Being the Ramblings of a Classical Scholar Manque
Wednesday, April 21, 2004
Tuesday, April 20, 2004
All the Kids Are Doin' It
1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 23.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.
"'But those rhinu are solid gold!'"
Kinda disappointing, but I didn't cheat and find somthing more interesting. It's from Terry Pratchett's The Colour of Magic.
I applied for a job yesterday in the rare book and manuscript library at this university. They wanted someone with an MLS or "an advanced degree in a relevant discipline." Well, I've just finished my first semester in an MLS program, and I've taken other classes here and there since I graduated from college.
The opening was announced in January. The ad in The Chronicle of Higher Education says they will start to review applications in early March and continue until the job is filled. We're getting down to the short rows in April, and the job is still open. I thought, maybe they aren't getting the sort of applicants they like. So I threw my name into the hat.
The ad also said "Desirable:" (among other things) " strong reading knowledge of German, French, Latin, and Greek." I can get the gist of most things I read in French and I can translate Greek and maybe Latin.
Maybe it was pretensious, but at the top of the letterhead of the cover letter I put (but in the proper alphabet) meidenos kinduneuo kerdaino meiden. "I run the risk of nothing, I hold nothing in hand."
Nothing ventured, nothing gained.