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Fewer acronyms wanted

If you were confused after reading an ad placed by Greatbatch Inc. in a recent Buffalo News Job Finder, you have company.
The Clarence-based medical device and battery manufacturer is looking for a Sr Sys Analyst, or a senior systems analyst. But those were just the first in a lengthy string of all-but-indecipherable abbreviations in the help-wanted ad.
Some of the abbreviations seem to have been used to save space in the ad: "perf" for perform, "bus" for business and "knowl" for knowledge.
But a few sentences, or partial sentences, seem to bear only a passing resemblance to English: "Devlp SOP, test & valid var sys prog &/or SW to sup QC," is one head-scratcher.
Others presumably would be familiar to an IT type: ERP, HRMS, AME, SQL, ADI, OAF/ADF, KFF and OAM.
"IT professionals live in a world of acronyms. We're glad there are people that can actually do what these acronyms stand for to help keep our company growing," Greatbatch spokesman Chris Knospe said.
Our theory: Greatbatch will hire the first person who understands the ad.

Skewed data

Robert L. Christman is scratching his head, too, not about abbreviations, but about a recent Federal Reserve Bank of New York finding.
The Allegany County clerk is puzzled by the Fed's finding that the rural Southern Tier county posted a 35 percent jump in home prices from June 2011 to June 2012.
That's just unheard of in these parts, where home prices have been stable for years.
According to the Fed, Allegany is the only county in New York and New Jersey to have anywhere near such a large increase. Most counties in the two states were relatively flat, or saw a decline.
Christman noted some increase in prices on vacant properties, because of speculation over potential drilling and "fracking" in the Marcellus Shale area.
But he hasn't seen a surge in prices of homes, so it might be a few unusual lakeside home sales that skewed the data, he said.
Just in case, though, he asked one question of The News: "Can I put my home on the market before you publish this?"
Sorry, Bob.

Campaign has an impact

Regardless of how the election turns out, county comptroller candidate Stefan Mychajliw can say it was a bruising campaign.
On his Facebook page, the Republican revealed one of his more painful travails of running for office.
On his way recently to campaign door-to-door in Kenmore, Mychajliw was involved in a car accident on Delaware Avenue.
"Car at full speed plows right into our car. No brakes, no stopping. Full impact," Mychajliw said in his post.
Neither he nor an aide suffered serious injuries, but they felt sore afterward.
Mychajliw said he took a couple of ibuprofen and proceeded to walk Kenmore for three hours.
"There's no way getting hit by another car is going to keep me from going door-to-door for a few hours," he vowed.
But it might affect who rides with him next time.
"Let me know if you want me to do doors w/you next week," Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs replied to Mychajliw's post. "But I'll drive myself."

Uncanny resemblance

We're probably not the first ones to notice, but, watching the Republican National Convention this week, it was hard not to think that the GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan, at left above, actually does have a lot in common with Erie County's Democratic County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz. Though certainly not their politics.
Judge for yourself.

By Patrick Lakamp with contributions from Stephen T. Watson and Jonathan D. Epstein.
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