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[FRC Blog] To Boldly Kit*...

Posted on the FRC Blog, 12/07/17: https://www.firstinspires.org/roboti.../to-boldly-kit

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Written by Frank Merrick, 2017 DEC 07.


Star Trek: The Next Generation. Magnifleeque.


What’s more exciting than serving aboard the Starship Enterprise? Certainly near the top of everyone’s list is being a Kit of Parts Engineer for the FIRST Robotics Competition!

Lucky you, we’ve got an opening! Join our small but dedicated crew on their continuing mission to explore strange new components, seek out new suppliers, and boldly kit where no person has kitted before.

Seriously, though, this job is pretty cool. You’ll get to work with a bunch of fun people who care about what they do, get your hands dirty occasionally, and contribute in a meaningful way to the lives of thousands of young people. You may even get to build a robot or two and help with FRC game design!** And rumor has it you will even get paid for doing so. That’s a pretty sweet deal.

If you are interested and think you have the qualifications, please apply! If you know someone else who may fit the bill, please let them know about this opening!

Frank

*Not “To Kit Boldy,” you crusty split infinitive haters. Split infinitive haters gonna hate!

**Hey, this is your chance to complain about FRC games in person!
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Re: [FRC Blog] To Boldly Kit*...

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Hey, this is your chance to complain about FRC games in person!
I don’t complain about the games, just the rules, Frank.
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Frank used the term "Magnifleeque"

I'm not sure what to think of this?
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Frank used the term "Magnifleeque"

I'm not sure what to think of this?
If this isn't a game hint, I don't know what is.

Implied </s>
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Weird that I could apply for a full time job with FIRST, but I can't volunteer for their GDC position.
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Frank used the term "Magnifleeque"

I'm not sure what to think of this?
Always up for a portmanteu, and eternally ready to split infinitives which no man has split before! As much of a Trekker as I am, it would have been even cooler if the blog appeared to offer a job as a KITT (Knight Industries Two Thousand) Engineer, or at least if it had called out Montgomery Scott or Geordi LaForge.
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Always up for a portmanteu, and e̶t̶e̶r̶n̶a̶l̶l̶y̶ ready to eternally split infinitives which no man has split before! As much of a Trekker as I am, it would have been even cooler if the blog appeared to offer a job as a KITT (Knight Industries Two Thousand) Engineer, or at least if it had called out Montgomery Scott or Geordi LaForge.
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the empathy, diplomacy, and people skills of Commander Troi
the creativity, curiosity, problem-solving, and technical prowess of Lieutenant Commander La Forge
the objectivity and analytical skills of Commander Data
the open-mindedness, intelligence, and communication skills of Dr. Commander Crusher
the sense of humor we all wish Commander Riker actually had
the composure and thoughtfulness of Captain Picard
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The ideal candidate has:

the empathy, diplomacy, and people skills of Commander Troi
the creativity, curiosity, problem-solving, and technical prowess of Lieutenant Commander La Forge
the objectivity and analytical skills of Commander Data
the open-mindedness, intelligence, and communication skills of Dr. Commander Crusher
the sense of humor we all wish Commander Riker actually had
the composure and thoughtfulness of Captain Picard:
Having never been interested in Star Trek, I have no idea who these people are or what it means to have some trait like them. Does this mean I'm not fit to work there?*


*I really enjoy my current job, just making a point**
**Maybe this makes me a buzzkill
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Having never been interested in Star Trek, I have no idea who these people are or what it means to have some trait like them. Does this mean I'm not fit to work there?*


*I really enjoy my current job, just making a point**
**Maybe this makes me a buzzkill
Star Trek? I thought these were Star Wars characters*. You're farther in the loop than I am.

*or possibly Battlestar Galactica ... or Twilight? idk. But seriously, isn't the dude in the center-back with the bandolier Chewbocka?
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Having never been interested in Star Trek, I have no idea who these people are or what it means to have some trait like them. Does this mean I'm not fit to work there?
I'm sure they'd be happy to have you apply if you're a qualified candidate for a position, regardless of whether you like Star Trek.

Generally, these kinds of pop-culture or media references in job listings have one of two causes:
  1. The person writing it just thinks it's clever and witty, since they're a fan of whatever it is.
  2. It's a subtle way to target a specific age demographic, without getting into illegal & bad age discrimination.

Certainly this isn't the first sci-fi reference in Frank's blog, though.
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I'm sure they'd be happy to have you apply if you're a qualified candidate for a position, regardless of whether you like Star Trek.

Generally, these kinds of pop-culture or media references in job listings have one of two causes:
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  2. It's a subtle way to target a specific age demographic, without getting into illegal & bad age discrimination.

Certainly this isn't the first sci-fi reference in Frank's blog, though.
I don't think a certain age is the most specific demographic this targets.. And I'd agree that, as a person who's never seen Star Trek, seeing this in a job listing is a bit off-putting.
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*or possibly Battlestar Galactica ... or Twilight? idk. But seriously, isn't the dude in the center-back with the bandolier Chewbocka?
Alan A probably wants to have a Klingon word or two with you.
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Certainly this isn't the first sci-fi reference in Frank's blog, though.
The job posting had the sci-fi, I don't care so much about the blog - Frank's gotta Frank.

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And I'd agree that as a person who's never seen Star Trek, seeing this in a job listing is a bit off-putting.
When I consider places I want to work, I think about the culture there - will I be accepted? Alienated? An outsider? It's a stupid little thing, the reference to Star Trek, but it made it to all the way to their job listing which is an indicator of their culture. I've already been told in college that I'm not an engineer if I haven't seen star wars and I wouldn't want to put myself in a similar environment again.

Again, I really like my current job.
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