1. I had a phone interview today with a director at the researchy-analysty-consultancy company I applied to a while ago. I'd already talked to their HR person a couple of weeks ago, and I thought that went well. Today, my brain refused to work. I knew what I wanted to say, but I kept not saying it. I had to "ummm...." a lot, and there were many pauses while I ran through my brain like a headless chicken, searching for the correct words and trying to put them together into proper sentences. Aaargh. So frustrating. Especially bad because this position would require meeting with clients and presenting work to people. He said I'd hear from their HR people. No clue whether it was good or bad or anything.
2. I got an e-mail from the European "Task Force" looking at the Strategy for Science, Technology and Innovation 2006-2013 plan for Ireland. They'd sent out a survey last year to researchers asking about their careers and jobs and such. In this e-mail, they asked if I was available for a phone interview to talk about, among other things, my "personal opinion on the barriers and opportunities of a researcher career in Ireland." Note that the SSTI 2006-2013 people are the ones who want to double the number of science PhDs produced in Ireland. I think I may have talked about it some before? And I think my feelings on this are quite clear? I told them I'd be more than happy to talk to them. The only question I have now is: should I set a time limit on my rant?