Q:Duck romance seldom ends well; both parties are totally screwed. Antechinus, on the other hand, recognize this inevitability and decide to go out with a bang.
Q:Hey, I just read that you have a BSc in Biology and already looking for a job. I always read on the internet that Biologist jobs are so few that only the most qualified even have a chance to get them and that you shouldn't even try without a doctorate, is that wrong?
I won’t lie to you, anon, I have been at this whole job hunt thing for 8 months now, and I hate to have to tell you you’re mostly right. I haven’t even tried for a “real” biologist job though, I’ve been mostly trying for entry-level-esque assistant positions. Even then, the only one I was even close to getting I lost out to someone with a Master’s degree and several years of experience.
To be fair, I honestly don’t feel qualified for any kind of real biologist job - in the grand scheme of things, a BSc gives you a solid base but not what I consider to qualify me as an authority on anything.
I’m beginning to realize (despite being told this a hundred thousand times) that networking is everything, even in the supposedly ‘unbiased’ scientific community. Someone who has been told about you by a friend is a hundred times more likely to hire you than someone you’ve cold called. You’ve just got to stay on top of it, talking with anyone who might be able to recommend you to anyone, because that’s basically how you’re going to get a job in this market.
Q:Can you draw a jealous jellyfish?
The Monks of Mycology, despite the name, were an entirely secular order specializing in the study of fungi. After years of intensive training in finding and identifying mushrooms, the young monks were bonded telepathically to intelligent truffle pigs and sent forth into the world.
The other people with telepathic animals—horses, dragons, birds of prey, wolves and so on—were extremely sarcastic about the whole pig thing. The monks ignored this, for three reasons.
1) Pigs are highly intelligent animals, unlike birds of prey, which are only intelligent about things that matter to birds of prey, and dragons, whose brains can be compared to a homicidal grapefruit.
2) While dragons and wolves are all very impressive in battle, most of the Monasteries of Mycology kept on staff a number of grizzled warriors bonded to thousand-pound battle-boars. An angry sixty-pound wolf is an alarming sight, but a half-ton of enraged boar is a whole ‘nother kettle of fish. The Monasteries had no problems whatsoever with security.
This was occasionally important because:
3) White truffles retail for up to $2000 a pound.
This last fact meant that, while people with the charismatic telepathic mammals were off working as mercenaries or hunting guides, the Monks of Mycology tended to retire early and comfortably, and dedicate themselves to philanthropy, gardening, radish-collecting, or anything else that amused them, while their pigs led a pampered existence in heated sheds attached to the house. - Ursula Vernon