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Saturday, June 10
 
Let me just say this: I've been working a lot.

In my fantasy dream land, this blog is the place where I throw in my two cents about the world and what's going on in it. Superficially, I might seem to be the world's least exciting person. But, if nothing else, I am fairly well versed in the issues of the day, the result of reading over four (online versions of) newspapers each day.

The problem is, I generally read them while on break at work, but I think it's a bad idea to post from there, and by the time I roll into the driveway at 9pm each night, whatever got me going in the morning really doesn't bother me much any longer.

That said, I read this little article (suggesting that employers are looking up job applicants online and using what they find to help them make a hiring decision) in the NY Times this morning and it made me wonder.

You see, I personally like the idea that people who do or say stupid things might actually realize some consequences to their idiocy.

But, on the other hand, we all know the Internet is a blunt tool, and I wonder how many people might have lost out on jobs because something online that wasn't about them. I mean, if you do a search on 'Google' for my name, no result on the first four or five pages refer to me. Even if you narrow the search by adding my small city hometown, only about half of them have anything to do with me. (Fortunately, I went through and made it much harder for people to find this site by using my name in a search engine).

So think about it, few of us have a unique name. So, while a thoughtful scrupulous person might be pretty good at ensuring that they only use information they find to be rock-solid; another person might stumble upon some terrible things in a case of mistaken identity. And if that were to happen, what chance does the vicitm have to clear their name?

On the subject of applying for jobs, I think the odds are slim I'll be taking any jobs in Viking country any time soon. I may be looking at the Milwaukee area soon, though.

Further, I have purchased plane tickets back to the Valley area for the weekend of Independence Day, so there's that.