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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Superman as the Original Fake Nerd

A t-shirt offered by… DC Entertainment. Only in men’s sizes. Touché, DC. Touché. (via Fashion Tips From Comic Strips)

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Adorable Sketches From the Set of The Hobbit

io9 got a whole set visit for The Hobbit, the lucky ducks, and while the text may be a little spoilery for some folks, the sketches (since they weren’t allowed to take pictures or video) are super cute. In other Hobbit news, the first movie is reportedly clocking in at about two hours and forty minutes long. (io9)

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Essay

Geek For Hire: How to Use Your Nerd Cred to Land a Job

The economy is on everyone’s mind. Who is getting hired and fired? Who’s finding work? Who isn’t? The current unemployment rate in the United States is 7.8%, but that number doesn’t reflect one of the primary problems in our economy today: many people aren’t advancing or can’t find full-time work in their desired field.

For example, the Bureau of Labor Statistics recently reported “the number of persons employed part time for economic reasons rose from 8.0 million in August to 8.6 million in September.” Individuals in the study reported working part time because, “their hours had been cut back or because they were unable to find a full-time job.”

This is the situation many of my friends and former colleagues find themselves in today. So I’ve been thinking a lot about how they can get the upper hand when looking for a job. If you are in a similar situation, I think I have the answer: Are you leveraging your geek status as an asset to potential employers?

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The Mary Sue

The Mary Sue Wants You: To Be Our Next Editor

As you may have heard, our beloved Jamie Frevele has left us, and while that’s sad for us, it might mean something exciting for you. The Mary Sue is seeking a brand new kick-ass employee to help keep the site running! This is not like our usual intern postings: it’s for a permanent position.

“Hold on,” you say, darting your eyes about confusedly. “What’s ‘The Mary Sue?’” UPDATE: We have currently closed submissions after receiving a staggering amount of applications! We’re currently trying to give them all a pass before we move on to the interview stage, so please bear with us.

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Vital Information for Your Everyday Life

Aaron Sorkin Will Write the Steve Jobs Biopic, So Don’t Worry, It’ll Be Great

There was a rumor that this was going to happen, and now it is confirmed: screenwriter extraordinaire Aaron Sorkin will be the one adapting Walter Isaacson‘s biography of late Apple CEO Steve Jobs for the big screen. Sorkin, most famous for his work on The West Wing, has already won an Oscar for his last script about a tech giant (The Social Network), so this will be familiar territory for him. Not that Sorkin couldn’t handle unfamiliar territory … oh, wait, just remembered Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. Never mind. We’ll take familiar territory.

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Questions! Questions That Need Answering

Will the World Accept Ashton Kutcher Playing Steve Jobs in an Indie Biopic?

Yesterday, in news that was promised to be true and not an April Fool’s prank, it was announced that Ashton Kutcher — of Ashton Kutcher fame — will be playing the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs in an indie biopic. Okay, so, going by only the side-by-side pictures alone (pic from Mashable, who were brainy enough to choose pictures from both men’s bearded phases), it’s not that insane of an idea. But then when you recall that Ashton Kutcher is not known for his acting, let alone playing, um, geniuses, this throws things into a different perspective. Let’s talk about this, shall we?

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The Mary Sue

The Mary Sue Wants YOU: To Be Our Next Intern

It’s that time again! The Mary Sue is seeking a kick-ass editorial intern for the fall. This is no coffee-and-errands internship: our interns spend 90% of their time writing, and most definitely receive bylines for all of their stories. We also like to recruit through our internships, so if becoming the star reporter for the Daily Planet is your goal, this isn’t a bad way to get started. Besides, if we get one more full time writer on the site we’ll have the numbers to form a coven. (We just won’t talk about who the crone is.)

“Hold on,” you say, darting your eyes about confusedly. “What’s ‘The Mary Sue?’”

…Really?

The Mary Sue is the geeky woman arm (I dunno, maybe it’s got a TARDIS tattoo?) of the shadowy, all-powerful Abrams Media collective. We’re six sites reaching over 10 million people a month. We’re less than two years old. We’ve got big things ahead of us.

“But what will I do as an intern?” you ask, wringing your hands in anticipation, or possibly consternation.

You’ll join us in our offices (yeah, a loft in SoHo, exposed brick, no big thing), write, look at Google Reader, write, write some more, learn to be a Real Live Blogger, etc.

“How can I get this wondrous gig?” you ululate, collapsing to the floor in paroxysms of excitement, perhaps foaming at the mouth a bit for effect.

It’s pretty simple.

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The Mary Sue

WANTED: Apprentices

Are you a developer looking to get your foot in the door at an Internet company? Are you forced to use brain-splittingly awful websites every day? Do you shake your head and think, “Eh. I could do better?”

If so, you desperately need to intern at The Mary Sue. Do not try to resist. It is inevitable.

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The Mary Sue

WANTED: Design Apprentices

Are you a designer looking to get your foot in the door at an Internet company? Do you see brain-splittingly awful websites every day, shake your head, and think, “Eh. I could do better?”

Do you constantly hear from everyone that the Internet is killing the media business? Do you believe in your heart that that is just total crap? 

If so, you desperately need to intern at The Mary Sue. Do not try to resist. It is inevitable.

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