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Comment Networking is your friend (Score 1) 451

Having had some of the same experience, I'll tell you what worked for me -- and that's having someone recommend me for a job.

You have some background in the tech fields, and that's going to help some, but if you go the traditional route, there's always going to be the "why should we go with this guy when there's someone else who is younger/has more experience/has worked in the private sector". Getting a recommendation sidesteps a lot of that.

Start talking to people who are working in the area you want to get into. Use your contacts you already have to develop the sort of contacts you want. See if they know of any opportunities ... and when you apply for those opportunities, name-drop like crazy.

Yes, you've probably heard advice like this before -- but the thing about it is, it does work.

Comment Re:Black Panther? (Score 3, Insightful) 300

Weeeelll ... my guess would be because:

Thor, Iron Man, Ant Man, Wasp, the Hulk, Captain America, Hawkeye, Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, the Swordsman, Giant-Man I, Giant-Man II, Hercules, Black Panther, Vision, the Black Knight, Black Widow, Mantis, the Beast, Moondragon, Hellcat, the Two-Gun Kid, Wonder Man, Yellowjacket, Ms. Marvel, Falcon, Tigra, She-Hulk, Captain Marvel II, Dr. Druid, Namor, Starfox, Mockingbird, the Thing, War Machine, Moon Knight, Firebird, Demoliton Man, the Forgotten One, Mr. Fantastic, Invisible Woman, US Agent, Quasar, the Human Torch, Sersi, Stingray, Spider-man, Sandman, Rage, Machine Man, the Living Lightning, Spider-woman, Crystal, Thunderstrike, Darkhawk, Justice, Firestar, Triathlon, Silverclaw, Jack of Hearts, Ant-Man II, Captain Britain, Luke Cage, Sentry, Echo, Ares, Amadeus Cho, Stature, Valkyrie, Sharon Carter, Nova, Iron Fist, Power Woman, Protector, Dr. Strange, and Red Hulk

would be nigh to impossible to all get in the same movie ... particularly as some of them are the same person.

Comment Re:I call shenanigans! (Score 1) 234

Actually, the deeds, surveys, sale contracts, liens, covenants, easements and all that other stuff are still publicly available, and no more difficult to get at than they normally were. It's called the Notarial Archives -- New Orleans is one of the few (I think only) to still have an active one in the states. (New York has one, but for historical purposes only -- no new documents are being added to it.)

If you go to www.notarialarchives.org, you'll see it's connected to the Clerk of Courts -- but part of the deal with the documents is that they have to be publicly available. Which is why they're all in books, and all available to the public ... even after Katrina. I worked there at the time, and we had to set up in the Conference Center, organizing boxes that we retrieved from the office across from the Superdome (you know, on that street that was flooded).

I'll bet they do have a lot of data entry to do, and I don't envy them that process, but real estate people (and their lawyers) have not lost the capability to research provenance by any means. It's just a matter of restoring the info that made the process a little easier.

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