then I slept more until 8 AM when the alarm went off. But job hunting is tiring, damn it. Finding the damn job is more tiring than working at it!

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