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Jet thoughts

Posted by telecommatt on March 29, 2007

Still no word on jet. the wait is really stressing me. if i get the invitation, i go to japan for a year or more. if not, i have a job offer here. it’s a good job. so quite literally the course of the my life will be decided in the next few weeks. it’s good practice in letting go of what i can’t control, and i think i’ve made strides there, but some days it’s harder to wait than others.

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BBC NEWS | Technology | Burgers paid for by mobile phone

Posted by telecommatt on February 27, 2007

BBC NEWS | Technology | Burgers paid for by mobile phone

Visitors to fast food outlets in Japan will soon be able to pay for their burgers with their mobile phones.

Wow, I love it! Just in time for my stint with JET, assuming I make the cut! This would be bigger news to me if I ate McD’s more than once or twice every six months. Anyone else get that “bleh” feeling the rest of the day after consuming McDonald’s grease disguised as a burger or fries?

Really, though, this is cool news. It’s cool because mobile phones are becoming more and more woven into the fabric of our social existence. We don’t just talk on them anymore. I never run out of minutes, but I’m constantly charging my phone because I am connected to the internet so often. Mobile Java apps are no longer just games, they interact with our lives. Some people are resistant to this level of connectivity, but I, obviously, am excited by it. This just the tip of what we can accomplish with the internet, with wireless access, with connectivity. As cliche as it sounds, it’s bringing the world together. You can bet the first thing I buy when I get to Japan (No, it’s not going to be a McDonald’s burger!) is a mobile phone.

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Follow Up to the JET Interview

Posted by telecommatt on February 15, 2007

So the interview is done. It feels really good to have it behind me! I wasn’t petrified, but I was pretty nervous. It’s a lot to have on your mind to think that where I live for the next year and pretty much how I live the rest of my life all depends on how I come across in the next twenty minutes. Some people might say, well, not being a JET doesn’t change the way you live, but it does. Spending enough time in another culture to become a part of it changes your outlook. It like putting on a pair of colored shades. Everything is different because of that experience. I know because I’ve done this. And I’ve made decisions I never would have made had I not put on those shades. Some of those decisions I believe were the best decisions I’ve ever made and I never would have known had I not experienced something different from my own midwestern American point of view. To think of the possibilities I might never recognize if I don’t become a JET, I guess that is what really makes the interview so intense for me. But in the end, I think things went well. I have a month or more before I hear anything back, but if I went back and did it again I don’t think I could have done any better than I did. All that’s left is waiting.

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