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Intern update

Wednesday,  05/25/05  08:50 PM

The other day I noted Aperio was desperately seeking a summer intern.  I mailed flyers to all the local schools.  I called their computer science departments.  I told everyone I knew.  And I posted to my blog.  Guess which source of leads was the best?

If you said "your blog, of course", you would be correct.  In fact several other blogs linked to mine - most notably Robert Scoble - which amplified the effect.  (Thanks!)  I received literally hundreds of emails from interested students.

So what happened?  Well, we had so many qualified applicants we ended up hiring two interns.  One of them is a Masters student at Syracuse University (that would be in New York), who is presently in India.  The other is a senior at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.  These guys get to spend the summer in San Diego, on the beach coding for a cool startup.  Think the Internet hasn't made the world smaller!  Wow.

Anyway we are really excited to have two excellent interns joining us.  The power of the blog!

 

Wednesday,  05/25/05  09:04 PM

Interesting how much interest there is in the upcoming EU votes in France and the Netherlands, by people who don't normally pay attention to this.  I suspect it has something to do with the impending defeat of a Jacque Chirac -inspired initiative; people love to see him fail, at anything.  In a broader sense, I think this is an important issue, especially for people in the smaller states of Europe.  (Just as the people in, say, Rhode Island were more affected by the U.S. Constitution's safeguards than people in Pennsylvania.)  At the highest level it makes sense to me that there would be a "United States of Europe", analogous to the U.S.  However this particular effort at a constitution seems doomed to failure; the principles were too murky, and there was too much detail.

Did you know there was an election in Lebannon?  Yep, there was - and without the Syrians.  How cool is that?  Maybe Bush has gotten it right?

One area where Bush has gotten it wrong is stem cell research.  This issue is interesting because it is going to split the Republicans; the "true" conservatives vs. the libertarians.  Probably a good thing.  Maybe we need another party for ex-Democrats :)

Bitman's Place - teach your kids about computersTrying to get your kids interested in computers?  Check out Bitman's Place.  You can signup for the beta at Jeff Sandman's blogThis is really cool.  For parents as well as kids!

Chris Anderson on the dangers of "headism".  "The mistake of assuming that the economic incentives and other forces that dominate at the head of a demand curve apply equally down the tail."  As usual, great thought-provoking analysis.

Bittorrent adds search.  Well that's cool, but unfortunately a few tests reveal it isn't a very good search.  They have a ways to go before they're in there with isohunt.

the flying lawnmowerOkay, here we have a flying lawnmower.  More proof, if any were needed, that you can find anything on the web.  Unbelievable.

Ah, yes, the power of the white suit.

 

 
 

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