The job-hunt advice just gets weirder and weirder. This past week I sent off what I think may be my last job applications (with a total in the high thirties; Sydney thinks I’m not sufficiently discriminating), and look forward to getting on with my real life while the search committees transform my carefully prepared applications into recycling. But a recent article had me thinking I may have a bit more work to do. One advice column advised applicants to google themselves regularly, since you can be sure that committees will be doing it if they’re interested in you. I do, occasionally, but haven’t found anything worrisome either about me or about someone who shares my name. I was reminded, however, that internet search results are “geo-specific,” as in, searchers may well find different information if they search from different regions in the States than they will abroad. So, if you feel like it, you’re welcome to google variations on my name and let me know if you come up with anything that raises a red flag. If I’m lucky, all you’ll come up with is a boring description or two of my work. I can deal with that.