Heh…. brought to you by the power of blog search engines, a report on one of our more unusual graduate school interviews for USC physics, by an interviewee……
Two things of note:
(1) I was listening very carefully. I was impressed by his work experience. I prefer to listen in such interviews rather than talk. The interview is about the interviewee, not me.
(2) It was Santa Monica Farmer’s market…two blocks in from the beach on which he had breakfast.
(3) (Ok, three. Three things of note.) He seems to have forgotten what must have been the weirdest thing of all (in retrospect). As we were walking along wheeling my bike (the ever-wonderful Brompton) two British visitors cycled by and one of them was riding a Brompton. Of course, they shouted out, pulled over and we chatted for a while, and together shook our heads in lamentation of the lack of other such bikes in the region, etc. They were on a conference visit, and had popped their folders into a suitcase and flown over, just as I described in an earlier post. They were appreciating LA properly by cycling around between conference sessions. Excellent. Needless to say, I was over the moon about this, and enthused about it for a while before the interview/chat resumed.
(3.5) “Clifford is a string theorist. That means he’s really smart.” Um…. apply several helpings of pinches of salt here.