The FREAKest Links: Brush Off That Virtual Suit & Tie Edition

Via the Wall Street Journal: Employers are starting to experiment with using Second Life to conduct job interviews. Candidates can create avatars and set up meetings at virtual job fairs in which they “communicate with executives of prospective employers as though they were instant-messaging.”

Popular Science has released its annual “Ten Worst Jobs in Science” list, topped by Hazmat Diver, described as follows: “They swim in sewage. Enough said.” Other winners include Garbologist, Elephant Vasectomist and Oceanographer (“Nothing but bad news, day in and day out”). Levitt’s father’s “Intestinal Gas Researcher” didn’t make the cut this year, though the No. 8 ranked “Olympic Drug Tester” overlaps with “Sports Doping Doctor” in the British Medical Journal‘s list of “Worst Jobs for a Doctor.”

The D.C.-area taco chain California Tortilla offered a promotional discount that we find especially admirable, given our love of the sport: any customer who beats the cashier in a game of Rock Paper Scissors receives $1 off an entree. (Hat tip: DCist.com)


lermit

Good bait. It provides no underlying biochemical, economic or ethical reason, but if you want to feel good after a whole day at a laboratory you may want to just get something brushed off in the name of virtuality.

.lermit

elfy

There's a wine shop in Cambridge, England, that offers a student discount that can then be double-or-quitsed on a Trivial Pursuit question.

LiteraryMonkey

I find this whole issue of Second Life to be fascinating, and thanks to the Freakonomics bloggers for bringing to my attention all the various issues it brings up!

I've put a long discussion of Second Life on my blog, drawing in several of the Freakonomics blog discussions, as well as some other random articles.

http://lethologicalreader.blogspot.com/

christybrewer

Immediately I thought of Brains on Fire. This company calls its front line, "First Impression," or "FI."

FI Chris would ask to play rock-paper-scissors, even without a special promotion. Clients of this agency call the front line phone number just to see what Chris will say when he answers.

Oh, and everyone has direct lines, so clients are going out of their way to talk to Chris before they get down to business.

Call them and get the "FI Chris" experience!

lermit

Good bait. It provides no underlying biochemical, economic or ethical reason, but if you want to feel good after a whole day at a laboratory you may want to just get something brushed off in the name of virtuality.

.lermit

elfy

There's a wine shop in Cambridge, England, that offers a student discount that can then be double-or-quitsed on a Trivial Pursuit question.

LiteraryMonkey

I find this whole issue of Second Life to be fascinating, and thanks to the Freakonomics bloggers for bringing to my attention all the various issues it brings up!

I've put a long discussion of Second Life on my blog, drawing in several of the Freakonomics blog discussions, as well as some other random articles.

http://lethologicalreader.blogspot.com/

christybrewer

Immediately I thought of Brains on Fire. This company calls its front line, "First Impression," or "FI."

FI Chris would ask to play rock-paper-scissors, even without a special promotion. Clients of this agency call the front line phone number just to see what Chris will say when he answers.

Oh, and everyone has direct lines, so clients are going out of their way to talk to Chris before they get down to business.

Call them and get the "FI Chris" experience!