Smell Trek

Who would have thought that Star Trek-related merchandising would extend to fragrances? For men, there is now Red Shirt and Tiberius, and for women there is Pon Farr. I don’t wear cologne, so I won’t be buying any — but if I were a cologne-wearer, I think Red Shirt would be my choice. As any true fan of Star Trek knows, every “red shirt” guy except Montgomery Scott was ignominiously killed within seconds of the landing party beaming down to Planet Voltron V. Accordingly, the motto for Red Shirt cologne is apt: “Because Tomorrow May Never Come.”

My sense of smell is pretty lame, so I can’t assess the merit of the fragrance. The website describes it as follows: “Bright, clean, and direct with top notes of green mandarin, bergamot and a hint of lavender, Red Shirt finishes strong with base notes of leather and grey musk.” Given the horrible fate that awaits every “red shirt” guy, I’d be surprised if the scents of sweat, fear, and death aren’t found in there, too.

Job Interviews For Dummies

I heard about this website on Marketplace this morning. It offers tips on interviewing, with real interview footage illustrating some of the tips. All of the clips on the website are pretty amazing — including one where the interviewee casually admits to stealing a bunch of office supplies, including office chairs!

I think interviewing mostly involves common sense, and the tips included on this website reflect that: be on time, be presentable, be prepared, be interested, be interesting. I used to do a lot of interviewing as an associate, and I’ve endured a number of really crappy interviews. The worst ones are of dull, lifeless people who can’t even articulate reasons why they are interested in our firm or would make a positive contribution to our firm. If I end up in Hell, part of the punishment undoubtedly would be to spend eternity interviewing colorless, monosyllabic, monotone law students.